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Fashion • Home • Art 20 MUST HAVES Cool stuff for you & your horse 22 26 28 30

Training, Tack & Showing 62 TRAILERS Choosing A Tow Vehicle

FALL FASHION Champion Style Autumn Warmth Scarves & Shirts Great Home Stuff!

66 HUMAN TO HORSE Traveling With Your Horse 68 REAL LIFE RIDER Fitting An OTTB 70 LYNN PALM HORSEMANSHIP Mounting Properly 76 SIDE SADDLE TRAINING A New Kind Of Camp

Art & Antiques 32 Vintage Perfumes EQUINE ART 34 Arabian Sculpture by Judy Nordquist

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Whatever your level, Equetech has a beautiful jacket made for the job of looking good with functionality. The Equetech Moonlight Dressage Coat is a stunning jacket styled in a durable knitted Ponte fabric with Lycra for added stretch. Featuring just the right amount of bling courtesy of the crystal faux waistcoat tips and crystal buttons. Double piping on the collar, darted contoured sleeves and double back vents complete this jacket. RRP: £169.50 Sizes: 32” - 44” Colours: Grey

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This magnificent home offers the lifestyle you’ve been dreaming of. Stunning design and modern luxury, this home is move-in ready with a barn, a covered arena and an outdoor arena too. The large, open great room is perfect for entertaining, with soaring ceilings, huge windows and sliding doors that lead out to the large deck. The kitchen would make any gormet proud, with gorgeous granite countertops, a huge island, SS appliances, double convection ovens, 5-burner gas stove, and beautiful cabinetry. The master bedroom retreat offers a private deck and opulent en-suite, with an amazing soaking tub and a heavy glass-enclosed shower, with large dual rain-forest shower heads. The second master also offers a private deck, walk-in closet and well appointed bathroom. Magnificent remodeling throughout, with the finest materials and craftsmanship. Beautiful application of natural stone work, including quartz, marble & granite. Possible Mother-In Law area on lower level.There is a viewing room at the top of the home with views of Mt. St. Helen and fireworks on July 4th. The barn offers 5 stalls, turnouts, a heated tack room with a half bath, a covered arena and an outdoor arena too. Located within approx 25 minutes to Nike and Intel, this special home and property will steal your heart! Follow your dream, home!

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Donna Bernstein on Scarves,

Sun Stallions and WEARABLE Art

with LA Sokolowski, the Original Equinista™ Equine fine artist Donna Bernstein has talent and energy to spare, and the native New Yorker is first to admit she prefers “doing 20 things at once.” But the artist, sculptor, textile designer and jewelry maker did whoa long enough to talk horses, art and scarves with Elite Equestrian on Thursday evening at the VIP Platinum Preview for the third annual REVEAL International Contemporary Art Fair, sponsored by Chubb and Marsh Private Client Services, July 18-21, at the Saratoga Springs (NY) City Center.

No stranger to the horse world, ‘Donna B’ and her work can be found on the Longines Masters tour, and her scarves were called the “ultimate Hamptons accessory” by GuestofaGuest.com. In July, she launched a design collaboration including totes and accessories with Henry Dry Goods and Horse Network. “It’s not horses that I paint. I paint the way horses make me feel,” she says, and her scarves are the newest expression of those feelings. “Horses are such dynamic – not static – beings. That energy helps me create as I go because I’m not always sure what will come out when I start!”

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Like the golden abstract landscape and proud prance in her original painting, ‘Sun Stallion,’ which became the art on her first scarf, a 35” x 35” 100% silk charmeuse that is still among her bestsellers. “Horses have always been a source of healing, energy and life for me. I feel aligned with the ancient cave paintings: minimalist, primal, intimate. I experience that connection when I am with or paint horses. That pure and intuitive sense of energy and life-affirming movement is what I hope to share in my work.” DonnaBernstein.com shares a colorful stable of choices, from mini 20” x 20” squares to 16”x 60” scarves, with prices starting at just $65. So which horse will you choose to wrap around your dreams? 28



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AUTUMN Nights Delight

As the nights begin to draw in, and the prospect of winter starts to look and feel more like a reality, La Di Da Interiors offer some seasonal interior inspiration.

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Let There Be Wine This intricately carved Pheasant Wine Bottle Stopper adds a hint of country estate glamour to your Chablis this winter. Rubber sections keep this nickel bird stopper in place should you pause for an evening of cheese, port and coffee. RRP: £19

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We love this fun linen cushion! This is sure to raise a smile from any dog owner. An ideal present for the person that has everything (& a dog!) Cushion size 46cm x 24cm approx. includes luxury feather inner. Made in England. £35.00 30

These four cute dog tails make cute hooks. Ideal for the lead collection, coats, hats or scarves. This is a very popular gift for dog owners and lovers alike. Made in slate with cast iron hooks this is made to last, measures approximately 30 x 10.5 x 1.5 cm (excluding hooks) £20.00 www.growlmama.com



The Art of Donna B

Donna Bernstein www.donnabernstein.com








Vintage Perfume By Dr. Lori Verderame Today’s collectors are considering and collecting vintage perfumes both nationally and internationally. While the scents are alluring, the design of the perfume bottles are what attracts one to a particular vintage perfume. When I started my research on vintage perfumes, it was all about the beauty of the bottles and the bravado of the brands. Now, there is much more to the vintage perfume market. A skilled group of sellers/scientists are trying to blend old familiar perfume scents with new additions to create some collectible fragrances.


t is interesting and a bit exciting to learn that an interested collector can actually find and purchase a favorite old-school perfume on the market. Would these old perfumes still smell good? Would they smell the same bringing back memories with a whiff? The idea of recovering old perfumes is interesting but it is not without its obstacles. The science surrounding the art of collecting vintage perfume is the real story here, along with the setbacks.

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Setback 1: Perfumes go bad over time. No matter how lovely or high quality a bottle is –albeit French Baccarat or Lalique crystal—perfumes lose their punch. The shelf life for most high-quality perfumes is about 18 months to 2 years. I was saddened by this fact since I have decades-old perfumes that I still use that date back to my high school days. When I hold those bottles and squirt the atomizer of my vintage Lauren or Calvin Klein perfume, I am immediately back in my childhood bedroom standing in front of my dresser thrilled to be going somewhere fun. Alas, too many years have passed to save the original smell. Setback 2: You really can’t go back to Kansas… even if you were, like me, raised in Connecticut. You see, perfumes can degrade from exposure to light, heat, and oxygen (air). A perfume’s top notes go by the wayside first and then the base or core scent languishes over time. Citrus scents fade very quickly. The floral scents are stronger but they too will eventually give in to old age. Like people, some perfume scents age better than others.

Setback 3: Trying to find a full, unopened bottle of vintage scents like Juneve by Reval Langlois from the 1920s, Sycomore by Chanel from the 1930s, or Apres L’Ondee by Guerlain from the 1950s is next to impossible. Why? Most people don’t realize that perfume collecting is a real thing. And this “real thing” is trendy and expensive. These vintage scents –not just the beautiful bottles-- are worth big bucks to a new generation of perfume chemists mixing new and old scents in New York, Milan, and Paris. Don’t forget about the industrious group of new age perfume entrepreneurs who are amassing old, half-empty bottles of perfume in thrift stores and from estate sales that were cast off. These folks are buying them up and auctioning them off online. They are reselling these scents by the tiny vial for a very nice profit on Etsy.com, Ebay.com, etc. So, if you are going all Marie Kondo and your old perfume is on the $1 and under table at your estate sale, you are making a big mistake. The money you lose on that transaction with a savvy estate sale shopper will certainly not “bring you joy”. Is there any hope for collectors who want to wear their favorite vintage scent and have a sniff that recalls a fond memory? Many vintage perfumes are sold online and are, with some obvious olfactory differences, ready to wear. Some collectors are looking for that scent that their late mother wore and paying big bucks to recapture it in a bottle or a vial. Others want to share a fragrance promoted or named by their favorite Hollywood celebrity or Pop star. Either way, the vintage perfume market is alive and well. These old perfumes and their bottles are leading the pack as a valuable, memorable, and somewhat attainable collecting category.

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udy ordquist American Contemporary

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Flying across the ivory sands of the Egyptian desert on the back of a magnificent Arabian stallion with the Pyramids of Giza silhouetted against the radiant glow of dawn – experiencing the excitement of the Moroccan Fantasia at the royal stables as a guest of King Hassan II – marveling at the beautiful Fountains of Rome and classic sculptures of Michelangelo in the Vatican – that is what dreams are made of! Judy’s memories from that desert ride, the inspirations from her travels in Europe and her life long passion for horses has resulted in sculptures from graceful miniature foals to the powerful Monumental Life-Size bronze, “Wind Spirit”! A premier artist of Equine Bronze Sculptures, Judy Nordquist’s sculptures have established the precedence for excellence in Equine Art. Her love and passion for the magnificent horse is revealed in breathtaking bronze sculptures as the exciting spirit of the horse comes alive! An Internationally acclaimed artist, Judy Nordquist’s bronzes are found in municipal, private, corporate and fine art collections of Royalty around the world. Her bronzes are prized by collectors in the United States, South America, Canada, Mexico, Europe and the Middle East. Her patrons include His Majesty King Hassan II of Morocco, HRH Prince Abdulaziz Al’Saud, HRH Prince Feisal Bin Abdullah of Saudi Arabia and Princess Tchkotoua of Mallorca. http://chisholmgallery.com/judy-nordquist

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Steffen Peters with LA Sokolowski, equinista

Treasures His Trove

Steffen Peters, 54, of San Diego, CA, is no stranger to pressure. The first rider – of any discipline – to be named US Equestrian of the Year three times (2008, 2009, 2011), he has contributed to two (1996, 2016) US Olympic dressage team bronze medals and (since 2010) earned 135 wins out of 233 competitive starts, placing him consistently on the FEI Standings as one of the world’s top riders.

Steffen with his medal in London, Photo by Shannon Brinkman.

