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The Plaid Horse America’s Premiere Horse S Show Magazine July/August 2014 • The Pony Issue


Brooke Morin and Party Favor are winning big in California USEF Pony Finals Preview Taming Butterflies • Ask Kimball • Breeding for Performance


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Don Stewart Stables with Bibby Farmer Hill Amazing year so far... Wishing you continued success in 2014.


Integrity Farm wishes Best of Luck to Grace Egan and Someday Came at USEF Pony Finals Large Pony Hunter “For I know the plans I have for you... and they are Good.” Jeremiah 29:11


Photos © Andrew Ryback Photography

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Best of Luck Hanna Rose Egan and Kaptin Krunch at USEF Pony Finals! Medium Pony Hunter “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13


Integrity Farm • Kathleen Caya • 608-217-4805 Oconomowoc, Wisconsin • kathleencaya@hotmail.com


July/August 2014 FEATURES: Pg. 10 TPH Contributors Pg. 12 TPH Interns Pg. 14 Breeding for Performance Success Pg. 32 Magic in Malvern: The Farm Pg. 36 Team Wool or Team Foam? Pg. 52 Living the Dream at Pony Finals Pg. 60 Pony Shopping 101 with Emily Elek Pg. 64 Summer Camp at Old Salem Farm Pg. 66 TPH Cover Story: Brooke Morin


Pg. 68 Chicago Equestrians for a Cause Pg. 72 New Beginnings: Tryon Equestrian


Pg. 77 Removing Barriers to Success

It seems like just yesterday I was reading The Plaid Horse while waiting for a class to start at a horse show. So, imagine how thrilled I am today to be introducing myself as the new owner and publisher of The Plaid Horse. I am eager to build upon my background as a rider, journalist, photographer, groom, and owner to bring you a publication that speaks to your dedication to the horse show experience. My own riding has been on the back burner for the last several years save a few amateur classes. During this time, though, I have passionately followed the horse show circuit across the country. In 2013, I attended over three dozen shows where I enjoyed the success of my hunter ponies while writing about horses and riders and taking show photographs. We all owe Cindy Taylor a thunderous thank you for launching The Plaid Horse 11 years ago as founder and publisher. Cindy’s dedication and hard work have made The Plaid Horse all it is today. I extend my greatest gratitude to Cindy for her support and blessing as I take over the reins of The Plaid Horse. The future of The Plaid Horse is looking just as bright as the past eleven years have been. I am planning to increase web and social media presence of The Plaid Horse while continuing the national distribution of the publication. I hope you pick up a magazine wherever you show and enjoy our love of the horse show lifestyle. I am privileged to already know many of you, and I look forward to knowing all of you! If you see me around or at a show, please say hi and introduce yourself – I love meeting The Plaid Horse fans!

Pg. 84 Ask Kimball Pg. 87 Improve Your Show Photography Pg. 88 TPH Directory Pg. 90 TPH Directory Pg. 92 TPH Classifieds

CONTACT THE PLAID HORSE: WRITE: Piper Klemm, Ph.D.,14 Mechanic Street, Canton, New York 13617 CALL: 541-905-0192 EMAIL: theplaidhorsemag@gmail.com WEBSITE: theplaidhorse.com FACEBOOK: facebook.com/theplaidhorsemag TWITTER: twitter.com/plaidhorsemag @plaidhorsemag INSTAGRAM: instagram.com/theplaidhorsemag @theplaidhorsemag PINTEREST: The Plaid Horse on Pinterest ON THE COVER: BROOKE MORIN AND PARTY FAVOR SHOW IN THE LARGE PONY HUNTERS IN CALIFORNIA. PHOTO © DEB DAWSON PHOTO

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our new collaboration with Andrew Ryback Photography Order your Andrew Ryback Photography photos and receive an exclusive sneak preview of the The Plaid Horse Magazine on Dropbox or flashdrive. info@andrewryback.com www.andrewryback.com (224) 318-5445



EMILY POPE, Lauderdale, Minnesota, works in cancer research in Largaespada Laboratory at the University of Minnesota. She graduated from UMN in 2013 and plans to pursue a Ph.D. in cancer biology. She shows Seize the Moment, an 18 year old TB in the open jumpers.

ANDREW RYBACK PHOTOGRAPHY, Carpentersville, Illinois, covers equestrian events all over the midwest and is the official photographer for Spring Spectacular, Equifest, and the Minnesota Harvest horse shows.

EMILY ELEK, Ixonia, Wisconsin, is the owner and trainer of Stonewall Farm. In addition to breeding with the Stonewall prefix, starting young ponies, and training pony riders, she facilitates the sale or lease of over 50 ponies a year.

ADAM HILL, PH.D., Canton, New York, is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at St. Lawrence University. He runs the photography blog Decaseconds. com and photographs horse show competition for The Plaid Horse.

CATHY PENROD, Gilberts, Illinois, is a professional Performance Specialist with 34 years of knowledge of the equestrian world and has more than 19 years of leadership, mentoring and coaching experience.

KIMBALL WILLSON, La Jolla, California, is an amateur rider and owner of The Equestrian Health Coach where she guides riders on diet and lifestyle improvements so they can feel energized to ride their best.

SANDY HOLBROOK, Floral City, Florida, owns Sugarbrook Farm, where she breeds champion hunter ponies by her two welsh pony stallions Blue Who and Sugarbrook Blue Pacific.

RACHEL SCHAEFFER, Frederick, Maryland, is obsessed with French saddles and is the founder of ISellTack. com. She and her daughter Madison show Fernhill Boy, a 7 year old Irish Sport Horse, in all 3 rings.

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JNL STABLES wishes the following horses and rider Will Roberts best of luck at the 2014 USHJA Pre-Green Incentive Championship

Belle Glos Owned by Linda Law

On Cloud 9

Owned by Laura Alaniz Elston


Holyfield Owned by JNL Stables

Dylan and Jessica Harries • Cypress, Texas 661-331-7771 • www.jnlstables.com



MORGAN BULLOCK 17, of Mt. Ulla, North Carolina is a senior in high school and is a working student for Daniel and Cathy Geitner. She aspires to ride for a NCAA riding team and get a degree in marketing and agriculture.

MEAGAN GADZUK-SHEA 21, Plattsburgh, New York, is a rising senior at St. Lawrence University studying Chemistry and Education. She plans to pursue her Ph.D in Chemistry following graduation.

MOLLY MCMASTERS, 16, Canton, New York, attends Canton High School and enjoys playing midfield on the lacrosse team.

LIBBY POLLOCK, 17, Lincoln, Nebraska, is a rising senior in high school. She takes online classes to travel to horse shows and currently competes in the Equitation on her horse Mack Blue. @lpollock


IVEY ROTH, 15, Isle of Palms, South Carolina, is a sophomore in high school. She currently competes in the hunters in local shows on the PSJ circuit. @ivey_roth

DELANEY RYDER, 20, Davidson, North Carolina, is a rising junior at UNC Asheville studying accounting. She rides at Briar Field Farm. @delaneyr

LILY SANCHEZ, 20, Crown Point, Indiana, is an incoming Junior at Purdue University studying Animal Science and Pre-veterinary medicine. She works as a groom over the summers and does the Adult Jumbers with her thoroughbred Luxery Defined.

KERRY WHITE, 18, Richmond, Rhode Island, graduated from high school and is now pursuing a career in photography. She goes to a lot of horse shows to groom and take pictures! She plans to some day be a professional photographer. @kerrywhitephotography

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Pony Breeding for Performance with Sandy Holbrook SITTING RINGSIDE AT A HORSE SHOW, WHERE YOU ARE probably reading this, it is easy to overlook the attention it takes to get every single pony to the ring. From grooming until they shine, the morning hacks, baths, wiping boots, and applying fly spray, each pony has had hours devoted to those several minutes of performance. If we look back even further, almost every pony was carefully bred, most in this country, for performance success in various pony divisions. Mares and stallions were chosen selectively for size, temperament, various pony hunter qualities, and young ponies were raised, mostly in huge paddocks playing with other youngsters, from Florida to Maine to California. So, what do people consider when the breed? Here, we go through just a couple of the topics that breeders consider when trying to make the perfect cross for performance success. HEIGHT Of the ponies showing successfully in the rated pony hunter divisions, “top of the line” ponies are the norm. Top of the line means that the pony is right at the measurement cutoff for their height class, i.e. 12.2 hands for a Small Pony Hunter, 13.2 hands for a Medium Pony Hunter, and 14.2 hands for a Large Pony Hunter. Absolutely there are wonderful ponies showing that are more “off” sizes like 13.0 hands and some that are very successful. However, it is often tougher to market these ponies and find them jobs, so breeders generally aim for as high in a section as they feel comfortable. Planning height can only go so far, as there can be a lot of variability and the best-laid plans can lead to ponies that are tough measures. A few of these ponies might still make it as division ponies, many will become successful children’s and short stirrup ponies, and the mares with impeccable bloodlines can often be scooped up inexpensively as broodmares. QUALITY The quality of a pony comes down to the three sections it is judged in – the model, the under saddle, and the over fences. The goal of breeding is to improve the next generation pony in all of these qualities and those that go into them, such as a child-friendly attitude, natural balance for easy lead changes, a big stride to easily make it down the lines, and plenty of jump for when the children flat-out miss into the one-stride. If your mare is not perfect, breeding her can still make a fruitful outcome provided you seek to correct for her less desired

attributes. If your mare is absolutely wonderful in all aspects, but does not have a pretty head, breeding her to a stallion that is known to stamp his stunning face on every single one of his offspring would be the ideal choice. SUCCESS OF THE SIRE AND DAM It is very difficult to make breeding decisions when 50% of the combination (the stallion) has probably never been to a horse show and jumped around a course, the exact task you are trying to breed the foal for. Except in a few rare cases where the stallion has been gelded and continued on to a successful career in the pony hunters (Armani and Red Drum’s Patriot are two currently in the ring), you will generally never see the stallion you are breeding to performing the task you are aiming for. As for the mare, while some successful show ponies become fantastic broodmares, it can be a long process. Many mares showing on the circuit today are on Depo or some other hormone source, which makes it hard for them to cycle and hard to conceive a foal. Additionally, unless they suffer an injury during their career, many mares are still in the golden years competing successfully throughout their primetime breeding career. Mares that are “off-size” can make excellent broodmares, but then, same with the stallion, you are put in the situation of breeding for offspring that performs a task successfully that neither the sire or the dam have performed themselves. In those cases, focusing on what a pony hunter really needs must be placed at a premium for selecting a stallion and necessary desirable attributes- a great canter, scopey jump, and a child-friendly attitude must take the highest priority. WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH THE FOAL? While thinking about breeding, one of the other most important considerations is a plan on what to do with the foal. If it is a colt, when are you going to geld it? Are you planning on showing it on the line as a youngster? Are you planning to sell it? How are you going to keep it on a path to become a pony hunter and a child’s pony? When should it start under saddle or jumping or break its green year? While these questions might be way down the line, they should all go into the planning process on deciding to breed.

theplaidhorse.com • July/August 2014 • 15 A scene from the Sandy Holbrooks’ picturesque Sugarbrook Farm in Floral City, Florida. (Left to right: Sugarbrook Blue Attire, Edy, Blue Sparkle, Sugarbrook Adorablue, Laynee) Photo © Kathy Cline.

