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Gulf Coast Winter Classic V Celebrates the Grooms! The Groom’s Class, sponsored by Shirley Murphy in memory of her beloved horse Timber Point honored the grooms! After the $3,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby, Hunter Grooms, nominated by their barns, took place in a contest to determine who would take the honors of top groom and $500! The award was sponsored by Shirley Murphy who dedicated the award in memory of her horse, Timber Point. Grooms presented their horses as if they were heading to the show ring for the rider to mount and show. Cleanliness, condition and possession of proper equipment a groom and rider might need at the ring (within reason) was evaluated by the judge specifically looking for crops, a hole punch, extra spurs, number, boot polish, rub rags and of course, Xanax (for adults, trainers and show managers). Wilmer Diaz took home the winning honors of Top Hunter Groom and $500.00 cash! Runners up were Rafa Tamayo and Rafa Contreras, both of Pine Hollow Farm and Jeannie Meritt of Crossroads Farm; all of whom received $100 each. “Sponsoring the Groom’s Class lets me thank all of the grooms who have shown kindness to our horses who are very much a part of our lives,” commented Murphy. The winning Jumper Groom , Jose Montoya from Kinvara Farm received $500 and first place honors! The Jumper Grooms then took to the arena, toting items a groom would need in the jumper schooling ring complete with back packs loaded with supplies. First place honors and $500 went to Jose Montoya from Kinvara Farm. Runners up included Luis Padron of Pine Hollow Farm, and Sami Nutini of River Mountain Farm.

Pictured above is Montoya with Shooter, owned by Janet Sassmannshausen. Above Shirley Murphy presents first place honors to the winning hunter groom, Wilmer Diaz of Tustin Farm with “Wahlberg” owned by Nicole White.

So here’s to all of the grooms-thank you for all of your hard work!

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Polly Purebred:

“You didn’t hear it from me...” apart. Well my Dears… besides showing her complete ignorance and lack of any understanding of show ring hunters or horses for that matter she turned her attention to an international young rider and really showed her true colors , that of spiteful bitter person in need of therapy, preferably with Latoya Jackson’s doctor!


My Dears, it seems one delusional rider from Virginia is finally getting her pay back for all of the slander and libel she has spread about people. It seems that she took it upon herself to email, message and Facebook about people she didn’t like. Unfortunately for her, you are sometimes surrounded by the same company as you are, and the people she sent the messages too, promptly sent them back to the people being talked about. Well My Dears as I always say never mention names unless you have irrefutable proof. It seems that a group of the “victims” have gotten together and met with the DA’s office in Leesburg!! Speaking of delusional it seems that one former trainer has taken to the airways so –to-speak and is proclaiming that it was a jealous client who ruined her once lucrative business … no honey that would have been your drug and alcohol addictions. It never ceases to amaze me how unaccountable people are with their own behavior. Certainly she had issues…but passing out drunk in your own vomit like the bride of Chuckie doll at Lake Placid was one of many, many public disasters…..exactly how were any of your clients responsible for this? It seems that everyone is an expert at something these days…maybe too many people have seen that Holiday Inn Express commercial and taken it to heart. But, my Dears if you ride like water buffalo sunbathing along the Nile, then attacking successful riders is probably going to get you called out. One Californian, whose claim to fame is that she has 100,000,000 posts on a bulletin board, decided to attack one of the most successful hunter riders in the country after a derby winning photo appeared online… that she and a few other know it all’s decided to rip

And just a word of advice if your claim to fame as a trainer is your students can barely get around small courses and place at the bottom of small classes ….students who have been riding with you for years … it probably is not a good idea to go to rated shows just to hang out and hate on those who don’t even notice you. It makes you look a lot more low class then the bad Kmart sale rack clothes you barely fit into! It seems there has been a lot of hate lately. Evidently down south an employee of a rather well known hot mess of a club was attacked by a drunken group of party goers….must be tough to go from the Breaker’s to jail in one night!!! Rumor has it the attacker himself got beaten up in jail for starting something with another inmate…who was reported to be a gang member…wow one smart decision after another…those MBA’s are good for something!! My Dears I have said it once and I will say it a million times, be careful what you post online. It seems one swinging horse show couple used an online casual dating service and ended up being beaten and robbed and tied to their kitchen chairs. The thieves, a group of young men, took off with laptops, phones, ipads and cash and the victim’s wallets. After the incident the couple’s profiles went public…well no wonder… if you advertise for those kind of things, you never know what you might get! Well my Dears ...until next time keep your eyes and ears open!


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Ask the Judges... Rita Timpanaro How do you think the show ring has changed over the last 20 years? Do you think the changes are for the better? There have been many changes in the show ring over the past 20 years, mainly due to the economy. Horse showing is now more of an industry. We have many more top trainers, technical riders, but lack trainers teaching basics. Often riders are competing before honing their skills at home. It’s a horse SHOW! There has been a tremendous addition to the amount of USEF sanctioned shows, many in competition with each other, held on the same dates. There has been a marked increase in the number of divisions offered, as well as countless lower level classes. In order to accommodate this influx, course designers need to work within tight schedules. Generally speaking, the courses tend to become monotonous, and hence, the quality of the performance of the horse and rider is then compromised. The footing has improved greatly over the years. Currently in the Hunter ring, Warmbloods are in the majority, and few Thoroughbreds are competing. There has been a huge drop in the number of horses competing in rated divisions. The hunter divisions offering fences 3’ and lower has skyrocketed. The athletic ability of these big bodied horses is often compromised jumping low fences, as they are basically stepping over them. Generally speaking, horses look bored with no expression, they lack athleticism and the performance is often mechanical. I reward a horse with impulsion, brilliance, a bit of freshness, jumping in good form and giving the impression that he is enjoying his job! The Derbies are helping the trend back to what a hunter is all about! As in the hunter ring, most horses competing in the Equitation ring are Warmbloods as well. Years ago the course entailed many single jumps where the rider was given the opportunity to showcase his/her skills. Now the jumps are strategically set, with a definite number of strides. Riders are challenged differently and not given many options to show off. What are you looking for in today’s rider? I appreciate a hunter rider who gives the impression that he/she is enjoying the horse they are riding, and that the horse is enjoying his job. I reward the rider who enters the ring promptly, and presents the horse in a professional manner. I like to see the rider pick up a canter, establish a good pace, and maintain that pace. I enjoy a rider who adjusts the stride while maintaining impulsion and allows the horse to jump his best. I reward impulsion! I like to see the hunter rider soft and effective. For the most part, most horses and riders are well turned out. In the Equitation ring, I love to see a soft, effective, confident rider. I like to see a rider begin the course with a good, solid

working canter. I reward a rider with a good leg position and a release with a relaxed arm, allowing the horse to jump well. I reward an inside turn, well executed, with impulsion. Too often, horses are overbitted, and the picture portrayed is a rider who does not have a feel of the horse riding in front of his/her leg. Many riders are posed and stiff in the air. When asked to hand gallop a jump, I want to see a definite change of pace and the rider out of the saddle. I love to see UNITY of horse and rider! I like to see the horse on the bit. Riders are penalized when the horse is behind the bit. Please share at least 3 of your biggest pet peeves related to judging. Lack of promptness into the ring when there is no conflict with rider and trainer. I do not approve of trainers who shout out instructions to their student while being judged in the ring. Best to give lessons at home, not in the show ring! I heavily penalize the rider shaking the horses’ head from side to side. Dirty, dusty riding boots are unacceptable.

Rita Timpanaro has held her USEF “R” judges’ license in the hunter, hunter breeding, equitation and jumper divisions for over 35 years. She judges “A”, local, IEA and IHSA horse shows nationwide. As a junior rider, Rita won a Junior Hunter Class and the 1963 National ASPCA Maclay Reserve Championship at Madison Square Garden. In 1966 she won the National AHSA (now USEF) Medal Championship. Throughout her professional career, she owned and operated her barn, Rita Timpanaro Show Stables, located in Smithtown, Long Island. She is a USHJA Certified Trainer and Clinician, and gives clinics nationwide. She is a Certified Senior Equine Appraiser and enjoys golfing in her spare time!