Deborah’s diligence kept leading to encouraging anecdotes but few hard facts, so with the support of Star’s veterinarians, she instituted her own trial, using oral CBD as an alternative and (she feared) final effort to save her horse.

Steffen and Avignon. Photo by Deborah Carter

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“It’s not just about competition. It’s a serious love for animals. When I train, 75% of what I’m doing is training the horse mentally. The other 25% - getting a horse fit and developing muscles – really isn’t that complicated,” admits the German-born horseman. Like fellow German athlete, Arnold Schwarzenegger (whom Steffen once told Sports Illustrated was the person, past or present, he’d most like to have dinner with) he saw the role fitness contributed to finding success. Mental tone has been important as muscle tone. So meet Steffen’s fifth natural riding aid: Trove CBD products and its remarkable origin story of uniting horses and humans on similar journeys of compassion and relief. Trove CBD was founded by a determined horse owner, Deborah Carter, who had exhausted all veterinary diagnostic and traditional treatment options in the search for a solution to her beloved filly Star’s debilitating neuromuscular tremors. 36

The results were nearly immediate. Star made a dramatic turn for the better and today, at age five and with the help of an ever-reducing dose of CBD, shows virtually no signs of her prior condition. Inspired by Star’s story, Trove LLC cofounders Deborah and Samuel Carter have investigated and documented the results of CBD trials in people, horses, dogs and cats, and the results are overwhelmingly positive. The benefits they’ve found include promoting calm, addressing soreness, supporting the nervous, immune and musculoskeletal systems, and bypassing gastrointestinal issues commonly experienced using products like Banamine or bute. “Additional benefits continue to be revealed as awareness grows and formal clinical trials are sanctioned,” says Deborah. A portion of every Trove sale is earmarked to help fund health studies to explore, determine and define the most effective uses, dosages and administration options of CBD while Trove continues to offer premium THC-free CBD products for adult people, and adult horses, dogs and cats.


Steffen and Mopsie Photo by Shannon Brinkman.

The horse world is a small one, and Steffen and Deborah have been friends for over 25 years, a relationship cemented in part by the skilled horseman helping to train and show some of her own accomplished horses. “I have the utmost respect, love and admiration for this man, his talent, and his gift with horses,” she says. “He is truly a treasure and I am honored that he considers me a friend.” Her respect has only deepened since Steffen candidly opened up to the international dressage world at Aachen in July about his struggle to overcome anxiety, depression and the terrible nerve-tingling effects of paresthesia. After three trips to emergency rooms, fruitless relief from prescription medications, and treatment by more than a half dozen doctors ranging from neurologists (he was convinced he had a brain tumor) to psychiatrists, the answer turned out to be just a stride away. “My good friend Deborah Carter introduced me to Trove CBD oil. Obviously non-THC because we get drug tested,” he said. “Trove products are triple batch-tested so we know they are THC-free. That helped me to slowly get my thoughts together. To starve anxiety and retrain my brain to go back to the positive guy that tells jokes, loves to ride, loves to crack up, and loves to enjoy life.” At one point, around Christmas 2018, he considered an anxiety specialist clinic. “I realized that others have gone through what I was going through. Everybody prepares you before the Olympics and no one prepares you for after the Olympics. Over the years there was always so much pressure to make the team, be the anchor rider, that my doctor explained it to me, “You’re 54 and that braking mechanism to slow your brain down, where you calm down after excitement or stress? That doesn’t work so well any more. You have to learn to retrain your brain until that works again.” With Trove, Steffen is treasuring life. “I’m 95% better and know how to catch the first letter in a toxic sentence! That’s how much awareness it takes. I’m being so open about this, about the medications and doctors, because I hope I can encourage one person not to stay in their pain and suffering like I did. It doesn’t necessarily take horrible medication that only some can tolerate. Let’s face it, once you start taking medication, good luck getting off. That’s another challenge. “It’s been a roller coaster but life is good again.” As more respected horsemen like Steffen Peters speak their truth about choosing CBD oil and supplements, THC-free products like Trove will ensure plenty of choices to ride toward wellness.

Trove Animal Oils. Photo by Avery Carter

CBD and USEF Drug Guidelines ����������������������������������������� ��������������������������������������� ��������������������������������������������� ������������������������������������������ ������������������������������������������ ����������������������������������������� �������������������������������������������� ���������������������������������������� ���������������������������������������� ���������������������������������� ���������������������������������������� ��������������������������������������������� ������������������������������������������� ��������������������������������������������� ����������������������������������������� ������������������������������� �������������������������������������������� ������������������������������������������� ����������������������������������������� �������������������������������������������� ���������������������������������������������� ������������������������������������������ ����������������� �������������������������������������������� ����������������������������������������� ���������������������������������� ������������������������������������� ������������������������������������������ ����������������������������������������� ����������������������������������������� ������������������������������������������ ����������������������������������������� ����������� ���������������������������������������� �������������������������������������������� ���������������������������������������� ����������������������������������������������� ��������������������������������������� ���������������������������������������� ����������������������������������������� ����������������������������������������� ��������������������������������������� �������������������������������������������� ������������������������������������������ �������������������������������������������� ���������������������������������������� �����������������������������������������


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Why CBD?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is among at least 66 chemical compounds unique to the cannabis sativa (hemp) plant. These compounds are referred to as cannabinoids. THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the cannabinoid most associated with marijuana but unlike THC, CBD is non-psychoactive and shown to offer benefits without a THC “high.” CBD is non-psychoactive, non-habit-forming and well tolerated, making it a desirable supplement choice. Research and development surrounding cannabis sativa and its benefits have helped CBD make a name for itself as a natural means of supporting the immune, musculoskeletal, digestive, and nervous systems. New studies and reports continue to emerge exploring CBD and the promising role it plays in the wellness of all mammals.

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Stablekeeper’s Liens and Training Fees Explained Part I – What Charges May be Properly Included in a Lien? © 2018 Avery S. Chapman, Esq.


any horse trainers not only provide training to the equine athletes in their charge but also provide feed and care for those horses. However, and contrary to common belief, if the owner of a horse in training does not pay the trainer, in most states, a trainer cannot claim a lien against the horse for an amount which includes training fees. In a subsequent article, Part II, we will discuss the remedies available to an owner facing a fraudulent or improper lien. Here, we discuss the proper scope of a lien, that is, what amounts can be claimed? 1. MOST STATES DO NOT PERMIT LIENS AGAINST HORSES FOR TRAINING SERVICES. �������������������������������� �������������������������������������� �������������������������������������������������������������������������������� �������������������������������������������� ���������������������������������������� ������������������������������������ ��������������������������������������� ����������������������������������������� ���������

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713.65 Liens for care and maintenance of animals.—In favor of all persons feeding or caring for the horse or other animal of another, including all keepers of livery, sale or feed or feed stables, for feeding or taking care of any horse or other animal put in their charge; upon such horse or other animal.



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Avery S. Chapman, Esq. is the Founding Member and Inaugural Chair of The Equine Law Committee of The Animal Law Section of The Florida Bar. The principal of Equine Law Group, LLC, Avery practices in Wellington, Florida where he counsels members of the equine industry on a wide range of matters including litigation and business matters. He is also member of the Palm Beach County Bar Association Professionalism Committee and a Governor of the United States Polo Association, a 501(c)(6) organization. He practices law from his offices in Wellington, Florida, the World Winter Capital of equestrian sport. He can be reached at asc@chapmanlawgroup.net or through www.equinelawgroup.com.




Steeplechase Tradition Still Going Strong in Charleston, SC


hen the bugle blows on a gorgeous fall Sunday in Charleston, a beloved tradition will return, with a few new twists in store. Steeplechase of Charleston returns to the Holy City on November 17, as some of the nation’s fastest horses and most agile riders jockey for generous prizes.

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Horse racing in the South has a storied past - much like the second oldest colonized city in the United States. Ever stylish, Charleston puts on quite a show each year with a celebration of eques���������������������������������������tality (as evidenced by the elaborate picnics guests often incorporate in their day at the races). This quintessential Southern event will deliver experiential fun with horse races, tailgating, high fashion, local vendors, live music and more. All activations are set to ignite the excitement and tradition of horse racing in the ���������������������������������������� In an interesting twist, ownership of the race has transferred to Evening Post Industries. The owners of the oldest daily newspaper in the South, The Post 40

and Courier, now preside over one of the most storied sports in the South. The newspaper follows suit with many other media companies by lending its brand and resources to a community event. “Steeplechase celebrates speed, beauty, athleticism, strength, community and more,” said P.J. Browning, publisher of The Post and Courier. “Our aim is to make this a must-do event every year, and one that becomes the signature way to experience Charleston in the fall.” ������������������������������������� least $75,000, this is the last race of the ������������������������������������ation season will put a tidy bow on the sport for 2019. “Steeplechase racing is a sport that www.EliteEquestrianMagazine.com

you are born loving, or you will soon grow to love,” said Toby Edwards, race director and former jockey. “With at least $75,000 in purse money and an illustrious past, Steeplechase of Charleston is known nationwide as a superb event. We are thrilled to work with the entire team to continue making it a world-class experience.” MORE THAN A RACE: Seasoned or new to the sport, it matters not. Steeplechase offers much in the way of see-and-be-seen experiences, and Charleston kicks that all up a notch. Locals bring tailgating to an artform. Each ticket allows guests to do it as they like, either hauling a beer cooler, ����������������������������������������� �����������������

��������������������������������������� their way to the Vendor Village, full of food trucks, artisan-made foods, specialty cocktails and more. Between races, guests can multi-task there by holiday shopping with the local artisans curated for the day. On-site experiences also include: • Live Music: The center stage is located close to The Village with plenty of live entertainment to listen to while shopping and sipping your way through the village. • Art: Equine artist, Sam Robinson, a �����������������������������tion [sanctioned] artist, will be live painting at the event. Robinson has a passion for capturing sport horses in landscape settings. He frequently travels around the region to paint the many racecourses in the Mid-Atlantic. • VIP Chalet featuring open bar and lunch service. • Family Fun Zone with activities for children. WHO WILL WEAR IT BEST? Charleston’s Steeplechase gives guests a chance to put a personal spin on what’s trending for fall. Locals won’t hold back. According to the leading local stylist and blogger, Andrea Serrano, the key is to dress to be seen. “Rule one: it’s always better to be overdressed than underdressed,” Serrano said. Among her tips for women: Hats & Fascinators - The more ostentatious the better, no limits! “If you want the perfect accent for your bold ����������������������������������������� you need to pump up your demure dress, then a big, bold hat will elevate your look.”

key,” says Serrano. “You don’t want to drag that pretty maxi dress through the mud. Pair your dress with knee high or over the knee boots. “ For gentlemen, the races are a splendid excuse to get as dressed up and decked out as the ladies. A wool or straw fedora -- even a vintage looking boater -- will add instant style to any look. Meanwhile, a classic suit in navy, tan, grey or even pinstripe is a go-to for many. If you want to mix it up, pair a blazer with contrasting pants. (Don’t forget the pocket square.)

