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We hope you enjoy our first ever online fundraiser edition of The Paisley Magazine! Thank you to everyone that participated and donated to help some of the California wildfire victims. The feed-back for this issue was very positive, so much so that we plan to do another online fundraise edition at the end of 2018 with another charity, non-profit or cause as the beneficiary. We will be adding some additional online only editions to our four printed issues in 2018 as well. They will be speciality themed issues, check the website for details. thepaisleymagazine.com
Thank you all for supporting us for the last 13 years! Looking forward to an exciting 2018!
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This issue we are excited to be kicking off our new â&#x20AC;&#x153;Role Modelâ&#x20AC;? Series with three professionals that embody the term role model.
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Interview by Emma Hecthman
When did you first fall in love with horses? 12-13 years old. It was late. My dad liked horses and we had quarter horses in the back yard. I used to teach them how to jump.
Did you always know youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be a professional? A man down the road had a medium pony, Friday after school I would ride my bike to his farm and ride the pony to my house and give $5 riding lessons on Saturday and Sunday. Then I would ride her back to the farm and ride my bike home. I was a working student one summer with Trudy Glefke and Paul Maxwell. The next summer I worked with Spank Deemer as a working student. I would do barn work for different trainers in my area to get lessons. I would watch and listen to trainers at the shows and then go home and practice what they did. Then I would teach my students from that. The secret was to stay at least one step ahead of your students. My parents taught us to be self-sufficient. My dad could fix anything and make things out of anything. He built my first horse trailer. My mother taught my two brothers and sister how to cook. She and I would do arts and crafts and make all our Xmas presents. They taught me to make things out of other things. We did not have extra money so we had to be imaginative.
What advice would you have given to yourself as a junior rider? I never got to show as a junior. My advice to myself was to follow my dreams and never give up.
If you could do any other equestrian discipline what would it be and why? A breeder. I would like to breed horses and ponies and turn them into something. I like making things.
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“Every time I am around Bill, I learn. He is awesome. Just awesome” ~ Alexa Lignelli
What is your greatest strength?
What does winning mean to you?
The 5 P’s. Prior planning prevents poor performance. Do your training at home and spend as many hours in the saddle as possible. I don’t like to crash course at horse shows. I like to prepare and then the horse show is the test. I try to reinforce what the riders and the horses know at the show. Instill confidence and keep the show low pressure. Most riders get nervous at the shows so I like to keep it simple at the shows and reassure them on what they know and how to execute it.
It gives you the reward for your hard work. I mean, everyone wants to win. It isn’t always about the blue ribbon. You cannot get a ribbon and still have won. Find the positive in each experience and you will win.
What is your greatest weakness? I tend to get frustrated when things aren’t working out for child or horse. That has been the hardest thing to learn to deal with.
What was the hardest lesson you have had to learn as a trainer/ rider? To accept things out of my control and know that they are. Ex. A horse goes lame, A child doesn’t have it
Do you have a routine you follow before a big competition? I think people and horses like a routine. My horses work daily. We mix it up. Some days are hacking, trail riding, or lesson days. I treat them as athletes. They must be in good physical and mental condition. I like turnout and my Eurosizer. Forty minutes of a string walk on a Eurosizer gets them fit but does not pound on their legs. I like my riders to be well rested. Riders have to treat themselves like athletes. Good nutrition, exercise, and rest!
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What is your favorite guilty pleasure? Ice Cream....
What is one piece of riding clothing or equipment you could never do without?
How do horses keep you grounded in the industry that you live/work in? My helmet. I was one of the first All animals and riders are individuals. What works for one does not work for another. Don’t be a cookie cutter operation. Train each horse and rider in a manner that works best for them. That keeps you grounded and well rounded. Bring out the best qualities in both horse and rider.
What is the best piece of advice you have ever received and who from?
professionals to wear a helmet with a harness. It literally has saved my life.
What advice would you offer young riders that are considering becoming professionals? You better love it and it needs to be your passion. There are long hours, hard work, and lots of sacrifice. I can tell you to this day... I still love it
What is your life motto?
My dad. Never give up. Chase your dreams.
Never look back, keep looking forward. Enjoy the memories, but keep looking forward.
How would you describe your style of teaching?
What would you like to change about the hunter/jumper industry?
The more I can teach and reaffirm in a positive manner I feel creates good riders. Give them the tools and teach them to learn to think on their own. In my younger days I would yell and scream. I realized that often it was not them I was yelling at. It was me yelling at myself because I was not getting through to them. I found that when you yell and belittle people they shut down, and then you have lost their attention. Treat every child, adult, horse, and rider with respect. To be respected, you must be respectful.
To keep tradition in the hunters and to be more respected and appreciated. I would like the judges and the governing bodies to remember what it’s like in the trenches. The trainers should judge because it will make them better exhibitors. It would be nice for everyone in the business to step into each other’s shoes so they can respect what the other is having to deal with.
The difference between a good trainer and a good mentor is that a good mentor is someone that not only teaches you how to perfect your riding but teaches you how to be a true horseman and a better human being. A good mentor is someone that always believes in you and can always find the positive and constructive aspects in any given situation. And a great mentor? A great mentor is someone who teaches you to truly love the horse and put their well-being before your own, and that is exactly why I am so lucky to have Bill Schaub as not only my mentor, my trainer, but my friendâ&#x20AC;? ~ Adam Edgar
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My favorite thing about Bill is his passion. His passion for his horses and his passion for his riders are that of no one else I have come across in life. In the 17 years that I have worked for Bill Schaub, I have learned more about every aspect of this sport than one could only hope to learn in a life time.” Molly Sewell Schott I absolutely love riding with Bill. He is so much fun and I learn so much! When we are at the show he is so nice, it makes me want to make him proud. ~ Emma Hechtman
Bill Schaub has been very supportive of my riding since I was on ponies. I’ve ridden several ponies and junior hunters with him over the years and I always know when I have the opportunity to ride for him that he gives all of his effort to make sure it goes well. We’ve won Grand pony hunter championships at major shows as well as Junior Hunter National Championships. He’s a top horsemen and trainer and it is honor to ride for him.” ~ Daisy Farish
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â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love Molly. I am never leaving Bill.â&#x20AC;? ~ Agatha Lignelli
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Bill is a class act with an infectious personality and extraordinary horsemanship. As a mom, I know that my child and our pony are in the best of hands. What I love most however is that despite a 1 1/2 hr travel time to train with Bill, my child jumps up and down with excitement as we turn into the farm. Coaching her into the rider she is becoming is one thing, but inspiring her in the way he does means the world to us. ~ Jill Hechtman He was telling them on the way to the course walk that he wanted them to know that he was already proud of them... no matter what happened today, he was proud Yes, I cried The past year with Mr. Bill has been such a great experience and so much fun. I have learned more with him that I could have ever hoped for. I feel lucky every day that I ride at his barn and appreciate all the time Mr. Bill puts into my riding. ~ Megan Pulice Being a part of Billâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team at Over The Hill Farm is a dream come true. His passion and expertise is evident in everything he does. Bill willingly shares his knowledge because he truly cares about the riders, the horses and the sport. ~ Jeniene Pulice
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Keri Guanciale Interview by Paisley Ambassador Erica Van Dyken
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for my Role Model article I interviewed Keri Guanciale. Keri is a professional at Glenn Ridge Farm in Clarksburg, Maryland. I chose to interview Keri because I feel as a professional she always displays a calm way of riding and teaching when things are going well or poorly. I love to watch Keri ride weather She is on a hunter or a jumper, a green horse or a made one. She always puts in a huge effort to make her animals go as well as possible while making it look so easy. Plus she is an all around nice person.
When did you first fall in love with horses? I fell in love with horses pretty much the first time I saw one. I got my first pony when I was 2 and all I wanted to do was go to the barn with my family.
Did you always know you’d be a professional? Yes, I always wanted to follow in my dad’s footsteps. I’ve always loved to train and bring young ones along. I went to college and got a degree in Exercise and Sport Science and thought about Physical Therapy, but after working in a clinic for 2 years, horses were definitely the career for me full time.
What advice would you have given to yourself as a junior rider? Don’t ever give up. This industry can be really frustrating at times, but in the end it’s all worth it and I love what I do.
If you could do any other equestrian discipline what would it be and why? I’ve always wanted to try western, especially cutting. Those horses are amazing what they can do.
What is your greatest strength? Hard working, determined
Being my biggest critic and perfectionist
What was the hardest lesson you have had to learn as a trainer/rider? Patience, lol,nothing comes easy with horses and the best ones always take the most time.
Do you have a routine you follow before a big competition? It’s kind of a standing joke with people when they ask me what I did to get ready for Indoors, Devon, etc. I say I took them on a trail ride, lol. Our neighbors have a hay field that we ride on and we go through our woods to get to it. All my horses go out before shows.
What does winning mean to you? Winning means that I’ve accomplished everything I have been working on at home and that the horses and I are working together well.
How do horses keep you grounded in the industry that you live/work in? You never know what to expect with horses. They have a mind of their own and when you think you are on top of your game, they can always check you back into reality.
How would you describe your style of riding? I like to ride very soft. Even in the jumper ring I try to make it look as nice and smooth as possible.
What is your favorite guilty pleasure? Taking naps
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What is one piece of riding clothing or equipment you could never do without? My Tad Coffin saddle
What kind of helmet do you wear? Samshield, because of comfort and safety
What advice would you offer young riders that are considering becoming professionals? Don’t give up on your goals. Being a professional can be really hard at times, but there is nothing better than doing what you love as a living.
What is your life motto? “Work Hard, Stay Humble” or “ you never lose, you either win or learn”
What is the best piece of advice you have ever received and who from? The Best advice I have received is when I would be disappointed in how I rode, my dad, Ben Guanciale, and Stacey Weiss would say to me as I came out...”But did you get your breeches dirty?” Or “ you went in mounted and came out mounted” lol
What would you like to change about the hunter/ jumper industry? I would really like to see the industry go back to when horsemanship mattered. It seems like we are heading down a path where the winners aren’t necessarily the best riders, but bought the most expensive horse. It seems to be that money is rewarded over hard work. I would also like to see the horse shows become more exhibitor friendly. Where outside sponsors are used instead of allowing competitors to sponsor and having their names displayed ring side.
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Amanda Steege Interview by Paisley Ambassador Hailey Fox
When did you first fall in love with horses? I am pretty sure I inherited my love of horses from my parents Mitch and Kathy Steege!!!! I can not remember a time when I did not love horses
Did you always know you’d be a professional rider? No!!! I really was not sure at all that I wanted to be a professional rider not because I don’t love horses and love riding but because I grew up the daughter of professional horsemen and I saw what a hard life it is....long hours, no vacations, not a lot of income. So after high school I went to Boston College for 4 years and I graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Psychology and a concentration in business. After being away from the horses for 4 years it solidified for me that I did in fact want to pursue a career in the equine industry.
What advice would you have given to yourself as a junior rider? Relax, enjoy the experience and the learning, and take lessons and Clinic’s from as many different people as you can. I was not a “famous” junior rider that caught rode a lot...I did not show in Florida in the winter....but I was lucky enough to have a really nice horse that I qualified for devon and indoors as well as all the equitation finals. Try not to make each final and each important class the be all/end all....try to stay calm and use each one as a learning experience
If you could do any other equestrian discipline what would it be and why?
Saddle Seat! I love the outfits and the the excitement of the crowds!!! Or maybe Barrel Racing cause it looks so fun
What is your greatest strength? Developing a relationship with a horse
What is your greatest weakness? Over analyzing and performance anxiety
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What was the hardest lesson you have had to learn in your riding? Honestly from what my mom says it took me forever to learn my diaganols!
Do you have a routine you follow before a big competition? I do a lot of visualizing before a big class
What does winning mean to you? Winning at big competitions is very exciting but I try to be more focused on whether my horse and I are meeting the goals that I set for us....winning is a bonus
How do horses keep you grounded in the industry that you live/work in? Horses are honest and they are fragile and they are humbling so they ground us daily
What is the best piece of riding advice you have ever received and who from? From my dad Mitch Steege “you have to listen to the horse”
How would you describe your style of riding? I think I am a very soft rider....I would also say I focus a lot on riding with a proper position and I feel like that helps me get the best jump out of my horses
What is your favorite guilty pleasure? I love a glass of wine or a margarita at the end of a long show day!
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What is one piece of riding clothing or equipment you could never do without? It was a special pair of Spurs that I won from WCHR and they were etched and had some special stones on them, but unfortunately my back pack got stolen at Hits Ocala this year and they were in there. I do love my BoyOBoy bridleworks custom belt in my barn colors....and all of my show clothes come from RJ Classics and their stuff is great...I am especially fond of the diamond collection jackets with the pretty linings.
What is your helmet of choice and why? Samshield....it fits me the best and has protected my head in a few bad falls.
What advice would you offer young riders that are considering becoming professionals? Go to college!!! There is always time to pursue that dream after
What is your life motto? Dream Big....Work Hard.... Love Your Horses
What would you like to change about the hunter/ jumper industry? I wish it could be less expensive and we could include more people at the top levels. I also wish we had more spectators
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The Robert Lawrence House of Opportunity or lease, some facilities have donated the use of lesson horses to be used for riders who don’t have a horse. The organization intends to give back to the equestrian community in a unique way that inspires, uplifts, and encourages all riders.
The Robert Lawrence House of Opportunity offers ongoing clinics throughout the year primarily on the east coast. In lieu of the customary charges associated with quality training, riders are asked to make a donation to the organization. The funds raised throughout the year will provide scholarships to support educational endeavors of collegiate equestrians. Donations can be made payable to: The Robert Lawrence House of Opportunity, P.O. Box 12531, Wilmington, NC 28405 The Robert Lawrence House of Opportunity is a non-profit organization with the mission of bridging the economic gap between quality equestrian instruction and household income. Established in November, 2017 by Robert Lawrence Jacobs, the traveling model of this non-profit organization replicates the one Rob uses for his business, RLJ Stables, LLC which is based in Wilmington, NC. Rob’s passion, love and experience with horses has become the foundation in which to educate, uplift, and inspire other equestrians. In addition to extensive riding experience, Rob’s educational background includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Politics and Equine Business as well as an MBA, both from St. Andrews University, Laurinburg, NC. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Management and Leadership from Walden University. Reflecting on his own experience, Rob recognized that equestrian sports can create a financial burden for some families; consequently, preventing the equestrian from accessing and benefiting from quality training to elevate their horsemanship. The “OPPORTUNITY CLINIC” is open to all riders regardless of income level, age, ability, or experience. Rob partners with barns in different areas who are willing to donate the use of their facility to host the clinic. Although most riders participate on horses they own
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~ Junior Rider Spotlight ~ Peyton Parks
As a student of Rob Jacobs, how has his enthusiasm and passion for teaching improved your riding?
What is your name, how long have you been riding, what city and state is your barn in? My name is Peyton Parks . I am eleven years old and I have been English riding for a little over two years now. I currently ride at Championâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Corner in Wilmington, NC.
Rob creates a positive environment when he teaches. He always includes positive feedback when he talks to his riders about corrections and makes mistakes into teachable moments. He often asks his riders questions to make sure that they fully understand his instructions. These things have helped me become a more aware rider, I am much more in tune with my riding position and contact with the horse. I also feel more focused as a result of his training, he makes me want to be a better rider. Now that the 2018 show season has begun, what is your primary goal for the season? I am in my first year of riding in IEA. My goal is to place in the remaining three regular season shows and qualify for Regionals. What type of competitions do you plan on showing in this season (i.e. IEA, local shows, C Rated, A Rated etc.)? I plan to continue to participate in IEA and upcoming local shows. As a pony lover, how many more years do you have competing on ponies before you move up to competing horses? I am sure that I will have a couple more years to ride on ponies! What do you enjoy most about competing ponies?
Peyton after a good day of showing
I enjoy ponies because they always seem to have a certain attitude and presence in the ring. I call it a tiny but mighty attitude!
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~ Getting to know Peyton & Avery ~ Avery Cumpata What is your name, how long have you been riding, what city and state is your barn in? My name is Avery Cumpata, I have been riding for 4 years and my barn is in Tarboro, NC. As a student of Rob Jacobs, how has his enthusiasm and passion for teaching improved your riding? Mr. Rob makes riding really fun; he gives a lot of guidance and helps me fix even the smallest details. My equitation has improved so much with his help. He talks me through everything; I never have to worry about him being upset with me or my pony which has not been the case with previous trainers.
As a pony lover, how many more years do you have competing on ponies before you move up to competing horses? I am definitely competing at least one more year on my pony, maybe 2. What do you enjoy most about competing ponies? I like to show for the experience, each show is different and I learn something at each one. I leave every show with a plan of what I need to work on.
Now that the 2018 show season has begun, what is your primary goal for the season? My goal for 2018 is to become a better rider; this will be my first year competing in a new division. I am moving out of Short Stirrup and into the Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pony Division. I am just hoping to have a great year with my pony Merlin. What type of competitions do you plan on showing in this season (i.e. IEA, local shows, C Rated, A Rated etc.)? I currently ride on an IEA team with Mr. Rob as well. I will be showing schooling, C Rated shows and I hope to do my first A Show.
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Elementary Interscholastic Riding Association Why should farms and trainers do EIRA? EIRA is a 6 month long program which will feed your business and create traffic flow. The riders enrolled in EIRA will be a cohesive group and take continual lessons throughout the winter. As a farm and a trainer, you will keep children riding regularly during a time that is often considered the “off season”. EIRA will also help your young riders and their parents pursue and develop a passion for riding and competing in horse shows. Many EIRA riders will continue in a riding team program in middle and high school. EIRA is a great way to spark interest in your riding school programs and also in your existing horse show programs. How do I join EIRA?
Why did I begin EIRA?
EIRA is open to riders in grades K through 5. Any farm may join as a team by having at least 3 members and submitting a team membership form. Riders and team coaches simply fill out their membership forms and send them in to the EIRA office. Once the paperwork is complete, the team roster is activated and teams begin competing. Each team and their riders have a maximum of 3 shows to acquire their points (based on ribbon placings) in order qualify for the Championship show. Prizes and trophies are awarded at the Championship show.
As a Mom of an almost 6 year old girl who loves ponies and her barn friends, I wanted a riding program where she could enjoy herself and develop her riding skills . Ella is what drove me to think of EIRA. A place where little girls and boys can enjoy horses and ponies and build friendships, further their riding skills, and be part of a team. What’s better than working as a team and having fun doing it?
EIRA welcomes riders of any age up to age 7 to participate in a leadline class at each show. (Membership and entry fees apply). The concept is to allow little tiny tikes or team member siblings an opportunity to be part of the fun. The class does not count toward team points or towards the championship show. We will be offering a leadline class at the championship show.
What does EIRA stand for? Elementary Interscholastic Riding Association
What is EIRA? EIRA is an affordable team based riding program for children grades K through 5. Children travel to area shows and ride the host farm horses and ponies in classes geared towards riding academy children. Each rider has the chance to qualify for the Championship show both individually and as a team. The Championship show is a showcase of the best teams and best individuals of the EIRA program. “Prizes, ponies, team spirit and FUN are the focus of each EIRA competition.” Why should parents want to do EIRA? EIRA is a low cost program geared towards horse show introduction and skill progression. EIRA is a very good way to introduce your child to horse showing while keeping costs down. There is no need to own your own horse or pony. Entry fees and memberships are affordable. You get all of this and your child is part of a team of friends with individual and team goals.
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Happy Go Lucky 14.2 hand Welsh TB stallion by Alra Blue Radiance out of Swoony Girl This stunning boy offers you all of the qualities youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking for in producing lovely Hunter Ponies. Size, Movement and athleticism topped off with a wonderful disposition and impeccable pedigree. Standing the 2018 breeding season at Old Dogwood Hill Farm, Millford, NJ Contact Edie or Peter Kozak for more info 908-996-2000
2017 colt by Glenhaven Amadeus out of Superstition (Alra Blue Radiance) Lovely colt offering all the qualities one is looking for in a show prospect (on the line and performance). Should mature good size medium. Link to video - click here
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(Clanfair Signature X Sonshine Sneak Preview) Handled by Taylor Carton
(Hilin Predur X Glynhafan Echo) Owned by Becca Hunt
Patty & Susie Eastman 908-692-8546 Colts Neck, New Jersey
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New Bows and other accessories every month.
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Good Luck Tustin Riders 2018
Jillian Pizzi and Secret Crush
Cecelia Whitman & Landâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s End Huckleberry
Mackenzie Young and Lucienne
Wilmer and Oscar
Annalise Gabert and Burberry
Gabriela DeFlece and Belladonna
Becca Baker and Look Again
Allison Reiley and Cure the Blues
Erica Van Dyken and Cherrybrook Just Blue In
Margaret Junkin and Tommy Bahama
Tustin Farm 1430 Marne Highway Hainesport, NJ 609-284-0046 tustinfarmNJ@gmail.com www.tustinfarmNJ.com John Mastriano Audrey Winzinger
Charles Moorcroft By Paisley Ambassadors Alexis and Austin Bauman
“Children become what they are told they are.” – Dorthy Delay Any time you drive past Moorcroft Inc., on Pierson Road in Wellington, Florida, you will see Charlie Moorcroft busy teaching up and coming riders of all ages. His enthusiasm for his young students is bar none and he makes magic happen for so many. His dedication to the sport through instruction, his tireless volunteer hours with different parts of the equine world and his wealth of education has offered so much to so many. When we asked Charlie to do an interview with us, he graciously accepted and gave us insight into his world and how he sees our sport with ponies!
Charles “Charlie” Moorcroft is a regular name heard during season in Wellington, at Pony Finals in Kentucky, Devon, and the indoor circuit. But…. Who is Charlie? Let’s look a little closer into who he is. When asked what his favorite thing is about his job. His response was to watch riders grow up and become better people because of riding. Charlie started riding himself when he was 9 years old. And he has stuck with it and made horses and ponies a career. When asked” What he would do if he was not a trainer?” He responded that he would work in wild life and work with animals.
To really understand who Charlie is as a person, we asked him what two super powers he would have. 1. First Charlie would like to be able to either slow down time or hurry it up. “Time goes far too fast to enjoy the great moments and takes way too long to get past our struggles.” Says Charlie. 2. And when asked if he had all the money in the world, and what he would be doing right now? His response was as pure and honest as it comes. “If I had all the money in the world, I would still be doing exactly what I am doing now but would have helped more people and given more back to our industry and animals in need along the way.” We are very fortunate to have Charlie in our lives. Charlie offered us an opportunity of a lifetime and we will be forever great full. He has offered us so many opportunities to become better riders and better people because he has shown us that it is always important to give back. So now when you see Charlie at a horse show and he says hi to you, feel free to say hi back!
Of course some things about Charlie are easy to understand. His favorite horse show is Pony Finals. What kid does not think Pony Finals is not the best show ever? We asked Charlie who his favorite pony of all time was and he responded, Laugh Out Loud. If you do not know who Laugh Out Loud is, he is an amazing medium pony who Charlie imported in 2007 and he did the greens in 2008. Sydney Schulman had lots of success riding him and it was a great experience for both rider and trainer. Four fun facts about Charlie Moorcroft: 1. He is one of six kids 2. He is extremely shy 3. He gave up eating red meat when he was 10 years old 4. He raises birds and endangered turtles
Wanda Wellbred...”You didn’t hear it from me!” Happy New Year, My Dears!!! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday Season that did not require extra counseling sessions, or medications! I always look for what the new year will bring and in the case of our column lots more “news” right out of the starting gate! My Dears when you are in customer service you must remember you are trying to win over customer loyalty. It seems one Saddle Rep seems to think that bullying perspective clients into purchasing her equipment is the way to go. This rep even went so far as to show up uninvited to a child’s birthday to “close the deal”. One witness said she suddenly showed up clapping along with the clown hired to bring out the child’s birthday cake- so instead of a circus theme it turned into Steven King’s IT, not the look the child’s mother was going for. Needless to say, no deals were closed and she was shown the door. Her antics have earned her a stalker like reputation like a deranged “where’s Waldo” – but instead of the famous red striped shirt she’s carrying a saddle! It seems even trainers have forgotten the art of customer service. Service announcement, My Dears, if you don’t do your job such as - take care of your client’s needs- help them reach goals- communicate with your clients and instead focus solely on your own kids horses, act as though your clients are there for you, moan about your life all the time and even get mad when your clients horses beat yours- and just collect checks from your clients you would have to be thicker than a Transsexual lumber jack – to wonder why your clients leave. One New England Trainer is online crying about losing her two best clients- and yet as one client told me “she would post all day on face book and never return a text or call when my horse was re-
covering from an injury.” My Dear’s don’t get into this business to collect a check- if that’s what you want find another job- your clients are not your ATM’s… they are client’s that you have to answer to- not the other way around. Speaking of needs- it seems one Virginia polo player can’t let go of his ex- girlfriend who broke up with him years ago and is now engaged. So he has taken to desperately trying to find a much younger woman to be his wife- beyond the ridiculous pseudo 18th century wannabe facebook posts he had finally found a 30 year younger girlfriend who appreciated him for – well yes his money- it seems a bit too much because she is now in jail for bilking him out of a big sum. So instead of getting it together he is arrested recently for being with a prostitute- sad course of events- hearts break but they mend- always remember that rushing into things to “prove” something or get back at someone only leads to train wrecks like this. My Dear’s Foxhunting is never the time to decide to get intimate with one’s new romance- how or why these two Northern Fox Hunters thought in this weather – that a check would allot them the time for this is beyond me- but as fate would have it their rendezvous was cut short and in a panic the gentleman tried to mount his horse to cover up his exposed front and only got his foot stuck in the stirrup and was thendragged dangling through a cold creek and past several shocked hunt members- in his full glory bouncing up and down upside down as he was dragged along. In her embarrassment she galloped across a hill top straight into a group of hill toppers- covering her bare chest with her shirt and jacket. Tally Ho My Dears! Keep your wits about you and your eyes and ears open!!! Until next time my Dears- remember someone is always watching- and it’s us!
Until next time ...keep your eyes and ears open!
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Whoa Is Me Farm Offers
Marked With Silver Coming 8 year old 16.2 Warmblood by Silvio.
Started slowly. Jumps around a course with natural changes. Winner 3 year old Filly East Coast Sallie B. Wheeler Championships IHF High Point Filly for 2012 & 2013 Reserve CH Zone 3 & VHSA CH Hunter Breeding 3 year olds 2013 Best suited in a professional program. Whoa Is Me Farm Shannon Ferguson
Little Whiskey Girl
16.1h 2004 Hanoverian Mare Great Adult/Childrens Hunter. Great show record with ribbons at Upperville, Loudoun Benefit, Capital Challenge and WIHS. Grand Champion Adult Amateur US Hanoverian Society 2014 & Reserve CH 2016. 2017 3â&#x20AC;&#x2122;3â&#x20AC;? A/O 18-35 CH American Hanoverian Society Recent x-rays available. Links to Videos: 1, 2, 3
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We currently have a select group of wonderful kids ponies available!
Linus: Medium- Every trainers dream! Perfect for updown lessons through short stirrup. Sweet and quiet, comfortable trot and canter. Saintly pony that specializes in timid kids. He’s a barn favorite. Words don’t do him justice, he’s simply the best! Currently in Wellington, can be leased for weekends, for circuit, or for the year. Very special guy!
GHF Hamptons 849 Hayground Rd
Sunny: Small- Story book pony! Great personality! Can do it all from leadline to short stirrup winner. This pony would make a great first pony! Nothing phases him, great walk trot canter jump and has auto changes. Available for sale or lease. Currently in New York but will be headed to Florida soon!
Lauren Gridley Bridgehampton, NY 11932
Joey-Large- Another trainers dream! This pony will clock around the short stirrup to the large childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ponies. He has no spook and an auto change. He is very eye catching and is a great ride for children of all levels. This pony is low maintenance and thrives in all programs. This pony is available for sale or lease.
My Boy-Medium- My Boy is a beautiful pony who always jumps a 10. A judgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite he will take a kid around everything from the short stirrup to the medium pony hunters. He had a great summer here on Long Island showing the the childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and is ready to teach his next kid the ropes. He has shown all up and down the east coast and is currently in New York. This pony is available for sale or lease.
Paxton-Small-This pony jumps and moves a 10. He is very fancy and has had good results at pony finals including a 9th in the undersaddle in the small regulars. This pony never stops trying to please and is looking for a kid to show him off in the ring. Motivated owner looking to get this pony in a showing situation. Currently in New York and Available for lease.
Training * Shows * Sales
GHF Hamptons 849 Hayground Rd
Lessons * Summer Camp
Lauren Gridley Bridgehampton, NY 11932
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Mouse Diaries From the diary of Johnny M. Elbereons The most important mouse living at Artemis Riding Academy
A sad Sunday
A mournful Monday
The trainer loaded Whinnie into the trailer in the morning. I was a gentleman and let him go first, but before I could get to the trailer the doors went up. I glimpsed a bag in Whinnie’s mouth that he threw at me. I realized it was my belongings. I jumped and just as the truck took off I grabbed the back of the license plate, which held fast, but my paws did not and I fell onto the rocks scratching my body. I tried to run after them, but I couldn’t and my legs gave in and I wept then and there.
Sorry for crying, it’s just that he might leave … Whinnie… sniff sniff. Wwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii iiiiiiiiiillllllllllllllllllllllll… … … … “Whinnie, buddy,” I squeaked, “Have you heard?” “Yep,” said Whinnie, “I know.” “I’m moving away and going home to see my best girl, Emma.” I scurried over to him and he ducked his head low and I squeezed him as hard as I could with my little mouse paws. “Hey Johnny,” he whinnied, “You’re so small that you’re kind of pinching me.” After that, we got one of our great ideas. Whinnie let me scurry onto his head and I hid until we were in the field and then I stood up, grabbed forelock, and shouted ‘charge’ and we galloped in a straight line laughing all the way. Then he set me down, but I had gotten so winded that he had to roll me to the edge of the field. Later, we figured out that it was today he was going home. “You know, Whinnie, it wasn’t just your fault. If Spencer was a bit more firm and a little less frightened, then it might have worked out,” I said in a soft voice. Then it came to me - should I stay with Spencer or go with Whinnie? Later that day, right before sunset, we figured out that Whinnie’s return trip was postponed until the next morning. Whinnie laid down in his field and I curled into a ball on Whinnie’s soft and warm cheek – for our last sunset together-together-together. Unless, I left Spencer. Left my home, the annoying birds I had come to love, especially the Mom who lost her eggshells to these dogs that I’ve come to know so well. They were all my family. After all, I’ve lived here for my whole life. But Whinnie was family too – my best friend, Whinnie.
EPILOGUE It has been about a month since I last saw Whinnie. I’ve been so terribly lonely and sad. Just one week ago, Spencer brought a new pony home to try for a week. He ended up leasing the pony. Spencer is doing well presently; although, I can tell he misses Whinnie almost as much as I do. In fact, I can hardly go to sleep without remembering running after the trailer, our hug, the ponies’ devious plans, us together, Whinnie and Spencer and their last hug filled with such love. All these emotions together felt like they could just melt the world then and there. I’ll have to see about this new pony. We seem to be working out, but I’m not looking for a new best friend right now.
…to be continued
So, I tucked my belongings into a little sack made of a part of a saddle pad that the dogs had chewed up. I put the eggshells in, as well as a few other things, and stored them next to the side of the trailer that would take him from us, but not me, not me.
The Mouse Diaries series is by Paisley Ambassador Spencer Dyson, pictured here with Sircee and Flat Paisley
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BLENHEIM 2018 SHOW SCHEDULE Blenheim Spring Classic I March 21 – 25, 2018 $25,000 Grand Prix Blenheim Spring Classic II FEI CSI-3* March 27 – 31, 2018 USHJA National Hunter Derby Zone 10 NAJYRC Selection Trials Blenheim Spring Classic III April 4 – 8, 2018 $40,000 Grand Prix & WCHR Week Blenheim Spring Classic IV April 11 – 15, 2018 $25,000 & $50,000 Grand Prix USHJA International Hunter Derby Showpark Spring Festival April 26 – 29, 2018 Showpark Ranch & Coast Classic May 8 – 13, 2018 $25,000 & $60,000 Grand Prix USHJA International Hunter Derby WCHR Week June Jamboree at Blenheim May 31 – June 3, 2018
Blenheim June Classic I June 6 – 10, 2018 $25,000 & $30,000 Grand Prix WCHR Week & USHJA/WCHR Spectacular Blenheim June Classic II June 13 – 17, 2018 $30,000 Grand Prix USHJA International & Pony Hunter Derbies Blenheim June Classic III June 20 – 24, 2018 $30,000 Grand Prix Whitethorne Equitation Challenge USHJA National & Pony Hunter Derbies West Coast Pony Hunter Challenge Blenheim Red, White & Blue Classic June 27 – July 1, 2018 $30,000 Grand Prix USHJA Pony Hunter Derby Showpark Summer Festival July 18 – 22, 2018 $25,000 & $30,000 Grand Prix USEF Junior Hunter National Championships & USHJA Hunterdon Equitation Cup, West at the Del Mar Horse Park July 23 – 24, 2018
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Showpark Racing Festival FEI CSI-2* July 25 – 29, 2018 USHJA National Hunter Derby Showpark August Festival August 1 – 5, 2018 $25,000 Grand Prix Blenheim Summer Classic August 15 – 19, 2018 $30,000 Grand Prix CPHA Medal Finals USHJA National Hunter Derby Showpark Summer Classic August 22 – 26, 2018 $25,000 & $50,000 Grand Prix CPHA Foundation Finals Showpark All Seasons Summer Classic August 29 – September 2, 2018 $50,000 Grand Prix Sallie B. Wheeler USEF National Hunter Breeding Championships
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Blenheim Fall Tournament September 12 – 16, 2018 $30,000 Grand Prix ASPCA Maclay Regionals CPHA Green Hunter 3’ & 3’3” Incentive Finals BES Young Hunter Championships International Jumping Festival - Blenheim September 19 – 23, 2018 $30,000 Grand Prix USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Final, West USHJA Jumping Seat Medal Final, West Young Jumper Championships, West Young Jumper Futurity – 4 yr old Regionals North American League (NAL) West Coast Hunter & Jumper Finals The Las Vegas National CSI4*-W November 13 – 18, 2018 Longines FEI World Cup ™ Jumping Las Vegas Markel Grand Prix Series Final WCE Medal Final Show Jumping Hall of Fame Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Final, West
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Edgewoods willow by otteridge foxtrot (9 year old grey geling 13.2)
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Congratulations Hailey Fox & Cool Beans! shja overall champion short stirrup hunter tallahassee, fl
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Winning grand prix jumper, proven sire of sport horses and approved stallion sons At four won Dressage at Devon for mature stallions in hand & USDF Breederâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Challenge Series Final. Won the Six-Year-Old Young Jumper CH with Todd Minikus at the Hampton Classic in 2001 His Grand Prix highlights include third in the $50,000 Sussex GP, second at the $50,000 Rio Vista GP and Won the $100,000 Marshal and Sterling Grand Prix Final.
Old Dogwood Hill Farm Milford, NJ
Dan and Sheila 2009 16.2 TB More Than Ready - Sheilaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Prospect by Not For Love
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photo taken 6 weeks after coming off track Danny is a wonderful option for producing quality sport horse babies. He raced until 2016 winning $233,115. Purchased as a yearling at Keenland for $150k by Zayat Stables. His pedigree makes him equally as appealing to the race and sporthorse market. His dam is by Not For Love (broodmare sire of California Chrome) We are very anxiously awaiting his 2018 foals.
Edie & Peter Kozak 908-996-2000 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; farm
Old Dogwood Hill Farm Our Family has over 40 years in the breeding business. Let us put our expertise to work for you
Old Dogwood Hill Farm Milford, NJ
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by Otteridge Foxtrot for lease or sale 13.2 9 yr old grey gelding reg half welsh Auto change, good movement and jump ready to do the Medium Greens Old Spring Manor
Maranatha Oath Keeper
2016 gelding (will be large) By Maranatha So Brilliant x Telynau Bronze Statue Great temperament and very kind
Maranatha Keep the Faith 5 yr old 14.1.chesnut gelding Started courses Very brave * big bodied * flashy * for sale or lease By Rosales Rigadoon out of Maranatha Keepsake x Telynau Bronze Statue
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Maranatha Flash ~ 2006 Gelding (TELYNAU BRONZE STATUE X TELYNAU DAZZLE) Many top Champion ponies produced for over 25 years VERY REASONABLY PRICED, to very GOOD homes only. Guaranteed temperaments to their first buyer
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Maranatha Pledge ~ (All Daddy’s Silver) (GLANNANT MARINER X LISETER CAPIP’S NECKLACE)
Maranatha So Brilliant (2008 Stallion) (TELYNAU BRONZE STATUE X TELYNAU DAZZLE)
Maranatha Precious (2005) (TELYNAU BRONZE STATUE X LISETER CAPIP’S NECKLACE)
Maranatha Moonshadow (2017) (ROSMEL’S RIGADOON X MARANATHA MELODY)
Maranatha Pirouette (2005) (TELYNAU BRONZE STATUE X MARANATHA BALLET)
Maranatha Keep the Faith (2013) (ROSMEL’S RIGADOON X MARANATHA KEEPSAKE)
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Angela McCann and Instant Karma and Emily Barczak and Gyntaro were the champion and reserve champion Pre Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s/Adult hunters at the St.Timothys Fall Horse Show in Baltimore. Both riders train with Laura Leroy at FoxCreek Farm.
