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Volume 5 Issue 11 December 2011

4-H wins on

national stage

Rocky Mountains to the Foothills Photo by Erik Olsen

Around the


Youth finds place in rodeos by Barbara Childs


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Table of Contents


4 At a Canter 7 Calendar

Reed McNutt’s barn above is one of four on the FENCE barn tour Nov. 26.

8 Around the Barrels

See pg. 7 for more local events.

11 The Red Horse Inn


13 In the Saddle

23 Rockey Mtn. horses

Event Results

15 4-H win

26 Equine health

16 River Valley Pony Club

28 Country Living

18 Mounted Patrol

30 Dudley

AT A CANTER Green Creek Hounds Hunt Ball APPOINTMENTS • 4

Robin Brackett and Randy Mitchell. Green Creek Masters Kem Ketcham, Christi Fowler, Deborah Bundy and Tot Goodwin. Not in attendance was Master Pat Hale. (photos by Samantha Hurst)

Cynthia Scott & Aubrey and Charlotte Springer.

Marion Connor, Angie Frazier, Katie Jones and Tori Fowler.

Angel and Randy Mitchell & Dolores and Charles Erthal.

Centerpieces created by hunt members.

AT A CANTER Halloween Hunter Pace & Trail Ride


April Zerienzis. Baiba Bourbeau and Beatrice Lamb as nuns. (photos by Lou Smith)

The Lone Ranger and Tonto (aka Amy Gantt and Lisa Taylor).

Lady bugs Amy Cook and Kristen Pearce took second place in the trail rider division.



Robert and Claudette Robinson, representing Country Carriages USA, of Columbus were in Hilton Head last weekend as part of the huge Motoring Festival. Robinsons displayed their antique vehicles for the benefit of Heroes on Horseback in the “Whoa Lane” midway. This was the first time antique horse drawn vehicles were invited for the Concours d’ Elegance. (photo by Karen Van Vliet)

Tally Ho wagons filled with excited spectators head to the Blessing of the Hounds. (photo by Don West)


Out & About 11/26: Holiday Barn Tour. Contact: FENCE admin@ 11/26-27: Harmon Classics at Harmon Field. Contact: Lewis Pack, 828-894-2721.

Riverbend. Contact:

Farms. Contact: Paula Mierop 828-863-2770

12/9-11: Holiday Classic/ Harmon Classics at Harmon Field. Contact: Lewis Pack 828-894-2721.

12/13: Clemson Intercollegiate Eventing Team Hunter Pace event with Western Carolina Hunter Pace & Trail Ride Series on Saturday, Dec. 3. Contact: Jan Smith at 828894-8760.

12/3: TROT’s annual horse show is scheduled for Dec. 3 at the FENCE’s covered arena. This is an opportunity for TROT riders to show off their skills in equitation and trail riding classes. Volunteers are always needed to help staff the show. Riders must provide release forms by Nov. 19.

12/10-11: Paul Belasic Clinic at Blue Moon. Contact:

12/3: Mounted

12/13 - 16: Skills workshop with Ed Dabney at Suncatcher

GFPC December Meeting at

12/10-11: Western Carolinas Hunter Pace event to benefit the HALTER Handicap riding program on Dec. 11. Contact: Jan Smith at 828-894-8760.

12/13-16: Robert Zandvoort Clinic. Contact: Joy Baker 828-817-0315. 12/17: Body/Energy work clinic with Sandy Siegristat Long Shadows Farm, Campobello.


Around the


Natalie Holliday directs her horse around the barrels during a recent rodeo. (photo submitted)


Holliday finds her place in rodeos by Barbara Childs Natalie Holliday became a member of the Foothills Youth Rodeo Association (FYRA) in 2010. This association is full of the most supportive people you ever want to meet, Holliday said. Rodeos are where people stand and pledge allegiance to the flag before each event and where a prayer is offered for wisdom, safety and thankfulness. Holliday said the people one meets and competes against at rodeos become your instant friends and family because they share your passion. In 2010, Holliday headed for her first rodeo. Yes, sir, her first little quarter horse was turning barrels and bending poles. Life was thrilling for Holliday and Douglass, her first horse and forever love, as they began a partnership that has endured. “He was the little quarter horse that brought smiles to faces at the heat of a jump-off, and he was predicted to win. He always made me proud and the blue ribbons started piling up,” said Holliday. Douglass and Holliday started out with working over crossrails and then went to the hopeful jumpers

and then on to pre-children’s levels. Their performance at each show brought many year-end awards. Douglass became a challenge to beat because his speed was phenomenal. “When split seconds count in the arena you must have the confidence, knowledge and ability to ride your horse through any course or event. The bends, the turns, the gallop home, are all prime factors in the winning race,” said Holliday. During the spring and summer of 2011, Holliday and Douglass were a familiar duo at Latigo Farm, where barrels, poles and cattle sorting were held on a regular basis. “Imagine Douglass sorting cattle! He pulled it off with a remarkable know-how and added one more credit to his name sorting cattle,” said Holliday. Holliday and Douglass also won the barrel championship sponsored by Latigo Farm Run and Sort in 2011. In October of 2011, Holliday qualified for the FYRA Finals held at Circle M Arena in Pelzer, S.C. Also qualifying for the finals was her life long friend, Kiowa Waters, another familiar name in the western horse show world. Holliday was eligible to participate in the senior barrels, poles, breakaway roping and team roping. Holliday was given the privilege to ride DJ, an icon of a horse in