Adds Serrano; “The secret to looking ��������������������������� ORGANIZERS GIVE BACK �������������������������������������� the Good Cheer Fund, which helps fund seven local organizations: Association for the Blind, Carolina Youth Development Center, Catholic Charities, the Lowcountry Food Bank, Salvation Army, Star Gospel Mission and the Charleston Leadership Foundation. General admission, tailgating and VIP tickets can be purchased at https:// steeplechaseofcharleston.com.

SCHEDULE AT-A-GLANCE: 10:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m. 1:45 p.m. 2:30 p.m. 3:15 p.m. ���������� 6:00 p.m.

gates open vip chalet opens opening ceremonies race 1: purse: $15,000 | maiden claiming hurdle race 2: purse: $15,000 | maiden claiming hurdle race 3: purse: $20,000 | ratings handicap hurdle race 4: purse: $25,000 | 3yr old hurdle ������������������������������������ gates close

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DRESSAGE AT DEVON 2019: An Evolving Tradition

For more than

40 YEARS, Dressage at Devon (www.dressageatdevon.org) has brought something new and fresh to each show, adding classes, working with competitors to make the show run more smoothly, bringing in new exhibitions and new vendors, and creating an experience that is always a crowd pleaser. The show, one of the premier dressage shows in the world, has always been known for top riders, top horses and top performances. But there is so much more.

Jessica Jo Tate on Faberge – winner of the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDIW, 2018

Here’s what’s new for 2019 and some changes you may have missed. The Largest Open Breed Show in the World The first three days of the show (Sept 24 – 26, 2019) feature the largest open breed show in the world, attracting top breeders from near and far.

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Last year the Individual Breed classes (IBC) were moved from Thursday to Tuesday to facilitate a more relaxed time schedule and increase the safety of horses and riders. The response was extremely positive so, this year, the IBC classes will again be held on Tuesday, followed by the popular Parade of Breeds. Come cheer on your favorites breed.

Attention Pony Breeders

In response to the increasing popularity of ponies in the dressage ring, DaD introduced pony only classes that ‘mirror’ the breed division in-hand classes. Due to the enthusiastic response, the ponies will again show off in the Dixon. Dressage at Devon is pleased to have partnered with the National Dressage Pony Cup. Points earned at Dressage at Devon will count towards year-end awards. For measurement and show requirements please visit https://www. dressageponycup.com/breed-show.html. 42

Looking for Your Next Equine Champion?

Many of the horses (and ponies) brought to DAD’s Breed Show are the future stars of dressage. But many others will excel in other equestrian disciplines including hunters, jumpers and eventing. Horses that are for sale will be identified with green dots on their bridle numbers.

Top Performances

From Thursday afternoon through Sunday, top riders and their equine partners will perform at levels from 4th level through Grand Prix. Friday night features qualifiers for the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Freestyle. It’s a great opportunity to watch the same competitors who are vying to show in Saturday night’s fabulous Grand Prix Freestyle. Visit the website, check out the schedule and plan your trip to the 2019 show.

Saturday Morning

Adult amateur dressage riders will love the discussion with Lisa Schmidt, founder of Adult Amateur Dressage Access (AADA) (www.aadressageaccess.com). Lisa will lead a discussion on Saturday, September 29, in the picnic area near the Pub. She will provide insights and tips targeted to


THIS YEAR, Dressage Explorers will take place Sunday, September 29, and will feature: • Make and Take Stick Horse: We supply the “horse” and all the trimmings to deckout your mount for a ride in the famed Dixon Oval • Selfie Scavenger Hunt – Play detective and find the five yellow signs posted throughout the show grounds and take a selfie with each sign. • Want to learn what really goes into a great performance? Special pricing for headset rental ($10) is available to all participants. And over-ear style personal receive allows you to follow all the commentary of some of the foremost experts in the world of dressage. • The Princess and the Unicorn! • Blessing of the Animals Plus, the day’s performances feature the sport’s rising stars, young riders from 16-25. These include the FEI Pony Freestyle Test, the FEI Young Rider Freestyle and much more. Check the website for updates on additional activities. Lisa Schmidt – Founder of Adult Amateur Dressage Access will facilitate a discussion among Adult Amateurs on Saturday morning.

Vaulting Exhibitions Anne Gribbons – Board Member, Dressage at Devon; rider, trainer, judge, and actively involved in dressage organizations.

the Adult Amateurs in addition to a Q&A that will answer all those nagging questions. Lisa Schmidt is a United States Equestrian Federation licensed “S” dressage judge, an FEI dressage competitor and trainer and has earned US Dressage Federation (USDF) Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals among other achievements and honors. Also on Saturday morning, Nancy Williams, a partner with the law firm of Kleinbard, LLC (Philadelphia, PA) will discuss the many aspects of equine law. Nancy practices in the fields of corporate and commercial law with an emphasis on real estate, finance, mergers and acquisitions and equine law. She is currently on the Board of Dressage at Devon and Vice President of the Board of Directors for Dream Catchers, a premier therapeutic riding center.

Bring the Kids on Sunday

It’s not often that you see children at a dressage show. But in 2016, the team at Dressage at Devon (www.dressageatdevon.org) decided that it was time to create a great experience for children, to allow them to view world-class horses and their riders, learn something about these magnificent animals, and have fun. So Dressage Explorers was born. Since then participation in the program has grown and attracts kids of all ages.

For more than 2,000 years, people have been performing equestrian vaulting or dance-like movements on or over the backs of moving horses. Some people trace the origins of vaulting to the ancient Roman games where acrobats would demonstrate their skills on cantering horses. Others trace the history of vaulting to ancient Crete where bullleaping was prevalent! Whatever its roots, modern vaulting is fun and exciting. This year, Fleur de Lis Vaulters from Kentucky will perform in the Dixon Oval during the breaks on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Don’t miss it!

Still Time to Volunteer

Dressage at Devon is a great place to volunteer. Flexible shifts, different jobs for different talents and no training required for most positions. To view the opportunities, visit www.dressageatdevon.org.

Dressage at Devon offers something for everyone – from equestrian performances to some of the best boutique shopping anywhere – with quality and tasty food to keep you going! And don’t forget Ladies Hat Day on Friday. Watch the website for details – this event is just getting better and better. The 2019 Dressage at Devon will take place September 24September 29 at the Devon Horse Show Grounds in Devon, PA. For reserved seating, visit dressageatdevon.org/boxoffice. For more news or to sign up for the DaD Newsletter, visit www.dressageatdevon.org. E


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The Rounding Rein-Back

Yoga Inspired Warm-Up Techniques

�������������������������� Riding a horse is an incredible privilege. The opportunity to dance with such a magnificent creature can elevate your soul and bond you, in balance and spirit, with this truly wonderful animal. Riding, however, is not always like that. A serious rider will have earned that elevated soul with sweat and sacrifice, and will, without doubt, be on a first-name basis with his or her local pharmacy. So what is the difference between the ride that “danced” and the ride that didn’t? It is all down to the horse’s posture in motion. This is the horse’s ability to use the powerful mechanisms already built into his body and relies not upon the strength you can see on the outside but the strength on the inside. This invisible and complex arrangement of internal “core” muscles control the way a horse’s back functions and dictate his overall posture. A horse with a strong core and good posture will feel athletic and “round” underneath you, as if you are riding a slowly bouncing ball. If, on the other hand, the horse’s posture is poor and his back is “hollow,” the “horse ball” can’t bounce, and the whole riding experience loses its ease and beauty. Yoga helps the horse to: • Feel good when you ride him. • Be physically supple enough to perform. • Feel free in body and mind. • Find his own, personal form of agility, rather than yours. As an example, an easy yet very powerful movement in human yoga, the Garland Pose is an instant posture improver. As a sitting and lowering pose, it is a natural way of rebalancing the human body. In my “Core Conditioning for Horses” program the Rounding Rein-Back is the equine equivalent.

The rearward motion of multiple reinback steps gives the horse a strong incentive to take the central mass of body weight over his hocks, making reversing much more stable for him. Once he has learned how easy this is and begins offering it regularly, si�ing a li�le more on the hocks has several profound and immediate effects upon the horse’s body: - It pushes the chest upward in the Thoracic Sling, activating Thorcic Lift. - It rounds the lumbar back to engage Pelvic Tilt. - Weight taken willingly to the rear immediately lightens the forehand. Specific instructions for this exercise and my whole training program can be found in my recently published book Core Conditioning for Horses from Trafalgar Square Books / HorseandRiderBooks.com.