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Taylor Rinaudo was a 2017 BCHSA Blue Merit Award Winner
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Mason Rinaudo was a 2017 BCHSA Year was end blue merit award winner
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Alicia Grandas and Broadway Showtime, trained by Laura Leroy, capped off 2017 as the BCHSA year end Short Stirrup Hunter and Short Stirrup Equitation Champions.
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Trainer Laura Leroy of FoxCreek Farm a d Hala Bailey and Victoria Roemer at the 2017 MHSA Awards Banquet at Camden Yards in Baltimore, MD. Hala and her mare Dark Elegance were the 2017 Regional Adult Equitation Champions and Victoria and Maddox were the regional pleasure pony Reserve Champions.
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Sarah Perry and FoxCreek Farmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gyntaro were Champion in the Low Adult Hunter Division at the BCHSA Benefit Horse Show at McDonogh.
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Angela McCann and Instant Karma were 5th in the 2017 BCHSA Pre-Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s/ Adult Medal Finals. They are trained by Laura Leroy of FoxCreek Farm.
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Kassidi Scarborough and After Dark and her Mom Lisa Scarborough at the BCHSA 2017 Medal Finals where the placed 4th in the Pre-Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s/Adult finals. They are trained by Laura Leroy and FoxCreek Farm.
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Laura Leroy of Fox Creek Farm and her Daughter Victoria Roemer and Maddox. Victoria and Maddox were champion Sm/med pleasure pony at both the BCHSA Benefit show and the MHSA Regional Championship show. Victoria was also named best child rider on a pony at the benefit show. They wrapped up the year champion in the BCHSA small medium pleasure pony and equitation 13 and under divisions and reserve Champion in the MDHSA Pleasure Pony division.
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Juliette Sorum and Dancing Barefoot trained by Laura Leroy and FoxCreek Farm weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re Champion in the Mini Stirrup Division at The BCHSA benefit Horse Show at McDonogh.
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Submitted by Paisley Ambassador Maddie Godard From Pony Hunters To Polo
Maddie and Vermont Black Gold
I started riding when I was really young ( about 3) doing leadline, but really got serious about it when I was 6 or 7. My mom, dad, grandma, aunt, and greatgrandfather were all in the hunter/jumper industry so I guess you could say I was destined to be on a horse. My mom used to ride professionally and is now an amateur and my dad is a course designer and show manager. I have grown up going to horse shows! I train hunters with DFG Stables, Daniel and Cathy Geitner in Aiken, SC. My first ponies name was Twix, a small white pony. Whenever we rode in the field she would put her head down to eat the grass and I had a really hard time pulling her head up again. I even fell off once! I eventually advanced to jumping crossrails and two ponies later I am doing the Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pony division on my pony Andre. I really like jumping and hope that I can one day do the jumpers. I like the thrill of going fast and jumping huge jumps.
Speaking of going fast I also play polo! I started playing polo when I was eight years old. I learned to stick and ball on a barrel-racing pony named Rodeo and I immediately fell in love with the sport. It wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t long before I was playing chukkers and playing in tournements. We even played during Gladiator Polo at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in front of 10,000 people. It was amazing!! It is a great feeling to go really fast and it is nice that polo is a team sport where we all work together. Polo is very different from what I am used to but I have caught on pretty quick. Riding my show pony and having good equitation has helped me to be a better polo player because I can concentrate on my game and not on my riding. My polo coach is Tiger Kneece in Aiken,SC and he owns Polo Adventures. Right now I am riding ponies named Pata, Skyla, and Anarissa. Pata is my favorite. She has really taught me how to be confident and goes really fast and turns on a dime. Showing and playing polo is difficult but worth it especially if you love horses. Polo is a great sport- we use a ball and mallet and try to make goals just like soccer, hockey, and basketball. I think everyone should give it a try if they are lucky enough to get the opportunity. Showing hunters is more like ice skating because you try to make it look effortless. I appreciate the fact that Maddie my parents let me do both and Pata sports. I am really lucky to have parents like them. I also am very lucky to have amazing trainers that believe in me and have helped me become the rider I am today.
Team Equus Events won the Augusta Polo Cup Youth tournament. Picture with my mom and dad and Michael Bradford, Josh Escapite, and Regan Leitner
Horse show buddies- me with Ella Tarumianz and Lilly Geitner
Cathy Geitner giving me and my pony Berry some great advice at the horse show The Gladiator Polo teams with Coach Tiger Kneece
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Submitted by Paisley Ambassador Spencer Dyson I read that you teach the Forward Seat Style of Riding. Can you please explain that to me?
Interview with Ms. Pam Baker. September 24, 2017
When I was 18 years old I attended a clinic in New York where they talked about forward riding and a balanced seat. I was very interested so I attended another clinic at Sweet Briar with Captain Vladmir S. Littauer. He talked about horse mentality and responsiveness…about logical progression. If your horse understands what you want then the horse will be happy and listen. It’s about repetition of habits. With this style you must start with understanding the basics like how to use your legs and how your legs (and body) affect the way your horse moves.
What brings you to the Middleburg Classic today? Are you happy being a trainer? I love the Middleburg Classic. We are lucky to have this venue. The managers are wonderful, the footing is great and the views are wonderful.
My heart sings when someone wants to learn. I’ve been teaching since I was 13 years old and, for me, it’s so fun when a kid really gets it!
Are you a Hunter/Jumper Trainer?
I think that this interview really brings out Mrs. Pam Baker’s opinions about riding and she gave really good advice about what to do when you are ever scared about anything. I also had a chance to watch her coaching one of her students. I heard a lot of the same things that my trainer says. (I think they all read the same books) She did tell the girl she was coaching to wake her pony up and make it pay attention by tapping it – and that if she couldn’t hear the tap then it wasn’t worth doing. When I had a lesson later that afternoon I remembered what she said about fear and tapping the pony and used it and it worked!
I am a Hunter trainer.
I recently had a bad fall off of my pony and I’m still trying to overcome my worry. What advice can you give me and others that are a little scared? Put it over your shoulder. Don’t worry about what will happen and make the right thing happen. Remember, if you ride in fear, then you will fail. Take every day in stride.
You can find more about Pam Baker at her website www.pambakerllc.com
Junior Submission Junior equestrian, Maggie Junkin; Making a Difference One Stride at a Time Maggie’s concern for animal welfare prompted her to start the Mags For Wags initiative in 5th grade. The Mags For Wags initiative aids homeless pets across the USA. Maggie uses the platform of horse show travel to support several rescue/shelter groups across the United States. She makes contacts in the horse show community to help in her efforts towards animal advocacy. Maggie has several rescue missions for which she actively fundraises. She organizes supply drives, money collections and social media promotion. Her motto is “ why shop when you can adopt!”
Maggie at Danny and Ron’s Rescue in Camden, SC
Maggie, a 15 year old 9th grader at Saint Basil Academy, lives with her parents, brother, 6 rescue dogs and 3 cats in Jenkintown, Pa. Her first horse show was the lead line class at Devon. From there she continued on to the pony divisions for several years. She still shows in the large ponies for other owners. Maggie has also successfully piloted her horse, Tommy Bahama, to many Children’s Hunter Championships throughout the country, winning Zone 2 Children’s Hunter Champion in 2016 and qualifying for NAL and WIHS Children’s Hunter Championship for both 2016 and 2017. She is now looking forward to moving into the Junior Hunter ring. Maggie has always had a sincere interest in service, particularly helping homeless animals. She is a huge advocate for animal rescue and tries to promote puppy mill awareness to her peers.
One of her favorite rescues to support is Danny and Ron’s Rescue. (D&RR) Her grass roots efforts include fundraising tables at horse shows from Pennsylvania to Texas, selling Belle and Bow Equestrian products and Kim Ablon-Whitney’s equestrian books and donating all proceeds to Danny and Ron’s Rescue. Maggie also reached out to the Ruespari Belt Company and asked them to create a Danny and Ron Rescue Belt. Again, with proceeds going directly to Danny and Ron’s Rescue. Now, with other projects in the works, the Mags For Wags initiative keeps Maggie busy. Maggie’s interest in helping the homeless also extends to people. She uses her opportunities, while traveling for horse shows, to provide service to humans and canines both. She collects toiletries from her hotel stays and saves them so she can make individual hygiene bags for the homeless to pass out on Martin Luther King Day. Through the last several years Maggie has noticed an increase in the homeless human population with pet dogs. She is currently investigating the ability to set up a pet food drive with her local Pet Smart and Petco to collect pet food to share with area food banks and homeless shelters. She would also like to see Penn Vet use their newly built mobile clinic to offer vaccines and wellness visits for the pets of the homeless in Philadelphia.
Finally, we are very excited to share Maggie’s involvement as a Junior Changemaker to support the new film “Life in the Doghouse” that features the inspiring story of Danny and Ron’s Rescue founders, Danny Robertshaw and Ron Danta. Maggie Junkin is joining a movement of young adults across the country as a Junior Changemaker behind Ron Davis’ new film, Life in the Dog House. In a leadership role, Maggie will design plans and support the launch of a 1,000,000 kid campaign, reaching out to local communities to inspire change and community ownership of animal rescue. Her role includes social media marketing, fundraising, public relations and thought leadership regarding the film. Maggie encourages her fellow junior equestrians to think of ways they can help their own communities. Think outside of the box. Small efforts add up; One stride at a time. Keep up with Maggie by reading her posts on the blog, www.belowthecutoff.com or on instagram@ maggiejunkin
Life in the Dog House is due to be released in 2018. The film produced by Ron Davis, who also produced Harry and Snowman, will tell the inspiring story of Danny and Ron’s Rescue. The film will showcase their unique approach to dog rescue. Following the release of Life in the Dog House, all funds raised by Maggie, will be allocated to a dog rescue of her choice. Please help Maggie support the film Life in the Dog House and help future dogs in need. Donation info at right: Please mark “Maggie Junkin, Life in the Dog House” on the memo line.
Submitted by Paisley Ambassador Spencer Dyson Fox Hunting sounds exciting. Can you tell me more about it? One of the first steps in fox hunting is making sure that your horse gets used to what you are doing. A good way to begin is with drag hunts. That is where you use a fake fox tail, scented with real fox, and then drag it around and teach the horse to follow the scent. Also, stay in the back of the fox hunt and learn everything until you work your way to the front. My daughter also fox hunts.
Interview with Mr. Andrew Ellis of Haven Hill Farm on September 24, 2017 by Spencer Dyson
What brings you to the Middleburg Classic today? I am working here today as the announcer and paddock master. Our farm, Haven Hill, also brought 10 horses here to the show this week and my wife was riding.
What or whom inspired you to devote your life to horses?
My parent inspired me. My stepdad was a jockey and trainer, my Mom was rider, and my sister also rode.
Do you ride horses? If so, what style?
I did ride horses when I was younger. I rode hunter, jumper, did fox hunting and even dressage. (When I was growing up Dressage was taught as a part of the foundation of riding.) I had a very bad accident around the age of 13 or 14 and mostly stopped riding after that. Now, I occasionally ride when I go back to my parents’ farm in North Carolina.
I see that you are a horse show manager? How did you become involved in that? What kind of training does it take and what is involved in it?
While going to college I worked as a groom. It was very hard work and the pay wasn’t where I needed it to be. I knew I wanted to work in the horse world so I learned all the jobs found at a horse show. Jobs commonly found at horse shows include the manager, paddock master for the in gate, judge, steward, farrier, veterinarian, awards and hospitality staff. I primarily work as an announcer and horse show manager. In order to be good at this job you have to know how to do every job at the horse show – it is not just about directing others.
I read that you and your wife import horses from Europe to sell. Do you travel there yourself?
I have traveled there, but it’s mostly my wife that makes the trip several times per year. We bring back 4 or 5 horses at a time and “Americanize” them for a few months to turn them from Jumpers into Hunters and then sell them. I thought that it was very cool that Mr. Andrew Ellis knows how to fox hunt and that he is so committed to the horse world. He was also very thoughtful and gave me a package of nice model jumps. You can find more about Mr. Andrew Ellis on his website at www.havenhill.farm/home.html.
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Thank you to everyone who made 2017 the most magnificent year of my life! The USHJA Foundation, The USHJA, The Gochman family, Chris Gemmill, Robin Greenwood, Rob Jacobs, Bill Rube, Bernadette Pupilla, Cindy Taylor and Paisley Magazine, Abbie Little, Denise Antoniadis, Kathryn Lily Equestrian, US Rider and Mom and Dad. I love all of you!
Thank you from the bottom of my heart. ~Ella Doerr
Submitted by Paisley Ambassador Ryder Richardson The Hard Goodbye
If you are a growing pony rider, then you will eventually be in the same predicament that I have been in this year. I am (finally) growing taller and my riding has been progressing to the point that I am ready for different challenges. Ponies are expensive and I was told that if I wanted to move up, I would need to sell one or both of my beloved ponies. I was faced with the dilemma of moving forward or standing still. The thing about my ponies is that they are not ordinary ponies. They are perhaps the most animated, silly, loving, and sometimes way-too-sassy little creatures. My grey pony Luna has been my best friend since I got her right after a bad head injury in 2014. She helped me rehab from that trauma and I have spent many of my happiest and darkest days with her by my side. Luna taught me to be an effective rider and challenged me every step of
the way. Whereas Luna made me sit up and dig in, Sally taught me how to ride gently and honestly with finesse and trust. Sally gave me some of my most incredible riding â&#x20AC;&#x153;ah-haâ&#x20AC;? moments. Both of them gave me more love and affection that I was deserving of. The thought of having to say goodbye to my precious ponies had me feeling sick. Would their new owners love them as I do? Would they be overworked? Would they still feel special? Would they feel like I have abandoned them? Would they know how grateful that I am to have shared in part of their lives? Would they miss me? Could I live without them? In talking with my trainer and family, it was decided that I needed to sell both ponies to move on. I have very big goals with my riding career and as
On the day that the sale was final and Molly came to pick up my ponies, I went out to the barn early to give the girls lots of treats. I felt like they picked up on my nervous energy because Luna was prancing around like a two-year-old filly and Sally was actually super cuddly and didn’t try to bop me in the head once. We took some pictures and I gave them my private goodbyes. Molly arrived and for the first time in a long time I was excited. Seeing Molly and remembering her amazing horse care and how she loves and advocates for ALL animals, my heart was finally at peace. I know that we had made the right choice. My ponies seemed to remember Molly and gladly walked behind her to jump on the trailer. We signed the sale paperwork and off they went. I watched the trailer drive down the long driveway and I was happy. All of the uncertainty that I had been feeling over the past few weeks just floated away. much as I want to keep my ponies, it just isn’t financially possible. Over the past few months, I have been mentally preparing myself for the inevitable. My mom let me make the sales advertisements for both my ponies. None of it seemed fair to me. How could I set a price on my most prized possessions? How could I tell people that my ponies were deserving and cherished and loved beyond recognition but that I was a selfish boy for even thinking of selling them… Then it happened. Someone put in an offer to buy both of my ponies. My former trainer, Molly, someone that I really respect wanted to purchase BOTH my ponies. It was a situation that was too good to be true. My ponies would go to a person that I know would take care of them and they would be together. Even though it was the best possible outcome, I was going to have to face reality. My ponies were actually going to leave me. Every emotion possible bubbled up. In waiting for my babies to move to their new home, I had days where I couldn’t get enough of kissing their precious noses. But I also had days where I couldn’t stand the thought of being with them at the barn that it would be too painful to see them and I know they were leaving. I also had days where I wanted my mom to take pictures and document every snuggle, every out of place whisker, every fuzzy moment between the two of us. I suppose in a way, it was my way of letting go.
The first few days were a little bit difficult because I didn’t know what to do with myself. I have not been horseless in years. Do I go to the barn? Do I take my tack truck home? What on earth do I do. That’s the beauty of it, the future is wide open. I haven’t started searching for my new best friend yet but I think I will know when I am ready........and that is something to truly get excited about. It’s a New Year and anything AND everything is possible.
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The 12 Days of Christmas, Pony Edition On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me, a pony under the Christmas Tree! 2 polo wraps 3 brushes 4 cookie jars 5 saddles 6 bridles 7 pairs of spurs 8 ponies bucking 9 golden bits 10 water buckets 11 dogs barking 12 trainers yelling
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riding lesson at PBRA, I trained with Tom Matthews, and I rode a pony named “Prince”, who lives up to his name. It was also fun to meet the other riders at PBRA and stay connected to them throughout the year on my Instagram. Following the riding lesson, we went back across the street to see the United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) Hunter Spectacular, and it really was spectacular! It was so breathtaking to be able to see so many of my hunter jumper idols compete just in front of my eyes. What I loved most about being at WEF was meeting Mary Babick, President of the USHJA who could not have been nicer during our visit. I also loved the WEF venue at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. During the weeks at WEF there are tack trailers everywhere, so much to do and when you look around there is not a single horse that looks out of place. It was such a fun trip thanks to my Mom for taking me, and for others help as well.
Hi Paisley Pony fans! My name is Emma Monroe, and this is my first year of being a Paisley Pony Alumni Ambassador; I had a blast! Let me tell you a little bit about myself: I am 13 years old and I am from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I own one pony named Bailey, aka Lazy J Silver Bail. She is the best pony I could ever ask for, and although she is not always perfect, she has taught me a ton since I have received her during Christmas of 2014. Over the course of the 2017 year I had some amazing opportunities that have come across my path. To start off the year, my mom and I visited Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) in Wellington, Florida for the first time. There I had the opportunity to take a riding lesson with the Palm Beach Riding Academy (PBRA), thanks to Jessica Nichols, PBRA Director. Prior to going to WEF, we reached out to PBRA to see if there was an opportunity to take a lesson and they welcomed us to ride with them. The PBRA has a beautiful facility, located on the showgrounds of the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. For my
Over the summer, I attended the summer equestrian camp at Auburn University. That was one of my highlights of the year. I was excited that at the camp, there were so many other girls my age who have so much in common with me. The camp really made it feel like what it’s like to be on a college equestrian team. Everyone stays in dorms, and every day everyone wakes up and goes to the barn to ride, then take care of the horses and tack. Once everything was done, we would go on tours and walk around the Auburn University campus. One of my favorite things about
the camp was at the end of the week when our parents came to watch, there was a scrimmage type event that every camper was able to compete in. I had such a fun time at the almost weeklong camp, and I am already looking forward to more in the future. Coach Greg Williams at Auburn shared his amazing story of how the team was started and how he built it from an Auburn University club program to Auburn’s 21st varsity sport--talk about inspiring! Coach Williams and the Assistant Coaches were on hand throughout our camp helping us learn what it is really like to be part of a collegiate equestrian team. My own pony Bailey and I also had a adventurous year, we took her to several USEF Hunter Jumper shows and Welsh Pony breed shows including the Welsh Pony & Cob Association (WPCSA) American National Show in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Welsh Pony & Cob shows are so much fun, same as in USEF Hunter Jumper shows, everyone is so supportive and helpful. We had a lot to work on in order to get ready for the WPCSA National show as we decided to show a new discipline--Western Pleasure. The WPCSA American National show takes place annually in Tulsa, Oklahoma during the Tulsa State Fair. The horse show was a blast, and the great thing was that once we were done riding and taking care of the horses, we could go to the fair, ride rides, and eat the best food ever. Over the course of the show, I competed in English Pleasure, Western Pleasure, Junior Handler Halter, and Pony Hunters. I was so surprised when Bailey won the Junior Western Pleasure Reserve National Champion, especially since we had only practiced a couple times before. What is really neat is that Bailey’s sire, Flying Diamond the Bailef is also a champion in Western--the Extreme Cowboy races. The win in western pleasure was also memorable because I rode in my mom’s old western tack from when she competed there as a kid. The WPCSA American
National Show is also great because of the number of Welsh Pony & Cob breeders that come from all over North America. These breeders including Lazy J, Caddo, Rollingwoods, Johnson Sport Horses, Smoke Tree, along with many others are there. I was so lucky to meet Gail Morris who started the Gayfields Welsh Ponies at the show too. It was fun to hear her stories of traveling to Wales and visiting pony farms there. Following Welsh Pony Nationals, I started working hard to move Bailey from the Children’s Hunter Ponies to the Medium Green Division. We traveled to Pensacola, Florida for our first time in the Division in December. My Bailey was not her best and we still have a lot of work to do but we are going to keep working hard and I really hope we are able to qualify for Pony Finals in 2018. Overall, the 2017 year has been one to remember because of the amazing opportunities I experienced and the places we visited. This would have not been possible without the help of my parents and the village to helps us as my Mom trailers me and my pony to all our lessons and shows. Flat Paisley also had quite the year as well, being able to visit all of these places with me and take some fun pictures. I can’t wait for many more exciting adventures, and I wish everyone the best of luck in 2018. Connect with me in 2018 on Instagram @silverbailpony. Happy New Year!
Charlotte Heide @photography.crh Madison, Anabelle and Ellie looking forward to wonderful 2018 show season
Flat Paisley Dejah Valdez of Team Paisley
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Over the holidays, Dawson went to help out at a local therapeutic riding program called Mitey Riders! All of the children were in the Christmas Spirit, as well as ponies and volunteers dressed as reindeer! Lesson games included “Herd the Reindeer” where riders had to steer towards a “reindeer,” “tag” them, and push them into “pens” which were poles by the help of their pony’s noses!
Misty Meadows Mitey Riders is a therapeutic riding program located in Weddington, NC. Mitey Riders is home to 5 PATH International Certified Instructors, 65+ special needs children (and their families!), and many amazing equine partners. Misty Meadows Mitey Riders is a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center. The program operates four days a week with the help of over 200 volunteers. Misty Meadows Mitey Riders, Inc. became a 501(c)(3) organization in 1998, and has offered comprehensive equine therapy sessions to special needs children at no cost to their families for twenty years. We invite you to navigate through our web site, learn about our program, our riders, our horses and our objectives. Additionally, we invite you and your family to come visit our program and see for yourself the miracles that can happen on horseback. www.miteyriders.org
Pony Mutiny - Submitted by Paisley Ambassador Spencer Dyson Dear humans, I bear news … the ponies are plotting against you! Yes, I have recently heard them snorting when you are not there. Here is the story... The Ponies were angry because instead of them having any time off over the hot summer months they were ridden and dragged out to horse shows even more than usual! REBELLION!!!! MUTINY!!!!!! You stinky humans will pay dearly (in horse treats.) Their goal, simple… make the kids cry and the trainer pass out from screaming. All the ponies were in the barn and there were no humans. I heard Trickster talking and only partially paid attention. Here are the tidbits that I heard: “…here is what I will do to…” “… MOOHOOHAHAHA…” “… and then that leads to …” “… and there is my plan!” And then another pony chimed in”…no, that’s not naughty enough…” The ponies took their turns scheming. After they went to sleep I realized what they were doing: they were plotting what they would do to their humans! I watched them, and without fail they did what they said that they would do. Well, except for one who chickened out because he was just on a monthly lease and didn’t want to go home. Let’s talk about the pony, Trickster’s naughtiness. (Trickster belongs to a boy named Sean that rides at the same barn as Sean.) On Monday, as Sean walked Trickster up to the barn from the ring, Trickster suddenly picked up a canter. He pulled the reins out of Sean’s hands in order to run over and start grazing on the grass. Sean tried to catch Trickster, but Trickster cantered away again. Sean tried to catch Trickster again, but Trickster cantered away again (repeat process 6 times). Finally, after some yelling between Sean and his Dad, they decided to get a bucket of grain to trick Trickster into coming to them. It took a couple of tries to get Trickster’s attention. Trickster told me was thinking that he wanted to be naughty and stay uncaught, but gave in because he didn’t want to be so naughty at the price of a good treat.
Sean was at the barn giving Trickster a spa day on Tuesday, but that still didn’t make Trickster happy. Trickster had his plan and was being a brat. When Sean was picking Trickster’s hoof he refused to pick it up – at all. Finally, Sean spanked Trickster a couple times so Trickster did lift up his hoof. BUT, while Sean was picking the back hoof Trickster let out gas (EWW!) – in Sean’s face! Even I smelled it through the stall door. At Wednesday’s lesson, Trickster schooled Sean at the mounting block. When Sean tried to get on at the mounting block the pony took two steps forward. Then Sean climbed off the mounting block, dragged it into the new position and tried again, but Trickster did the same thing! Sean moved the mounting block again and just as he lifted one foot over the saddle, Trickster took another 3 steps forward and Sean missed it. By the time Sean finally mounted up he, the pony and the mounting block were halfway across the ring! Sean’s trainer did yell at him to get it together and figure it out. Sean did not look happy, but Trickster sure did. Thursday, Trickster was being perfect, until he wasn’t. On the way to his field after a nice warm bath Trickster grabbed at a bale of hay and instead of taking one bite, he picked up the whole bale to carry with him. Sean laughed and got it out of his mouth. “It was supposed to be evil,” muttered Trickster. When they finally got to the field Trickster got a Grinchy smile. Sean let him free in his paddock and Trickster laid down and didn’t move, except for breathing. Sean got worried and Trickster could tell. Trickster was happy he got Sean upset. However, when Trickster tried to throw his body weight over to get up he found that he was too plump to roll! Sean wins this round? It’s FINALLY Friday, thought Trickster. He had the perfect idea – ‘a classic,’ he thought with a chuckle. This was a sure way to make Sean cry. Trickster behaved well coming into the field and through tacking up. Sean thought Trickster was back to being good. When Sean went to make Trickster trot…Trickster didn’t listen. Instead, he started bucking Sean wildly. Sean started to get upset and his trainer yelled at him to straighten up and be the boss. Sean got mad and cropped Trickster hard! Trickster started crying and trotting and doing what Sean said.
…to be continued
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“Love from Pearl”
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Wilbur’s Posts... Thank goodness it warmed up here just a bit so I can feel my hoovies and type a bit- it has been SO very cold up here in NJ- one can’t think of much besides eating and trying to stay warm. Well today brought two very welcome things! One- the temperature went above freezing for the first time in about two weeks AND I received a package from Jenny at The Treat Barn! Now if you don’t know who Jenny is- I will tell you! She was Buddy’s alltime favorite person (besides his mom). She used to send him the most delectable treats and he was pretty much for sure her number one fan! Well I got the column kind of by default- but the one thing all of us that do the column know- is about Buddy’s love for The Treat Barn and I can tell you why! Her treats are all handmade and made with LOTS of love!! She pours her heart into everything she makes and it shows…you can taste the love (I know- it sounds corny but order some yourself and try them and you will find out what love tastes like!) You can find The Treat Barn on Facebook! I was so excited to get the treats- partly because they are scrumptious but also because I haven’t received any in a bit. I know I don’t have Buddy’s charm- nor do I have the worldliness he possessed- I will never win a blue ribbon at Devon like he did- or be a coveted horse that people all want…I’m just Wilbur. I’m a simple guy- I’ve never won a ribbon- I’m blind in one eye- I’m rather stout and a bit rude (I want what I want when I want it)…but I’m kind and have my own personality and experiences. I might not have won at a horse show but I’ve trail ridden with the best of them- I’m fast as lightening (ok- hero in my own mind- but I’m pretty fast for a short guy) – I’m old (mom says as dirt- though I don’t know how old dirt is) but I still can hang. I hold my own with the other horses (from across the fence) but I have lots of great memories and no one can take them away. I’ve gotten to do lots of great things in my almost 40 years on this earth… Keep this in mind sometimes as you go through life- not everyone can be judged by the same criteria. We are all smart- pretty- useful- talented- or whateverin our own way. We don’t all have to be judged the same way. So besides being excited to get fabulous treats- I’m very excited about this issue of The Paisley Magazine. It is an online fundraiser issue. People donated to help some of the wildfire victims in California. There was no charge for ad placement. The magazine felt that it was important to try and do something to help- and this was a good way! From what I hear they are going to make this an annual thing. Each year around the holiday they will pick an organization or cause to support and do another fundraiser edition. There will not be a charge for ad placement- people will just need to make a donation of any
size to be included in the fundraiser edition. I love being part of an organization that feels it is important to give back…and not just take. Another exciting thing in this issue is the Junior Submissions! There are so many talented kids out there and it’s wonderful to be able to showcase a few of them in this issue. We will be continuing this throughout the year, so if you know of, or are, a junior with a talent you would like to share, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org! Lastly, I am thrilled to have Thalia Gentzel’s Pony Profiles in this issue. This is not all of her articles, but we included a lot of them and WOW are they fantastic! Thalia is missed by everyone that knew herboth for her kindness and her knowledge. She was one of a kind and we are all so proud to be able to make her articles available to others. That was one of her final requests of us, to be sure her information was shared. We hope you love her stories as much as we do- and look for more in the upcoming STALLION ISSUE! Well this is it for now- I’m off to enjoy the slightly warmer temperatures while they last. If anyone needs a pasture companion someplace warm- be sure to let me know! Wishful thinking- but who knows- had to put it out there. Looking forward to a wonderful 2018!
Buddy in 2004 enjoying his birthday cake from The Treat Barn
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Jimmy and Paisley go to The White House By Will Kennedy
It was a hot June day when Jimmy Johnson and his pony, Paisley, were going to check the mail. Paisley opened the mailbox and an envelope decorated with the Presidential Seal fell out. “Ooh, a letter for me?” Paisley whinnied excitedly. “And it’s from the White House! I wish you could come too, but it’s just for me.” “You better tell the truth, fur-brain!” Jimmy scolded. “I’m just messing with you. It’s for both of us.” Paisley said. “Let’s open it and see what it says!” Jimmy picked up the envelope and read it aloud: “Dear Jimmy Johnson and Paisley Pony, It would be wonderful if you could come to give pony rides at my daughter Sasha’s birthday party at the White House on Wednesday, June 10, 2009, from 12:00 noon to 3:00 PM. We have heard about how you won the Kentucky Derby and how you visited the Veterans’ Hospital last Thanksgiving. I do hope you can come. We’ll see you then. Sincerely, Barack Obama President of the United States of America” “June 10!” Paisley exclaimed. “That’s next week!” After Jimmy told his parents about the letter, they called the White House to say that they could come.
“Okay,” Paisley said. She lifted up her feet one by one, showing the guards her horseshoes. “False alarm,” one guard said. “It was just the pony’s horseshoes.” The guards waved them on and hey went through the gate, and Michelle Obama, Sasha, and Malia were anxiously waiting at the White House Portico. Jimmy and Paisley got off the trailer, and Sasha screamed with excitement. “Oh my gosh, it’s really them!” Sasha exclaimed. Michelle Obama led Jimmy and Paisley to the White House lawn, which looked out at the Washington Monument. Most of the kids were classmates of Sasha and Malia, because they were wearing Sidwell Friends School T-shirts. They were hula- hooping, playing kickball, and ‘Pin The Tail on the Donkey’. Paisley saw the kids playing ‘Pin The Tail on the Donkey’ and said to Jimmy: “I hope they don’t try that on me.” The kids noticed Jimmy and Paisley and ran over for pony rides. “Now everyone,” Michelle Obama said. “It is Sasha’s birthday, so she should get the first pony ride.” Sasha got up on Paisley and Jimmy led her around the White House lawn.
The next week, Jimmy and Paisley headed for the White House in a two-horse trailer. At the front gate two guards stopped them and sent them through a security screening. When one of the guards passed the security wand over Paisley’s hooves, the metal detector went off.
After the pony rides, everyone went into the Rose Garden for a BBQ. The White House chef started making everybody Hot Dogs and Hamburgers.
“Lift up your feet, Paisley,” Jimmy suggested.
“I have an idea,” The chef said. “Paisley can have corn-on-the-cob.”
“But what can Paisley have?” Jimmy asked. “Horses can’t eat meat.”
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“Here, Paisley, I got you something,” he said, feeding her a treat. He then gave her a beautiful blue saddle pad with the Presidential Seal on it. Soon afterwards, Jimmy came back outside, feeling a bit sorry for Paisley. “You would have liked the cake,” Jimmy said. “Well, you missed President Obama coming out and giving me a treat and this beautiful saddle pad!” Paisley replied. “He’s so cool.” As Jimmy and Paisley were loading up to go home, Sasha and Malia came running up to say goodbye. “Thanks for coming,” Sasha said. Malia then added, “The pony rides were great.”
“Sounds tasty,” Paisley said, but only Jimmy heard it. When the chef handed out the food, Paisley eagerly chewed the corn all up. Everyone laughed.
Two weeks later, Jimmy Johnson and his pony, Paisley, were going to check the mail. Paisley opened the mailbox and an envelope with the Presidential Seal fell out. Jimmy and Paisley both moaned, “Here we go again!” The End?
Later, when everyone went inside to have cake and ice cream, Jimmy told Paisley to stay outside and wait. Paisley was waiting patiently when all of a sudden President Obama walked onto the lawn.
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Pony Profiles with Thalia Gentzel
We were honored to have the late Thalia Gentzel write for us. We hope you enjoy this look back at many of her incredible articles from years past.
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What a week it was! The USEF Pony Hunter Finals 2006! By Thalia Gentzel
Reprint from November/December 2006
The Wild Horsefeathers/USEF Pony Hunter Finals at Kentucky Horse Park brought forth record numbers of ponies which called for an additional day of competition this year. From Wednesday through Sunday, August 9 to 13, the arenas were full to bursting from early morning to dusk as 447 hunter ponies performed for judges Ralph Caristo, Robert Crandell, and Julie Winkel. Sale, medal, and jumper entries further increased the totals. Yet, as one pony show mom expressed it, “We all have the same understanding with the same passion!” One hundred sixty GREEN PONIES led off on Wednesday and Thursday with 42 smalls, 48 mediums, and 70 larges! Claim To Fame journeyed from CA to capture the Small and Grand Green titles as well as the Green Welsh Pony award with 12 year old catch rider, Reed Kessler, who had previously owned and shown her sire, Cardiff Mardi Gras. Medium Green and Reserve Grand Green Champion was 14 year old Paige Bellisimo’s Welsh cross, Godiva. Godiva and Claim To Fame were tied with 983 points but the latter had more points over fences so emerged as champion. Large Green winner was 14 year old Kaitlin Campbell with Patty Miller’s Welsh/Thoroughbred cross, Dawned On Me. The presentations were cut short by a violent rainstorm sweeping in- and this also forced the USEF Pony Medals indoors on Friday. Numerous ponies objected to The MEDALS being held in the indoor arena and some ducked out on their responsibilities. There were nearly 200 competitors over the Richard Jeffery course and 25 were called back for a second ride under judges Scott Hofstetter and Frank Madden. Finally ten were selected and from them, two were called to ride on the flat without stirrups- Olivia Jack and Samantha Schaefer. By that time the suspense was super intense for riders and spectators alike! The arena atmosphere was hushed until 12 year old Samantha emerged as the victor! She had been reserve in both the large and small green divisions with Robin Greenwood’s Dutch Welsh crossbred, Emerson and Kibby Schipper’s Argentine, Diamonds N’Rust, so this was a welcome achievement!