Dusk ’Til Dawn, bred at Sugarbrook Farm, showing at USEF Pony Finals. Photo © Shawn McMillen

Deja Blue is characteristic of the “kids pony” nature of Sugarbrook-bred ponies.


Stonewall Farm offers for sale or lease in Kentucky Emily Elek • 920-889-0028 • stonewallponies@yahoo.com

NO DRAMA • 13.1 3/4 h 8 year old mare Qualified for USEF Pony Finals, Medium Green Pony Hunter Champion Green Pony Hunter and Green Pony Classic Winner, Showplace Spring Spectacular II Currently Leading USEF Zone VII, Medium Pony Hunter & Medium Green Pony Hunter

STONEWALL PRETTY-IN-PINK • 12.1 h • 10 year old mare Qualified USEF Pony Finals, Small Green Pony Hunter Currently Leading USEF Zone VII, Small Green Pony Hunter

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Stonewall Farm offers for sale or lease in Kentucky at the Kentucky Summer Classic and USEF Pony Finals

DRESSED UP (for Lease Only) 14.1 1/4 h • 9 year old mare USEF Zone VI Champion, Large Green Pony Hunters - 2012 USEF Zone VI Reserve Champion, Large Pony Hunters - 2013

STONEWALL LITTLE BLACK DRESS 14.1 h • 7 year old mare (Hillcrest’s Top Hat x Evita) USEF Zone VI Champion, Large Green Pony Hunter - 2013 3rd USEF Zone VI, Large Pony Hunter - 2013

STONEWALL BLACK PEARL (for Lease Only) 12.1 h • 8 year old mare by Red Drum’s Patriot Small Pony Hunter • Qualified USEF Pony Finals 2014 Perfect first division pony

VERMONT RUBY FOX 13.2 h • 7 year old mare by Hidden Creek’s Rain Fox Medium Pony Hunter • Qualified USEF Pony Finals 2014 Beautiful Model, Under Saddle, & Jump

Emily Elek • 920-889-0028 • stonewallponies@yahoo.com Photography © Shawn McMillen Photography and Andrew Ryback Photography


Congratulations to Stonewall Farm sales graduates Qualified for USEF Pony Finals • Best of luck to those showing in Kentucky!

BLUEBERRY HILL* Small Pony Hunter


GOLDFISH* Small Pony Hunter

CARTIER Pony Jumper






*Previous Ribbon Winner at USEF Pony Finals Photos © Andrew Ryback Photography, Briar Field Farm, Emilie Frede Photography, The Book LLC, Rachel Kruse Equine Portraiture, and Cynthia Woods.

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Stonewall Farm offers for sale or lease • Qualified USEF Pony Finals Can be seen and tried at Kentucky Summer Classic and USEF Pony Finals

PIP PIP HOORAY* Small Pony Hunter

STONEWALL SPARKLER Small Pony Hunter SIR DRAGON* Small Pony Hunter


SUPERSTITION Medium Green Pony Hunter

CELTIC MELODY Medium Green Pony Hunter

KAPTIN KRUNCH* Medium Pony Hunter


GOOD HEAVENS* Large Pony Hunter

Emily Elek • 920-889-0028 • stonewallponies@yahoo.com *Previous ribbon Winner at USEF Pony Finals

Photography © Andrew Ryback Photography, Piper Klemm, Libby Pollock, and Elizabeth Woods.


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Asuncion Valley Farms wishes to congratulate VintageOak Welsh on the recent purchase of Little Red Corvette, aka Clanfair Fresco. Many thanks & best of luck with this fantastic gelding!


and Asuncion Valley Farms proudly offers for sale or for lease:


6 year old gelding, top of the line medium pony. Lifetime USEF registered and WPCSA registered. Eligible Green. Private Treaty.

2014 CHAMPION • Children’s Pony Hunter 95th Annual Santa Barbara National Hunter Jumper Show


Please contact Alanna Snowden • Gracelynd Hill • 310-801-8206 or Lori Johnston, owner • 805-610-3054 Asuncion Valley Farms always has a selection of ponies available for sale, from young stock to finished show ponies.


Sugarbrook Farm Congratulations Lori Johnston on the lease of Brighton Precisely conďŹ rmed in foal to Sugarbrook Blue PaciďŹ c Sandy Holbrook • 13198 S. Pleasant Grove Rd Floral City, FL 34436 www.sugarbrook.com Sugarpony@aol.com • 352-232-2795

Sugarbrook Blue PaciďŹ c

Brighton Precisely and her 2014 colt Sugarbrook Positron Blue


Quicksilver Farms, LLC • Charleston, SC Fancy Welsh hunter pony prospects, stallion service, training and lessons. Melinda Zalesky • quicksilverponies@gmail.com • 440-487-7746 • quicksilverponies.com

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♦CROSS CREEK FARM♦ Malibu, California Proudly Offers For Sale

LUCKY BLUE 2013: Horse of The Year Zone 10 Large Pony Hunters HITS Thermal Weeks I, III, V, VI, Champion Large Pony Hunters Circuit Champion, Large Pony Hunters Blenheim Spring Classic II Champion Large Pony Hunters Winner, Pony Hunter Classic Flintridge Spring Champion Large Pony Hunters Del Mar National Champion, Large Pony Hunters Grand Champion Pony Hunter Blenheim June Classic I Champion Large Pony Hunters Blenheim June Classic II Champion Large Pony Hunters Los Angeles National Winner, Pony Hunter Derby – Large HUNTERS, JUMPERS, EQUITATION, PONIES, LESSON HORSE PROGRAM Welcoming riders of all ages and abilities. We have a quality selection of horses and ponies for sale or lease. Lesley Bulechek (310)909.3883 - Diane Dufau (310)650.7146 - Karli Postel (805)496.6057 email: crosscreekmalibu@gmail.com | www.crosscreekmalibu.com


♦CROSS CREEK FARM♦ Malibu, California Congratulates

Diana Simonds Best Child Rider HITS Thermal, Week V


Quinolli Blenheim June Classic II LAHJA Horsemanship Medal, 2nd Place

Good luck at Onondarka Finals!

Katherine Simonds and Ice Breaker Blenheim June Classic II Champion Cross Rails 93rd Annual Flintridge Horse Show Champion Walk/Trot

Victoria Simonds and Better Than Chocolate Katherine Simonds and Ice Breaker

Victoria Simonds and Better Than Chocolate

93rd Annual Flintridge Horse Show Reserve Champion Walk/Trot

Lesley Bulechek (310)909.3883 - Diane Dufau (310)650.7146 - Karli Postel (805)496.6057 email: crosscreekmalibu@gmail.com | www.crosscreekmalibu.com

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♦CROSS CREEK FARM♦ Malibu, California Congratulates

Stella Wasserman Ice Breaker HITS Thermal Circuit Champion, Short Stirrup Hunters Yellow Brick Road Flintridge Spring Classic Champion Short Stirrup Equitation Champion Short Stirrup Hunters Winner, Stirrup Hunter Classic Showpark Ranch and Coast Champion, Short Stirrup Equitation Champion, Short Stirrup Hunters Blenheim June Classic I Reserve Champion Short Stirrup Equitation Butterfly Kisses 93rd Annual Flintridge Horse Show Champion, Short Stirrup Hunters Winner, Stirrup Hunter Classic Showpark Ranch and Coast Champion, Short Stirrup Hunters Blenheim June Classic I Reserve Champion Short Stirrup Hunters Blenheim June Classic II Reserve Champion, Short Stirrup Hunters

© Captured Moment Photography

Yellow Brick Road

Butterfly Kisses

Lesley Bulechek (310)909.3883 - Diane Dufau (310)650.7146 - Karli Postel (805)496.6057 email: crosscreekmalibu@gmail.com | www.crosscreekmalibu.com


♦CROSS CREEK FARM♦ Malibu, California Congratulates

Olivia Joslin and Vantage Blenheim Spring Classic II Champion Green Rider Equitation   Winner, LEGIS Mini Medal Flintridge Spring Claasic Class winner and top ribbons, Pre-Children’s/Adult Hunters Blenheim June Classic I Class winner and top ribbons, Modified Child-Adult Hunter  Second Place, OCHSA Horsemanship Medal

Siena Freitag and Dolce 93rd Annual Flintridge Horse Show Reserve Champion, Children’s Hunters 14-17 Winner, $500 CWD Children’s Hunter Classic Winner, Flintridge Riding Club Medal

© Captured Moment Photography

Lesley Bulechek (310)909.3883 - Diane Dufau (310)650.7146 - Karli Postel (805)496.6057 email: crosscreekmalibu@gmail.com | www.crosscreekmalibu.com

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♦CROSS CREEK FARM♦ Malibu, California

India Brittenham and Eskimo Flintridge Spring Classic Champion .90 jumpers

© McCool Photos

Blenheim June Classic II Reserve Champion .80 Jumpers

Lesley Bulechek (310)909.3883 - Diane Dufau (310)650.7146 - Karli Postel (805)496.6057 email: crosscreekmalibu@gmail.com | www.crosscreekmalibu.com


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George H. Morris Gladstone Program Antioch, Illinois 1.






5. 1. Adrienne Dixon jumps the triple bar in the grass field during the final session. 2. Anne Kursinski demonstrates proper flatwork. 3. Laurie Pitts managed the barn. 4. Dr. G. Marvin Beeman gave a detailed presentation on conformation. 5. Dr. Mark Cassells helps KC Van Aarem with her horse. 6. The ten selected riders after a shopping trip at Ann Hubbard’s Tack Shop. 7. Lindsey Lamb jumps the liverpool the final day. PHOTOS © BRENDA MUELLER FOR CHICAGO EQUESTRIAN • CHICAGOEQUESTRIAN.COM


Ponies of Showplace Spring Spectacular at Lamplight 1.