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GENTLEMEN’S FARM In Hunterdon, NJ The casual elegance of this completely comfortable gentleman’s 19+ acre estate and its sweeping, unparalleled views of the valley and beyond from newly added upper and lower decks make this property one in a million. The warmth and charm of its 5 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms, 4 lovely �ireplaces, random width pumpkin pine �loors, an open �loor plan kitchen and family room has attracted the attention of magazines such New Jersey Monthly Magazine that considered the home for a home and garden photo shoot, and high-fashion ELLE featured the �ive-stall barn and riding ring for a fashion spread last October. Major renovations in 2017 included all new Hardieplank siding and trim, new upper and lower Trex deck and front porch with composite railing, new Anderson windows and 7 new upper & lower level French doors, new 6-inch gutters, new interior trim from historic salvaged wood, new FP in MB. The main Barn has wash stall, walk up hay loft, drop down has shoots in each stall, new well, hot water heater & water treatment system, frostless faucets, new water piping to stalls. Run in sheds, fencing & access to the Amwell Trail System. offered at 1,250,000. Contact Elisabeth Kerr at 609.306.5432 for a private showing.

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Small, Intimate Dude Ranches Make a Special


Small, intimate dude ranches offer an ideal setting for guests to truly relax and escape from the real world. The Dude Ranchers’ Association represents over 100 fantastic ranches and several of them have a small capacity and create a family-like environment that you will fall in love with. A handful of these small ranches let you disconnect to the level of not having cell phone service or internet, it may sound a little crazy but once you experience being totally disconnected, you will appreciate the vacation and ranch even more! Continue reading to learn about a few small, intimate DRA ranches that would make the ideal destination for your next vacation.

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Allen’s Diamond 4 Ranch – Lander, Wyoming ������������������������������������������������������������������ ������������������������������������������������������������������ �������������������������������������������������������������������� ������������������������������������������������������������������ ������������������������������������������������������������������������ ����������������������������������������������������������������������� ����������������������������������������������������������������� ������������������������������������������������������������������������ ���������������������������������������������������������������������� ����������������������������������������������������������������������� �������������������������������������������������������������������������� �������� McGarry Ranches – Rexburg, Idaho ������������������������������������������������������������������ �������������������������������������������������������������������� ������������������������������������������������������������������������ ������������������������������������������������������������������������ ��������������������������������������������������������������������� �������������������������������������������������������������������� �������������������������������������������������������������������������� ������������������������������������������������������������������� ����������������������������������������������������������������� ���������������������������������������������������������������������������� �������������������������������������������������������������������� Campbell Hills Guest Ranch – Kamloops, British Columbia ������������������������������������������������������������������� ���������������������������������������������������������������������� ������������������������������������������������������������������������ ������������������������������������������������������������������ �������������������������������������������������������������������� ���������������������������������������������������������������� 46

Allen’s Diamond 4 Ranch – Lander, Wyoming

McGarry Ranches – Rexburg, Idaho

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Campbell Hills Guest Ranch – Kamloops, British Columbia

Badger Creek Ranch – Canon City, Colorado

Rawah Guest Ranch – Glendevey, Colorado

Badger Creek Ranch – Canon City, Colorado �������������������������������������������������������������������� ���������������������������������������������������������������������� ������������������������������������������������������������������ ��������������������������������������������������������������������� ����������������������������������������������������������������������� ������������������������������������������������������������������������� ���������������������������������������������������������������������� ������������������������������������������������������������������������ ������������������������������������������������������������������ ��������������������������������������������������������������������� ���������������������������������������������������������������������� ���������������������������������������������������������������������� ��������������������������������������������������������������� Medicine Bow Lodge and Adventure Guest Ranch – Saratoga, Wyoming ������������������������������������������������������������������ �������������������������������������������������������������������� �������������������������������������������������������������������������� ���������������������������������������������������������������������� ������������������������������������������������������������������� ������������������������������������������������������������������� �������������������������������������������������������������������� �������������������������������������������������������������������������� ���������������������������������������������������������������������� �������������������������������������������������������������

Medicine Bow Lodge and Adventure Guest Ranch – Saratoga, Wyoming

Rawah Guest Ranch – Glendevey, Colorado ���������������������������������������������������������������������� �������������������������������������������������������������������������� ������������������������������������������������������������������������ ����������������������������������������������������������������������� ���������������������������������������������������������������������� ����������������������������������������������������������������������� ������������������������������������������������������������������� ������������������������������������������������������������������������� ��������������������������������������������������������������������� �������������������������������������������������������������������� ������������������������������������������������������������������� �������������������������������������� ����������������������������������������������������������������������� ������������������������������������������������������������������� ����������������������������������������������������������������� ��������������������




Things Happen

FAST On Course at the

Washington International Horse Show Presented by MARS EQUESTRIAN

�������������������������� In the span of just 48 hours, the Capital One Arena, a 20,000-seat multi-purpose sports and entertainment venue usually home to the NBA’s Washington Wizards, the NHL’s Washington Capitals, the WNBA’s Washington Mystics, and the NCAA’s Georgetown Hoyas men’s basketball team, is transformed into the stage for one of the country’s best horse shows. For a week in October, the famed arena plays host to more than 500 of the country’s best horses as they compete at the Washington International Horse Show (WIHS), presented by MARS EQUESTRIAN™.


Georgina Bloomberg and Paoli 233 Photo by Shawn McMillen

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McLain Ward and Queen Jane Photo by Shawn McMillen


Catherine Tyree and Bokai Photo by Jump Media Allison Robitaille and Vio Volo Photo by Jump Media

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• Thursday, October 24 – Barn Night, presented by the Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund, including prizes presented by BarnManager, The Clothes Horse, Springtime Inc, US Equestrian and United Metro Golf Carts as well as Barn Night Trick or Treat, sponsored by SNICKERS®. • Friday, October 25 - The breathtaking $25,000 Land Rover Puissance (high jump) • Friday, October 25 - $50,000 Speed Final on Military Night, presented by Caterpillar, Inc., featuring the Jump For TAPS in support of Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, the Official WIHS Military Charity • Friday, October 25 – Saturday, October 26 - The Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund WIHS Equitation Finals featuring the country’s top junior riders • Saturday, October 26 – Kids’ Day, a free, fun, family-friendly event where kids can enjoy pony rides and learn about horses • Saturday, October 26 - $136,300 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Washington, for the President’s Cup • Plus entertaining exhibitions, including the WIHS Shetland Pony Steeplechase Championship Series presented by Charles Owen, community activities, the WIHS Silent Auction, and shopping in more than 50 specialty boutiques

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for Optimal Horse Health

Imaging, designing and building the ranch of your dreams could very well be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, making it vital to partner with the right architect to design your space with very special residents in mind - the horses! The 135-acre Perry Park Ranch and Equestrian Complex nestled in the wildlifeladen valley of Douglas County, Colorado, does just that and is expertly designed to suit all horse and horse caretaking needs.

The Ranch

Rooted between rugged bluffs and boasting sweeping views of the surrounding valley, the expansive ranch strikes a harmonious balance between modern and earthy. The entire structure, designed by Vertical Arts Architecture, is designed for optimal ventilation and cleanliness in order to create a healthy environment for the horses. The property’s equestrian facilities are grouped around a central drinking trough and landscape feature, with the arena strategically tucked into the hillside to reduce its mass impact on the overall site. Perry Park’s equestrian facilities include an eight-stall barn that is uniquely connected to a staging area and heated indoor arena for year-round use. Smaller buildings like the hay storage and barn flank the lower edge of the site, allowing the complex to feel balanced and improving access to the facilities.



Rather than using traditional agricultural buildings, Perry Park was designed to be visually striking and unique. The facilities utilize exposed steel structures combined with a unique, low-maintenance material palette of stucco, rusted steel, wood siding and bonderized metal, giving each building authentic Western character without the typical wooden barn.


The Barn

The barn features wash and grooming stalls, a 5. hay and bedding stall, tack room, plus a locker room for employees complete with a washer and dryer. The courtyard-style facility protects the animals from wind and winter elements, and was also inspired by the owner’s Moroccan heritage. Feeding is a breeze with built-in water troughs and feeding cubbies in each stall. Large garage doors were installed in the barn to allow for plenty of ventilation on warm summer days. The installation of an automatic cleaning system for the stalls makes the barn easy to maintain and the design also includes a specialized three-step composting system with an aeration mat near the barn. 1. The equestrian facility consists of multiple buildings, including a main barn and indoor riding arena, a bunkhouse and machinery garage and a hay barn.It is designed in a courtyard style that is grounded by a central landscape feature, including a fountain and drinking trough for the horses. 2. The lounge, viewing area and office are attached to the indoor arena and feature a kitchen, bathroom and fireplace.


3. Perry Park by the numbers:


●131.1-acre site ●6,600-square-foot single family residence ●15,000-square-foot indoor riding arena ●4,360-square-foot barn ●1,300-square-foot hay storage ●1,340-square-foot implement shed ●775-square-foot bunkhouse

The Indoor Arena

The barn is connected to a staging area and heated indoor arena by a drivable breezeway, allowing the horses to stay indoors year-round. Translucent panels are incorporated on the top story of the riding arena and barn to allow light in while reducing shadows, glares and bright spots that can spook horses. The lounge, viewing area and office are attached to the indoor arena and inside there is a kitchen, bathroom and fireplace.

The Bunkhouse

This spacious bunk house features a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and living room with fireplace, as well as an adjoining implement shed and workshop.

3. Feeding is a breeze with built-in water troughs and feeding cubbies in each stall 4. The translucent panels on the top story of the riding arena and barn allow light in while reducing shadows, glares and bright spots that can spook horses. 5. Large garage doors provide additional ventilation on warm days.






line of ULTRA-PREMIUM horse feed now available across the US For horse owners focused on performance, choosing the right feed can make all the difference. Now, horse owners across the U.S. have access to the best horse feed line on the market. ProElite® feeds, the market’s first ultrapremium horse feed, give horse owners the confidence they need to win. First launched regionally in 2017 by Cargill as a completely new line of products, ProElite feed is now available nationwide for horse owners looking to achieve peak performance in their horses. Without quality nutrition, horses are at a disadvantage. That’s why some of the best horse professionals count on ProElite feeds. “Horses need a feed with premium ingredients and excellent nutrition,” said Russell Mueller, U.S. retail equine marketing manager for Cargill. “ProElite feeds use a special blend of ingredients, specifically developed to support performance and stamina, as well as maintain overall condition and appearance.”