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the roping arena. He was much loved at the High and Lonesome F a r m s . On Sunday at the finals, Holliday and Douglass rode their way to a victory the barrel race competition with a winning ride of 15.492 seconds. Once again Douglass gave his all, Holliday said. Holliday’s mother said she is proud of Natalie for her determination to overcome any sign of defeat. Holliday plans to continue to travel to more rodeos in the area to compete. “You never forget the people on your life who have guided you, spoke of encouragement, praised your efforts, shared your passion and dreams and offered their time and facilities for you,” Holliday said. “I am blessed with wonderful trainers who have helped mold me and my gifted horse.My heartfelt thanks goes out to the High and Lonesome Farm arena and the Weaver’s arena for the countless hours of practice time for me and Douglass where we spent hours of riding and roping.”

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Red Horse


by Barbara Childs When Roger and Mary Wolters were first married they dreamed of building an artist’s retreat. They wanted to build a place where people could get in touch “with their muses.” Of course they were young and later realized that artists rarely had money. That idea changed to having a horse retreat here in the foothills. “We thought having your own cottage was romantic, and we still wanted it to be beautiful and artistically done. Our original goal was to have a horse turn-out and shed at each cottage,” said Mary. Well, the blizzard of 1993 pummeled all of Gowensville, and all the trees on the property that later became the Wolters’ were blown over. The land was owned by Bowater Paper Co., and they had to cut the loblollies down quickly to get some pulpwood before the beetles got to it. Meanwhile, a rumor circulated that a developer was going to buy this parcel of land and build 200 houses. If that happened, the neighborhood trail system would be cut off, as this property was in the center, like the hub of a wheel. Roger called the director of forestry and asked if they were going to sell to a developer. The man said they rarely sold any parcels so the Wolters looked elsewhere. Roger and Mary purchased 160 acres in Green Creek and Mary put up pastures, fencing, a barn, a riding arena and driveways. In the early spring of 1995 Mary received a call from a friend who said her husband fell in love with the property and asked if they would sell it. Roger and Mary said they would “throw it up to God.” Well, the next morning at 7:30 a.m. the phone rang. It was the director of forestry from Bowater Paper. He said his company was in financial trouble, and he was told to sell the land in small parcels. (Continued on page 12)


Above: A man enjoying the FENCE Wine & Arts Festival salutes the camera. The event was held earlier this year against the picturesque landscape of The Red Horse Inn. Top right: the view from the inn’s porch at sunset. Bottom right: A view in spring from the property. (photos submitted)

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He asked Roger if he wanted to buy the property they had called about earlier. Obviously he said “yes” and today Roger and Mary Wolters own the property at 310 North Campbell Rd. in Landrum, S.C. The Red Horse Inn is known as one of the top B&B and mountain retreats in the Southeast. The Wolter’s goal is to keep working daily on the maintenance of the property, both inside and out. “It’s just part of the package to keep the inn and property in tip top shape,” said Mary. Paramount to maintaining the present status of the inn is treating every guest as the most important guest in the world. “That’s not very difficult because the majority of our guests are so wonderful,” said Mary. “And we need to keep pressing forward with our PR, marketing and advertising so everyone knows that we exist and what a wonderful piece of heaven we have here.” “We love seeing the expression on people’s faces

as they come up the drive to the inn and look at the view, or the gasp as we open the door to show them their room. It’s such an honor to share this beautiful piece of heaven with others,” said Mary. Roger and Mary said they do not plan any changes to the inn at the present. Their goal is to maintain a superior level of hospitality. Perhaps later, they said, they would like to add a solar hot water and photovoltaic, if the price of these innovations comes down. The Wolters maintain their staff with much fun and laughter. The key to the smooth running of the inn is being organized, Mary said. The Wolters mow the inn’s trails during spring and summer, and the Tryon Hounds come to do trail clearing and maintenance in September. The Red Horse Inn is a AAA Four Diamond Award Winner, one of the top 25 Best Undiscovered Incredibly Romantic Inns award, Best of B&Bs in South Carolina, Member of the Diamond Collection of B&B’s, and Best Honeymoon and Anniversary Getaway, also Best For Decor Inns Extraordinaire.


In the Saddle Western Carolina Hunter Pace and Trail Ride Series by Boots Plyler The Western Carolina Hunter Pace Series has been blessed with an abundance of good fall weather and the Green Creek Halloween Hunter Pace was no exception. The witches, goblins and frightening beasties that greeted the riders emerged from a backdrop of beautiful autumn foliage, which let all the participants know that the scary holiday had arrived. The course began through the woods and, like Little Red Riding Hood discovered, the woods held many unforeseen surprises. The first was a graveyard off to the right as you turned onto a path strewn with spiders, bats and other nightmare creatures. By the end of the ride, the horses were taking the decorations in their stride and the riders were the

Event results only ones jumping at the sudden appearances of the macabre. The course was very well marked and had several splits where the Field Hunter Division veered off on their own path and joined back up with the Trail Rider Division later. This allowed the hunters to have a longer ride of 10 and a half miles to the trail riders’ 6 and a half. The longer route also contained more jumps, though the short route had some nice smaller jumps for the less experienced or those on younger mounts. The trail had two water crossings that were well maintained with gentle approaches and good footing. The final descent was through a field where Lou Smith was busily snapping pictures and back to the trailers where mounts were untacked quickly, their riders lured by the aroma of grilling hotdogs.

