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Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis: Equestrienne

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t the 1940 National Horse Show at Madison Square Garden, Miss Jacqueline Bouvier on her chestnut mare Danseuse competed against the nation’s best young equestrians in the finals of the A.S.P.C.A (American Society for Prevention of Cruelty of Animals) Alfred Maclay Trophy for Horsemanship and the A.S.P.C.A. Good Hands Cup. It was a double victory at the Southampton Horse Show on Long Island that qualified the young rider to compete. “Jacqueline Bouvier, an eleven year old equestrienne from East Hampton, Long Island, scored a double victory in the horsemanship competition,” The New York Times reported. “Miss Bouvier achieved a rare distinction. The occasions are few when a young rider wins both contests in the same show.” While she didn’t take cham-

pionship honors at the final, those that watched her ride that day saw a pretty, darkhaired girl with pig-tails and wide-set brown eyes dressed in boots, jodhpurs, jacket, and derby. As she jumped the fences, the young equestrienne showed courage, grace, and exceptional determination; the same traits that a grieving nation would admire in Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy after her husband, President John F. Kennedy was tragically killed in Dallas in November 1963. Born on July 28, 1929 in Southampton, Long Island, Jacqueline Lee Bouvier was the first child of Janet Norton Lee and John Vernou Bouvier III. A second daughter, Caroline Lee, was born four years later. John Bouvier, nicknamed ‘Black Jack,’ was a well-to-do financier. Janet Bouvier was

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a skillful and daring horsewoman, who won many prizes throughout the east, capturing the hunter championship three times at the annual National Horse Show. The Bouviers’ lived on Park Avenue in Manhattan and spent each summer in Wildmoor at East Hampton near Grandfather Bouvier’s splendid summer house, Lasata, where Janet kept her horses. The most famous were a bay named Arnoldean and three magnificent chestnuts, Stepaside, Clearanfast, and Danseuse. “Here from the age of five on, Jacqueline, in full riding habit,” her first cousin John H. Davis wrote, “could be seen endlessly putting her mother’s horses, a procession of “ladies’ hunters,” through their paces. I remember how determined an equestrienne Jacqueline became as she

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began thirsting after blue ribbons in the many East End horse shows she entered. ” “I remember going out to Lasata’s stables on late summer afternoons,” Davis recalled, “and finding Jacqueline, after a day of relentless riding, in the stall with one of her horses, grooming the animal with the most loving care, currying its mane and tail, hugging it, kissing it.” In the summer of 1934, Janet and Jacqueline, who was known as Jackie, won third prize in the family class at the East Hampton Horse Show. By the time she was eight, Jackie had a pony of her own. At the age of twelve or thirteen, Jackie rode her mother’s chestnut mare Danseuse, a horse she adored and nicknamed Donny. Her beloved Danseuse, a Virginiaborn mare sired by Runantel out of Graceful Carrie, won many championships and remained with the Bouvier family for twenty years. Years later when the animal died, Jackie created a photographic history of the mare’s life and wrote a warm tribute.

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“Danseuse was a family horse and every child had a ride on her. She was such a lady. Her coat glinted in the sun when she was brushed and shining,” Jackie wrote. “She knew how lovely she was and flicked her tiny feet out in front of her as she trotted. There was a soft, pink spot at the end of her nose and she would snuffle softly when she knew you had an apple for her.” Jackie won the Southampton Horse Show in the children-under-nine class in the summer of 1937, an accomplishment that made the entire Bouvier family proud. In 1938, she captured another blue ribbon at the East Hampton Horse Show. By the following summer, the young equestrienne won her class at Southampton, the major horse show of the 1939 season on the East End of Long Island. “I can still see Jackie in her pigtails and riding outfit – top