Composed of an exclusive amino acid profile, ProElite feeds are designed to promote enhanced appearance, performance and wellness. Regulated levels of sugar and starches give horse owners confidence in their calorie sourcing. And with six strains of probiotics and two forms of prebiotics, ProElite helps ensure the horse’s digestive tract is working at peak efficiency.

“We believe there can only be one best,” Mueller said. “ProElite feeds are designed to give horses the competitive edge they need to rise above the rest.” To meet nationwide demand, Cargill will distribute ProElite feeds through a network of more than 20 manufacturing and stocking facilities across the U.S. To learn more about ProElite equine feeds, visit a local authorized dealer or ProEliteHorseFeed.com.

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Calories for the HORSE The calculations for the amount of energy in your horse’s diet (and yours) is based on a platinum-iridium bar made in 1885. THE WAY OF HORSES By Eleanor Richards Copyright @ 2019


hat bar weighs exactly one kilogram (1,000 grams or about 2.2 pounds). It is kept at the International Bureau of Weights and Measures near Paris, France. Copies of the bar are kept at various governmental weights and measures agencies around the world. What does that bar have to do with energy in a diet? It is the international standard for the metric system. The metric system is used in nutrition calculations. When measuring energy in food or feed we measure the calories. A calorie (spelled with a small “c”) represents the amount of energy it takes to raise one gram of water one degree Celsius (1.8 degrees Fahrenheit). A Calorie (spelled with a capital ‘C”) represents the amount of energy it takes to raise one kilogram (1,000 grams) of water one degree Celsius. The Calorie is also called a kilocalorie. This is the rate of measurement used in human nutrition. Many times it is not spelled correctly - with a capital ‘C”.


A megacalorie (Mcal) is 1,000 kilocalories. Megacalorie is the rate of measurement used to measure energy in a large animal’s diet, such as the horse. How do we know the horse is getting enough megacalories? The easiest method is looking at him. If he is thin - he is not getting enough and if he is fat - he is getting too many. Not real scientific – but it works. t’s now up to you to adjust his feed – quantity and quality. If you want a more scientific approach the hay needs to be tested and the grain researched. The hay test must be conducted with the equine digestive system in mind. The laboratory needs to know the hay sample is for horse consumption. Horses utilize energy differently than ruminant animals (cattle). 54

Once the hay test is completed, the results will show the digestible energy in the hay. It will appear on the test as “DE, equine Mcal/lb.” For example, if the test reports a reading of 0.78 DE, equine Mcal/lb it means each pound of hay will offer 0.78 megacalories. An adult 1,100 pound horse that is doing moderate work needs approximately 24.6 Mcals per day. Divide 24.6 by 0.78 which equals 31.5 pounds of hay. It will be very difficult for a horse to eat that much hay. Better hay needs to be used (the best choice) or a concentrate needs to be fed. Most of the time megacalories are not stated on the feed tag. A call to the manufacturer might help, but depending on the company the success of finding out may vary. A visit to the manufacturer’s web site might give some insight. But be careful – most do not know the difference between calories, Calories or megacalories. You may have to do the math. The feed tag can give you an idea of the energy level of the ration. If the product is designed for “adult horses at maintenance activity level” it will have lower megacalories than a feed designed for “performance horses” or “young growing horses”. Choose the feed designed for your horse and follow the feeding directions. It’s amazing that a little bar, in France, can effect so many. * Earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in Equine Studies or certification as a Professional Horse Trainer or Riding Instructor. Start your new career as a riding instructor, horse trainer, or stable manager. All courses are online. Visit www.horsecoursesonline.com for information.





CAVALLO Hoof Boots


What Can I Do to Help My Horse During A Hoof Emergency?

Rachel Lawrenson’s horse Chester Coming through Laminitis in Cavallo Hoof Boots

Q: My horse has laminitis and needs help and support rightnow. What can I do to help him and avoid any “breaking in” time with boots? Cavallo President Carole Herder shares her advice…. A: Why Cavallo Trek Makes the Perfect Therapy/Rehab Hoof Boot Cavallo Hoof Boots have technically advanced shock-absorbing soles, which makes every step predictable for your horse (they stop anticipating that a step could hurt). The soles absorb the concussive forces that would refer through the hoof. The result is an immediate difference in the horse’s willingness to move. Painful hoof conditions such as Laminitis, Navicular Disease, Hoof Cracks, Abscess, and Thrush stop horses in their tracks - but not when wearing Cavallos.


A horse’s stride becomes noticeably more confident, and we all know that keeping your horse moving is an essential factor when dealing with Laminitis/Founder or any other hoof issue. Movement encourages blood circulation, hoof expansion, oxygenation, and proper overall hoof function. Cavallo boots provide the comfort and protection required for ease of movement. The highly popular Cavallo boot model used during hoof rehabilitation is the Trek Boot. While all Cavallo boots are used successfully for rehab, the Trek has some great features that make it stand out. The Trek upper is soft, flexible, and comfortable for your horse to wear. Being made of the same durable TPU (Thermo Plastic Urethane) material as the sole makes this upper super sturdy. A slight variation in the compound and the hexagonal shaping makes it pliable, breathable, and lightweight. Also, Pro Mesh resists moisture. Even in very wet conditions, these boots remain light and breathable. Trek’s soft padded collar provides comfort around the pastern. The back area molds to the shape of your horse’s bulbs for a custom fit. Total comfort and protection for your horse, and ease-of-use for you. The simple front closure system makes them very easy to put on and take off – even among the very young and the elderly with arthritis in their hands.

Easy Does It

One thing to note, in immediate use and emergencies, is that you may not have time for a break-in period. Providing urgent relief for your horse can still be comfortably achieved. When using boots 24/7, you can reduce any possible friction with a new boot, by using Cavallo Pastern Wraps, Comfort Sleeves, or even vet wrap. Like breaking 56

in your own high-quality footwear, hoof boots can take a little time to shape to your horse’s hoof. Ongoing, these boots are the perfect complement to a bare hoof. Free from the restriction of clamped metal, the hoof can flex, absorb shock, and circulate blood and oxygen - distributing nourishment and fighting disease.

Waterproof vs. Breathable

Air circulation is crucial to prevent the build-up of fungal growth and bacteria. Watch for anaerobic conditions during rehab and try to balance between providing comfort and protection and allowing breathability. Trek can handle moisture and mud, but when worn 24/7, a preventative measure can be taken to reduce the risk of bacterial problems by mixing a solution of 50% Apple Cider Vinegar and 50% water and spraying into the boot and on the hoof sole regularly.

Balancing Your Boots

If just one hoof is affected by illness, you might instinctively order just one boot for the affected hoof. Always use caution against creating an imbalance in your horse as this can cause other issues to arise.

The BIG Bonus!

Are you thinking about using the Cavallo Trek to assist your horse in rehabilitation? There’s a considerable bonus waiting for you when your horse turns the corner and is active again. You can use your Treks to ride over any terrain at any speed! The Cavallo Trek is rated #1 Top Trail Riding Boot in the world. The soles and uppers are incredibly resistant to rocks, abrasion, asphalt, creek beds and, since they resist soaking up excess moisture, the boots are always dry and ready for your next ride… even if in damp, muddy conditions. Trek boots can see you through your horse’s pain reduction and rehabilitation, all the way to the joys of riding again! Here’s One Relieved Horse Owner: “Cavallo Trek Boots have been a huge help for Chester! He’s currently coming towards the end of his recovery from laminitis but, in the earlier days, his boots were the difference between him being able to go for small walks (on vets instruction) and being stuck in his box. The comfort pads helped even further!”





Canadian U�li�es Cup winner,

McLain Ward,

Praises Harness BioTech’s Velocity Gel

Harness Biotech would like to congratulate McLain Ward with HH Azur and Contagious on their phenomenal 1- 2 performance in the Canadian Utilities Cup at the Pan American Tournament in Spruce Meadows Alberta. “McLain Ward is an icon in the world of show jumping and we couldn’t be more pleased to hear of his recent success at Spruce Meadows. The team at Harness feels privileged to play a supporting role by providing Velocity to aid in HH Azur’s recovery and overall performance” - Greg Bobolo, Harness Executive Chairman.

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Does the Velocity Gel reduce pain and swelling? Yes. - Lee McKeever How do you use it as part of your daily routine on your other horses? We have been applying Velocity Gel one hour before the event, exercise or whatever the schedule is for that day. We put on maybe an ounce on our hand; rub it into the muscle by the fetlock joint, or whatever part of the body needs it; about 1 hour beforehand and 1 hour afterwards. - Lee McKeever Can you tell me more about Carnosine? 1) Carnosine has been shown to reduce the inflammatory process that is a key part of pain and swelling and has been shown to reduce pain and swelling. - Brad Dieter, PhD, Harness Biotech’s Scientific Board. 58

2) Carnosine plays several key roles in horses. First, it acts as the primary buffer to help prevent acid build up in the muscles. Second, it has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties which can help improve recovery and may also slow some of the aging process that occur as horse get older. - Brad Dieter, PhD, Harness Biotech’s Scientific Board.

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Water is the most important nutrient horses receive. According to the American Association of Equine Practitioners, “an adult horse’s body is composed of roughly 70 percent water, which equates to 770 pounds or 96 gallons of water for the average 1,100-pound horse.” The amount of fresh water available to your horse, and the source from which it originates, is critical to his well-being.


Here are reasons to consider automatic horse waterers: 4. Mosquito populations decrease. 1. Water is cleaner and safer for your horse.

Water sources such as ponds and troughs can quickly generate dangerous algae, especially in warm weather. While most algae are harmless, certain types can increase colic risk, such as blue-green algae, also known as cyanobacteria. Horses, cattle, deer, birds, dogs and even humans can be harmed by the hazardous toxins produced by blue-green algae.

2. Horses are better hydrated.

Classic Equine automatic waterers promote equine wellness by keeping horses fully hydrated, regardless of climate. Fully hydrated horses perform better, have higher feed efficiency and are less prone to colic. Classic Equine waterers are easy to clean and provide a constant flow of fresh water with fewer contaminants, encouraging your horses to intake more water.