Winners in this mammoth competition were: 1- Samantha Schaefer 2- Olivia Jack 3- Victoria Colvin 4- Schaefer Raposa 5- Christina Lin 6- Amber Henter 7- Lia Poin 8- Victoria Bauer 9- Ashton Alexander 10- Hannah Bedwell The weekend saw huge numbers of DIVISION PONIES in competition- 83 larges, 124 mediums, and 80 smalls. The LARGE CHAMPION was Paulena Johnson’s Cherrybrook Blue Suede Shoes, a welsh/TB son of Gayfields Vida Blue, with Jennifer Waxman in the irons. MEDIUM CHAMPION with 85-85-85 over fences with a total of 1002 points was Rockette. A welsh cross by JLA Sir William, with Kaitlin Campbell, 14, doing the honors for owner Rachel Degabrielle. Robin Greenwood’s British Riding Pony, Super Trooper, scored 1000 to be the CHAMPION SMALL ridden by Schaefer Raposa, 12- and that score pulled them into Reserve Overall Grand right behind Rockette, the OVERALL GRAND CHAMPION of the 287 division ponies! Note that all the champions were handled by catch riders. New York won the STATE TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP. Lakeview NickNack by *Rhoson Agano was the top VIRGINIA BRED PONY. The evenings were electric as the PONY JUMPERS competed in the indoor for individual and team honors. The rafters shook as 15 year old Amber Siegelman’s clean rounds took home the INDIVIDUAL GOLD to nearby Versailles, KY with her Welsh/Dutch cross, The Waterboy. Of the 4 faulters, SILVER medalist was 12 year old Marshall Shear with his Irish pony, Pikatchu, whose time of 36.904 edged out 11 year old Claudia Billups, who
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Pony Hunter Finals Through the years ... continued hammered out the BRONZE with her Argentine, Salsa, at 40.908. Amber was also the winner of the cherished Buttons ‘n’ Bows SPORTSMANSHIP Trophy donated by Bates Newton in memory of Maxine Best.
Molly Sullivan & Tristan’s Party Shoes
Zone 10 riders, Madeline Burkhartsmeier, Jocelyn Neff, and Mackenzie Rosman with an average age of 13, emerged as TEAM CHAMPIONS despite the fact that they had only 3 riders instead of the usual 4 which meant they had no low score to drop. This HUGE week was in marked contrast to the first Pony Finals at Fairfield Hunt Club, CT in which 18 ponies- 9 small and 9 larges- competed! In 1967, 19 smalls and 11 larges had qualified at 11 selected events. The customary model, hack, and over fences were judged, but back then each phase had equal weight in the judging. Three state teams competed from MA, CT, and KY.
Now we journey back through the years:
5 YEARS AGO At the 2001 something new and exciting exploded onto the scene at the Western N.C. Agricultural Center in Ashville- PONY JUMPERS! Modeled after the Prix de States team competition for junior jumpers at Harrisburg, this new event was designed to give pony riders the opportunity to learn new skills and to pull together as teams. And the Individual Championship required good scores over three separate courses, proving that a rider was consistent and capable, not just lucky.
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Thirty-two ponies competed in the first round with 17 qualifying for the shortened second round course. Then, in a 14 pony jump-off, Kathleen Scott, topping by 2.25 seconds the score of Kristen Vanderveen on Bull Runs Super Sonic. The next Scott sister, Kassandra, was third with Mack the Knife.
Team Champions were from Zone 5: Super Sonic, Frosty/Elizabeth Votruba, TNT/Eric Sassmannshausen, and Zoombini/Hilary Vijan. Reserve team was from Zone 10: Eloise/T. Albrecht, Kiss Me Quick/S. Middlebrook, Giobhandy Eire/M. Chloe, Breezy/M. Sullivan. And so the Pony Jumpers were off to a flying start! Not so, the Pony Hunters.
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Pony Hunter Finals Through the years ... continued 2001 is remembered as the year the hunters had so very many refusals at the first fence, yet the big winner was a brave green pony showing in the Mediums! Molly Sullivan chose to ride her Tristan’s Party Shoes in the division and not only won that with 1043 points, but went on to win the Grand Championship out of 261 ponies! Reserve Medium and Reserve Grand was Addison Phillips with Mrs. Quentin Alexander’s Wild Blue scoring 1013.5. 100 mediums competed! Caitlin Donovan found the ticket to Katrina Wood’s Polaris Moonbeam to be Large Champion with 1009 in the field of 77 ponies. April Wehle and Are You Kidding were close behind with 1007.5. Caitlin’s Helicon Take Notice won out of 74 smalls with Nicoletta von Heidegger whose own half-sister to “Alexis”, Silver Steps, was sick and couldn’t make the trip. Nicoletta had “really wanted to show that California can be as good as the East Coast” and had her dream come true with a score of 1010.5. Reserve was Serendipity and Keri Guanciale with 1006. Large Green and Grand Green Champion were (Cherrybrook) Blue Suede Shoes and Lindsay Nolan. Bluegrass and Megan Schell were Reserve. Fortune Cookie and Jaime Gibson were the Medium Green and Reserve Grand Green followed by Rainsox and Callie Leone. Small Green Champion was Laura Forsberg with First Edition. Reserve went to Dawn’s Early Light and Kaitlin Campbell.
In the Green Division there were 49 Larges, 35 Mediums, and 19 Smalls. Just think how this division has grown in the past five years as competition has now expanded to two days! State Team Champions were from Massachusetts: Tristan’s Party Shoes and Tippy Hedron with Molly Sullivan and Aspen Spring with Paige Bellissimo.
was the tie! Jill said, “Vanessa is a good friend and it was nice to share the award with her.” Truly a win-win situation! Medium Champion was Straight Talk with Bradley Schneller while Bradley Schneller while Tin Man and Lauren Sexton were in the Reserve Champion Position.
Pony Medal Champions were Courtney Reese and Sloane Coles.
Silver Steps and Ashley Aldrich won the Smalls with Dollhouse One and Only ridden by Jennifer Berol Bliss Reserve Champion.
Winner of the Buttons ‘n’ Bows Sportsmanship Trophy was Dominique Mungin.
The High Point Team of Dollhouse One and Only, Straight Talk, and Tin Man won for New York.
Top Virginia Bred Pony was Wild Blue.
Medal Champion, Ashley Baker, 14 of CT, felt that “riding in the big grass field was definitel different from showing in a closed arena, but it was fun. The first round was really hard with a lot of tight turns and forward lines.” She went on to best a field of 168 riders with Esme McCarthy in second position.
10 YEARS AGO There was a really unusual circumstance at the 1996 Finals at Ox Ridge Hunt Club in CT when friends, one from each coast, tied not only for the Large Pony Championship but the Grand Hunter Championship. Jill Betuker, 13 of Connecticut, with remember the Laughter was hoping to take home the top award as she had missed it by a few points the year before- and it was looking good after wins in both the model and the hack plus a 9th over fences. Vanessa Haas, 14 of California, with Indiana Jones found the course challenging as “You had to choose the outside or inside jump at each fence. There were no clear lines. I wasn’t sure how I placed.” But the number one spot was hers and *Bingo* there
Brittany Denton won the Buttons n’ Bows Sportsmanship Trophy. Straight Talk was the top Virginia Bred pony.
15 YEARS AGO Back in 1991, 11 year old Liza Towell was “Tickled Pink” to win the Large Pony and Grand Championships with Mr. and Mrs. Brownlee Currey’s pony of that name! “It was great and I was surprised to win. It was fun- I was able to see
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Pony Hunter Finals Through the years ... continued many of my friends that I don’t get to see because they live far away. And here the ponies don’t get forgotten. They’re the best of the best!” Tickled Pink had won the hack and went into the jumping phase in fourth place, then had an 84.5- the best over fences score of the whole competition- out of 94 larges and 221 ponies overall! Galen Mica, ridden by Amanda Lyerly for Marley Goodman, was Reserve Champion Large for the second year in a row. He had the second highest score of the Finals, an 82.5, and was also Overall Reserve Grand- by half a point! Another Goodman entry, Turtle Express, had won the model with Dana Bramall, but Goodman herself did not fare so well, having a fall with Private Eye. One fence in particular caused problems at the WNC Agricultural Center in Ashville- a teal and tan oxer decorated with bright white flowers. One trainer felt that the jump, set at an outside angle, may have created an optical illusion with the white flowers against the dark jump- looking to the ponies as if they were jumping into the rail. Anneliese Kannow’s trip from California was well worth it when she and Another Rainbeau topped 81 Medium Ponies to be Championand also the Best Virginia-bred Pony. She was so proud of him as “He’s never been to Pony Finals, this is his first time showing in an indoor ring, and he was great! You really had to ride it well. The ponies didn’t know where they were going so you had to make sure you were strong and accurate.”
After winning the model and the hack, Amanda Forte’s Kiss-Me-Not, the 1990 Grand Champion, was inconsistent over fences. Natalie Walker’s good jumping scores with Polly Flinders moved them up to be Reserve Champion Medium.
place maybe, but not first!” Erin Lindsey was second and Meagan Witter third. There were a record number of riders- 101 in all.
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Heather Caristo with her eye-catching palomino, Nilla Wafer, was consistent in all three phases to win the Small Championshipdespite the fact that “My stomach was so full of butterflies I could have taken off. The jumps in here were more scary. There were flags around the ring and a lot of people. You block out the sounds and concentrate as much as you can. I went along with the course and did what I had to do. He was really good!” Reserve was Sarah Prant’s Millbrook’s Mistoffelees, ridden by Kate Bumber in the group of 46 smalls. State Team Champions were Florida with First Frost/Staci Rosner, Galen Mica, and Polly Flinders.
Hillary Schlusemeyer & Glenmore Hearts of Fire
Danielle Monteleone made her first year of showing pony hunters a memorable one with a win in the Pony Medal. Danielle was one of 23 called back for the flat phase and pulled into ninth position- and rose to the top after the final test, a shortened course that included a trot fence. Danielle commented, “I’m strong on the flat. I do well without stirrups and I think that helped me out a lot, but I didn’t think I was going to move up to first place, sixth
The rider of the Small and Grand Champion for 1986 set a new record for the Finals- seven year old, 50 pound Hillary Schlusemeyer was the youngest ever to win the overall title! Her mount at Commonwealth Park in Culpeper, Virginia was Glenmore Hearts of Fire owned by Anne Hampton, also of Ocala, Florida. Only two years older was Lauren Hough of California who piloted Swan Song to Reserve Small and Reserve Overall Grand. Scores for these talented young ladies and their ponies were 1029 and 1012.
Heather Caristo & Nilla Wafer
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Pony Hunter Finals Through the years ... continued According to Katy Monk’s report in the Chronicle: “The participants themselves showed their enthusiasm in the chaotic victory gallop as 157 champion ponies raced wildly around the ring, bucking, jumping fences, running away, doing everything but dumping their riders. After two tense days of competition. It seemed to be the celebration they deserved.”
Laura Chapot & Bon Soir
25 AND 30 YEARS AGO Right behind with 1011 was the Large Champion, Bon Soir, ridden by Laura Chapot, 14. Reserve in the Larges was Dow Jones with Winn Reid, 15, for Nicole Petrin. Medium Champions with 1055 were Sabrina and Jennifer Collins, 17, riding for Jim Chaplin whose Toulouse placed 7th in the Larges, also with Jennifer. Lauren Hough had a busy time too as she was Reserve Medium with Megan Johnstone’s Shenandoah Sundowner at 1001. Sundowner and Swan Song with Lauren, plus Special Effects and Charlene Reitz, made up the Champion State Team for California.
Back in 1981 at Nashville, Molly Ashe and Frito Bandito were Medium and Overall Grand Champions- a forerunner of her numerous successes as a member of the USEF team competing at home and abroad! A record number of ponies- 72 of them- came from 13 states- Texas to Connecticut to Florida. Mrs. Robert Powers, Ray Francis and Michael Page were the judges for this one-day event held before the Nashville Charity Show. Along with Daryn Creighton on Irish Brass and Haley Richards with Mountain Breeze, Molly Ashe and Frito Bandito made up the winning State Team from Florida, Alabama and Tennessee.
There were a record 157 ponies showing in the three divisions judged by Jeri Freels, Carol Molony, and Victor Hugo-Vidal. Eighty-three riders contested the Pony Equitation Finals with 15 called back for the test on the flat. Next, for 13 riders, cam a winding six fence course including a trot fence followed by a halt- without stirrups. Then the two leaders were required to jump the same course, but on one another’s ponies! Jennifer Collins gave Toulouse to Deanne Sabarese, 14, while C’est Moi went to Jennifer. After all that, Deanne emerged the winner under judges Frank Madden and Michael Page. Jennifer was second and Laura Chapot third.
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Shelly Guyer & Southern Gray
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Swan Song & Courtney Lee
Swan Song was Champion in the Small Pony Division at Devon in 1985. She was leased by Courtney Lee, daughter of Roddy and Jackie Lee. Swan Song was owned by Marguerite Taylor. She was the first foal by Cymraeg Rain Beau and the last foal out of Gremlinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Delight (dam of Dresden, Frito Bandito, Bonny Reb and many more. Photo courtesy of Marianne Taylor & Courtney Lee.
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Pony Hunter Finals Through the years ... continued Small Champion was Meredith Morrill with Farnley Nasser while Jill Shoffner and Clean Sweep did exactly that in the Larges. For the first time, in 1976 at Fairfield County Hunt Club in Westport, Connecticut, there was a split into three divisions with the addition of the Mediums. Up until that time the ponies had shown as Smalls to 13 hands and Larges over that height. The 61 entries were rated by Miss Patricia Heuckeroth, Mrs. Carol Jungherr, and Ralph Peterson- with each phase receiving an equal score. Do you know how the phases are scored today? It was a Guyer family affair with Shelly and Southern Gray Overall Grand and Large Pony Champion but only one point behind were Marion and Polaris Make Believe Reserve in both those categories! The winning State team was Connecticut with Southern Gray, Polaris Make Believe, and Bittersweet Foxy Loxy. Medium Champion was another famous pony, Snowgoose, with Chris Prant. Reserve were Bittersweet Foxy Loxy and Kthryn Mary Connors. Small Champion was Liseter Fan Tan for Jennifer Smarto followed by GlanNant Primrose Lane with Kim Perlman riding for Mrs. Karl Butler. Interestingly, Snowgoose, is represented at current shows by her son Buzz Light Year, and his daughter, Light Up the Year. And it started back in the 70’s!
35 YEARS AGO For this “vignette” I am going to quote from the September 1971 HORSE SHOW which was the official publication of The American Horse Shows Association- now we have new names for both, EQUESTRIAN and The United States Equestrian Federation. The magazine has seen huge changes from a black and white newsletter to the colorful 120 to 160 page issues! Look for an unusual happening at this Final! The 1971 AHSA Hunter Pony Competition Finals were held on Wednesday, August 18 at the Monmouth County Horse Show grounds in Oceanport, NJ. Judges for the event were Mrs. T.V.W. Cushny, Glen Head, NY, Mr. Robert Egan, Niles, MI, and Mrs. James Fallon,
Millbrook, NY scoring on a basis of 100 points for each phase, making the greatest possible points 900. Six states were represented by six Small ponies and twelve Large ponies with teams competing from New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. “Liseter Gold Coin”, a lovely 4 year old chestnut gelding owned by Mrs. J. Austin DuPont and ridden by Miss Maryann Steiert, was named Small Pony Champion and Grand Champion Pony. The Rseerve Grand Champion went to local Monmouth County resident Miss Blair Pinsley with her handsome pony “Temujin”. Though the entries were light in the Small Pony division, there was great quality and ability evident. “Lister Gold Coin” was outstanding with a total of 812 points and was named Champion over “Ristree Petrel” owned and ridden by Miss Stevi Stocovaz with 709 points. Third went to “Crystal Blue” owned and ridden by Laurie Cavallaro with 692 points. “Shenandoah Flintstone” with owner Dana Reifler up was fourth with 666 points. Points in the Large Pony division were quite close with the Champion going to “Temujin” with a total of 794 points. Miss Blair Pinsley rode her pony, complete with a broken foot, a result of a mishap the day before. Second in this division with 788 points was Mr. Richard E. McDevitt’s “Sultan’s Quest” a brilliant bay four year old with Miss Maryann Steiert of Pennsylvania aboard. Thirs place was “Take A Bow” owned by Mr. and Mrs. R. Anderson and ridden by Mickey Anderson with 785 points. “Pride ‘N’ Joy” ridden by owner Miss Nancy Baroody was fourth with 747 points. The combined scores of “Liseter Gold Coin”, Sultan’s Quest” and “Take A Bow” won the Team Award for Pennsylvania. We hope you have enjoyed this stroll down Memory Lane!
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with Thalia Gentzel
Reprinted from May/June 2007
THE SEVENTIES - A TIME OF TRANSITION This month we return to the history of pony hunter bloodlines focusing on the early Seventies. We will see the last of the great Sylvia’s Comet ponies and the advent of a sire line that continues to dominate our show rings today. So too, we find the faces of riders changing as the perennial winners graduate to the junior rings and a new generation of pony riders rises to the fore. NANCY BAROODY, record setter with four consecutive AHSA national small titles from 1966 to 1969 with Midget (Sylvia’s Comet X Brigand’s Best), HAD A SHINING NEW STAR IN 1970. This was Nancy Baroody with Pride N” Joy (Left) Shenandoah Flintstone and Shenandoah Flintstone. – by *Farnley Lustre out of the amazing broodmare, Farnley Cufflink, named for the famed British breeder, Mr. Cuff, who also had bright blue eyes! In addition to Flintstone, others of her offspring by Lustre shone – Shenandoah Firestone, Gemstone, Keystone, Milestone, Rhinestone, Touchstone – and reached a peak with the Thoroughbred cross by Optics, Shenandoah Opal, winner of seven AHSA green and large Horse of the Year championships and two reserves! MEMBERS OF THE “STONE FAMILY” WERE SIRED BY *FARNLEY LUSTRE who had arrived on U.S. shores in utero with *Cui Glitter who later produced another fine sire, Farnley Sparkler – by *Farnley Sirius, also the sire of Cufflink. It seems to be a mystery that Glitter, an 11.3 hand Welsh mountain pony mare,produced Section B stallions of 13 hands (Lustre) and 12.3 ½ (Sparkler) until a search reveals larger Welsh cob blood “lurking” in her pedigree. While Sparkler was of more robust build, Lustre was refined – and passed this on to his numerous offspring, some 200 of them with 150 of these being purebred Welsh. ANOTHER SEVENTIES NOTABLE BY *FARNLEY LUSTRE WAS TOUCH-ME-NOT, a daughter of Farnley Jonquil by *Criban Dart, the British Riding Pony who won for both the British and American teams. “Touchy” was third in AHSA standings for three years from 1971 to 1973 and champion small at Washington in 1972. Mrs. Stewart McK-
inney stated in THE PONY BOOK (page 31) that “It was a very competitive period. We were showing against Mrs. Austin duPont’s Liseter Goldilocks and Liseter Gold Coin, and Tidbit.” Trainer Emerson Burr hailed Touch-Me-Not as a beautiful type. “She was an excellent mover and liked to jump. She has loads of ability and did well in both the models and performance classes. She was what I call a fine three-way pony: good mover, excellent jumper, beautiful body. She was also a trifle on the keen side.” (THE PONY BOOK, page 31) This description was a good fit for many of the Lustres. Foaled in 1956, *Farnley Lustre was by Gretton Blue Boy, he by Bowdler Blue Boy, a son of the prepotent sire, *Bowdler Brightlight, who later came to Farnley Farm in White Post, Virginia, also the home of Lustre! We owe great thanks to Joan Higginson Dunning of Farnley, alert and active at 99 years of age, and to her daughter, Hetty MackaySmith Abeles of Shenandoah. It if hard to imagine what our Welsh and hunter worlds would have been without their influence over the past SEVENTY years! A PAIR OF STARS FROM MRS. DU PONT’S LISETER HALL in Newton Square, PA were Liseter Goldilocks and Liseter Gold Coin, crosssbreds by Liseter Shooting Star (Farnley Morning Star X Farnley Fairlight by *Bowdler Brightlight). Gold Coin was Small and Grand Champion Liseter Gold Coin and at the 1971 AHSA Pony Hunter Maryann Steiert Finals ridden by Maryann Steiert and also a team winner for Pennsylvania with Large Champion Temujin (Miss Blair Pinsley riding with a broken foot!) and Take A Bow (Mickey Anderson). Gold Coin was also AHSA Horse of the Year in 1972. Goldilocks was Reserve HOTY in both 1972 and 1973 – and also Small Champion at the Washington International in 1971 and 1973. These were great siblings bred and shown by a most astute breeder! Blair Pinsley riding Temujin
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with Shenandoah Flintstone and was also AHSA Reserve Horse of the Year in Larges with PRIDE ‘N’ JOY, ONE OF A FAMOUS SET OF CROSSBRED SIBLINGS BY *SHALBOURNE PENDRAGON out of Amber. Back in the Sixties we had Prim ‘N’ Proper (Deborah Bonwitt Cahn’s Large AHSA HOTY and Washington Champion in 1966 and 1967, and National Horse Show Champion in 1967, the last year of the pony divisions), Neat ‘N’ Tidy (James Hulick’s Large and Grand Champion at the first AHSA Pony Finals in 1967), and Hail ‘N’ Hardy (winner of the hack at Devon for Suzanne Meyle in 1976 and for Sarah Deal in 1978). The sire of these famous ponies, *Shalbourne Pendragon, was a 12.1 hand grey foaled in 1950 by the renowned Welsh progenitor, Coed Coch Glyndwr, and out of Wentworth Silver Minnow. Pendragon had been a champion in England and won five more championships straight away following importation to the U.S. in 1957 by Mrs. Hubert Phipps of Rockburn Stud at Marshall, Virginia. Well-known purebred Welsh offspring of Pendragon were Trough Hill Dragonfly and Dragonette, both out of Gwynedd Copper Cup. In today’s pedigrees we find him through his daughter, Fayre Ladybird, and her son, *Brockwell Spider, who stood at Findeln Stud in Canada and Gayfields in Arkansas. When Nancy Baroody topped the larges in Nancy Baroody 1971 with Pride ‘N’ Joy, she increased her record to SIX CONSECUTIVE HORSE OF THE YEAR CHAMPIONSHIPS in ponies, then adding two more in junior hunters on Mrs. A.C. Randolph’s War Dress for a total of EIGHT CONSECUTIVE HORSE OF THE YEAR TITLES! GEORGE MORRIS CRITIQUED NANCY’S FORM with Pride ‘N’ Joy in a CHRONICLE OF THE HORSE column titled “A Study in Style” (Sept. 14, 2001, PAGES 8-9). He contrasted Nancy’s form to that of the 155 riders he had judged at the 2001 USAE Pony Medal Finals in Ashville, NC the previous month. Morris adjudicated with Scott Hoffsteder who had been a Horse of the Year pony rider in his youth and also winner of the ASPCA Maclay Finals in 1986 with none other than Morris as judge.
“Coincidentally, a few months ago I ran into a girl I had known some 30 years ago. She had taken some lessons from me in the 1960s, when I lived in Millbrook, N.Y. Her name was Nancy Baroody, and she, with her legendary small, gray pony Midget, won everything in sight, being many times AHSA Small Pony of the Year. Nancy traveled to the shows with her sister and mother, Lorraine. Nancy’s mother was a very smart lady. She knew the rules and how to play the game better than most people. And she made us all pay attention. Nancy was just a very good rider. She won on all her animals, both ponies and horses. A little later on, she rode off against Buddy Brown to win the reserve championship at the 1973 AHSA Medal Finals in Harrisburg. Pa. She also rode some jumpers very well. Nancy sent me this beautiful picture, which I’m sharing with you as a study in style over fences. Much of what I have learned has come from books and old photos, and this is the case here. Here Nancy is shown riding her 1971 (exactly 30 years ago!) Horse of the Year Pride ‘N’ Joy.
and Pride N” Joy
Unfortunately I didn’t see riding like this at Ashville this year at the Pony Finals. The lack of standard in equitation is the teachers’ fault, and not the students’. And they certainly have wonderful ponies to ride.
With the exception of a stirrup that is a trifle short (but too short is much better than too long), this is a nearly flawless photo of form over fences. Start with the placement of the stirrup iron. The stirrup is on the ball of the foot, near the toe (but not on the toe.) the stirrup iron is perpendicular to the girth, and the stirrup leathers are perpendicular to the ground. The leg of the rider, from the knee down is in close contact with the barrel. The heels are down and in just behind the girth, with the ankles flexed and the toes out in accordance with the rider’s conformation. What a wonderful lower leg she has. Pony Profiles continued on page 28
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Nancy’s base of support-her thighs and seat-is exemplary. While her buttocks have cleared the saddle, her crotch remains very close to the saddle. There is no sign of jumping ahead of her horse or of dropping back in the air-that most terrible feeling of the buttocks hitting the horse in mid-air. Nancy has beautiful posture. Starting with her eyes, they are up and ahead. Her head is up, and her facial expression is that of relaxed concentration, a sign of real poise. Her back is flat and her lower backslightl;y hollow. She is neither roachbacked nor sway-backed, nor is she ducking or throwing herself, as so many of the pony and hunter riders do today. Remember that this photo was taken in a hunter class over an outside course, not in an equitation class… Demonstrating an automatic release, the rider maintains an absolutely straight line from elbow to mouth and light contact throughout the approach, take-off, flight, landing and departure of the jump. The rider’s hands do not touch the horse’s neck for support. There needs to be absolute relaxation and elasticity from the rider’s shoulders through the elbows and wrists, going through the reins to the horse’s mouth. Any tension and stiffness in the arms must be avoided at all cost. The fingers remain closed with the thumbs on the reins.
fence without an excess of groundline, like you see today in hunter classes. This kind of fence gives the advantage to the better rider, which is how it should be. The real fun of riding is to do it well, so thank you, Nancy Baroody, for sharing with all of us the photo of old. We can and should learn from the past. I used to study my still photos very hard. Sometimes they are better than a video camera.” Up until the Seventies, major players in the pony hunter world had been from AHSA Zones 1, 2, and 3 reaching from New England to North Carolina. When a family with eager youngsters and a knowledgeable, energetic trainer untied to form Heaven Trees Farm of Jacksonville, Florida, THE PONY WORLD EXPANDED IN TERMS OF BOTH GEOGRAPHY AND A MULTITUDE OF STARS. The family was the Houstons (pronounced House-ton) and they were guided by Christina Schlusemeyer. Their plan was to conduct a world class pony and horse operation until the Houston children and other youngsters were of college age.
“WE ALL HAD THIS DREAM TO BE FAMOUS,” Schlusemeyer relates. How the plan worked out will be evident as we chronicle pony successes during the next decades. Joanne Houston and Tidbit In this photo, the brilliance of the rider is In 1972 the search for a pony for little immediately reflected in the excellence of the pony’s perforJoanne Houston took Schlusemeyer to Junie Culp’s famed mance. Look at the animal’s body language and expression. All Around Farm in Pennsylvania where she selected Tidbit, The ears are pricked and alert,and the eyes, much like those a sibling to Nancy Baroody’s Midget (Sylvia’s Comet X of his rider, reflect studied calm. This pony has a businessBrigand’s Best). The first Florida show was at Brooksville like expression, looking ahead to do his job. where Tidbit cantered up to the first fence and threw Joanne on the ground. When it happened a second time, the young The front end is exemplary. The knees are dead even with the rider exclaimed from under the brush box, “I thought you forearm parallel to the ground, and both front legs perfectly said we’d bought the fanciest pony that had ever come to square. The hind end appears just as good. Florida!” Although the bascule (the topline) could be Schlusemeyer explained, “It isn’t the best a bit rounder, it’s not flat, hollow, or upside pony today, but it will be.” Recently she down. recalled, “We figured out how to make it the best pony. The first year we were fifth The pony is in beautiful condition and in the standings, then fourth, then third, and weight and looks clean as a whistle. The finally first!” That process took from 1972 trim job is immaculate, and let me complito 1975. ment the braider not only for the mane, but also the tail. Sindy Paul and Chantilly ALONG WITH THE BELOVED The girl’s tack, as well as her own attire, appears scrupulously clean, with a well-fitted saddle pad. Please take note of the full bridle, not often seen today. It is a good bit for better riders to experience. Being a horseman of the old school, with old-fashioned taste, I very much like the straight up-and-down post-and-rail
CHANTILLY, TIDBIT CLOSED OUT THE ERA WHEN THE OFFSPRING OF SYLVIA’S COMET WERE THE SUPERSTARS OF THE PONY HUNTER RING. (Chantilly was AHSA Horse of the Year Reserve Champion Small in 1970 and 1971, fourth in 1972, and fifth in 1973.) Other notables by Comet included Cobham, Crepe Pony Profiles continued on page 30
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Suzette, and Moon Comet - all from King of the Mountain mares according to a Tony Rives’ ad of 1969. What a chapter they had written! OTHER SMALL AHSA HORSE OF THE YEAR WINNERS were Dinkie (Greymoor X Little Louise) for Page Estes of Connecticut, fourth in 1970 and Champion in 1971 – and Justa Tinker (breeding unknown), 1973 and 1974 Champion for Jess Larson of Pennsylvania. Even Gamble (Gambling Sam X Even Fifty) was Reserve Champion for Janice Bledsoe of Maryland in 1974 and returned with Karen Leabo of Georgia in 1975 for third spot. By 1977, they were Horse of the Year Champions! Then Mia Tanya Stula in Wisconsin was fourth in 1978 and again in 1981, but from Florida. That’s eight years later – hooray for pony adaptability, durability, and longevity! PROMINENT LARGE PONIES (over 13 hands in those days) during the 1970-1975 period, in addition to Pride ‘N’ Joy, were Cynthia Weiner’s perennial AHSA Horse of the Year Champion of 1968, 1969, 1970, Chimney Sweep, and Hollow Hill Farm’s Dressing Drink in 1973 – both ponies from Pennsylvania. Gerald Goldman’s incomparable Dresden (Ole Glendale TB X Gremlin’s Delight by Farnley Gremlin) began an eight year run of excellence in 1973 as Reserve Champion Horse of the Year followed by Horse of the Year Large and Grand Champion in 1974, Reserve Champion in 1975 and 1976, third in 1977, Reserve Champion in 1978, third in 1979, and Reserve again in 1980! Another excellent large was Richard McDevitt’s Sultan’s Quest, Horse of the Year Reserve Champion in 1971 and Reserve Champion and Team Award winner for Pennsylvania at the 1972 AHSA Pony Finals ridden by Maryann Steiert. Shelkly Guyer’s Southern Gray was Large Champion at Washington in 1973 and 1974, won the stake at Devon in 1974 and 1975, and was Reserve Champion Horse of the Year in 1974 with a fifth in 1975. A MOST WELCOME ADDITION TO THE AHSA ROSTER WAS THE GREEN PONY HUNTER DIVISION AT THE 1974 FINALS! The first winner was a colorful mare called Farnley Opal. Farnley? Well, yes. Read on and we’ll explain. Back about 1973 or 1974, Christina Schlusemeyer had gone to Jack Stedding’s in Maryland to look at a pony who had been raised at Farnley Farm in Virginia. This mare jumped four fences – really high – and Schlusemeyer loved her! However, Mrs. Houston just wasn’t convinced so Pony Profiles continued on page 36
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Schlusemeyer said if Mrs. H didn’t call Stedding by 9:00 A.M. the next morning, she herself would be on the phone by 9:03 as she had been so impressed by the pony’s ability. Long story short – Mrs. Houston did purchase Opal who soon arrived at Heaven Trees Farm in Jacksonville. When one show remained to complete Opal’s 1974 season in large greens, she was just 122 points in the lead – so Schlusemeyer put Opal and two others on the truck and headed from Florida to Connecticut. “In those days all I knew was every Thursday it was time to get in the truck. I didn’t realize that a pony could amass only 75 points at one show, so no one else could have won it!” When Hetty Mackay-Smith Abeles of Shenandoah Stud saw the 1974 results, she gave Schlusemeyer a call, explaining that it was she, not her mother of Farnley Farm, who had actually bred the mare,. Schlusemeyer responded, “I’m happy to have her named anything you want since you bred her!”
And so this phenomenal pony returned to the show ring the next year as SHENANDOAH Opal – and won the Horse of the Year in Larges for 1975 and in 1976 for Heaven Trees – and again in 1981, 1982, and 1983 for Scott Novick and Rustic Woods Photo courtesy of Trudy Glefke Plantation. In addition she was Reserve Champion for Lillian Gutierrez in 1977, Champion for Wade Hampton in 1978 and Reserve in 1979. Let’s count these up – one Green Horse of the Year, six Large Horse of the Year, and two Reserves! And after this unequaled performance career, Opal became a distinguished broodmare!
Shenandoah Opal and Scott Novick
We’ll close this month’s account at a remarkable peak in pony hunter history – and next time we’ll continue through the Seventies highlighting more greats including Chardonnay, Polaris Make Believe, Upland Puffin, Lord Fairchild, Blue Haviland, and Snowgoose. We will also tell how the latter two continue to influence the pony world in the new Millennium. Till then, Thalia@heliconsportponies.com or 815-624-7400 in Rockton, Illinois
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MORE GREAT PONIES – FROM THE LATE SEVENTIES - GOOD THINGS COME IN SMALL PACKAGES! By Thalia Gentzel Reprint from August 2007
Up until 1976, the small pony division included ponies up to 13 hands, so it was revolutionary to have a separate small division at 12.2 hands. Beginning a run of success through 1980 was a Welsh Mountain Pony mare, Upland Puffin, who showed to national honors for two years with Dawn Anderson of New Jersey and then for sister Darcy over the next four. During that time Puffin was AHSA Horse of the Year in 1976, Reserve in 1977, and then HOTY Champion again for the next three! Puffin was foaled in 1970 by a black stallion, Wye Windjammer, which Marianna Avery, daughter of Mrs. Pinchot of Upland, enjoyed driving about the farm. Windjammer was by Farnley Marine, a son of the famed champion in Wales, Coed Coch Madog. I well remember watching Madog’s huge breathtaking movement led by stud manager, Shem Jones, at Daisy Brodrick’s Coed Coch Stud in Wales 50 years ago – simply “unforgettable in ev-ry way”! Farnley Marine’s dam, *Coed Coch Mari Las was by Bowdler Blue Boy, a *Bowdler Brightlight son who also appears in the sire lines of *Farnley Lustre and *Cusop Sparklet. One can’t help but think of Denny Emerson’s statement that PEDIGREE PREDICTS PERFORMANCE! Wye Windjammer had foals from 1963 to 1980. With the mare, Miles River Whitecap (by Whitehall Moving Star out of Severn Black Opal, noted hunter pony by Thunderbolt by Farnley Sirius), came a series of six more sisters to Upland Puffin. In his initial foal crop was the first sister, Upland Ripple aka Pandora, and she has created far more than a ripple in today’s hunter pony world! After showing successfully for Meg Milone, Pandora produced several foals by Farnley Lustre. In 1971 came Raindance, in 1973 Cymraeg Raindrop, and in 1974 Cymraeg Rain Beau – who followed in Lustre’s
hoofprints as a “Sire Supreme”. Now we have yet another in the Rain Beau son, Blue Rain, who has been USEF Leading Sire of Pony Hunters in 2005 and 2006. Yea Ripple, yea Windjammer! Back to Whitehall Moving Star – in addition to Wye Windjammer, Moving Star was the sire of Fox Hollow Moving Star who was another amazing sire! Here I am going to quote myself from the November –December 2005 issue of Paisley Pony. I am quite frequently reminded that I repeat myself – so here goes! “From a black *Criban Craven Comet/ *Craven Sprightlight daughter, Windholme Sprightlight, Mrs. Mary Drury raised a junior stallion who left an indelible mark on the pony hunter world! This was Fox Hollow Singing Star, foaled in 1953 by *Whitehall Moving Star, a stallion Mrs. Mackay-Smith (later Dunning) of Farnley Farm had imported for other breeders. Moving Star carried at least 11 crosses to the very beautiful and typy Dyoll Starlight. Unfortunately illness curtailed Mrs. Drury’s program, but her Singing Star went on to Matilda Hebb’s in Maryland. (Mrs. Hebb had been a founder of the U.S. Pony Clubs with Louise Bedford in 1952.) Mrs. Hebb acquired a group of small Thoroughbred and retired pony hunter mares to breed to Singing Star. Edna Lytle credits her as ‘the original crossbred pony breeder for hunters with wonderful, wonderful ponies – all good jumpers’. Then Mrs. Hebb worked out a contract arrangement with various families to purchase her crops of six to eight two year olds. Zelda Zimmerman was the first to do this as she had a daughter and four sons, Richard, Donnie, Jimmie, and Ira, to train and show the ponies. Next
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came Wade Gowl and his six children, and lastly Edna Lytle and her daughters, Cindy and Sandy. The Lytles brought along over sixty yearlings during a ten year period with the last group coming in 1980. All had Star in their names which began with the first letter of the dam’s name – for example, Chase the Stars (AHSA Large Green HOTY 1983) was out of Cygnet. Another Large AHSA HOTY by Singing Star was Sweet and Innocent in 1979. One year at Harrisburg, 29 of the 37 larges were by Singing Star!”