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Ask the Judges... Marnye Langer How do you think showing has changed over the last 20 years? Do you think the changes are for the better Showing has become much more sophisticated and much more stratified. Even twenty years ago you could have a horse that did two disciplines, like equitation and hunters, or at least competed at several levels. Now it seems that there are very specific horses for each discipline. I think there is also a lot of focus on qualifying for certain shows, medal finals, and earning year end awards, and I wonder if some of the joy and challenge and fun of riding around a course and doing the best you can in that moment has been lost. I watch junior riders run from ring to ring to ring to compete in a medal class, and then their hunter, and then their jumper. It seems there is little time to reflect or simply enjoy. I believe our sport has gotten much more stratified. People who compete at the major winter circuits, like those in Wellington and Thermal, don’t seem to cross paths with riders at different levels. Granted, some riders make the trek to a winter circuit for a week or two, primarily for the experience, but they do not show regularly at that level. I take great pride in going to different levels of shows and interacting with the exhibitors and hearing their stories. The stratification definitely demonstrates some depth in our sport, but we need to make sure that we aren’t creating or promoting glass ceilings. Finally, sometimes I worry that many horses are vehicles to a rider’s personal goals and that the horse itself is neglected or subservient to the humans who use it. At the end of the day I need to be able to look my horses in the eye and know they are being treated decently and with compassion. What are you looking for in today’s rider Effectiveness. I want to see a rider who is effective in whatever task is at hand. In the hunter ring I want to see a rider who can subtly encourage his horse to be soft and athletic. I don’t need to see him fling his body up the horse’s neck to show me what am anazing jump the horse has. It only serves to distract me and even annoy me. In equitation I want to see a rider who is working with his horse. Rarely do all the distances come up perfectly, so I want a rider to show me he is aware of the distance, what he can do to improve it, and how to work with his horse in a supple, positive manner.

Obviously in jumpers the judging is objective, but once in awhile when a style award is offered, I like to see riders who work with their horses smoothly and encourage the horse to jump with the best of his ability. Getting the job done is the first requirement, but doing it as smoothly as possible yields a lot of clear rounds. Please share at least three of your biggest pet peeves related to judging. When you make a mistake, don’t shake your head, make faces, and act like a baby. First, I might not have seen the mistake, second it is probable you haven’t watched the whole class and have no idea how your mistake fits with others, and third, it is just poor sportsmanship. Please come in the ring and go to work showing your horse. The excessive trot, walk, adjust your tack, make sure I am watching you, and then finally get around to jumping fences, doesn’t set a good tone with me. You don’t need to rush to the first fence, but don’t waste my time either. Finally, I don’t care how bad your horse has been in the ring nor how disappointed you are, do not take your anger out on your horse. Ever. There is proper discipline and it should be brief and succinct. If you are reacting to a horse out of anger, you have lost my respect. Anger can never be a factor when riding or showing horses. They give us a gift by letting us ride them and enjoy them. They do not deserve our anger, even when they misbehave or we perceive they have let us down. Keep your emotions in control. Marnye Langer serves as LEG’s Chief Financial Officer, and she is responsible for marketing and sponsorship activities. She is also the Managing Director of, an insurance agency covering all aspects of the horse industry. She is immersed in the horse world and holds both national level judging and stewarding licenses bestowed by the USEF. Marnye serves as president of several boards of directors, including the Los Angeles Hunter Jumper Association and Pacific Equestrian Foundation. In addition to her strong analytical skills, Marnye is a published author, has won five national journalism awards, and built LEG Up News into one of the top publicity and news providers in the equestrian market. She also participates on several standing committees of the United States Hunter Jumper Association. Marnye holds an undergraduate degree from U.C. Davis, as well as an Executive MBA.

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Sales Tax on Horse-Boarding in New Jersey May Be a Thing of the Past! By Dana R. Bowling, Esq

New Jersey’s Division of Taxation began to assess sales tax on the rental of stalls for boarding equine animals as of October 1, 2006. This was an unfortunate development for the horse industry, especially since countless business owners were unaware of the change in law. As a result, many did not comply and amassed sizeable back tax debts. And most of those who were willing to comply were unsure of how to proceed in light of the fact that the information provided by the Department of Agriculture and Division of Taxation on the issue was unclear and left much to be desired. The Division of Taxation has actively enforced its right to collect this tax in recent years, along with interest, penalties and fines. Due to the significant size of some facilities’ accrued tax liability, many businesses have had no choice but to shut their doors. Many who complied with the law have lost business when customers’ out-of-pocket costs increased, leading them to board at non-compliant facilities. Others, who already were struggling to make ends meet, have faced serious financial hardship. And some have attempted to “fly under the radar,” hoping they are not caught, since they simply cannot afford to make the necessary payments for back taxes.

WE NEED YOUR HELP! It is crucial for those in the industry to actively support this bill – by working together, we can effectuate positive change! We are coordinating a statewide effort to garner support for the bill. By working together, we can educate our legislators about the adverse effects the imposition of this tax has had on the industry and the need for relief so that we can protect and preserve New Jersey’s equine industry. What can you do? Spread the word! Encourage others to get involved! And write to your legislators to ask them to support the bill! Visit the firm’s Equine Legislation webpage ( for information on identifying and obtaining contact information for your legislators and tips on writing letters to legislators. In order to make the process as easy as possible, we have even provided a form letter that you can print, sign and mail!

BILL A1301 Thankfully, action is being taken to address the issue. Assemblyman Ronald S. Dancer (R) and Assemblyman John J. Burzichelli (D) have introduced bipartisan bill A1301 to the New Jersey Legislature in an effort to clarify the sales tax collection responsibilities of horse boarding businesses. The bill seeks to amend the current law to carve out an exception for equine stall rentals, similar to the current exceptions that exist for warehouse space and airplane hangars. If this bill is passed, it will be a major victory for the equine industry. The positive effect would be unbelievably valuable! Unfortunately, this important bill may face opposition in light of the fact that it seeks to keep more money in the pockets of New Jersey’s citizens and business owners, rather than the state’s coffers. Convincing the legislature to voluntarily relinquish tax money in our current economy will not be easy.

Dana R. Bowling, Esq. is an Equine Law attorney based in Mt. Laurel, NJ. A lifelong equestrian, Dana obtained her Economics degree from Rutgers University in 2001 and her Juris Doctor from the William & Mary School of Law in 2004. After serving as a Law Clerk with the Superior Court of New Jersey and working for a large, national law firm for over 6 years, Dana opened her own practice in October of 2011. She focuses her practice in the areas of Equine Law and Family Law. In her free time, Dana enjoys serving as the current President of the Burlington County 4-H Horse Advisory Council, Treasurer of the Burlington County 4-H Leaders’ Council and enjoys spending time with her retired thoroughbred, Alex.

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How did you start horseback riding?