3. Barn chores are less time-consuming and more convenient. Horses intake 10 gallons of water per day. Refilling individual buckets and troughs takes time, which we’re all running short on. Automatic horse waterers require no wrestling with the water hose and pose no risk for accidentally leaving the hose connected during cold winter nights.

Smaller water surface and fresh flowing water means less breeding ground for disease-carrying insects, such as mosquitoes. By eliminating large water sources, you and your horses can enjoy fewer mosquitoes and decreased risk for harmful West Nile virus.

5. You can save cost from precious resources. We have all been there: Absentmindedly leaving the water hose turned on after multi-tasking while filling a water trough, left on for hours or worse, overnight. Or, dumping countless gallons of water because it’s no longer fresh and palatable for our horses. Automatic livestock waterers can save money and water horses at a fraction of the cost. Enjoy less work, less waste and less worry. Focus on what matters most, riding and caring for your horse, and find a variety of automatic horse waterers here. About Valley Vet Supply

Valley Vet Supply was founded in 1985 by veterinarians to provide customers with the very best animal health solutions. Building on nearly 50 years’ experience in veterinary medicine, Valley Vet Supply serves equine, pet and livestock owners with more than 23,000 products and medications hand-selected by Valley Vet Supply veterinarians and founders. With an in-house pharmacy that is licensed in all 50 states, and verified through the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP), Valley Vet Supply is the dedicated source for all things horse, livestock and pet. For more information, please visit ValleyVet.com.

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Choosing A Tow Vehicle By Tom Scheve

EQUINE Lifestyle

A question I am most frequently asked is “What tow vehicle do I need to tow a…? The answer is more confusing now than it was just twenty years ago. In 1999, Ford’s largest full-size truck (one ton) F350 Super Duty Crew Cab with a 6.4 gas engine or larger 7.3 V8 Diesel could only tow up to10,000 pounds. Now Ford’s F150 (1/2 ton truck) EcoBoost V6 has a towing capacity of 13,500 pounds, almost two tons more than the 1999 F350. And the 2019 Ford F350 can now tow up to 18,000 pounds, four tons more than the same model 20 years ago. Things have certainly changed in the truck market. SUV’s have also upped their power. Many of the same models can pull up to 2,000 pounds more than when they first came onto the market. What you must consider in choosing your tow vehicle is not just “what is enough” to pull your horses, but what is enough to pull your horses safely, and comfortably. The vehicle must be stable enough to support the load and be able to keep the entire combination under control without exceeding the capacity of the engine and other components. In other words, the vehicle must operate as safely with a trailer in tow as it does without it. And bear in mind that when you are towing out on the road, you are not just responsible for the safety of yourself and your horses, you are responsible for the safety of others as well. There is a correct order in putting together a safe rig, and that is horses first, trailer second, tow vehicle third. Horses First: Determine the weight of your current horses and consider what your future horses might weigh. You don’t want to be buying another trailer anytime soon. For example, if you are a Hunter Jumper, 3 Day Eventer, or Dressage Rider, your likely to have horses from 16 to 17 hands plus. A Western Rider, 14 to 16 plus. Trailer Second: Now, determine the size trailer that will fit and house your horses safely – safely being the keyword. It’s been my experience that you should shop quality and features rather than price. Lack of ventilation, steep ramps, protruding interior tie rings, sharp edges inside the trailer, lack of light, inferior tires… can all lead to incidents that can be very stressful and costly. Simply put, the wrong trailer is no deal at any price. Tow Vehicle Third: Once you are confident on which trailer to purchase, you can now determine the weight of the loaded trailer – information needed to chose the right tow vehicle. A word of caution: don’t overdo the tow vehicle thinking that it will be safer. A heavy-duty tow vehicle towing a lightweight two-horse trailer can give a very rough ride, especially on rough roads. Also, take into account that you are towing “live” weight. Most truck drivers will tell you to stack the heaviest part of the load on the bottom of the trailer so that it won’t shift. With horses, the heaviest part of the load is about 4’ off the ground, and shifts at will. There are three criteria to consider in choosing the correct tow vehicle: towing capacity, wheelbase length, and curb weight, which is the overall weight of the tow vehicle (you don’t want the tail wagging the dog). 62

Towing Capacity is the maximum amount of weight the tow vehicle can tow safely, as stated by the manufacturer. This information is available on the manufacturer’s web site. I suggest that you first look at the GVWR (gross vehicle weight rating) of the trailer. This will give you the maximum weight the trailer can weigh fully loaded and still be safe. For a more precise weight, determine the weight of the trailer with all horses and tack, which will most always be less than the GVWR, then make sure the tow vehicle can pull about 15% to 20% more. For example, a two-horse trailer bumper pull trailer with or without a dressing room will most likely have a GVWR of 7000 pounds, which means the trailer can weigh up to 7000 pounds (including itself ) and still be safe. Search for towing vehicles that can tow 8,000 to 8,500 pounds. Wheelbase Length is the distance from the front axle to the rear axle. The longer the wheelbase length, the more stable the ride. Shorter wheelbases will be affected by the trailer tongue weight, which pushes down on the rear frame of the tow vehicle, which raises the front. This causes the front end to “float,” especially on rough roads - you will feel a bouncing from front to back. A Weight Distribution System is designed to solve this. A minimum wheelbase length should be around 112 inches. Curb Weight is the actual weight of the tow vehicle. It’s wise to compare the tow vehicle weight to the loaded weight of the trailer to ensure the trailer weight does not overpower the tow vehicle. It’s okay for the tow vehicle to weigh less than the loaded trailer, but a wide gap between both weights will give you less control, especially in critical situations. For example, if your fully-loaded bumper pull two-horse trailer is 6,500 pounds and your tow vehicle weighs 5,000 pounds or more, it is in a good weight range. Less than 5000 pounds becomes “iffy.” However, when you look at larger trailers (always choose goosenecks for three or more horses), the tow vehicle weight can have a broader gap and still be safe. For example, a Ford F 350 with crew cab weighing about 7700 pounds can easily pull a four-horse center load/head trailer weighing around 13,000 pounds and be safe. It’s easier to put the right trucks together with larger trailers than it is with the two-horse bumper pulls because of the wide variety of SUVs. Here are a few examples of what will safely pull most all two horse bumper pull trailers with or without dressing rooms.


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TRUCKS: Ford F150, Chevrolet 1500 Silverado, Dodge 1500, Toyota Tundra, Nissan Titan SUVs: Ford Expedition, Lincoln Navigator, Chevrolet Tahoe, Suburban Toyota Sequoia, Toyota Land Cruiser, Lexus LX Infinity QX 80 Nissan Armada Dodge Durango Here are examples of some additional trucks and SUVs that will safely pull our EquiSpirit SoleMate 2minus1 trailer (one horse). Honda Ridgeline, Toyota Tacoma, Toyota Highlander, Toyota 4 Runner, Nissan Pathfinder, Ford Explorer, Chevy Avalanche, Dodge Dakota, Infinity QX60 In closing, here are some important terms to know when choosing a tow vehicle: GVWR: Gross Vehicle Weight Rating. The rating set by the tow vehicle manufacturer stating how much the vehicle can weigh and still be safe. GVW: The weight of the tow vehicle all loaded up with passengers, cargo, and gas. TOWING CAPACITY: The maximum amount of weight the tow vehicle can pull safely. CGVWR: (Combined Gross Vehicle Weight Rating). The amount specified by the manufacturer of the tow vehicle as to the maximum weight that a combination of tow vehicle and trailer can safely weigh when fully loaded. CGVW: (Combined Gross Vehicle Weight) – Actual loaded weight of a tow vehicle and trailer combination. (The CGVW must not exceed the CGVWR)

Tom Scheve, with wife Neva have been advocating horse trailer safety since 1984. Both have given safety clinics at many horse expos around the country and have written numerous articles for national magazines about horse trailer safety. Their nationally acclaimed textbook, The Complete Guide to Buying, Maintaining and Servicing a Horse Trailer and Equine Emergencies on the Road (with Jim Hamilton DVM) have been adopted by most National Horse organizations. Tom is also owner of EquiSpirit Trailer Company with corporate offices in Southern Pines, NC. For more information on horse trailer safety, visit their website equispirit.com or email Tom at tom@equispirit.com. Toll free number is 1-877-575-1771.


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TRAVELING to an in EVENTwith our HORSE

Evaluate your horse’s individual perceptions and needs in a new and changing environment. ������������������� ������������������� Part of the process of preparing a horse for an event is enabling him physically and mentally to face the circumstance ... but sometimes things do not go as we would like. Along with the possibility of being trained to face a certain situation, the horse has a good ability to naturally adapt to what surrounds him, but adaptation can take time. An immediate resource to assist a horse when we are together, and he faces something new is the social relationship we can establish between us. It is an instinctive behavioral characteristic of the equine species, but also of the human one.


