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Social Media: Vanessa Ashton Photography: Steven Edward Contributing Writers Alessandra Deerinck Dr. Amy Hayek Alek Majtenyi Sydney Masters Dr. Bill Ormston Lynn Palm Contributing Photographers: Alison Hartwell Photograph: www.AlisonHartwell.com Getty Images For Longines Masters

On the cover... Richard Spooner in a Ninja Turtle costume in the Charity Pro-AM at the Longines Masters in 2014. Photo by Ge�y Images for Longines Masters.

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Welcome to the Equus Film Festival in New York City.

The Equus Film Festival is the first festival oriented around equestrian themed content from all over the world. The festival empowers storytellers to show the rich history and diverse tapestry of horses in human culture through equestrian content. We have feature films, documentaries, shorts, music videos, commercials, training educational materials, art and literary. We are the home for the storytellers of the horse world. Our festival has been created to highlight and award the diverse and creative efforts of those who artistically pay homage to the horse. The festival hosted one hundred and nineteen pieces of film in 2014 at MIST Theatre in New York City. From horse related commercials to wounded warrior stories and feature length documentaries. The number of films we’ve received for our 2015 Equus Film Festival is already surpassing last year’s number and the interest is International. Our films came from Japan to Brazil and everywhere in between. This year we will be hosting the Equus Film Festival at the beautiful vintage, Village East Cinema, 181189 2nd Avenue at 12th Street New York City. https://www.facebook.com/citycinemasNYC?_rdr We are taking the winners and special select films from the Equus Film Festival on tour to places like The Kentucky Horse Park, Silver Springs International Film Festival, Mackinac Island Michigan, South Carolina, Colorado and to where ever the horse world invites us. People love the idea and we love sharing our love of horses with the world. We are a platform to educate and enlighten the world to all issues related to horses. Together, we endeavor to better the world for horses.






with Equus Film Festival 2015 Official Program Cover artist Shannon Ford by LA Pomeroy

She really does set a shining example: Canadian fine artist Shannon Ford paints with semi-precious minerals and real gemstone powders, uniquely capturing with every brush stroke the precious – and precocious -- essence of the horses she loves. Growing up in Calgary, Ford dreamed of painting life-size horses on her bedroom walls and now her hazel-eyed horse portrait, First Ritmo AJ, painted in real 24-karat gold and sapphire dust, has achieved a larger-than-life honor as the Official Equus Film Festival 2015 Program Cover, when the world’s only event of its kind dedicated to equestrian art, film and literature comes to the Village East Cinema, November 20-21, in New York City. “It’s hard to describe but when I paint, I think like a sculptor. Having spent 30 years as a sculptor and jeweler, I think the conceptual thought process behind three-dimensional work forms how I paint. I am fascinated by how an object’s surface can disappear by how it is painted. Reflection and physical surface texture can create that ‘indescribable feeling’ in art.”

EFF: Horse or horse-related topic you’d like to do next/someday? SF: I have been approached by a Canadian fashion designer about using my colours and images on clothing. That’s exciting as we equestrians love our horses. I am also excited about the film festival just for equine films. New York City has a vibrant arts scene so to share my work there is a dream come true.

Equus Film Festival 2015 went backstage with Ford as she reflects on art, horses and coming to New York City in November...

EFF: If you weren’t doing this, what alternative career might you have? SF: There was no other choice. My parents talk about how I wasn’t happy unless I had something in my hand to draw with. They started me in art classes very young. I attended art college right after high school and have created art professionally ever since.

EFF: Earliest horse-related memory? SF: I was three years old when I met my first horse. It was winter in Saskatchewan, she was a black draft mare, and I remember being held up to her face and her steamy breath was all around me. After that, I went horse crazy EFF: Who or what serves as your inspiration? SF: Denis and I raise Mangalarga Marchadores, the national breed of Brazil and they inspire me every day. First Ritmo AJ is of our own Marchador stallion. He was a champion breeding stallion in Brazil before being imported to North America EFF: First big career break? SF: Changing my focus to painting. I had been creating sculpture and jewelry since graduating from Alberta College of Art in 1982, but in 2003 I moved, put my metal-smithing equipment in storage, went back to college for a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (2005) and was on my way to painting full-time. Meeting my sweetheart, Denis Pelletier, was another break. Supportive and creative friends and family have made a big difference in my art career. EFF: Favorite piece of work? SF: Collectors tell me they love how accurate my anatomy is. How from a distance a painting appears very realistic but up close becomes abstract.

EFF: What lasting impact do you hope your work can have on the horse world? SF: I paint with hand-ground precious and semi-precious gemstone powders and 24K gold, white gold and palladium. I use diamond dust to give a subtle surface twinkle. The experience, of being around a horse, of connecting with another being, is filled with growth, magic and spiritual opening. The colours, gemstones, precious metals I use honour this experience. In addition to meeting Shannon Ford and seeing her work firsthand at the Equus Film Festival 2015, she is on exhibit in galleries throughout Canada. See ShannonFord.ca for a complete list.

Learn more about purchasing tickets and the Equus Film Festival schedule of artists and screenings at EquusFilmFestival.net.

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Glamour of Hollywood and Prestigeof

Longines Masters

... in Los Angeles this October EEM’s Masters events have been synonymous with elite equestrian competition since the inception of the Gucci Paris Masters in 2009. Inspired by the Grand Slam tournaments in tennis, EEM CEO and Founder Christophe Ameeuw’s vision was to expand the event into a series and to elevate the prestige and awareness of international show jumping around the globe. After Paris, EEM established the Longines Masters of Hong Kong in 2013, the first 5* Show Jumping event in Asia, and Los Angeles became home to the American leg of the Series last year. In June, the series was officially rebranded as the Longines Masters on three continents—Europe, Asia, and America—with Longines named the title partner of all three events.

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and Californian Lucy Davis. The biggest names in the sport are attracted not only by the glamour of Hollywood and the prestige of the Longines Masters, but also by the event’s purse. Top-ranked riders compete for one million dollars in prize money at each leg of the Longines Masters Series. This year EEM has introduced an interesting element that raises the stakes and excitement of the competition both on the individual event and the series levels. In addition to the one million dollars, any rider who consecutively wins the Longines Grand Prix in Paris, Hong Kong and Los Angeles will be rewarded with the Master Grand Slam Bonus of one million euros. For two successive victories, the rider will be awarded €500,000, and winners of two non-successive victories within a series of three Longines Grand Prix will receive a €250,000 bonus.


Renowned UK rider John Whitaker and his horse Argento were victorious in both the Gucci Gold Cup and the Longines Grand Prix at the Longines Masters of Hong Kong. At the Los Angeles event this fall, he will be competing to become the first rider to win two successive Longines Grand Prix, and all eyes will be on him to see if he will be awarded the €500,000 bonus. Other competition highlights include Longines Speed Challenge and the Gucci Gold Cup. On Friday, October 2nd, the Longines Speed Challenge puts the speed, agility, power and precision of show jumping center stage for what some consider to be the world’s fastest class. Faults are less heavily penalized than usual, giving free rein to speed, and resulting in an intense and highly entertaining race against the clock. The Longines Masters of Los Angeles has added a new class to its program this year on Saturday

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night, October 3rd. Already a crown jewel of the Longines Masters of Hong Kong, the Gucci Gold Cup heads to the United States for the first time. In the midst of the rigorous competition, riders are able to have fun for a great cause as well. Saturday’s Charity Pro-AM Style & Competition originated at the Paris Masters in 2010 and has been a huge success since. Professional riders are paired with amateur riders, and each team competes on behalf of a different charity with the support of a generous sponsor. Last year eleven charities were represented by twenty-two riders. The evening is enjoyable for those riding as well as for fans, who relish the inventive costumes worn by each team, which is tasked with choosing its music and iconic look. A celebrity jury judges each couple based on style and elegance as well as the horses’ style. Last year’s jury included actor Sebastian Roché, TV fashion expert Jeannie Mai, and fashion designer Ariana Rockefeller. Highlights of the evening included Rodrigo Pessoa as Katy Perry, Kent Farrington as a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, Jessica

Springsteen as a hippie, and Kaley Cuoco as a Native American. Hannah Selleck and Laura Kraut were voted the top team, competing on behalf of JustWorld International, sponsored by Longines, and dressed in Batman-themed costumes with Kevin Staut making an appearance as the Joker. The Longines Masters of Los Angeles has much more offer than show jumping, though. This year EEM is bridging the gap between disciplines by hosting Pam Am Games champion Steffen Peters for dressage demonstrations taking place on both Friday and Saturday. In a rare opportunity to engage with the rider in his element, Peters will explain the piaffe, the pirouette, and the other highly technical movements that make dressage one of the most elegant and rigorous sports. Following the presentation, Peters will exhibit a freestyle program set to music, also known as a Kür. VIP guests at the Masters Club will also be able to enjoy the fine cuisine of two Michelin-star Belgian chef Yves Mattagnes, who will be traveling to Los Angeles for the


event. Last year’s delicacies included foie gras ravioli, scallop carpaccio, and other delectable haute fare not often found inside sports arenas. Families will be able to enjoy the Kids Corner with a variety of activities to entertain children of all ages, such as a photo booth, face painting, caricature artist, scavenger hunts, and rider meet-and-greets. Parents can shop for equestrian finest in the Prestige Village, which will include shops including Gucci, Hermès, and more, and Opera Gallery will bring one-of-a-king artwork that will be on display throughout the convention center. As one of the newest U.S. show jumping competitions, the Longines Masters of Los Angeles benefits greatly from its history of elegance in Europe and Asia. It combines the glitz of Hollywood with the grace of partners such as Longines and Gucci and promises to be the must-attend event of the year.

More information is available at www.mastersgrandslam.com/en/ longines_masters_los_angeles.