Hey guys, the past months have been full of new riding experiences for me. As you may know, I leased my pony “Bees” out to a talented little girl. She and Bees are doing fantastically well in the medium pony hunters. It’s very hard to lease/sell a horse once you become attached to it, but it’s also very comforting when you find out that it is being taken care of! I also started riding a new pony whose name is Scooby. We show in the large pony hunters! While pondering the idea of all of this, I came up with my question for all of you. How did you get into horseback riding? What was your first horse’s name? I got into horseback riding because my mom rode horses, and because during my early childhood I lived on my grandfather’s farm. I felt the connection with horses and I dreamt of riding. So as any good parents would do, mine took me to a farm and sat me up on a horse. That’s where the addiction started! Now I’ve been riding for around 8 years and there has never been a dull moment. My first horse was Dixie Chick, and we showed in walk-trot. I interviewed Tyler Raftery and she told me that her first horse’s name was Idle Hour Advent, with the barn name Advent. Tyler’s first riding experience was when she was younger and had a neighbor who babysat her and told Tyler’s mom how much she liked riding at her barn. Tyler’s mom then decided to take Tyler, and she just started with lessons after that. It’s awesome that her babysitter mentioned horseback riding because if she hadn’t then Tyler would not be where she is today! Caroline Letts started riding because she always wanted to ride since the day she knew what a pony was. Caroline’s sister went to high school with a girl who owned her own horse and who taught some beginner lessons at a barn in Howell. That’s where it all began. The first lesson pony she rode was named Abby. The first horse Caroline owned herself was named Rusty. I don’t know what I would do if Caroline never got into riding because she was always there for me at the shows. Amanda, who is also from New Jersey, is 13 years old and currently rides at Baymar Farms. She got into riding when she took a pony ride at age 2; she has loved it ever since. Her first and current pony is Cowboy. I can relate to Amanda because I also got into riding around that age and I also haven’t stopped loving it. Cristina Loretta is from New Jersey as well. Her first pony’s name was Merlin. Cristina got into riding when she was younger because her mom used to ride and always had Cristina around a horse; that’s when she had her first pony ride. A lot of people can relate to Cristina’s story and journey because most kids who currently ride got the desire from being introduced by family or friends. Without these friends/family most riders wouldn’t be riding today.

Madison Carlstrom is 21 years old and is from New Jersey also. We have a lot of Jersey Girls this month! Her first horse’s name was Sampson. Madison’s mom always loved horses and the feeling apparently rubbed off onto Madison. She used to take Madison for pony rides when she was 2 and was hooked ever since. See… what would we do without our mothers?! Naomi Gorman, who is from Indiana, is 15 years old. Naomi’s mom rode when she was young, and became a certified trainer, and began to coach Naomi when she could walk. Naomi’s had her first horse at age 6, and he was a cute but very stubborn Shetland pony. Naomi says he was a great teacher, and “to this day I don’t think I’ve ever fallen off a horse so many times.” One of my most successful ponies bucked me off every lesson! But once we got to the show he was a perfect angel: he obviously had two sides to him, and I had to adapt. Kathy Mitchell is from California and is 15 years old. Her grandfather, who passed away when Kathy was a year and a half, had one horse left named Kate. Since she was unbroken, aggressive, and unregistered no one would buy her, so Kathy and her sister inherited Kate. After 7 trainers and many lessons they finally got to ride her! That’s a very different story of how someone got into riding. I love it because Kathy wasn’t just handed a horse; she had to work and put time into making it her own. Tori is from California and is 15 years old also. Tori got into riding when she came across the show “The Saddle Club”. She had a blast at my first horse camp! Tori’s first horse’s name was Maverick. I used to love “The Saddle Club!” I remember that it was always on Saturday morning, and I would look forward it every week. I don’t know if it’s just me but those girls were my heroes when I was younger! Hailey Kate is 18 years old and is from Annapolis, Maryland. She started taking lessons in late 1998. Her dad bet on horse riding lessons at a silent auction, thinking it was just going to be some pony ride. Nope, it was a full blown lesson. Ever since that first ride, Hailey was hooked. She started showing in walk and walk trot classes three months later and she has never looked back. Hailey just recently got her first horse, whose name is Veronica’s Secret: I call her V. Hailey was that little girl who owned book shelves of horse books and Breyer horses of all sorts and would jump at the first chance to see a horse. The day she started taking lessons changed her life. I think that every horse crazy girl had every book from “The Saddle Club” to “How to Groom Your Horse” and wanted every Breyer in the store. This month I thought it would be good to bring up this topic, which to my surprise I never asked about before. It was fun to see how all of you got into this fabulous sport! A lot of you said family helped you get into this and if you think about it what if they didn’t. If I didn’t ride, I really don’t know what I would do with myself, it’s so much in my blood! Thanks to all of you for reading this: I hope you enjoyed it. See you next month!


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Around the Ring

Alexa Aureliano was Champion at WEF in the Small Pony Hunters and second in the Pony Derby on Tazmanian Devil

Jake Wasson & Imagine getting ready for the Junior Hunters

Alexa Aureliano & Benetton were champion in the Large Pony Hunters at Old Salem Farm Tanner Korotkin aboard his Rocketman, competing in the Low Children’s Jumpers

Hannah Loeffelbein and Saddle Sold Separately (George) were Champion in the Small Greens at The National Equestrian Center, St Louis

Diane Dufau, Lesley Bulecheck, Karli Postel, Ava Weintraub and Stella Wasserman

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Champion in the Large Pony Hunters at Worcester stables March 9th was Shaded owned by Karen zinkhan and ridden by Mckinley Deangelo

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Canine Corner

Part of the “Buddah Dog” Family.

A spectator at Thermal

Luna...all dressed up in her pearls

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SPONSORED WHAT’S IT RIDERS ALL ABOUT? Spokes models rather than sponsored riders.

We use the word spokes model because our riders are more hands on with the company than traditional sponsored athletes. By Sharon Lilien-Zwiebel and Katie Matteson


e talk to young riders all the time who want sponsorships but a lot of them do not know how to go about it- here is our advice from the Kathryn Lily Equestrian Team as we are into our second year of our spokes model program. Spokes models rather than sponsored riders. We use the word spokes model because our riders are more hands on with the company than traditional sponsored athletes. Being a spokes model means that YOU represent the brand. Our spokes model team is comprised of young riders whom we believe will embody the brand. Kathryn Lily is smart, practical, fun and strives to be a leader in the industry. The spokes model team is a group of riders chosen because we see those qualities within them. “Besides getting free stuff what does a spokes model do?” Think of it as being on an elite team with other young riders from across the country. As a team you need to cheer each other on! Each spokes model lets Kathryn Lily know where and when they are showing. If someone else from the team is going to be at the same horse show we like to try to have

A spokes model embodies the characteristics the brand stands for-although they may not be paid in dollars they still get highlighted within the companies multimedia outlets which can help promote the individual thus gaining recognition in the sport- such as catch rides and eligibility for scholarships in the future.

everyone connect and be there for support. We also like to post on our social media sites (such as Facebook, Twitter) so every one of our followers can cheer them on and follow them throughout their show journey throughout the year. Kathryn Lily spokes models also help design new collections. We work with the team asking their input on apparel and other items being created- who knows you might even have a polo shirt named after you soon! So you might be thinking- I would love to become a spokes model! How do I get started? I ride, show, and work hard every day- I want to join the team! Well glad you asked because

here is our how to list that might guide you in your journey to becoming a spokes model. 1. What is the difference between a spokes model and a sponsored rider? At Kathryn Lily Equestrian we call our riders spokes models because our riders are not being paid- they receive clothing by the brand and if they choose to wear it – it is up to them. Please know there is a difference between the two- if you collect fees you are receiving a “sponsorship” which makes you ineligible for some IEA and IHSA teams. A spokes model does not affect your eligibility, as you are not receiving payment.

2. Take advantage of social media. One of our Kathryn Lily spokes models: Fay-Bella Evans is a great example and she is only 8! She even has her own website ponymassproductions. com and stays active through Facebook with the help of her mother. We understand that a lot of the young children do not use social media but their parents can be a big advocate. Faye-Bella had already experienced the power of social media when her 2nd grade school video project “The Do’s and Don’ts of the Horse Show Ring, “ was catapulted via Facebook and YouTube across the globe, earning 100,000 hits. People started recognizing trainer Stefanie Mazer and Faye-Bella from the video. As a spokes model for Kathryn Lily Equestrian, Faye-Bella’s responsibilities are two fold. Faye-Bella must demonstrate the brand qualities of leadership, confidence, and horsemanship in public and in private, at the showground and at the barn, capture these moments and share with the horse world. At every show, with the support of her barn and trainer, photos are taken, video is shot and media is posted and tagged in real time. Using the social media of twitter, blogging, posting and YouTube, Kathryn Lily builds its online presence through their spokes models, who are also following, forwarding and promoting their fellow Kathryn Lily Equestrian team members.