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One of the benefits of establishing a social relationship with the horse is being able to immediately influence his behavior with ours. The feeling you get when you notice that your horse is following you voluntarily while going through a new and difficult experience, is something that everyone would like to experience and it is even more so when you can make it happen knowingly and at appropriate times. Human Horse Sensing has developed a method to establish and manage the relationship with the horse through behavior that can support us in every situation and does not require preexisting conditioning of the horse. Instead of relying traditionally only on communication based on conditioned responses that the horse learns through training, human and equine learn to interact spontaneously in a non-random way. To adopt this method we need to change our perspective on communication with the horse and learn how to interact in a socially correct way in the equine parameters, which will allow us to help them in the various circumstances in which we place them, on the ground or in the saddle, whether be it everyday life, whether it is travel for sporting events. In real life, individuals collect information about their surroundings and what they are interested in through their senses (sight, hearing, touch, taste, smell), whose perceptive activity is always ongoing. At the brain level, individuals process the information received and then display their interpretation through behavior. Social interaction between individuals is always closely related to the quality of communication and how they perceive the situation they are experiencing at the time. In a group situation they often tend to adopt the behavior of an individual who responds in the most appropriate manner to the circumstances. Human Horse Sensing has identified parameters that have the same social significance for man and horse and formulated a way to modulate them by movement that can always support us in the interaction with the horse. The mental state of a horse that has just faced a journey to a new place, after having been closed in a very limited space and being surrounded by an unknown environment, may not be ideal to face a test though easy without hav-


ing time to familiarize with the new environment. If time is not available, the help the horse needs is to have close to him an individual whom he recognizes as a leader. Having the role of leader in the eyes of the horse is something that can be assumed through a relationship with him, whether it lasts a few moments, or it lasted for years. Learning about Human Horse Sensing and adopting it as a system to communicate with the horse allows us to acquire or refine riding practice regardless of the discipline chosen. This approach is for all those who have an interest in horses and allows to establishing an immediate connection with any subject. Here we cannot illustrate our system in a comprehensive way, but we would still like to provide you with some elements that are an aid to facilitate the horse during trips. Apart from all the details and rules for traveling, which must absolutely be respected and vary according to where we are and where we go, let’s see how we can help the horse spontaneously and immediately. The behavior of each horse is different, what can be stressful for one person is not for another. The success of our actions is linked to our ability to observe and honestly evaluate the behavior of each subject • Upon his arrival, we should stay with the horse as he enters the new environment and help by leading him to the area where he is going to be, and that we will have prepared appropriately before leading the horse. Whether it is next to the trailer, in an enclosure or in a stall, we should stay with him as he explores it, and until we have the feeling that he feels at ease. The best way to see when this happens is to stay in sight of the horse and watch if he eats, or drinks quietly or even tries to roll. Bringing the hay that he usually eats can help the horse find something familiar to him. Sometimes we travel with more than one horse and keeping them together, for the time when they are away from home, helps their confidence. • Pay attention to other individuals in the new environment, be they horses or humans and try to make sure that our


horse has enough distance between himself and others, so that he is at ease and does not feel threatened or has to compete for food or territory. When we are away, it is better that we take on the task of mediators rather than subjecting the horse to other psychological stresses. • If the newly arrived horse shows to be at ease we can go together to explore the environment and this is the best way to help him become familiar with the place, the new noises and smells. • Being in sight of other horses or where he can hear them, helps him in judging and dealing with circumstances. It is also essential that we remain in his visual field, so as not to cause him anxiety. • If an object makes a horse worried, do not force him to approach it. If you push a horse towards an object that frightens him, he will no longer see you as a leader worthy of being followed. Let them see the same object by approaching up to where the horse feels comfortable and from different angles, so that he can have the opportunity to study it and decide not to fear it. The fact that we are doing this experience with him puts us in his eyes in a position worthy of his trust. Another way to help him overcome his mistrust is to exploit the fact that horses can learn actions that they are interested in observing other individuals who perform them. Sometimes it can be enough to get help from someone who keeps the horse and show him how we approach the object in question without suffering consequences. •Taking care of brushing him can be a way to make the horse relax even if in a new place and do it with our participation. • Never leave the horse without food and water, which are essential elements for survival. For horses, the leader is the one who brings the pack to the water and pasture, and directs them to things that are necessary for them or takes them away from dangers and unwanted situations.

When traveling for events we may bring the horse into situations that can be undesirable for him, which in his eyes a leader would never do. Once we arrive at our destination, we have the opportunity to win back his esteem by proving to take care of his basic needs and being the familiar element in the new and unknown environment. If the trip is short the fact that the horse recognizes us spontaneously as a leader, can be the decisive element for success, if it is long-lasting, we still can with our guide help the horse to become familiar with the environment, so to further strengthen our position and better face the challenge together. ABOUT HUMAN HORSE SENSING: Human Horse Sensing is a horsemanship system that works on the ground and while riding based on a dynamic dialogue through behavior, which allows us to always manage interaction without being limited by the rigid boundaries of traditional training. This system works as a language, formulated in parameters with the same meaning for man and horse, which supports us in our communication, considering the sense through which it is received and can be used in any situation on the ground and in the saddle in the practice of all the equestrian disciplines. Human Horse Sensing Horsemanship is the title and subject of a book available on Amazon. Human Horse Sensing offers educational courses, events, and online courses. For information or to host one of our events or course visit our website www.hhsensing.com, contact us by email at hhsensing@icloud. com or by phone at +1 760 715 1554.


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Real Life Rider: Fitting a

Newly Off the Track

THOROUGHBRED Today we are going to look at Joe, who after some layup time, has been in work for less than 6 months. He is still putting on weight, muscle, and topline. His rider is about 5’ 7”. While Joe has a lovely uphill build which will very much suit the jumper ring and a big shoulder, he has the typical prominent, narrow wither. So not only is his wither high, it is narrow under the tree points, with a depression behind the shoulder. To fit Joe we will look for a saddle with additional thickness in the paneling in the front and under the tree points. This will support the saddle on either side of the wither and ensure good spine and wither clearance.

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The first saddle we tried was an 17” Antares Evolution with a 2N flap and medium thickness paneling. The Evolution is designed with a cut-back tree which is predominately fits horses with big shoulders, but also large withers. It was still a touch wide but fit nicely with a half pad, and Joe was moved freely and happily. However, this saddle is not working for our 5’ 7” rider. Her knee is almost over the standard N flap and the flap in general is simple not big enough. She will struggle to maintain her position in this saddle and hinder her horses way of going in the long run (Photo 1). The next saddle we tried was a 17” CWD SE03 with a 2C flap (forward). This saddle has pro panels - standard paneling with no specialization, a good choice for riders who ride multiple horses, lease horses, or who have young and growing horses. I liked this saddle more for our rider but it didn’t fit Joe at all. It was simple too wide in front and without paneling to support the saddle in either side of the wither, the saddle tipped forward, pressing on his wither and lifting behind, once it was girthed up with weight (Photo 2). When we look at the saddle from behind, we can see the panels are lifting off the back and not making contact (Photo 3).

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For our rider in this particular CWD, she looks like she is too far in the front of the tack because the center of balance of the saddle is too forward. While the flap is much better, in a perfect world I’d like the forwardness to be more in front of her knee and less in front of her thigh (Photo 4). On this particular day we did not find a winner for our horse and rider. However, we did end up finding a Antares in the barn with some specialized paneling (build up under the tree points where the dip behind the shoulder occurs) that fit Joe and his rider beautifully! The panels look a lot like this saddle in Photos 5 and 6. Notice how the saddle is much narrower under the tree points than it is dot to dot, or in the very front of the panels. 68



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Our goal is to have a horse respond to the lightest of aids effortlessly, softly, willingly, and immediately. When we reach this step, riding and training become rewarding and so much fun! Let’s set a foundation for riding success by incorporating two important steps into each riding session. This article contains tips to improve the first step…mounting properly.

The First Step: Mounting

For me the most important thing with any horse is that he stands still for mounting. This shows me that he is obedient, mannerly, and thinking slow. The rider has a responsibility in the mounting process, too. She must learn to mount properly, in a balanced manner, without pulling the saddle towards her across the horse’s back. Whether using an English or Western saddle, here are some tips to help improve your mounting.

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Mounting is typically done on the horse’s left side. The horse should be standing relatively square. As you address the horse to mount, hold the reins evenly. You must be flexible enough to pick your left foot up and put it in the stirrup without pulling the saddle towards you. When you are ready to mount, look ahead and push off with the right foot. As you rise up in the stirrup, bring right hand up so it gently grasps the cantle. Swing your right leg over the saddle while moving the right hand from the cantle to the pommel. Sit down easily on the horse’s back. Put your right foot in the stirrup. What should you do if your horse does not stand still while mounting? Use a fence! Position the horse so that a fence is on his right side and he is facing a fence corner or a wall. The fence and corner/wall will keep him from moving sideways or forward while you mount. Mounting properly requires good timing and practice. Because it is one of the first things we do with our horses before starting a schooling session, any issues we have withmounting can set the tone for the rest of our ride. If you 70

are having difficulties with mounting, read the “Your Next Step” section of this article for some special tips. Next time I will cover one of the most important, but often overlooked preparations a rider should include in her daily riding routines. It is key to preparing herself and her horse to communicate together. Do you know what it is?

Your Next Step…

A horse that does not stand still for mounting is not just difficult to get on, he can be safety problem! Is he jigging around when you want to mount? He may be thinking too fast and walking away in anticipation that you will ask him to go forward immediately after mounting up. More likely, he is trying to catch his balance because you are not mounting him properly. Here are some specific steps you can do at home to improve this situation. I suggest that you start working with a mounting block. These are inexpensive, plastic step-like platforms made to give a rider an elevated surface to mount from. Because the mounting block will put you higher off the ground, it will be easier for to mount and swing your leg over the horse. Mounting blocks also decrease the stress on the horse’s back from riders who pull themselves up into the saddle. They are also very helpful for smaller riders mounting a large horse. As you build up your strength using the mounting block, teach your horse to stand to allow you to mount properly. To reinforce this lesson, mount your horse in the same location every time you ride. Choose a spot where you can position the horse between a fence and the mounting block. The fence will help him stay straight and focused. Ask him to stand “square”. This means positioning him so that his hooves are positioned like the 4-corners of a rectangle and his weight is equally distributed on all four legs. Ask him to “whoa” and step up on the mounting block as if you were going to get on him, but do not mount. Because you will be standing above his topline, he may need some time to accept you in this new “elevated” position. He may



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also move, anticipating that you will be mounting and he will need to balance himself. If he moves, calmly reposition him and repeat this step. Take time for this step and do not proceed until he is relaxed. Practice this mounting procedure using the block while teaching the horse that mounting does not mean move forward. Position him in the mounting spot and ask him to “whoa” by putting slight tension on the reins. Place the reins over his neck being careful to maintain the same amount of tension in each rein. Riders have the tendency to pull on the left rein while mounting, causing their horse to circle toward them. This makes getting on even more difficult.

Any issues we have with mounting can set the tone for the rest of our ride.