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Fall 2015 Apparel Collection:



The new Noble Outfitters™ Fall 2015 Apparel Collection is the definitive answer to winter wear! Designed with equestrian function and fit, the new line focuses on details to enhance comfort, protection, and warmth without sacrificing style. With clean lines and classic colors, you will fall in love with Noble Outfitters’ apparel all over again!

Layer! Layer! Layer! Noble Outfitters’ gives you the foundation to ride comfortably all four seasons of the year. The secret? Layers! Perfect as a base layer for added warmth during cooler weather, the Hailey Long Sleeve Crew features thumbholes at the cuff to keep you covered as you move. A dropped back hem keeps the winter chill from creeping up your back. It is also a natural choice for warmer weather with it’s Opti-Dry Technology to wick moisture away and UPF 20+ fabric protects against the strong summer sun. Spend all day in this comfy crew with its ergonomic seams for a natural range of motion and princess seam side panels that provide a feminine fit. If you are looking for a base layer made for the active woman, the Lauren Quarter Zip Mock is ideal for riding, hiking, running, fitness, walking, yoga and so much more! This incredibly diverse long sleeve features base-layer performance fabric with non-chaffing flat seams for a superior feel! The athletic design features princess seam side panels for comfort and style with all the modern touches. The Noble Outfitters’ Opti-Dry Technology fabric wicks moisture away from your skin and keeps you dry even with the most challenging activities. 24

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Warmer in Three Ways! What goes better with a base layer, than a cozy vest! Designed for the professional equestrian, the Noble Outfitters™ Warmup Quilted Vest (next page) features a trendy crossover funnel neckline and stretch side panels for a form flattering fit. The 100% nylon exterior with water repellant finish along with the 140 gram polyester insulation with quilted details makes this vest a riding necessity. Enjoy modern conveniences like an inner mesh zipper pocket with a cord management system and wire guide for iPods or cell phones




to conveniently and safely keep your music with you on every ride. The dropped back hem provides extra coverage while riding and the zip secure hand pockets keep your valuables safe and secure. If you love the look of the Warmup Quilted Vest, check out the pretty and practical Warmup Quilted Jacket too! This trendy jacket fuses sleek lines and detailed stitching with medium-weight warmth and an articulated design. The 100% nylon exterior features a water repellant finish which protects you from the light rain while the 180 gram polyester insulated body and 120 gram insulated sleeves blocks the gusts on those chilly, windy days. This jacket is designed for a full range of movement with articulated elbow construction and a dropped back hem with zip vents. The detachable polyfill lined hood with adjustments and the zip secure pockets are designed for convenience and versatility. A touch of soft brushed lining at the inside neck completes this iconic winter necessity. For the ultimate coverage as you layer up this fall, embrace the Noble Outfitters™ Warmup Quilted Jacket; perfect for town and country. This classic, quilted 3/4 length waterproof coat does more than keep you warm and dry, it features a full range of movement that the articulated elbow offers while the princess seam side panels provide a flattering fit. A touch of soft brushed lining at the inside neck compliments the cozy nature of this coat. The 100% nylon exterior features a water repellant finish to keep you dry while the 225 gram polyester insulated body and 180 gram insulated sleeves keep you nice and cozy. The detachable polyfill lined hood with adjustments and the zip secure pockets are designed for convenience and versatility. A YKK® two way front zipper and knitted internal storm cuff with thumbholes protect you from exposure to cold winter air. Winter doesn’t stand a chance!

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Winter Necessities!

The Noble Outfitters™ Warmwear Quarter Zip Hoodie is a hoodie…. with a twist! (lower right) The draw cord adjustable hood and unique neckline combines all the best details of a mid-layer hoodie and a base-layer quarter zip. Cozy up in this classic piece with its fleece brushed interior and nylon taffeta collar with polyfill padding and YKK® zipper. The flattering fit hugs the body to provide warmth without bulk and allows freedom of mobility. Two zip-secure front pockets hold your valuables safely and securely, allowing you to move about your day with peace of mind. Don’t forget about the Noble Outfitters™ Legacy Coat, right. This unbelievably elegant and incredibly functional coat, features waterproof and wind resistant stretch material to keep you warm and dry while the back bi-swing design increases mobility without compromising your flexibility and motion. The princess seam side panels are designed to give this long coat a feminine fit. The Legacy Coat is available in exquisite Wine and timeless Black for a classic appeal that coordinates with any rider’s wardrobe style. It’s easy to accessorize with the custom logo infinity scarf, free with your Legacy Coat purchase!

Complete Your Look!

The difference is in the details and that goes double for coordinating your outfit. The Noble Outfitters™ Perfect Fit™ Gloves now come in Dark Navy Floral and Wine Paisley to coordinate with this season’s line. In addition to two new prints, these gloves also feature SureGrip™ synthetic suede palms, double stitched critical seams, and a stretch jersey material for the perfect fit. These gloves are touch screen friendly so you won’t have frosty fingers this winter and

machine washable to keep their colors looking bright all season. Match from your fingers to your toes with the Over the Calf Peddies™! Not only do these amazing socks give you cushion and comfort, but they are now available in four new coordinating prints: Ice Arrows, Multi Neon Floral, Dark Navy Floral, and Wine Paisley! They are the perfect way to show off your style and coordinate with the new Fall collection!

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With extra cushion on the bottom of the foot and Noble Outfitters’ special Ankle Shield padded protection, Over the Calf Peddies (left) are perfect for around the barn or a long show day and will even make the dreaded boot break-in period a thing of the past. Add a beautiful leather belt to enhance your style! The Noble Outfitters™ Classic Quilted Belt is an ideal choice with it’s beautiful genuine leather handcrafted details. An artfully stitched leather covered buckle and quilting pattern shows the attention to detail with a side of personality. Although wide, you will never feel uncomfortable with the ergonomic, contoured shape. Finish any outfit with one of the charming Noble Outfitters’ leather bracelets like the new Contrasting Stitch Bracelet. Whether you’re a cowgirl, fashionista, or just a down to earth gal, then this bracelet is perfect for you!. This full grain leather cuff bracelet features a Western Conway buckle closure and vintage contrast stitching for a true touch authentic western style. Available in three distinctive colors to coordinate easily with any outfit and the entire Noble Outfitters’ 2015 Fall Apparel Collection. It’s a fact that Noble Outfitters’ products are barn tested, horse approved! The innovative designs and quality materials are paired with beautiful style and exceptional value. Check out the full line of Noble Outfitters products including the Fall 2015 English and Western Collection at www.nobleoutfitters.com! Noble Outfi�ers® collection is available in Ocala, FL at Country Lane Tack. See their ad on page XX


Bionic improves grip strength, without the need to grip harder, and reduces hand fatigue.

The Bionic Equine Glove Anatomical Relief Pad System Plus, friction causing blisters and calluses is virtually eliminated. Unlike conventional gloves, which are designed with a straight cut in the fingers, Bionic gloves feature a pre-rotated design that follows the natural motion of your fingers. Made of stretchable and breathable Lycra material, Motion Zones are added over the knuckles and Web Zones are added between the fingers.

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KINGS IN THE HOOD! The Equetech Kingshill Hooded Gilet is a gorgeous quilted gilet featuring super warm technical ‘Bio-Down’ insulation. Featuring a generous faux fur lined hood, flattering herringbone quilt stitch detail, and a scooped back hem, this gilet has been created to flatter your figure and beat the elements with it’s water resistant and wind proof properties. Featuring Equetech’s exclusive Snaffles print lining, handy zipped chest pocket, front press stud pockets, two-way front zip and internal storm flap, this gilet is ready to take on winter riding in style! Sizes: XS - XL RRP: £79.95 Colours: Navy/Tan & Black/Black www.equetech.com 01296 688 966


A VISION IN WHITE! This gorgeous shirt in Pure White is from the Freddie Parker ‘Cheltenham Ladies Collection’. Paying homage to the stylish race-going ladies who flock to this great city it focuses on feminine shirting with fashion tailoring. Offering the same exceptional attention to detail and beautiful design as in their popular men’s shirting collection, the women’s shirts are translated through a slimmer silhouette with a more feminine cut. The inside of the collar, cuffs and the placket feature the brand’s bold signature ‘galloping horse and rider’ graphic print (harking back to the brand’s graphic designer roots) and is also featured through embroidery on the chest. The Freddie Parker name embroidery on the hem and final contrast button complete this shirt’s allure. Sizes 10 – 18, Available in Candy Pink Stripe, Pure White (Shown) and Candy Turquoise Stripe RRP: £65.00 www.freddieparker.com Phone: 01689 871 919


Looking to shine like a ‘star’ in the competition arena or add some sparkle to your day or evening wear this season? This gorgeous stock pin by SD Design and available through premium retailer Dressage Deluxe is styed with genuine Swarovski crystals and immersed in a stunning Jet and Silver setting. Smart and stylish teamed with a stock but also ticks this season’s big catwalk trend for statement jewellery, so you even when you wear it for an evening out, you’ll still feel pretty cosmic! SD Stock Pin: RRP: £38.00 www.dressagedeluxe.co.uk Dressage Deluxe Free Phone: 0800 321 3001

Equetech Snaffles Roll Neck This gorgeous ladies polo neck features Equetech’s unique, specially commissioned ‘Snaffle Bridle’ print in Petrol Blue. Styled in a 95% cotton/5% Lycra with a brushed soft to the touch combines comfortable and cosy with designer style and great fit.Finished with a subtle Equetech metal disk, this polo neck is the perfect machine washable layer for winter riding! Sizes: 8 - 18 Colours: Petrol Bridles RRP:£39.50 Equetech Ebony Breeches These flattering high waisted breeches combine comfort with great looks in their unique design. Featuring carefully positioning seam placing, a full stretch Alos suede seat, wave silicone ‘Grip’ inner knees for the ultimate grip in the saddle and Lycra stretch panels to the hem to help eradicate bulky Velcro and allow room for warm winter socks! Style details include a gorgeous velvet trim to the back and front jean style pockets and an elegant motif on back jean pocket Sizes: 24 - 34 , RRP:£ 87.95, Colours: Slate/Black www.equetech.com Phone: 01296 688 966