Tustin’s Drumlin Another good mare by Fox Hollow Singing Star was Zim’s Flower Girl who was later the dam of Tustin’s Drumlin – by the Cymraeg Rain Beau son, Welsh Hills.
OTHER GREAT LATE- SEVENTIES SMALLS IN THE AHSA STANDINGS Karey Leabo and her dad from Thomasville, GA had watched Even Gamble at the Jacksonville, FL show – so when they saw her offered for sale in the Chronicle the next summer, Dad said, “We have to have that pony!” The 11.2½ hand Shetland mare, by Gambling Sam X Even Fifty, had been Reserve Horse of the Year in 1974 with Janice Bledsoe of Maryland. While enjoying the diminutive mare’s cute personality and sweet ways, Karey with Gamble had great success in the show ring as they worked their way from third in the national standings in 1975 to Reserve Champion in 1976 and on to Champion AHSA Horse of the Year in 1977! (Later Gamble was AHSA fourth with Mia Tanya Stula of WI and FL in 1978 and 1981, and WIHS Champion in 1980.)
In 1977, Karey was also sixth in the standings with her other pony, Farnley Love Child. That was not such an easy road, however. Karey tells how she and her trainer, Eddie Davis, had journeyed to Farnley Farm on a bitterly cold winter day with whipping winds. They were trying ponies in a large empty hay barn and Love Child, accustomed to clearing big coops in the hunt field, jumped about 3-6 over a cavaletti! Karey fell off, but they still bought this 11.3 hand dynamo. Upon their return home, Karey was riding in a large jacket and when it flapped and hit Love Child in the butt, she bucked and Karey went flying again. However, they soon became a team and had two fine seasons together. (In 1984, Farnley Love Child went on to be AHSA Horse of the Year for Why Worry Stables of SC.) And yes, this is the pony so named as she was the result of an unplanned tryst between Tiny, the Dartmoor, and Dolrhedyn Gossamer, a Welsh! Karey recalls her pony years with great fondness as they were a family time. “My parents rode Saddle Horses and then I learned from people at the hunt club. We kept five head at home and took them to the shows in our own van with a driver. When he quit we drove our gooseneck. My brother showed too so it was a fun thing. Everybody went to the shows and had a good time. You didn’t have to spend a fortune on a horse to win. I got to see things I wouldn’t have seen otherwise, like the caves in Kentucky. We showed in the infield at Churchill Downs and went to Bloomfield Hunt in Michigan – nobody gets to do that anymore! We drove to Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Kentucky, and Michigan. We showed at Washington (Champion in 1977 and 1979) and Harrisburg but not Devon or the Finals. It was wonderful to be warming up at a show and see a great like Rodney Jenkins on Idle Dice. When Eddie stopped training, I rode with Brenna Watson at his barn and later went with Don Stewart.” As an adult, Karey has established a therapeutic riding program in Thomasville and has been very busy with her two little boys, Levi and Zachary. The past year has been devoted to surgery and chemotherapy for Zach at Shands AGH in Gainesville. You can follow his progress at www.caringbridge.org/visit/zacharysingletary and do send your prayers along.
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DO YOU REMEMBER THESE SUPER SMALLS? Fantasy and Greg Best were Pony Finals Champions in 1975, Liseter Fan Tan and Jennifer Smarto in 1976, Tidy Up and Jennifer Powell in 1977 (also Reserve HOTY in 1978), Fan Tan again in 1978 with Nicole Casper, and Sage with Jessica Baker in 1979, the same year they were fifth in AHSA standings. In 1980 they were third and by 1981 were Horse of the Year! Sage begins a new era as the first of the prominent ponies sired by *Cusop Sparklet (Revel Newsreel, a grandson of Bowdler Blue Boy X Bwlch Sparkle by Criban Snowball). As Thyme, Mimosa, and Yes I Can win AHSA Horse of the Year titles in the 1980s, we will learn more about their sire “Alfred”.
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In addition to Love Child, there were more excellent performers from Farnley Farm in Virginia. Smalls were Farnley Nettle (by Farnley Corroboree by Farnley Lustre) Devon Champion 1976 for Cindy and Ray Ramirez, Farnley Nimble (by F Lustre) AHSA fifth 1976 for the Ramirezes, Farnley Colorado (by F Lustre) AHSA third with Sandy Lytle, Farnley Eiffel Tower (by *Downland Drummer Boy) AHSA fifth 1977 with Vic Spilotro, Jr. and AHSA fourth 1979 for Red Pfohl, plus Farnley Nasser (by F Sunshower) Devon Champion and AHSA third 1978 with Renee Berardelli.
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AND HERE ARE THE BRAND NEW MEDIUM DIVISION STARS BEGINNING IN 1976! How fitting to lead off with the incomparable Snowgoose! She was registered with the Welsh name, Duntulm’s Pride of Erin by her breeder, Mr. Frasier, in Nova Scotia with the sire *Coed Coch Ballog (Criban Victor X Berwyn Beauty by Tan-Y-Bwlch Berwyn) and dam, Coed Coch Baran (Llanerch Titmouse X Bessheulog by Tan-Y-Bwlch Berwyn) During her career with the Prants at Millbrook Farm in New Jersey, Snowgoose was ridden by Chris Prant, Greg Best, Laura Chapot, and others - and her accomplishments were legendary! And to top it off, she produced the famous Buzz Light Year (Millbrook’s Monarch by Cymraeg Rain Beau – and he in turn sired Light Up the Year) and a daughter , Millbrook’s Blue Goose by Burr Fox All Aglow. Among Snowgoose’s achievements are recorded: 1976 Pony Finals Medium Champion and AHSA Horse of the Year Medium, 1977-1978 AHSA Medium and Grand Horse of the Year, 1978 Pony Finals Team Award for NJ with Leigh Ann Best, 1979 AHSA Reserve Horse of the Year and won the Medium Stake at Devon, 1984 Pony Finals Medium Champion again!
ponies, Touch Me Not 1967 and Kiss Me Not 1976 by Farnley Lustre, and Forget-Me-Not 1971 (by New Twist TB or by Lustre? Who can tell us for sure?). Jonquil’s last foals were Rosecroft Tell Me Not 1979 by Yvetot and Rosecroft Catch Me Not 1980, again by Lustre. High Noon was a 12.3 medium but had excellent conformation which enabled her to retire the model trophy at Devon. Her lovely step and excellent jump carried her far. At the 1977 Pony Finals, High Noon was Medium Champion and on the winning CT Team – and she won the Finals Mediums again in 1978. She was also third in the AHSA standings in 1978 and fourth in 1979. 1979 was a banner year for Shelly as she was Devon Champion, won the Finals Mediums, was once more on the top team from CT, and her taller pony, Hi Fli, won the Finals Larges and was also a member of the highest scoring team! Twice AHSA Horse of the Year in Mediums for 1979 and 1980 was Peter Pan with Red Pfohl from Florida.
More Farnleys/Shenandoahs in medium size were Farnley Sir Roger (by Farnley Lustre) AHSA fourth 1975 and third 1976 for Helen Horner, Farnley Gay Gordon (by Lustre) AHSA Reserve Champion 1977 for Jeffrey Welles, Shenandoah Gemstone (by Lustre) AHSA fourth 1977 for Frances and Starr Bowen, Shenandoah Sundowner (by Cowboy Joe TB) AHSA fourth Greens 1978 for Renee Kidd and Tuckaway Stables, and Shenandoah Flintstone (by Lustre) AHSA third 1979 for Elyse Novick and Rustic Woods plus sixth 1980 for Scott Novick. Another great medium was Shelly Steigler’s High Noon by Farnley Lustre and out of Farnley Jonquil (*Criban Dart, British Riding Pony X Farnley Zinnia by Anisha, Arabian, out of Bluebell, Fell Pony). High Noon was a full sister to the famous show
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High Noon (by Farnley Lustre and out of Farnley Jonquil ) & Shelly Steigler
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NEW HEIGHTS FOR LARGES AS OF 1976 With the addition of the Medium division of over 12.2 up to 13.2 hands, the Larges were then over 13.2 up to 14.2 hands. Continuing her winning ways was Shenandoah Opal (Optics TB X Farnley Cufflink by Farnley Sirius) who was AHSA Horse of the Year in Greens for 1974, Larges in 1975 and 1976, Reserve Champion in 1977, and in 1978, 1981, 1982, and 1983 Champion once more! In 1979 Opal was bested by the Fox Hollow Singing Star daughter, Sweet and Innocent with Laura Pirtle, for Horse of the Year.
Some new faces started coming up through the ranks during these years. The first year for the new Green division was 1974 when Shenandoah Opal (showing under the Farnley prefix) was the Horse of the Year Champion. Then in 1975, Chardonnay (*Chantain TB by Nearco X *Pollyanna, by Bwlch Valentino, progenitor of the British Riding Pony) was Green Horse of the Year for Joseph Quattrocchi of MD. By 1977 he became Large HOTY for Caroline Clark of NC and in 1980 he was again HOTY for Christina Fiore of TN, daughter of a famous jockey, as well as adding the Pony Finals and Washington Large Championships to his credits! Trainer Christina Schlusemeyer of FL said Chardonnay had an even and beautiful way of going - like a horse. He was also blessed by a series of top riders and, since he went like a horse, taught them to ride a horse in return – winwin relationships. As late as 1984, Chardonnay won the under saddle class at Devon for the Encina Corporation.
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A SIGNIFICANT EVENT IN PONY HUNTER HISTORY OCCURRED IN 1976 when Blue Haviland (Farnley Lustre X Art Student TB) arrived upon the scene to claim the AHSA Green Horse of the Year for Heaven Trees Farm of Jacksonville, FL. “Why was this special?” you ask. Well, she just happened to produce a foal named Blue Rain by Farnley Lustre in 1988. By 2005, he had become the USEF Leading Sire of Pony Hunters, an honor he received once more in 2006!
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career at Farnley Farm. I am going to quote one of my favorite sources here, Bates Newton, from the hardcover 1988-1989 Welsh Pony and Cob Society of American Yearbook page 144 (previously published by The Welsh Roundabout magazine).
“In 1956 Farnley acquired Anisha, a lovely, regal liver chestnut Arabian, from Mr. Forest Mars (of Mars Candy) who had gotten him from California. Farnley was fortunate to get Anisha because he wasn’t ‘big enough’. He was 14.2. Anisha provided the outLord Fairchild cross that was needed to come back on the & Tara Payne daughters of the Farnley Welsh stallions. Not only was his size ideal for this purpose, but so was his temperament. While the Mackay-Smith children were growing up, they used him as a riding horse and even showed him in Arab costume classes! Anisha not only bred many of the Farnley mares, he also attracted a great number of outside mares. His offspring are far too numerous to mention individually, but they include such renowned hunter ponies as Southern Breeze, Western Breeze, Cockscrow Flair (Pony Finals small champion in 1969, champion at Devon and reserve champion at the Royal Winter Fair), Lord Fairchild (AHSA green pony hunter chamA large Anisha son, Lord Fairchild, took the HOTY pion in 1977), Farnley Filigree (fourth in the AHSA Green prize home with Tara Payne to Thomasville, GA green division in 1975), the already mentioned Farnley in 1977. You can read more about Tara in the story Lettuce and Farnley Kohlrabi who received a ‘perfect “Rx – Pony Therapy” about her dad, John Payne, which score’ in the model phase of the International Pony also appears in this issue. The following year, Tara was Competition in Windsor, England in 1961.” fifth in Greens with Lady La Reale and in 1979 she was fifth in Larges with Fairchild. In 1981, he was Reserve A pony hunter stallion by Anisha is the venerable Champion Large HOTY for Mark de Stefano. Bannock- Allstar out of the imported pony hunter mare, burn was the Large Green HOTY for Lora Anne Lyon of *Treeyews Zakona. FL in 1978. Closing the decade in 1979, Farnley Lettuce (Anisha X Farnley Celery) took the green honors Let’s wrap up this exciting decade, the Seventies, on a for Neel Stringer of GA. high with Polaris Make Believe. Showing for Kim Reichelm of CT, this mare had won the Pony Finals in both Anisha (Ankar X Aayisha by Abu Farwa) who has been 1972 and 1973. In 1976 she was on the winning NJ team mentioned here as the sire of Farnley Zinnia (dam of the with Marion Guyer. Come 1977, she repeated her preincredible broodmare, Farnley Jonquil ) vious Finals wins for new owner, Robin De Matteo of CT and Green Champions, Lord Fairchild and Farnley Let– with Grand and Team titles to top it off! Showing tuce, had many other well-known offspring during his for Kim, then Marion, and finishing with Robin, this
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mare was also third to fifth in the AHSA standings each year! Championships at Devon for Robin and Washington for Marion were also on her list.
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Susanna Rowe of VPBA recalls that Make Believe, a 14.1 hand grey mare probably of Connemara origin, “just won whatever was offered with a variety of owners and riders. She was a great one!” And her breeder, Posey Dent (Mrs. Magruder Dent, Jr), is lauded as a “wonderful lady who LOVED the ponies.”
“The hammer fell for thelast time at the Coed Coch Stud. Prize winning pedigree stock has been dispersed from the auction ring to countries as far away as Australia and America.
Beginning a four generation account, let’s start with a quote from a 1966 volume called THE PONY BOOK by Jeff Griffen (page 109): “Mrs. Magruder Dent of Greenwich, Connecticut, imported a small herd of Connemaras that were the foundation stock for her grandchildren’s hunting ponies. The herd is now owned by Mr. and Mrs. Magruder Dent, Jr. of Polaris Farm, Charlottesville, Virginia, who have imported other Connemaras, including the well-known Farravine Boy, sire of champion ponies in England and Ireland.” The book pictures Posey’s daughter, Susie, jumping a Connemara mare, Crepe Suzette, at the Deep Run Hunt Club show in VA. There is also a group photo of the family, Dad on a Thoroughbred with Susie and brother , Mac, on Connemara ponies. Carrying on the family tradition today is Mac’s daughter, Bailey.
PEBBLES AND RINGS – 1978 to 2007 Have you ever tossed a pebble into a pond and watched the concentric ripples spread and spread from the point of impact? Two events in 1978 have had an ever growing effect on our pony lives today. One was the dispersal sale of the Coed Coch Stud of Welsh ponies in Abergele, North Wales. The other was the directors’ meeting of the Virginia Horse Shows Association at which the Virginia Pony Breeders Association was formed. Let me explain. From what may have been a newspaper clipping comes a write-up on the Coed Coch dispersal - I’ll credit the WPCSA Yearbook again – this time the 1979 edition, page27.
One stallion went for 21,000 guineas, while many foals were sold in the 500 and 1000 guineas bracket. The auction marks the end of an era for the world-famous stud of Welsh mountain ponies. Buyers hustled round the auction ring to view the quarter of a million pounds of stock on show. Bidding was fierce as Shem Jones, who for 47 years has worked on the farm, walked the horses round the parade ring. The stud was sold to pay duties due on the death of Lt. Colonel Edwards Williams-Wynn, brother of the owners Mrs. Joyce Robertson and the Honourable Mrs. Meg Hotham. He inherited the farm for a lifetime from Miss Daisy Brodrick and needed a heavy overdraft to buy the ponies when she died. The stud’s legendary stallions include Glyndwr and Madog.” The 21,000 guinea stallion was Coed Coch Bari (Coed Coch Salsbri by Coed Coch Madog X Coed Coch Swyn by Coed Coch Glyndwr) – and his price was then equivalent to $42,000! He went to Australia. Kathy Reese of Smoke Tree in Arkansas attended the sale and purchased a four year old mare, Coed Coch Olwen (Coed Coch Berwynfa by Tan-Y-Bwlch Berwyn X Coed Coch Pelydrog by Coed Coch Madog). While the mare remained in the UK and was bred to Mary Glynn’s Mylncroft Spun Gold (Solway Master Bronze by Coed Coch Glyndwr X Yaverland Spun Silk by Brockwell Cobweb), a number of her offspring were flown to the US – and that is where the rings spread to influence us in today’s Welsh and hunter worlds. Kathy herself has a good broodmare, Smoke Tree Morgan Le Fay, and an active stallion, Smoke Tree Spun Gold. Gail Thomson of Gayfields in AR has the prolific sire, Sleight of Hand. Cheryl Patton of Clovermeade in
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MORE GREAT PONIES – FROM THE LATE SEVENTIES - GOOD THINGS COME IN SMALL PACKAGES!... continued TN has Clovercroft’s Brenin whose dam , Madoc Mirror Image, is a daughter of Smoke Tree Bronze Image, another of the Olwen sons. Celia Evans of Dragon’s Lair in FL has Smoke Tree Silver Dragon. Many of us from coast to coast can find these bloodlines in our performance animals today. The other influential 1978-1979 event was the FORMATION OF THE VIRGINIA PONY BREEDERS ASSOCIATION, an effective and dynamic group which has established a promotional prototype for both purebred and crossbred ponies of numerous breeds. Even if one lives far from Virginia, VIRGINIA PONY BREEDERS ASSOCIATION by Susanna Rowe WHAT IS IT AND HOW DID IT BEGIN? In 1978 a small group of pony breeders felt the need to form an association where the emphasis would be on the Virginia pony breeding programs which had been and were producing the best ponies in the nation. This group approached the Virginia Horse Shows Association (VHSA) and asked for a forum where interested people could gather and discuss the idea. In December of 1978, approximately fifty pony breeders and enthusiasts met at the VHSA annual meeting in Richmond. The idea was enthusiastically received, and several individuals volunteered to organize the group. That first Board of Directors included Barbara Camp (Glenmore), President; Marguerite Taylor (Taylor Made), Vice President; Jane DeJarnette (Pinchacre), Secretary; Sue Meredith (Woodlands), Treasurer; Hetty Abeles (Shenandoah), Gary Baker (Rosecroft), Pam Baker, Eileen Beckman (Otteridge), Frank Owens (Retreat), R J. Robertson, Susanna Rowe (Wellen), and Constance Todd (Cloverleaf and Hidden Creek). Led by this board, the purposes were defined as listed above and the process of fulfilling them was begun. VPBA REGISTRY
the fat VPBA yearly directories are widely read while their Pony Finals award for Virginia- breds and the Chronicle ads following Devon and Pony Finals victories let everyone know just what a fine product the Virginia pony is! The article by Susanna Rowe which appears in this issue will tell all. (reprinted below)
Next issue we will begin our exploration of the Eighties – so do send me your stories and photos from that era to thalia@ heliconsportponies.com or call and tell me your story at 815-624-7400 IL. That is lots of fun!
3700 registered ponies, purebreds as well as crossbreds. A VPBA registered pony is issued a Certificate of Registration which contains the pony’s name, registration number, date of birth, date of registration, description, breeder, and all owners. It also shows the pedigree which often goes back three generations and includes the name, with breed, of the individuals in the pony’s background.
At the first three futurities colts and fillies showed together in a single class, but in 1986 were split with one section being held for colts/geldings and another for fillies. Since then, the two section winners compete for the Grand Championship title. Over the past twenty-five years, more than $217,000 has been awarded in this program. VPBA PUBLICATIONS AND PROMOTIONS
VPBA AWARDS State and Local Awards The VPBA awards program for registered Virginia-bred ponies includes eight year-end awards for in-hand categories, eight for performance divisions (two on the national level) and two breeder awards. In addition high score awards are offered to VPBA registered ponies by several local circuits within the State. National Awards Ponies who are maintained correctly in the registry and are shown as registered are eligible for two VPBA awards on a national level. One, begun in 1985, is earned by the pony which scores the highest number of points in one performance division at Recognized USEF shows during its show year.
Before the start of VPBA, it was a rare thing to find a crossbred pony hunter with an actual written pedigree. Far too many of them were the result of guesswork or even accident. With the VPBA registration process, pony breeders can identify successful breeding matches and thus continue or improve the quality of ponies bred in the state. Pony buyers can study the heritage of successful ponies and return to the source.
The second national award was initiated in 1988. The VPBA Perpetual Trophy is presented at the USEF Hunter Pony National Championships (Pony Finals) to the highest scoring, properly registered Virginia-bred. Ribbons are awarded to the top four.
In 1979 VPBA started its Registry by listing entries in a small spiral notebook. Over the years, this Registry has grown into a computer data base which contains the records of over
When the Commonwealth of Virginia announced the formation of its Horse Breeder Incentive Program in 1982, VPBA immediately applied for and was accepted into the program.
During its first year VPBA started producing a newsletter (Pony Tales) to keep members up to date on Virginia pony happenings. The early mast-head was made by tracing letters and a Thelwell pony, and the articles were written using a manual typewriter! The present logo was created and adopted in 1984. The annual VPBA Directory was begun in 1983 simply as a stallion listing. It has become the association’s official handbook, including registration information, explanations of the various programs and awards, photos of year-end and other winners, advertisements, and listings of stallions, breeders, and members. From 1986 to 1991, VPBA presented the Virginia Pony Breeders Select Sale, an auction held in conjunction with the USEF Hunter Pony National Championships. In 1995 this sale was re-established by Professional Auction Services Inc. as the American Hunter Pony Classic Auction and continues to offer top quality ponies including both present and future winners. A web site, www.vpba.com, was developed in 2000 and contains information about programs, events, point standings, stallion listings, sales lists, forms and other items of interest to pony lovers.
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Dresden Owned by Gerald Goldman Accumulated a lifetime total of 14,047 AHSA Points
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THE ADVENTURE OF BREEDING PONIES By Thalia Gentzel
Reprint from January/February 2007
Although Number One Pony Hunter Breeder, Marilyn Checki, has raised her champion Welsh and Half Welsh hunter ponies just minutes from her childhood home in Racine, Wisconsin, she has journeyed ‘light years’ from those days and her early dreams. We’ll let Marilyn tell of her great adventure. “I have always been horse crazy. When I was little I would run around the yard pretending that I was riding a horse. ‘Get up!’ ‘Whoa.’ What a sight I must have been! To this day, some six decades later, my sister still thinks it’s funny – me riding on my horse and my younger brother driving his pretend car. Wanting a horse, I saved the little bit of money I got from babysitting jobs. Remember back then? 50 cents an hour was good pay – we babysat the kids, put them in bed, and then did the dishes that were left for us to do. I finally got $50 saved and was going to buy a horse from the local riding stable, but my parents were a lot smarter than I. It took money to feed the horse I wanted, so I had to just enjoy riding behind my friend, bareback, through the fields. I grew up, married Ed in 1956, and lo and behold, after a few years and a few kids, we bought a few horses! We needed more land so we built our second house and a barn, moving out to the ‘farm’ in 1972 – with seven children and five horses. The first time I saw a Welsh pony – one of the Lapicolas’ – was at a 4H Hoofer Clinic in Madison, Wisconsin. I fell in love with that beautiful pony! Later we bought Asgard Good Friday from Valerie and her sisters, joined the new Welsh of Wisconsin club, and our children showed him in halter and showmanship. We did lease a pony for one of them to ride, and then decided we needed to buy one or two more riding ponies. It was now 1978 and there was an ad in the Milwaukee paper for a Welsh stallion. ‘No problem,’ I thought, ‘we will just have him gelded.’ The seller wanted $50 or $60 for him. When the stallion was brought out of his stall, he took my breath away! We told the seller that we would pay the $60! When LaFayette’s Lucky Leader arrived at our farm, we decided not to geld him but to go look and buy a few Welsh mares.
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THE ADVENTURE OF BREEDING PONIES...continued Ed drove Lucky in pleasure and roadster classes and showed him in hand. We were so proud of his WOW Supreme Championship with Gail Thomson (was Morris then) judging – but she made Ed run and then run some more to see Lucky move! This ‘Lucky’ purchase started the breeding operation and one result was Hillcrest’s Bari aka Hillcrest Better Than Blue who won the Pony Finals Smalls and Overall in 1989! And Hillcrest’s Executive aka Farnley Gayfield was second in the Finals that same year!
Vida was stamping his foals with the look I prefer – I like elegance, a broad forehead, a fine pretty throatlatch, a long neck, and a nice topline. I look at my ponies and I just like them! There’s something about each one that is special!
Gayfields Vida Blue
In September of 1978 we purchased Geneva’s Winner and her daughter, Copper Snow aka Annie, for $100 each. We went to Gayfields in Arkansas that December looking for more mares but everything we liked was not for sale. But then we saw a two year old colt from a distance – and so liked the way he moved! That colt, Gayfields Vida Blue by *Findeln Blue Danube, was purchased along with his half sister, Gayfields Saffir Blue, later the dam of Better Than Blue! Vida is such a good boy with a wonderful disposition and a real ‘look at me’ presence. He has always been such a ham and to this day, at age 31, loves attention and puts on a show when people come to see him. One show judge even commented, ‘I just saw the MOST beautiful Welsh stallion!’ In fact, everyone who has seen Vida thinks he is beautiful. He appears in Encyclopedia Brittanica as a prime example of a Section B Welsh Pony. Edwin Bogucki has sculpted him in bronze and in resin. We continued to search nationally to bring the best stock to our farm, purchasing a few more mares and leasing some from Farnley Farm. Our breeding intentions were to have Welsh ponies available for our children as well as to sell to other families for their children. We were very involved with showing our ponies! Vida won the Champion Section B Welsh Stallion three years in a row at the Eastern National Welsh Show at Quentin, PA – retiring the Farnley Farm Challenge Trophy in 1982. Also in the early Eighties at the national show in Tulsa, he won over his sire, *Findeln Blue Danube. This was the scene of his first driving championship – what proud moments!
Vida sired over 200 foals and we have foaled out about the same number here on the farm. There were as many as ten a year or as little as three, the average being six to eight. Spring has always been my favorite time - with the foals! I love watching them play and working with them in the barn. Then there was the one I had to bring into the house to hand feed as his mom had no milk. “Troubles” lived in one of the bedrooms downstairs for about a month. As it grew warmer we made him a little stall in the garage. When we finally put him outside I was still bottle feeding him – he would come to the fence for his milk when called. Wanting to raise a few larger ponies, we purchased six month old GlanNant Dock with Thalia and Molly Rinedollar in 1982 as we felt he would mature to nearly 14 hands – which he did. As the years passed, we also discovered that breeding Vida to bigger mares such as Thoroughbreds also worked to produce some really nice up to height large crossbred ponies. We were not opposed to using outside stallions as well in our breeding program and were fortunate to have the stallions *Downland Drummer Boy and Liseter Red Bird for a time. Interest grew – more and more customers were attracted by the beauty and versatility of the Welsh and Half Welsh. More ponies found their way into the Pony Hunter World via trainers who bought many as weanlings to two year olds. In our younger years, it was nothing to manage 45 to 50 animals between our ponies and keeping boarders here on the farm, but now 23 seems like a lot of work. I know when the last pony is sold, I am really going to miss them! I always thought that I would be doing this forever but aches, pains, health problems, and low energy as one grows older seem to stand in the way. The farm is up for sale and Ed is building us a house near Wisconsin Dells. His best Christmas present was learning from stress test results that he does NOT need a new heart!
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THE ADVENTURE OF BREEDING PONIES...continued Our proudest moments? The first Supremes for Lucky and Vida, and then for Vida’s weanling daughter, Hillcrest’s Daydream. All the fun we had at the Welsh shows. All our kids out there showing. Those were the days! Looking in the Chronicle every week to see how well the Hillcrest ponies are doing – to see the Ch..or Res. in front of their names. At the top – Vida winning the 2003 USEF Leading Pony Hunter Sires Award, and both of us winning in 2004! I am not a good writer although I said I would like to write a book – on boarders!!!! Maybe it could be in cartoon form!” Marilyn Editor’s Note: Marilyn topped the Leading Breeders list for 2006 with 26 ponies scoring an amazing total of 43,370.5 points! Since USEF established this award, Marilyn has been one – two – one! It is sad to realize that there will no longer be fields of beautiful and talented foals at Hillcrest Acres in Franksville, Wisconsin. Here were foaled greats such as Hillcrest Better Than Blue, Farnley Gayfield, Snuggle Up, Hillcrest Pot O’ Gold, Blue Winsome, Blue Gemstone, Treasure Chest, I’m A Blue Too, Kilkenny, Pennie Wise, Country Lady, Blue Snip, Dancing Bear, Silver Lining, Tia Maria, and Blue Cwilt. Other breeders produced Vida’s such as Hillcrest Blue Wishes, Silver Spring, Alexander’s Frosted Blue, and Cherrybrook Blue Suede Shoes. We wish to honor Ed and Marilyn and wish them a relaxing and restful time as they move into their retirement years. And I’m sure Marilyn’s and Vida’s names will continue to be prominent on the USEF lists. Thank you, Ed and Marilyn, for your superb accomplishments in The Adventure of Breeding Ponies.
Tribute To Gayfields Vida Blue 3-28-76 to 12-20-07 When we first saw you way back on Dec. 26, 1978, even at a distance, we knew immediately that we were meant for each other. What a wonderful stallion you became. You were the heart of our program of breeding ponies. You always seemed to know when visitors came to see you and you always put on a fantastic show that they left the farm in awe of your beauty, movement and presence. Along your lifetime journey, you touched many hearts and made life long friends. We were so privileged to own and have you all these years that not only were you a Champion in the show ring, but you were our Champion as well. You truly have graced our lives and have left your hoofprints forever on our hearts. May your incredible legacy live on through your children and grandchildren. Ed, Marilyn Checki and family
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PONY PROFILES OF THE EARLY EIGHTIES By Thalia Gentzel
Reprint from November/December 2007
OLD STARS - NEW STARS As the curtains sweep open on the Eighties, familiar characters are still at center stage - Darcy Anderson with her Upland Puffin (Wye Windjammer X Miles River Whitecap by *Whitehall Moving Star) was accepting her FIFTH AHSA Horse of the Year Small title! However, another small pony star was coming to the fore, Farnley Nasser (Farnley Sunshadow X *Coed Coch Nerys by Coed Coch Proffwd) who won the Pony Finals in 1980 with Megan Galloway and in 1981 with Meredith Morrill! Other top notch Smalls were David Ziff ’s Even Tide who won the Pony Finals in 1982, Megan Mustain’s *Findeln Tip Toe (GlanMimosa & Brett Kligerman
Nant Limerick X *Belvoir Tulip by Dyrin Goldflake) the ‘83 winner, and Parris Cozart’s Sassafrass Silver who was Champion in ‘84. Veterans Scott Novick’s Miles River Moonglow and Jessie Baker’s Sage were second and third to Puffin in 1980 HOTY Smalls with Walled Brook Farm’s Short Stop fourth (rising to Reserve HOTY the next year for Streett Moore and Gretchen Davis), Shannon Creighton’s Farnley Solo (by Farnley Nimbus by Farnley Lustre X Treegate Tra-la-la by Farnley Sirius) fifth (also in ‘81, with fourth and sixth for Cammie Malisoff in ‘82 and ‘83).
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PONY PROFILES OF THE EARLY EIGHTIES...continued Meanwhile in the Mediums, yet another Sparklet, Mimosa (out of Tubby), was rising to fame - third in HOTY rankings in 1980 for Brett Kligerman, second in 1981 and first in 1982 for Anastasia Fay! You can read more about this family in “Alfred Ongoing” on page 12 of the September-October issue available on line at www.thepaisleypony.com.
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Other excellent Smalls were Mapleshade Crystal Clear and Private Collection (reg as Green Valleys April Velvet by *Cusop Sparklet X Crefeld Celeste by *Gredington Meirydd) for Ashley and Courtney Kennedy, Why Not for Emily Kaplan, Barkby’s Abner for Traci Beam, and Jordache for Lynne Gabriel. Red Pfohl’s Peter Pan won the Mediums in 1980 (a repeat of 1979) while Renee Berardelli’s Willow Spring Mermaid was reserve that year and Champion in 1981!
FOUR SPARKLETS = FIVE HORSE OF THE YEAR TITLES! On top in 1981 Horse of the Year Smalls was Sage while her full sister, Thyme for Natalie Kaczanowski, was Champion in 1982 - both by *Cusop Sparklet aka “Alfred” out of Miles River Pocket Change. Another by Sparklet, Yes I Can (out of Listopada Flirt by Coed Coch Pibydd) became top HOTY in 1983 for Carrie Ellington, fourth in 1984 and Champion again in 1985 for Darren Graziano! You will recognize her as the cantering grey Breyer pony model. She was a full sister to the good stallion, Cymry Creek, and to the mare, Yes I Will, dam of Yes I Am and Yes It’s True.
A LUSTROUS LINE Other good Eighties Mediums were of the *Farnley Lustre family, he by Gretton Blue Boy (a *Bowdler Brightlight grandson) X *Cui Glitter by Revel Revolt. These Lustre Mediums included Neil Ashe’s Frito Bandito who was fifth in 1980 HOTY, sixth in 1981 and 1982, with a Pony Finals win in 1981! Frito Bandito was out of Marguerite Taylor-Jones’ famed Gremlin’s Delight (by Farnley Gremlin) - International Pony Team winner in England in 1961 and then dam of Dresden (Reserve Champion HOTY in 1980 which was a repeat of 1973, 1975, 1976, and 1978 with HOTY Champion in 1974), Bonnie Reb (WIHS Champion in 1972), and Share the Wealth (all by the Thoroughbred, Ole Glendale) and Swan Song (by the Lustre son, Cymraeg Rain Beau) who was third in HOTY for 1984 and 1985 with Courtney Lee. Another prominent Lustre Medium was Candice Crowley’s Kiss-MeNot (out of yet another remarkable broodmare, Farnley Jonquil by *Criban Dart, a BRP by Bwlch Valentino). Kissy had numerous wins at Devon - the model five times, under saddle in ‘81 and ‘82, the Stake and Champion in ‘84 - and then she was Finals Champion in ‘85!
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PONY PROFILES OF THE EARLY EIGHTIES...continued Also by Farnley Lustre was Shenandoah Flintstone out of another amazing mare, Farnley Cufflink by *Farnley Sirius by Coed Coch Glyndwr. This mare was the dam by Lustre of the “stone” ponies - and of the fabled large, Shenandoah Opal by the Thoroughbred, Optics. Flintstone won the Pony Finals and was sixth in the Mediums in 1980 for Scott Novick. You can find out more about these ponies in the August-September ‘05 issue on page 6 at www.thepaisleypony.com. Interestingly, the Lustre line still shines today with his double grandson, Blue Rain (Cymraeg Rain Beau X Blue Haviland by Lustre), standing first in USEF Leading Pony Hunter Sires for 2005, 2006, and 2007 which is a record setting feat! Woodlands Velvet Rain, another Rain Beau son, is in fifth position for 2007, his sixth year to appear in the top seven sires! Farnley Belshazzar by Lustre himself is in ninth and GlanNant Epic, a grandson through Farnley Reflection, stands eleventh. Other “lustrous” sires in the Top 20 are Islander (another Cymraeg Rain Beau) 15th, Rambur Seven (through his dam, Shenandoah Moonstone by Lustre) 18th, and Cymraeg Rain Beau himself in 19th - eight years in the Top 20 with firsts in 2000 and 2001. No wonder Gary Baker has praised Farnley Lustre, Welsh Section B, as “The sire of the century”! These 2007 standings are from a roster of 174 stallions of many breeds although the Welsh and Welsh crossbreds are dominant. You can check this long list out at www.usef. org - Points and Awards.
MIGHTY MEDIUMS In 1983 the top Medium in Horse of the Year rankings was David Ziff ’s Anisha Maya who, we can assume, was by the Arabian, Anisha, and we know for certain was out of *Eppynt Pwnchen (by Criban Ace) who was also the dam of the good stallion, Longacre Spinoff by Lustre. The top Medium for 1984 was Matthew Gelber’s Golden Gloves by Duke out of Lady In Red, but their breed is a mystery. Can you help us out?
Anisha Maya & David Ziff Unfortunately we do not find bloodlines for other great early 80s Mediums like Indy Anna, Cathy Bussman’s ‘82 Pony Finals Champion, and Ma Belle, the Towells’ mare who won the next year - or David Ziff ’s Chanel, Christy Conrad’s Game Play, Laura Gorman’s Sand Castle, Renee Berardelli’s Special Touch, Cami Bonino’s Special Effects, the Vogtles’ Asia Minor, and Jennifer Fleck’s Serenade. If you have information on these or other ponies, do let me know!