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riders on 34 teams and was won by Lori Araki from Marshall, and Judi DeBeuf and Leslie Lattazio from Rutherfordton with a time of 1 hour, 37 minutes and 48 seconds. That was only seconds off the optimum time of 1 hour and 37 minutes. Coming in second were Steve Bardos and Angela Caimes from Central and Edneyville respectively in one hour, 35 minutes and 50 seconds. The third ribbon went to the Anderson duo of Brian and Carolyn MacCormack, and Marie Solomon from Newry with a time of 1 hour, 35 minutes and 43 seconds. The fourth place finishers were the team of Amy Gantt and Lisa Tyler of Seneca, who rode the course in 1 hour, 35 minutes and 39 seconds. Kimberly Olsen and Valerie Wrobel, who hail from Rutherfordton, came in fifth in 1 hour, 34 minutes and 30 seconds and the team from Shelby of Carol and Caroline Bridges were the sixth place winners

with a time of one hour, 33 minutes and 49 seconds.

TRAIL RIDERS The Trail Rider Division consisted of 95 riders on a total of 46 teams with an optimum time of 1 hour and 41 minutes. The winners were the team of Deanna Baldwin from Mills River, Lacey Hein of Hendersonville and Jason Tharp of Landrum, who had a ride time of 1 hour, 40 minutes and 45 seconds. In second place was the team of Amy Cooke of Bostic and Kristen Pearce from Rutherfordton with a time of 1 hour, 40 minutes and 39 seconds. Third place went to Campobello’s Lissa Spriggs and Skyler Warren, who came in at 1 hour, 39 minutes and 47 seconds. Victoria Bailey from Woodruff, Chris and Kelly Cannon from Moore, Tristyn Vincelette from Spartanburg, and Carly White of Moore were the fourth place team with a time of 1 hour, 42 minutes and 43 seconds.


Hunter Pace & Trail Ride Cummulative Placings After four of the 17 scheduled events of the 2011-12 Western Carolina Hunter Pace & Trail Ride Series, the standings are as follows: Total No. riders: 434 Field Hunters: 152 • Carolyn & Brian MacCormack have jumped up into the lead with a current count of 15 Series points each. • Doug McMillan and Maris Solomon are currently tied in Second

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In fifth with a time of 1 hour, 42 minutes and 44 seconds were the team of Madelaine Clas from Tryon, Rachel O’Brien from Landrum and Ginny Sullivan of Tryon. The sixth and final ribbon

place with 14 points apiece. • Vickie Smith has dropped to Third with 13 Series points at this time. • Baiba Bourbeau, Jan Ellis and Beatrice Lamb are close behind with 12 points each for Fourth Place at this writing. • Beth Goldizen has earned 11 points for Fifth Place at this time. Trail Riders: • Amy Cooke, Kristen Pearce, Lisa Spriggs and Skyler Warren have jumped into a tie for Frist Place with 12 points apiece. • Sally Rock has dropped into Second with 11 Series points at this writing.

went to Kathlyn Edwards and Misha Marshall from Inman and Chesnee, who had a time of 1 hour, 43 minutes and 28 seconds. Join us when the Clemson Intercollegiate Eventing Team will host their annual Hunter Pace on Saturday, Dec. 3.

• Deanna Baldwin, Tamara Crosby, Kathlyn Edwards, Lacey Hein, Misha Marshall and Rachel O’Brien are currently in Third Place with a count of ten points. • Ivey Sumrell and Jason Tharp have nine points apiece to put them in Fourth at this time. • Victoria Bailey, Alex Banks, Kelly Cannon, Susie Justus Hill, Melinda Holland, Amber & Beverly Huntley and Debbie McGrath are in Fifth place with eight Series points each. • Brittany Anderson, Ella Davis, Chesney Gardner, Holly Lewis and Caitlyn Ridgeway are sharing

Sixrth Place honors at this time with seven points apiece. • There is an 10-way tie currently in Seventh Place between Rebecca Barnes, Chris Cannon, Ruth Ann DeHollander, Keri Goodson, Nancy Hasselbring, Courtney & Miriam Intres, Kris Johnson, Lori Lowe and Maxine Winesett with six Series points apiece. • Bill and Catherine Hutchins, Kristey Lamb, Tristyn Vincelette and Carly White have each earned five Series points to date to put them into eighth place.

Prepare for the holidays and finish the calendar year’s paces at the Hunter Pace to benefit the HALTER Handicap riding program on Dec. 11. Always remember to check the website for all upcoming events,

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4-H members win at national stage

After a year of hard work, preparation and practice, national success wrapped it all up for two Polk County 4-H members. Bradley and Carson Kay, members of the Bridle Bunch 4-H Horse Club, earned spots on the NC National Horse Bowl and Hippology teams, respectively. They were required to attend regular practices in Raleigh, complete homework assignments and attend online meetings. All of this led up to an exemplary showing at the All-American Quarter Horse Congress in Columbus, Ohio and the Eastern National 4-H Horse Round-up in Louisville, Ky. At Congress, the Horse-Bowl team won all of their rounds, becoming the 2011 Congress Champions. Individually, Bradley Kay was the 10th High Individual. In the hippology contest, the NC team earned the title of Reserve Congress Champions, with Carson Kay placing fourth overall. Only weeks later, both teams placed first at the Eastern National 4-H Horse Roundup. Carson Kay was fifth high individual in hippology. Bradley Kay ranked 11th from a three-way tie for 10th. For the HorseBowl team, this marked an undefeated year. They will compete once more at the American Quarter Horse Youth Association World competition in Oklahoma.