WORK IT! These stunning boots available through on-line retailer Dressage Deluxe are designed for both work and style! Crafted in a hardy rind box leather (which is more durable than traditional box leather) the Petrie Athene Polo Boot also features a tough rubber grip sole with a cozy foot bed as standard, adding comfort to the mix! Featuring a full length front zip and flattering high top curve, these boots are finished with the signature Petrie embossed brass effect logo and a designer buckle strap (Which actually fastens via a hidden press stud for ease) Boots which work style and function beautifully! RRP: £360.00 Available in Cognac, Dark Brown and Black For further information and sizing: www.dressagedeluxe.co.uk Dressage Deluxe Free Phone: 0800 321 3001

KEEPING TOASTY! Equetech Cable Knit Headband A gorgeous cable knit headband to keep those winter chills at bay and hide hat hair! Featuring a cosy fleece lining and metal fleur badge, this headband is cute and functional RRP:£10.95 One size Colours: Winter White, Petrol and Black

Equetech Sherrington Long Quilted Jacket A beautiful technical Bio-Down insulated jacket with a plush faux fur collar and wind resistant shell with a water repellent finish brings warmth and style to winter. This gorgeous jacket also features a long back zip, enabling you to ride with great protection against the elements and outer storm flap with press studs, zips to cuffs (So you can remove your jacket without removing your gloves) A two way central front zip, handy front zipped pockets and a machine washable care label! Add to this a gorgeous exclusive ‘snaffle’ designer print lining and and Equetech shield badge and you have a jacket ready for winter life at the yard or around town, whatever the weather! XS - XXL www.equetech.com Phone: 01296 688 966

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HIS & HERS Jake McGarey: A Voice For Those Without One By L.A. Pomeroy, equinista

At 17, Jake McGarey of Chuluota, Florida is definitely His & Her’s youngest guest but possibly its oldest soul. As founder of A Voice For Those Without One, a 501(c)3 nonprofit community service organization that takes on projects that help domestic and wild animals in distress, Jake’s awesome empathy and managerial acumen are light years ahead of the norm. When a hurricane destroyed its barn, A Voice raised funds for a new one at 1 Day Ranch, where abused horses become equine therapy partners, further cementing support from those like Allyson Hall, whose HuntleyEquestrian.com links to his www.ananimalsvoice.org. Animal lover, non-profit businessman, pianist and pig-farrower (you’ll see), those who know Jake call him a bellweather for his generation and certainly any creature in need can call him friend. HERS: Has Florida always been home? HIS: I was born in Columbus, Ohio. We moved to Florida when I was six. Chuluota is very rural but this isn’t a problem. There are a lot of five-acre horse ranches and if we hadn’t moved to Chuluota, I would have never learned to ride and have the appreciation and love of horses which I have today. HERS: Which came first, rescuing your first wild animal or your first riding lesson? HIS: Definitely riding. I started when I was seven or eight. My parents would bring me a change of clothes after school so I could change on the way to lessons! HERS: What was your inspiration for A Voice For Those Without One? HIS: I’ve always been big into community service and love animals. I wanted to make two things work together. After talking to many people, including banks and veterinarians, a Non-Profit Organization seemed the most successful path. HERS: How old were you when you started talking to banks?! HIS: I started talking to my dad (Doc McGarey) about doing something like this when I was in eighth grade. I wanted something that I could do to make an impact. HERS: And no one ever said, You’re too young for this? HIS: My parents have been fantastic and have done everything to inform me how the real world operates. My dad has introduced me to his business world, like showing me how to trade stocks. I’m lucky to be surrounded by people like them, like Allyson and Huntley Equestrian, who told me that what I was doing was amazing, that they never could have imagined someone my age taking on a task so big. From there it turned into what it is today. HERS: So over the summer, instead of taking a vacation you took a college-level ‘mini-mester’ in Economics... HIS: If you come off knowing what you’re talking about, you’ll be treated like a peer. HERS: What was the first project A Voice benefited? How did it feel to see it in action? 34

HIS: It was exciting to see years of thought finally pay off. We put together a Pet Food Drive at my local church, which went towards helping local food banks. HERS: How did you become involved with 1 Day Ranch? HIS: When the Oklahoma tornadoes hit in May 2013, we decided to see if we could help. We found Maeghan Hadley Olson and 1 Day Ranch (www.1DayRanch.org). Her organization was doing amazing things taking in every kind of neglected animal, from dogs to donkeys, and using rescued horses to help troubled teens. She wouldn’t be able to keep doing that work without a new barn. We helped contribute more than $1200 and the support is ongoing. HERS: How did it feel to see the good work once it was done? HIS: I have never been to the ranch. Everything Maeghan and I did was through email or over the phone. Every time new pictures post to Facebook I enjoy seeing what new miracles are happening there in Bethel Acres. HERS: How important is social media to making an impact, to a greater outreach and voice? HIS: Social is absolutely essential and very effective. It’s staggering watching my Facebook page grow! I’m pretty sure I don’t actually know this many people! HERS: Speaking of Facebook... Who’s the spaniel puppy in your profile picture? HIS: Prince! In that picture, he was home with us for the first time, after a long drive from Nashville where he was born. Right now, he’s our only dog so he gets spoiled with attention. �������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������� ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� ����������������������������������������������������������������������������������� �������������������������������������������������������������������������������� ������������������������������������������������������������������������ ������������������������������������������� ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ �����������������������������������������������������




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HERS: What does Prince prefer? HIS: In the Facebook picture I was playing Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata. He sat very nicely for the exposition and a little bit for the development. However, by the time the recapitulation came around, he wanted out of my lap.

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HERS: Since you posted it first, you can’t escape my asking... Pig farrowing? HIS: It’s the technical term for sows delivering piglets. HERS: And you’re thinking about becoming large animal vet? HIS: Right. Sometimes there can be complications, or sows get tired after delivering five of their 10 piglets. So you need to help them along by putting on shoulder-length gloves and pulling out the remaining piglets once they get to where you can reach them. I did this at a Summer Veterinary Camp for tenth- through twelfth-graders at North Carolina State University as part of the Swine unit. The point of camp was hands-on experience with different animals and we happened to be lucky on the day we were dealing with pigs. HERS: Would you do it again? HIS: Absolutely! Delivering piglets was really quite fun. But next time I’ll plan on wearing clothes that I’m okay with getting messy. HERS: What’s next for A Voice For Those Without One? HIS: We’re working with the Large Animal Rescue Team of Volusia County (FL) Fire Department to obtain a horse mannequin, so they can practice various rescues and train new recruits to be quick, efficient and above all, safe with the animals they’re helping. We’re also working with Second Harvest to create a flyer they can give to distribution centers that explains which foods pets should not be given and why. Hungry people have hungry animals and they may not know that they can’t feed their pets white bread or pasta (which can lead to pancreatitis) or cherries and grapes (which can lead to cyanide poisoning). ������������������������������������������������� ������������������������������������������������� ���������������������������� ������������������������������������������������� ����������������������������������������������� ���������������������������������������������������� �������������������������������������


A note from dad...

We are all very proud of Jake. He would not tell you this on his own, and we thought you should know a bit about him. Jake is really talented and has earned many accolades and awards for his efforts. He is a bright student, earning National Merit Scholar recently, is a 4-time varsity le�er winner in swimming and diving, a double black belt in Chito Ryu Karate. On the a�ached photographs, for piano, he is an 8-time state honors/superior pianist in theory and performance, which is the highest award you can receive in state piano competitions. As an actor and performer, he has performed in the U.S. and internationally singing and acting is lead performer and solo type roles. Above is a shot of Jake from “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat as “Pharoah /Elvis.” Upcoming, one of the shows he’ll be performing is “Addams Family” on stage in Orlando and Edinburgh in 2016. You know he wants to be a large animal, most likely equine, Vet, therefore studying Chemistry in college. He will also most likely double major in theater, as music and peforming is his other passion and their aren’t many “boys who sing!.” Lastly, through his community service efforts led by his leadership and initiative with A Voice for Those Without One, he has been recognized three times by the White House as a “Presidential Community Service Scholar.” You see the three medals in the picture, along with one of the award certificates and le�er from President Obama. ...we are all very proud of Jake as a person and thank you for allowing us to pontificate on his behalf!

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Art & Antiques by Dr. Lori

Fort Wayne, IN: A pair of beaded moccasins, in mint condition, had been in the owner’s family for generations and lovingly stored with tissue paper out of direct sunlight for years. She was told to take care of them and she did. Value: $4,000

Appraisal Events reveal Great Finds Part I by Lori Verderame Annually, I present about 150 antique appraisal shows throughout the United States. My appraisal events empower folks with information that they can use when cleaning out their homes, downsizing, handing down family heirlooms, or visiting estate and yard sales.