Wayne, Illinois. 1. Hannah Hoch and Stonewall Black Pearl. 2. Charlotte Novy and Natalie Jayne. 3. Emily Scarnechia and On Angels Wings. 4. Chapin Cheska. 5. Leadline. 6. Carson Ruff and Jet Pilot. 7. Olivia Galley. 8. Alicia Ortiz and Once Upon a Time. PHOTOS © ANDREW RYBACK PHOTOGRAPHY (andrewryback.com)

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Large Green Pony Under Saddle

• Can be tried in Kentucky • Contact Katy Deer

847-962-5289 katydeer@gmail.com

FOR SALE: GOLDEN 14.2 h, 9 year old German Riding Pony 10.


9. Small Pony Hunter Model. 10. Katie Pollock and Northwind Just Josh’n. 11. Britta Stoeckel and Jessandi Famous Amos.


Magic in Malvern: The Farm ARTICLE AND PHOTOS BY PIPER KLEMM During the Devon Horse Show this year, I had the privilege of staying with the Bernhard family at The Farm in Malvern, Pennsylvania. The green, rolling hills of Chester County farm are gorgeous. But while the sight of champion show ponies turned out in huge, lush fields all night was magical, what was truly mesmerizing was how trainer Holly Bernhard has kept her old-time horseman values, while still winning in today’s instant-gratification, fast-paced show world. Raised at The Farm (then called Perrevan Pony Farm), Bernhard benefitted from her parent’s varied interests in equestrian pursuits throughout the 1970s. Growing up training ponies and enjoying a storied pony hunter career, including a Championship at the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto and many trips to the nearby Devon Horse Show, Bernhard’s riding was hardly limited to the show ring. With her parents, she enjoyed foxhunting and dabbled in sidesaddle, rode Thoroughbreds off the track, and was involved as her father moved into racing. With her own three children, all of whom grew up riding competitively in Chester County; Bernhard instilled these same values, not only showing, but also foxhunting and being part of every aspect of living on a farm. Bernhard’s teaching and training her students comes from this lifetime of horsemanship in many forms. She has only three clients, which is all she’ll ever do. She is a single-handed operation – she drives the trailer, takes care of the farm, trains the animals, and keeps smiles on the kid’s faces. There are no grooms and expectations of the three girls in training are high. Bernhard says, “We do a lot of one-on-one. My kids are all involved with their own animals. We muck stalls, bathe their ponies, and do everything together at the shows.” With the green hills rolling around the farm, they often ride outside the ring, either in the large fields or crosscountry. When Bernhard takes them out and about, they jump anything they might find and the ponies are expected to behave over any hazard in the way, such as walking over a tarp someone might have set out on their property. Lessons frequently involve jumping out of the ring mid-way through to head out on an “outside course” before returning. The success of her program falls right in line after the training regimen. Caroline Blank and Coldbrook’s Catch A Wave, a pony Bernhard and Blank have taken slowly through

Holly Bernhard teaching a lesson at home at The Farm.

the ranks from scratch, was USEF National Reserve Champion Large Green Pony Hunter in 2013. Blank and “Ty” were also Champion OwnerRider at USEF Pony Finals, Reserve Champion Welsh or Half-Welsh, and 5th Overall in the Large Green Pony Hunters at USEF Pony Finals. They have followed that success with success in the Regular Large Pony Hunters in 2014, including Qualifying again for USEF Pony Finals. The prospect of getting a young pony to makeup for a professional, let alone a junior with a set number of years is daunting. Starting with a greenbroke pony, Bernhard says,“It takes about three years to get that relaxed ahhhhhh feeling on course.” Bernhard sees it all as fun and believes in

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Logan Charlton and her Large Pony Hunter, Illusion (Teddy) in a lesson at The Farm.


putting the time in at home, but not pressuring the kids. She says,“The thing I tell the kids when they head in the ring is ‘have fun’ – that’s the important part. It’s not their job, it is what they do for fun.” With such an emphasis on the show ring and winning; and time spent on basics and fun not being rewarded at many levels of the sport, my time spent at The Farm was incredibly refreshing and horse-industry reaffirming. At The Farm there are students spending time learning, junior riders doing all aspects of the work, and the trainer taking everything slowly and methodically in the best interest of the animals. 1. Holly in her living room – the entire house is a living museum of generations of horseman in Chester County. 2. Sydney Charlton is at full attention listening to Bernhard during a lesson. 3. Caroline Blank jumps out of the ring and takes Coldbrook’s Catch A Wave on the outside course during a lesson.




6. 2.



1. Holly’s daughter Samantha Bernhard shows The Gingerbread Man at Chester County Horse Show Association (CCHSA) Pony Medal Finals in 2006. 2. Holly Bernhard (Atkinson) rocking rust breeches in the Pony Hunters in the 1970s. 3. Holly Bernhard (Atkinson) in Leadline at The Devon Horse Show in the early 1970s. 4. Holly leading her son in Leadline at The Devon Horse Show. 5. Holly’s mother Mrs. A. J. Atkinson. 6. Holly showing in the Amateurs in the early 1990s. 7. Mrs. A. J. Atkinson. 8. Holly showing in the large Pony Hunters. 9. Holly showing “Hobo” in the Pony Hunters at The Devon Horse Show. 10. The legendary pony hunter Jordache as a foal at The Farm. 11. Mr. A. J. Atkinson. Photos courtesy of Holly Bernhard.





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Horse Shows by the Bay Traverse City, Michigan 1.








1. David Beisel and Amaretto. 2. Jake Wasson and Imagination. 3. Martha Ingram and Cayero. 4. Kaely Tomeu and Fidalgo. 5. Beautiful days in the hunter rings at HSBB. 6. David Beisel and Under the Radar. 7. Michael Dorman and Valinski S. 8. Erin Haas and Udo DV. PHOTOS © TRICIA BOOKER

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Lake Placid Small Pony Hunters 1.






Lake Placid, New York. 1. Nicole Boyle and Copperfield. 2. Emma Callanan and Elation. 3. Libbie Gordon and Baby Blue. 4. Samantha Takacs and Just Darlun. 5. Champion Caroline Passarelli and Bit of Love. 6. Tessa Brown and Land’s End Lady Slipper. PHOTOS © PIPER KLEMM

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Team Foam or Team Wool? BY CJ MILLAR FOR ISELLTACK.COM When it comes to saddles, everyone has a preference, and with today’s options there’s so much to choose from. Seat size, saddle flap size, length and position, leather options, and so much more. Yet underneath all of these options, there’s the fundamental question of saddle flocking - do you prefer wool or foam, and why? I know which team I’m on, based on not just experiences with saddles, but actually a background in ballet that included dancing pointe into my teenage years. You see, when you dance pointe, you need stuffing in your pointe shoes to protect and cushion your toes from the extreme stress of carrying your body weight while you balance gracefully on them. We used two kinds of padding for this purpose - foam and wool. The wool would go around your toes and you could get either loose wool or shaped toe pads. I preferred the loose wool. Then the foam toe pads went over the wool around your toes to add another layer of cushioning. The foam was great because it lasted well and offered resilience, while the wool would warm up with your sweat, wick the moisture away, and conform perfectly to the shape of your feet. This relates directly to saddles, where there’s of course the concern of proper cushioning while also making sure that the saddle is able to last through multiple rides. The characteristics of foam and wool are consistent, regardless of the intended use, so I’ve outlined them below. Characteristics of Wool • Uses the body’s heat and sweat to conform to the body exactly • Compacts very quickly • Less resilient • Able to be removed and reflocked as needed Characteristics of Foam • Conforms based on heat and pressure • Compacts somewhat quickly, but can regain original shape and takes longer to break down entirely • More resilient • Also able to be removed and reflocked, but not as easily as wool Now, going back to the ballet example, I did use both wool and foam. That’s not an option in most saddles, and the deciding factor for me is that I don’t have the funds or means to regularly reflock a saddle with wool. Because foam is more resilient, it needs to be replaced much less frequently than wool, and is a

much longer-lasting option in saddle flocking. While it’s great that wool conforms completely, my personal experience with it was that once it conformed, it didn’t regain its original shape, and I’d throw it out after every dance. Some days, especially in recitals such as when we performed Swan Lake (I was a swan), I’d go through several rolls of wool in a night. The foam pads lasted longer, and I was able to use them more frequently. While for dance, the foam wasn’t enough on its own, this was back in my teenage years, and the foam used today in saddles is much more technologically advanced to last far longer and offer the cushioning benefits needed in saddles (and I’d assume ballet as well, but I haven’t danced in years!). Today’s foam has better shock absorption properties, with even more resilience and less breakdown than some original foam flocked saddles which in the past had been prone to issues. It’s great that wool conforms completely but what if my horse has a muscle knot in his back one day, or lost topline from an injury and comes back into work and builds his back muscles back up? The way foam flocking is made in today’s saddles makes a huge difference for me, as I ride a lot of horses (I own 8!), and they’re all in varying levels of training and conditioning. It’s important to me that I have a saddle that doesn’t need to be reflocked and can hold up to multiple horses, multiple rides, and last me a long time. I am #teamfoam all the way!

Go #teamfoam!

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Captain America & Grace Angelino Medium Green Ponies For Sale Also available for sale:

Goldfish & Bella DiBenedetto Small Ponies

When In Roan & Helen Ulrich Medium Green Ponies For Sale or Lease

Brighton Adamantly Large Ponies

Strawberry Fields 12.1 3/4, ‘07, roan, mare Walk/Trot to Children’s Ponies

Kerin & Kelsey Benson Pussycat Doll 12.2, ‘00, dk. bay, mare Short Stirrup to Small Ponies

Mooresville, North Carolina 704-408-7719 briarfieldfarm@windstream.net www.briarfieldfarm.com


Saratoga Springs Horse Show 1.





Saratoga, New York. 1. Julie Welles and Daloubet Du Rouet. 2. ASPCA Maclay. 3. Catherine Tyree and Don’t Go. 4. Anna Sroczynski and Cool Step. 5. Sarah Sprague and Cordova. 6. Catherine Tyree and Wetter. PHOTOS © HEIDI KEENEY/HOZ PHOTOZ @HOZPHOTOZ

Jen Alfano and Jersey Boy jump to 3rd Overall in the standalone $35,000 USHJA International Derby at the Genesee Country Village & Museum.