APPOINTMENTS • 16 RVPC members pass a baton during a drill. (photo submitted)

River Valley Pony Club A successful year

Local pony clubbers have had a busy year both developing and showing off their new skills at both regional rallies and ratings. Pony Clubbers increase their rating levels by passing horse management and/or riding examinations. Ratings are scaled as D1, D2, D3, C1, C2, at a local level, C3, HB, B, HA and A at a national level. Congratulations to the following members: RVPC MEMBER RATINGS 1- Kate Price, Lorelei Richardson, Anna K. Zimmerman, Anna Stratman and Grace Blanton. D2- Maren Daneils (riding flat) D3- Allie Cockman (HM and flat), Emma Hay, Maren Daniels (HM) and Hunter Metcalf C1- Katie Hay, Sammie Haase, Chloe Bosshar and Olivia Gould C2- Amana Morfinos HB- Emily Dingwell

In March, RVPC hosted and organized the Regional Dressage Rally at FENCE. Two local teams competed consisting of Samantha Firby, Anna Stratman, Abby Billiu, Krista Just, Emma Hay, Benjamin Firby, Hunter Metcalf, Chloe Bosshard, Katie Hay, Sammie Haase and Amanda Morfinos. All were successful in their area of competition. The Regional Show Jumping Rally was held in April in Aiken, S.C. RVPC sent three stable managers (Dakota DePalma, Abby Billiu and Maren Daniels) and one rider (Emily Dingwell - who qualified for National Championships in Kentucky). The most popular rally, Eventing, was held in May at Carolina Horse Park. Two teams were sent (Dakota DePalma, Sammie Haase, Rebecca Price, Chloe Bosshard, Hunter Metcalf, Abby Billiu and Maren Daniels) and Samantha Firby qualified for championships in Kentucky. National championships were held in July in Lexington, Ky. Dingwell rode in the Horse 2 Carolina Region Show Jumping. Her team placed first in horse management and second overall. Samantha Firby represented the Carolina Region in the Novice Eventing Team, placing sixth in her division. The week after championships, the National

APPOINTMENTS • NOVEMBER 2011 USPC held ‘Festival,’ where professionals come to teach pony clubbers in both mounted and horse theory sessions. Dakota DePalma and Olivia Gould joined Emily and Samantha in Kentucky and all said they had wonderful, unforgettable learning opportunities. River Valley Pony Club would like to extend their sincere appreciation to the local horse community for their support in helping develop these young riders into responsible, future leaders. They would especially like to note the following who volunteered their services this past year: Marilyn Yike, Cathy Berlin, Angel Martin, Eric Dierks, Vicki DePalma, Tryon Equine, Redgate Farm, Longshadows Farm, Fox Meadow Farm and Renavatio Farm. The following professionals also shared their knowledge this year: Trayce Doubek, Annie Maunder, Jana Ritacco, Justine Tibbles, Jeannie Smith and Kathi Hines. For more information about River Valley Pony Club, please check out the club’s website or contact Helen Firby at - article submitted by Helen Firby




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Equine patrol puts training to use by Barbara Childs Sheriff Donald Hill saw the need for a mounted patrol in Polk County as the area here has the highest per capita concentration of equine ownership of any area in North Carolina. Since Polk County didn’t have its own mounted patrol for ceremonies and functions, the Henderson County MP was notified for special celebrations and events like the Steeplechase. Sheriff Hill plans to utilize the PCSMP as the only volunteer equine source in Polk County to assist deputies in security with crowd control and the monitoring of events, in search and rescue endeavors and in furthering the goodwill in the community on behalf of the sheriff, which is basically where the sheriff sees a need. Lt. Michael Capps is the MP leader within the sheriff’s department. Donald Lyons has served for 20 years in the Philadelphia Police Dept. and when Sheriff Hill learned of his previous law enforcement experience, he was asked to be involved in the PCSMP. Lyons also has been involved with horses for the last 30 years. Lyon’s horse experience includes being a member of the Shriner’s mounted team as well as a member of the 3rd Continental Light Dragoons, a Revolutionary War enactment unit, which has ridden at Williamsburg, Va. in the

historical area. Sue Truitt was contacted for training in the process. Truitt is a certified John Lyons and Richard Shrake trainer. Her current facility is Mane Gate in Landrum. Truitt has also served as the

coach for a local drill team and trainer of volunteers for TROT; she has experience in other horse training responsibilities. With the association of Henderson County MP and their organization, the reality of the

MP dream became true. The interest in the local community has been overwhelming, organizers said. Public informational meetings have been held to in(Continued on page 19)


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troduce the MP concept to riders in this area. In order to qualify for the PCSMP, each applicant must pass an extensive background check as well as a horse and rider inspection. Successful candidates then complete an intensive 50-hour week-long training session at FENCE during the last week in October. This is conducted by the Mounted Police Training Academy, the only accredited mounted police training academy in the nation. The training includes class(Continued on page 20)

Above: Potential volunteer members of the new Polk County Mounted Patrol Unit work through training exercises to get themselves and horses used to riding and walking around patrol cars. Left page: Patrol volunteers practice simple drills such as walking in line (photos submitted).