The appraisal events-- serve as fun-filled evenings to show clients appreciation, opportunities to attract clients to businesses or trade show events, festival or fair entertainment, highlight design trends at home and garden shows or women’s expos, or charity fundraisers-- are as interesting as they are amusing. Check out what I’ve checked out recently and plan to come to one of my events with your antiques or family heirlooms (schedule posted at www.DrLoriV.com/events): Reno, NV: An Alfred Blakelock painting, whose works are in the Brooklyn Museum and the Corcoran Gallery, was brought to my event by a gentleman whose grandfather received the painting in payment of a debt during the Great Depression. The painting has been displayed in his home ever since. I told the owner at my event that his Romantic landscape painting by Blakelock is now worth $30,000 Hartville, OH: A couple married 35 years brought an early 1900s Native American leather, wood, and beadwork baby papoose to my event. When I asked the wife if anyone in her family was Native American, she said “No”. Her husband seated next to her interrupted… “Hello, I am Cheyenne!” He was just as shocked by his wife’s ignorance of their family history as he was by the antique’s value. Value: $10,000


Virginia Beach, VA: A hand-drawn World War II map of Europe (right) documenting the sites where the 42nd Rainbow infantry division served was brought to me by Andrea whose father served with the famous military division. They were the American military division that liberated the Dachau concentration camp on April 29, 1945. Her colorful map and a yearbook of photos documenting the 42nd Rainbow’s service are treasured family keepsakes. Value: $5,000 Grand Island, NE: Tanner, age 5, brought his grandmother’s 1930s era Bakelite pin in the shape of a squirrel pin to my event for an appraisal. Tanner told me it was ok for a boy to wear this pin because squirrels are scary animals. The not so scary value of that piece of costume jewelry was $275 Atlanta, GA: Charles brought a Freemason’s apron that was handmade by the wife of one of his relatives who served in the Civil War. Decorated with the famous symbols of the secret society, the antique was said to have saved the family from certain death as it hung in a front window during the burning of Atlanta. Historical value: Priceless The Villages, FL: A 1947 New York Yankees/St. Louis Cardinals World Series ring featuring 14 karat gold and diamonds owned by a series umpire. The owner/umpire was in his 90s when I appraised the ring recently and he was still cool under pressure. He didn’t move a muscle when I appraised it for $20,000


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EQUINE education Savannah College

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The equestrian program at the Savannah College of Art and Design is thriving as growth, achievement and recognition are occurring in both academics and athletics. Enrollment in the B.A. equestrian studies program has more than tripled during the past four years, while the university’s equestrian team has emerged as a national powerhouse. Since 2002, SCAD has captured dozens of individual titles and more American National Riding Commission championship titles than any other team. Additionally, SCAD is the only art and design university with an equestrian studies degree program.

office space, new veterinary facilities, two additional tack rooms, lockers, rest areas and meeting space. The caliber of the SCAD equestrian program and facilities has attracted the attention of national organizations that have selected the venue for many equestrian competitions and events, including the American National Riding Commission Intercol legiate Championship in 2011 and the Interscholastic Equestrian Association Zone 4 Finals in 2014. The program has been featured in such publications as The Chronicle of the Horse, Horses in the South, Practical Horseman and In Stride, among others.

The heart of SCAD’s equestrian program is the Ronald C. Waranch Equestrian Center, a renowned 180-acre facility with pastures, paddocks, competition arenas and two beautifully appointed barns for student-owned, SCAD-owned and boarding horses. The barns’ 84 stalls feature soaring ceilings and a ventilation system that allows heat to rise, increasing airflow above the stalls while simultaneously decreasing dust. Each stall has a fan and automatic fly-spray system, and rubber tiles topped with dust-free shavings form the floor. Security cameras and a live-in barn manager ensure the health and safety of the horses 24 hours a day. SCAD has been investing in the equestrian center since 2001 and has received many generous gifts, including the donations of several retired champion horses that live out their lives at the center and are vital assets to the program. An essential component of the equestrian center is the James and Laurette Shaw Equestrian Pavilion. This modern facility provides covered space for students to ride, train and conduct academic fieldwork no matter the weather. The state-of-the-art footing is a mixture of diatomaceous earth, fiber and spandex. Due to the program’s growth, SCAD recently completed a second barn, an 18,296-square-foot facility directly across the courtyard from the original barn. It added 52 stalls to the original barn’s 32, additional 46

Events like these, however, can only occur with the involvement of trained equestrian professionals. Some of the career options graduates can choose from include manager of barns and events, organizing competitions, horse show director and more. SCAD students are exposed to both job opportunities and working professionals at the events in which they participate, and the experience they gain allows them to become capable communicators, savvy entrepreneurs and attuned businesspeople that are enthusiastic about the industry. The professional experience they gain before graduating is invaluable. As an initial passion for all things equine turns into planning for an equestrian career, their network of students, graduates and leading experts will sharpen their skills and reveal their calling. Learning this field within the context of an art and design university presents numerous crossover options with other prominent SCAD programs such as architecture for exploration of barn and facility design, equine photography and equestrian-inspired fashion design and management. Given the success of SCAD’s equestrian team, the growth and prominence of the academic program, the continued expansion of our world-class facilities and the broader options of related study, there is no question that SCAD sets the standard for equestrian studies and athletics in higher education.









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HITS to Build New Hunter Stadium at Post Time Farm Exemplifies Commitment to High-Performance Hunter Riders


A new Hunter Stadium to be built this year at HITS Post Time Farm will give high-performance hunter riders a premier location in which to compete during the 2016 Ocala Winter Circuit and beyond. The decision to build the new Hunter Stadium came in light of the high demand for hunter classes at the 2015 Circuit, and the growing need for hunters to have a stage of their own. The new Hunter Stadium will provide a similar opportunity to spotlight hunters as the Ocala Horse Properties Stadium, which opened in 2014, has done to showcase top jumpers. The Hunter Stadium will be located next to the original Post Time Farm Grand Prix Ring, in the area previously used for day parking. The stadium will host exciting hunter classes and classics, including the $100,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby during Week VI, The Ocala Masters, February 23-28. HITS will break ground on the Hunter Stadium immediately following construction of the new Custom Barns also being built at HITS Post Time Farm. The new barns will be erected beginning in July, and ten Custom Barns have already been reserved for 2016. Also new at the 2016 HITS Ocala Winter Circuit is a FEI CSI-5* event (approval pending), during Week VII, the Ocala Tournament, March 1-6, which will feature a range of FEI-rated classes culminating in a $350,000 Grand Prix. The annual Great American $1 Million Grand Prix – the Grand Finale of the circuit – returns in March, and HITS is also seeking to secure the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup again and looks forward to the return of this exciting, international event. “Unlike other Show Facilities on the East Coast, HITS Post Time Farm has plenty of room to grow,” said HITS President and CEO Thomas Struzzieri. “With space to add barns, show rings, schooling areas and riding areas, it won’t be long before the entire East Coast realizes that HITS Ocala is the only place to show in the winter where horses will be safe and happy, exhibitors will be welcomed, and the facility can easily accommodate the needs of its customers.”

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Q&A with Elite Equestrian Magazine EE: What gymnastics do you incorporate into your training routine? BG: I incorporate mainly small gymnastics into my routine. I incorporate a lot of bounces because they are good for the horses’ fitness, particularly their muscle and joint development. I know that gymnastics can be a good workout for the horses, but for me I think it’s important not to scare them with gymnastics so I do lengthening and shortening exercises (think accordion), and I never put the jumps up above 1.25m/1.30m. EE: What flatwork do you find to be necessary? BG: All flatwork is necessary. I spend a particularly long time walking when we start to warm up the horses without any pressure. We incorporate a little bit of dressage-type legwork like light yields, shoulder in, and so on but not too much since I am of course not training my horses to compete in dressage. All of the flatwork we do together is toward the end goals of keeping horses fit and improving ride-ability. EE: How does your training differ with your young horses than with your more seasoned horses? BG: The training between the two is completely different actually. With my young horses, I teach them everything from the beginning, whereas training with my more


��������������������� seasoned horses consists mostly of fine-tuning and touching up. For instance, with an exercise as simple as riding a line, I need to teach my young horses the proper number of strides, make sure they ride straight, learn to back off the vertical, etc. With my older horses that I have been riding for years, I go through a combination and focus on details such as checking the timing and making sure it is up to the level of competition.


EE: How does your training routine change when you are traveling abroad? BG: I believe that horses are creatures of habit. Therefore, I try very hard when traveling with them to keep a consistent program as I do at home. This way they are more comfortable and can put their attention and energy into competing rather than adjusting to changes. EE: What is the best piece of advice you give to those you train? BG: Show jumping can be an emotional sport, and nerves can be an asset by pushing us to properly prepare but also can be our downfall, and it can be a fine line between them. I tell those I train to stay calm and keep your head in the game, be ready but not nervous.

EE: Having gone from train ing yourself to now also training others, what alterations have you made in your routine to make it all work? BG: I credit my barn manager Tatiana for keeping me organized with the transition. The biggest difference is in time management, and there are a lot of moving parts so it is incredibly important to have someone I can depend on to help me prepare and stay on schedule.

Brianne Goutal is a professional equestrian who has been riding since the age of four. She made history in 2005 by becoming the only equestrian to win all four finals on the junior circuit: the USEF Talent Search, the WIHS, the USEF Medal, and the Maclay. At the age of 19, Goutal earned her place in the upper echelons of show jumping. In 2007, she was the winner of the Maxine Beard Show Jumping Developing Rider Award, given by the USET Foundation for her competitive record to date and her promise for representing the United States in international competition in the future. She has won a wide array of prestigious competitions, including the 2013 $200,000 American Gold Cup Grand Prix and the 2014 $50,000 Old Salem Farm Grand EE: What are three things that Prix. Currently only 26 years old, Goutal is you feel you must do in the one of the up and coming show jumpers in schooling area before going in the ring? the world, an equestrian to watch on the BG: Make sure that your horse is properly international stage. She is a graduate of warmed up. Also, properly school and Brown University and lives in New York City. prepare your horse for whatever might be EE or is difficult on the horse such as particular jumps or combinations. Lastly, double check that your tack equipment is in the right position—chains in the right links, stirrups in the Request your FREE right hole, and so on. EE: Any last words of advice for readers? BG: Something that Ralph Caristo, Zone 2 chef d’equipe used to tell me as a young rider that I still live by is that if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Every show and horse is different, and the worst thing that you can do is to show up unprepared. You enter one step ahead of your competition if you are ready for the difficulties that lie before you.