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Nicole M. Bloom Currie Geffken ROUND MEADOW FARM, LLC. nicole@roundmeadowfarm.com Stable (650) 325-0196 Mobile (650) 533-9191 www.roundmeadowfarm.com

Round Meadow Farm wishes Brighton Boast A Bit and Elle Farros Best of Luck at the Menlo Charity Horse Show!

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Hidden Springs Fennel

CONGRATULATIONS TO TATE ALLEN for a great year in the pony divisions and qualifying her ponies HIDDEN SPRINGS FENNEL, small pony hunter and HEART TO BELIEVE, medium pony hunter for the 2014 USEF PONY FINALS – GOOD LUCK AND BEST WISHES TO TATE AND HER PONIES!

Heart to Believe

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21st Annual

Capital Challenge Horse Show Presented by The Gochman Family

September 27 - October 5, 2014 Prince George’s Equestrian Center Upper Marlboro, Maryland


Artwork by Sharon Lynn Campbell


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USEF Zone 10 wishes the Californians Best of Luck at USEF Pony Finals!

Bit of Laughter Small Pony Hunter Augusta Iwasaki Trainer: Elizabeth Reilly

Enano Small Green Pony Hunter Augusta Iwasaki Trainer: Elizabeth Reilly

Super Cool Medium Pony Hunter Augusta Iwasaki Trainer: Elizabeth Reilly

Land’s End Wye Me Small Pony Hunter Alexa Leong Trainer: Jan Humphrey

Maple Side Penelope Medium Green Pony Hunter Alexa Leong Trainer: Jan Humphrey

Jerry Lee Small Pony Hunter Augusta Iwasaki Trainer: Elizabeth Reilly

Grand All Over Medium Pony Hunter Augusta Iwasaki Trainer: Elizabeth Reilly

Chicobello Large Green Pony Hunter USEF Pony Medal Peyton Warren Trainer: Jan Humphrey

Somekindawonderful USEF Pony Medal Augusta Iwasaki Trainer: Elizabeth Reilly

Posh Ponytail Ribbons Small Green Pony Hunter Natalie Templeton Trainer: Robyn Stiegler

Photos © Captured Moment Photography, Flying Horse Photography, McCool Photo, and Shawn McMillen Photography.


Living the Dream at Pony Finals BY PLAID HORSE INTERN LILY SANCHEZ Hi readers! I’m Lily Sanchez, 20, newfound intern for The Plaid Horse and part-time groom for Emily Elek of Stonewall Farm. I am currently a rising Junior at Purdue University where I am studying Animal Science and am Pre-Vet. I started working for Emily in the summer of 2011 at my very first Pony Finals. It was an overwhelming but very rewarding experience and I am pleased to say I will be back for another round this coming August! 600 ponies and at least that many kids. 4:30am wake up time and 16 hour days. This is Pony Finals. My job during this week is to make sure everything runs smoothly. Ponies and children must be pristine and immaculate for the judges, trainers, and parents. Baby powder, hoof oil, and boot shine are hanging out of my pockets and my jeans are soaked; you’d think I had taken the 10 baths I gave this morning! The long walk to the Walnut ring can be a blessing or a curse for grooms and ponies alike. So many things can happen on that journey whether it be working out the early morning jitters or losing a pom from a perfectly clipped ear. Things like this happen but I’ve learned to take it all in stride. Tension and stress levels are high this week, many trainers and pony owners have been preparing for this event all show season. As the order draws near, they rely on the grooms back at the barn to showcase the pony’s splendor as they deal with ringside activities. As the pony steps into the ring, I step back to survey my work. It’s up to the kid now and they usually do a great job, gaining experience and having the time of their lives. After all is said and done, the ponies are unbraided and wrapped- ready to rest up for the next day’s challenges. Kids are giving mints and praise and it’s a heart-warming sight. Pony Finals is stressful but well worth the time and hard work, I’m excited to see what it has in store for me this August!

Anthony Cristella

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Battenkill Grand Prix of Vermont 1.





Manchester, Vermont. 1. Superbad and Amanda Flint. 2. Chanel and James Gillam. 3. Brisbane and Christi McQuaker. 4. Whisper and Cassandra Herman. 5. Chester VDL and Amanda Flint. PHOTOS © HEIDI KEENEY/HOZPHOTOZ @HOZPHOTOZ

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THE PLACE TO SHOP FOR SADDLES! • PJ Tack • Baker/Curvon • Back on Track • Five Star tack • Royal Rider Stirrups • Jin Stirrups

Rachel Schaeffer • 240.643.3989 • rachel@iselltack.com

Callan Solem and VDL Wizard in the $75,000 Adirondack Grand Prix at Lake Placid.



Lamplight $2,500 Showplace Productions Pony Derby TOP TWELVE





1. Promise Too/ Ashley Vogel 2. Blueberry Hill/ Natalie Jayne 3. Hidden Springs Woodstar/ Elizabeth Woods 4. Rockefeller/ Charlotte Novy 5. Blue James Blue/ Carson Ruff 6. News Flash/ Anabella Sanchez 7. Greystone’s Star Bright/ Julia Hasler 8. Kaptin Krunch/ Hanna Rose Egan 9. I’m Not Blue/ Ava Lucibello 10. No Drama/ Elizabeth Woods 11. Falling Moon Celebration/ Charlotte Novy 12. Finesse RF/ Isabella Longo



5. Wayne, Illinois. 1. Ava Lucibello and I’m Not Blue. 2. Winners Ashley Vogel and Promise Too. 3. Carson Ruff and Blue James Blue. 4. Elizabeth Woods and Hidden Springs Woodstar. 5. Winners Ashley Vogel and Promise Too. 6. Natalie Jayne and Blueberry Hill. 7. Greystone’s Star Bright and Julia Hasler. PHOTOS © ANDREW RYBACK PHOTOGRAPHY (andrewryback.com)

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Vermont Maple Fox (Hidden Creek's Rain Fox x Champlain Shortcakes, Rowfantina Gold Sovereign) Bred by Lilli Biedermann

Hali Durand • Stardust Pony Dreams 916-919-1032 cell • 916-645-2096 barn www.stardustponydreams.com hali@stardustponydreams.com


SHINE! It’s easy with a little help.

lisa@goodcogrpahics.com • 610-696-7012 • goodcographics.com

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Pony Shopping 101 with Emily Elek One of the most exciting times is to be shopping for a new pony. While exhilarating, this process can be stressful and unfortunately mistakes can be made in selection and purchasing, generally due to lack of communication in many aspects of the sale or lease interaction.


As parents (especially non-horsey parents), what can you do to increase the success of this interaction? Here is a (not comprehensive) list of questions to get the conversations going with your trainer and help set you off on the right foot for the perfect pony that safely teaches you child and moves them up the ranks in the pony divisions.


First off, make sure you and the trainer are on the same page about what your goals are for your child and the future pony. If you think you are winning Pony Finals next year, and your trainer thinks your kid needs another year in the short stirrup you two need to figure that out first!

I generally do not recommend purchasing a green pony for later unless you can afford multiple ponies, or your goals are long-term/multiple year. Kids grow and often quickly outgrow ponies size-

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wise. The medium green you purchase for next year may be outgrown by the time it is ready to step in the ring and be successful. When that pony that your kid did everything to train correctly is finally ready to win, it might have to be with another child due to size.

SAFE AND RELIABLE PONIES ARE THE TOP PRIORITY Kids learn more when they are confident and having fun. That usually happens on the probably less fancy, reliable made up pony! Often what makes the fancy ones fancy also makes them tricky, like a HUGE step a small kid needs to manage, a spectacular jump a kid needs to sit, or a careful way of going that needs an accurate ride.

DOES A GREEN PONY MAKE SENSE? I grew up riding green ponies, but I am a professional now. Most kids/parents are not interested in their kids becoming professionals and the hard knocks of riding greenies is not for everyone and probably only a small percentage of kids/trainers should attempt it. If you decide on that route, realistically, what is the training situation like? Is there a small pro or super confident junior rider to help school the pony? If you child gets scared, what is the back-up plan? Most adult hunters are not expected to go all year without a tune up or pro-ride, but many programs expect ponies to do just that and survive!

THE PONY NEEDS TO FIT YOUR PROGRAM Another question - if you love the pony, it seems like a great match for the child, is it a great match for your program? If it lives on the road 30+ weeks a year and is shown by a junior pro, while being tuned up by a professional 3x/week, is it going to be the same pony in your barn when you show 10 times per year and have an average riding kid and no pony sized pro? Is it currently in a situation where it gets daily turnout but you live in an urban area with limited or no turnout? It might not be an appropriate pony for your child to learn on at home.

THE BOTTOM LINE In every single pony I shop for, I always look for a good canter, more scope than you need for the job at hand, and a sweet temperament. Everything else is negotiable based on price, goals, and suitability. Emily Elek is the owner and trainer of Stonewall Farm in Ixonia, Wisconsin, where she breeds, starts, trains, and sells or leases over 50 ponies per year.

Top: Elek walks the course for the $2,500 Showplace Productions Pony Derby at Lamplight Equestrian Center with (left to right) Alexandra Miller, Katie Pollock, and Elizabeth Woods. Photo © Cynthia Woods. Bottom: Stonewall Stratus, bred at Elek’s Stonewall Farm (Hillcrest Top Hat x Woodlands Flying Cloud), shows in the Large Pony Hunters at the Kentucky Summer Classic last year with student Maya Lovdal in the irons. Photo © Piper Klemm.


Around Blenheim Equisports

The Oaks in San Juan Capistrano, California.


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Saddle Sold Separately Small Green Pony

Stonewall Last Cloud Regular Small Pony

Congratulations Hannah on qualifying both of your ponies for Pony Finals 2014!

Best of luck with Phil and George! Two Bit Training • Daphne Thornton Two Point Equestrian • John, Joanna, Hannah and Peyton Loeffelbein

Kathryn Lily

Congratulations to the Kathryn Lily Team on a successful year and good luck at pony finals! Dawson Amick Sophia Ayers Maclay Bowers Caitlyn Connors Faye-Bella Evans Ava Ewing Hannah Loeffelbein Hallie Rush Devin Vega Christina Williams

Because riding is, after all, serious fun!