3. Have a professional in the industry send in a letter of recognition nominating you for the position. We often seek the advice of professionals as to who is a standout up and coming young rider with compassion and leadership skills, so make connections and impress equestrian professionals! Professional Stefanie Mazer, head trainer and owner of Forget Me Not Farm, Wellington, FL came across a post on Facebook about the Kathryn Lily Equestrian Spokes Model Team. She visited their website, saw their product, read their mission statement and now her student Faye Bella is now on the Kathryn Lily team because of the recommendations from her trainer and her hard work, riding skills and being a positive role model. 4. Catch riding. Catch riding is the greatest

other riders. Spokes models are always calm and cool in the ring (even when they are nervous) because they tell themselves “I got this!� and they exude confidence! KL spokes models understand that their horses/ponies always come first and they are always respectful of their trainers, owners, and parents (even if they disagree with them). Kathryn Lily spokes models are light-hearted and always know how to have a good time! They love to help others, cheer on their barn mates and bring up the barn spirit! When choosing riders we look for individuals who will be role 5. Be a role model to models to others. We look for others. someone that is always kind Please remember that mannered and composed in all someone is always watching, situations. being a spokes model puts you Our littlest rider on the in the spotlight! Other kids and Kathryn Lily Team, Sophie Ayres adults will take note not only for your riding but your attitude (six years old) embodies that every day, being kind to her as well. Kathryn Lily spokes models are great role models for mom and her pony. Hannah praise from other owners, always be available to be a part of every phase of the process, whether it is jogging, hacking, or another aspect of the division. When we look for spokes models, if you are currently catch riding, it speaks highly upon that individual as we know it can be a stressful, serious job. However, not all of our spokes models come with catch riding experience and can often benefit from the highlighted social media we provide- which opens up a door of possibilities to getting their hard work noticed.

Loeffelbein, who trains with Daphne Thornton in Kansas, is another great example as she won the Sportsmanship Award at Pony Finals in 2013 and has other little girls looking up to her every day. Hannah says, “When I was asked to be a Kathryn Lily Spokes Model, I was excited and surprised. I love to wear the fancy shirts and bows but I also saw this as a great opportunity to help others. I enjoy drawing and coloring so I thought of “giving boxes of crayons” in Kathryn Lily’s name to The St. Jude Children’s Medical Center in Memphis, TN.” Thinking of others and being a positive and thoughtful member of the horse show community is a great way to get noticed to be a spokes model. 6. Hard work pays off. Some of our riders such as Maclay Bowers, Hallie Rush, Dawson Amick, and Christina Williams have never been given that already made ride. They have all trained and shown their own ponies/horses working hard every day. Maclay Bowers as a second year veteran on the team continues to work hard training multiple ponies and contributing to Kathryn Lily wherever she can. Maclay’s mother Stephanie Bowers says, “Working with Sharon and Katie has been a fantastic experience. We had no idea what to expect when we got the news that Maclay was chosen to be a spokes model. Clearly, this was an amazing opportunity, free clothing and would look great for Maclay on college applications- but what we didn’t expect was to feel like we are all part of a family. Our ideas are heard and our opinions matter. We were thrilled to hear that the bracelets we helped design were being added to their accessory line! Katie and Sharon are so welcoming and caring and are truly excited to see the riders’ progress, making the kids feel special.

We are so grateful to be going into our second year as part of the KL team. If it is anything like last year it is going to be awesome. ”Remember there is no exact science to getting a sponsorship or spokes model position- if you are really interested in representing a brand make sure you start with introducing yourself! One of our riders introduced herself to us at Pony Finals and continued to be active with us through social media and just reaching out. When applications came around she was hard not to choose for the team because we knew she would proudly represent our brand and be a leader to other girls. By being selected by a brand it could highlight you for opportunities in the future-catch riding, other sponsorships, and look good on college applications. Please be sure to follow Kathryn Lily Equestrian on Facebook and be on the look out for our 2015 Spokes model Team applications, which will be posted in November/December 2014.

We are looking forward to meeting everyone, good luck showing this year! Because, after all, riding is serious fun!

Sharon and Kate became best friends at UMass and Mt. Holyoke College where they rode hunt seat equitation together. After college Kate stayed active in the equestrian world teaching lessons, showing and managing a barn while Sharon entered the corporate world, focusing on sales and marketing. In 2010 they combined their business sense, horse sense, fashion sense… and Kathryn Lily was born! Kathryn Lily currently produces show shirts, belts, show bows and accessories that are serious fun! Please check Kathryn Lily Equestrian out at, FB: Kathryn Lily Equestrian and follow Kathryn Lily on Twitter at @KathrynLilyEq


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Buddy’s Tail... I never realized that Buddy’s job writing his column was hard. I always thought he just went in to the office to watch some TV and steal some snacks...but it’s actually quite hard to think of what to write each issue. Now if I got awesome treats each issue to do reviews on- that would be easy! That brings up a good point. Why? Why do some treat companies not realize the great (and free) PR they can get by sending me treats?! I’m just not sure. Same goes for trainers and barn owners. We publish lots of photos each issue...why aren’t “yours” in the issue? Take a few minutes and email some photos in. Recognize accomplishments of your your barn having a good time at’s easy!

Buddy would be so proud. The next issue will be our 11th anniversary issue! It’s pretty amazing that we - a little family run company- have been able to make it through the trials and tribulations of starting a new company- then the recession- the passing of one of our wonderful sales reps etc...but here we are eleven years later...and you know why? Because we have the best and most loyal, awesome advertisers and magazine supporters!! We are so very lucky!! Next issue we are going to be running a super advertising special to thank all of you. Contact your sales representative to get the details! Another special thing about the upcoming issue is the DOGS! Every year in this issue we feature pages and pages of horse show dogs. They enrich everyones lives and each year we like to feature them! So be sure to send in your doggie photos for next month! I guess that’s it for me now. Back out to the pasture... with layers of blankets on. Spring just can’t seem to arrive this year. Everytime I think we are home free... another snow storm heads our way. I am seriously tired of winter! It just doesn’t seem to want to end! Send in lots of pictures for our Anniversary issue... make Buddy proud!! Until next and enjoy’s too short not to!


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Erin Davis-Heineking takes the Grand Prix ring by storm on her homebreds


atching Erin Davis-Heineking ride is simply impressive. As she clocks clear round after clear round at HITS Thermal this season in the grand prix classes with October Hill’s Concho and Alamo, her skill, talent, and determination are evident. But what is most noticeable is her deep bond with her horses. The source of that bond is obvious- time, love, training, and experience together and comes well-earned- October Hill’s Concho was bred at her October Hill Farm in Texas and Alamo was bought and imported as a foal, spending his entire training and showing career with Davis-Heineking. Davis-Heineking, 37, started riding at her family’s ranch in Texas when she could walk. “I was a wild Indian out there- I was too young too put a saddle or a bridle on, so I would jump on the quarter horse ponies and go racing around,” laughs Davis-Heineking. As she got older, her mother decided that she could be straightened out by a dressage trainer. “It didn’t last very long- I was not very teachable. The dressage trainer sent me to the local hunter/ jumper trainer because I wouldn’t make a very good dressage student,” she remembers laughing. From there, she moved up the pony hunter ranks to horses and the junior jumpers, competing in her first grand prix class around the time she graduated high school. She decided to attend Texas Christian University to continue working with her trainer and show at the grand prix level. After college, she moved to California at age 21 to work with Michael Endicott and a couple years

But what is most noticeable is her deep bond with her horses. The source of that bond is obvious- time, love, training, and experience together and comes well-earned-

later went to Florida to train with Todd Minikus.

Christian Heineking, who married Erin in 2013. The German native with numerous grand prix titles to his name spends his time at October Hill training clients and bringing his own horses up to the grand prix level. The three work in their roles to bring horses all the way through the ranks- Wendy running the farm and breeding, Erin riding and bringing along their own horses, and Christian doing the teaching, riding the customer’s horses, and facilitating the sales side of the business.