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Sheriff officers with a mounted patrol volunteer. (photo submitted)

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This is an all-volunteer unit so members need to commit the time and money needed to participate. Any type of horse can be used, except for stallions. Horses must have the temperament and be able to pass the training. Practice is two times a month at FENCE. FENCE has permitted the use of the covered arena for support in this community activity. Movements include group riding in formation, confronting obstacles, such as crossing simulated water, walking over mattresses, pushing obstacles to simulate crowd control. Training also includes “extraction,” which means the MP being able to surround a sheriff patrol car to help it safely leave during a disruptive crowd situation. “When you have several horses pushing a crowd back, it can prevent injury to those on the ground, and people respond immediately to a 1,000-pound animal pushing them out of an area,” Lyons said. “We are fortunate that some of our members have participated in the MP units in other parts of the country, so their experience in actual crowd situations is invaluable to our unit.” Lyons said 12 riders and horses successfully completed the week-long training, and as with any other discipline, the training continues. “Our main goal is safety, both for horse and rider. We are available to as-

sist the sheriff, but it must be a safe environment for everyone,” Truitt said. “We anticipate being a good resource for future search and rescue efforts in the future. This is the reason for the twice-a-month training for additional desensitization of these horses, exposing them to all types of situations. We will also simulate some search and rescue training.” Sheriff Don Hill says he is impressed with the commitment from these volunteers in their capacity with time and energy to serving Polk County. A fundraiser was held in October to raise needed funds for the purchase of equipment for riders and their horses. Anyone interested in helping can contact Sue Truitt. Anyone interested in becoming a member can contact her. The PCSMP has received two grants, one from the Rotary Club of Tryon and one from the NC Horse Council. These funds along with fundraising monies are being used to purchase equipment for the horses. All donations to the PCSMP are tax deductible. PCSSMP members will do a demonstration at the FENCE Barn Tour, Nov. 26. PCSMP who successfully completed the October training: Donald Lyons, Sue Truitt, Lt. Michael Capps, Amy Farrell, Jennifer Israel, Linda King, Deidre Lightsey, Frank Lightsey, Nancy Patterson, Virginia Sullivan, Michael Veatch and Judy Davis.

APPOINTMENTS • NOVEMBER 2011 Lynn Brown get a “10” for her horse, Martini’ Straddle Stop. (photo submitted)


trail riding

by Barbara Childs ACTHA is the American Competitive Trail Horse Association, founded by Karen Van Getson and Carrie Scrima, who were tired of long drives to multi-day and timed competitions with their horses. They wanted a venue where they could enjoy their horses and the wonderful scenery around them. They also wanted a challenge and a chance to learn, too and show off their horse’s talents. Most of all they wanted beauty, camaraderie and fun. Today ACTHA is a foundation for competitive trail riders and it is on a national level with rides across the country. Sponsors and participants flock to ACTHA sanctioned rides and enable the higher cause for full equine employment to help ease the suffering of horses in need. ACTHA enables competitions to be held through affiliate programs. An affiliate can be a club or organization wanting to raise funds. ACTHA provides assistance and a consulting member who manages the team that joins ACTHA. There are rescues doing all they can to help this cause for horses. For more info look up Host a Ride. Sheila Veatch of Green Creek hosted a free ACTHA clinic at Hickory Hollow Farm, owned by Vange and Terry LaMore. A potluck dinner was served for the Scrimas and riders who participated (their spouses also helped greatly). This was a time to relax and learnmore about the Scrimas and their plans for the future of ACTHA. The Scrimas are touring the U.S. to promote ACTHA

and its mission in creating an enjoyable venue through the growing number of ACTHA rides. This goal is to showcase the attributes of the great American trail horse and grant such horses recognition; as well as to raise money for equine charitable organizations that ACTHA sponsors. Carrie and Tom Scrima said their rides have saved 2,000 rescue horses in three years. The two-day clinic had about 18 riders during the morning and afternoon. These riders were led through requirements for safe competition with the obstacles presented in a trail ride. The obstacles included the gaits of walk and trot backing your horse through an L, 4 cavaletti poles, and a small jump. The arena was decorated for Halloween, simulating unfamiliar objects you might see on the trails. “Once we saw that ACTHA was looking for host farms for their free clinics, Vange LaMore and I both wanted to have one here in the Tryon area,” said Veatch. “We knew this would be a perfect fit for our friends who enjoy trail riding and helping our horses become braver, more calm, and better able to handle obstacles that we encounter. We felt there would be great interest in our community and we were right! Clinic spots filled quickly and auditors were welcome to watch either sessions.”

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• ACTHA (continued from page 21) ACTHA also sponsors a television series on RFD-TV that is currently in its fifth of 12 episodes. “America’s Favorite Trail Horse” is along the lines of “American Idol.” There are 10 contestants per week, and the one with the most votes that week moves on in the competition. The top 10 will compete for America’s Favorite Trail Horse. ACTHA competitive trail rides are 6 miles and there are some 70-plus different obstacles that are included in the ACTHA Challenge ride organized by the Host Affiliate. The ride itself is 6 miles with six obstacles presented to the horse and rider on the 6 miles of trails. ACTHA has standards the judges look for such as a bridge the horse must walk over. The horse must not be asked to trot over the bridge or any slick surface. Horses are to proceed forward at the rider’s cue. Any form of refusal is a penalty of disobedience. All rules for balanced and proper equitation apply.