The Riding Academy at Old Salem Farm Hosts Fun New Summer Camp for Kids Old Salem Farm (OSF) is pleased to offer four weeks of summer camp for young horse enthusiasts this year, with the final week on August 5-8 at their premier equestrian facility located in North Salem, NY, just one hour from New York City. After wrapping up their first week of camp at the end of June, one camper put it best, declaring, “I want to do this every day for the rest of my life!” The instructors at Old Salem Farm’s Riding Academy hope to bring this kind of joy and excitement to many other children throughout the summer with a camp that provides a variety of fun and educational activities. The kids will get to ride each day, but will also learn hands-on techniques of caring for a horse, grooming and tacking up, barn chores and basic horsemanship. Horse lovers 5-13 years of age are invited to take part in this one-of-a-kind summer program.

The Riding Academy at OSF offers training and lessons with instructors under the supervision of renowned head trainer Frank Madden. Heather Hays is one of the instructors who works with the children over the summer and loves the experience of teaching young riders. “I think our camp is a great experience for the kids because of all the fun and educational activities they get to participate in,” Hays stated. “The kids really enjoy interacting with the horses and ponies besides just riding.” Each day of camp has its own theme. The first day of camp the kids will learn the basic skills needed to properly groom and clean the horse. Once the horse is clean, campers will learn how to tack up the horse with a saddle and bridle. They will also learn the different parts of the tack. After riding, campers will learn how a horse should be cooled down and washed before putting it back in its stall or paddock.

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On day two, campers will be asked to groom and tack up the horse using the skills they learned the previous day (with help, of course). After riding, campers will learn about daily horse care, including what horses eat and how to maintain a healthy diet. On day three, campers will learn the different breeds, colors and markings of horses. They will also learn the different parts of a horse and get to point them out on a real horse as they learn. Campers will also learn the barn chores that are necessary for keeping the barn clean and the horses healthy. Hays noted, “We try to make our camp educational by teaching the campers the basic skills required to care for a horse before and after you ride as well as the daily upkeep that a horse needs. We will also have a horse professional do a demonstration each week. “In June, we had Dr. Erica Rosen from Miller and Assoc. perform a routine physical exam on the horse and the campers got to participate by looking in the horses mouth at its teeth, listening to a horses heart with a stethoscope as well as listen to its stomach for healthy gut sounds.” The last day of camp the kids will get to enjoy a variety

of fun activities and games on and off the horse. The campers will play games while they ride as well as have a horseless horse show! Each camper will receive an activity booklet on the first day of camp. This book will be used throughout the week to help the kids learn the basic horsemanship principles that are discussed each day. Before the last day of camp each camper will also receive an Old Salem Farm Riding Academy Polo Shirt that can be worn on the last day of camp as they play fun games. If you are interested in giving your child the amazing experience of summer camp at the beautiful, world-renowned facility at Old Salem Farm, please visit www.oldsalemfarm.net for more information or contact Heather Hays at 914-669-5610 x206 or email hhays@oldsalemfarm.net. Along with summer camp, the Old Salem Farm Riding Academy offers instruction for competitive riders at every level, as well as boarding and training. Camp will be held from 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Tuesday-Friday, on August 5-8. The cost is $750. Camp is suitable for kids aged 5-13 years old.


Madeline and Brooke Morin were Champion in the Medium Pony Hunters at Blenheim June Classic II. Photo © McCool Photography.

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On the Cover Brooke Morin This month’s cover feature is 11 year-old Brooke Morin. Brooke trains with John Bragg at Bridgeport Farm and shows her ponies Madeline and Always Happy in the Medium Pony Hunters and Equitation and Party Favor in the Large Pony Hunters. Brooke is a coming 6th grader at Gardner Bullis School in Los Altos Hills, California. She misses minimal school for horse shows, mostly traveling to shows on the weekends, and her favorite subject in school is math. She rides her three ponies after school five days a week and also plays softball, she says “to keep my dad happy.” As Brooke wants to be a professional horse trainer when she grows up, she spends her time not only riding, but by being as involved as she can be in the care and management of her ponies. She enjoys the challenge of green ponies and loves every aspect of horsemanship – from flatting her own ponies in the morning before the show to taking care of her ponies after a ride. She constantly impresses her trainers at Bridgeport with her work ethic, desire to learn, and focus. Her goals this year are to be more consistently competitive as she moves up divisions.

While she is focusing on shows in California in 2014, including the Menlo Charity Horse Show and West Coast Pony Finals this fall at the Los Angeles National Horse Show, Brooke’s eyes are set on USEF Pony Finals in Kentucky for 2015. After showing a horse (Gentry, owned by Rosie Garlock) at HITS Thermal for the first time this year, Brooke’s junior rider goals as she gets older include the junior hunters, equitation, and junior jumpers, which she says “will probably give my mom a heart attack.” Brooke plans to move up to the Children’s Hunter Horse next year on her mother’s horse Manhattan. On top of her riding accomplishments, Brooke also has an interest in photography and social media. Equipped with her Canon Rebel camera, she takes photos of her friends at horse shows and concentrates on action shots. She is interested in horse show magazines, so you may see her work in The Plaid Horse one day! Brooke is dedicated young horseman to watch and we wish her the most success at USEF Zone 10 Finals at the Menlo Charity Horse show in the beginning of August. Photo © Deb Dawson

Brooke’s 2014 Highlights:

Party Favor - Circuit Champion, Large Pony Hunter, HITS Thermal Champion at Capitol City and Three weeks at Woodside Madeline & Always Happy - Tricolors Pony Equitation & Medium Pony Hunters at HITS Thermal, Blenheim June Classics, Woodside, Sonoma, and Capitol City Gentry - Mid Circuit Champion, Thermal Children’s Hunter, HITS Thermal *Winner Charles Owen High Point Hunter Rider at HITS Thermal*


Chicago Equestrians for a Cause are the Heart of The Chicago Hunter Derby When attending The Chicago Hunter Derby, you’ll notice the immaculately landscaped grounds, the beautiful course of vintage jumps, the glamorous tent with delicious food and flowing champagne. As you pass by the row of boutique quality shops, you’ll gaze at the dozens of beautiful show horses competing with top name riders from across the country. At the heart of this signature, annual fundraising event is a foundation known as Chicago Equestrians for a Cause (CEC). BY BRENDA MUELLER FOR CHICAGO EQUESTRIAN The inspired fundraisers of CEC are; President, Caroline Weeden; Vice President, Lynn Jayne; Treasurer, Rush Weeden; Secretary, Sterling Berry; Sponsorship Chair, Kimberly Penfold and Committee Chair, Margaret Benjamin. Their mission is to showcase high-level equestrian events with the express purpose of raising funds for selected charitable institutions in the Chicago area. The proceeds for the event will benefit three charities this year; Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, The United States Hunter Jumper Association Foundation, and the University of Chicago Cancer Research Foundation. The Chicago Hunter Derby is one of the most prestigious single events of its kind in the country raising over $400,000 for their charities since its inception. “Horse shows used to benefit charities in the past and we have grown away from that,” said member Margaret Benjamin. “It would be cool to get back to that ideal.” With the generous donations from fantastic sponsors, Chicago Equestrians for a Cause is able to present “A Day in the Country” featuring the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby sponsored by Canadian Pacific and the $5,000 National Hunter Derby sponsored by Sapphire Riding Academy of Mettawa, IL, September 5-7, 2014 at the beautiful Annali-Brookwood Farm in Antioch, IL. The charity event will include The $7,500 International Derby Stake will be held on Friday, September 5th in the morning and the $2,500 National Derby Stake will take up the afternoon. The new events are being held at the suggestion of the legendary George H. Morris, who judged the event last year. The classes provide another opportunity for exhibitors to experience the gorgeous field at Annali-Brookwood Farm, owned by Rush and Caroline Weeden. The additional day is made possible by a charitable donation made by Larry Glefke and Kensel LLC.

Saturday’s events include the $5,000 National Hunter Derby and the first round of the $50,000 International Hunter Derby along with a “Derby After Dark” party. Sunday’s premier event will be the handy round of the International Hunter Derby with a lovely Champagne Brunch, Calcutta, shopping, a silent auction and special children’s activities sponsored by Rice Dairy. The members of CEC put their heart and soul into every aspect of the event from the course building in the field to the glasses of champagne under the VIP tent - and it shows. Top national riders and horses come to the heart of the Midwest to compete and support this spectacular charity event each year.

Tickets to attend and prize list will be available soon. For sponsor or event information, please contact Sterling@michelledurpettievents.com or visit the website at www.Chicagoequestriansforacause.com. 1.

2014 Chicago Hunter Derby Sponsors: Canadian Pacific • Sapphire Riding Academy • Land Rover of Lake Bluff Duane Morris • Constellation Brands • Our Day Farm • Brookwood Farm Michelle Durpetti Events • DbY Invitations • Angel’s Envy Bourbon • Exquisite Designs Chicago • Rice Dairy • Rocco Fiore & Sons • H’nD Stables Inc. FMGK • Glory Days Farm • Siren Partners • HFF • Dever • Lane Change Farm Kensel LLC • Millcreek Farm • Salamander Resort & Spa • Devoucoux • CWD Sandor de la Pomme LLC & the Tyree Family • Radisson Hotel & Conference Center • Landapixel

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1. Mill Creek Hunt Club participates in the opening ceremonies of the Chicago Hunter Derby. Photo © Aullmyn Photography. 2. Kelly Farmer and Mythical were the winners of the 2013 Chicago Hunter Derby $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby feature event sponsored by Canadian Pacific. Photo © Chicago Equestrian. 3. Chicago Equestrians for a Cause: Sterling Berry, event co-ordinators Michelle Durpetti and Marion Maybank, Lynn Jayne, Caroline Weeden, Margaret Benjamin and Rush Weeden.

70 • THE PLAID HORSE The Thoroughbred Sandsablaze made history in the 1970s, capturing the AHSA Medal Finals and winning at the grand prix level in less than one year with his young owner/rider, Buddy Brown.

Order your copy today and find out why this new book is the talk of the equestrian world! By Kimberly Gatto with Buddy Brown, with a foreword by the legendary George H. Morris.


For more information, visit www.sandsablaze.com or www.historypress.net.

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Merrill Harvey and Pandamonium culminated a five year partnership with the Pony Jumper Championship at the Devon Horse Show & Country Fair. Harvey, 16, of Huntington, New York, and Pandaminium, a 13 year old Pinto mare, train with Robin Fairclough. PHOTO © PIPER KLEMM

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USEF Pony Finals Qualifiers 1.