LEADING THE LARGES into the Eighties was Chardonnay, bred by Mrs. Thomas Waller from her *Chantain, a small Thoroughbred who was a grandson of Nearco, and *Pollyanna by Bwlch Valentino, progenitor of the British Riding Pony. In 1980, Chardonnay won the Pony Finals, was Champion at Washington, and AHSA Horse of the Year for Christina Fiore, daughter of a famous jockey of that day. Reserve HOTY was Gerald Goldman’s
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incomparable Dresden (Ole Glendale, TB X Gremlin’s Delight). Shelly Stiegler’s Hi Fli was third in 1980 HOTY and went on to be tied for sixth in 1982, also going Champion at Washington that year and the following. In fourth in 1980 was Lucy Rutter’s Crimson and Clover by Top Gun out of Seaside - and I believe these were Chincoteague ponies! Shenandoah Opal, who you must know by now was by Optics (TB) X Farnley Cufflink (Welsh), kept on
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PONY PROFILES OF THE EARLY EIGHTIES...continued doing her thing for Scott Novick - AHSA Horse of the Year in 1981, 1982, and 1983 with Pony Finals wins in ‘82 and ‘83!
Another good large of this period was Clean Sweep who won the Finals for Jill Shoffner in ‘81. Then Lord Fairchild (by Anisha), who had been Horse of the Year in Large Greens back in ‘77 for Tara Payne, shone again in ‘81 for Mark de Stefano when he was second in Large HOTY with a fourth in ‘83. Stones Row Second Rock was third in ‘81 HOTY, Reserve Champion in ‘83, and third once more in ‘84 for Karen Levin. Jenny Boal’s Cloud Nine (by Cloud’s Hill) was fifth in Large Greens in ‘80 and had a stellar year in ‘81 with championships at Devon and Washington plus fourth in HOTY rankings. Other greats were Liseter Friendship Reserve HOTY in ‘82 and Jean Corr’s Center of Attention Green HOTY in ‘81 and fifth in Larges ‘82. OF EPIC PROPORTIONS Large Horse of the Year winner in 1984 was Tracy Tomlinson with McGregor (reg as Lyn Lee Calypso) who had been Large Green HOTY in 1980 for the Walters. He was out of a Mexican Thoroughbred mare, Alcina, and by the Lustre grandson, GlanNant
Epic (Farnley Reflection X *Coed Coch Prydyddes by Criban Victor). McGregor, with his two Horse of the Year titles, was the first big winner by GlanNant Epic whose career at stud spanned 32 years! Epic’s other HOTY winners have been Silver Steps (reg as Helicon Garden Party X Pine Lane Holiday by Warriors Handy Arrow-POA) in 1993 Small Greens and in 1995, 1996, and 2001 Smalls = four times, Portrait Painter in 1998 Large and Grand Green, and Helicon Take Notice Reserve Small in 2004. Pony Finals winners by Epic are Silver Steps in 1996 Smalls, Tickle Me Too in 1998 Reserve Champion Medium with the highest over fences score of the entire Finals, and Helicon Take Notice Reserve Champion Small in 2000, Champion in 2001, and Reserve Champion again in 2004. Her full sister, Helicon Notice Me (both out of the *Findeln Blue Danube grand-daughter, Rollingwoods Gin-N-Tonic), was a good Large Pony Hunter in her youth and then new ownership took her to the dressage ring where she has repeat USDF Breed Awards in 2007 with a teenage rider. Just an example of the versatility of ponies!
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McGregor (reg as Lyn Lee Calypso) & Scott Hoffstetter at WIHS Photo by Country Loft
Silver Steps (reg as Helicon Garden Party X Pine Lane Holiday by Warriors Handy Arrow-POA) & Susie Fried Photo by Catherine Cammett
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PONY PROFILES OF THE EARLY EIGHTIES...continued GlanNant Epic
Athletic feats seem to pass on naturally from a pony who was himself most versatile - in his youth Epic was a Welsh National Champion Section B Stallion for Dr. Gerald Clair, then showed in open jumpers with the teenage son and daughter, cut cattle for the doctor on his ranch, did some reining with the daughter’s boyfriend, and a little dressage with the wife! He came to the us, the Rinedollar/Gentzel group in IL, at age 21 in 1986 and was our treasure until he died with his head on my lap at age 36. Now we have several daughters who are proving to be fine producers, as well as a posthumous son, Helicon Epilogue, at stud - and the beat goes on!
GlanNant Epic’s dam, *Coed Coch Prydyddes, was called “Puff the Magic Dragon” in this country for who could get through her Welsh name, actually pronounced “Pruh-duhthuss” and meaning Red Wood Poetess in English. Of her 14 foals, three were fine breeding stallions. In addition to Epic, there were two by *Cusop Sheriff (Cusop Call Boy X Coed Coch Brenhines Sheba by Tan-Y-Bwlch Berwyn) - GlanNant Ballad and GlanNant Limerick. Ballad was the sire of 1998 Finals Small Champion, Daisy Johnson’s (Helicon) Touch of Frost, and her sister,
GlanNant Sleigh Bell. Limerick sired Megan Mustain’s *Findeln Tip Toe, Small Champion at the 1983 Finals, but goes in the record books as the sire of the prolific *Findeln Blue Danube out of *Waiten Blue Feathers by *Wickenden Osprey. In addition to performance ponies such as Gayfields Blue Nile and the venerable Strike A Pose (reg as Rosmel’s Blue Reign), Blue Danube fathered the USEF Leading Sires, Gayfields Vida Blue (out of Pickwick Shan by *Rockborn Toy Soldier) who was #1 in 2003 and 2004, and Cloe Olympian (out of Alra Amber Rose whose dam Dolrhedyn Rose was by Farnley Lustre!). Olympian has also been well up in the rankings each of the last five years with his son, Clovercroft’s Brenin, now following suit! I like the observation made by Brenin’s breeder, Cheryl Patton, that “What you breed is what you get.” Amen!
Whitney Roper arranged for Strike A Pose to “marry” Half Pint in a well-attended ceremony that featured a song written just for the occasion.
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PONY PROFILES OF THE EARLY EIGHTIES...continued Circumstance might have prevented *Coed Coch Prydyddes (Criban Victor X Coed Coch Pluen by TanY-Bwlch Berwyn) from having any of these American descendants! When Mollie Butler was negotiating purchase of the mare from Daisy Brodrick, the famed mistress of Coed Coch Stud in North Wales, naturally she wanted to import a mare in foal. At Coed Coch back in 1959, they did not palpate or scan, and the rabbit test proved negative for pregnancy. But here’s the rest of the story - it just so happened that I, Thalia, and my mother were Daisy’s guests for a week at that time. My recommendation to Mollie Butler was, “She’s lovely! You must get her for Linda anyway!” So 15 year old Linda Butler finally got a larger mare (13.1 1/2) to ride AND amazingly “Puff ” was in foal to RhydY-Felin Selwyn (*Coed Coch Blaen Lleuad X Rhyd-Y-Felin Seren Wyb by Tan-Y-Bwlch Berwyn) and produced *GlanNant Sonnet in the spring of 1960, the first of 14 foals. Then Sonnet went on to have 16 of her own, among them the good sire, GlanNant Adonis by Farnley Sparkler, a half brother to Farnley Lustre. AND as I write, I am looking out my window in Rockton, Illinois at a group of Puff ’s great grands - so personally consider her 1959 importation most fortuitous! BACK TO THE GREENS this detour having started with McGregor going Horse of the Year in Green Ponies in 1980 for the Walters. (Hey, they say one should write about familiar subjects!) He was followed by Barkby’s Little John for Elizabeth Kindt and Barkby Holt Stables, Silver Sharifa and Janie Ransom, Crescent Star and Sandy Lytle, Cloud Nine and Jenny Boal, and Limoges with Anastasia Fay.
Green HOTY for 1981 was Center of Attention for Jean Corr with Farnley Rutile and Catherine White Reserve, China Lace (by BRP *Roseisle Rushmere) third for Renee Kidd, Spring Fox fourth for Sandy Lytle, and Danbury Fayre fifth for Alice Buford.
IN 1982, THE GREEN HORSE OF THE YEAR SPLIT INTO TWO DIVISIONS First Small/Medium Green HOTY was Windleas Tuff to Take (Shams Tuff Stuff X Windleas Whistle Bait) for Rosemarie Richardson - Windlea being the prefix of Kathy Gilmer who many of you know from her longstanding position as Devon Horse Show Secretary! Reserve Champion was Ainsty Pastime for Mrs. Clay Camp, third to *Llandefalle Reflection (later Buttons and Bows who modeled for the Sportsmanship Trophy at the Pony Finals - by *Farnley Lustre X Liseter Flashing Bride by Liseter Bright Flash, a William grandson) for Ashley and Courtney Kennedy, fourth to Cloud Cover for Susan Kohler, and fifth to Dallas Diamond for David Ziff.
In the new Large Green HOTY in 1982, Champion was Touch-Me-Not (Farrar X Petite) for Hilary Scheer with second to Farnley Tribute and Jean Corr, Jean’s second year to be high up in large greens! Third was The Prep for Erin Kennedy, fourth to Carouselombra with Rachael Tennyson, and fifth to Perfect Choice and Traci Beam. In 1983, Small/Medium Green Horse of the Year was Virginia Reel by Ben Marshall (TB) for Carrie Ellington followed by Glenmore Sally for the Ehrlichs. Sally is one of a long string of hunter ponies by the imported British Riding Pony, *Coed Coch Grey Cloud - he being by Bwlch Zephyr, a son of the famed BRP Bwlch Valentino, and out of a Welsh mare, Coed Coch Llawrig by Coed Coch Berwynfa. We will hear more about Grey Cloud and Clay and Barbara Camp’s, now Betty Fox’s, Glenmore ponies as we go along. Then in the S/M Greens came Severn Riptide for Wilbur Bolton, Speckled Stardust for Monique and Yvonne Grand, and Beau Breeze for Amanda Thompson. The 1983 Large Green HOTY was Edna and Sandy Lytle’s Chase The Stars, one of a famous family by Fox Hollow Singing Star. All these offspring had Star in their names and began with the same initial as the dam, in this case, Cygnet. Smart Cookie followed for Windy Willow Farm with third to Penny Roberts and Hidden Acres Playmate, fourth to Kim Johnson and The Hope Maker, and fifth to Worth Avenue and Margaret Happel.
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PONY PROFILES OF THE EARLY EIGHTIES...continued A MYSTERY UNRAVELED The 1984 Small/Medium Green Horse of the Year Champion went in the books as “To Be Announced” followed by Sweet Sue and Lauren Caudle, Irish Star Dust for Karen Flynn, Woodlands Welcome and Kim Ryan, Under The Rainbeau for the Lytles, and Hidden Creeks Who Me with Susannah Forde. Lauren Caudle explains that, “My mom made me go to the AHSA convention for Reserve Champion but it still wasn’t announced! We received NOTHING there! Two or three months later, after investigation proved the top winner had not been eligible green, the awards were mailed and I received a trophy and ribbon for CHAMPION!” “Sweet Sue was a good little pony - she would do anything for me! When you get a good mare, you get a GOOD mare! I just loved her and still have the blanket from the day I bought her.” That was in 1981 when Sue was three and Lauren was eight. The chestnut mare’s show name derived from Stonegarden Kassuf, her registered name as Half Arabian and Half Welsh. Sweet Sue had to grow into her show name, however. Lauren tells that, “I got her home and she was a nut - talk about ponies and experiences!” The young pair went to train with Danny Robertshaw and show in short stirrup. There were five little girls who met at the shows - Tammara Flynn (Davis) and Make My Day, Charity Love, Kathy Vieta with Soft Shoe, Tearson Wheeler with her Cottontail pony, and Lauren with
In England I went from showing a 12.2 1/4 inch pony to competing by age 11 on a 16.1 hand jumper against the winner of the Vauxhall Open! Again I had a top trainer - for jumpers there it was the late Carmen Lanni.”
Sweet Sue. They would swap off and ride one another’s ponies and joke about, ‘Who wants to win this week?’ Lauren explains that, “Danny was ‘hard’ but he put up with all of it. He taught me perfection in the hunters.” After two years of short stirrup, Lauren and her pony graduated to the greens in 1984. “Unfortunately,” Lauren tells, “Mom took my pony to be measured and she came out at 12.2 1/4 so we got to Harrisburg and had to show with the mediums.” The year turned out very well for the pair, even though the results weren’t final for months afterward! Lauren tells that, “Dad was supposed to get Mimosa for my medium but he was sent to work inrst year England for three years. We were at the Harrods shop in the airport at London and met a girl whom I’d seen on the plane. She said, ‘Oh, your pony is at our barn!’ That was at Christina Schlusemeyer’s in Ocala - and then Sue was sold to a six year old in California.
Back in the States, Lauren went on to the University of Virginia and did horses there her first year. She went on to work for Ernest and Betty Oare and then for Don Stewart and Bibby Farmer, but took ten years off from riding to help her dad with his business. Karen Williams has brought her back into training and Lauren feels most blessed - to be with ponies again and to have such wonderful customers. She loves bringing along the youngsters and “to take them on without forcing. I just enjoy seeing the advances and getting them happy.” After her experiences in England and having been one of the first to import European horse, Lauren hopes we will utilize our records to “get our breeding down. We need to be able to compete against Europe.” Her enthusiasm for ponies and their people is evident within moments of talking with Lauren who declares, “I love to meet people! Everybody in the horse and pony business knows everyone!” And we thank Lauren so much for taking time to tell us about her pony life - and to solve the mystery from 1984. (It would be great if we could hear from more “old” pony riders to know what they are up to now!)
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PONY PROFILES OF THE EARLY EIGHTIES...continued LARGE GREEN CHAMPION IN 1984 was Sunny Ridge Field Day for Michelle Sperow. He was by a large Welsh Section B stallion imported by Farnley Farm, *Downland Drummer Boy (Downland Roundelay X Downland Dragonfly by Downland Serchog). Drummer Boy was also the sire of the well-known Farnley Eiffel Tower and of several breeding stallions, all brothers out of Farnley Belladonna (Farnley Kobold by Farnley Gremlin X *Bowdler Belle who goes back to *Bowdler Brightlight). These notable sires were Farnley Bellringer, Farnley Great Tom, and Farnley Carillon. Bellringer then sired Farnley Frere Jacques (out of Farnley Lorgnette by *Farnley Lustre X Farnley Monocle, a full sister to Farnley Reflection, the sire of GlanNant Epic). In turn, Frere Jacques sired Farnley Aria, dam of two more good stallions at Farnley, Prelude and Ballad! Other good Large Greens of 1984 were Joan Fox’s No Deposit, No Return, Sarah Goldsmith’s Chantilly (by GlanNant Epic), Molly Ashe’s Flashlight, Amber Mitchell’s Sweet Vermouth, and Christina Loiacono’s Foxwoods Charcoal Sketch. CAN YOU FIND THE INTRIGUE in all these interrelationships? How beneficial it is that USEF is making such a valiant attempt to record bloodlines of perfor-
Farnley Eiffel Tower
mance ponies! Check those out at www.usef.org - Points and Awards. If you have knowledge of specific breeding, contact Ken Ball at firstname.lastname@example.org. And then www.allbreedpedigree.com is of tremendous assistance in weaving one’s way - at the click of the mouse! (Most, but not quite all, of their information is sound; it is not recorded by breed registries.) Personally, I like to start with the amazing performer and then work back to see what has made it what it is. Then definite patterns emerge. In conjunction with the bloodlines, performance records tell the story. Would that my observations of these athletes could be even broader based for considering only the top AHSA/USEF national award winners is just looking at “the tip of the iceberg”. There have always been legions of great ponies competing for important championships on a local, state, and regional level - with their children learning skills and experiencing success, all the time bonding with their four-legged partners. Looking back, these may be optimum years in many riders’ lives - and those of their parents too. Before January, send me your stories at email@example.com or call at 815-624-7400. I am sad that I will not see some of you in Florida this winter as George and I will not be able to make our annual “migration” for the first time in a decade. On the bright side, I will be at numerous Ledges Winter Series shows at Roscoe, Illinois and the welcome mat is always out at nearby Helicon to visit us and our herd of fat, woolly ponies. ~ Thalia Gentzel
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As we look at the hunter pony world of the Seven-
ties and Eighties, new sire lines come into play - ones who are still prominent in today’s show world. In this issue we will consider “ALFRED”, a Welsh pony foaled in 1957 and registered in both Wales and the U.S. as *CUSOP SPARKLET. For many years a cadre of “ALFRED” offspring abounding in type and pony character marched around the show arenas displaying their movement, jumping ability, and determination. As trainer Gary Kuhlman of NJ remembers, “They were snow white with big eyes and bore the ‘Alfred’ stamp. They were really in demand. He was a great sire with more good ponies than any other!” Today grandchildren and great grands are still highly successful.
remained at Broad Axe Farm until the age of 17 when his longtime handler and friend, Carol Clark, assumed ownership on the death of the doctor. Eric Caleca of Brighton Stud describes Carol Clark as “a great lady” whom he first knew at Temple University where she ran the riding program. She was also a masterful breeder as we will see! When “ALFRED” passed away on February 6, 1987, he had sired 77 WPCSA registered purebred and halfWelsh foals and countless others during a 27 year career at stud, and then left at least two posthumous foals. Four of his “children” received five AHSA Horse of the Year honors in pony hunters and seven sons and numerous daughters have been remarkable producers as well.
Going back a half century, one of the import agents was The Horse of the Year Championships were earned by: a dynamic and forceful harness pony advocate named SAGE (foaled 1975 out of Miles Bill Simpson whose views on preRiver Pocket Change - Welsh) sentation and showing of Welsh Small HOTY Champion in 1981 were often at odds with traditional - for Jessica Baker of PA. pony folk! (understatement) Bill’s THYME (also out of Miles buying trips to Wales and England River Pocket change) Small were well-chronicled in his own HOTY Champion in 1982 and YOUR PONY magazine. Interestalso Washington Intl Champion ingly, a broodmare he brought for Natalie Coczanewski of NC. over in 1957 for a client in West MIMOSA (out of Tubby, Virginia left a striking mark on part Standardbred!) Medium future generations of the Welsh HOTY Champion in 1982 and and hunter worlds. We’ll let Bill also Devon Stake winner - for Mimosa and Brett Kligerman tell you about this venture. Anastasia Fay of PA. In 1983 she was Washington Champion “I took a train to Hereford where I stayed overnight at for Caroline Gardner. the Green Dragon and was picked up next morning by YES I CAN (1974 out of Listopada Flirt - Welsh) genial Theron Wilding Davies of Fayre Oaks Cottage. Small HOTY Champion in 1983 as well as Devon Stake He took me then to (defy anyone to say it) Llydyadywinner for Carrie Ellington of NJ, Small and Grand way, Hay-on-Wye, Herefordshire where the Cusop Stud is located and owned by Mr. and Mrs. L.V. Eckley, most HOTY Champion in 1985 for Darren Graziano, also of NJ. BREYER MODEL! charming people. Mr. Eckley showed me his beautiful bay stallion, REVEL NEWSREEL. From Mr. E were purchased several nice mares for my various customers, one being the F.S. 2 mare, BWLCH SPARKLE that I very much wanted when over before but she was not then bred to a registered Welsh but to a half-bred to raise riding type. She was heavy in foal this year to NEWSREEL. She goes to Mrs. Mohler of Beckley, West Virginia.” It is not known if BWLCH SPARKLE foaled in Britain or in the U.S. as her son carries both Welsh and American numbers. From Mrs. Mohler, *CUSOP SPARKLET, well-known as “ALFRED”, was sold on as a yearling to Robert Corey and then to Dr. Harry Steinbach of Blue Bell, PA in November of 1958. He
Jamie Auletto had YES I CAN as her first fancy small pony with Gary Kuhlman who glowingly relates, “I loved that pony and it was great to be able to train her! She was spectacular and won everything there was to win. She was really good for every one of her riders over the years - unbelievable!” Among other noted *CUSOP SPARKLET show ponies were: WINDLEAS WONDER RABBIT - Pony Finals Large Champion in 1985 with Blythe Gilmer riding for Charles Higgins, BROAD AXE BEGEEPERS and BROAD AXE JACK FROST foaled 1965, KYRIE and GREEN VALLEYS APRIL VELVET
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Profiles...continued from previous page (aka PRIVATE COLLECTION) 1975, HOSANNA and GLANNANT COUNTRY ROADS 1978, RAINBOW CONNECTION 1980, HALCYON HERO 1983, and FESTIVE FRIEND 1985. Rachel Baker Kennedy, now of ESP Farm in Montgomery Country, Maryland, tells about growing up amidst the ALFREDS in Pennsylvania as her sister, Jessie Baker, owned SAGE and rode her to AHSA Horse of the Year ribbons in 1978 and 1979 with championship honors in 1981! Rachel rode THYME as a green pony although she was big on her and MIMOSA until she was sold. The sisters rode at Jack Trainor’s Here and There Farm in Spring House, PA about 20 minutes from their home. At one time, Rachel said she had seven ponies. “Those ponies did everything from showing to swimming to foxhunting. Basically we broke all the ponies ourselves. After school on Fridays we went to the barn and bathed, blanketed to keep them clean even if they were roasting in the hot weather, braided, and organized. Then we’d go horse show for the day Saturday. The only time we got stalls was at Devon and Fairfield.” Jack Trainor’s neighbor and pony partner was Joan King, and her daughters, Amy and Tracy, were among the big kids who helped the younger ones at Here and There Farm. Joan kept three broodmares and they produced numerous ALFRED foals. Rachel tells that the mares went off to Dr. Steinbach’s and the next year, there were the foals. “Back then I thought it ‘just happened’ and never knew the process. Rachel remembers that one mare had the “berries” like HUCKLEBERRY and CHINABERRY. Tubby, who was part Standardbred, had BRAMBLE first, then Katrina D’Anca’s WOODBINE, MIMOSA (who Rachel rode at Indoors after Brett Kligerman had fallen off his motorcycle), and SCAMINY. Miles River Pocket Change had SAGE plus THYME, ROSEMARY, TARRAGON, DILL, and PARSLEY (although she may have been out of Miles River Radiant - little note here that one cannot always depend on www.allbreedpedigree.com although it is a handy tool). SAGE and THYME were both Horse of the Year champions and most all had good ribbons and championships at Devon! Had AHSA/USEF introduced their Leading Breeder Award before this decade, surely Joan King would have joined Carol Clark as a “sparkling” star in their ratings over a period of years! Some of the great show and/or broodmares by *CUSOP SPARKLET include: ABSOLUTE - dam of Viginia-breds, Garbeau, Ultimate, and Won To Know BROAD AXE CHABLIS - dam of Pony Finals winner Beaujolais, Blue Nun, Autumn Hill, Strawberry Hill, and Triple Hill for Richard Strauss of Vintage Ponies EASTER SUNSHINE MIST foaled 1977 - the grand-dam of the stallion, Maple Side Mr. Magic at Broad Axe Chablis Photo courtesy of WPCSA Carol Lush’s Maple Side Farm
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www.justforponies.com EMRYN SILVER LACE - dam of Smallwood Sparkle and other Virginia-breds with Phyllis Jones’ prefix FESTIVE FRIEND - dam of Yes I Am for Robin Greenwood at Grand Central GLANNANT SUNSHINE 1977 - dam of the stallion, GlanNant Sunray (Precious Cargo, etc) at Mollie Butler’s GREEN VALLEYS APRIL VELVET 1975 - dam of a “one and only” foal at age 24, Sandy Holbrook’s Blue Who at Sugarbrook Farm JOANNE D’ARC - dam of All About Me, Land’s End Huckleberry, Olollieberry, Thimbleberry for Nancy Jane Reed at Land’sEnd And now for the super seven stallions! LORD TENNYSON 1975 out of Severn Green Valleys Vista by Severn High Tide - sire of HalApril Velvet Photo courtesy of cyon Sir Lancelot (Blue Ridge Sunset, City Sandy Holbrook Slicker, Daphne-Doo, Fox Cry Nicodemus, Halcyon Let’s Luau, Mickey’s LaLa, Professor Plum, Serenade, Silver Snaffles Excalibur, Sweet Talk) DORIAN GREY 1976 out of Crefeld Gloria by Gredington Meirydd - sire of Clean Slate and Halcyon Hawthorn, Holly, and Huckleberry. We know Hawthorn for his many accomplishments for a very young Samantha Schaefer including a Pony Finals championship in smalls. Gary Kuhlman takes us back to Thorny’s six year old year when he was on the waiting list for Devon with his 11 year old daughter, AJ. On the Monday of show week, Kathy Gilmer called
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from the office to say they were in! AJ and Thorny were Devon Reserve Champion that weekend! Examination of *CUSOP SPARKLET’s pedigree shows solid GLANNANT COUNTRY ROADS 1978 out of GlanNant PrimWelsh Mountain pony lines of Revel, rose Lane by Severn Ember - sire of Bowdler (going back through Bowdler Calendar Girl, Glannant Symphony, Blue Boy to *Bowdler Brightlight as Helicon Classic Country, H Easy does *Farnley Lustre!), Vardra, Criban,. Street, H Just Notice, H Primrose Path with an added dash of Coed Coch - and the sire, GlanNant Captain (BelGlyndwr. Then in the third generation taine’s Honour, Captain Epic, Helicon we find a mare, Bwlch Goldflake - she Bon Voyage, Patchwork Strawberry) by the Thoroughbred stallion, Meteoric BROAD AXE BLUE BOY Half 1980 (a grandson of Sundridge who appears out of Belle - better known as “Little in many pony pedigrees through Ole Boy Blue” at Rosemary Bottcher’s in Glendale and in other Thoroughbreds FL - sire of First Edition and many through Nasrullah). Goldflake’s dam others. There is an interesting story was a polo pony mare named Cigarette. about this pony! He was purchased Perhaps this horse blood accounts for along with a broodmare herd to raise the fact that *CUSOP SPARKLET up ponies for a noted trainer to take grew to a height of at least 12.3 hands, when they reached trainable age. Later, well above the British limit of 12 hands when the trainer declined to do so, for a Welsh Mountain Pony! the discouraged owner dispersed at By Valentine, a Thoroughbred/Welsh a killer sale in Quitman, GA. “Little cross, Bwlch Goldflake also produced a Boy Blue” was puchased for $600 but son, Bwlch Valentino, who has risen to his registered half-Welsh name was fame as a foundation sire of the British known from his Coggins, filed for Riding Pony! Prue Richardson’s excelmany years until it was destroyed in a GlanNant Country Roads lent stallion, *Cusop Jovial, who you will house fire. Rosemary Bottcher tells that Photo courtesy of Thalia Gentzel know as the sire of Northwinds Onyx she acquired Blue on a trade for a worn and many others, carries four crosses to saddle! Bwlch Valentino! TRISTAN 1980 out of Liseter Stardem by Liseter Brilliant - sire of America, Amber Light, Arlington, Bedazzled, Tristan’s Dawn These are interesting facts that on the sire side, *CUSOP SPARTreader, Tristan’s Party Shoes KLET had similar bloodlines to *Farnley Lustre, another great sire CYMRY CREEK 1982 out of Listopada Flirt by *Coed Coch of hunter ponies, and as mentioned, on the dam side he was related Pibydd making him a full brother to Yes I Can - sire of Otteridge to Bwlch Valentino of British Riding Pony fame. Dreamin’ of Blue, Remember Me Always, Wait A Minute, WoodTill next time! You can contact me with your own stories of falands Silver Creek mous performance ponies at email@example.com or BROAD AXE SPICE 1985 - sire of Chesapeake 815-624-7400 IL
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Progeny of *Cusop Sparklet listed on the all breed database. There are a great many others by him
Galen Mica and Mary Doll at Harrisburg in 1992. Photo by Kathy Nascimbeni.
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Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hear It For The Girls! the "stone pony" series. In the eighties and nineties we So what do Blue Hens have to find good hunter ponies from a do with a pony column? I have no FARNLEY SIRIUS son named idea how the term came into Farnley Sparkler. Leading the list being, but a Blue Hen is a prolific was was Farnley Sunglint. broodmare of extraordinary proAnother daughter, GlanNant portion who has made a major Frosty, was the dam of GlanNant contribution to her particular breed Sleigh Bell, her full sister or type. I first saw this term some Helicon Touch of Frost (Finals decades ago in a little article about Small Champion 1998), Helicon Humphrey Finney who was a great Epic Event, and Alexander's in Throughbred sales and other Frosted Blue. One year at the phases of the industry. For some Finals, the latter three all ribtime I have been wanting to salute boned in the small pony divisome Blue Hens of the Welsh and sion! Bill Winkelman in Iowa pony hunter world and me thinks used Sparkler daughters, Winks' what better time than now - in Fanfare and Funfare, in his conjunction with a celebration of handicapped driving program as Joan Dunning's 100th birthday and well as in his breeding herd. to honor her contributions to pony Bringing us into this decade, breeding in the United States. we have another Farnley *COED COCH SEREN was one of Sparkler daughter, Helikon Halo, the very first imports that Joan who is the dam of Blackberry Dunning, then Mrs. Alexander (Hillcrest's Sugar Plum) who won Mackay-Smith, brought to Farnley smalls at the Pony Finals in Farm in Virginia back in 1937, 2007. Halo's offspring scored accompanying them by ship from over 10,000 USEF pony hunter Top, Coed Coch Seren in Wales, prior to her Britain. Seren, foaled in 1925, was importation in 1937, and bottom, as a points last season; they are by Grove Sharpshooter (by Dyoll Hillcrest's Silver Lining and broodmare at Farnley. Starlight) out of Lady Grey (by Dancing Bear as well as Helicon Greylight) which doubled up on a Headliner. Headliner's full most type-y and classic progenitor of the Welsh brother, Hillcrest's McGyver, was on the event circuit in Mountain Pony, Bleddfa Shooting Star. At that time 2007 and was Reserve Champion in Jr/Young Rider Seren was carrying a foal by another typy foundation Novice Division at the 2005 American Eventing stallion, Coed Coch Glyndwr. This was none other than Championships with a 12 year old girl! Hillcrest's Top *FARNLEY SIRIUS of whom you have read in previous Hat is a stallion at Stonewall in WI. These are just some Pony Profiles columns. To give your memory a jog, he of the offspring. Picture a Blue Hen wearing a halo was the sire of Farnley Gremlin whose daughter, here! Gremlin's Delight, represented our country here and in Further exploring the descendants of *COED COCH England on the international teams of the early sixties. SEREN, I began jotting down names from www.allShe then went on to another stellar career as the dam breedpedigree.com - and before I knew it had lists fillof eighties' stars, Dresden, Bonnie Reb, Share the ing four notebook pages! You will find many other Wealth, Frito Bandito, and Swan Song. In reading grand mares of Blue Hen caliber among her female descenprix results today, one is reminded of these ponies as dants. Ever so many Welsh and pony hunter breeders Molly Ashe rode Frito Bandito and Lauren Hough Swan today have the blood of *COED COCH SEREN in their Song! herds! I know I do! Then there is Before importation in 1937, Seren had produced another Blue some outstanding individuals at Coed Coch in North Hen daughter of Wales, including in 1937 COED COCH SIRIUS, dam of SIRIUS, Farnley over 20 foals, the best known being Daisy Brodrick's Cufflink, the penultimate show mare, Coed Coch Siaradus. Here are dam of more some more of the Seren offspring foaled in Wales: eighties' jewels, 1930 - COED COCH SHONET, the dam of Eryri Shenandoah Gwyndaf who in turn sired Severn Sure Shot, influential Opal (7 times in this country. His dam was Ceulan Serene so he was AHSA Horse of double *Coed Coch Seren! the Year and 1933 - COED COCH SERLIW by Revolt. 21 of the twice Res Ch) 50 Royal Welsh Show winners between 1947 and 1972 and Flintstone, traced back to this mare! Among her foals were Coed plus others of Gremlin and Matthew Mackay-Smith
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Coch Seirian, *Ceulan Serenade (dam in the US of the stallion Merrie Mills Concerto at Fairview in IL), *(Ceulan) Shalimar at Crilban in IL, Ceulan Serene (Severn in MD). 1936 - *COED COCH SEON, imported to the U.S. by Charles Bassett of NY and sire of Dolhir Firelight and Dolhir Short Snorter, himself the sire of Severn Black Diamond 1937 - COED COCH SIRIUS, dam of over 20 foals. In addition to Siaradus, she was in 1949 the dam of Rhyd-Y-Felin Seren Wyb, known in Section B circles as the dam of the stallion, Rhyd-Y-Felin Selwyn, the sire of *GlanNant Sonnet. Now we'll take a look at two of Seren's best known offspring at Farnley, FARNLEY SIRIUS and FARNLEY MONOCLE. This will give you some idea of the farreaching influence of *COED COCH SEREN! 1938 -*FARNLEY SIRIUS by Coed Coch Glyndwr In addition to his offspring already listed (Farnley Gremlin 1947, Farnley Cufflink 1953, and Farnley Sparkler 1957) we will highlight a few more of the SIRIUS foals: 1945 - Chwindclad Cynneu and 1946 Aldebaron, stallions for Hope Ingersoll in MA. 1947 - Farnley Gremlin who, in addition to Gremlin's Delight, sired in 1955 Farnley Kobold and he sired Farnley Belladonna who had 18 or more foals including the stallions Farnley Bellringer, Carillon, Great Tom, Stepney, and Belshazzar (sire of Shenandoah Beechwood, Finals Champion) plus the good hunter pony, Farnley Old Bailey. 1950 - Farnley Sunflower, she in turn the dam of Dolrhedyn Rose who mothered Dolrhedyn Rambler (sired Benlea Rambler, the sire of Pony Dot Com aka Benlea Playboy), Alra Dana Amber Rose (dam of stallions Alra Amber Classic at Farnley and Cloe Olympian at Clovercroft who sired ever so many including the dressage stallion, Wynnbrook Stardust, and the Pecan Creek series), Alra Dana Roselyn (Alra Blue Radiance), Burgundy Rosette (Fox Cry Raindrops On Roses and Whiskers On Kittens, Gayfields Comin Up Roses), and Alra Amethyst (Grand Views Penelope). 1952 - Farnley Wimple who had 19 foals including Farnley Cloche (the dam of Courtash Karnival), F Het (at Dandardel), F Nautilus (F Sea Urchin to Dandardel Brit Rail), F Veil (Oak Orchard Wimple), F Calyptra (F Calla who had Crossroads Sunshine, Hillcrest's Michaelangelo LOM, HC Mona Lisa, HC Picasso a.k.a. Snuggle Up), Rosecroft Chapeau to Southern Lad to Model Cadet and Lucy Love) 1956 - Davric Rock n Roll (Obispo Royal Blue) ~~~ 1942 - FARNLEY MONOCLE by *Bowdler Brightlight 1961 - Farnley Reflection, sire of GlanNant Epic, himself sire of Helicon Garden Party aka Silver Steps 4 times USEF Horse of the Year and Finals Champion, H Take Notice (Finals Ch and Res Ch) and Notice Me (AllBreed Dressage CH), Lyn-Lee Calypso aka McGregor (4X HOTY), his brother Lyn-Lee Tiempo (CT horse), Portrait Painter (HOTY), Tickle Me Too (Finals Res Ch), Alexander's Epigram, H Buccaneer and Privateer, H Summer Games, etc and the stallions, Patchwork Omen and Gold Nugget, Blackfire's Epic Jester, and Helicon Epilogue 1962 - Farnley Lorgnette, another Blue Hen, dam of 24, including Farnley Frere Jacques (sire of Farnley Aria-the dam of stallions F Ballad and F Prelude, and also of F Selkie, Shenandoah Neptune and Sh White Lace, Sugarbrook Chocolate Rose, dam of Blue
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Bouquet, Incrediblue, and 7 others). 1965 - Farnley Spyglass, sire of The Homesteader, Cloverleafs U-C-It dam of Hidden Creeks Lusty C, Islander (Hidden Springs Born To Flirt, Blu Venture Rainbeau, etc), Lithgow Parson John, Rollingwoods Chips Ahoy (Rollingwoods Lorna Doone) 1966 - Farnley Specs, dam of Lyn-Lee Starbright, dam of GlanNant Sunshine and Wallabout Brooklyn I did not clog these progeny lists further by inserting the sires of the *COED COCH SEREN descendants but would like to add that many stellar combinations resulted from the use of the early Farnley import stallions such as *Bowdler Brightlight and *Farnley Lustre, and later of *Downland Drummer Boy. I'll end with a question - Do you have a descendant of *COED COCH SEREN in your show string or breeding herd? Our profoundest thanks go to Joan Dunning for her ongoing contributions to the Welsh, Dartmoor, and hunter pony worlds!