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hat, Ascot tie, long leather boots,” recalled Samuel Lester, who exercised horses at the East Hampton Riding Club. “She was soon bringing home blue ribbons by the box load.” In June 1940, Janet obtained a divorce from Jack Bouvier. Later that summer, the girls joined their father on Long Island, where Jackie won every event in the undertwenty division of the East Hampton Horse Show, earned two top prizes at the East End horse shows, and took high honors at the National Horse Show. In 1941, twelve-year-old Jackie again spent the summer on Long island, where at the East Hampton Horse Show she won blue rosettes in the hunter hacks class, the horsemanship class for children under 14, the riding competition for children under 16, and the ladies’ hunter contest for the Hamlin Memorial Challenge Cup. Overall, Jackie


finished in second place in horsemanship to a fellow rider named William Steinkraus, who went on to win the firstever individual U.S. Olympic gold medal in equestrian sport in 1968. In 1944, Jackie at age fifteen became the undisputed champion equestrienne of her age group on Long Island’s East End. Riding aboard Danseuse, she won all the shows at Southampton, East Hampton, Bridgehampton, and Smithtown. That fall, Jackie entered Miss Porter’s boarding school in Farmington, Connecticut, where she began her three-year preparation for college. Jackie pleaded with Grandfather Bouvier to have Danseuse boarded in the Farmington’s stables, and he agreed. Soon after Danseuse arrived, Jackie wrote a letter home.“Every day since Donny came I’ve gone up and groomed her and last night I went up to see her before the

lecture. And Sue (her roommate) locked me in the stall with her. I was practically late but it was so much fun. She is very happy in a box stall between two horses whom she kisses through the bars and she is wearing a stolen blanket which I snitched from another horse!”

“Imagine me with someone allergic to horses!” In the fall of 1947, Jackie entered Vassar College, where she joined the Riding Club, competing in horse shows, gymkhana, and cross country rides. Jackie finished her last year of college at George Washington University. In early June 1951, she was introduced by friends to Jack Kennedy, a young Congressman from Massachusetts. In November 1952, Jackie and her cousin John Davis

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talked about Jack over lunch in Washington, D.C, where she worked as the Inquiring Camera Girl for the Washington Times-Herald. Jackie confided that Jack was allergic to animal hair, especially horse hair. “Imagine me with someone allergic to horses!” Jackie exclaimed. Both she and Davis had a good laugh over that. On September 12, 1953, Jacqueline Lee Bouvier and John Fitzgerald Kennedy, who had been elected to the U.S. Senate the year before, were married at St. Mary’s Church in Newport, Rhode Island. On November 27, 1957, Jackie gave birth to a daughter, Caroline Bouvier Kennedy. A few weeks after Jack Kennedy was elected President, a son, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Jr., was born on November 25, 1960. Caroline and John Jr. had a menagerie at the White House. The most famous pet was Caroline’s pony, Macaroni, which was given to her by Vice-President Lyndon B.

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Johnson. Jackie had a stable constructed for Macaroni and Leprechaun, a pony she obtained for John Jr., at Glen Ora, the Kennedy’s 400-acre leased weekend house in the Virginia countryside. Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy performed the duties of the First Lady with youthful beauty, elegance, and intelligence. She received one of her most treasured gifts as First Lady while on a highly-publicized visit abroad in 1962. President Ayub Khan of Pakistan delighted her with a ten-year-old bay gelding named Sardar, which was sent back to the United States and stabled at Glen Ora. In the years after Jack Kennedy’s death in 1963, Jackie

found solace and happiness in her children and riding. On October 20, 1968, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy married Greek business tycoon Aristotle Onassis. After his death in March 1975, Jackie, Caroline, and John Jr. moved to the place of her childhood, New York City, where she raised the children, championed civic preservation projects, and worked as an editor for Viking and later Doubleday. In January 1994, she was diagnosed with lymphoma. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis died at her Manhattan home on the evening of Thursday, May 19, 1994. She was sixtyfour. People around the world honored and remembered her

remarkable life as First Lady, young widow, devoted mother, civic preservationist, and respected editor. Others like her cousin John H. Davis remembered her passion for horses. His thoughts undoubtedly returned to those idyllic summer days at Lasata, where Jacqueline trotted around a gleaming, white fenced ring on her mother’s magnificent chestnut mare Danseuse. It was a joyful time in the life of a young woman, who later faced her personal tragedies and triumphs with the same courage, toughmindedness, and grace she displayed as a champion equestrienne. ���




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WILLOW BROOK FARMS NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP CENTER 2008 SCHEDULE PARELLI NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP SERIES Christi Rains (3-Star) –Level 1 - May 16th & 17th (Limit of 10) –Level 2 - May 18th & 19th (Limit of 10)

NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP SERIES K.C. LaPierre www.equine –Level 1 Applied Equine Podiatry and Performance Hoof Trim April 23rd-27th (Limit of 20)

Nita Jo Rush (3-Star) –Level 1 Advanced/Transition to Level 2 June 13th & 14th (Limit of 10) –Level 2 Advanced/Transition to Level 3 June 15th & 16th (Limit of 10)

Joe Wolter –Colt Starting June 5th, 6th, 7th & 8th (Limit of 10) –Horsemanship June 5th, 6th, 7th & 8th (Limit of 15)

Dave Ellis (5-Star) –Apply Principles to Purpose Level 2 and 3 Oct 31st, Nov 1st, 2nd & 3rd Nov 1st, 2nd & 3rd 31st (Limit of 20)

Bryan Neubert –Colt Starting & Re-Starts Sept 4th, 5th, 6th & 7th – Mornings (Limit of 10) –Horsemanship Sept 4th, 5th, 6th & 7th – Afternoons (Limit of 15)

These five clinics will be a comprehensive approach to an integrative teaching process. Participants who sign up for two or more Parelli courses will receive a discount of 5%. Participants who sign up for two or more courses with at least two different Parelli instructors will receive a 5% discount and a free lesson with their choice of one of the Parelli instructors appearing at Willow Brook in 2008.

WILLOW BROOK SERIES SERIES Peter Fuller –Problem Solving/Horsemanship Clinic April 26th & 27th (Limit of 10) Peter Fuller –Cow Working Clinic (Limit of 7): –Beginner May 24th, June 27th, Sept. 20th & Oct. 25th –Intermediate May 25th, June 28th, Sept. 21st & Oct. 26th

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Hong Kong Olympic

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Cross Country International (CCI) is offering a selection of accommodations and ticket packages for the XXVIIII Olympiad’s Summer Olympic Equestrian Games, August 9-22, 2008, in Hong Kong. For many travelers, finding accommodations in Hong Kong and the surrounding area can be daunting, but Cross Country International (CCI) has taken the guess work out of the process and is offering a wide variety of options. “We are offering travel packages that are complete with event tickets, wonderful hotel accommodations near the equestrian venues and interesting city tours,” said Karen Lancaster, President, Cross Country International. “Spectators will enjoy cheering their favorite Dressage, Jumping or Eventing competitors up close and could also have a chance to meet them at Hong Kong’s Jockey Club.” CCI and Pegasus Adventures have formed a joint venture to manage the sales of tickets hotels and transport services during next year’s Games. Pegasus Adventures, established in 1976, is one the largest incoming

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tour operators in Europe and Asia, and offers the credibility and security a project of such complexity requires. Cross Country International, an equestrian adventure travel company in its 20th year, has personally inspected all hotels, venues, transport and services in Hong Kong. “Cross Country International has a proven record of providing tickets and first-class accommodations,” said James R. Wolf, Executive Director, Sports Programs of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF). “We worked with them for the 2004 Athens Olympic Games and 2006 World Equestrian Games and found

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them to be professional in every regard. The Federation looks forward to working with them again for next year’s Olympics in Hong Kong.” “We have secured more than 300 hotel rooms and ticket packages. Spectators want a choice of luxury and affordable accommodations as close to the Olympic venues as possible, and we can provide them,” said Lancaster. In addition, the packages include additional services including arrival and departure transport to and from the new airport, auto and mobile phone rental, and 24 hour call service for information and emergency which will make guests comfortable and create a sense of security throughout their stay in Hong Kong. On arrival welcome packs will be provided with all the necessary information to help visitors become acquainted with Hong

