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Elite Equestrian Celebrating The Equestrian Lifestyle

Volume 14 Issue 1 Complimentary

2014 Fashion Trends Stallions & Breeding

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Winter Equestrian Festival and Global Dressage Festival

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2014 Fashion Trends

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16 Must Haves: Fashion & Accessories

52 Artificial Insemination

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Mucho Macho Man: Heart of a Winner

22 2014 Fashion: Dressage Deluxe

56 Foal Handling

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Must Haves: For Horse & Rider

26 2014 Fashion: Noble Outfitters

59 Fly Nets

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Mangalarga Marchador Breed Inspection

28 2014 Fashion: 2kGrey

60 Foals & Chiropratic

72 RUSH Spring Show Schedule

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Equiline Fashions From Italy

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30 2014 Fashion: AKUBRA accesories

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French Saddle Maker Frederic Butet

32 HIS/HERS: Bill Rube

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Tibet by Horseback

34 Chisholm Gallery

Saddle Fitting

74 ARHA NEW Children’s Class! 76

Equestrian Aid Foundation

77 ACTHA Events This Spring

36 Wellington Farm Highlight

78 NFHJ Show Schedule

38 Art & Antiques: Dr. Lori 12

73 Book Review: Suffering In Silence

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Platinum Brooklyn™ Breech Luxurious texture in technical 4-way stretch. Sophisticated styling contrast stitch and subtle accent pipe detail make this a must have euro-seat show and school breech for the season. Demi-cut Sport Stretch™ ankle for smooth, snug fit. Flattering, wider waist band and double belt loops with Gutos closure. Trimmed front and back pockets. Colors: Grey (shown), Black, Tan, White MSRP: $139.99 Also available in full-seat Platinum Hudson™ Elation® Platinum Collection from Equestrian Brands International Inc. Equestrianbrandsinternational.com

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Michael Sterling Bryant’s Original Wood Sculptures are carved from the finest woods, such as Burl walnut. Each and every carving is naturally aged and air dryed to insure the finest integrity possible in each original wood carving created by the artist. Michael can be reached at 541-408-2083 or Thewoodenjewel.com

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CHRIS BALES ELLIGATORS JEWELRY Chris and Mark Bales located their Elligators designer silver jewelry studio in southern Florida horse farm country. Their shared passion to create affordable handcrafted beautiful jewelry drives their company. With her horses and white Shepard, Duke, in close view, the art jewelry designer transforms her favorite gemstones to create one of a kind silver bracelets, necklaces, earrings, pendants and pins for all to enjoy!! Available at Equine Divine 803-642-9772

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Horse Head Earrings 14K yellow gold horse head earrings with diamonds set in a white gold circle- light enough to be worn all day! Van Dell Jewelers www.VanDell.com Wellington Publix Courtyard: 561-753-7937 Royal Palm Beach Costco Shopping Center: 561-784-5220

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Dressage Head Pendent This medium sized Dressage head is eye catching on this black rubber.....yes rubber... with sterling silver spacer beads and sterling lobster clasp. The cord is 18” and the head measures 7/8” by 7/8”. Price:$125.00 Jane Heart Jewelry www.janeheart.com 1-888-703-0503

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LILO LEATHER PURSES LILO Collections’s handbags include beautifully designed handbags and totes made from full grain leather and fabric combinations. The uniqueness of each leather piece is enriched by unique varying grain patterns and the subtleties of color and texture created by dyes and finishes. With time and use, our leather products will mature and deepen in color - giving them a rich patina that you will enjoy. Available at Equine Divine 803-642-9772

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Trojan Horse By Patricia Levey, American Contemporary Sterling Silver, blue topaz 2” X 2” Available at The Chisholm Gallery. 845-505-1147 www.ChisholmGallery.com

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New on the must have list are Braided Leather Bracelets, 3/8 inch wide, in color options, with your favorite design as a slide. Classic Sterling Silver or rose tint Ancient Casting Bronze. Fold over clasp secures this treasure. Small, average, large lengths available. www.tempidesignstudio.com

ZIKY Helmet Sling Bag is part of a collection of travel bags for equestrians, made of durable nylon pack cloth in vibrant colors. Choose from a variety of color combinations or request your own color theme. Matching bridle bag, boot bag, garment bag, cosmetic bag & saddle cover are available at www.ZIKYboutique.com. Check out www.etsy.com/shop/ ZIKYboutique for more trendy equestrian accessories. Hand-crafted in USA. Limited edition. ZIKY - for the fashion forward rider.