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6. 1. Coldbrook’s Catch a Wave and Caroline Blank. 2. Mr. MacGregor and Zola Thompson. 3. Stonewall Last Cloud and Hannah Loeffelbein. 4. Goldfish and Hershey Kiss and Bella DiBenedetto. 5. Captain America and Grace Angelino. 6. Rafael and Mini Gochman. PHOTOS © PIPER KLEMM AND BRIAR FIELD FARM


New Beginnings: Tryon International Equestrian Center BY PLAID HORSE INTERN MORGAN BULLOCK July 1, 2014 marked the arrival of DFG Stables to the inaugural horse show at the Tryon International Equestrian Center, located in Polk County, North Carolina. When we arrived the grounds were a beehive of activity. Dump trucks came and went continuously, arriving in a steady stream with gravel and dust. The ground quivered with graders smoothing the gravel into place. Workers hustled back and forth with tools and shovels in hand, hammering and chiseling and drilling everything into place. As more horse trailers came in the equipment started to clear, and the exhibitors were left in awe at the beauty that had been built so far. Four huge rings were nestled in the middle of four large barns, all exceeding 100 stalls each. The beginning of what will be a mile track of footing stood between the barn and rings, and had covered shady areas in front of each ring. All of the rings had a temporary fence partition to separate the show ring from the schooling area, and also included a shaded steward stand as well as a spectator stand. The footing is wonderful and all the jumps are freshly painted. The barns are wonderfully thought out, with sliding stall doors with no handles or sharp points for the horses to catch themselves on. Each stall will have an individual permanent overhead fan. Hooks for buckets to be snapped on are already installed, so everything is ready as soon as you arrive. Each aisle has 2 tack rooms, one on each side, with locking doors. The floors are all rubber mats, in the stalls and aisles. In the areas in front of the barns on the ringside, there are shaded picnic tables and also shade trees. There are areas paved with rubber brick for the horse entrances onto the footing track.

Above right: The view of TIEC from the trailer parking on top of the hill. Center: Daniel Geitner aboard Dayna Gant’s Chivas competing in the 1.35m in the Grand Prix ring. Right: All rings have covered viewing areas and their own schooling ring. Photos © Ashley Goodlett.

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This is just the beginning of the plans for this 1,400-acre horse facility. There will be a lit International Stadium, an indoor ring, and more outdoor show rings. Once finished, there will be 1,000 stalls. Also there are plans for a hotel and resort, involving a spa, indoor and outdoor pools, sports complex, markets, restaurant, and bar. There are already log cabins in place to rent. Bellissimo LLC also purchased an adjoining golf course and development, which will be incorporated into the Equestrian Center. Many exhibitors at the inaugural show were excited about the new equestrian center, including DFG Stable’s assistant trainer, Emily Smith of Aiken, SC. Regarding the new show, she said, “I was very excited to be at the opening week at the Tryon International Equestrian Center. Although not yet complete, the venue is both beautiful and accommodating for the horses and competitors. I was especially impressed by the stabling and horse walkways which provide safe and comfortable areas for the horses while on the show grounds.” Ashley Macfie Goodlett, a local from Spartanburg, said, “The new facility is more than I ever expected! I would personally like to thank Roger Smith and Mark Bellissimo for investing in our area with this amazing facility. The best is yet to come!” The Tryon International facility will be an amazing show grounds upon completion – we already see the glimmers of a spectacular show grounds, even if there is still some assembly required.

The horse walkway from the rider’s perspective. Upon completion the track will be a mile long and will give access to all rings. Photo © Morgan Bullock.


The Devon Horse Show Ponies 1.



Devon, Pennsylvania. 1. Katie Ray and Tiffany Blue in the Medium Pony Model. 2. Claire Campbell and Picante in the Small Pony Hunters. 3. Becca Cahill and Blues Clues in the Pony Jumpers in the Dixon Oval. PHOTOS © CAROLINE BLANK AND PIPER KLEMM

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info@andrewryback.com www.andrewryback.com (224) 318-5445


Thoroughbred Alliance Show Series Highlights 1.










1 & 2. Positively Macho, 2004 WVA bred, 50 starts with 28k in winnings, owned by Olivia Stanley, Ch. War Horse. 3. Ho Hum Ho & Eliza Cart. 4 & 8. Tara Sacks and Congressional Affair “Paisley.” Paisley ran her last race at Charlestown 5/23/14, TASS was her first show on 6/8/14. 5. Relic’s Hope (right) & Robb That Glitters at Tranquility Manor farm in the Adult leadline (Ch. & Res. Ch.) with the Kenerson family. 6. Sacks and Paisley and Alexa Riddle on Brightly Shining before the Future Hunter Class, trained by Mike Keech & both mares are off the track less than a year. 7. Brightly Shining last raced September 2013, now trained by Mike Keech & ridden by Alexa Riddle. She is currently the No. 1 Green Horse in TASS. 9 & 10. Lisa Skala with Daniel, a New Jersey bred from Lion Hearted.

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Removing Barriers to Success BY CATHY PENROD, PHOTOS BY ADAM HILL Sometimes, the choices we make, or don’t make, limit our potential and our performance. Other times, we don’t even see all the choices that we have as both of these situations are due to deep and powerful energy blocks that hold us back from our potential. We often hear references to the importance of building core strength – but those references usually speak of the physical core. When talking about energy we are referring to core energy – it is the intangible component of performance and energy that is at the core of thoughts, emotions, and actions that relate to how people see themselves, those around them, and the world itself. A person’s core energy is where his or her energy is focused at any given time and has a tremendous influence on performance. If we are not achieving the performance we want, chances are, it’s one of four blocks that’s holding the energy required for our success. It’s essential to be aware of these blocks and how they show up.

EXTERNAL BLOCKS External blocks are those things outside of us and perhaps, out of our control. Economic conditions are an example of an outer block. Poor economic conditions may cause us not to be able to afford a new saddle, or take a lesson that would improve our skill. Or we may have to delay or cancel a lesson because of weather conditions or our horse is injured. How we feel about these external factors can decrease the core energy within us. Some riders effortlessly handle outer blocks and others find themselves paralyzed by them. In this sense, these external conditions have led to internal energy drains.

INNER BLOCKS The next four blocks we’ll explore are inner blocks. These blocks are so powerful and have such a huge internal influence on performance that they are considered the “Big 4.”

# 1 – LIMITING BELIEFS Limiting beliefs are beliefs we have about the world, about other people, situations, and about life in general that hold us back from success and stop us from getting what we want. Unlike the other blocks, limiting beliefs are not necessarily about us. They are just statements that we believe are true, and may be holding us back. If we do not believe something is possible, we’re not likely to attempt it. Even if we do attempt it, we don’t devote much energy to achieving that goal.




An assumption is a belief that because something happened in the past, it is automatically going to happen again. Horse spooking in the corner or refusing at least one jump on course. Assumptions are more personal than limiting beliefs, and because of personal experience, more intimately involve us. Assumptions hold us back because, from past experience, when we believe we already “know” something won’t work for us, we’ve failed before we’ve tried. Even if we do try, we might move in a counter-productive direction. When we hold on tight to our assumptions, we miss out on a whole world of possibilities.

An interpretation is the opinion we create about an event, situation, or experience. In essence, we make up a quick story based on our beliefs and past experiences, unconsciously look for evidence to support it, and believe that our story is true, when in actuality, our interpretation often represents only one viewpoint among the many that are possible. More often than not, consciously or not, we continue to develop that story by overthinking the situation and continuing the search for more evidence to support our interpretation, and thereby adding fuel to the fire. If we stick with our interpretation, we have little chance of focusing on any other possibility. As a result, we may feel that we have little control over what might happen next, and our energy remains low.

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#4 – GREMLIN A gremlin lies within every one of us; it’s our inner critic. You know that little voice in our head – the one that tells us not to try, never to take a risk, always to take the safe road, and to compromise our life by playing small? That’s our gremlin, and the message from our gremlin’s warnings is, very simply, we are just not good enough. Our gremlin is highly personal and has the most intense emotional charge of any of the blocks discussed. When our gremlin speaks, it’s very hard not to listen. And when we do listen, we won’t even try something, because our gremlin has already told us we’ll fail at it, or be hurt, or be embarrassed. As the show season continues and finals approach, write down the blocks in relation to performance and ask: “How might these blocks

be holding me back? How might I look at each block and ask myself How true is it? If I approach the situation differently how can it positively affect my performance?” Cathy Penrod is a professional Performance Specialist with 34 years of knowledge of the equestrian world and has more than 19 years of leadership, mentoring and coaching experience. Cathy specializes in helping riders break through internal barriers, conquer nerves, and take their performance to the next level using customized programs such as The Spur Factor Process and COR.E Performance Dynamics. Find out more about Cathy and EquiCoach at: www.equicoach.net, cathypenrod@equicoach.net


$75,000 Devoucoux Grand Prix of Lake Placid 1.



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4. Lake Placid, New York, June 29, 2014. 1. Jimmy Torano and Wannahave. 2. Margie Engle and Royce. 3. Todd Minikus and Babalou 41. 4 & 5. Winners Jeffrey Welles and Prem Dollar Boy. 6. Candice King and Kismet 50. 7. Laura Chapot and Quointreau Un Prince, double clear and second. 8. Molly Ashe-Cawley and Carissimo. PHOTOS © ADAM HILL FOR THE PLAID HORSE

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1. Hannah Loeffelbein and Saddle Sold Separately. 2. Lily Deer and Golden. 3. Mackenzie Altheimer and Captain Jack Sparrow. 4. Madelyn Porter and Farmore Royal Gala. 5. Awards Presentation with Connie Fry (Pony Pizza Company) and Sharon Lilien-Zwiebel (Kathryn Lily Equestrian). 6. Winners Samantha Meyer and Pip Pip Hooray. 7. Dressed Up and Chelsea Amend. 8. Hannah Loeffelbein and Stonewall Last Cloud. 9. Madelyn Porter and Farmore Royal Design. PHOTOS © CJM PHOTO/CHRIS MAUTZ • CJMPHOTO.COM

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Congratulations to Caroline Burke and Slumber Party on winning the Pony Hunter Classic at Woodside! Caroline is trained by Nicole Bloom and Currie Geffken at Round Meadow Farm.