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Kong and the Olympic venues. Local horseback riding, kayaking and golf can also be arranged. In addition, if visitors want to extend their stay and visit other locales in Mainland China to XI’AN – SHANIAGH or take SHANGHAI – YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE to visit– TIBET - XIANBCE these trips can also be provided. To make a reservation for tickets and accommodations for the 2008 Equestrian Olympics venues, please call Karen Lancaster at 800-828-8768 ext 150, visit http:// or email

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Willow Brook Natural Horsemanship Center (WBNHC) will be offering a series of very unique Parelli clinics in 2008 taught by three prominent Licensed Parelli Professionals. The first clinics in the series will be taught by Christi Rains, 3-star Parelli instructor, who will be teaching “Level 1” and “Level 2”. Next, 3-star Parelli instructor Nita Jo Rush who will be teaching “Level 1 Advanced/Transition to Level 2” and “Level 2 Advanced/Transition to Level 3”. Finally, 5-star Parelli instructor Dave Ellis will tie the series together by teaching skills from Levels 1 through 3, putting principles, learned in the first part of the series, to purpose, which will include cow working, trail riding, obstacle crossing and more. These clinics will be a comprehensive approach to an integrative teaching process. Discounts will be given to students who sign up for more than one clinic in the series. Great Instructors Other clinicians headlining at WBNHC will include some other great natural horsemen such as Joe Wolter, Martin Black, and Bryan Neubert, all influenced by Tom Dorrance and Ray Hunt. They will be teaching horsemanship, colt starting, and some cow working. Experience Benefits Students Peter Fuller, Parelli Level 3 and Chief Executive Officer of Willow Brook, organizes these clinics. He has had the opportunity to learn from the world’s greatest horsemen over the last fifteen years which has enabled him to pass this information on to his students and clients. Peter’s biggest influence has been Pat Parelli, whom he met

in 1992, after he team roped and rodeoed for many years prior. Interestingly, Pat Parelli’s first clinic east of the Mississippi was held at Willow Brook Farms at that time. Besides immersing himself in the Parelli system, Peter has gained wisdom from other great horsemen, including Buck Brannaman, who will be teaching at WBNHC in 2009. Clinic Choices Peter offers two types of clinics: problem solving clinics for people who wish to develop a better relationship with their horses, and cow working clinics, his specialty. Awesome Facilities Willow Brook’s facility is second to none! It offers its clients two indoor arenas, 50 stalls, two large outdoor arenas, a Parelli-style Playground, a pond for horse swimming and plenty of trails on which to ride. Furthermore, there is housing to serve up to ten people on premise to accommodate those who wish to stay near their horses. For

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non-horsey spouses who wish to accompany their partner, there is a golf package for those who may enjoy the links while their other half communes with their horse. Great Foundation The face change of Willow Brook began 15 years ago. At one time, Willow Brook was home to some of the most prominent reining horses and reining horse shows in the world, and developed many world champions, including Joe Cody and High Proof, both NRHA Hall of Fame inductees. The Cody lineage is still the foundation for some of the best reining horses today such as Topsail Cody. C. Thomas Fuller developed Willow Brook’s breeding program starting in the early 1960’s. His vision was seminal in making Willow Brook into a household name. He also helped catapult the reining horse industry into its success today.


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NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP Fresh changes In 2007, Willow Brook said goodbye to the Eastern Pennsylvania Reining Horse Association (ERPHA) horse shows, which included the famed Joe Cody Classic. Peter said that while many will miss the venue for reining horses as well as the beautiful setting of Willow Brook and its rich living history, the new philosophy of WBNHC has breathed a new or very different kind of life into Willow Brook.