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New Classes In recognition of the more than 14,000 recorded adult amateurs in the U.S., DAD has partnered with the United States Dressage Federation (USDF) to launch a youth dressage sport horse created to encourage youth to pursue dressage and lay the foundation of the next generation of winners. The seminar will be held over two days, September 28-29 at Dressage at Devon, and will consist of classroom and practical handling sessions, along with the opportunity to observe competition classes and practice judging. Also new this year, DAD will offer an FEI Amateur Division which will include FEI Prix St. Georges and FEI Intermediate I classes. Sunday afternoon, DAD will offer a National level FEI Test of Choice. Follow the Foal Each year, Dressage at Devon (DAD) selects a foal to follow on its path to the Breed Show at DAD where hundreds of colts and fillies show each year. Each foal is the product of careful breeding and watchful tending as they, hopefully, grow into champions. This year, we are 56

following Toschufro TT (Totilas x Baba x Don Schufro), an inquisitive, leggy, bay colt with a white star, born on January 1, 2015. (See photo next page) Toschufro and his half brother, Don Rubinstein (Rubinstein x Baba) born 2/21/2015, and their surrogate mums, Opal and Gem were brought to their new farm in Westchester County New York. They are spending the supper playing and eating with some baby training going on as well. “Both colts take the halter and lead like little pros, admittedly with the occasional bounce and lateral move (they are baby horses after all) so we really have had an easy transition, and it made it easier when having our first session with professional handler, Sara Vanecek,” said owner Elizabeth Tarbell. Toschufro and Don Rubinstein, and many other foals are just one of the highlights of the largest open breed show in the world, attracting top breeders from coast to coast. More than 60 classes include more than More... 20 specific breed classes.


Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary! In 1965, a group of riding enthusiasts got together and formed a club, in response to the question “How come the kids get to have all the fun”? And the Delaware Valley Combined Training Association or “DVCTA” was born. Until the early 70s the show took place at a small farm in For several years, the club put on a dressage show at the Willcox’s Tory Hill Farm in Glen Mills, Pa. The show moved to The Radnor Hunt Club in Malvern, PA but the search continued for a permanent home. In 1975, the show was moved to the Devon Horse Show Grounds and Dressage at Devon or “DAD” was born. The 2015 40th Anniversary Dressage at Devon show will take place from September 29 – October 4 at the historic Devon Horse Show Grounds in Devon, PA. To celebrate, DAD has introduced new classes, increased its prize money and is proud to feature Lipizzan stallions in a special exhibition.

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they comment and give personal opinion and insight into the horse and rider during their performances. For only $35 (pre-ordered) or $40 on the day of the show, you get a behind the scenes perspective exclusive only to those with a radio. More info or pre-purchase can be found at Dressageatdevon.org To reserve your Dressage with the Experts receiver, visit http://dressageatdevon. The Fall Festival From jewelry, handbags and clothing to the best in tack, everyone will enjoy more than 90 vendors in the Fall Festival And don’t forget to stop by the Dressage at Devon souvenir shop to take home Dressage at Devon memories – from t-shirts to boutique quality vests and jackets to items such as glasses, plates, frames, and mugs – that will bring back Dressage at Devon memories all year round. Volunteers have been working hard tweaking the menus to ensure that Dressage at Devon’s reputation for great food, for all tastes, continues. We are pleased to announce that the ever-popular, Brandywine Catering is back this year, serving salads, sandwiches, soups, as well as full dinner selections each day. Come hungry! www.EliteEquestrian.us


The Magnificent Lipizzan Stallions As part of the 40th Anniversary celebration, Dressage at Devon is thrilled to present the Tempel Lipizzan stallions. These magnificent grey horses are known around the world as the epitome of grace and strength. The breath-taking movements of the famed Lipizzans are often referred to as “horse ballet” in which the horses perform “Airs above the ground.” These are the difficult dressage movements made famous by the Lipizzans, each of which requires years of training and strength. The Tempel Lipizzan stallions will at Dressage at Devon, October 2, 3 and 4, in special performances. Please visit the website, www.dressageatdevon.org for approximate times. Boxholder Competition Once again, box holders will be asked to use their creativity to decorate their boxes for the competition that will take place on Saturday, October 3.

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RABIES - The Unseen Danger

Last year a farmer friend of mine had a cow that wasn’t feeling well. The vet was called and from early appearances, it looked like she had eaten something she should not have. Cows are notorious for eating anything and everything (including metal objects), so a magnet was placed down her throat to attach to the metal and prevent it from doing any more damage as well as oral medications to be administered daily. She worsened and the vet was recalled. This time rabies was suspected, the cow was euthanatized and later tested positive. Consequently, the farm was put on quarantine for 6 months and everyone (including the vet, the farmer, his wife and child) was given post exposure rabies shots. A skunk was later found on the fencerow, and had apparently bitten the cow in the pasture unbeknownst to anyone. Consequently, much time and effort, a life, and money were lost due to just one unknown, passerby rabid animal. In 2013, there were nearly 6000 known cases of rabies in the U.S. and 3 cases in humans. These were only the ones that were reported through the various medical offices and state agencies. Numerous more went undetected, as they were either not tested or never found. Rabies is always fatal… there is no second chance. In the wild, rabies is commonly found in raccoons, bats, skunks, foxes, coyotes, wolves, deer, opossums and even the bobcat population. Any mammal can get rabies. Considering all of these animals can trespass in equine pastures, there are risks that occur to horses. Even horses kept in barns are at risk. Wildlife can easily roam through a barn. Although the incidences in horses are low, it is ever present and always fatal. Not only is the horse at risk, but also anyone who comes into contact with the horse is considered to be exposed. Rabies is

definitely a zoonotic disease that can be easily transmitted from horse to human.

Rabies Transmission and Signs Rabies is caused by a virus and spread by the bite of a rabid animal or contact with the virus, which is present in the saliva and blood. If there is an open abrasion/wound, the blood or saliva from the infected animal can infect the person and/or other animal. It doesn’t need a bite for transmission. A bite to the muzzle or lower legs is the most common route of transmission to horses. The virus then migrates through the nervous system to the brain where it rapidly progresses into fatal encephalitis. There are two forms of rabies, the first being the dumb form in which the animal is not aggressive but shows the neurological

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symptoms similar to sleeping sickness. The other form is the furious form in which the animal becomes aggressive, unpredictable and may attempt to attack anything while being unprovoked to do so. Both are fatal and final diagnosis can only be achieved post mortem. If exposed, horses generally begin to show clinical signs two to nine weeks post exposure although it could go up to 15 months. Early clinical signs can look like many other diseases/conditions. Common signs include ataxia, depression and anorexia. Often the throat muscles become progressively paralyzed and salivation begins making it appear that something is caught in the back of the throat. Later on, the signs include twitching, hypersensitivity to a touch or sound, proprioception deficits (where the horse is unaware of where their limbs are placed), itchiness, and even aggression.

Rabies Prevention Preventative vaccinations are the key to rabies control in horses. Vaccination recommendations are as follows: • Adult horses previously vaccinated for rabies just require an annual booster. • Adult horses that have never been vaccinated should receive an initial single dose and a booster vaccination annually thereafter. • Pregnant mares previously vaccinated should be vaccinated 4-6 weeks prior to foaling or before breeding. • Pregnant mares unvaccinated should be vaccinated 4-6 weeks prior to foaling. • Foals born to a vaccinated mare should receive their first vaccine dose no earlier than 6 months and a second dose 4-6 weeks later followed by annual boosters. • Foals of unvaccinated mares should receive the first vaccination at 3-4 months and then





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Chiropractic for the Colicky Horse.


Colic is a gastrointestinal (GI) problem and chiropractic is for musculoskeletal problems. Not so fast! results in improper function and weakening of the muscle. Jason Edwards, MD; “The quality of healing is directly proportional to the functional capability of the central nervous system to send and receive messages.”

By definition colic is abdominal pain and in the horse that usually signifies a problem with the GI tract. There are many different types of colic; sand, gas, twisting, entrapment to name a few. The treatment will vary according to what type of colic it is. Chiropractic care is geared at correcting musculoskeletal problems. It has been shown that horses with sore backs and those that are unable to turn correctly respond favorably to chiropractic care. So how can these two be related? First let us take a look at the GI system. It is comprised of smooth muscle that must contract appropriately to move ingesta through the tract. This coordinated movement is orchestrated by the central nervous system and is aided by the muscles of the back and abdomen. Poor coordination and improper communication between the brain and bowels leads to poor muscle tone and inappropriate movement, causing problems with digestion and movement of material through the system. These problems lead to colic. The muscles of the abdomen and back are very important in supporting the organs of the GI tract and also provide the abdominal press necessary for the proper expulsion that occurs during routine urination and defecation. Weak or sore back muscles will hinder the ability of your horse to properly squat to aid in elimination. Weak or saggy abdominal muscles will hinder the amount of abdominal press that is applied to help move waste products towards the outside. Basically, colics are caused by the inappropriate movement

of waste through the GI tract. Chiropractic care works well for musculoskeletal problems because if helps restore nerve flow to the target organ. When an area of the spine is not moving, it accumulates inflammation (fluid that can’t move out of the area). The equine chiropractor finds areas of the spine that are not moving correctly, applies a specific force to restore movement which aids in reducing inflammation in that area. This reduction of inflammation removes pressure from the nerves as they exit the spinal column. It has been proven that the weight of a feather on a nerve will decrease the rate at which impulses travel along that nerve by 50%. A decrease in communication between the brain and muscles