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Equestrian Sport Productions Leads Significant Advances in U.S. Dressage and Show Jumping Competition By Lauren Fisher

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The dates of the 2014 CSI 5* shows are: FTI WEF 3 from January 22-26, FTI WEF 5 from February 5-9, FTI WEF 7 from February 19-23, FTI WEF 10 from March 12-16, and FTI WEF 12 from March 26-30. In addition to the five CSI 5* shows, there are three CSI 4* events, a CSI 3*, and two CSI 2* shows during the circuit. FTI WEF weeks 3, 5, 7, and 10 will feature a $300,000 Saturday Night Grand Prix. FTI WEF 12 will feature the $500,000 FTI Consulting Finale Grand Prix. The popular $75,000 Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup presented by G&C Farm returns on Friday, February 28, during week eight’s CSIO 4* competition. The only FEI Nations Cup in the United States, the exciting competition brings horses and riders from around the globe

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Equestrian Sport Productions (ESP) has made huge developments in the level of equestrian sport in North America as the management company of the world-renowned FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF) and Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF). This year’s FTI WEF and AGDF circuits will be bigger and better than ever with increased prize money, more international classes, new rider bonuses and incentives, and much more to look forward to throughout 12 weeks of competition at the beautiful Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, FL. The 12-week FTI WEF circuit will run January 8 through March 30, 2014, awarding over $8 million in prize money. Each year, FTI WEF hosts nearly 6,000 horses and 2,000 riders from more than 30 countries and 50 states, ranging from show jumping Olympic Gold Medalists and World Champions to future equestrian superstars in Short Stirrup. The circuit features various divisions of hunter, jumper and equitation competition for every level.

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to compete on Wellington’s international stage in an impressive night of top sport. With their new partnership, Rolex has also offered a substantial contribution to the FTI Consulting Great Charity Challenge (GCC), presented by Fidelity Investments, an equestrian Show Jumping competition founded by Mark Bellissimo and his daughter Paige. The event, which occurs on February 1, 2014, is a competition where the world’s top riders team up with equestrian sport’s most prominent families in a unique competition that awards a sliding scale of prize money to each of the 34 randomly selected charities in Palm Beach County. This year’s fifth anniversary marks a milestone for the event as it will exceed $5 million donated in Palm Beach County over five years.

New for 2014, there will be an exciting new $1 million bonus up for grabs for competitors in the 5* grand prix classes at FTI WEF. The “Palm Beach Challenge presented by Rolex” applies to four of the five 5* events and awards a $1 million bonus to any horse and rider combination that wins the four consecutive CSI 5* Grand Prix events at FTI WEF 3, 5, 10, and 12. The winner of two consecutive Grand Prix will receive $50,000 and the winner of three of four will receive a $100,000 bonus.

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The $100,000 FTI Consulting Rider Challenge will also return this year to be awarded to the rider who earns the most points accumulated from Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cups Round I-XII, the Nutrena Jumper Classic, the $25,000 Suncast® Jumper Classic held at WEF 8, and the major Grand Prix class held during each of the 12 weeks of competition. The FTI Rider Challenge awards will be presented upon the conclusion of the $500,000 FTI Consulting Finale Grand Prix on Saturday, March 29 in the International Arena. First place will receive $50,000, second place wins $25,000, third gets $15,000, and fourth place receives $10,000. In other exciting news, all but two of the Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Series will be FEI world ranking classes with increased prize money and a $50,000 rider bonus at the end of the series. During week 12, the $100,000 Suncast 1.50m Championship Jumper Series Final will be held on Saturday, March 29, with the bonus to be awarded following the completion of the class. First place in the bonus standings will receive $25,000, second place will get $15,000, and third place will receive $10,000. Hunters bring the best each week, and their feature competition is during WCHR week on February 12-16. The highlight competition, the USHJA/WCHR Peter Wetherill Hunter Spectacular, will be held under the lights on Saturday night and features an increase in prize money to $100,000 this year. Another great event is the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby on the grass derby field at The Stadium on Sunday, March 30. Along with the world-class FTI WEF competition, Equestrian Sport Productions hosts the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) for the third year at its adjacent dressage facility at The Stadium at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. Adequan is a long-time sponsor of the FTI WEF, and signed on as the title sponsor of the Global Dressage Festival in 2013. They have helped the show to grow into one of the world’s top international dressage circuits, along with a strong contingent of First Founding and Founding Sponsors.

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As important as the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival is to the sport of show jumping, the AGDF has become a pinnacle of success in dressage competition around the world. The circuit reached great heights in its first two seasons and has quickly developed into the heart of dressage in Wellington. This year’s AGDF will host 12 weeks of fantastic equestrian sport with a new, expanded schedule. Competition will run from January 9 through March 30, 2014, featuring four national and eight international shows. International competition includes four CDI-W rated shows, a CDI 4*, a CDI 5*, and the Western Hemisphere’s only CDIO. The GDF continues to advance as one of the most significant dressage events in the world, and everyone involved looks forward to the exciting competition in 2014. This year’s event has many great highlights, including the CDIO Nations Cup, which will run February 19-23. Sponsored by Stillpoint Farm, the CDIO will have special significance this year as it tests the final competition format for the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto.