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USET Foundation Awards Lionel Guerrand-Hermes Trophy to Show Jumper Hillary Dobbs The United States Equestrian Team Foundation (USET) is pleased to announce that 19-year-old Hillary Dobbs of Sussex, NJ, has been awarded the Lionel Guerrand-Hermes Trophy, which recognizes a Junior/Young Rider who exemplifies the USET Foundation’s ideals of sportsmanship and horsemanship.

riding since she is four years old and competing since she is five. She owns four jumpers, as well as many other horses who reside on the family farm including her first pony who is now 37 years old. The horses that Hillary primarily competes with, Marengo, a 9-year-old Holsteiner gelding and Corlett, are stabled with her trainers, John and Missy Clark of North Run Stables in Warren, VT. Hillary has been training with them since her freshman year in high school.

“I’m very honored that the USET Foundation has chosen me, and I’m truly grateful,” Dobbs said. “To be in the presence of the past riders that have won, like Jeffery Welles, Chris Kappler “The summer started off amazing, and it just and McLain Ward, is truly an honor.” kept getting better. It was my first full year in the grand prix, I’ve got some great horses, and Dobbs started out the year strong with four everything just came together. It was truly a grand prix victories in a row. She and Corlett great year,” said Dobbs. won both $25,000 grand prix events at the St. Clement’s Saratoga Horse Show series. She took the win in the $25,000 Ariat Grand Prix on At the Washington International Horse Show, Dobbs was named the Leading Open Jumper a Thursday with Quincy B and returned for a Rider in her first year of top international win on Sunday in the $75,000 Footings Unlimited Grand Prix on Corlett. Throughout the year, competition, and her horse Marengo was named the Leading International Horse at the 123rd Dobbs has also had consistent success in the National Horse Show. Dobbs’ greatest achieveamateur-owner jumper division. ment this year was competing for the United States when she rode on the gold medal winning Hillary, a sophmore at Harvard University, has

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team at the Nations Cup in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

that the USET Foundation has given us and deliver in the future.”

In her first time riding for the team, Dobbs was double clear on Quincy B. She remarked, “That’s something that I’ll always remember. It was such a thrill for me. It was my first international competition, my first time wearing the red coat, and the first time I trained under George Morris. I feel like once you experience that international team competition, you want to keep doing it.”

She noted that she owed a lot to her trainers, Missy Clark and John Brennan, as well as her family. “It’s a great award for not only me, but for Missy and John. Over the years, they’ve been patient and supportive the whole way. It’s been a long journey,” she said. “It’s really a testament to them and their program that they could bring me along. I’m so grateful to Missy and John and my family. It’s been a rewarding year for Also on the team in Argentall of us; for all of the work ���������������������������������� ina was former Guerrandthat everybody has put in.” Hermes trophy winner Brianne Goutal. Dobbs’ close friend Carolyn Kelly won the trophy last Dobbs plans to elevate her riding career once year. “It’s very exciting to win this award and to she graduates. “I’m going to try and ride as be in the likes of the grand prix riders that are much as possible during my career at Harvard,” so successful now, but it’s also very exciting that she said. “I want to take it very seriously, and two of my friends have won it,” Dobbs noted. “I I look forward to focusing more on my riding hope we can continue to live up to the honor when I get out of school.”

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focused on you. After you have worked your horse for a while, offer him the chance to stand. Pet him, and let him know that he is doing the right thing. BEFORE he gets bored with standing, send him off to work again. It is very important that you anticipate him getting restless and make the decision to have him move before he makes it himself. Send him off while he is still focused on wanting to stand. Repeat this exercise a few times, letting your horse stand for a little longer each time. Keep in mind that your goal here is not to make your horse sweat and tire him out. Your goal is to improve on the ground work exercises that you have already taught, and engage your horse’s mind.

We need to create the desire to stand in their head.