Woodside, California. 1. Rachel Fields and Buell. 2. Kristin Hardin (updating Facebook that she won) and Leonidas in the Victory Gallop. 3. Jenni Martin McAllister and Legis Venice. 4. Toni McIntosh was all smiles after her round with Lexito. PHOTOS © PIPER KLEMM


ASK KIMBALL: The Equestrian Health Coach Answers Your Questions

Hi Kimball, I’m 13 years old and I ride and show ponies for my trainer. At home, I’ll ride 4-5 of her ponies after school, but when I travel to the shows, I sometimes ride 8+ ponies each day and it makes me very tired. What can I do to not feel so tired on my last few rides? - Busy Pony Rider Dear Pony Pro, I understand how the constant go-go-go of the horse show life can wear you out by the end of the day. I have a few tips

for you that may help you stay stronger and more focused as you hop from one pony to the next! First, make sure you are getting enough sleep because sleep deprivation can cause foggy thinking and make you feel weak. While you may be tempted to catch up with other horse show friends or watch some TV late at night, it is important that you get enough sleep in order to allow your body to repair and recover from all of the day’s riding. Staying hydrated throughout the day is critical too (especially as the sun comes out and the day gets hotter). Not drinking enough water can lead to fatigue and even make you feel dizzy and confused. You can keep a stainless steel water bottle in your trunk or grooming box to sip water from during the day. Lastly, make sure you are eating proper meals with real foods. Skipping breakfast or lunch can definitely make you feel weak as you literally don’t

have the fuel in your body to support riding all day. Don’t be shy about talking with your trainer about needing a moment to eat or having a quick snack for more energy. Try to choose non-processed foods and avoid sugar and sweets since these can ultimately make you feel tired. Making sure you are eating well, staying hydrated and getting a good night’s rest should help you feeling energized to ride ponies all day long! Dear Kimball, I’d like my daughter to eat healthier snacks during the horse shows, but there always seems to be candy and sugary treats around. What are some good snack ideas that I can actually get my 11 year old to eat at the shows? - Healthy Horse Show Mom Dear Healthy Mom, I know how this can be a challenge with candy bowls found in many tack rooms, offices, and even at some of the vendor booths. Although most kids (and adults) know that candy isn’t a good choice, these sweet temptations can seem very delicious and satisfying. Packing a healthy alternative is the best way to know exactly what your daughter is eating. A sweet and easy choice may be fruit leathers or dried fruit (some brands make single servings that can be kept in her trunk – or traded out for the candy in the tack room bowl!). Trail mix or a handful of nuts are good options too. Whole fruits such as fresh berries can be easy to rinse and pack. Apple or pear slices with a pinch of cinnamon or dipped in nut butter can be satisfying and nutritious as well. Baby carrots, sliced cucumber, cherry tomatoes,

Alivia Hart, age 13, often catches rides all day long.

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and celery sticks with hummus or guacamole can be a great savory snack. One little tip I always like to communicate when it comes to snacking is to make sure that one is eating balanced meals. For example, having a complete breakfast can make snacking less desirable because the body is nourished – on the other hand, if hunger takes over and there’s nothing planned for lunch, a few mini candy bars may seem like good option in desperation. Also, after eating, the body focuses energy on digesting, so snacking throughout the horse show day may not be the best option when energy should be directed to riding well. Hopefully eating balanced meals and packing healthy snack alternatives will help your daughter steer clear of the candy! Would you like your question featured in Ask Kimball? Email info@EqHealthCoach.com 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 www.EquestrianHealthCoach.com

Rachel Kruse Equine Portraiture

“Brighton Boast a Bit” Lexi Miller, age 8, “When I’m at a horse show, I love to munch on raspberries, blueberries and mini carrots.”

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The Devon Horse Show & Country Fair Junior Weekend 1.









1. Caroline Passarelli and Armani were Reserve Champion Small Pony Hunter. 2. Ramble On Farm – Katie Ray, Dominique Damico, and Katie Williams. 3. Frankie Dildabanian and Pride in the Large Pony Hunter Model. 4. Maddie Schaefer and Loose Buttons were Reserve Champion Large Pony Hunter. 5. Vanessa Mazzoli before Pony Hunt Teams. 6. Mackenzie Altheimer and Captain Jack Sparrow jog in the Small Pony Hunters. 7. Gia Rinaldi and GPS Brilliant Disguise were Junior Jumper Champions and Gia was Leading Junior Jumper Rider. 8. Claire Campbell and Flashback won the Small Pony Handy Hunter. 9. Patricia Griffith and Andre Dignelli were all smiles coaching big wins during Junior Weekend. PHOTOS © PIPER KLEMM FOR THE PLAID HORSE

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Improving Your Horse Show Photography Article and Photo by Plaid Horse Intern Kerry White 1. CHOOSING A CAMERA


If you are looking into taking good action shots of horses you should look into getting a good camera! A good camera doesn’t always mean a super expensive one, there are tons of great cameras at reasonable prices. For example, the Nikon Coolpix cameras are affordable. My first camera was a Nikon Coolpix L110 and it was perfect to get me started with horse show photography. If you are looking to spend a good amount on a camera, a Nikon or a Canon are top quality and take amazing pictures! I currently have the Nikon D3100 and it is amazing – it takes the pictures instantly so it makes it easier to take perfect action shots.

Taking pictures of horses in motion can be difficult but there are ways to make it simpler. One way is to adjust the settings on your camera. My favorite setting to use is the sports setting because it takes the picture right away so you can get the perfect shot! When you’re looking for a spot to take pictures in the ring look for a good spot so that you can get good shots of a few jumps with a good background.

3. SAVING THE PICTURES Saving your pictures is simple. Transport them from your camera’s SD card onto your computer and hit the upload button and name your album. I like to name my albums after the horse shows I took them at and add the dates so that I have them very organized and easy to find! You’ll want all your albums to be easy to find and very accessible to make your job of editing and uploading much easier.

4. EDITING THE PICTURES Some people choose to edit their pictures to take out unwanted objects in the background, and to enhance the coloring to make it more appealing. A good place to edit your pictures in Adobe Photoshop. It is a great photo editor it has lot of different tools to enhance everything about the picture from the colors to moving objects around!.

5. UPLOADING THE PICTURES TO SOCIAL MEDIA Uploading your pictures on the Internet is the best way to get your pictures around. You can make a website, post them to sites like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and many more! When you post them places people can see them and they can see your work and buy your pictures. I made a Facebook page (Kerry White Photography) to post all my pictures to so that people can conveniently see them after horse shows.


TPH DIRECTORY APPAREL Bow-4-Shows 843-901-0059 Kit Menis kit@kitmenis.com bows-4-shows.blogspot.com Bows to the Shows Custom hair bows, belts, and polo wraps! www.bowstotheshows.com The Clothes Horse 856-829-8460 Fax: 856-829-8602 2200 Wallace Blvd. Suite A Cinnaminson, NJ 08077 Custom-made horse clothing, tack room drapes, & tack trunk covers since 1972. Katrina@theclotheshorse.com www.theclotheshorse.com Integrity Linens, Inc. 1-800-647-4708 Beautifully crafted, American-made custom horse and dog clothing, tack room draperies, trunk covers, matching accessories, logos and embroidery www.integritylinens.com Kathryn Lily Equestrian www.kathrynlily.com Deco Pony Made in the USA Custom Stall Guards and Custom & Deco Pony Totes. Jenn@decopony.com www.decopony.com

BREEDERS Farmore Farm 916-687-6518 Tammy Burgin 11527 Lacey Rd., Galt, CA 95632 tammy@farmorefarms.com Quicksilver Farms 440-487-7746 Melinda Zalesky 1816 Charity Church Rd., Huger, SC 29450 quicksilverponies@gmail.com

Sugarbrook Farm 352-232-2795 Sandy & Bill Holbrook 13198 S. Pleasant Grove Rd. Floral City, FL 34436 sugarpony@aol.com www.sugarbrook.com




Hemlock Hill Farm 732-842-5270 260 Phalanx Rd., Colts Neck NJ 07722 Hay, feed, shavings, horse & pet supplies. Delivery available. We carry: Purina, Pennfield, and Semican.

Marla Amormino 818-339-6374 “R” in Hunters and Eq., Trainer Certification 7 Cathy Place, Menlo Park, CA 94025 marlamarie@me.com

HORSE & PONY SALES Asuncion Valley Farms 805-610-3054 Lori Johnston Santa Margarita, CA lojopony@gmail.com JNL Stables 661-331-7771 832-515-3117 Dylan and Jessica Harries 18703 Juergen Rd., Cypress, TX 77433 jnlaw0121@aol.com dylanharries69@gmail.com www.jnlstables.com Ramble On Farm 484-325-0380 Dominique Damico rambleonfarm@gmail.com Stonewall Farm 920-889-0028 Emily Elek Ixonia, Wisconsin 53036 stonewallponies@yahoo.com facebook.com/stonewallponies Summit Sport Horses, Ltd. 908-806-0615 Ilona S. English, owner/breeder Ringoes, NJ 08551 Oldenburg sport horses. German and ISR sport ponies. Videos & photos available.

Kay Cassell Equine Insurance 800-230-8384 Cell: 423-612-6970 Representing Great American Insurance Co. www.kaycassell.com

John Berkos 630-973-3952 “R” judge in H/J/Eq. available for clinics Devonshire Farm, Clinton, CT jberkos@gmail.com www.devonshirefarmct.com Lilli Biedermann 802-793-2337 “r” Hunter Judge Waterbury Xing, Vermont lcbieler@cs.com Eric Caleca 862-268-0013 “R” hunter, hunt seat eq., Welsh ponies 75 Foxwood Rd., Camden, South Carolina 29020 Shirley Fox 610-644-8627 “R” hunters, hunter seat equitation Welsh and Connemara ponies 1711 E. Boot Rd., West Chester, PA 19380 Nancy Hall 609-384-8205 “R” Hunter, Hunter seat equitation John Mastriano 609-267-2099 Available for schooling and open shows Tustin Farm, Hainesport, NJ Mary O’Connor 516-769-5142 “r” Hunter/Jumper/Hunter Eq. Officiating at Rated/Local/IHSA shows Full range of equestrian services Inner Bay Equestrian Middleburg, VA and Southampton, NY

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TPH DIRECTORY JoAnn T. Robertson 410-848-1431 “R” Hunter, Equitation Westminster, Maryland aspiring_heights@juno.com Beth Spatz 610-212-4237 “r” Hunter, Equitation, Jumpers Schooling supervisor 669 Creek Rd., Christiana, PA 17509 Cynthia A. Weiner 215-295-4443 “R” Judge USEF/USHJA cwsootyfox@aol.com