From '38 TO '08, Who do we appreciate? JOAN DUNNING - Of course! Here are some memories from owners of Farnley ponies and their descendants over the years:
This is a picture of my beloved Farnley Raven (F Prelude x F Cameo), taken in the late winter of 2006, at Goethe State Forest getting ready to leave for a trail ride. I now have her full sister and half-brother (by F Belshazzar). Dispositions to die for, gorgeous creatures, easy to train, a joy to ride, and great friends. Sherrie Southworth Moon Lake Stud, Gainesville, FL Note: Raven has at least 5 crosses to *Coed Coch Seren thorugh F Frere Jacques (2X), F Belladonna, F Starlet, F Lorgnette
Recollections from Doris Kelsey of Patchwork Ponies on the Kansas Prairie: My visit to Farnley took place in the mid 1970s. I arrived unannounced on a Greyhound bus! It stopped at White Post, Virginia which consisted of an old country store and a couple of houses. Luckily the store was open and had a public phone. I called the farm and was informed that Mrs. Romaine was not home but was expected later that day. I asked for directions expecting to hitchhike to the farm. The lady on the phone would have nothing to do with that, so she and the cook drove to the store to pick me up. Arriving at the
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farm, they summoned one of the livestock managers to show me around. I then spent about an hour viewing the broodmares in their field. Joan arrived and soon supper was served on the veranda overlooking the mare pasture. I pointed out a chestnut roan mare that I thought especially striking, "Oh, she has a full brother, a stallion, out by you," she replied. She had sold Farnley Sparkler (by F Sirius, a son of Coed Coch Glyndwr and Seren X Cui Glitter, also the dam of F Lustre) to Mollie Butler of GlanNant Farm and Mollie had sold him to Bill Winkelman in Iowa. I knew Bill. He held a pony auction the first Saturday in December every year. That winter I went to the sale and inquired of the pony. Bill had sold him and couldn't remember to whom. I forgot about him, but I had told my good friend, Thalia Rinedollar nee Gentzel, about what had happened. Several years passed and I got an excited call from Thalia. She'd told Mollie Butler what I'd done and Mollie had gotten a call from the pony's owner. He was moving to town and was contacting previous owners listed on the pony's papers to see if they wanted him back. If not, he was going to put the old pony down. Mollie knew we were interested and gave us the contact information. Thalia, her young daughter Molly, and I drove to Iowa and got him ASAP! We had him for seven seasons from age 21 and he put numerous foals on the ground for us. He was my first purebred Welsh stallion and established me as a serious breeder. I still have three of his daughters, all in their mid-20s. A grandson was second highest selling small at the 2007 Pony Finals sale. Farnley Sparkler was a 12.3 1/2 hand liver chestnut roan with a reputation of jumping out of any pasture he was put in BUT Mollie Butler told us he was terrified of electric fencing. I put a hot wire around my small pasture and he lived out with his mares most of the year. He would come up to a wood fence and check its height. If he could get his chin over, he knew he could jump out. During the winter, Sparky had to be in the barn as the herd had to cross his field to access the heated water tank. Thalia would come to visit and he'd promptly back her against the stall wall. She'd have a moment's panic until remembering that he just wanted to have his bottom scratched! I would ride him daily and had borium put on his shoes due to the ice and snow. I'd hold his bridle up and he'd grab the bit and head for the door. I had to
Molly Rinedollar on Farnley Sparkler, 1978.
be fast to slip it over his ears as he was going for a ride! I rode him bareback and it was obvious he enjoyed every minute, perhaps recalling his show ring days! But old Sparky was losing his teeth and Equine Senior was not yet on the market. I had a hammer mill and ground the finest alfalfa along with corn and oats. He survived for years and stayed fertile on this diet until 28 years of age. When he died I had the very sad job of informing Thalia and Molly.
The Farnley Connection What an impact the Blue Hen broodmare, *Coed Coch Seren, has had on our breeding program! Her daughter, Farnley Monocle, was the dam of Farnley Reflection, the sire of GlanNant Epic. Epic represented the only Farnley cross with Mollie Butler's excellent Sec B foundation mare, *Coed Coch Prydyddes - and what a blend of movement, jumping ability, will to do and presence that turned out to be! Back in 1986, we were interested in obtaining Epic as he had sired McGregor, 2X AHSA Horse of the Year. Little did we anticipate when he came to us in IL at age 21, that he would end up Top Ten on the USEF Leading Pony Hunter Sires list year after year! Epic died at age 36 with his head in my lap here in IL on May 18, 2000 - and on the same spot on October 26 of that year, his longtime companion, Rollingwoods GinN-Tonic, foaled the last live cover Epic foal, Helicon Epilogue, a full brother to Finals Champion, H Take Notice. And in 2007 we had our first double Epic foal by Epilogue. It is my great joy to have this feminine counterpart of the old man! Another Seren grandson (by Farnley Sirius) was Farnley Sparkler who came on co-ownership at age 21 or 22. He had literally jumped his way out of Bill Winkelman's program. Bill's elderly aunt would come to the family homestead at Lohrville in the summers. Growing tired of midnight calls from the sheriff that Sparkler was again touring the town, she uttered a proclamation that, "If there is one more call, he will have to go!" Well, you know the rest of the story! I could go on and on, but suffice to say that the Farnley blood has been of extraordinary value to our program - as it has to so many others across the nation!
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H �E �A � R �T �S by Thalia Gentzel
ter time than now to let Barbara Camp tell you about the excellent foundation stock of British Riding Ponies and Welsh which she imported in the 70s. And today, the phenomenal *Coed Coch Grey Cloud, imported as a weanling, is going strong at 35 in the loving hands of Betty Fox. On a pilgrimage to see this grand old gentleman, I found him being groomed by little girls. On his way to the field, he played a game with Betty, nudging her along with his nose. But with his ladies, Grey Cloud "puffed up like a rooster" as Betty describes him. What a magnificent individual!
At the 1986 Pony Finals held at Commonwealth Park in Culpepper, Virginia a record number of ponies competed - 157. Leader after the larges and mediums was 14 year old Laura Chapot with her renowned Connemara/Thoroughbred mare, Bon Soir, at 1011 points. That held until two smalls went later in the day. Seven year old Hillary Schlusemeyer with Anne Hampton's and her British Riding Pony/Welsh cross, Glenmore Hearts of Fire, laid down a beautiful trip for a total score of 1029! And the next pony to go, Welsh crossbred Swan Song with nine year old Lauren Hough, Hillary Schlusemeyer and Glenmore ended up with 1012, just one point Hearts of Fire ahead of Laura and Bon Soir. This win was from a stellar field - Expresso, Old Fashioned, Tarragon, Farnley Marengo, Silver Star, Buttons 'N Bows, Farnley Love Child, and Gayfields Blue Nile among them! Ocala, Florida trainer Christina Schlusemeyer has had a passion for ponies since she was five years And so Hillary Schlusemeyer, a fifty pound seven old. After hoarding five nickels for a pony ride, she year old, set a new Finals record as the youngest walked 2 1/2 miles across main highways to carry competitor ever to win Overall Grand - and Lauren out her dream of riding. Today Christina is legHough with Reserve Overall was only two years endary in both ponies and horses. Back in 1996, ten older! years after winning the Pony Hunter Finals at age Throughout this era, Hearts of Fire and other seven, her daughter Hillary went on to win the AHSA Glenmore ponies appear in the winner's circle freMedal Finals and the USET Talent Search Equitation quently - there is Hearts' full sister, Heart of Gold Finals. (both by the imported British Riding Pony, *Coed So what does a trainer at the top of her game Coch Grey Cloud, and out of Severn Ruby), who took look for as ingredients in top pony hunters? Horse of the Year honors in 1985 in Small/Medium "First, the jumping instinct is the most important so they can do what we intend them to do. Jumping Greens. In 1988 S/M Green HOTY was Glenmore needs to be easy for them with a stride long enough Halston (*Forge Nimbus X Glenmore Chanel by Grey for it to be simple to get down the lines. They need Cloud) followed in third by Glenmore Pinkie (*Coed this ability - and the temperament to like their job. Coch Benmor X They should be amenable to training, to have an Sister ease of training to become made ponies. Especially Buchannan by in large ponies, they should want to do their job. Sylvia's Comet). Also, ponies should be built right to do it easily, In 1989 with sturdy construction to do tasks from teaching Glenmore Teddy little people to going in the ring at the Washington Bear (Grey International Horse Show. They should be durable Cloud X Noblest and comfortable. Soundness, with good feet, is Teddy-TB) was important so they can be loose and happy. third in Large Then, there is the Romance Factor! These are Green HOTY. show ponies and should look appealing - pretty And these are with nice heads and good conformation. Then it is just a sampling. the people's job for conditioning and a shiny coat, So what betall this so the judges will want to let them win!" *Coed Coch Grey Cloud
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Barbara & Betty &
THE GLENMORE PONIES
The first name to be engraved on the new AHSA Medal trophy in 1948 was that of Barbara Pease. Although she never owned a horse of her own as a junior, the Larchmont, NY teenager was "magic on a horse". Fast forwarding several decades, Barbara was married to another fine rider, and driver, Clay Camp - and living in Virginia. Their children Jeff and "Bunny" Bwlch Zephyr, showed pony hunters - one Section A Grey Cloud Welsh mare, Bray's Island Gay Morning showing as "Paper Moon", took home numerous championships before retiring to the broodmare band. Later, trips were made to Europe for driving horses and for British Riding Ponies. In 1973, a special purchase was made, but we'll let Barbara tell the story of her important imports as recorded in the 1979 Welsh Pony & Cob Society of America Yearbook. High on a soft green hill overlooking the sea I fell in love...in love with a man, a farm, and lots of ponies. Colonel Edward Williams Wynn of Coed Coch in North Wales was a gentle man who loved his ponies and the land on which he lived. Most famous for the purebred Welsh, not many realize that the part bred riding pony was the delight of Colonel Edward. It is a rare thing to find a hunter pony showing in
America without some Welsh blood. Far too many of them are the result of guesswork or even accident. The actual pedigree has never been kept with a pony. I am attempting to do this as the British have done for years...to raise a 14-14.2 hunter pony with a pedigree. This is a combination of a strain of small Thoroughbred crossed with the Arab and the sire of of course the Welsh. The crossbred stallion responsible for the best show ponies in Britain was (BWLCH) VALENTINO. His sons and grandsons are the predominate sires of winners today. My first choice was a stallion by a son of VALENTINO, BWLCH ZEPHYR, and out of a classy Section B Welsh mare from the Coed Coch Stud. COED COCH GREYCLOUD was bought as a weanling in 1973 from Colonel Edward and was champion crossbred at Devon as a yearling. A colt from his first crop in 1976, GLENMORE CLOUDY MORNING, won the foal class at Devon and came back this year and was champion colt at Devon. This colt is out of a Section A mare BRAY'S ISLAND GAY MORNING, who won many championships showing as a small pony hunter under the name of PAPER MOON.
Pony Finals 1986 The rider of the Small and Grand Champion for 1986 set a new record for the Finalsseven year old, 50 pound Hillary Schlusemeyer was the youngest ever to win the overall title! Her mount at Commonwealth Park in Culpeper, Virginia was Glenmore Hearts of Fire owned by Anne Hampton, also of Ocala, Florida.
Hillary Schlusemeyer & Glenmore Hearts of Fire
www.thepaisleymagazine.com Another trip to Coed Coch brought home a stallion of medium size to breed to the large pony mares whose breeding was unknown. This stallion, COED COCH BENMOR, was by COED COCH BEN HUR and out of a crossbred mare COED Y PAEN PRANA. At the same time COED COCH BARRYMORE by BARI and COED COCH SALADIN by SALED were purchased for use on the Thoroughbred mares. At present they are being driven tandem and may put off their stud duties to compete in F.E.I. competition. I feel very fortunate to have such a concentration of the best of the Coed Coch blood, both in the partbred and in the Section A. It was the thrill of a lifetime to visit the Colonel at Coed Coch. I hope I can carry on what he began and that I will do him justice. Mrs. L. C. Camp ~~~~~ In 1978, Barbara Camp became the first president of Virginia Pony Breeders Association joining with other like-minded breeders and exhibitors to enhance the improvement, recording of pedigrees, showing, and promotion of ponies of all breeds. This organization thrives today and can be found at www.vpba.com - or you can visit their 30th Anniversary booth while at the Pony Finals! In reading the accounts of outstanding hunter ponies of the 80s you will find numerous Glenmores: Hearts of Fire and Heart of Gold (full sisters by *Coed Coch Grey Cloud X Severn Ruby by Severn Storm), Halston (*Forge Nimbus X Chandelle by *Chantain), Pinkie (*Coed Coch Benmor X Sister Buchannan by Sylvia's Comet), Sally (Grey Cloud X Charlie Brown's Snoopy by King's Cavalier), Teddy Bear (Grey Cloud X Noblest Teddy TB), Best Shot (Nimbus X Farnley Mona), Wait for the Beep (Grey Cloud X Mona), .Storm Warning (Nimbus X Storm Cloud by Grey Cloud), and more. One year at Devon, a hunt team was made up of all Glenmore ponies! Now to explain what you have been wondering about - how Barbara Camp's Glenmore became Betty Fox's Glenmore. A quarter of a century ago at the AHSA Convention two women discovered they had grown up in the same area
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some arthritis in his hocks.There are three mares bred to him for 2009! " In addition to his Glenmore offspring, renowned broodmares by Grey Cloud must be mentioned. Tease Me Not is the dam of famous show ponies: Are You Kidding, For Kids Sake, For Kids Only, Kid You Not, Kidding Around, Peppermint Pizazz, and Who's Kidding Who. Absolute is the dam of Ultimate and Won to Know. Alison Coluccio had the Grey Cloud granddaughter, Glenmore Jasmine by *Forge Nimbus, and she too was a remarkable producer of show ponies. Another British Riding Pony stallion used at Glenmore wa *Rosevean Fish Eagle by Rosevean Eagles Hill (whose grandsires are Bwlch Zephyr and Count Dorsaz) X Cusop Araminta by Bwlch Valentino out of a Solway Master Bronze mare. Also prominent was the late *Glenmure Liberty Bell (Packwood Peter Pan who was double Valentino X Sinton Mirrobel by Pierrot - TB out of the renowned producer, Criban Heather Bell, Welsh and TB who is also behind the Downland Welsh). Betty is keen on her four year old stallion who has been Zone 4 Reserve Champion in Something Blue Pony Hunter Breeding. Glenmore Scotch Broom is by Glenmore Something Blue X Glenmore Primrose by *Forge Nimbus X Glenmore Chanel by Great Cloud.out of a *Chantain daughter, Chandelle. "He's bay and he's beautiful, an exquisite mover, has a great brain and is a nice boy - a great combination of it all. He's very strong in all of my favorite lines." He is triple Bwlch Zephyr and double *Coed Coch Grey Cloud and *Forge Nimbus, thus continuing lines also favored by Barbara Camp decades ago. On the distaff side, Betty has 14 mares. She tried to keep track of ones she has sold as well and to get them back after their show careers to keep the bloodlines going. Some were show ponies for two of her three children, Elizabeth and Patrick. When Patrick was small he was put on Charlie Brown's Snoopy (by King's Cavalier) to be babysat! Snoopy had already tended kids of her own - Sally, Peppermint Patty, Linus, and Schroeder. Although Patrick went on to show, Lizzie is the one who rode everything and was the pony kid! She had successful careers with Glenmore Storm Warning and Tap Shoes, placing in the standings without endless campaigning. At 28, Tap Shoes, is enjoying matriarch status at the farm. Glenmore Teddy Bear is the oldest Grey Cloud daughter there - after returning from Fairfield, she had her first foal at the age of 25, Glenmore Corduroy by Glenmore Sneakers. As you can see, the Glenmore lines begun by Barbara Camp 40 years ago are still going strong a quarter of a century after the reins were handed over to Betty Fox!
Peppermint Pizazz (“Snoopy”) owned by Yonina Halpern ~ Zone II Pony Finals 1990 Photo by James Leslie Parker
Pretty in Pink (“Lilly”), from the Junior Essex Troop show in 1989
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Stepping Stones To Success Hunter Ponies of the Late â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;80s
by Thalia Gentzel
It's hard to believe but there has been a gap in the Pony Profiles' chronological narrative since the last issue of 2007! You can check out earlier decades at www.thepaisleypony.com. In this issue, we are picking up with the late 1980s, an era of great ponies and great riders - a proving ground for a number of our noted hunter and grand prix riders and trainers of today. Topping both the AHSA Horse of the Year Standing and the Pony Finals in 1985 was Yes I Can (*Cusop Sparklet X Listopada Flirt by Coed Coch Pibydd, making her a full sister to Yes I Will and to Cymry Creek, sire of Woodlands Silver Creek) with Darren Graziano of NJ. Two decades later, he and his students are producing winning rides. Yes I Can enhances many collections as this small grey mare became Breyer's "Cantering Pony" with some models sporting bright red braids! Other top ranked smalls were Hillary Schlusemeyer of FL with Anne Hampton's Glenmore Hearts of Fire (*Coed Coch Grey Cloud X Severn Ruby by Severn Storm), Courtney Lee of VA with Swan Song (Cymraeg Rain Beau X Gremlin's Delight by Farnley Paragon Gremlin), Arthur Ruff of TX and Silver Tide, Lynne Gabriel of PA and Jordache, and Jennifer Marshall of MD with Just A Smile. In the mediums, AHSA HOTY Champion was Farnley High C (Farnley Frere Jacques X F High Hope) for Susan Linton of GA followed by Severn Little Brother (Severn Laraff X Severn Corina by Severn Storm) with Maria Charpella of MD, Ma Belle and Jennifer Emmitt, NJ, Kool Hand Luke for the Cadiers of NC, Gucci and Darren Graziano again, and Mimosa (another by *Cusop Sparklet) with Michelle Conway, NJ. Pony Finals Champion was Candice Crowley and Kiss-Me-Not. Kissy was one of a series of siblings by Farnley Lustre X F Jonquil by the British Riding Pony, *Criban Dart, who'd come to the States with the British team. Farnley Jonquil, foaled in 1961, was the oldest pony to be registered by Virginia Pony Breeders Association. Her dam was Farnley Zinnia by the Arabian, Anisha, and out of a Fell mare named Bluebell. AHSA Large HOTY Champion in 1985 was Carrie
Ellington of NJ with the Executive. The Balls' Touch Me Too (*Chantain X Touch Me Not, a full sister to Kiss-Me-Not) was second. Third went to Shenandoah Waterford and Natalie Kaczanowski, NC, fourth to Liseter Friendship for Fantasy Farms of MD, and fifth to Jamanda with John McLeod III of NY. Meggie Dhu with Mary Louise Nicholson (Leffler) of MD rounded out the roster. We still enjoy watching her successes in the grand prix rings of today! Another *Cusop Sparklet, Windleas Wonder Rabbit, won the Pony Finals Larges for Charles Higgins. Team winners from NJ were Yes I Can, The Executive, and Old Fashioned, another entry of Jen Emmitt. Pony Equitation Medal winner was Christina Loudermilk. Small/Medium Green HOTY winners were Hillary Schlusemeyer with a full sister to the small champion, this one being Glenmore Heart of Gold. Second went to Minuet and Sandy Van Dyke of FL, Center Attention followed with Amanda Lyerly of NC - and today she is a trainer in Ohio. Next were Finders Keepers and Heather Roziak of NJ, Cinderella and Katie Bradley of VA, and Woodlands Magic Cloud (Clouds Hill X Lithgow Candy Cane) for Richard Scarlett of PA. Mary Louise Photo: Pennington Nicholson of MD had a good win with Large Green Champion, Golden Reflection. Reserve went to Jim Chaplin's Toulouse from VA, then came Windleas Wonder Rabbit, the Finals winner, and Flash Dance with Mary Louise Miller of SC. Fifth was Brighton Late Lights for Laura Chapot of NJ. Today, Laura is one of our prominent grand prix riders! Paragon with Christina Conway of NJ was in sixth position. I just dug out my 1988-1989 hardcover Welsh yearbook as I remembered photos of the Conway sisters, Christy and Carrie, in the George Herbert Walker Bush inaugural parade on January 20, 1989! Would you believe that their parade mounts, Welsh Section A GlanNant Yellow Brick Road (Talybont Shawn X GlanNant Primrose Lane by Severn Ember), now 28, and Section B GlanNant Serenade (*Cusop Sheriff X *GlanNant Sonnet by Rhyd-Y-Felin Selwyn), 31, are going strong at Carol Stone's Liberty Farm
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in Acton, MA. Brick, a former AHSA HOTY Grand Champion Welsh, still jumps for her 4 feet 9 inch owner and is used as a hippotherapy mount. Serenade is Carol's dressage mount in addition to her ongoing duties teaching children. She is also the dam of longtime Zone 3 Champion Medium Pony Hunter, GlanNant Symphony (by GlanNant Country Roads by *Cusop Sparklet), who is also training a new child each year on lease from the Holmes. Serenade was present at the burial of her breeder, Mollie Butler of GlanNant Farm, in October of 1992. True confessions time! SOS! I am missing, and would still appreciate having, all the AHSA HOTY results for 1986 and the greens in 1987 from some kind someone! I do have the Finals results for 1986 so will concentrate on those. The rider of the Small and Grand Champion for 1986 set a new record for the Finals - seven year old 50 pound Hillary Schlusemeyer was the youngest ever to win the overall title! Her mount was Glenmore Hearts of Fire. Only two years older, was Lauren Hough of CA who piloted Swan Song to Reserve Small and Reserve Overall Grand. Other Small winners were Espresso (registered Welsh as Smoke Tree Gwarth by Severn West Wind X Gwydd Lon Kirbey by *Coed Coch Blaen Lleuad) and Elizabeth Savino, Old Fashioned and Jennifer Emmitt, Tarragon (by *Cusop Sparklet X Miles River Pocket Change) and Constance Howell, and Farnley Marengo for Brooks Gould. Finals medium champions were Sabrina (by Poppy's Pride) and Jennifer Collins, 17, riding for Jim Chaplin whose Toulouse placed 7th in Larges, also with Jennifer. Lauren Hough also had a busy time as she was Reserve Medium with Megan Johnstone's Shenandoah Sundowner (by Cowboy Joe, TB). Lauren has since had a distinguished career successfully representing the USA in the 2000 Olympics, World Cup, Samsung Super League, and Pan American Games! Other mediums were Special Effects and Charlene Reitz of CA, Anisha Maya for Garrison Ziff of TX, and Mimosa for Michelle Conway of NJ. The Finals Large Champion was Bon Soir ridden by Laura Chapot, 14. of NJ. Reserve in Larges was Dow Jones (by Cymraeg Rain Beau) with Winn Reid, 15, for Nicole Petrin followed by Star of India and Cammie Malisoff, *Llandefalle Logic with Prima Martini who was tied for fourth with Woodlands Random Chance and David Ziff. Shenandoah Opal (Optic, TB X Farnley Cufflink by Farnley Sirius) was still gleaming for Emily Sherman. The champion state team from CA was made up of Lauren Hough on Swan Song and Shenandoah Sundowner along with Charlene Reitz and Special Effects. Eighty-three riders contested the Pony Medal Final with 15 called back to test on the flat. Next, for 13 riders without stirrups, came a winding six fence course including a trot fence followed by a halt. Then the two leaders were required to jump the same course, but on one another's ponies. Jennifer Collins gave Toulouse to Deanne Sabarese, 14, while C'est Moi went to Jennifer. After all that, Deanne emerged the winner under judges Frank Madden and Michael Page. Jennifer was second, Laura Chapot third, Courtney Kennedy fourth, and Winn Reid fifth. According to Katy Monk's report in the Chronicle, "The participants themselves showed their enthusiasm in the chaotic victory gallop as champion ponies raced wildly around the ring, bucking, jumping fences, running away, doing everything but dumping their riders. After two days of competition, it seemed to be the celebration they deserved." 1987 finds yet another *Cusop Sparklet "child" winning AHSA Horse of the Year in Small, Thyme, who was out of
Miles River Pocket Change. This "thyme" the rider was busy little Hillary Schlusemeyer of FL for Woodbox Farms. She was also reserve champion with Glenmore Hearts of Fire. Scott Rosiak of NJ was third with Why Not. Lauren Hough of CA was back with Swan Song, still doing swimmingly. Elizabeth Towell of NC showed she was In To Win and carries on that tradition in the hunter rings of today. Jordache rounded out the Top Six for Merrill Indoe of NJ. Small champion at the Pony Finals was Silver Star. Top Horse of the Year Medium in 1987 was Julianna Falk of PA with Woodlands Magic Cloud (Cloud's Hill X Lithgow Candy Cane) followed by Tracey Richardson of NC with Liseter Flying Day, Dana Bramall of NY with Casey Jones, Katie Huber of VA and Dance On Ice, Kevin Sabarese of NJ and Miracle, and Arthur Ruff of TX with Foxlair's Fascination. Special Effects won at the Pony Finals. Large Horse of the Year was Devils River with Amanda Lyerly in the irons. Dow Jones (by Cymraeg Rain Beau) and Nicole Perrins of VA were reserve champions. The Martinis' Canadian bred *Llandefalle Logic from CA was third, Chardonnay (*Chantain X *Pollyanna by Bwlch Valentino, progenitor of the British Riding pony and also grandsire of *Coed Coch Grey Cloud) and Tracey Richardson of NC fourth, Bon Soir and Laura Chapot fifth, and Polaris Starship with Susan Linton of NJ sixth. Laura and Bon Soir were also Champions at the Pony Finals. Sharing a Chardonnay tale is "Parminch" on The Outside Course forum back in 2007: "Another funny one for me was when I had Chardonnay for Tracey Richardson. George Savo and I were standing in the ingate with her getting ready to go and "Shane" looked down and found where George's foot was and stomped it as hard as he could (He never did like men much). He had to move his foot over a foot and a half to stomp it, but that did not deter him one bit. He then walked quietly into the ring and won. Shane was always quite the character." I have to add that, in a survey Betsy Fishback did for her Pony Express newsletter at the 2006 Pony Finals, Schuyler Riley and Frank Madden named Chardonnay as their 'Classic Pony Hunter of Yesteryear'! Other favorite '80's ponies were Captain Hook for Peter Pletcher and Tom Wright, Shenandoah Sundowner for John Roper, and Button 'N Bows for Richard Cheska. The NJ team won at the '87 Pony Finals. Ray Texel, another of our contemporary trainers, was the Pony Equitation Medal winner on Lucky Charm. I'm missing the Small/Medium Green AHSA winners for 1987, but here are the Large Greens: 1. Change of Heart - Sloane Fleckman of TX 2. Bouquet - Courtney Frankhouser of PA 3. Knock On Wood - Nancy Carson of SC 4. Make My Day - Tamara Davis of SC 5. Highlands Fancy Footwork - Dina Mattia of NJ 6. Dior - Darren Graziano of NJ Another star rose to ascendancy in 1988 - none other than IC Blue Shadow (by Severn West Wind, a son of Severn Storm by *Bowdler Brightlight). And did you know that IC stands for "incredibly cute"? Not only did he win AHSA Horse of the Year in Smalls but the Pony Finals as well and his rider, Alison Firestone, has gone on to be a grand prix rider and clinician of today! In 1988, Alison also had the fifth placed pony, Farnley Trilby (F Bellringer by *Downland Drummer Boy X F Calyptra by F Conqueror). Reserve Champion HOTY in Smalls was Jordache for Merrill Indoe of NJ. Swan Song and Lauren Hough of CA were back again in third. Elizabeth Towell of NC had a new winner in Himself the Elf (Buckeye Watchman by *Coed Coch Blaen Lleuad X Misty Morning). In To Win was still doing just that for Marley Goodman of FL, another grand prix rider of today.
In Mediums Casey Jones moved from third to Champion for Dana Bramall of NY and was also Pony Finals winner! Another great one from Jim Chaplin of VA was Reserve Champion, that's Sabrina (by Poppy's Pride). Constance Howell stood third with Glenmore Halston (*Forge Nimbus X Chandelle by *Chantain) and they also topped their green division! Floridians rounded out the division: Gucci was fourth for Ashley Gerl, Lucky Me (by Cymraeg Rain Beau) fifth with Tracy Loveless and The Artful Dodger and Jamie Irby sixth.
Bon Soir and Laura Chapot of NJ were the AHSA Horse of the Year and also Pony Finals Champions, that for the third consecutive year! This 1988 circumstance of dual champions in all the regular divisions and the Finals was highly unusual! What talented ponies and riders! Amazing family relationships - both people and ponies! Bon Soir was a Thoroughbred-Connemara cross with breeding dear to the hearts of the Chapot family. Her sire, Night Before Last, was by Night Lark by Bonne Nuit with a line to Man O' War. Laura Chapot's dad, Frank, had shown Good Twist by New Twist by Bonne Nuit, also with a line to Man O' War, back in the '60s when he was Captain of the US Equestrian Team - with 21 international wins in Europe and the US. And then Good Twist sired Gem Twist, jumper extraordinaire managed by the Chapots! After stunning careers with both Greg Best and Leslie Howard, Gem Twist developed an infection of his suspensory ligament at the 1994 World Equestrian Games in Europe. Laura was the one who soaked and massaged his leg. After his recovery, Laura became Gem Twist's rider, earning the title of AGA Rookie of the Year. in 1995. This is an amazing "twist" to have one rider rise to the top of two fields, large pony hunters and grand prix jumpers, on "cousins" of greatly varying size! But there is yet another "twist" to this story as on September 15th of this year, there was a clone to Gem Twist foaled! He is a member of the Chapot family. And on her Connemara dam's side, Bon Soir was also related to another famous athlete! "Sois" as she was called was out of a mare named Tully Robellaise (although I have also seen it spelled Robslassie) by Tully Lad. Lendon Grey's famous dressage pony, Seldom Seen, had as her maternal granddam, none other than Tully Robellaise! Now, how amazing is that?! The Chapots did not raise Bon Soir themselves but were familiar with the mare as she belonged to a student of
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Maxine Best (Greg's mom) in New Jersey. Not only were they impressed with her bloodlines, but with her grace, style, and athleticism. Laura's older sister, Wendy, recalls that "We knew she was a good jumper, and a good, kind pony. Mom thought she's be a good pony for Laura to have." Mom was former Olympian Mary Mairs Chapot and how right Mom was! In Equestrian magazine of October 2005, Laura said of Sois, "She just had such a great presence. She was a beautiful pony to watch. We were just really, really lucky to snatch her up. She always gave it her all. It wouldn't be uncommon for her to go to a horse show and win every class." Wendy added, "I remember she had just a fabulous tail - a big, really thick, wavy tail. She had the white horse syndrome. You know we were constantly trying to keep her clean." 1988 Reserve Champion Large HOTY was Alison Firestone with Touch Me Too (*Chantain X Touch Me Too by Farnley Lustre). Arthur Ruff of Texas was third with Devils River who'd won the previous year with Amanda Lyerly. In fourth was Kristin Lyhus of MD with Olney Soft Tempo (by Severn Laraff) followed by Kim Lloyd of VA with Jasmine Classic and Renee Carroll of NJ with No Deposit No Return. Here is another ingate story from "Parminch" on The Outside Course of January 19, 2007. "One of my favorite memories of when I had the ponies in the barn was having Olney Soft Tempo for a young man and when he went into the ring the only parts of his body that touched anything were the palms of his hands on the reins and the soles of his boots on the stirrup irons! That pony trucked him around like the Saint that he was. I would be standing in the ingate dying as he went around." Team Virginia triumphed at the Pony Finals. Jennifer Hanks of IL won the Pony Equitation Medal on Gayfields Royal Blue, the very first offspring of Gayfields Vida Blue, sired in Arkansas before Vida went to the Checkis at Hillcrrest Acres in WI. Jennie's trainer, Lynn Jayne, found her fortunate to have such poise and presence at the age of 12. This stood her in good stead when she was called back first and felt a lot of pressure to hold her place. As mentioned earlier, Glenmore Halston, the Small/Medium Green winner, had also been third in Mediums. He was followed by Daydreams for Judith Grewelin of MD, Bugle Boy and Missy Achenbach of NJ, Glenmore Pinkie (*Coed Coch Benmore X Sister Buchanan by Sylvia's Comet) and Amber Theisen of NE, Patent Pending and Melanie Francis of MD, and Oliver Twist with Jamie Irby of SC. Best of Friends, with Erin Murphy of VA, topped the AHSA HOTY in Large Greens. Private Eye and Sassy Ellis of NC, Strike It Rich (raised by Claiborne Bishop for her daughter, by Cymraeg Rain Beau X Petite Prospect) with Maria Bishop of VA, Touch of Heart from Chapel Hill Farm of FL, and Playing for Keeps with Daniel Geitner of NC who went on to a stellar intercollegiate career and is a busy trainer today! Rounding out the Large Greens was Footlights with Katie Huber of VA. The eighties finished up with stellar lists of winners as you will see! Hillcrest Better Than Blue (registered Welsh as Hillcrest's Bari by Lafayette's Lucky Leader X Gayfields Saffir Blue by *Findeln Blue Danube) was top 1989 Small Horse of the Year and Pony Finals winner for Lauren Hough of CA. The other Finals winners were Farnley Gayfield (registered as Hillcrest's Executive by Gayfields Vida Blue X Copper Snow by Meadowlawn Squire) with Travis Berger, Buttons N' Bows (reg as *Llandefalle Reflection by Farnley Lustre X Liseter Flashing Bride by Liseter Bright Flash) for Jon Cowan of FL, Beaujolais (Cymraeg Rain Beau X the broodmare supreme, Broadaxe
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Chablis by *Cusop Sparklet) and Michael Hagan, and IC Blue Shadow (by Severn West Wind) for Alison Firestone. What a roster! In HOTY, Himself the Elf, pulled up from fourth to second, still with Elizabeth Towell of NC. Jordache was third for Merrill Indoe of NJ, this venerable campaigner's fourth appearance among the winners! Short Stop was fourth for Holly Sorensen of VA, while IC Blue Shadow for Alison Firestone of VA and Glenmore Sally for the Motleys, also of VA, were repeats in the standings. For Casey Jones and Dana Bramall of NY it was a another win in Mediums! Bit of Chance was Reserve Champion for Jocelyn Martin of PA. Elizabeth Towell of NC was third with For Kids Sake (Welsh Hills by Cymraeg Rain Beau by Farnley Lustre X Tease Me Not by *Coed Coch Grey Cloud X Forget Me Not by Lustre). Fourth went to Devon Schiff of TX with another Cymraeg Rain Beau "child", Under the Rainbeau. Fifth went to Captain Hook for the Lindners of Ohio and sixth to Silver Polish with Erin Esau of CA. Finals Medium winners were an entirely different slate than that for Horse of the Year. Champion was Foxhollow Rock Star (by Foxhollow Singing Star) with 10 year old Becky Van Slyke taking over after sister Sarah had outgrown him. To continue with Six Degrees of Separation here - Mrs. Van Slyke's brother-in-law is Michael Golden who owned Gem Twist through much of his life! Next in Mediums came Farnley High C and Elizabeth Landy. Masquerade and Vanessa VanHorn tied for third with Bittersweet Shall We Dance and Kelley Farmer - here again we have a current professional! Spur of the Moment and Jon Cowan and Kiss Me Not (Farnley Lustre X F Jonquil by *Criban Dart), this time with Sarah Prant, rounded out the Mediums. Larges were topped by Jim Chaplin's colorful Toulouse (Candy Man X Pinafore by Cymraeg Rain Beau), also third at the Finals! Right Royal was Reserve Champion with Mary Ann Thomas of KS, now trainer Mary Ann Funk with her little daughter, Abby, showing ponies from Kansas to the Finals in Kentucky! Galen Mica was third with Constance Howell of FL followed by Private Eye and Marley Goodman of FL, Change of Heart for the Lindners of OH, and Starlight Express for the Savinos of NY. At the '89 Finals the Large winner was Strike It Rich
with Maria Bishop. Other top Larges were Private Eye for Sassy Ellis, Toulouse, Woodland's Carousel, Farnley Blue Chip with Hillary Schlusemeyer, and Lady McGregor, Ruthanne Mealy's daughter of GlanNant Epic. Florida riders won the Team Championship. Kelley Farmer was the Pony Equitation Medal winner on Craig Lindner's Change of Heart. Amy Boyle was second on Glenmore Twilight, a pony she had brought along herself, and Kelly Cunningham third on Desire. Cara Utermehle was fifth and Dana Bramall sixth. In the Small/Medium Green Horse of the Year standings, Crystal Vision was Champion with Marley Goodman riding the Bill Schaub entry from FL. Cloth of Gold was second with Jill Kingman for Quiet Hill Farm also of FL. Rounding out the standings were Famous Moment and Matthew Groff of PA, Wildflower for Tara Buzan of PA, Chocolate Sundae and Mindy Velasco of PA, and Jasmine for the Coluccios' Ashmont Farm of VA. Large Green HOTY winners were She's Got Dots and Juliana Falk of PA, Ambrosia and Arrington Chastain of SC, Glenmore Teddy Bear (*Coed Coch Grey Cloud X Noblest Teddy, TB) for Allison Grewell of MD, Brownlands Little Eenie (Brer Jeremy Fisher by *Farnley Lustre X Above and Beyond's Missy, TB) with Hillary Schlusemeyer of FL, Willoughby for Melissa Lexier of VA, and Highlands Fancy Footwork for Sharyn Cole of NJ. Next time we will start the Nineties. Please send info and photos to me, Thalia Gentzel at firstname.lastname@example.org or 815-624-7400 or 200 Hononegah Road, Rockton, IL 61072.