Begin this exercise by longeing your horse in a circle around you at the trot. By asking him to move his feet you will begin to create the desire to stand still. Change directions frequently, and try to engage your horse’s mind and get him

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Now, you are ready to move on to the next step. First, pick a verbal cue that you will use every time you want your horse to stand without moving. Many people like to use “stand”. I frequently use “stay”. The important thing is that you pick something that works for you, and use it every time. Now, drop the lead rope on the ground, tell your horse to “stay”, and back one or two steps away from him. If he stands, wait for 15 to 30 seconds. Then go back and pet him, reward him, and let him know that he did exactly what you wanted. You don’t want to stay away for so long that he decides to move on his own. If he tries to follow you or move when you first back away from him, move him back to where he was before and try again. If he tries to move more than once or twice, just put him back to work longeing for a while and then offer him another chance to stand. Once your horse stands for you once and you reward him, put him back to work around you again. This is not a punishment, but rather a way to further reinforce the desire to stand that you are creating in your horse.

Repeat this exercise, asking your horse to stand for longer and longer periods of time, and moving farther and farther away from him. Always try to anticipate when he is going to move off, and go back to him and reward him before he does. You want to set this up so your horse can win again and again. With that in mind, start in an area with as little distraction as possible, and gradually move to areas with more and more distractions. If you are in an arena with other horses on one side of it, ask your horse to stop and stand facing away from them at first. You don’t want to set him up for failure by making it too tempting to walk towards the other horses. As he understands the exercise better, you can add more challenges. When my horse is ground tying, I allow him to put his head down to smell the ground or even graze, as long as his feet don’t move. One situation where I will let my horse move his feet is if he has stopped crooked. Then he is allowed to move enough to square up so he can stand easily and comfortably, but no more than that. Once your horse seems to understand this exercise, you will need to give them the opportunity

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Bucks County Horse Park Prepares for an Action Packed 2008 Season

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Marshall Sterling Division of the Fall Jumper Classic. Also in the fall, the Park runs the Pink Ribbon Ride, which over the years has donated over $20,000 to the Lehigh Valley Women’s Breast Cancer Center. Non-riders have fun too! Spectators love to bring their families to the Park, there is plenty of room to roam, lots of horse action to watch, great scenery and good food on event days. The Park is always looking for volunteers, it is a great way to gain knowledge about a particular sport, make new friends and enjoy the many benefits the Park has to offer. Local business are getting involved. The Park, which is gaining in popularity and is dedicated to producing high quality events to its clients, provides a great opportunity to promote their businesses.

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March 13: (Thur) 7:30pm, Lehigh Valley Horse Council lecture: Photographing Your Horse Speaker: Mr. Wilson Black, Wilson Black Photography, Bethlehem, PA at the Hanover Township Community Center, Bethlehem, PA* March 15: Natural Horsemanship Clinic by Caroline Rider Delaware Horse Expo. Delaware State Fairgrounds, Dupont Hwy., Harrington, Del. Horse Sales, vendors, demos, clinics. March 16: (Sun) SHOW at Heaven’s Gate Farm, Pipersville, PA, 215-343-0213

March 20: Thursday, 7pm, Conquering Your Fears On The Trail lecture by Carolyn Cook, author of “Ride Pennsylvania Horse Trails” Books I & II. At the Mongonery County 4H Center in Creamery PA, Maple Room. Free & open to the public. Call 610-754-1155 for info. No RSVP needed. April 3, 10 & 17: Horse Owner’s Short Course, Montgomery County 4H Center, Creamery, PA 610489-4315 April 12: (Sat) Tack Swap at the Northampton County 4H Center, 777 Bushkill Center Rd, Nazareth, PA, 11am to 2pm. Table space available. 610-837-7294 April 20: (Sun) SHOW at Heaven’s Gate Farm, Pipersville, PA, 215-343-0213