Lori James rides her horse Abbey over a jump using a crest release. (photo submitted)


Rocky Mountain horses

Jane Eden with her horses. (photo by Erik Olsen)

Edens move to area with

Golden Retrievers of the horse world

by Barbara Childs Though Jane Eden grew up around horses – she rode hunters and jumpers – she never had the experience of riding a gaited horse until 12 years ago. Eden and her husband, Mark, were on vacation in Palm Springs when they went on a guided trail ride together. Eden’s mount was a gaited horse, and she said he was so smooth to ride. “I had never ridden a gaited horse before and I loved it,” she said. “A few years later we (continued on page 24)


Photo by Erik Olsen

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“I knew I would try to find a Rocky Mountain horse of my own.” - Jane Eden

month and did a lot of trail riding. One day I crossed paths with a woman on a beautiful chocolate horse with a white mane and tail. She told me this was a Rocky Mountain horse, and from that meeting I knew I would try to find a Rocky Mountain horse of my own.” After deciding to look into the breed, Eden ended up buying a Rocky Mountain horse that year. She boarded in Atlanta until she moved here to the Tryon area. Eden and her husband moved the horses here about five years ago. “We fell so fortunate to have found this beautiful area, and we love living here,” said Eden. The Rocky Mountain horse is a special breed. They are called the golden retrievers of the horse world because of their gentle nature. Rocky Mountain horses come in a lot of colors, but their signature color is chocolate with a flaxen mane and tail. The next most common color is black. In order to be registered as (continued on page 25)


• Rocky Mtn. (continued from page 24) a Rocky Mountain Horse, a horse must be viewed under saddle by two qualified and registered judges who certify that the horse has the gaits, disposition and breeding of the Rocky Mountain Horse. “My husband Mark and I mostly trail ride. We have participated in hunter paces, too,” Eden said. “We love to enjoy the beautiful scenery on our trail rides that this area has to offer. There are so many miles of gorgeous trails and views. This area is truly a trail rider’s paradise.” In addition to their wonderful disposition, the Rocky Mountain horse has a natural four beat gait that is super smooth. Their gait is called a stepping pace, and some of the horses are smoother than others. Some are more on the “trotty” side and some are more on the “pacey” side, but all move laterally. These horses can travel at a lot of different speeds in their gait. And they also canter of course. In the show ring they must be flat shod with a keg shoe. Any lift they do must be natural and they are not allowed to do anything artificial to enhance it. Some naturally lift higher than others. There are different classes that accommodate ways of going.

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EQUINE HEALTH Injuries of tendons and ligaments have always been difficult to manage in our performance horses and have often resulted in decreased athletic ability. These structures are under very high stress and strain placing them at high risk of injury and they have a poor blood supply, which limits their healing when injured. This often resulted in less than ideal healing with re injury an all too common occurrence. Recent advances in diagnosis and treatment of tendon and ligament injuries can give your horses a much better chance of returning to their job. The first goal in treatment is early recognition of the injury before severe fiber damage occurs. The availability of digital ultrasound imaging allows early detection of fiber damage and fluid in ligaments, often before the classic hot and swollen area is seen. MRI is also available to image soft tissue. Once an injury is diagnosed the old standards of treatment are still important: • Ice the area to control swelling • Judicious use of nonsteroidal medication to decrease inflammation • Support wrap • Rest to prevent additional injury • Corrective shoeing to decrease stress on the injured area.

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Newer additions to tendon processed to concentrate and ligament therapy include: their own platelets in their plasma. This technique in essence, multiplies the Focused Extra horse’s own triggers for Corporeal Shock healing in an area of injury Wave Therapy that has a poor blood supply. This therapy focuses a vibration wave (not electricity) Stem Cell Therapy on the injured area after it is One of the greatest mapped out by ultrasound. advances in healing research Shock wave increases blood has been the identification flow and decreases edema and now clinical availability in the injured area, which is of mesenchymal (adult) very important in getting the stem cells. These stem cells healing process started. It should be distinguished also decreases pain in the from embryonic stem cells. area of injury, which makes Mesenchymal stem cells can rest and controlled exercise be isolated from bone marrow even more important after aspirate or from adipose shock wave therapy. tissue, and then injected Shock wave therapy is directly into the injured area beneficial in any injured under ultrasound guidance. soft tissue, but is especially Stem cell therapy in essence helpful in the suspensory places millions of your horses ligament origin area. The own mesenchymal stem cells suspensory origin is very directly into the injured area. deep and surrounded on Clinically, stem cell therapy three sides by bone. Focused has led to rapid filling in of shock wave is one of the only tendon and ligament injuries. modalities that can reach this area safely. Focused extracorporeal shock wave Up and coming PRP and stem cell should be distinguished from therapies require that cells radial shock wave therapy. from a horse be harvested and then injected back into Platelet Rich Plasma the same horse to avoid reactions to the cells. Growth (PRP) Platelet rich plasma can be factors for use in human injected directly into the area surgery have been developed of injury under ultrasound that are available off the guidance. PRP helps tendon shelf as needed. Hopefully and ligament injuries by these products will be shown supplying growth factors that to be safe for use in horses or act as signals to start the horse specific products will healing process and trigger be available in the near future