OUTLINING THE SIRES WHO PRODUCED SUPERB STARS OF THE 1980s SHOW RING: ARABIAN OR PART-ARABIAN - Anisha, Severn Laraff BRITISH RIDING PONY - *Coed Coch Benmore, *Coed Coch Grey Cloud, *Forge Nimbus, *Roseisle Rushmere THOROUGHBRED OR PART THOROUGHBRED - Ben Marshall, *Chantain, Cloud's Hill, Cowboy Joe, Night Before Last, Ole Glendale, Optics, Welsh Hills WELSH SECTION A - *Cusop Sparklet, Farnley Sunshadow, Lafayette's Lucky Leader, Severn West Wind, Wye Windjammer WELSH SECTION B - Buckeye Watchman, Cymraeg Rain Beau, *Downland Drummer Boy, *Farnley Lustre, Farnley Bellringer, Farnley Frere Jacques, Farnley Nimbus, Foxhollow Singing Star, Gayfields Vida Blue, GlanNant Epic, GlanNant Limerick
UNKNOWN - Candy Man (assumed to be Appaloosa), Duke, Poppy's Pride
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CAN YOU PICTURE THIS?
The First AHSA Pony Hunter Finals 1967 by Thalia Gentzel
which there were 19 small and 11 large ponies The inaugural event was qualified. From those only held at the Fairfield Country nine competed in each of the Hunt Club in Westport, CT two divisions. Judges were on August 31. One of the Mrs. Charles competitors from Lee Harper of PA, Norman Connecticut, Nancy Baroody, Hall of MA, and Ralph describes the scene for us. Peterson of NY. The custom"As a little kid it was always ary divisions imposing. I loved to go of In Hand, Under Saddle, there-it was just amazing! and Over Fences were scored The setting was the most at 100 points for each phase beautiful, just gorgeous, all so there Photo: McFox class. Emerson Burr made was a possibility of 900 sure everything ran on points from all the judges. 1967 James Hulick and Neat'n'Tidy schedule and made the Nancy Baroody recalls atmosphere. that, "The first Finals were mainly dominated by The polo field had been made into the outside Mrs. Waller's ponies-she was a big player in the course for the ponies. There were permanent type ponies back then. Welland Valley Early Bird was a fences, solid and old-fashioned-hunting fences and liver chestnut mare with a flaxen mane and tail, very coops. The smalls' fences were 2'6" and connected very refined especially the head. She would win the to the 3' fences for the larges. (You have to remem- model and the hack but was hot and not so good a ber that the split between the only two divisions, jumper." smalls and larges, was at 13 hands) The strides were longer coming home, eight or more strides for The 1967 winners were: the three fences on the home run. These were the Smalls days of the real hunt courses and real riding to the CH. Welland Valley Early Bird, Victoria Becker for jumps. Mrs. Thomas Waller's Tanrackin Farm-730 The best things I remember about Fairfield were R CH. Driftwood, Gail Hulick-711 the perfect weather and the flawless turf. It was a 3. Midget, Nancy Baroody-706 premier facility to hold the Pony Finals." 4. Pandora, Elizabeth Milone-675 Ouisha McKinney, then 16 years old, describes the experience of the Kentucky contingent arriving Larges in unknown territory with one-third of the total CH. Neat'n'Tidy, James Hulick for Hulick and entries. "There were six of us and when we showed Margaret Falk-756 GRAND CHAMPION up with the six horse van and unloaded our ponies, R CH. Wennol Bechan, Shawn Bittle for Mrs. William onlookers exclaimed, 'Oh my goodness, the C. Cox-736 RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION McKinneys have all new ponies!' We really didn't 3. Thorwell, Karen Nolte-696 know about the others. We recognized Shawn Bittle, 4. Blue Moon, Peter Zinman-657 a very good horsewoman who was riding Wennol Bechan that year, and that was all." Competing for the Adrian Van Sinderen Perpetual Those 'others' were the Connecticut McKinneys Trophy were teams composed of the top three indiwho showed with Emerson Burr so successfully. viduals from each state. Ouisha continues, "Kent Davis on Red Fox did a 1. Massachusetts (Driftwood-Gail Hulick, fine job except for a long figure eight like an infinity Neat'n'Tidy-James Hulick, Wennol Bechan-Shawn sign, and the judge said, 'Don't you all from Bittle) 2203 Kentucky know how to do a figure eight?' 2. Connecticut (All Four-Debbie Davis, DaybreakI rode Silver Dollar who was 14.2 and I also Robert E. Moore, Midget-Nancy Baroody) 1887 showed the horse medals on him. My brother 3. Kentucky (Minced Pie&Storm of the Glen-Lane McLane had two, Minced Pie and Storm of the Glen, McKinney, Silver Dollar-Ouisha McKinney)1835 one who was bred by our mom. Sheila rode another homebred, Gunsmoke." Eleven shows had held preliminary events from
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Above and left, 1968 Moon Comet
one of the first Pony Finals to follow the international pony competitions! Under judges Mrs. Edgar Scott, J. Carrol Curran, and Raymond Francis, the 1968 winners were: Smalls CH. Moon Comet, Cindy Weiner for Sindy Paul-726 GRAND CHAMPION R CH. Crepe Suzette, Sindy Paul 3. Farnley Hi Li, Cindy Weiner for Mrs. Mary Gardner THE 1968 FINALS - QUENTIN, PENNSYLVANIA On August 30 the AHSA Hunter Pony Competition was held at "the most spectacular horse show on the East Coast, a place that brought talent, comraderie and friendship together in one place," according to a winning competitor, Cindy Weiner. "The fabulous outside course at Quentin was on grass using the whole field. Striding didn't count when you had 58, 59, or 60 strides! You'd 'foxhunt' down to the fences-chicken coops, rolltops, oxers, brush-basic fences like the derbies today. True horsemen came out of those kinds of courses. I'll never forget those days as long as I live. Of course, we used to go in the club house to have dinner and talk about our rounds. The horse shows were our lives and my pony teammates and their parents have been lifelong friends and 'family' to me. And I was just so enthusiastic to be a part of
Larges CH. Keswick, Beth Spatz for Peter Wetherill-655 RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION R CH. Gay Minstrel, Merritt N. Willets IV-652 3. Wishing Well, Georgeanne Osborne Team Award 1. Pennsylvania (Moon Comet-Cindy Weiner, Keswick-Beth Spatz, Gay Minstrel-Merritt Willets IV)2033 Cindy Weiner continues, "My trainer, Junie Kulp, was the most tough and meticulous trainer for turnout and for discipline. I was taught to strive for excellence and wouldn't have it any other way. The Grand Champion pony, Moon Comet, was lovely to look at-one of the top conformation ponies in the
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In those days there were only two heights for ponies and not too many restrictions on how many one person rode. We modeled and hacked, which included a figure eight test with hand gallop and halt, and jumped the next day. Deep Run was a great big field with a mix of natural and made jumps. Counting strides didn't exist, and a GOOD GALLOP was mandatory! I remember that Buddy Brown rode his large pony, Wennol Bechan, and a few more including one of Mrs. Waller's. I don't remember how many ponies showed, but boy was I intimidated by how many great ponies were there! We showed both heights together that year. I will also never forget the help we received from the people there, the Dents especially. They put us up as we had no hotel and helped us to find a braider, and so much more. We had a great time made better by winning!" Cockscrow Flair 1969
country-and also a super mover and jumper, but had such an attitude that you had to be ten steps ahead of him. He made my 'edges' a little sharper and proved that the tough ones can be the best ones if you are strict and disciplined. I also learned that you have to have a kind hand and heart in order to correct problems. Life lessons." THE 1969 FINALS MOVE TO DEEP RUN IN VIRGINIA On Thursday, August 17, the Finals were hosted by the Deep Run Junior Show at Manakin, VA. The judges were Mrs. John McDonald of NY, A. Eugene Cunningham of VA, and Joseph Maloney of PA. Six small ponies and nine large ponies represented Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. Lucie McKinney of Connecticut tells about her long journey. "In 1969, my father and Emerson Burr and I put my pony in a two horse attached to my dad's best convertible and went to Virginia. What a ride!
The 1969 winners were: Smalls CH. Cockcrow Flair, Lucie McKinney-613 R CH. Welland Valley Early Bird, Mrs. Thomas Weller's Tanrackin Farm-603 3. Pandora, Meg Milone-600 4. Sinbad of Woodhart, Karen Quinn for Carrie S. Camp-579 Larges CH. Keswick, Stephen H. King for Peter Wetherill-683 GRAND CHAMPION R CH. Gay Minstrel, Merritt Willetts IV-635 RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION 3. Chimney Sweep, Cindy Weiner-629 4. Wennol Bechan, Buddy Brown for Leslie and Buddy Brown-626 Team Award 1. Pennsylvania (Keswick-Stephen King, Gay MinstrelMerritt Willetts IV, Chimney Sweep-Cindy Weiner) 1947 Now think of the USEF Pony Finals of today!
• FINALS FACTS •
• 1967 Forty ponies qualified from 11 designated shows but 9 smalls (to 13 hands) and 9 larges (over 13 hands) competed at the first Finals. • 1968 Ponies could qualify with a championship or reserve championship from an A-rated show.
• 1982 Judging percentages were changed to 25% for the model, 25% for the hack, and 50% for over fences. • 1984 The Pony Equitation Medal was added. • 1999 The Green Pony Divisions were added.
Welland Valle y Early Bird , 1967.
Photo: Tarra nce
• 1976 The Medium Pony Division was created.
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Blue Rain Leaps Into Top Spot For 4th Year! by Thalia Gentzel Here we go with the annual Pony Profiles analysis of the USEF Leading Pony Hunter Sires standings. This program was the brainchild of Cheryll Frank back in 2000 - and has grown in scope each year since with 203 stallions listed for 2008! Ken Ball (email@example.com) is a great contact and always prompt in adding new pedigree information from breeders and owners. I urge you to help "fill in the blanks" for your good sires! First, go to www.usef.org, then Points and Awards. Select a year, then Leading Sires/Pony Hunters and make sure your guy has his sire, dam, and dam's sire listed as well as all points for his offspring. My analysis will show you how certain families are prominent on both sire and dam sides and that, to quote Denny Emerson, "Pedigree predicts performance." BLUE RAIN IS NUMERO UNO FOR THE FOURTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR! He carries on the important family line Blue Rain of *FARNLEY LUSTRE foaled in 1956 (Gretton Blue Boy X *Cui Glitter by Revel Revolt). Blue Rain's Welsh sire, Cymraeg Rain Beau who led the Leading Sires in 2000 and 2001 with seconds in 2002 and 2003, was by Lustre. And Blue Rain's dam, Blue Haviland, was also by Lustre out of a Thoroughbred mare, Art Student. Blue Rain was second place sire in 2004 and has reigned supreme ever since! This *Farnley Lustre son and grandson are part of a family group that includes for 2008: • #6 Woodland's Velvet Rain (by Cymraeg Rain Beau) • #8 Farnley Belshazzar (by Lustre himself) • #14 Hidden Creek Rain Fox and #20 Islander (both by Rain Beau) • #21 GlanNant Epic (by Farnley Reflection by Lustre) • #33 Cymraeg Rain Beau.
Up 'n' coming sires by Blue Rain himself are Blue Fox and Blue Who. Another extremely prolific family is that of a Welsh Section B stallion who was prominent in England, SOLWAY MASTER BRONZE foaled in 1959 by the famous Coed Coch Glyndwr out of Criban Biddy Bronze by Criban Gay Snip. A son of Master Bronze, *Pendock Masterpiece, is #10 for 2008. A grandson, *Carolinas Red Fox, is in #2 position and he was #1 in 2002 and never lower than third throughout this decade! Other representatives of this line are Gayfields Way Too Cool who is again #7 on the chart. He is by *Sleight of Hand, a Master Bronze grandson standing at #25. Other Sleight sons are Gayfields Court Scandal #32, Gayfields Big Easy #42, Gayfields Call the Cops #50 (Scandal and Cops being full brothers out of the *Findeln Blue Danube daughter, Dixie Blue Duchess). Sleight's full brother is *Smoke Tree Silver Dragon #55. Quite the "masterful" group all in all! A different "Blue" line is that of *FINDELN BLUE DANUBE by GlanNant Limerick (*Cusop Sheriff X *Coed Coch Prydyddes). Blue Danube is represented by Gayfields Vida Blue #3, sire of the Hillcrest ponies, who was #1 in 2003 and 2004. Marilyn Checki of Hillcrest Acres was USEF #1 Breeder of Pony Hunters in 2007. Right behind in #4 slot is another Blue Danube son, Cloe Olympian, whose coowner, Cheryl Patton, is #1 Breeder for 2008! Olympian sons are Clovercroft's Brenin #22 and Wynnbrook Starburst #67. Another *Findeln Blue Danube son, Dixie Cavett Star, leapt into #17 position for 2008 while Cloe Blue Caper stands at #38 and Alra Blue Radiance at #40. Marguerite "Daisy" Brodrick's COED COCH LINE from Wales continues to be well represented -
headed by Rowfantina Gold Sovereign #5 by *Coed Coch Pernod out of the Coed Coch Bari daughter, Rowfantina Onette. Gold Sovereign is double Coed Coch Bari, triple Coed Coch Salsbri, with 13 crosses to Glyndwr in all. Another stallion with at least a dozen Coed Coch Glyndwr crosses is *Pendock Larkspur #12. And remember that the famous SOLWAY MASTER BRONZE is by Glyndwr himself! The Coed Coch mares are stellar producers too. A Coed Coch Berwynfa daughter, Pendock Prudence, is the dam of Pendock Masterpiece #10. Coed Coch Olwen, also by Coed Coch Berwynfa, is the dam of full brothers, *Sleight of Hand #25 (#1 Welsh Sire), *Smoke Tree Silver Dragon #55, and *Smoke Tree Bronze Image (grandsire of Clovercroft's Brenin #22). *Duntulm's Waltzing Matilda (dam of Benlea's Rambler #15) and *Duntulm's Pride of Erin aka Snowgoose (dam of Millbrooks Monarch #26 aka Buzz Light Year) are daughters of *Coed Coch Ballog. Ardmore Artist (by *Coed Coch Sulgwyn with sire, *Coed Coch Seryddwr, and dam, Coed Coch Symwl, both by Coed Coch Glyndwr) is the sire of Ardmore Artete, the dam of Pengwyn #11 and of Heather Rosshire, the dam of *Colwyn Llewelyn #18 (by Bartlett's Endeavor). Dixie Sparkle, the dam of Dixie Cavett Star #17, is by *Coed Coch Prydydd who also sired Rambur Seven #31.
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*Coed Coch Prydyddes is the dam of GlanNant Epic #21 and granddam of *Findeln Blue Danube. Mynd Nesta by Coed Coch Pedestr is the dam of *Mynd Nestorious #61. Listopada Flirt by Coed Coch Pibydd is the dam of Cymry Creek #64 and his sister, Yes I Can (AHSA Horse of the Year and Breyer model). Another well-known group is that of Jean Austin duPont's LISETER PONIES. JLA Sir William #9 (who is also #12 in Leading Pony Hunter Breeding Sires) is by Liseter Eagle out of Mrs. duPont's beloved Liseter Gladness, both descended from Revel Capip. The sire of Pengwyn #11 (and #21 in Pony Hunter Breeding Sires), Liseter Mister Star, and Liseter Carnelian #35 are by Liseter Shooting Star. The dam of Tristan #23, is Liseter Stardem by Liseter Brilliant. Standing in Lucky 13th position again this year is the great Connemara stallion, Greystone Ian McVai. His sire was Greystone McErrill, a double Toureen Laddie by Inchagoill Laddie who appears three times in Ian's pedigree. The dam of Ian, Hideaway's Erin Mavoureen by Springledge Bantry Bay, is out of Erin Bay who also appears in triplicate. The Thoroughbred stallion, Little Heaven, is represented four times. Although not so prominent as in previous years, *CUSOP SPARKLET (by Revel Newsreel of the same Bowdler Blue Boy sire line as *Farnley Lustre, X Bwlch Sparkle by Criban Snowball) still figures on the Leading Pony Hunter Sire list with a grandson, #16 Halcyon Sir Lancelot by Lord Tennyson, and sons #23 Tristan, #64 Cymry Creek, and #72 GlanNant Country Roads (also #5 Welsh Sire) contributing. Another Welsh Section B line is DOWNLAND as in *Downland Rembrandt #19 (Downland Mohawk X Downland Rapture by Downland Dragoon). These are somewhat newer Downland lines as Rembrandt was foaled in 1986 - and an influential sire of an earlier era *Downland Drummer Boy (Downland Roundelay by Downland Serchog X Downland Dragonfly by DL Serchog) was foaled in 1961. His son, Dolrhedyn Rambler, stands at #62, within the top third out of 203 stallions. A footnote here is that Dolrhedyn is the prefix of Amanda MackaySmith and her sister is Hetty Abeles of Shenandoah - and their mother is the venerable Joan Dunning of Farnley Farm. It is time to wish Mrs. Dunning a Happy (belated) 101th birthday on March 7th!
A SAMPLER OF OFFSPRING FROM LEADING PONY HUNTER SIRES 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.
BLUE RAIN - Blue On Blue, Red White and Blue, Up Till Dawn CAROLINAS RED FOX - All about Me, Bunny Two Shoes, Buffalo Soldier GAYFIELDS VIDA BLUE - Hillcrest Silver Lining, Cherrybrook Skye Blue & Blue Suede Shoes CLOE OLYMPIAN - Clovermeade Call Me Peaches, Simply Bunny, and Clearly Bunny ROWFANTINA GOLD SOVEREIGN - Champlain Charade, Clementine, and Treasure Me WOODLANDS VELVET RAIN - Woodlands Me First, Misty Rain, and Love-N-Happiness GAYFIELDS WAY TOO COOL - Happy Feet, Cherish, Bracewoods Camelot FARNLEY BELSHAZZAR - Sparkle Plenty, Love and Laughter, Lifelin JLA SIR WILLIAM - Hoof and A Prayer, Highlands Heaven Sent, Sir William Patrick PENDOCK MASTERPIECE - Cozy Up, Who's Kidding Who, Tuscany
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More Than Statistics! "I LOVE MY PONIES! THEY'RE REALLY MY PASSION!" Allyson Coluccio relates. A special favorite is Blue Rain of whom she says simply, "He has been a good boy to me!" When purchased as a coming two year old from his breeder, the renowned Marguerite Taylor, at the 1991 Virginia Pony Breeders Sale, it was certainly not in any plan that the fancy grey colt would become the four time USEF Leading Pony Hunter Sire and Allyson the Leading Breeder twice! He was purchased to be a medium prospect for then two year old Evan Coluccio. At that time, Blue Rain was 12.1 1/2 and it was expected that he would mature at 13.1 for his sire, Cymraeg Rain Beau by Farnley Lustre, was almost 13 hands and his dam, Blue Haviland, a Welsh-Thoroughbred cross by Farnley Lustre, stood 14.1. Allyson explains that, "Since we were uncertain as to size, he was left entire to see how he'd grow." Although Blue Rain ended up as a perfect 12.1 3/4 small, due to loss of sight in his left eye, he was allowed to remain a stallion. For the the succeeding 19 years he has performed his job with great gusto, often with the trademark mating dance leaping with all fours off the ground! Amazingly this trait was inherited from his sire and has passed on to his son, Blue Who. Allyson tells, "Blue Rain likes to breed. He really likes to breed! It's mostly what he thinks about! If he turns left from his stall, he is quiet going to the field. Turn right to the breeding shed and you know you have a stallion!" The exquisite Summer Dreams, Blue Rain's first foal, arrived in 1992, the first in a series of eight with Glenmore Jasmine, explainably one of Allyson's favorite mares. "It really helps when you breed to have a mare that's really special. She looked like a little 13.2 hand Thoroughbred." By the imported British crossbred stallion, *Forge Nimbus, Jasmine was out of Glenmore Chanel by the great British Riding Pony, *Coed Coch Grey Cloud, and out of Glenmore Chandelle by *Chantain. Mrs. Waller's classic British Thoroughbred had caught Allyson's eye as a teenager in New York State!
Farnley Belshazzar Evan Coluccio and Blue Rain
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Cheryl Patton: What You Breed Is What You Get by Thalia Gentzel
of that size. He had a lot of bone and a beautiful pony head, and oh, what a wonderful temperament! He had a fabulous mind and such a good disposition that I could easily have had a picnic in his paddock with great confidence that he would be a 'good boy'. With his wonderful qualities, Olympian’s offspring have epitomized what you want in breeding ponies for children."
Some years ago when Cheryl Patton and I were chatting, she made a statement that has kept playing in my mind: “WHAT YOU BREED IS WHAT YOU GET.” Obviously her “ingredients” have been superior as Cheryl has raised one prominent hunter pony after another, reaching the pinnacle in 2008 as U.S. EQUESTRIAN FEDERATION LEADING PONY HUNTER BREEDER MORE STALLION POWER and it looks very good for a Cloe Olympian also sired repeat performance in 2009! colts who would go on to Cheryl relates how she become fine breeding staland Mary Lambert, her lions in their own right for Cloe Olympian All photos courtesy of Cheryl Patton Clovercroft business partClovermeade Ponies. A ner, assembled the core of purebred Section B Welsh, the Clovercroft breeding herd. “Mary and I met at Clovercrofts Brenin, was foaled in 1994. He is out of The Oak Hill School riding program when my girls Madoc Mirror Image by *Smoke Tree Bronze Image, took riding lessons from her. Soon Mary gave riding a full brother to *Sleight of Hand. Sleight and lessons to several of the moms too. It was great Bronze Image are by Mylncroft Spun Gold by Solway fun and the winter of 1989 another mother and I Master Bronze and out of a Coed Coch Berwynfa went with Mary to Gail Morris's Gayfields Welsh mare. Both these lines have been highly influential Ponies in Arkansas to look at stallions for two of in Section B breeding worldwide. Mary's mares. We LOVED the ponies and I bought Like Olympian, Brenin has sired many famous Gayfields Runaround Sue by *Sleight of Hand. We hunter ponies and in 2007 was #6 in USEF Leading decided on a partnership and together purchased Pony Hunter Sires with his sire in #9 position, this the colt, Gayfields Dylan by *Pendock Masterpiece. out of nearly 200 stallions! Currently showing are That was the beginning of Clovercroft Welsh Ponies Clovercroft Love Bunny and Sunny Bunny, near Nashville, Tennessee. Clovermeade Bugs Bunny, Somebunny Famous, and Dylan matured beautifully but was not getting all King Me. the mares in foal so he became a wonderful driving Clovermeade Bonnaroo is another Section B Welsh pony. We bought several young colts after that but stallion by Olympian (*Findeln Blue Danube) out of discovered not every one matures into the stallion Clovercrofts Polly Ester, a daughter of Cymraeg Rain one desires. Finally my husband, Allen, said, 'You Beau (by Farnley Lustre) and Gayfields Family Linen need to get a REAL breeding stallion!' So the search (by *Sleight of Hand.) Cheryl says of his breeding, began!" “How much better can you get?” Bonnaroo has ENTER CLOE OLYMPIAN Farnley Lustre on both his top and bottom lines. "Around 1993 Mary and I admired Cloe Olympian The Clovermeade crossbred stallion by Olympian (*Findeln Blue Danube by GlanNant Limerick x Alra out of Le Katie is Clovercrofts Hero of the Heart. Dana Amber Rose by *Clan Dana) at the Oklahoma His first foal in the show ring is Clovermeade Bunny Welsh shows. His breeder, Jim Cloe, rode and drove Side Up with many more up 'n' coming. him; he was beautiful and so were his foals! I called Other stallions at Clovermeade are *Brookside Jim and somehow talked him into selling Olympian. Solo (Friars Sweet William x Brookside Serenade by He was nine when we got him in 1993 and he lived Friars Brenin Dafydd), a classic Section A Welsh, and until 2007. Wicklyn’s Make Mine Chocolate (GlanNant Scarab x Cloe Olympian brought us everything we had Cymraeg Applause by Cymraeg Rain Beau). wanted in a stallion: He was almost 13.2 hands in his prime and was extremely typy for a Welsh pony
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Next year a new stallion, Clovermeade Unbelievabunny, will start his career as a hunter pony sire. He is by Clovercrofts Brenin and out of Mapleside Blue Smoke by Gayfields Vida Blue which doubles up on the *Findeln Blue Danube bloodlines. Cheryl relates that, “When we started out, we bought great mares of several bloodlines and Olympian matched nicely with pretty much everything we had.” STALLIONS ARE ONLY HALF THE EQUATION Cheryl continues, "We feel that well-bred, good moving, beautiful broodmares and well-bred, good moving, beautiful stallions combine to produce fabulous ponies for the show ring." Gayfields Runaround Sue (*Sleight of Hand x Gayfields Silverado by *Brockwell Spider) had many famous hunter offspring by Olympian, starting off with Clovercrofts My Kinda Guy born in 1994, Summer Snowy in 1995, and Show Me the Bunny in 1996. Cheryl tells that, “Guy was a fabulous pony, one of the most beautiful ponies ever. I thought seriously about keeping him as a stallion. Sue’s foals and the foals of Gayfields Redneck Chic were the first to get my ponies noticed in the pony hunter ring.” Gayfields Redneck Chic (*Sleight of Hand x Gayfields Prydydd Laureate by *Coed Coch Prydydd x Pickwick Shan, also dam of a #1 Leading Sire, Gayfields Vida Guy Blue) has two foals currently showing, Clovercrofts Bodacious Babe and Clovermeade Call Me Peaches, both by Cloe Olympian. Clovercrofts Polly Ester (Cymraeg Rain Beau x Gayfields Family Linen by *Sleight of Hand) offspring in the show ring are Clovercrofts Love Bunny and Buster Bunny as well as Clovermeade Bugs Bunny, now in Canada. As mentioned Clovermeade Bonnaroo, an Olympian son, stands at Clovermeade. Hearty 28 year old Le Katie is the foundation mare for the Half-Welsh produced at the farm. Katie and Olympian now have Clovercrofts Honey Bunny and Clovermeade Who’s Your Bunny and Clearly Bunny in the show ring. They also have two grandfoals showing, Clovermeade Somebunny Famous and Bunny Side Up. A breeding stallion at Clovermeade, Clovercrofts Hero of the Heart, is also their son. Clovercrofts Crystal, a Katie daughter by Brownland Farm’s Farnley Lustre son, Brer Jeremy Fisher, has been retained as a broodmare. Her first foal to show is Clovermeade Somebunny Famous by Clovercrofts Brenin. Rollingwoods Rockette is by Severn Sirocco by
Ellie Ferrigno chooses Clovermeade Musica at the farm in Tennessee.
Severn West Wind x C.C. Serenade by Texas Brightlight. She is the dam of Clovercrofts Cinnabunny and Strawbunny. Cheryl relates, “Rockette was the pony my girls took to Welsh shows. They also did Pony Club with her and with Gayfields Silver Poet.” Sires of other broodmares at the farm are Brownland’s Peanut (to Farnley Lustre), *Carolinas Red Fox and Lemontree Sea Captain (to Solway Master Bronze), Jay Roy Bandit (to *Findeln Blue Danube), JLA Sir William (Liseter bloodlines), and Severn Frolic (to Severn West Wind). Cheryl tells us that “My favorite time is the day the foals are born. They are so sweet and innocent. It is like getting a gift straight from God. I like to look at the foals carefully the first week and again when they are three months old. To tell how they will turn out I first look at the head and the top line. Then as they get older I look at how they move and how athletic they are. So many Ellie Ferrigno and Clovermeade times I look at them Call Me Peaches. and find the looks and the qualities their parents and grandparents have. Remember you get what you breed! Then it is so exciting to see the ponies perform. I go to the Pony Hunter Finals every August and to the winter shows in Mississippi. It’s like a parent going to the football game and seeing your son play, or the ballet recital for your daughter! For years I had been in the Top Ten of Leading USEF
Pony Hunter Breeders, then second or third, so it was so exciting to finally make it to the top! My husband, Allen, got as excited as I did!” CHANGES "You may have been wondering why the switch in prefixes from Clovercroft to Clovermeade. After 15 years, Mary and I decided to dissolve our business partnership. It was time for a change and a new adventure. What better way to start fresh than to use my own new prefix, and thus Clovermeade was born. Same wonderful ponies, just a new label." And then there are all the bunny names! Cheryl tells, “Frankly I am blessed that Abbi Seley Ferrigno at Rabbit Hill loves my ponies. She is a fabulous trainer who thinks, as I do, that the ponies are wonderful individuals, each with their own way of learning, each with their own needs. She first came to look at ponies around 2000 and took five back to Connecticut with her. They were Clovercrofts Honey Bunny, Show Me the Bunny, Cinnabunny, Love Bunny, and Buster Bunny. When they arrived at Rabbit Hill they were turned loose in an arena to get some exercise. Love Bunny proceeded to canter around the ring and take the jumps on her own - to the delight of everyone there!” The rest is history! What a wonderful time this has been for all - the breeder, the trainer, and the many young riders who have found success with the ponies and “bunnies” from Clovercroft/Clovermeade and Rabbit Hill.
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Cheryl’s Primer For Would-Be Breeders 1. You need a target market. You need to know what your end product is to be. Decide on three possible markets and then concentrate on your top choice of those. For me, it’s first the hunter market, then the classic Welsh pony, and driving. 2. Think ahead. Plan ahead. Do research on bloodlines in the performance areas. You can do this on the USEF website at www.usef.org. You'll see the winners' sires over and over again. Learn all those bloodlines. Look at all the old famous stallions at a favorite site of mine, www.allbreedpedigree.com. I love to look at the photos of those famous stallions and mares! 3. You get what you breed. With the cost of breeding and raising a pony it makes the most sense to breed high quality mares to high quality stallions. Initially they may cost more to purchase, but the foals are much more likely to be of that same wonderful quality. Buy the best breeding stock you can afford. 4. Visit the farms of several breeders. You will learn a lot. 5. As one breeder told me many years ago, “It takes about 10 years to get established and noticed as a breeder.” She was right. 6. You have to have incredible patience. Patience with the ponies and patience with how long it takes from conception to the show ring is a must. 7. It’s a lot of work. I love it and I love the ponies.
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Reprinted from 2010 Spring Issue Pony Profiiles Special People • Special Awards • Special Ponies By Thalia Gentzel Each year at the USEF Pony Hunter Finals there are special awards which honor extraordinary achievements in the sport. These are made possible by individuals of passion and dedication who represent specific groups within the wonderful world of pony hunters and we would like to introduce these people and the winners of their awards to you. SUSANNA ROWE AND GAYLE PRESSON Each year you will find a pair of sisters in the tent of the Virginia Pony Breeders Association - a blue and white realm resplendent with photos of past winners, scrapbooks, newsletters, and VPBA Directories. The Directories are an absolute font of information with their color pictures of winners in the active VPBA network of classes and in national competition, plus member and breeder lists and stallion advertisements. What led these these siblings to make their yearly trek to the Finals and many other venues? Enjoy their journey! “We grew up in Richmond, the capitol of Virginia. Our father was a veterinarian, although not equine, so we were exposed to farm life when we traveled the country roads with him as he treated cattle and other farm animals. He also treated hounds at the Deep Run Hunt Club where we were exposed to foxhunting and horse shows. We took riding lessons through a program at school, at summer camps, and from local professionals - ending our junior years training with Frances Newbill Rowe who became the coach of Olympic gold medalists, Joe Fargis and Conrad Holmfeld among others. (Frances was also a Rowe, having been married briefly to our cousin.) We always wanted a pony but never had one while growing up. When we were 10 and 14 in the mid 1950s, we got our first horse which we shared for foxhunting, Pony Club, and horse show activities. We were bitten by the horse show bug and became involved as volunteer workers at the Deep Run Hunt Club shows, an association we have continued since 1955! We both stopped riding when we entered college.” Gayle married, started teaching at a private girls' school in 1961, and resumed riding in 1967. In 1980, she began to show her horse, Dancing Bear, in the newly created Adult Amateur division and was the Year End Champion in 1985, the first year the VHSA offered the award. That year she also bought the almost 10 acre property, Wellen, in Manakin-Sabot, VA, moving Dancing Bear and one pony to it in 1987. In 1989 she retired early from teaching school. Susanna left retailing in 1981 and worked part time at the same school where Gayle taught until 2007. For 20+ years, she turned her horse show secretarial skills, which she had honed as a Deep Run volunteer, into a 'paying avocation' at several A shows. This allowed her to keep up with the trends, the horses, and the people who were making news in the show ring.
Susanna Rowe presented the famous VPBA bowl to Chloe Reid and Blue on Blue in 2008.
WELLEN - THE BREEDING PROGRAM "Being from Virginia which is steeped in heritage, we were fascinated by pedigrees. At the time, it seemed that people knew the show ponies’ family lineage much more so than that of the show horses.” In their early 20s (1964), the sisters bought the crossbred yearling filly Snow Song from Terry Jenkins (daughter of Mary Drury) as a project. She was the 13th full sibling by Sylvia’s Comet (Welsh) out of Snowstorm (Crossbred) by Omar, an Arabian who was a popular hunter sire of his day. They broke and trained Snow Song themselves and showed her lightly with moderate success. Having no children of their own, finding a rider was always difficult. At age 8, they bred her to a small Thoroughbred to start their own line of ponies. Showing at Devon in 1971, Snow Song won the broodmare class while carrying her first foal. They raised and sold six large pony foals, having fun and success showing the mare and her foals at Virginia shows along the way. After the death of Snow Song in 1980, Barbara Camp recommended they buy the crossbred Glenmore Clara Bow by *Coed Coch Grey Cloud x Coquette by Sylvia’s Comet, a 5 year old mare that reminded her of Snow Song. By this time the sisters had decided that they wanted to produce medium ponies. Clara had four foals between 1983 and 1989. While all of the ponies were for sale as foals, owning Wellen enabled the sisters to keep a few ponies until they were going under saddle. In 1987, they obtained a yearling Welsh filly as a broodmare prospect. Again selected on her pedigree, this was Cymraeg Rain Or Shine by Crossroads Sun Shine x Pandora (Upland Ripple), dam of Cymraeg Rain Beau, from the breeding program of Marguerite Taylor. Clara was sold in 1990 when Shine was ready to pro-
duce her first foal at age four. Shine had two colts and two fillies. The first two were by a small Arabian owned by Marguerite Taylor, Al Marah Lord Elope, which made them three-quarter siblings to Cymraeg Rainshower, Grand Pony Champion at the 1993 Pony Finals. One of these was the medium pony, Good As Gold, foaled in 1991. Always trying to upgrade their breeding stock, in 1990 they bought their second Section B Welsh mare, Adrienne’s Jewel, to try their hand at producing Welsh ponies as well as crossbreds. Also of Marguerite Taylor’s breeding, this mare was a double Farnley Lustre granddaughter by Hidden Creek’s Lusty C x Shenandoah Gemstone. Called Sparkle, she produced five Section B foals between 1993 and 2000. In 1994 they sold Shine and bred her daughter, Good As Gold (Bunny), to *Carolinas Red Fox. The resulting filly was the first of 13 foals that Bunny has produced. The medium pony plan was interrupted when Gayle wanted to breed a 'keeper' pleasure mount for herself to replace her retired show hunter. She wanted a good temperament and a large pony/small horse size so they chose Greystone Ian McVai, an attractive, good moving 15 hand Connemara stallion who showed with success at the Virginia “A” shows. They then returned to the medium pony plan, breeding to Cymraeg Rain Beau in 1996, 1997, and 1998. As the Greystone Ian McVai foal matured, they realized he was going to be a handsome, perfect size large pony who would jump anything, so Good As Gold was bred back to Ian from 2000 until his death in 2006. The seven full siblings are remarkably alike in looks, talent, and temperament. They are Wellen Gold Miner, Wellen Goldsmith, Wellen Gold Ribbons, Wellen Golden Glory, Wellen Gold Chip, Wellen Gold Point (a promising young stallion), and Wellen Gold Leaf, just started under saddle. Over 37 years, the sisters have owned only 5 five broodmares, and had a total of 30 foals with only one foal a year except for three years when they had two. Some of the awards Wellen-bred ponies have won include: 9 USEF National and Zone, 9 VPBA, 8 VHSA
Pictured left to right, Wellen Gold Miner & Gayle Presson; Wellen Goldsmith & Savannah Jenkins; Wellen Golden Glory & Peyton Smith; Wellen Gold Chip & Harrison Shure All ponies are held by their owners - Harrison is brother to Emma, who is owner of Wellen Gold Chip. Taken at 2008 Deep Run Horse Show.