At 30 years old, she decided to head home and move back to Texas, where her sister Wendy Davis Gerrish had started a breeding farm. Together they built October Hill and started breeding, raising, and training horses for the grand prix ring. Davis-Heineking, who only rides horses owned by her family, shows almost exclusively homebreds in jumper classes through the FEI grand prix level. October Hill gained a new partner several years ago in

With both Erin and Christian focusing on their own string of grand prix horses, it means that the jumpoffs very often pit husband against wife. “I am very competitive with him, but he’s not competitive with me. He thinks it is funny how competitive I am with him. He’s so much faster than me as a rider- I just can’t keep up with the speed. If he goes clean, there is no way I’m going to catch him. I still try. It gets kind of silly- I do crazy stuff trying to beat

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him and end up having a rail. It is fun between us,” laughs Davis-Heineking. Living the American sporthorse dream, breeding mostly to their own stallions for US-bred quality that can make it to the top, Davis-Heineking does not fluff over the incredible time, risk, and sacrifice of her own career to do it correctly. “The way I did it was the long road- it took a lot of time. To breed a horse, you need a lot of luck that it will have enough quality to take you to the grand prixs. Then you need to put a lot of time and a lot of money. I spent quite a few years not doing the big shows and spending time at home in Texas and just doing the local shows, so I didn’t have much of a grand prix career going on at that time- it was a sacrifice there, ” she says.

The family approach works in training their horses as well. Davis-Heineking says, “We ride completely differently. Christian comes from a very disciplined German school. They were taught ‘this is the way you do it and there is no deviating from that.’ I learned from running around like a wild Indian and then rode with so many trainers with so many philosophies that I put it all together. I have a cross-breed of styles of everything that I learned. So it is fun when we have the young horses, the different way we approach things.” With the family working together, breeding, training, and showing is possible, but not easy. “As far as the breeding goes, my sister doesn’t show anymore, so she’s always at the farm looking over the breeding stuff. Breeding is really tough. Financially

it is very hard. By the time you have a young horse with the experience it needs at the age of 6, you have put thousands of dollars of horse show fees into them- it is just so expensive to take them around and show them. If you want to do young horses the right way, it takes years and years to make them into something, which is a cost as well,” explains Davis-Heineking. Whereas, for much less risk in both time and finances, she acknowledges the temptation that others have to head to Europe and view a huge selection, all of whom have show miles that were put on much more affordably. Not only can you potentially find the finished product for less money, but

then you also don’t have to spend the time to build your stock- you can have something right now and constantly be in the grand prix ring. For Erin Davis-Heineking, however, it is all about the process and making her own horses successful. Positive and determined, she is looking forward to many years and many grand prix classes and international competition ahead of her, all with horses she brings up at October Hill. She says, “I really enjoy making the young horses into top horses. It has given me a lot of satisfaction and is so fulfilling.”

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1) Andy Kocher and his own “Le Conte” clear an oxer on their way to the win in the $25,000 Dominos Pizza Grand Prix. Week 2 * 2) “Eloise” won the first round of the International Hunter Derby and her team proudly showed off their blue ribbon in the VIP tent. Week 5 * 3) Tim Maddrix of Monkton, Maryland aboard Claudia Styslinger’s “Eloise” beat out a very talented field of 21 horses and riders to win the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter. Week 5 * 4) Frances Land and “Vieanne” win the $35,000 EMO Grand Prix. Week 2 * 5) Maddrix and Eloise clear an oxer on the grand prix field * 6) Devin Ryan of Long Valley, New Jersey - winner of the $5,000 Open Jumper Welcome Stake aboard Sima Morgello’s “Chantilly”. Week 1 * 7) “Quinn”, owned by Catherine Cox and ridden by Kim Buzby of Chester Springs, Maryland bested the competition of thirty five horses to win the $3,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby course designed by Allen Rheinheimer of Zionsville, Indiana * 8) Back Bay Seafood Restaurant was on-hand, serving up oysters fresh off the grill for VIP patrons, in addition to an assortment of other Back Bay favorites * 9) Everyone had a great time at the County party featuring live music and crawfish boil! Week 5 * 10) Theo Genn rides Paradox to the win in the $25,000 Welcome Prix. Week 4 * 11) Lauren Stuller’s “Lavasco” ridden by Jordan Gilchrist of Flower Mound, Texas, took home the top honors in the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby. Week 4 * 12) Internationally known, Olympic course designer Steve Stephens designed the courses Week 5 * 13) The Gulf Coast’s Toughest Rodeo took place under the covered pavilion to the delight of the sold out audience * 14) Riders from Tustin Farm watching Wilmer Diaz compete in the Grooms Class * 15) Nicole White and “Wallie” (aka Wahlberg) - Small Junior Hunter 16 & 17 Circuit Champion * 16) Wilmer Diaz of Tustin Farm wins the Best Hunter Groom award for the second year in a row with Nicole Whites “Wahlberg”


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Ask Kimball: The Equestrian Health Coach Answers Your Questions Hi Kimball, I am an amateur rider who works at a high intensity job all week and meets my two horses at shows on weekends. I’m often exhausted at the shows after not riding all week. How can I keep my energy up at horse shows? - Amateur trying to do it all Dear Amateur Doing it All, I understand that it can be challenging to balance a busy career while also competing with your horses on the weekends. I think it is important for you to look at the reasons for your exhaustion. Are you physically weak from not riding and could implement some cross-training such as weights and cardio? Are you nervous and stressed about not practicing and could benefit from learning some breathing and visualization techniques? Are you changing your diet by adding packaged convenience foods or sugary treats and not consuming full meals comprised of whole foods? Are you neglecting to drink enough water to stay hydrated during the increased activity over he weekend? Or are you changing your sleep schedule and not allowing yourself to rest and recover from long days at the show? These are just a few common examples that could be making you may be feeling rundown. Take a good look at your lifestyle patterns and even create a food and exercise journal to help you identify the reasons you may be feeling exhausted at the weekend shows. Focusing on the root cause of your exhaustion is key improving your health and sustaining your energy.

Dear Kimball, As a trainer, I am on my feet and never take a minute for myself at shows. When I do get back to the barn, my clients usually have the tack room full of candy, soda, and unhealthy snacks, which I just end up eating. How can I make the horse show a more healthy experience for me? - Trainer who wants to be healthier Dear Healthy-Minded Trainer, The pressures you face as a professional “When I take the time to focus on my in such a demanding business combined health at horse shows, I am better able with the need for extra on-the-go energy to take care of my horses and my clients.” can sometimes lead to quick decisions that -Allie Fox, Professional rider and trainer may not be in line with your health goals. at CelMarSol Ranch. I have two recommendations for you to make the shows a healthier experience for both you and your clients. First, it is important for you to have time for yourself. I understand that when running from ring to ring doing your best to please clients and be successful, this may seem out of the question. However, maintaining a hurried and hectic schedule creates a lot of stress on your body and your mind. Schedule just 2 minutes to sit quietly alone and take a few deep breaths. Even set an alarm to remind yourself. This will help calm your nervous system and allow you to show up “We are really committed to eating healthily more focused and energized when you get and taking good care of ourselves.” to the ring. Second, I’d suggest that you Jill Hamilton, owner and head trainer, communicate with your clients about what Millennium Farm foods you’d prefer to have available in the tack room for the team – after all, they are competitive athletes too! Most people want to do the right thing when it comes to health, but convenience and temptation sometimes win. Create a healthy list and ask for their input. Make it a positive group experience and set a team goal to eat well at the shows.

Would you like your health question featured in Ask Kimball? Email Kimball Willson is the founder of The Equestrian Health Coach and offers nutritional and lifestyle coaching to riders nationwide. Learn more about her programs and download your free copy of “3 Common Health Mistakes that are Ruining Your Ride” at

“It is important to be healthy because you need to be sharp. I can feel a huge difference in my riding in terms of knowing where I am and being more in tune when I eat right versus eat wrong.” -Marisa Metzger, Professional Rider at Lightacres who has scored a perfect 100 in a hunter derby.