May 15: (Thur) 7:00pm Lehigh Valley Horse Council Lecture: Halter to Harness Want to drive? Learn how to long line, to pick that driving horse/pony, to properly harness, etc. Speaker: Michelle McBride-Casale, Location: Burgundy Hollow Farm, Northampton PA* May 17: (Sat) POLO at Tinicum Park Polo Club Opening Day. Tinicum Park on Route 32 in Revere, PA. Tail gate competition. $5/car parking fee. Leashed dogs allowed. 908-996-3321 Games every Saturday to Oct. May 17: New Jersey HorseXpo 9am -5pm, (May 18 9am-4pm) South County Park Rt. 179 South, Ringoes, NJ Horse demonstrations, vendors, seminars. For information 908-735-5955. May 18: (Sun) SHOW at Heaven’s Gate Farm, Pipersville, PA, 215-343-0213

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*For more information on Lehigh Valley Horse Council lectures, call: 610-759-7985 or 610-837-7294. Due to circumstances beyond our control a date, topic, or location could be changed, please check information ahead of time if you are not an LVHC member receiving the LVHC newsletter. Bucks County Horse Park 2008 Schedule see page 31 (inside back cover) NACMO Rides, see page 25

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The Horse, the Humbled and the Healer

By Maria Martino Evans


n October 2, 2005, Dana Eldridge, 35, of Coopersburg, PA, went horseback riding

with friends. She didn’t realize that her horse had outgrown his shoes, which caused his front and back hooves to become stuck together. “I thought he was just trying to eat and tried to bring his head back up,” Dana explains. “The horse was actually falling, panicked and threw his back feet in the air, sending me over his head.” A martial artist for 13 years, Dana tucked into a dive roll to protect her head and absorb the impact. But her arms buckled when they hit the ground and each broke in six places. Luckily for Dana, she was riding with her best friend, Dr. JoAnn Burke, who immediately sent another friend back to the farm for materials to splint her arms and get the jeep to get her out of the woods they had been riding in. In the Emergency Room , Dana’s arms were x-rayed and a specialist was sent for. When the doctor read the x-rays, he wanted to go to the operating room right away to set the arms with pins and plaster. Dana said “no” and asked what her options were.

A martial artist, Dana Eldridge knew the power of mind over matter. Then she experienced Cheyenne ‘s physical and spiritual healing…

“They said they could try to set the arms but did not hold out much hope because the breaks were that bad,” she recalls. “I was told if I went with casts, if the bones did not show signs of healing in two weeks, I would have to have the surgery.” After discussing the options with Dr. Burke, of Coopersburg Family Health Care, Dana decided to go with the casts and use a complementary form of healing. JoAnn took Dana right from the hospital over to the farm of a healer she knew locally. Enter Cheyenne Cheyenne, owner of Health-Heart-Soul in Springtown, Pa., provides a personalized energy-based health, heart and soul experience. Her passion comes through in her creation of a supportive healing environment to individuals seeking renewed physical vitality and greater personal awareness. Dana had met Cheyenne a year and a half before the horseback riding accident. She was listening to her friend, JoAnn Burke, talk about Cheyenne and her work. She said, “I’ve spent a lot of time studying Eastern Culture and a lot of the words and phrases JoAnn used to describe Cheyenne ‘s work with energy were in sync

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HEALING with what I read and taught.” Dana then asked JoAnn if she could attend her next meeting with Cheyenne . “We spent about three hours with Cheyenne that day, and I was convinced that she had taken energy work to a whole new level. Cheyenne could feel things that were unspoken.”

or negative influence over how we feel and view the world around us. Cheyenne ‘s work taps into that energy and helps you to re-identify with it in order to create positive changes in your life.”