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Good As Gold at age 18. Picture taken in June, 2009.
(Virginia Horse Shows Association), numerous other state/region/breed, 1 USEF Leading Pony Breeding Sire, and 5 futurities. Says Gayle: “We’ve had a great time with our ponies and have learned a lot along the way. We have met many wonderful people and received a great deal of help from friends and strangers alike. And we are very proud of all the kids who have owned, ridden and loved our ponies.” A CLOSE AFFILIATION WITH VIRGINA PONY BREEDERS ASSOCIATION In 1978, VPBA was formed and it was natural for the sisters to become involved. Always interested in ponies and pedigrees, they firmly believed in the mission of the association. Susanna has been a director since VPBA’s inception, serving as Registrar for 25 years and currently as President. Gayle, on the board since 1980, served as President from 1996-1998 and as Futurity Chairman since 1990. Doing the work of the association allows them to be a part of the pony hunter world that they’ve loved since childhood combining with their interests in horse shows and in producing pony hunters. From 1986-1991, they were closely involved with the VPBA Select Pony Sale with the first auctions being held at Pony Finals. When the Finals moved in 1992 to a facility unsuitable for hosting a sale, the auction was suspended. In 1995 Pony Finals returned to Virginia and the sale was revived by Professional Auction Services which has conducted it since. Because of this sale, they began traveling out of Virginia to the various Pony Finals sites. In 1988, VPBA began presenting a trophy to the highest scoring registered Virginia-bred pony at PF. Since they were there, they became the logical choice to oversee the determination of the winner and present the trophy. They have been going to Finals to represent VPBA for 20 years! At first VPBA’s presence was small with a few handouts and forms at a table in the spectators’ tent or at the in-gate. Over the years, they have enlarged their presence with pictures, gifts, scrapbooks, etc. Fortunately, all but one year, they have been able to drive to the Finals' location (had to fly to Oklahoma). They pack
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their car to the brim with display items and other VPBA members going for the sale and/or the finals help transport their other “stuff”. Their routine has evolved to be an 8 day trip – Monday to Monday, and it will probably stay that way so long as the Finals are in Kentucky. This gives them a chance to serve the organization that they love while seeing the best ponies in the country. They also have been going to see pony breeding at Devon “forever” – even before there was a Junior Weekend. The first time was in 1967 and they now have 40 programs on the shelf to use as reference when needed as well as a complete set of The Chronicle of the Horse dating back to 1956! A TOUGH BREAK FOR THE 2009 FINALS SPORTMANSHIP WINNER The special award for Sportsmanship is awarded each year at the U.S. Pony Finals to one exhibitor, nominated in writing at the event. Following in her brother's footsteps from 2007, Julie Gallo of Milwaukee, Wisconsin used his pony, Four On The Floor, and also had Julie Gallo was the 2009 recipient of a number of glowthe "Buttons 'n' Bows" ing recommendaSportsmanship Award, modeled tions for the after the famous Farnley Lustre award. These told daughter foaled as Llandefalle of her team comReflection. Photo: Randi Muster mitment to Zone 6/12, leasing out another pony jumper she owned in order to make up this team, allowing that rider to win to make requisite points, ordering team apparel, and imbuing all others with her incredible spirit. She was so excited to win a ribbon with her zone companions and then to receive the Sportsmanship Award - but just minutes later, Julie had a fall in schooling before her last ever pony jumper class. Three bones in her ankle were broken. One corollary of this was that it was impossible for her to live in the dorm when she entered college just weeks later - truly a 'tough break' in so many ways. Here are Julie's feelings and tips as she leaves the junior ranks: I feel honored and grateful to receive the 2009 Buttons and Bows Award. Honored because to be recognized by people I have admired and respected means the world to me and I am grateful to everyone I have shared the ring with over the years for their friendship and challenge. I learned a great deal about sportsmanship from my brother Paul. The ponies always came first. We couldn’t leave the barn till stalls were immaculate, ponies were bathed, wrapped, and fed. Sometimes, I
Here's one for the record books! Four On The Floor served brother and sister, Paul and Julie Gallo of Zone 6, as they took turns winning the Sportsmanship Award in 2007 and 2009!
was too tired to eat by the time we were done. Will Rogers said, "I never met a man I didn't like." I never met a pony I didn't like. Some of them didn't like me much, but we were always able to reach an understanding. As I turn 18, and leave the pony ring that I have loved, I'd like to share what sportsmanship means to me. Competitive riding has taught me to be patient. Waiting for your class or your turn sometimes seems like an eternity. Be ready, so you don't hold up the order of go. If someone else has a delay or ring conflict, be willing to step up and fill in, willingly and graciously. Ring staff have a very hard job. Be courteous to everyone. Some of my best friends I only see at horse shows and I'm happy when they win and they are happy when I win. My best moment at Pony Finals was stepping up with my Zone 6 teammates to get our ribbons. As I sit here with a broken ankle, believe me that there will be bumps along the way. I remember showing a new strong pony and suddenly I realized we were off course. I was mortified but I knew I had to pull it together and be prepared for the next round. Attitude is everything. Grace under fire is only learned with practice. You may be disqualified or eliminated and have ridden well but life is not always fair and over time and many rides, things tend to average out. We ride because we love it and getting a ribbon is a bonus. We always learn more from our mistakes. Always go in the ring with a smile and always come out with a smile and a pat for your pony who did his best for you. Remember to be respectful to your trainers, show staff and fellow riders. You can learn a lot about someone in the schooling ring. Be considerate and aware or what's going on so everyone can school safely. Courtesy is common sense with a ribbon tied around it. This is especially important in under saddle classes that have many riders. It's important to be reasonable. Don't push yourself or your pony into a situation that you are not prepared for. If the pony seems off or you are not your best, it's not the end of the world to scratch, sit in the stands and cheer for your friends. There's always another day. And finally, be grateful for this fantastic opportunity to ride these magnificent creatures. Be thankful for your trainers, your veterinarian, your farrier and especially your parents who pay the bills! ~ Julie Gallo
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Next to "The Sisters" with the Virginia Pony Breeders' tent at the Pony Finals is "Dr. Ruth" Wilburn, DVM who spearheads awards for the group she has served as Director since 1986 and President since 1992, The Welsh Pony and Cob Society of America. "The Sisters were my inspiration," Dr. Ruth relates. "I have so enjoyed getting to know them. They are really on top of it! I saw the VPBA awards and thought, 'If they can do it, we can do it!' I also knew that I'd have to organize it myself as it is hard to count on other people long distance. I have had great team members over the years-Thalia Gentzel, Betty Fox, Robin Nowak, Becky Francis, photographer Kathryn Southard, Elizabeth and Carrie Lemke. Now it's become a fun weekend and I see my friends and the ponies being loved! And I think it's really neat that kids can know Rocky, driving. where their ponies come from!" The Welsh tent is always a hub of activity and comaraderie. Song, and Gin Fizz produced Rollingwoods Gin-N-Tonic Since 2003, registered Welsh and Half Welsh have who was purchased as a two year old by Molly and competed for nifty awards-neck sashes and $250 rider Thalia Rinedollar. Later, as "Short Notice", the mare was stipends from Dr Ruth, take home trophies from USEF, WEF Reserve Circuit Champion in Medium Greens but is and halters from Just For Ponies. There are three diviprobably best known as the dam of Pony Finals sions-for Purebred Welsh in the regular pony hunters, Champion Small, Helicon Take Notice. Half Welsh in the regulars, and both Purebreds and With Sharon Stratton, the Wilburn sisters went to Halfs in the greens. Kathy Reese's Smoke Tree Farm in Arkansas. "We saw By 2009, more than 100 ponies appeared in the Severn Sirocco in a paddock and really liked him a lot! WPCSA computer at the Finals! They are listed with As a youngster he'd contracted the 'Tulsa crud', a form registration number, sire, dam, owner and rider. Both of rhino, so Kathy promised him he'd never have to registered name and show name, if different, are disshow again BUT with us he did show and became my played. This information is obtained from the USEF all-time favorite pony! He was the first WPCSA recording document and then correlated with the Individual Legion of Merit winner and he won the Order WPCSA Registry data base. Sometimes Dr. Ruth or her of the Dragon Sire award from three Award of helpers will remember the ponies' original names. It is Excellence daughters, Ozark Let's Rock plus quite the detective game! After the model and hack Rollingwoods Who Doone It and Classic Rock! Among classes take place, the suspense mounts until the last his other offspring was a Gin Fizz daughter, the large over fences rounds are announced! pony hunter, Rollingwoods Gin On The Rocks. If you are uncertain whether your pony will qualify, In 1979, I purchased the veterinary clinic at Olive now is a good time to go to the national Welsh website Branch, MS. Fortunately Gail (Morris) Thomson lived at www.welshpony.org or to call at 540-868-7669. across the Mississippi River at Gayfields so I could pick Dr. Ruth tells that "FROM THE TIME her brain. IF YOU LISTEN TO BREEDERS I WAS A TINY CHILD, I ALWAYS WANTAND DO YOUR HOMEWORK, IT CAN ED TO BE A HORSE NURSE. This was SAVE YOU A LOT OF TIME. Talk to the before women were animal doctors. I breeders and know your bloodlines. If grew up with my three sisters in Yazoo you look at pedigrees, it's the same City, Mississippi 45 mile north of ones that keep winning. Jackson. We'd beg, borrow, or steal You need to realize for the long rides, much to our mother's puzzlehaul it takes a lot of time and money ment. To this day she does not underto get a reputation of having good stand our love for ponies and thinks ponies. Most people will do what's we will outgrow this childhood thing! convenient and breed to the stallion We grew up doing Western style horsdown the road. es but Stewart Barbour, our neighbor, taught English riding lessons so that YOU DON'T HAVE TO BREED A DIFcame next. We were introduced to FERENT TYPE TO HAVE BOTH GOOD Welsh of the Counce lines. Oh boy! We WELSH & GOOD HUNTER PONIES. thought they were the most beautiful We were fortunate early on to have ponies! Welsh ponies that put us on the map Out of college at Auburn, I wanted in the hunter world. First off were to learn how to jump so hunter ponies Susie Fried rode Rollingwoods AHSA/USEF Horse of the Year Picturesque aka "Que" to Horse of were next. With Sharon Stratton from Champions in Greens, Rollingwoods the Year honors in 1994. Memphis we leased Gayfields Blues Picturesque and L On Wheels in 1994 Song to make some nice hunter and 1999 They were by the Supreme ponies. We literally took some mares that no one else Champion Welsh and Order of the Dragon Sire, Gail wanted." One was Gin Fizz, an Anglo-Arab who carried Thomson's *Sleight of Hand, out of Gayfields Mona L, double crosses to the famous Polish Arabian, *Witez II, Legion of Merit Dam by another Supreme Champion who had been rescued by General Patton after World War II. Together the *Findeln Blue Danube son, Blues
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and Legion of Merit Sire, *Pendock Masterpiece. Other hunter siblings were Zone Champion, Rollingwoods Notorious, and Green Finals winner, Rollingwoods Sophistication. This has been my 'Magic Cross' of *Sleight on the *Masterpiece daughters. My other two *Sleight/*Masterpiece mares are Rollingwoods Stuck On You who produced hunter ponies, Rollingwoods Sticky Fingers and Stick To It who were Zone Champions, plus Rollingwoods Unrivaled who had Rollingwoods Top Drawer, Paul and Cheryl Mayes' new young stallion. In 2009, Sticky Fingers won both WPCSA and USEF Welsh Horse of the Year honors in Hunter Pony with my sister Stacy's 15 year old daughter, Kelli West! We usually go to Welsh and/or USEF shows at Tulsa (OK) twice, Pin Oak and Gulf Coast twice (Katy, TX), Red River and Texas Rose (TX), PennMaryDel and Bel Air(MD), Bonnie Blue (VA), Ohio, Heartland (IN). We do some driving events and trainer, Judy Fendley, used to compete with our stallion, Rollingwoods Easy As L, in dressage. . My younger sisters, Joanna Wilburn and Sally Ross Davis, and I have a system-I am in charge of the breeding and the breeding records, clip and groom, park and unhook the trailer. They do the breaking and training-English, hunter, Western, and driving. Joanna and I drive in competition at shows and she does the combined driving events. Sally Ross handles the sales. And we have a rule that you can be 'testy' on Sunday only, no other day! We travel in a crew cab dually that looks like a
Keystone Cop car when we get out! We have the three sisters, nephew Turner, niece Kelli, and sometimes Mason (3) or Roger Davis (Sally Ross' husband), or sister Stacy or her husband Stan or trainer Judy-packed in like sardines! The back seat makes into a full bed and if you are not the one driving, you are sleeping as we travel all night after work. We pull a 33 foot trailer with 8 or 9 ponies along with two carriages and tack for the different disciplines. Joanna is the master packer and you don't put anything in until Joanna tells you where. Amazingly most of our ponies can't wait to get in and will load themselves. OUR GOAL has always been to breed and show a pony that is pretty to look at with correct conformation, that is able to move, and that is easily trained, one that a kid could get on. In our family we call it 'Turnerizing' for Roger and Sally Ross Davis's son who is now 12." DR. RUTH HAS BEEN REWARDED for her outstanding results as the family's pony matriarch by USEF Horse of the Year awards in both Welsh Breeder and Welsh Owner divisions for the past three years! She is also Chairman of the USEF Breeders' Committee and Vice Chair of the USHJA Pony Breeders' Task Force. Be sure to stop by for a visit with the vibrant Dr. Ruth and her Welsh team by the main ring at Kentucky Horse Park August 9 to 15!
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Looking Back ~ the ‘95-‘96 Pony Finals
By Thalia Gentzel With over 300 ponies competing, the 1995 AHSA/MILLER’S PONY FINALS was the largest to date. There were over 1000 spectators for the event at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington. THE MEDAL FINALS opened the three days of competition with 11 year old Alexandra Otto of Greenville, DE emerging victorious. The student of Louise Serio at Derbydown in Kennett Square, PA, rode her large pony, A Risen Star by Tidewater’s Drum Major. Others placings were: 2. Gigi Baer, 13, on Linus 3. Lauren T. Fay, 10, Kiss Me Not 4. Sari Pace, 14, Sebastian 5. Jenny Botsolas, 15, Private Eye 6. Cody Baird, 8, Mistletoe 7. Claire Kellner, 15, Lord Knows 8. Krista Weisman, 9, Heaven’s Footstool 9. Sarah Warmington, 10, Rosepoint 10. Ashley Verschigan, 12, Applause Scoring 1048, SMALL PONY and Overall Grand Champion was Miss Muffet ridden by 11 year old catch rider, Elizabeth “Rosebud” Saunders of New Canaan, CT, trained by Rob Coluccio for Mrs. Quentin Alexander of Middleburg, VA. Miss Muffet was the customary ride of 7 year old Evan Coluccio but the new owners of Rainbow Connection asked that Evan continue to ride her at the Finals. Relationships among the small ponies were particularly interesting! Beaujolais in 2nd and One More Rainbeau in 10th were daughters of the famed Cymraeg Rain Beau. Third placed Silver Steps (Helicon Garden Party) and Helicon Epic Event in 4th were both sired by a second Farnley Lustre grandson, GlanNant Epic. Three ponies, Helicon Epic Event, (Helicon) Touch of Frost 5th and Alexander’s Frosted Blue 7th, were all out of the same mare, GlanNant Frosty by Farnley Sparkler, he being out of *Cui Glitter, also the dam of Farnley Lustre. 1995 SMALL STATISTICS: 1. *Miss Muffet (BRP by Lechlade Quince) Elizabeth Saunders, 1048 2. Beaujolais (Welsh X by Cymraeg Rain Beau) Ashlee Bond, 1030.5 3. Silver Steps (Welsh X by GlanNant Epic) - Ashley Aldrich, 1002 4. Helicon Epic Event (Welsh by GlanNant Epic) Lauren James, 994 5. Touch of Frost (Welsh by GlanNant Ballad) Lauren Van Eldik, 978.5 6. Glenmore Devonshire Cream (BRP X by *Glenmure Liberty Bell) - Ashley Briggs, 972 7. Alexander’s Frosted Blue (Welsh by Gayfields Vida Blue) - Maggie Jayne, 967 8. Glenmore Valentino (BRP X by *Rosevean Fish Eagle) - Hailey Henderson, 961.25
9. Halcyon Hawthorne (Welsh by Dorian Gray) Alexia Kahanovitz, 954.5 10. One More Rainbeau (Welsh X by Cymraeg Rain Beau) - Alex Shokat, 936.5 MEDIUM CHAMPION with 1008.5 was Be My Guest for 9 year old Ashlee Bond, a student of Jenny Karazissus. Ashlee’s trip from Hidden Hills, CA was really made worthwhile as she was also the rider of the Reserve Champion Small, Beaujolais, with a 1030.5. Reserve Champion Medium was M.L. Stevenson, 10, and Hooten Hollows Hooten Annie scoring 983. Here are the 1995 MEDIUM STATS: 1. Be My Guest - Ashlee Bond, 1008.5 2. Hooten Hollows Hooten Annie - M.L. Stevenson, 993 3. Starburst - D.J. Merkin, 991 4. Kiss Me Not (Welsh X by Farnley Lustre) - Lauren T. Fay, 989.25 5. Under The Rainbeau (Welsh X by Cymraeg Rain Beau) - Erin Stewart, 986 6. Just A Kid - Alexia Kahanovitz, 971 7. Shenandoah Sundowner (TB/Welsh by Cowboy Joe) - Evan Coluccio, 978 8. Crystal Vision - Georgina Bloomberg, 969 9. L.D.V. McBrenin - Jennifer McGarrigle, 965.5 10. *Llandefalle Lady Slipper (Welsh by *Springbourne Buckle) - Ashley Baker, 963 LARGE CHAMPION and Reserve Overall with 1045, just three points short of Miss Muffet, was Remember The Laughter and owner Jill Betuker, 12, of Ridgefield, CT trained by Scott Stewart, Ox Ridge Hunt Club. Reserve Champion Large with 1004.40 was Kid You Not for Georgina Bloomberg, 11, of New York City who describes her Finals experiences philosophically: "In 1995-1996 I was just moving from medium to
An earlier Finals circa. 1990 in Kentucky shows Georgina Bloomberg on Yes I Will, Trainer Robin Greenwood, Olivia Pirovano on Bugle Boy, Emma Bloomberg on Jetsetter and Ashley Cooke on Pocket Rocket.
Photo courtesy of Robin Greenwood
large ponies. It was the first time in a long time I had had my own pony to show and I got Kid You Not who was a very green pony. A lot of people questioned us buying him and said that I wouldn't be successful with him. I loved the challenges he presented to me: he didn't get lead changes, he bit and kicked, and he wasn't the easiest ride. I was always second to a friend of mine but I worked really hard with him. He taught me determination and how to lose gracefully. I envied the kids who had easier ponies who didn't require the work to win that I put in to be second. Looking back on it, I am so thankful that I had him. I learned more from losing with him than I would have from winning. Pony Finals were always nerve wracking to me because I had one chance to prove what I had worked on for the year. I usually choked but I always had so much fun so never really cared at the end of each year's Finals whether I had won or not!" Georgina's trainer Robin Greenwood of Grand Central Stables remembers Kid You Not as “so brave and really a good pony. People thought he was hard but you had to think what lead you wanted. Georgina suited him from the start. She was a natural hunter rider - a soft trusting kid who had just always loved the ponies from the time she was little. From the beginning she was very sympathetic. If she made a mistake she was never upset She is really a good horse person. Georgina rode with me from the time she was 4 until 14 when I ‘retired’ to raise my daughters. Karen is now 15 and Laura 12 so I am training again. I completely love it from having the break!” TOP TEN 1995 LARGES were: 1. Remember The Laughter (Welsh/TB by Cymraeg Rain Beau) - Jill Betuker, 1045 2. Kid You Not (Welsh X by Smallwood Paris) Georgina Bloomberg, 1004.4 3. Gold Coast - Lauren T. Fay, 1002.75 4. Brighton Glo A Bit (Welsh X by *Ardmore Afterglo) - Caitlin Venezia, 995 5. Private Eye - Jenny Botsolas, 985.25 6. Indiana Jones - Ryan Wilcoxon, 981.05 7. Unlock The Magic - Tara Buzan, 979.85 8. Keep In Touch (Welsh X out of Touch Me Not) Pauline Holls, 965 9. Lord Knows - Claire Kellner, 957 10. Roads Untraveled - Jordan Vexler, 957 10. Touch of Flair - Lauren Nelke, 957 Leading off at the 1996 AHSA/MILLER’S PONY FINALS with the MEDAL CHAMPIONSHIP of 168 riders was Ashley Baker, 14, of Greenwich, CT who trained with Robin Greenwood. The Finals were held at Ox Ridge Hunt Club in nearby New Canaan. Ashley recalls that, “They held the Finals on a large grass field that was used for the grand prix ring during the June shows. Being out there was a great experience in itself! I was riding a large pony named Glenmore Trix. I had purchased Trix only a few weeks before and really didn’t know him well but he was perfect that day. He was a great equitation pony, really brave and adjustable. What I remember about Pony Finals was it may have been the first time I learned to be a good competitor. Large ponies went first in the first round and then last in the second round so it was endless! I was leading all the way through. I had won big shows before but
not usually when I had the pressure of being on the top to start. I tended to be the kid who chipped the last line when I was having a perfect round! That I had a great second round too and stayed on top was something I was really proud of and gave me confidence as I continued moving forward in the sport.” Robin told AHSA’s HORSE SHOW reporter, “Ashley rode amazingly well and was completely focused. It
Bloomberg Takes 2010 Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Show Grand Prix
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Georgina Bloomberg and Metropolitan jump to victory in the the $75,000 Empire State Grand Prix.
The 2010 Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows concluded with an exciting win by Georgina Bloomberg in the $75,000 Empire State Grand Prix. Crowds of spectators lined Old Salem Farm's pristine grass Grand Prix field to watch Bloomberg, who lives just minutes from Old Salem Farm, capture the victory. Bloomberg and her mount Metropolitan were one of three horse-and-rider combinations out of 33 competitors to successfully complete Michel Vaillancourt's course of 16 jumping efforts without fault. The pair then came back with the only clean round in the jump-off to take the victory. "I've had good luck, but I've never won a Grand Prix here. It's the horse show I grew up at, and for me my first memories of ever watching a grand prix are here, all of my heroes used to ride here, and it's really the Grand Prix, out of anything else in America, that I have always wanted to win," said Bloomberg. "So it might not be the biggest one we do all year, but it was always going to be the toughest for me because it was always the one I've tried the hardest for. All my friends and family are here watching and I have more people come to this Under the Rainbeau & Erin Stewart horse show than I do at any other horse show Catherine Cammett throughout the Photo year by combined. It was really special to be able to do it in front of everybody. I rode at this barn for 13 years, every memory I have as a kid is here, and there couldn't be a grand prix that would mean more to me.” ~ Excerpt by Marty Bauman. For the complete story, visit www.usef.org.
Georgina Bloomberg on Upsy Daisy (Palomino) and Emma Bloomberg on Jetsetter at Pony Finals Kentucky Horse Park circa. 1990.
was a difficult course, and there was no luck involved. She had to wait a long time through the course change to challenge Esme (McCarthy) who had gone last in the medium pony height section, and was under a lot of pressure. I was very proud of her!” Ashley recounts, “I trained with Robin Greenwood from small ponies through the time I got my first horse. It’s an understatement to say she really elevated my game - I was really uneducated when I came to her. I was riding my short stirrup pony who I had started the rated divisions on, but I didn’t even know I was supposed to be counting strides! Robin and her assistant trainer, Barbara Brady, now Barbara Hakim, helped me and that pony, Hillcrest’s Night Light (by Gayfields Vida Blue) win blue ribbons at all the top shows including the Hampton Classic and Washington. I’ve since gone through all parts of the trajectory after doing some junior hunters and equitation, I focused on the jumpers, first in junior jumpers and then up through the ranks in amateur jumpers to the grand prix. I rode through college and law school. Since I’ve begun working, I came to the realization that working five days a week was not conducive to riding at the elite level. I’ve scaled back substantially and show on a limited schedule in the low and amateurowner jumpers.” Going back to 1996, the other MEDAL WINNERS were: 2. Esme McCarthy, NY, Bugle Boy trained by Andre Dignelli 3. Kristy McCormack, NY, Misty Harbor, Susie Schoellkopf 4. Jennifer Berol Bliss, NY, Stuart Little, W. Cole 5. Randy Sherman, CA, Irresistable, Heidi Misrahi 6. Joscelyn Wippern, CT, Peppermint Pizazz, Kip Rosenthal 7. Marisa Jenkins, NJ, Step Aside, Mary Babick 8. Morgan Schneller, NY, Straight Talk, Joseph Lauinger 9. Lindsay Mutschler, PA, Touch Me Not, Maria Burstern 10. Ashley Pattee, NY, Toy Soldier, Andre Dignelli
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There was a highly unusual circumstance when friends, one from each coast, tied not only for the LARGE PONY CHAMPIONSHIP and but the Grand Pony Championship as well. Jill Betuker, 13, of CT with Remember The Laughter, still training with Scott Stewart, was hoping to take home the overall award as she had missed it by only three points the year before. This was looking good after wins in both the model and the hack plus a ninth over fences. Vanessa Haas, 14, and Indiana Jones, students of Leslie Steele in CA, found the course challenging as, “You had to choose the outside or inside jump at each fence. There were no clear lines. I wasn’t sure how I placed.” But the number one spot was hers and *BINGO* - there was the tie for both Larges and Overall Grand! Jill said, “Vanessa is a good friend and it was nice to share the award with her.” Truly a win-win situation in this large division of 93 entries! ‘Twas a very good season for Jill as Remember The Laughter was also AHSA Horse of the Year. 1996 LARGE WINNERS: 1. Remember The Laughter (Welsh/TB by Cymraeg Rain Beau) - Jill Betuker 1. Indiana Jones - Vanessa Haas 3. Rain Check - Alexis Glanz 4. Picture This - Marla Amormino 5. Among the Stars - Caitlyn Lane 6. Tucker Nuck - Sari Pace 7. Foxlair’s Excel - Ashley Griseck 8. Kid You Not (Welsh X by Smallwood Paris) Georgina Bloomberg 9. Glenmore Trix (BRP by *Coed Coch Grey Cloud) - Ashley Baker 10. Lexington - Alex Shokat MEDIUM CHAMPION out of 87 was Straight Talk with Bradley Schneller of NY who trained with Joseph Lauinger. Reserve went to Tin Man and Laura Sexton of CT, students of Elizabeth Cuniffe. 3. Woodland’s Magic Cloud (TB X by Cloud’s Hill) Hilary Sivitz 4. Blue Mist (Welsh/QH by Cymraeg Rain Beau Jennifer Kearney 5. Starburst - D.J. Merkin 6. Stuart Little - Jennifer Berol Bliss 7. Cleavor Endeavor - Jonathan Phillips 8. Lucky Me (Welsh/TB by Cymraeg Rain Beau) Cody Baird 9. Woodland’s Puzzle - Lauren Nelke 10. Bushwacker - Shawna Lynn SMALL CHAMPION out of 71 was Florida entry, Ashley Aldrich’s Silver Steps training with Christina Schlusemeyer. These young ladies were also AHSA Horse of the Year in both 1995 and 1996. Jennifer Berol Bliss of NY, a trainee of Andre Dignelli, was Reserve Champion Small with Dollhouse One and Only. COMPLETE 1996 SMALL RESULTS: 1. Silver Steps (Welsh X by GlanNant Epic) - Ashley Aldrich 2. Dollhouse One and Only (Welsh by *Salvandi Calidog) - Jennifer Berol Bliss 3. Tippy Hedron (Welsh X by *Carolinas Red Fox) Hillary Sivitz
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Ashley Baker celebrated her 1996 Medal Finals win on Glenmore Trix with trainers, Robin Greenwood and Barbara Brady, and her mom, Kathy Baker!
4. End of the Rainbeau (Welsh X by Cymraeg Rain Beau) - Kayley Kloss 5. Shenandoah Dazzler - (Welsh by Farnley Lustre) - Julia Zirinsky 6. Longacre Spun Silver - Jessica Maggio 7. Mistletoe (Welsh X by Sylviaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Comet) - Logan Marie Fiorentino 8. Himself The Elf (Welsh by Buckeye Watchman) Cody Baird 9. Rainbow Connection (Welsh by *Cusop Sparklet) - Stacy Homola 10. Little Endeavor - Austin Phillips 1996 saw the revival of the Pony Finals Sale, this time presented by Professional Auction Services of Leesburg, Virginia. The popular auction featured 82 ponies from yearlings to proven show ponies.
Due to totally unexpected physical afflictions, I will no longer be able to care for our beloved ponies myself. At the end of theWoodlands month,Magic ALLCloud Florida ponies will go to our Illinois Farm where we have a cadre of family helpers. Do avail yourself to this final opportunity to purchase an outstanding prospect from our thoughfully bred families of champions ~ yearlings to started ponies. THALIA GENTZEL HELICON OAKS â&#x20AC;˘ ALACHUA, FLORIDA 386-462-7373 firstname.lastname@example.org www.heliconsportponies.com
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Pony Profiles By Thalia Gentzel
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Indoors of Old
of the National Horse Show at the original Madison “It was just a beautiful Square Garden in New York class!” recalls Nancy City, the Pennsylvania Baroody, a mid-Sixties to National in Harrisburg, and early Seventies competitor the Royal Winter Fair in in the pony appointments Toronto, Canada. event which was a special Washington was added feature of Devon and the later. Indoors in past decades. Ponies showed at the old “And it was truly an incrediGarden from 1948 until ble horsemanship class as 1967. Smokey Joe was a vetwe had to use a full bridle eran entry - beginning his with a snaffle and curb bits career there as a seven year or a Pelham which in those old in 1950 with champidays had a steel or hard onships in 1954, 1955, and rubber mouthpiece. 1957. His National Horse Our formal attire was a Show career continued until black wool Melton hunt 1964 when he was 21 years coat with canary breeches old! and a black velvet hunt cap. Russ Walther tells of the The boots had to be plain famous group of Smokey black without the patent Joe siblings. “The brothers, leather tops that were fashTony and Alexander Rives of ionable at that time. There Keswick, Virginia, raised a was a narrow strap that ran whole string of brothers and through a loop at the back sisters from the Hackney Nancy Baroody displays her pony appointments and buckled around the stallion, King of the from the 1960s - the whip and lash held just so tops of the boots. No field Mountain, and the Welsh and the case which held a sandwich and a flask. boots were allowed. Our mare, Belle of Wales. Photo: Thalia Gentzel stock ties had a plain gold Smokey Joe, Nutcracker, pin. Pinocchio, Powder Puff, Owain Glyndwr, and sevWe wore spurs, having to be careful not to use eral others. I rode Pinocchio. them on ponies that did not need them. The They were great, great ponies! Okay movers horn-handled whip was held just so with two and would hack on completely loose reins. They loops in hand and the line and tassel hanging. weren’t the daisy clipper type of pony of today Our gloves were black or dark brown with a they had a little bit of action at the canter. spare pair of white string rain gloves woven in Occasionally we’d be asked to measure. In and out of the billet straps with several fingertips those days we showed 13 hands and and over 13 visible about a quarter of an inch beyond the hands so Pinocchio was over and had to compete knee roll. This was part of the appointments. in the larges. At the Garden, Pinocchio won his Two buckled straps held the leather appointvery first class as a large! What pleased me the ments case from rings under the left cantle of the most was getting my picture in the New York saddle. This contained a glass flask which had to Times!” contain a drink like lemonade, not water or alcoThis was back in the fifties and Russ was comhol. A metal sandwich case had to hold a fresh peting against Sydney Gadd on the famous 14.1 sandwich and some judges like Steve Hawkins hand black, Cravans Raven. Hoping to get his would open the case and actually look!” pony quiet and win the hack, Russ remembers In the adult classes the ladies wore silk hats that “I got up real, real early and started getting and shadbellies. The bits were sewn in to the briready for the hack at 4 A.M. It was going well dles and reins! until a Saddle Horse wearing chains came clatterFor some decades the indoor circuit consisted
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stake until 1:00 AM. As a result, reporters could not make their deadlines in time for the morning editions! Marguerite Taylor, who was to become a top breeder of hunter ponies in the decades following, recalls that, “Our children schooled at home on their own, while it was a prominent thing for the English. They were very well prepared and coached, especially for the figure eight so, of course, they did it perfectly.” The judges were Mrs. Philip Fleming, J. Eliot Cottrelle, and Bernard Hopper. Their choices were:
ing up the wooden ramp. That was the end of it! Pinocchio ran off!” The wooden ramp came up from the basement where all the stabling was - remember those days? Upstairs all was “uptown” for this “society” horse show for several breeds and disciplines. Space along the rail allowed people from all across the country to meet and mingle. Classes were called to the ring by horn. The conformation hunters were incredibly gorgeous with “a face like the lady’s maid and a bottom like the cook”. The international Small Ponies: team jumping brought entries 1. Coch Coch Llwydrew, GB, from Great Britain, France, Italy owned by Lt. Col. and Mrs. and Germany as well as the Bullen Americas - Mexico, Canada, 2. Trefesgob Lagus, GB, the US and sometimes more. Long a trainer of renown, Russ Walther, then Gillian Blakeway The Saddlebred competi12 years old, relaxes with Pinocchio follow3. Pendock Porter, GB, tion featured pillars of the ing their win at Madison Square Garden. C.Driver, Susan Driver breed such as the five-gaited Photo from the collection of Russ Walther 4. Coed Coch Pryderi, GB, stallion, Wing Commander. I Miss A. Stubbings, Jane Bullen have a “mind picture” of 5. Johnny Reb, US, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Josephine Abercrombie driving her fine harness Taylor, Noel Twyman mare, Parading Lady, her lowcut russet velvet dress coordinated to the mare’s chestnut coat. Large Ponies: The saddle seat medal or National Horse Show 1. Royal Show, GB, Miss A. Stubbings, Jenny “Good Hands” class and the AHSA hunt seat Bullen medal were always features. Winners were pho2. Cathy, US, Roddy Wanamaker tographed and chronicled in The New York Times 3. Cherry Ripe, US, Bambi Ellis each day. Horse showing was a closely followed 4. Mr. Crisp, GB, Miss A. Stubbings, Jay Coates national sport in those days! To me, a teenager 5. Chase Me, US, Patricia Gorrell from Upstate New York, it was like a fairy tale back a half century ago! Also competing for the US were And then I had the good fortune to be teaching Smalls: Bantam-Carolyn Amos, Blue Hill-Pie out on Long Island when the International Pony Wickes Teams came to the Garden in 1959 - so I was Large: Roll Call-Bobbie Gardner. present! The British team members and their spiffy ponies triumphed in the first of four interOf the 12 ponies who shipped from England, national competitions - although this didn’t hapten were sold in the States including Pendock pen again! Porter, Mr. Crisp, Trefesgob Lagus, and Coed Hack classes and individual workouts dominatCoch Llwydrew who became small pony hunter ed with only two fences as part of the format. champion at the National Horse Show in 1962. Margaret Smith complained in her Chronicle write-up that the judging had been heavily balanced toward the British, that some of their I hope you have enjoyed this glimpse into the ponies “displayed action more often found in the pony world of a half century ago! saddle type than the hunter type pony.” Another complaint was that two ponies were placed Thalia Gentzel although they had refused one of the two fences. Welsh Ponies since 1957 She also felt that the Saturday evening placement email@example.com was not a sound one as the hour and a half perwww.heliconsportponies.com formance had pushed the international jumping
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