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t is always a challenge this time of year at the horse shows- how to stay warm, comfortable, dry, but still fashionable both on and off the horse. That’s why I was so excited to find Ellsworth & Ivey capes at the American Gold Cup this past fall. With both soft and warm 100% Alpaca capes and rain capes, you are covered for every ride, to watch every round, and to even look spectacular at dinner straight from the horse show.

Ellsworth & Ivey is the brainchild of designer Taylor Ivey, recently moved to San Francisco after starting in New York in 2012. The name “Ellsworth” comes from Ivey’s grandmother Shirley Ellsworth, which is an homage not only to her elegant grandmother, but the fact that she sees her fashion as elegant and classic pieces for women of all ages to wear and feel their best in. Ivey grew up in Litchfield, Connecticut, and attended Tulane University in New Orleans. Interested in fashion from a young age, she began sewing as a little girl and started conceptualizing her brand during her time in college. Upon graduation, Taylor moved to New York City and took classes at the prestigious Parson’s School of Design in fashion construction. She worked in Fashion PR for three years while simultaneously beginning to build her brand in New York’s Garment District. “I rode when I was younger and I think that it is such a beautiful sport. I just love equestrian style- it is such a beautiful look. I love riding boots, the pants, the collared shirts- it is so elegant! I don’t think that there is any other sport today that has the sense of style in the uniforms or attire that is worn,” says Ivey. Growing up, her cousins were competitive riders and currently own and operate their own equestrian facility in Ridgefield, Connecticut. While Ivey had a horse of her own, she never competed, but grew up admiring the equestrian aesthetic that she was immersed in with her family. The versatility of the cape is one its most noted features- it can go over a cocktail dress or jeans or riding pants with stylistic ease. Ivey says, “It can be casual, it can be dressed-up, and they’re warm and durable.” Wanting long-term fashion that lasts over time, no detail is spared in the capes, which are all made in America with the Alpaca imported from Peru and a genuine leather trim. Ivey oversees all of the production and supports local business in every step of the process, with the production moving from Manhattan to San Francisco in early 2014 with her move.

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Thoroughbred News & Highlights

TB Highlights section In honor of “Buddy “

Forrest Gump (JC name is Catasauqua) and owner Sasha Moran “This show was a very important show for us as we completed a long standing goal of competing at the 3’7 Saratoga height and did so successfully!”

Genius Gold (10 yr old off the track TB) Ridden and show by Judy Schaefer Coach: Bobbie Gibbon, Trickstar Farm Owned by Toby Gibbon, Trickstar Farm Shown here at the Loch Moy TASS show, where he won the $1500 winner’s circle stakes class.

“Milestone” was 2nd in the Maryland Horse and Pony Thoroughbred Hunter Classic Final. Owner: JLA May Rider: Amanda Penick Trainer: Ginny Edwards @ Hidden Hollow Farm

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Perfect Image (J.C. Relic’s Hope) - she was 2nd in the TASS Overall Filly/Mare division and 5th in the nation for the TIP All Thoroughbred Show Category. Owned and ridden by Briana Kenerson

Pretty In Pink (J.C. Robb That Glitters) She was HHSA Green Horse Resereve Champion, HHSA Equitation 14-17 Reserve Champion and 5th in the nation for TIP Young Riider category for 2013. Owned and ridden by Brooke Kenerson.

I.D. Required (J.C. Mr. Good Guy) was HHSA Low Adult Amateur Hunter Champion, HHSA Baby Green Hunter Reserve Champion, Adult Equitation Champion, and helped me to Grand Equitation Champion Rider for HHSA. He also was the TIP 2013 Green OTTB Horse of the Year. Owned and ridden by Briana Kenerson

Forrest Gump (JC name is Catasauqua) and owner Sasha Moran participated in a little bit of everything from the T.I.P Western Pleasure, to the Dressage, finishing up with Jumpers.

Celebrity Affair (Sophie) a 2007 chestnut JC Registered TB mare. She is a Colonial Affair (Triple Crown winner) granddaughter. She has had 1 foal, an Anglo Arab who was the 2013 East Coast Sport Horse Yearling Champion and was in the Top 10 at the Sport Horse Nationals in 2013. She is RSPI Premium Book I approved mare and is now learning to be a hunter. Owned by Kerianne Manipole

Sweet Emotion and The Real Deal (JC Intimate Diner)- The Real Deal owned and shown by Brittney St.Clair - Overall High Point TB TASS 2013 and Overall High Point Rider, Hi Point Professional, High Point Gelding

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Third Annual D-Teq Fútbol Fiesta Presented by EquiFit: A Kicking Success! It was a beautiful Monday in Wellington, FL for the grooms who took a day off from their equine duties to participate in the third annual D-Teq Fútbol Fiesta presented by EquiFit, inc. It was an intense day of soccer as eight teams took part in the single-elimination tournament, organized and sponsored by EquiFit, inc., and held at the beautiful Wellington Village Park. After winning three straight games it was the Blue Team who ultimately clinched the Championship title after defeating the Turquoise Team with a final score of 2-0. “The grooms work very hard during the winter circuit in Wellington and we organize this tournament as a big ‘thank you’ to them,” said EquiFit Founder and President Alexandra Cherubini, who is also a competitive rider. “It is such a fun day out for everyone, and we are already looking forward to the tournament in 2015!” “We all want to thank EquiFit for putting together this wonderful day,” said Radin Maldonado, who was Captain of the winning Blue Team and works for Copper Lane Farm. “It is great for all of us to get together and have a fun day.”

MVP Efren Rebollo with EquiFit Founder and President Alexandra Cherubini, Siri Du Pont-Hurley, and Jasper Hoffman (l-r)

Efren Rebollo, who works for Louise Serio and Derbydown Farm, was declared the Most Valuable Player (MVP). “Playing three games in a row was really hard, but we made it and we are so excited to win!” said a thrilled Rebollo. Miguel Perez, who works for Jennifer Goddard and Stateside Farm, was the goalie of the winning Blue Team and was named Most Valuable Goalie (MVG) in the tournament. All players received gift bags from EquiFit and uniform shirts that they got to keep. Players on the winning team received individual trophies plus EquiFit jackets, with special trophies going to the MVP and MVG. EquiFit also provided drinks and snacks for everyone at the tournament. More than ten barns were represented by their grooms including: Stateside Farm, Derbydown, Spy Coast Farm, Baxter Hill, JET Show Stables, Equinimity, Skara Glen Stables, East Wind Farm, Copper Lane Farm, and Stonehenge Stables.

D-Teq Fútbol Fiesta Champions Blue Team celebrates with EquiFit Founder and President Alexandra Cherubini, Siri Du Pont-Hurley, and Jasper Hoffman (l-r)

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Alexandra Miller won the following awards for the Wisconsin Hunter Jumper Association for the year ending 2013: WHJA Small/Medium Pony Hunter Champion riding Hillcrest Lorelei (above left) owned by Emily Elek of Stonewall Farm * WHJA -Over-All High Point pony Rider (rode two ponies) * Clovermeade Babs Bunny (above right) owned by Alexandra Miller

MOHJO Awards Banquet 2013 Adult Amateur Champion Connie Fry & Nathaniel

Betsy Vogt on R Convincing Skip with trainer Bryan Bradley of Granite Springs Stables, Warwick, MD. Betsy was Maryland Saddle Association Series Reserve Champion in Sr. Western Horsemanship. “Boo” was MSA Series Champion in Sr. Western Pleasure and Series Reserve Champion in Sr. English Pleasure. The team of Betsy and Boo retired after this show season after 14 years of showing together.

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Emma Witham with her Trainers Georgann Powers and Ann Louise Powers with winnings with her pony My Memoir of Green Pony Hunter Champion, Medium Pony Hunter Champion and Grand Pony Hunter Champion 2013 Central Florida Hunter Jumper Association.