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Now that we can see how colic and chiropractic care are related, we can discuss adding chiropractic to the treatment plan. Chiropractic is a modality that allows the body’s own intelligence to aid in healing it. This is the same intelligence that enabled two cells (the egg and the sperm) to grow into the magnificent animal that is your horse. According to an article in the European Spine Journal “Proper spinal function can help balance a key component of the body, the autonomic nervous system, which regulates many aspects of the health from blood pressure, heart rate, and breathing to gut function, sexual arousal and controlling stress.” This healing process may take time; the muscles of the abdomen and GI tract didn’t become weak overnight, and they won’t become strong overnight either. If your horse is having symptoms of acute colic you may need to use some traditional treatments along with a visit from your certified equine chiropractor. In horses recovering from an acute case of colic or dealing with recurrent colic, a visit from your AVCA certified equine chiropractor every couple of weeks will increase the rate of healing and aid in the prevention of more bouts of uncomfortable and sometimes serious GI tract issues. In their book titled The Healthy

Brain, Drs. Ornstein and Sobel write that the central role of the brain and nervous system is maintaining the resistance of the body. Health maintenance is the primary function of the brain, not educational thoughts, language, poetry and other functions that we normally associate with thinking. It has long been the task of equine owners to reduce the amount of sand horses eat, in an effort to reduce sand colic. But let’s face it that is like trying to clear the beach of sand, with a teaspoon. Horses eat plants. Plants have sand on them. Plants grow in sand. The true condition that causes sand impaction colicks begins with abdominal muscles and smooth G.I. muscles that are unable to do their jobs well enough to remove the sand from the gut in the first place. If your horse has optimum muscle function in these areas then no matter how much he eats from the ground, he will not sand colic because his G.I. tract will remove the sand by itself. Other types of colic follow a similar origin. During a visit your equine chiropractor will examine and adjust your horse’s spine. In order to help your chronic colic case, the AVCA certified equine chiropractor is trained to offer you suggestions for rehabilitating your horse to strengthen his abdominal muscles. Just like in humans, equine cross training will help in building even strength and flexibility and aid in increasing performance in the chosen discipline. Core training for the equine is not limited to butt tucks. Hill climbing, trot poles and half halts are all part of building the core. In order to avoid the threat of colic in your horses, aligning their spines is the first line of defense. The muscle training can only be done once the signal from the brain is turned on. Think of it like reading a book in a dark room. It can be done but with difficulty. Once you turn on the light it can be done more easily and accurately. So too with the G.I. tract of your horse. Schedule an appointment with your certified equine chiropractor for all of your horses, especially the ones that have been prone to colic. E


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Manyhorse owners undeerstand the threats of some diseases such as rabies and West Nile Virus (WNV). But many don’t know as much about Potomac Horse Fever (PHF), its inherent risks and how to determine whether or not their horse is at risk and should be vaccinated. Take this true and false quiz to help you better understand this disease.


These are all commonly found in areas near creeks and rivers. This can also happen while horses graze in proximity to those creeks and rivers, or when they ingest dead quatic insects in their water buckets or hay.

2. PHF is caused by bites from various insects.

3. True PHF symptoms are subtle and similar to other diseases, in particular salmonellosis. Fevers can range from 102 - 107 degrees F a the disease’s onset. Within two weeks of infection, the fever may be accompanied by signs of colic, mild to severe diarreah, absent appetite and depression. As the disease progresses, some horses suffer from toxemia and dehydration.

3. The clinical signs of PHF can include fever, decreased intestinal sounds and diarrea.

4. True Horses often develop laminitis several days after the diarrhea begins. Almost half of horses diagnosed with PHF will develope laminitis.

4. PHF can cause laminitis to develope.

5. True Horse owners can institute practice to protect their horses such as fly repellents, eliminating standing water, and grazing horses away from water sources such as streams and ponds, especially in spring, summer and early fall which is the peak season for PHF. Covering your horse’s food is another good precaution.

1. PHF is only found near the Potomac River

5. Farm managers can control the PHF infected insect population. 6. Veterinarians are the best resource for determining whether or not to vaccinate a horse to help protect against PHF. 1. False The initial PHF outbreak in 1979 occurred near the Potomac River in Maryland, hence it’s name. However, since then the disease has been identified in over 40 states, three Canadian provinces, parts of South America, the Netherlands and even France.

6. True Your veterinarian is a great source to help you evaluate the PHF risk in your area, and advise you based on your situtation. For example, your farm’s surroundings and where you will be showing, competing or riding. PHF is not generally considered a core vaccine, so your veterinarian’s judgement is crucial. Vaccination is safe for foals 3 months of age and above.

2. False Unlike other insect-borne diseases such as WNV and EEE, PHF is not caused by the horse being biten by an insect. It is caused by the horse ingesting infected aquatic insects such as damselflies, caddis flies and mayflies.

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Thirty horse and rider teams took to the course designed by Allen Rheinheimer of Zionsville, Indiana. Rheinheimer is the Technical Coordinator for the World Cup held in Las Vegas, Nevada. Other competitors included Holly Shepherd of Grand Bay, Alabama and Audrey Muscari’s Cartogranawere, who were first to go in the class. The unstoppable Andy Kocher of Lake St. Louis, Missouri followed Shepherd in the irons of Eagle Valley Partners, LLC’s C’Havinia. Jordan Gilchrist of Flower Mound, Texas followed Kocher with Anna Beth Athey’s Serena and turned in clear back to back rounds. Then Amanda Forte of Glenmoore, Pennsylvania and Cerulean Stables, LLC’s Rincoola Black Adder, entered the ring and took the lead after posting double clear rounds. Colleen Acosta of Roanoke, Texas and Anastasia Stewart’s Diamond were the next to post double clear rounds. Brennan and her own Japan were next to go and blazed through the course, fault free in times of 64.285 and 31.917 seconds, taking the lead and setting the new time to beat. Brennan later showed with her own Sun Tzu and were the next to turn in a clean first round in a time of 67.882 seconds. However, four faults in their second round in a time of 37.519 seconds would see her second ride out of the ribbons. Final results shaped up with Brennan winning the class with her own Japan, followed by Andy Kocher and his own Alter Ego. Amanda Forte and Cerulean Stables LLC’s Rincoola Black Adder finished in third followed by Tiffany Cambria and Amanda Hood’s Vavoom. Forte returned for fifth place with Cerulean Stables’ HHs Louis. Jordan Gilchrist and Anna Beth Athey’s Balizo Z finished in sixth place and Colleen Acosta and Anastasia Stewart’sDiamond received seventh place honors. Kocher picked up eighth with Eagle Valley Partner’s C’Havinia and ninth went to Jason Berry of Verona, Virgina and Oak Ledge Farm’s Egano Van Kadal. Tenth place went to Holly Shepherd and Audrew Muscari’s Cartograna. Eleventh and twelfth places were awarded to Acosta and Arion Legends LLC’s Cantu 5 and Taylor Flury of Minooka, Illinois and Celine Gorcean Clancy’s Sovereign. Horseflight is sponsor of all Gulf Coast Winter Classic Open Welcome Classes for 2015 and the Official Equine Air transportation for the Classicand Gulf Coast Winter Classics. As a leader in international horse transport with locations in Greifswald, Germany, Califon, New Jersey, Ocala, Florida and Houston, Texas, with branches in Chicago, Illinois and Los Angeles, California, Horseflight coordinates imports or exports anywhere in the world! With weekly flights to and from Europe, as well as the continental United State, Horseflight prides itself on transporting the competitive horse world, one flight at a time! Contact Horseflight for more information. The USHJA Zone 4 Member’s Choice Award winning Gulf Coast Winter Classic Horse Show Circuit is also a South East Tourism’s Top Ten Award winning event. Photos reprinted with permission from Gulf Coast Classic Company and are by Alison Hartwell Photography, www.AlisonHartwell.com





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By Jochen Schleese, Certified Master Saddler, Equine and Saddle Ergonomist.

How Often do I need to have my saddle adjusted?


The horse will change its conformation over the course of his life due to many influences, least of which are actually his age and level of training. The saddle and the work of the saddle fitter must never be considered in isolation, since all of the pieces of the circle of influence are somewhat interdependent. For example, if the training methods or the horse’s nutrition are altered, the horse’s conformation will change. It follows logically that the saddle will no longer fit – and the reason is not because the saddle fitter did a bad job but because his back shape has been altered.

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Saddle fitting is an attempt to prevent long term damage to the horse’s back by alleviating pressure on the reflex points, and to distribute the rider’s weight optimally over its back. It is a given that over the course of a horse’s life he will actually change his three-dimensional back shape many times. Just like humans – as we grow up our bodies change, as we exercise or train our bodies definitely change, and as we age or change the way we eat our bodies change. The same is true for the horse. All things being equal, the shape of the horse’s back and especially the length of the saddle support area (from the base of the withers to the last thoracic vertebra) will change most significantly at ages 3, 5 and 8. This can cause frustration for the rider as it will definitely require a saddle fit adjustment to accommodate wider shoulders, higher withers, and more muscling on the back. As a