Harnessing her body’s energy Dana says she believed that if she could harness her body’s Dana then did ongoing work energy in martial arts to with Cheyenne after the initial move a 200-pound man meeting. When asked how or break through wood Cheyenne ‘s work differs and cinder block, why from other complementary shouldn’t she be able to health care she responded, harness that same “With acupressure, acuenergy for healing puncture and Reiki, I experpurposes? “I truly beienced no change physically lieved that with Cheyenne’s or spiritually,” Dana explains. help, it would happen,” ������������������ “With massage and chiropractic, Dana explains. “I also believed �������� I got temporary physical relief. But that without Cheyenne ‘s help, it with Cheyenne , I have experienced both physi- would not be possible.” cal and spiritual healing.” She then says, “For most people, spiritual healing is hard to compre- Her faith in Cheyenne was so strong because hend. The body’s energy is not limited to moving she had already experienced the benefits of her us around or controlling if we are tired. It is work in other areas of her life and in the lives of affected by our actions and our experiences as people close to her. well as our environment and can have a positive


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Does your dog have sensitive ears? Try this...

This is Simba, a 1 1/2 year old Beagle. He is a lemon beagle because of his unusal color- he does not have any black or dark brown. This cute fellow is named after the character in the Lion King, and he resides in Doylestown.

Wax build-up causes a dog’s ears to become sensitive. Purchase any brand of mouth wash, and put a small eye dropper full in each ear. Be sure it goes into the canal by holding their head tilted for a few seconds. Repeat every ten days. This is a great, easy and inexpensive way to prevent wax build-up.

Bramble is a German Short Hair Pointer puppy. He has already started his career as a hunting dog, and he lives in Doylestown, PA.

Consult your vet or groomer before trying any medications/treatments on your pet!

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No Resoaking No Duct Tape No Diapers No Mess No Wasted Time HOOFix

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Bucks County Equestrian

Bucks County Horse Park 2008 Calendar of Events

April 13 May 18 June 22August 10 Sept 13 October 12 -


Combined Test/Dressage Schooling Horse Trial USEA Recognized Horse Trial Schooling Horse Trial USEA Recognized Horse Trial Combined Test/Dressage/ Starter Horse Trial November 8 – Schooling Horse Trials


Other Shows & Events Thursday Morning Hunter / Jumper Show series Every Thurs June 12 thru Aug 28

PJHSA English/Western Shows June 1 and July 27

Jumper Shows

April 13- Schooling Dressage May 4- USEF/USDF Dressage I Tuesday Evening Dressage (ESDCTA) Every other Tuesday: May 13, May 27, June 10, June 24, , July 8, July22, Aug 5, Aug 19, July 6 - USEF/USDF Dressage II Aug 2 - USEF/USDF Dressage III Sept 14- USEF/USDF Dressage IV October 12- Schooling Dressage October 25- USEF/USDF Dressage V

May 10 – Thompson Toyota Spring Jumper Show October 5 – Fall Jumper Classic

Western Show Series New Divisions!

April 19, May17 and June 29


June14 –Poker Drive and Sept 28 –ADS Driving Show

Hunter Paces & Chases

April 20, May 26, Aug 31, Nov 30 - Hunter paces June 8 - Scavenger Hunt Sept. 21 -Judged Trail Ride Oct 4 - Pink Ribbon Ride Oct 26 - Spookarama

Volunteering is Fun at BCHP!!!! Promote your Business many sponsorship opportunities

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Tinicum Park Polo Club 2008 Season

people. A variety of sponsorships available in various price ranges.

Individual and Corporate Sponsorships Available

Become a member! Social Membership includes:

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2008 Schedule Of Events Games are held every Saturday at 2pm. Call the hotline at 908-996-3321 on the morning of the game due to possible cancelation for weather or field conditions. All games are open to the public with a $5/car parking fee for non-members.

May 17th, Opening Day • Tail Gate Competition June 14th, Classic American Car Show July 12th, Max Berger Cup • Hat Day- Prizes for Cool Hats! July 26th, Arby Dobb Cup August 9th, President’s Cup August 23rd, Women’s Cup September 20th, Polo & Pooches • Bring your dog for a fun dog show! September 27th, Wine + Polo October 4th, British Car Show • Tail Gate Competition For information about sponsorships or memberships, call our hotline at 908-996-3321 year-round, or visit our website at

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Bucks County Equestrian magazine Spring 2008