10 year old, Grace Baum. She is the Champion in the Short Stirrup Division for both EPPHA and PHSA. Her Pony’s name is Good Fortune, “Maggie”. Maggie is leased from Anabel Barnett and her mom, Missy Shaffer.

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Nora Jodrey & “Cashmere” Byron Trophy Winner Zone 3 Tad Coffin Equitation Finals Winner MHSA Equitation Finals Winner

Ethan Maye 2013 VHSA Champion Pony Breeding Amateur Handler Award

Raegan Rast & Central Park - they are USEF Zone 7 champions for Lg Jr Hunter 15/u, USEF Nationally placed 13th, American Hanoverian Society Lg Junior year end Champion, KCPHA Equitation Champion .

Alex Brust & Park Place - 2013 ESJ Champion of the Cross Rail Hunter & Champion of the Pre Hunter Equitation

Bridget Eisele and Doctor’s Orders. Champion of the Low Schooling Jumper division of Cheryl and Co Shows 2013

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CARINO. VHSA High Performance Working Hunter Champion Paul Mathews up Terry Haake Morrison - owner .

Emma Witham (rider/owner) and her Pony My Memoir received the Dr & Mrs Charles Carr Perpetual Trophy presented by them and there granddaughter at the Central Florida Hunter Jumper Association Banquet for Grand

Entitled Owner: Ann Thompson Rider: Amanda Penick Trainer: Ginny Edwards HITS Culpeper Circuit Champion Baby Greens

Money Makes Money. He was year-end High Point Jumper Champion in the TASS Series (Thoroughbred Alliance Show Series) as well as year-end High Point Churchill and Belmont Jumper at the Thoroughbred Celebration Horse Show. He is an 11 yr old OTTB gelding by Talk is Money, out of Soak, by Devils Bag. He is owned by Karen Benson of Mooresville NC..

Campside, High Point Green Horse and 3rd place High Point Mare, Thoroughbred Alliance Show Series. Owned and ridden by Jennifer Sponseller Webster.

Allumination ( J.C. Name: Deep Threat) was the TASS show series High Point Hunter, as well as the reserve champion High Point Horse Overall. Owner/rider Lauren Moran also won the high point Maryland resident thoroughbred owner/ rider award.

Positively Macho, he is by Runaway Macho out of Positive Appeal 2013 TB Alliance Show Series: Champion Hight Point Listing Horse 3d Place High Point War Horse 4th Place High Point Jumper Owned by : Olivia Stanley

Sweet Emotion and owner/rider Amy Bernstiel (JC name Karakorums R Wild) 2013 TASS Warhorse Champion; winner of 2013 TASS NY Bred Hi Point Horse; 4th place overall gelding; 5th place Amateur rider 2013. He was also named 2013 High Point Performance Horse in the All TB Show category by The Jockey Club.

Riverman has been honored as the 2013 USEF/PHR South Pacific Sire. The South Pacific award is donated by Joan Irvine Smith after her international Grand Prix competitor and stallion South Pacific. It is given annually to the leading US-based jumper stallion. Hilltop Farm is very excited that Riverman has been honored with this prestigious award for three consecutive years and would like to thank all of the breeders who chose to breed to Riverman over the years

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Falling Moon Cosmo Owner/Rider: Ethan Maye, Maye Show Ponies 2013 Year End Champion VPBA Young Ponies Under Saddle

Year-end awards for Exemplar Ridden by Tommi Clark Owned by Stephen Borders USEF Grand Regular Hunter National Champion USEF High Performance National Champion Zone 10 High Performance Champion PCHA High Performance Champion

“Will Boogie”, owner Suzanne Hickham of Hockley TX and handler Laura Mendoza. Boogie was THJA and USHJA Zone 7 two year old hunter breeding champion as well as fifth in the country for the USHJA. He is an American bred by the stallion Willemoes.

Landmark Owner/rider: Ellen Kelly ADULT HUNTER CHAMPIONS for the Monmouth County Horse Show series. Trained by Mary Babick/Sarah Baumgaertner of Knightsbridge Farm of Middletown NJ.

Merrick Studios

Mary Cameron Yeomans & Tribiani - 2013 GHJA Champion Adult Amateur Hunters. 2013 ESJ Champion of the Adult Hunters & Champion of the ESJ Adult Equitation.

Cara Brooks & Greater Than Gold - 2013 GHJA Reserve Champion of the Open Hunters. 2013 ESJ Champion of the Open Hunter & Champion of the Pre-Childrens Hunters

Sydney Short & Fine By Me - 2013 GHJA Champion of Short Stirrup Hunters & Champion of the Short Stirrup Equitation

Raegan Rast and “Can’t Tell Me No” USEF Zone 7 sm/med green pony Reserve Champion, 7th Nationally, KCPHA Hunter Champion

Megan Romeo & Rumor Has It - 2013 HSV Reserve Champion Long Stirrup

Madi Brooks & Johan Monticello - 2013 HSV Champion Children’s Pony Equitation

Emily Dodge was The Almaden winner (one of the oldest Medals in CA). Trainer: Tracy Cotchett, Footings expert John Dienhart, Bud Thoman (owner of the Almaden) and Paul Bennett (previous Almaden winner when he was a Jr. years ago, has gone on to be a trainer)

Patty Gill - Zone 10 Medal Challenge Winner (and winner of the gold cart pictured here) shown here with her Mom & her Trainer, Patty Ball.

Zone 10 Mini Medal Challenge Winners Champion Lauren Quigley Reserve Champion: Cheryl Daniel Gray Third: Sydnie Young Fourth: Flor de Maria Rizo.

Megan Wood Cloverleaf Medal Finals Winner Pictured with her trainer, Sami Milo and her parents

Bella Fiora Rosehill Hunter Derby Champion Rider: Kathryn Sire * Owner: Sarah Phaklides

Stefanie Lackey’s Signature’s Savannah 2013 ESJ Champion Modified Hunters


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The University of Findlay Bachelor’s degrees in English/western equestrian studies, equine business management and animal science/preveterinary medicine. IHSA national champion English and western riding teams. Summer residential camps for teens. Contact: Katie Johnston 1000 N. Main St. Findlay, OH 45840 Tel: 419-434-4644 E-mail: Web site:, Keyword: Equestrian

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Export Facilities OH CEM Import Export Facility All Inclusive Inc. Ship NY-OH When only the best will do 740-809-8180

Farrier Services CA Pecorelli 609-827-7570

Hay/Feed/Pet/Barn Supplies Hemlock Hill Farm 260 Phalanx Rd. Colts Neck, NJ 07722 732-842-5270 Hay, feed, shavings, horse & pet supplies. Delivery available. We carry: Purina, Pennfield and Semican. Mimlitsch Enterprizes Clean sawdust for bedding - Pick up and delivery service available. 856-985-0412

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Fountain Valley School 6155 Fountain Valley School Road Colorado Springs, CO 80911 719.391.5420 Discover your own genius.