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Started 5 years ago by two riders who wanted to solve a common problem that happens to many riders every day, Success Equestrian LLC has created no slip saddle pads to tackle these every day slipping issues and at the same time offer stability and shock absorption. There are other no-slip pads on the market but none that offer an all-in-one solution while at the same time looking classic for the show ring. The saddle pads will keep your saddle pad and saddle in place. No more bunching up behind your leg, no more saddle slipping too far back or riding up the neck and no more over tightening of girths. The pad prevents slipping on even the hardest to fit horses. The anti-microbial air-flow grip rubs less than regular cotton on the horse’s back so there is virtually no rubbing and in-turn helps prevent bumps and bald spots. With an added 1.5cm open cell breathable foam cushion in the seat, this pad offers extra shock absorption and stability without adding bulk under the saddle. The air flow grip bottom layer is completely breathable and wicks perspiration. The quilted cotton top layer is crisp and white, perfectly suitable for the show ring. The contoured top line ensures comfort for your horse offering plenty of room for their withers, helping allow freedom of movement under the saddle, especially over jumps. The flaps are designed with the air flow grip only where you need it to prevent extra sweating under the rear flap of the saddle pad. And there is a friction free soft satin fabric on the wither area used to ensure comfort. All this and it is machine washable. Used by many top riders in every discipline. Here’s what Hunter rider and trainer Liza Towell Boyd has to say about her Success Equestrian saddle pads: “I’m excited to be working with Success Equestrian. They make great quality products that really work. After schooling I never have to dismount to adjust the tack anymore. I can just enter the ring. This pad doesn’t move!” Event rider Lillian Heard: ‘It is a struggle to find a saddle pad that stays in place and does not rub my horses back while also being affordable enough that I can use them both at home and at the show. When I came across the Success Equestrian saddle pads, I knew I had found a product that fulfilled all of these requirements. For the first time this winter I made it through without any rubs on my horses’ backs! And the best part is both the jump and dressage pads are very stylish so I didn’t have to sacrifice turnout for comfort.” Success Equestrian is most proud of their ‘giving back’ program. A portion of each sale is contributed to the Equestrian Aid Foundation. The EAF is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization that provides grant recipients funding for medical, healthcare, rehabilitation and essential expenses, such as housing and food, throughout their time of need. Its mission is to assist anyone in the equestrian world suffering from life threatening illness, catastrophic accidents or injuries. To learn more, visit www.equestrianaidfoundation.org.

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Western Dressage: Understanding Test Scores by Lynn Palm

In Dressage, it is tradition to receive score sheets from the judge. Horse and rider are judged on each component of the test; a score and comments are recorded. Each element of a test will be scored and most elements will have a comment from the judge. You can see how the judge scored your ride on a point scale of 0 to 10, with 10 being perfect. In addition, the judge will add comments about your score. These comments can explain how well you executed the test or show you areas where improvement is necessary. Once you understand the scoring system, you can use the score sheet as a helpful guide for your practice at home before the next show. The Scoring: *10 Excellent *9 Very Good *8 Good *7 Fairly Good *6 Satisfactory *5 Sufficient *4 Insufficient *3 Fairly Bad *2 Bad *1 Very Bad *0 Not Performed There are three tests within a level. Each level and test advance with the higher numbers. In other words, First Level Test 1 is less advanced then Test 3 in the First Level. First Level is more advanced than any of the Training Level tests. Here are some statistics about


First Level Test 1: • There are 16 elements in the test. • 290 = Maximum Possible Points. • Arena: Standard (20 meters X 40 meters) • Average Ride Time: 5:00 (from entry at A to final halt) The scores that I love to see and always look at first are the Collective Marks & Comments. These marks and comments give the best overview of your skills and your horse. The Collective Marks: • Gaits (freedom and regularity) • Impulsion (desire to move forward, elasticity of the steps, suppleness of the back, engagement of the hindquarters) • Submission (attention and confidence, lightness and ease of movements, acceptance of the bridle, lightness of the forehand) • Rider’s position and seat • Rider’s correct and effective use of the aids


• Harmony between rider and horse • Further Remarks: The judge will also give you further remarks about your horse and your performance.

Here are some tips that will give you more knowledge about your test: First Level Test 1 Purpose: To confirm that the horse, in addition to the requirements of Training Level, has developed the thrust to achieve improved balance and thoroughness and to maintain a more consistent contact with the bit. All trot work may be ridden sitting or rising, unless stated. Introduce: 10 m half circle at trot; 15m circle in canter; and lengthening of the stride in trot and canter. Check out the Dressage Illustrated books I have available for purchase on our website. The best part of these books is that you have “directive ideas” that explain what the judge will be looking for in each element. An example: A Enter Working Trot

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X Halt Directive Ideas: Straightness on the centerline and in Halt: immobility: quality of trot; willing, balanced transitions. The books are great tools for success in the show ring. I have each Dressage Illustration book for each level in the office of my barn right next to the tack room. I also have two sets for the horse shows. I put one in my clothes bag to study at night and the other in my tack trunk to be ready at the show. At the end of each show, I make sure I have my books before heading home.

Read any of Lynn’s previous articles about Western Dressage in Elite Equestrian’s digital on-line version! It’s free, and you can read every issue since we began printing in 2008!

I hope you take these suggestions to heart. The Dressage books are very helpful at home and at the horse show.










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It can be a little nerve-wracking mounting up on an unfamiliar horse and almost immediately, heading into the show ring. But for some top equestrians, “catch riding” is just part of their daily routine and they take each new mount in stride.

to have much more of a bond with their horse. But I have found overall that adaptability learned from catch riding new and different mounts can definitely be an advantage in many situations.”

“One of the hardest parts of riding a new horse is making sure to remember to give it exactly the ride it needs,” explained 18-yearold equitation champion Alexandra Ladove who has been catch riding since she was showing on ponies. “Sometimes you can become so programmed into a specific ride for one horse that it translates to the new horse.” The talented Californian makes sure to adapt her ride to meet each mount’s needs. Owners and trainers turn to a catch rider for many reasons, from gaining points and winning coveted classes to throwing a spotlight on the horse or helping with a sale. Traditionally, catch riders are chosen for their ability, record and results. More often than not, the role falls to Juniors, who can accept money or services in return unless they are riding for a National Collegiate Equestrian Association team. There are more than monetary benefits to being a successful catch rider, and it is not unheard of for an Amateur (who cannot accept money or service compensation) to accept an offer to show a horse, just to have the experience, polish their skills, and have extra “free” time in the show ring. No matter the age, catch riders mount up and get the job done with little to know experience with the horse. They rely on the trainer, as well as their personal experiences and skills in the saddle, to help maximize the horse’s potential in the show ring. “A person who catch rides has the advantage of being able to adapt to different horses more quickly, especially in a Medal test and in NCAA Equestrian,” added Ladove, who has climbed to the top of the National Equitation rankings for the past few years. “Someone who knows their horses well has had much more time to fine-tune their performance on that certain horse. They tend 84

“My advice to anyone new to catch riding is to listen to the horse’s trainer. They know the horse and can give you information about how it goes that will help you get up to speed much more quickly,” said Ladove, who gets to know the new mount through a series of exercise. “The best thing to do when first getting on, before you even head to a fence, is to figure out it’s gears on the flat. I usually practice extensions and collections as well as lateral work. When its time to jump, I start out small and get used to their stride, perhaps with a pole in front to create a line. I also practice halting after a couple fences to test how well they listen once on course. Since you never know what it will exactly be like to ride that new horse, do not take any jump or lead change for granted when riding them.” Sometimes a catch ride comes about because there is no other option, which can happen in equitation divisions. “I had just moved barns during the start of the Medal Finals’ season and my own horses were out at that time,” remembered Ladove, who has a two trainers - Robyn Stiegler on the West Coast and Don Stewart in the East. But while she is wracking up frequent flyer miles competing around the country, her horses remain based in California. “We found a new horse for me to ride named Balou the Monday before Maclay Regionals. The owner then let me ride him the next week in the Talent Search Finals as well. Once I got back East for the National Medal Finals, I rode a different horse at each show,” remembered Ladove, who takes each new horse in stride. “At Capital Challenge, I rode Berlin. Don (Stewart) found Hasta La Vista for me to ride at USEF Pessoa finals and Thrift Shop for WIHS Medal Finals. For ASPCA Maclay Finals, Robyn (Stiegler) had me ride her horse, Vigo.” Catch riding can be helpful in many aspects of a young rider’s career. When tested, Juniors competing in the Medal Finals are asked to switch horses. “I think everyone is a little apprehensive about switching horses for a Medal test,” admitted Ladove, “but most of the time, I have watched many of the equitation horses I compete against, so I won’t be going in entirely cold.” This won’t be the case next year at Auburn University, where Ladove will be riding on the school’s equestrian team as the collegiate competition format is all based on riding totally unfamiliar horses with little



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“This past September, I had the opportunity to ride a great horse, Celine, in the Junior Hunters,” concluded Ladove. “We ended up reserve champion in the division and won the classic. Since I usually only show in the equitation and jumpers, I don’t get many catch rides in the hunters. I’ve been very lucky so far, I haven’t ever had a catch ride that wasn’t a good fit.”


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HH Sensing When your horse stops… While riding a horse or working on the ground, halting, should be the result of a harmonious interaction. If it is the decision of just one of the parties, it often develops into a conflict. Traditionally, the solution has been to not let the horse “get away” with it. I think that many of the problems that can develop between a rider and its horse are the result of such actions, where human beings push horses past their limits, often by employing force. By forcefully insisting that a horse keeps going, we establish and reinforce an unwanted behavioral memory. This unwanted behavior will often be exhibited if the horse gets back in the same place. Horses are always ready to learn, and never switch off their memory. When we are interacting with them, they learn from anything, and everything we do. If we look at the reason why they stop, and they resist our request to go forward, we will find out that, in that moment, they are not recognizing us as leaders, and therefore they are taking the position of leading. Every attempt to force the horse will convince him, more and more, that we are not to be taken as a leader, because we are asking them to do something against their will without an apparent reason. If we employ force, we obtain that the horse fears us, which is different than when he respects us. In any relationship, respect implies listening, being sensitive and caring for one another. If we employ force, we will have successfully acted as predators, not leaders. This is why, in training and working with HH Sensing, we always aim to develop in the horse an interest for what we are going to do together. If we can establish a harmonious relationship to support our time with a horse, it could even be possible to become a real team with the horse, alternating roles, as leader or follower.