To prevent pulling on the reins, keep your hands in front of the saddle. If the horse wants to move as you attempt to mount, avoid walking him in a circle to get back into position. This will only reinforce that mounting means it is okay to move forward. Instead, stop him and back him up the to block or reposition the block next to him. Once your horse in is position, step up on the block and gather up the reins by sliding your left hand on the horse, starting at the buckle and moving up on the horse’s neck. Still holding the reins, move your left hand so it is grasping the front of the saddle as you place your right hand on the saddle’s cantle. Put your left foot in the stirrup and start to


mount, but just swing your leg only halfway over his back, then dismount. Praise your horse when he stands still. Do this several times. You may need to repeat this lesson over several days or weeks until he understands that mounting does not mean moving forward. When he shows he is willing to stand perfectly still for the “half” mount, swing your leg over his back. As you do, transfer your right hand from the cantle to the saddle’s pommel to help you balance. Then sit down on his back, but do it as softly as possible. Mounting this way, without pulling the saddle across his back, will encourage him to stand still. After you and your horse have mastered mounting with the block, you still have some homework to do. Use the mounting block to help you build up strength in your arms and legs to allow you to mount from the ground. Most mounting blocks have two steps. Practice mounting from the highest step, graduate to the lowest step as your strength improves, until you can mount from the ground. Continue using the same mounting spot to reinforce your horse’s understanding to stand once you graduate to getting on from the ground. Until then, follow your dreams… For more information about Lynn Palm, her clinics in Florida and other parts of the U.S., DVDs and more, visit www.lynnpalm.com or call 800.503.2824.




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I started out in the show when I was 10 years old. My first act was actually a part of a trick riding section we had at the time. Then from there, as I grew older, I moved onto dressage. At the age of 14 my family and I moved to the United States with all of our horses. We started ‘The Gala Of The Royal Horses’ performance here in the United States. We have been here for six years, and at the age of 21 I now perform in the show doing Dressage, Roman riding, reining and now the Garrocha!

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When Summer GoesSideways By Alyssa Murphree for Paws and Rewind


ho said the fun of summer camp had to stop once you reached adulthood? What if your adolescent dreams of riding a horse in a flowing dress or chasing the hunt in a formal habit straight out of an 1800’s era painting could come true? Every summer in New Jersey, a group of women gather to pursue these very dreams at Camp Leaping Horn. Campers can come to the four-day long camp and expect a wide array of activities, from riding lessons, to unmounted lectures and workshops, glamorous photo-shoots, shopping from vendors, and more. Attendees are close knit, but more diverse than you can imagine. Ladies, both new to and those seasoned to riding aside, as well as their ����������������������������������������������������������������������� ������������������������������������������� Attending Camp Leaping Horn is a newly found annual tradition as well for Abigail Thurston, who hauled her BLM Mustang Alvaro close to three hours to Camp from the Hershey, Pennsylvania area. “The things that I look forward to when I come to Camp is that I’m with a group of people who want to have a good time, and they’re all really interested in doing side saddle intensively,” she said. “It’s relaxed; it’s a friendly atmosphere where people won’t judge you.”

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With a busy schedule and challenging riding lessons, rider self care is of utmost importance during the week, and Camp Leaping Horn campers are treated like royalty. All campers received a swag bag from Horse������������������������������������������������������������������������ ���������������������������������������������������������������������� getting a helping hand on her side saddle journey at Camp Leaping Horn Camp sponsors. Amongst the vendors were both a massage theralast year. PC Paws and Rewind LLC. pist and a physical therapist. Black Diamond Designs, owned by Amy Magee, which specializes in tack and attire for sidesaddle riders was on location all week working on saddles and other leather accessories for campers. Paws and Rewind Photography was also on site to treat ���������������������������������������������������������������������� The ladies of Camp got to spend time applying their makeup and dressing in their formal habit, reenactment dress, or fun parade wear for the shoot. With the spirit of Camp in full display, the “dressing room” bustled with ladies helping each other style hair, assist with tying stock ties, and lending pieces of their extensive apparel collections without hesitation. “My favorite part of Camp, I have to admit, might be the dressing ���������������������������������������������������������������������� Camp Leaping Horn attendee. “The community at Camp has been ������������������������������������������������������������������������� doing side saddle, and my horse’s, so I wasn’t sure if I would be able ���������������������������������������������������������������������erything you need, but everyone jumped in, was helping you, lending you stuff. I think three people wore my top hat, which is probably the ������������������������������������������������������������������ related,” she laughed.

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Florida jurisprudence has been very clear that if the Legislature did not specifically intend to include a category into a statute, then the public, and the courts, cannot on their own include those categories. “Legislative intent must be determined primarily from the language of the statute.” Walker v. Virginia Insurance Reciprocal, Case No. SC001710 (Fla. 2003); Aetna Cas. & Sur. Co. v. Huntington Nat’l Bank, 609 So.2d 1315, 1317 (Fla.1992). Statutory interpretation thus begins with an examination of the literal words of a statute. A.R. Douglass, Inc. v. McRainey, 102 Fla. 1141, 1144, 137 So. 157, 159 (1931); Carson v. Miller, 370 So.2d 10 (Fla. 1979); Ross v. Gore, 48 So.2d 412 (Fla. 1950) (no need for deploying rules of statutory interpretation if statute is clear on its face). Courts of this state are: ‘Without power to construe an unambiguous statute in a way which would extend, modify, or limit, its express terms or its reasonable and obvious implications. To do so would be an abrogation of legislative power.’ Holly v. Auld, et al., 450 So.2d 217, 219 (Fla. 1984) “It is a fundamental principle of statutory construction that where the language of a statute is plain and unambiguous there is no occasion for judicial interpretation. As this Court set forth more than 70 years ago in Van Pelt v. Hilliard [75 Fla. 792, 798-99, 78 So. 693, 694-95 (1918)]:

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“The Legislature must be understood to mean what it has plainly expressed and this excludes construction. The Legislative intent being plainly expressed, so that the act read by itself or in connection with other statutes pertaining to the same subject is clear, certain and unambiguous, the courts have only the simple and obvious duty to enforce the law according to its terms. Cases cannot be included or excluded merely because there is intrinsically no reason against it. Even where a court is convinced that the Legislature really meant and intended something not expressed in the phraseology of the act, it will not deem itself authorized to depart from the plain meaning of the language which is free from ambiguity. If a Legislative enactment violates no constitutional provision or principle it must be deemed its own sufficient and conclusive evidence of the justice, propriety and policy of its passage. Courts have then no power to set it aside or evade its operation by forced and unreasonable construction. If it has been passed improvidently the responsibility is with the Legislature and not the courts. Whether the law be expressed in general or limited terms, the Legislature should be held to mean what they have plainly expressed, and consequently no room is left for construction, but if from a view of the whole law, or from other laws in pari materia the evident intent is different from the literal import of the terms employed to express it in a particular part of the law, that intent should prevail, for that, in fact is the will of the Legislature.” Forsythe v. Longboat Key Beach Erosion Control District, 604 So.2d 452, 454-455 (Fla.1992), reh.den. (1992) [citations omitted] [emphasis added]. The United States Supreme Court has explained that it is proper for states and federal courts to follow the same canons of statutory interpretation, utilizing the text of the law and the legislative purpose together, like blades of a pair of scissors. See, e.g.: Ransom v. FIA Card Servs. NA, 562 U.S. 61 (2011) (starting opinion with statutory purpose, analyzing text, and confirming ordinary meaning by reference back to purpose); Carr v. United States, 560 U.S. 438, 444-48, 78

450-58 (2010) (similar); William N. Eskridge Jr., Dynamic Statutory Interpretation ch. 1 (1994); Posner, How Judges Think, 253-54. The scissors metaphor is inspired by L.L. Fuller, American Legal Realism, 76 Proc. Am. Phil. Soc’y 191, 22323 (1936) (suggesting that Law and Society are like two blades of a scissors). b. A Stablekeeper’s or Agister’s Lien law should be read together with other laws from that state. Laws are supposed and are intended to be read completely and within the context of all of the sub-parts of the law and with regard to laws on a similar subject. The doctrine of in pari materia is a principle of statutory construction that requires that statutes relating to the same subject or object be construed together to harmonize the statutes and to give effect to the Legislature’s intent. See Forsythe v. Longboat Key Beach Erosion Control Dist., 604 So. 2d 452, 455 (Fla. 1992)(“Where possible, courts must give full effect to all statutory provisions and construe related statutory provisions in harmony with one another.”). See also Albany Law Sch. v. N.Y. State Office of Mental Retardation & Dev. Disabilities, 19 N.Y.3d 106, 121 (2012); Natural Resources Defense Council v. Arcata National Corporation (1976) 59 Cal.App.3d 959, 965 [131 Cal.Rptr. 172]. Again using Florida’s stablekeeper’s law as an example, reading F.S. § 713.65 in pari materia with other statutes on closely-related equine liens leads to the conclusion that the Legislature specifically excluded “training” and equine trainers from the categories of permissible lien charges and service providers. There is no Florida statute providing a horse trainer a claim of lien for training services. Florida’s stablekeepers’ statute is different than certain other state laws, such as West Virginia, Maryland and Missouri, which specifically include “training.” Reading other Florida statutes on the topic leads to the reasonable conclusion the Florida legislature specifically declined to include “training” expenses into a second lien statute on the subject. Specifically, F.S. § 713.66, which applies specifically to racehorses, polo ponies and dogs, allows a non-possessory lien only to those who “furnish corn, oats, hay, grain or other feed or feedstuffs or straw or bedding material” for the cost thereof. As well, the Florida Legislature has provided an express remedy to veterinary professionals for the professional services veterinarians supply to horses. The point is that while providing feed providers and veterinarians specific lien rights against horses for their materials and services, a law-making body, such as the Florida Legislature in the present example, may have not specifically provided equine trainers a right of lien against horses for training services. In that case, a trainer and their attorneys should resist the temptation to include all overdue charges in a claim of lien when some of those overdue charges include training fees.

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