Amber Hill Farm Specializing in ponies/Young Riders Ponies trained and shown Bedminster, NJ Elizabeth Mandarino 908-397-0977 Clearview Stable 1600 Wildlife Dr. Chester Springs, PA. 19425 484-364-9166 Training, Riding, Sales. H/J’s. Quality, well broke horses & ponies always for sale - reasonably priced. Summit Sporthorses Ltd. Inc. Ilona S. English owner/breeder Ringoes, NJ 08551 908-806-0615 Oldenburg sport horses. German and ISR sport ponies. Videos & photos available upon request. “Breeding competition partners and lifelong friends”

Horse Sales Transactions, LLC

Ph: (434) 826-9270 Fax: (434) 979-0037 Providing efficient closing services nationwide for horse sales and leases -- Thorough documentation; collection, disbursement and accounting of funds; Agency disclosure -- Legal protection for buyers, sellers and professionals

Horse Transportation Blue Diamond Stables Custom Equine Transport. USDOT, M/C carrier, shows, direct ships, emergencies, CEM import & export direct to JFK & Chicago. 740-809-8180. Brook Ledge, Inc Horse Transport Multiple trips/week to NY and FL; KY to FL - Reg. trips to CA. Fully insured & DOT. Specializing in horse shows, barn moves, airport, privates, entire vans or LTL. 800-523-8143 Michael Mauro, LLC Equine Transport Serving the Northeast for 15 years. NJ Based. Fully licensed & insured. Member - American Horse Carriers Assoc. - (201) 341-3431

Insurance SOUTHWEST RANCHES INSURANCE AGENCY Florida & Colorado Premier Equine Insurance Agency All major Equine Insurance Carriers Personal Service, Great Rates (954) 331-8133/Fax (888) 331-5717

Judges & Show Officials John Berkos Devonshire Farm, Clinton, CT USEF Licensed “R” judge in H/J/Eq Also availible for clinics., Nancy Hall “R” H,H/E - 609-884-8205 John Mastriano- Tustin Farm Available for schooling and open shows. 609-267-2099 Mary O’Connor / Inner Bay LLC USEF ‘r’ Licensed Judge H/J/HEq Officiating at Rated/Local/IHSA Shows Full Range of Equestrian Services. Middleburg VA / Southampton NY JoAnn T. Robertson Westminster, MD 410-848-1431 “R” USEF, MDHSA Hunter, Equitation

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Realestate Thea Stinnett Coldwell Banker Hearthside Realtors Previews International Specializing in luxury country estates and equestrian properties. Certified Home Market Specialist. 215-493-1187 Ext. 122. 267-253-7754 Mobile 215-493-0250 Fax. Email - thea.stinnett@coldwellbanker. com ~

Stables/Boarding/ Training Carol A. Molony 172 Baxter Rd.~ PO Box 502 North Salem, NY 10560 914-669-5683 Specializing in adults and young horses. Cedar Brook Farm, LLC 84 A Duck Hole Rd.- Madison, CT 06443 Full Service Hunter/Jumper facility. Boarding, Training, Lessons. Quality horses & ponies for sale. Daily Turnout- Indoor/Outdoor rings. (203) 245-7995 Trainers :Mark Jungherr, Kristi Smith, & Jim York. Owner: Bernadette Keyes Clearview Stable 1600 Wildlife Dr. - Chester Springs, PA. 19425 - 484-364-9166 Training, Riding, Sales. H/J’s. Quality, well broke horses & ponies always for sale - reasonably priced.

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Country Lee Farm Chosen by the American Riding Instructors Assoc. as one of the top 50 instructors. 103 Laden Town Rd. Pomona, NY 10970 (845) 354-0133 Hunters, Jumpers, Equitation & Dressage. Boarding, lessons,sales, showing & training. Indoor/outdoor arenas, trails. Isle of stalls for lease. Devonshire Farm Clinton, CT 847-347-4729 Hunter/Jumpers/Equitation/Ponies Training *Sales *Leasing *Lessons *Boarding Gardnertown Farm 822 Gardnertown Farm Rd. Newburgh, NY 12550 845-564-6658 - Fax- 845-566-4261 Full service boarding facility. USEF rated horse shows, schooling shows, H/J, indoor arena polo. Knightsbridge 181 Whipporwill Valley Rd. Atlantic Highlands, NJ 07716 732-239-1235 - Fax 732-747-3077 Email: Specializing in juniors. Showing & training for competition in a family atmosphere. Macara Stables 1255 Birmingham Rd. Alpharetta, GA. 30004 Boarding- training - showing - sales. Specialized Services for serious competitors. Young horses to Grand Prix. 404-429-2839 On Course Riding Academy Katie Moriarty 210 Beaver Run Road Lafayette, NJ 07848 973-875-8780 We do Hunters, Jumpers & Equitation. Lessons, showing & sales. Quality boarding facility.

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Quiet Corner Farm Teresa “Titi” Mills * Ramiro Quintana Hilltown, PA -- Wellington, FL Full-service Jumper/Hunter facility Training/Showing/Sales Young horses to Grand Prix Ph: 215-822-8230 Three Charm Farm Kerry McGuigan – H/J 609-502-9291 Southampton, NJ Willowbrook Farm 302 Pumpkin Lane Clinton Corners, NY 12514 914-227-5752 Full service facility offering quality boarding, training, sales, leasing and instruction for the show-oriented rider. 100 x 200 lighted indoor with heated viewing room. 12 x 12 stalls and individual turn-outs. (Close to HITS)

Tack Shops/ Products The Boot & Bridle 2300 Rte. 9 North Ocean View, N.J. 08230 Ph: 609-624-3054 Fax: 609-624-0633 We specialize in English Riding Apparel and Equipment. All major brands of show clothing, sportswear, tack and supplies at very competitive prices. Open Monday through Saturday 10:30- 5:30. Celebrating 28 years in business. Like us on Facebook!

The Plaid Horse The Sassy Saddle 346 Jacobstown-Arneytown Rd. Wrightstown, NJ 08562 Ph. 609/758-0648 Fax 609/758-3195 Consignment Sales of Quality Equine Items For All Disciplines. Large selection of used saddles in stock. Tack, show attire, custom tack trunks, home decor, and more...

Truck and Trailer Sales A&D Trailer Sales, Inc. 929 Warwick Turnpike Hewitt, NJ 07421 973-853-4030 Fax- 973-853-4688 Frank & Yvonne DeFranco Customizing and service. Direct shipment for out of state. Yered Trailer Sales New England’s Premier Trailer Dealer 11 West Mill St. Medfield, MA. 02052 Ph 508-359-7300 Fax 508-359-7302 We service, sell and repair horse, stock, utility and cargo trailers and equipment. New and Pre-owned.

Veterinarians Eastampton Veterinary Service, LLC Matthew Edson, DVM Mount Holly, NJ 08060 609-261-7280

Cross Country Trailer Sales 670 Fort Salonga Rd. Northport, NY 11768 Toll Free: 877-700-2111 Fax: 631-912-0205 Email: We specialize in all trailer repairs. We are Long Island’s exclusive dealer for Kingston, Cotner and Featherlite. Also selection of used trailers available. Paul Congelosi Trailer Sales 2201 Route 17K Montgomery, NY 12549 845-361-2246 Toll Free- 888-310-2246 Fax- 845-361-2141 We service what we sell. Horse, stock, utility, cargo & equipment.

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New Hunter/Jumper facility in Central NJ seeking a full time riding instructor to join our team. We encourage a friendly, supportive and cooperative environment. Must have a strong equestrian background, be motivated and hard working. The position requires ability to work with beginners through experienced amateurs and horse show experience. Serious inquires only. Please send resume to

Active Top Show Barn - Rolling Acres Show Stable - Train & show with one of the top H/J barns on the east coast. RASS has a few select openings for boarding/training at their home barn in Maryland. Coaching riders from Short Stirrup to Grand Prix! Attending local & rated shows from Vermont to Florida. Contact Pam - 301-520-3937.

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New Hunter/Jumper facility in Central NJ seeking a full time trainer to join to our team. We encourage a friendly and supportive environment dedicated to helping our horses, students and staff. The ideal candidate would be a professional with experience in a variety of ages and levels of horses. Young, professional riders looking for an opportunity to grow and learn are welcome to apply. Opportunities include riding and showing with unlimited opportunities to grow with an experienced staff. Horse show experience and a strong work ethic are required. Serious inquires only. Please send resume to

Quality bulk sawdust and wood shavings. 110 yd. loads. Prompt Service. Call Mike 315-729-1499

TRANSPORTATION Blue Diamond Stables custom equine transport. USDOT, M/C carrier, shows, direct ships, emergencies, CEM import & export direct to JFK & Chicago. 740-809-8180. Michael Mauro, LLC Equine Transport Serving the Northeasy for 15 years. NJ Based. Fully licensed & insured. Member- American Horse Carriers Assoc. (201) 341- 3431

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