If properly used, the tarp is a great training tool when working with horses that are not held with tack. From the sensory perspective, the challenge that we are asking the horse to overcome is to step on something that covers the “true ground”, and that makes noises when he gets on it. The way we make the horse want to get on the tarp is to simply put some hay, or other food on it. Our tarp needs to be large enough that, in order to reach the food, the horse will need to be on it. Using the tarp is a very versatile and effective way to demonstrate to the horse that what we present to him has a value, and that following our lead is a good idea. Obviously we cannot use force or words to convince the horse of this fact, we need to use our behavior and the senses as vectors for the information we are giving to the horse. How to start: 1. We should have a tarp folded and some hay, sitting outside the space where we plan to work, ready for us to use.

If we employ force, we will have successfully acted as predators, not leaders. So, what can we do, when the horse comes to an unharmonious stop? At HH Sensing we try to have multiple answers, which span from working on the ground to being in the saddle. We work with different training tools (like the ball see EE May June 2015 issue), which will allow us to do better “work” with a horse in other circumstances. This kind of work allows us to meet the different needs of each human and horse pair and their real life situation. All of the actions we recommend are aimed at reestablishing our leadership status by asking the horse to do something not too difficult, so he will respond to our request. This will put us back in the position of leadership, without having to resort to force. We suggest doing it at liberty, taking care of putting some interest for the horse in the action. We have developed a way to correctly employ food to give the horse an interest in the action, and to mark the territory we are “talking about”. We work with the communication through its senses and present the horse with a problem that he would like to solve, not because otherwise he would suffer unpleasant consequences, but because he has a real interest in solving it. This kind of interaction will convince him more and more about the fact that we are leaders worth following. After all, a leader is, simply, someone who makes a request. The response is based on how the communication is carried out and received. 90

We will start by going to get the tarp and bringing it inside the space where the horse is, slowly unfolding it and laying it flat in the most centered area. This position will leave the most space for the horse to move away from it, should he feel like doing so. We also need to make sure we are not going towards the horse with the tarp, because in this case we may make him feel uncomfortable, approaching his space with a suspicious object. 2. After laying the tarp out, we can take a few steps on it, to demonstrate the horse that there is stable soil under it. This is enough for some horses to decide to explore the new object, and in some cases they get on just by watching us do so. 3. The next step is to put the interest of the horse in getting on the tarp, which we achieve by putting the hay on the tarp and going to touch it. I have fun in picking up the hay and letting it fall, and this is something that often makes a horse decide to come and eat the hay while I am there, or as soon as I move off the tarp If it does not happen, we can decide to help them by letting them watch us play more with the tarp and the hay. If we are able to work with the horse free and walking by our side, we can invite the horse to follow us on the tarp, and after he has eaten some hay, we can ask to leave the tarp and circle back to it. The possibilities are endless and up to us to make them happen. www.EliteEquestrian.us

In any of our clinics, we often work with a new horse that has never worked at liberty, but because of the natural and spontaneous structure of the interaction, the horse understands without being trained for it. However, it is necessary to closely monitor the parameters of the social interaction. HH Sensing considers how we are coexisting in the same space, if there is trust, respect, willingness to respond and focus. The existence of those conditions between human and horse establishes that what we are conveying to the horse is being received and that the horse is responding and executing. If instead he reacts (responding with an attitude), those parameters will not be present and we need to realize that our communication has some flaws and we need to correct it.. As leaders, we need to change something in our behavior, or we will lose the consideration of the horse. When there is no tack to hold the horse, he could move away and not participate in our action, clearly telling that he has no interest in working together. When a horse responds to us without being held, we really have reached him without any doubt.

Are we ready to let him go, and see if we can be leaders worth following?


Saddles Soar – with Schleese! This year renowned North American saddle manufacturer Schleese Saddlery Service Ltd. Is celebrating its 30th year in business. Here is the story of how Certified Master Saddler Jochen Schleese first started his company, and several of the highlights of these past 30 years as a key player in the equestrian industry.

But how did this all start in North America?

In 1984 after qualifying for the European Championships, Schleese had to retire his Hanoverian gelding for lameness, and his riding career as a three-day eventer came abruptly to an end. He often says, “I wish I knew then what I know now” At very least Pirat would have been sound a lot longer, at best his riding career would have gone much farther. At the time he was riding with the likes of Bettina Overesch-Hoy and other very talented German young riders. After placing in German nationals in 1982 Pirat began showing signs of lameness – which at the time was not attributed to the saddle, since experts abounded – vets, trainers, farriers who all had a job of keeping the team fit. Remedial applications were used in an attempt to ward off the lameness, including blocking, blistering, re-shoeing and all sorts of pharmaceuticals. It was simply the fact that the construction of the saddle was not in keeping with the requirements of the horse – with every step his shoulders were hit by forward facing tree points, the too narrow gullet impacted his spinal processes, ligaments, and nerves along his back, and the gullet plate likely pinched him and impeded his wither muscle as he tried to jump and move. The advice of the experts was followed, but the result was a ‘textbook case’ of torture for the horse. Since he knows now that his horse suffered from an ill-fitting saddle, Schleese became very determined to alleviate this consequence for other horses. It is his life goal and passion to make a difference by educating riders to help them find optimal saddle solutions for comfort, performance and equine development. The saddle must work with the biomechanics of the horse in motion for complete back freedom. For Jochen, the biggest thank you is when a horse begins to move freely, happily, and well in a properly fitted saddle! Often clients throw their arms around him and his highly trained team of saddle ergonomists and saddle fit technicians, crying with joy, because the difference is that visible and they realize how much harm they had unknowingly done riding in an ill-fitting saddle. Schleese continually works with other equine professionals in many disciplines to increase his knowledge and understanding of making horses more comfortable and protecting their backs. In 2005 the Saddlefit 4 Life® global network was founded with top trainers, physiotherapists, veterinarians, chiropractors, massage therapists, farriers and saddle fitters. Through sharing of expertise and knowledge on products, systems, training methods, they all work together to protect the horse’s (and rider’s) back from long term damage. The philosophy of S4L is taught in lectures, seminars, demonstrations, symposiums and in one-on-one client sessions all over the world. Saddlefit 4 Life® is taught at the German National Riding School and the Berufsreiterverband (Association of Professional Trainers) as part of the certification program, so that trainers can recognize and diagnose suspected saddle fit issues, and then work with qualified fitters or saddle ergonomists to fix them. S4L has accreditation through the USDF, the CHA, and various other equine associations with whom they partner on education.

Schleese was invited to come to Canada in 1986 as the Official Saddler for the World Dressage Championships, held for the first time outside of Europe. Their first shop was just 100 sq.ft off the side of one of the tractor barns onsite at the competition facility, and placed within the quarantine zone. He and his wife Sabine really couldn’t even meet any of the riding public attending the event, but did have a chance to meet such icons as Dr. Josef Neckermann (the first world dressage champion ever and the father of Eva Marie Pracht), Dr. Reiner Klimke, and Canada’s own Bonnie Bonnello – Schleese’s actual first client! The first dollar earned is framed and hanging in their reception area. Over the course of the next 5 years the company underwent several more expansions (up to 1200 sq. ft.), the first apprentice was hired, another certified saddler came over from Germany, and the first custom saddle was made. Schleese got a contract to build around 100 saddles for Spinneybeck Leather, a company which supplied leather to the interior design industry. They brought out a new line of leather called ‘saddle’ and to promote it, a saddle in every colour and type of leather it came in was built. Ralph Lauren apparently bought the very first one we made in red leather and put it in his flagship Polo store in NYC. Schleese established saddlery as a registered trade in Ontario and became an authorized training facility. In 1991 the company moved to a larger facility (5000 sq.ft) where the staff increased to 12 and a real computer was purchased. It was also where the equestrian boutique “Caparison” was started which became one of the leading retail outlets for eclectic horsey stuff. (It closed in 1998). In 1996 the Schleeses hired their bank manager to take over as General Manager, and this man (Earl Rothery) is now Schleese’s CEO and business partner. In 1999 they bought a property just north of Toronto, Ontario. The company grew to 45 employees at one time (it fluctuates now around the high 30s) and 8000 sq. ft. Over the years close to 80 different saddle models were developed – some of them more successful than others, but each one with an innovative design feature and upgrades to reflect the changes in the needs of the riding public.

Continued... Photos: Top left: Jochen at work with a client’s horse. Top right: Jochen riding Pirat at the German Nationals 1982. Center: Germany August 2008 – Jochen Schleese with Olympic dressage team gold medallist and individual bronze medallist Heike Kemmer (co-designer of Schleese’s popular “HK Dressage saddle”)\





Schleese has been featured on various TV shows – CBC’s “On the Road Again”, Report on Business, Discovery Channel “How it’s Made” and Harrowsmith Country Life. Both Jochen and Sabine were interviewed by local TV personalities and were lucky enough to be the recipient of numerous business and industry awards, with nominations for many more. The most prestigious of these was probably being a finalist in the Canada Export Award, winning an Ontario Global Trader’s Award, and an Award of Merit from the Ontario Chamber of Commerce. Tack’n’Togs magazine named them Manufacturer of the Year in 2008 and Sabine has been on the Profit Top 100 list of Women Business Owners in Canada almost every year since 2000. This year Schleese is a finalist as Manufacturer of the Year in York Region.

Almost all Schleese employees ride, and every one of them is truly passionate about what they do - from the craftsmen in the production shop who build the saddles to the front line who travel all over North America to service clients at over 550 clinic locations to the in-house administrative staff who deal with logistics, organization, and customer service. Just for fun, here are some interesting numbers from over the past 30 years. For example: • Over 150,000 horses analysed and evaluated for saddle fit • Over 20,000 saddles built • Over ¼ million miles every year flown (Jochen was just inducted into the million mile club with Air Canada) Truly a North American success story – one that is leaving its mark and a legacy in the equestrian industry!

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