advances in knowledge and tools for horse “physical therapy.” Rehabilitation programs based on frequent clinical and digital ultrasound evaluation of the healing tissue have allowed us to slowly increase strain on the healing tendon or ligament to increase quality of healing while decreasing the risk of reinjury of the healing area. Tools like the Aquatread system at Still Creek Farm greatly improve the options for controlled early conditioning of soft tissue injury and have also increased the safety of rehabilitation for both horse and owner, resulting in a reduced reinjury rate during healing. Aquatread exercise also results in increased fitness through the rehabilitation program, and fit horses have a better chance of returning to work without injury. The combination of early recognition or soft tissue injury, use of new treatments options and aggressive rehabilitation programs have led to dramatic improvements in outcome. The most dramatic example is injury of the suspensory ligament origin. The prognosis has improved from 20 to 30 percent return to previous use 10 years ago to as high as 80 percent today with early recognition, aggressive treatment and rehabilitation. One case example is a 10-year-old warmblood gelding, used for three-Day the migration of healing cells Eventing. His rider noted that into the area of injury. Blood Rehabilitation he was light on his left fore is taken from your horse and There have been great but had no heat or swelling.

APPOINTMENTS • NOVEMBER 2011 On clinical evaluation he was off on his left fore and the lameness was more obvious in soft footing on a circle to the right. Diagnostic blocks localized the lameness to the high suspensory area and digital ultrasound revealed a large area of fiber loss and edema in the suspensory ligament origin. He was treated with three sessions of extracorporeal shock wave therapy at 10-day intervals and the injured area was injected with adipose derived stem cell under ultrasound guidance. He was placed on stall rest with hand walking and walk riding and began working on the Aquatread at Still Creek Farm two weeks later. By 30 days post stem cell injection the injured area was

filling in well, he was sound at the straight-line trot in hand and two-minute trot sets were added to his rehabilitation program along with increased time and speed on the Aquatread. Over the next four months he progressed through gradual increases in trot sets under saddle and walk - trot exercise on the Aquatread with frequent ultrasound evaluation of healing. Canter work was then added and at six months post injury he returned to full flat work in the ring, followed by return to jumping work 30 days later. Thanks to the trot set program and Aquatread work his fitness level was excellent and he returned to Eventing competition 10 months after his injury.

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Starting a new holiday tradition “As the holidays approach, the giant Asian factories are kicking into high gear to provide Americans with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods. Merchandise that has been produced at the expense of American labor” – thus started an email I received last week. It went on to suggest that we think outside the box and give American-made products and local services, such as a haircut, a membership in a local gym, a gift certificate to a local restaurant or perhaps an oil change for your car or truck - a great idea. Well, this got me thinking outside the box. What are the best things about living in the Tryon area? It’s a great equestrian and a great arts community. Put these together and give equestrian- and animal-

inspired decorative arts done by local artists as Christmas gifts. These artists not only paint portraits and landscapes, but also create paper mache sculpture and beautifully hand painted antique furniture, decorative screens and floor cloths. Even though it is late in the year to commission a piece now, I can think of no better gift than a gift certificate to commission a personal piece of art – a portrait of your horse or dog on a small table or a tray with a painting of a hunt scene, a floor cloth or a whimsical statue of your horse. The following artists can fulfill your Christmas list for (Continued on page 29)


• Local art

– your first pony or your favorite dog. Since pictures speak louder than words I those horse and dog lovers will let you see for yourself. that need a very special gift. Holmberg also does wonderLocal, well-known and be- ful oil paintings of horses, loved artist Joan MacIntyre dogs and landscapes. Her not only does wonderful paper mache sculptures start portraits and landscapes at $100 and go up to about but also paints beautifully $900. You can contact her at executed furniture with dogs, 828-894-3780. Peggy Armstrong came to horses or hunt scenes on them. She prefers to paint one of my decorating classes on antique furniture, which at ICC and I was thrilled to she said has some character meet an accomplished decoand enhances her paintings. rative artist. Armstrong’s A table, tray or bench specialty, which I find so would also be wonderful useful in many places, is hand-painted with a scene floor cloths. In of your house or barn on it. Country Living a mudroom or front hall they Art on furniby Gillian Drummond are wonderture is a great way to incorporate art into fully decorative but easy to your daily life. She also does clean. For anyone suffering three or four panel decorative from allergies they take the screens (one of my favorite place of rugs with no allergy decorative accessories in a problems. Armstrong paints on linoleum and then covers room). MacIntyre’s paintings the painting with polyurerange in price from $750 to thane so they wash well with $5,000, her furniture starts vinegar and water. Paint one in a geometric with a simple tray at $275 and goes up according to size pattern or get as whimsical and complexity. Her decora- as you like, see the carousel tive screens are between horse on a floor cloth pic$3,000 and $5,000 depend- tured. Floor cloths run about ing on the size and number $25 a square foot depending of panels. Contact McIntyre on the complexity. You can contact Armstrong at 864at 828-863-4599. Sarah Holmberg has a 921-2990. In my research for this wonderful sense of humor and a zest for living; both article I found a gallery in characteristics come out in Charleston, S.C. called the her remarkable paper mache Dog & Horse Fine Art and Portraiture. They have everysculptures. Humor is a quality I al- thing from a $25 poster to ways try to incorporate into a $30,000 oil painting to fill every room I design and your needs. They, also, have a collecthese whimsical pieces of art of horses, people and dogs tion of sterling silver dog tags are a wonderful way of mak- by designer Bridget de Socio, ing you smile every time you who designs for Hermes. look at them. Holmberg also They would make wonderful captures the personalities of Christmas gifts. Check them out at www. her subjects. This is a wonderful way of keeping memories alive o r c a l l 8 4 3 - 5 7 7 - 5 5 0 0 . (continued from page 28)