Decaseconds Photography Adam Hill, Ph.D. Canton, New York hill.adam.d@gmail.com decaseconds.com James Parker-The Book LLC 561-792-9331 James Cell: 561-309-4342 ponypix@mac.com www.jamesparkerphotography.com

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Country Lee Farm 845-354-0133 103 Laden Town Rd., Pomona, NY 10970 Am. Riding Instructors top 50 instructor Jumpers, Equitation, & Dressage Boarding, lessons, sales, showing, & training countryleefarm@optonline.net www.countryleefarm.com

The Boot & Bridle 609-624-3054 Fax: 609-624-0633 2300 Rte. 9 North, Clermont, NJ 08210 Competitively priced English riding Apparel, show clothing, sportswear, tack & supplies Mon.-Sat. 10:30-5:30 www.thebootandbridle.com

Gardnertown Farm 845-564-6658 Fax: 845-566-4261 822 Gardnertown Farm Rd. Newberg, NY 12550 Full service boarding, USEF rated shows, schooling shows, H/J, indoor arena polo www.gardnertownfarm.com Heathman Farm 267-253-7754 Thea Stinnett, trainer/owner 6677 Upper York Rd., New Hope, PA 18938 Specializing in hunters, jumpers, and equitation. Lessons, boarding & sales. Knightsbridge 732-239-1235 181 Whippoorwill Valley Rd. Atlantic Highlands, NJ 07716 Specializing in juniors. Showing & training for competition in a family atmosphere ponyflyer@aol.com Fax: 732-747-3077 On Course Riding Academy Katie Moriarty 973-875-8780 210 Beaver Run Rd., Lafayette, NJ 07848 Hunters, Jumpers, & Equitation. Lessons, showing & sales. Quality boarding facility. www.oncourseriding.com

Stardust Pony Dreams LLC Hali Durand 916-645-2096 333 Stardust Ln., Lincoln, CA 95648 hali@stardustponydreams.com www.stardustponydreams.com

International Riding Helmets 800-435-6380 Fax: 732-290-3024 21 Industrial Dr., Cliffwood Beach, NJ 07735 ridinghelmets@optonline.net www.irhhelmets.com Fax: 732-290-3024 Toolbooth Saddle Shop 888-615-3473 PJ Janssen www.tollboothsaddle.equiteampro.com www.Facebook.com/tollboothsaddle www.pinterest.com/tollboothsaddle www.twitter@tollboothsaddle

TRUCK AND TRAILER SALES Paul Congelosi Trailer Sales 845-361-2246 Toll free: 888-310-2246, Fax: 845-361-2141 2201 Route 17K, Montgomery, NY 12549 Horse, stock, utility, cargo, & equipment. We service what we sell. www.congelositrailersales.com Yered Trailer Sales 508-359-7300 Fax: 508-359-7302 11 West Mill St., Medfield, MA 02052 New England’s premier trailer dealer. Sales, service, & repair--horse, stock, utility & cargo trailers and equipment. New and preowned. www.yeredtrailers.com


Taming Butterflies BY EMILY POPE Every rider who competes is familiar with the feeling of butterflies in the stomach before a big class. Maybe it’s the first time competing in a new division, or the course looks particularly big that day, or it’s your first horse show; regardless, those show-day nerves are a normal and common reaction to the adrenaline rush of competing. Seasoned competitors are accustomed to these nerves and know how to channel them into productive energy instead of letting them cause doubt and affecting their ride. Learning to control these nervous butterflies took a few years before I truly felt like I mastered it. When I was a young rider on green ponies, it was extremely important to not let my nerves affect my ride; the last thing anyone wants is a nervous kid and a nervous pony! I didn’t truly grasp how to think about my butterflies until I started riding with Kip Rosenthal. Kip has a doctorate in psychology and has many strategies for controlling nerves, including naming your butterflies and talking – quietly or in your head (you don’t want to get taken away in a straitjacket) – to ultimately take a deep breath and relax. I’m not one to name or talk to my nervous butterflies, but with Kip’s help, I learned several methods to keep from sabotaging myself in the ring. The hardest thing for me to learn was that it is okay to make mistakes. Mistakes can be great teachers; it’s certainly helpful to do something correctly and feel it, but it’s also helpful to make mistakes and learn not only what causes them, but how to correct them and prevent them from happening. For anyone who is a perfectionist, realizing that it’s okay to make mistakes seems completely wrong, but at least for me, I found that I often made mistakes because I was trying too hard

Emily Pope and Seize the Moment trot in for the $30,000 Grand Prix of Vermont, 2013.

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◀ Nikki enjoying a Pop Tart at the Vermont Summer Festival, 2013.

to be perfect. Focusing on perfection makes me too tense and too likely to second-guess my decisions, which negatively affects my ride. Kip told me to focus on striving for excellence, rather than perfection, because until I can walk on water, I can’t expect to be perfect all the time. Although I can’t expect perfection, I can expect myself to be reasonably competent in the classes I do; I have enormous faith in Kip and know she would never put me in classes that I’m not ready to do. Even if we’re walking the course for a Grand Prix and I think that the jumps look enormous, I know that if Kip has confidence in me and in my horse, we’re ready to compete. I sometimes have to tell myself that it’s just another class, perhaps just one with a bigger entry fee or with jumps that are the same height I am, especially if people ask me if I’m nervous! I needed a few years of mileage in the bigger classes before I truly believed that it was just another class, but the more I told myself that, the more I believed it. I wasn’t thinking that way when my mare and I first moved up to the national standard Grand Prixs: the first few we did, I was so nervous that I didn’t eat before them

because I was afraid I might be sick! These days, I can control my nerves more and actually believe that it’s just another class. That isn’t to say that I don’t get nervous now, though! I had to learn how to shut off my emotions when I went into the ring, to just focus when the buzzer goes off. It’s difficult to do that when you’re looking at a course that you’re afraid of, but lots of practice taught me how. Even now, I sometimes have to actively concentrate on shutting off my nerves before starting a big class. Last summer, my wonderful mare and I went into a Grand Prix in Vermont that was such a solid course, I actually told Kip that I was nervous. When we were in the in-gate waiting for our turn, I visualized reaching for a light switch that represented my emotions, and I pictured flipping it to the off position before we cantered into the ring. Even though we’d never jumped a course that was quite that substantial, we laid down a respectable round (only marred by a brief lapse in concentration on my part that resulted in a light touch and 4 faults) and placed 11th. It wasn’t our best placing, but I was thrilled with Nikki (Seize The Moment) and with the fact that I’d been able to control my nerves that effectively. So the next time you’re feeling nervous before competing, picture yourself riding to success. Picture your butterflies and name them, if that suits you; just acknowledge that you’re going to make mistakes and that’s okay. Most importantly, remind yourself that this sport is supposed to be fun, and have a great time with your horse or pony. Emily Pope works in cancer research in the Largaespada lab at the University of Minnesota. She graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2013 with a B.S. in animal science and hopes to go on for her Ph.D. in cancer biology in a few years. She shows Seize The Moment, an 18-year-old Thoroughbred mare, in the open jumpers and national standard Grand Prixs.



Francine- 2004 Gr. mare 13.2h (Perm. Card). By *Colwyn Llewelyn. Beautiful model, great mover & jumper. Brave & a natural lead changer with a HUGE canter. Eligible & ready to start the medium greens. Sibling to many great hunter ponies! Ixonia, WI. Emily Elek920-889-0028, stonewallponies@yahoo.com Helicon Country Rose- 2007 Chestnut mare 12.2 h (Perm. Card). Beautiful small green prospect. Full sister to Pony Finals Reserve Champion Gracefully Yours. Great brain & very fun to ride. Natural, auto change. (Glannant Country Roads x Cat Creek Rose of Grace by Glannant Epic). Ixonia, WI. Emily Elek920-889-0028, stonewallponies@yahoo.com Stonewall Georgia- 2007 Chest. Mare (Hillcrest’s Top Hat x Dakota- TB) 14 h. Eligible green. A smaller large with the step of a small junior! Great canter & jump. Sweet, willing personality, a pleasure to work with. Very brave, natural lead changes. Reasonably priced! Ixonia, WI. Emily Elek- 920-889-0028, stonewallponies@yahoo.com Chester- 2006 Chestnut gelding, 12.2h. Winner in the children’s pony, eligible green. Will do a S/S rider up. Sale or Lease. Ixonia, WI. Emily Elek- 920-889-0028, stonewallponies@yahoo.com

Blues Traveler- 11 yr old, 14.1 ¾ h& pony gelding. Ranked 14th nationally for USEF Pony Jumpers w. 7 A/AA competitions, Theo is qualified for 2014 USEF Pony Finals on the Pony Club Team. Theo LOVES his job & never bats an eye at anything. Excellent attitude & work ethic, easy keeper, barefoot & low maintenance. Can go from jumping a 1.15m course to trail riding on a loose rein without batting an eye. Not for beginners; would excel with another confident young rider looking to compete & win! Currently in GA & available to try. On lease thru the conclusion of Pony Finals, can be seen and tried in KY. Caroline Marlett 706-207-6055, caroline.marlett@gmail.com Remington- 8 yr, 15.3 h, OTTB for sale Currently showing in 2'6"-3' jumpers. Schooled Cross Country. Elegant trot. Auto lead changes. $6,000. Potsdam, NY. Allie Fox- 989-284-0327, Allie.Braeutigam@gmail.com Posh Fashion Boutique- Gr. 3 yr old filly for sale. Super easy, willing and calm. She adores people and likes to work. Currently has 5 mo u/s. $10k. Lincoln, CA. Hali Durand916-919-1032, hali@stardustponydreams.com

Sugarbrook Suddenly Blue- (Sugarbrook Blue Pacific X Sugarbrook Just Because by Pendock Masterpiece), a small 4 yr old that does w/t/c & jumps small jumps for sale. Floral City, Florida. Sandy Holbrook- Sugarpony@aol.com, 352-232-2795

Posh Dressed to the Nines- med. geld. Quiet disposition, has been shown since a yearling, super forgiving, and ready for an educated child to show. Auto changes. 10 mover, 10 jump. $35k. Lincoln, CA. Hali Durand- 916-919-1032, hali@stardustponydreams.com Beautiful Bay Gelding- Child/Adult Hunterfor sale, 7 yr old, 16 h, quiet with changes, very brave & great at shows, places well in the u/s. Utica, NY. Shaun Sellers- 315-528-5055, northernskyfarm@yahoo.com

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