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Even donkeys are thankful Editor’s note: Writer Barbara Childs tells of local events throughout our horse country through the eyes, and very long ears, of Dudley the miniature donkey. I have been seriously thinking about the feast of Thanksgiving that is coming to our hearts and homes and barns this month. As with my human mother and her family, I am grateful for my home here (two stalls at the barn and pastures to graze), for food, warmth, shelter and for all the good things that make me happy. My human barn mother adopted four felines from the humane shelter, and she likes to sit on the office sofa with one or two of them and pet their furry heads and ears. I like to check out their food bowls - the one filled with dry kibble can be easily nudged to fall on the floor where I can taste the flavors of feline gourmet feasts. They have vitamins and minerals and are good for me. But my human mother always scolds, “Oh, Dudley, now look what you’ve done!” The Foothills Humane Society had another Adopta-Thon day this past month. Photos with Santa were big on that day also - I would like my picture taken with a Santa. The 2012 calendars titled “Home at Last” feature the dogs and cats that have been adopted and placed in their new homes. You may also support FHS by purchasing a brick that will be placed around the

new pavilion as a holiday gift for those who have everything. Holly Hansen is organizing a quadrille, which involves moving to patterns, often to music. Common terminology used in a quadrille includes “oblique,” “thread the needle” and “column.” An evening campfire and cowboy poetry are being planned for the Ed Dabney Clinic. I would really like to attend this evening of poetry as I am truly a poet at heart. Campfires are nice and get people and animals to listen and open their hearts and minds to the music they hear in their souls. The Carolina Carriage Club will soon hold its 2012 board of elections. Positions of director and secretary are open for new appointees. And a few good men and women are needed for membership. On a happy note of healing, Robert Zandvoort, who had hip surgery last month, will be here for a clinic Dec. 13-16. Contact Joy Baker for details. The clinic will be at her farm in Tryon. A covered arena has been provided if bad weather persists. We all wish Sue Truitt of Mane Gate Farm a quiet time of rest and healing from her concussion. Her horse was frightened by the 21-gun salute at a Veterans Day celebration just as she was dismounting. We should all be thankful for our blessings.

Parsnip-Leek Soup with lump crab Ingredients:

1 pound parsnips peeled and cut in med. pieces 2 tablespoon of olive oil 1 1/2 cups chopped leeks 4 sprigs of fresh thyme 1/4 cup dry white wine 3 cups of low sodium chicken or vegetable broth 1 teaspoon kosher salt juice of 1/2 lemon 2 tablespoon unsalted butter 1/4 pound lump crabmeat


Toss parsnips in oil and roast for 20 min at 350. Add leeks and leaves of thyme, toss with oil and splash with wine-roast for 30 minutes more until vegetables are tender. Simmer the stock (after boiling) and add the vegetables. In a food processor blend all soup and vegetables until smooth. Season with salt. Add melted butter to the lump crab and pour the lemon juice onto the crabmeat-pour soup into bowls or cups and top with the crabmeat mixture.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

TryoN daily bulleTiN / The World’s smallesT daily NeWspaper

City of Landrum to help Blessing of the Hounds Parting owner Glance business expand parking

that the public already uses for Cities with downtown areas parking. The two areas combined like Landrum constantly battle should create room for 10-12 adlack of parking for visitors look- ditional spaces. “Troyer’s going to take care ing to shop or dine in businesses. Because of this, Landrum of the construction of the retainCity Council members approved ing wall himself and the city will business owner Matt Troyer’s pay for the actually paving of the request for assistance in creating parking spaces,â€? Wolochowicz additional parking behind and to said. “This will be paid for using the side of his business, Foothills hospitality tax dollars because the spaces will provide additional Amish Furniture. “What we had discussed‌ room for visitors to park.â€? The total cost will be around was that we’d pay for the materials if you can get the labor to $6,000. Some changes to note for build the wall,â€? Mayor Robert Briggs said to Troyer during the those visiting Landrum include Nov. 8 council meeting. “Then that Rose Lane, the alley running after that is completed we’d have behind Foothills Amish Furniture that area paved and striped for and adjoining businesses, will parking.â€? be changed to allow only oneCity Administrator Steve way traffic. Visitors would turn Wolochowicz said the project has onto Rose Lane from Shamrock since expanded to include paving Avenue and exit back onto RuthRev. Michael Doty of Holy Cross Episcopal Church in Tryon conducts the Blessing of the Hounds before Green Creek of a grassy area near Prince Oil erfordHounds’ Street beside Dutchhunt Foods. opening Nov. 19. (photo by Don West)

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