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This year’s AGDF competition has even greater importance as it will play an integral part in helping some of the world’s top dressage competitors to qualify for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, which will be held this summer in Normandy, France. Another highlight this year is the CDI 5*, sponsored by Diamante Farm, which will be held March 27-30. Equestrian Sport Productions is also pleased to announce that the Palm Beach Dressage Derby CDI W is scheduled to be held at PBIEC on February 27 to March 2. The Palm Beach Dressage Derby, which has been held since 1983, is a mainstay on the international dressage calendar in the United States. It was previously held at Mary Anne McPhail’s farm at White Fences Equestrian Estates in Loxahatchee, FL. McPhail and Evelyn O’Sullivan, director of the Palm Beach Dressage Derby, will be event chairs of this year’s competition. The competition will be managed by ESP. New this year to the AGDF is The Mary Anne McPhail Cup, which will be awarded to the best professional and amateur riders of the circuit. Make sure to attend all of the international events to see the world’s best dressage horses and riders in action, including fantastic “Friday Night Stars” under the lights, which will include a mix of top musical freestyle competition and exciting entertainment exhibitions, like the “Wild West Show” on January 17. Equestrian Sport Productions looks forward to hosting 12 weeks of unforgettable competition this winter at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. For more information on the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival, please visit www.equestriansport.com. For more information on the Adequan Global Dressage Festival, please vist www.globaldressagefestival.net. Find both shows, as well as the PBIEC, on Facebook and follow us on Twitter at @esp_wef!

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2014 TRENDS FOR TWENTY FOURTEEN!

When it comes to spotting fashion trends in horse and rider clothing and equipment, UK based on-line retailer & international shopping emporium Dressage Deluxe are experts within their field. Travelling all over Europe to handpick the very best brands and products, MD and Dressage Deluxe’s very own personal shopper Alison Nye-Warden, gives readers her top tips for looking super stylish this spring/summer…. “Riders are really embracing the new style safety hats, and here in the UK, choosing to wear the new style safety helmets even at PSG. Samshield are a real ‘must have’ helmet brand and with Samshield’s clever ‘configurator’ option (which we offer through our website) this gives dressage riders the opportunity to design their own hat. I have one with a Crystal Fabric top and 255 crystals in the trim – maybe a big bling for some, but we are finding that customers are mostly opting for sparkle on their hats! Samshield are constantly introducing new additions to their collection, giving customers even more choice this summer. 22

For the competition arena, we also have gorgeous delicate pearl and crystal bun nets, crystal embellished belts, stunning semi-precious stone stock-pins and limited edition vintage stocks with sparkle, all of which can really add those special finishing touches to an outfit. When it comes to equine wear, we are still selling lots of Swarovski crystal embellished items, from designer bandages with crystal crowns for the warm-up, through to ‘bling’ brow-bands, which has been a reoccurring theme season upon season. This season, riders are dressing up their plaits with our crystal bands for extra sparkle. www.EliteEquestrian.us

Away from the arena, riders are picking up on the big fashion trends of ‘colour blocking’ and ‘colour popping’. For that up to the minute look, try having different coloured saddlecloths, bandages and fly veils then either keep colours from the same family together i.e. blues and greens or all warmer tones, or if you are feeling brave, mix it up with a more wild combination. Of course you can always pair coloured saddlecloths with bandages of the same colour for a traditional matching look, or add some black to tone it down if you enjoy a more subtle ensemble. This has been watered down for the competition arena to embrace rules, but subtle hints of colour are certainly a


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ubtle hints of colour are a growing trend... growing trend we saw in the autumn of 2013 and one we predict will continue. For example a rider choosing a browband with Purple, will often purchase bandages and quarter sheet of the same hue for the warm-up, and finish the look with a stock pin or hat trim to match. Where the horses’ tack is concerned we are noticing a real trend for part-patent leather bridles this year. Last year, where tack was concerned, the biggest story was full patent bridles, but this year, ‘part patent’ is still continuing to be popular. This is where the leather features patent in lay, which gives a classic elegant look. We have also seen a huge trend towards riders also combining ‘part patent’ with bling brow bands, bringing together the best of both worlds!

Saddlecloths have also been given a makeover with many featuring sparkle or detail, as well as those boasting your horses’ breeding via a bold embroidered brand. The move towards more flashy turnout means that much more attention to detail is being spent on ‘hair and make-up’ from bespoke quarter markers through to designer plait styles. And don’t forget our personal shopping service offers you the opportunity for a free style makeover online for yourself or advice on what would suit your equine friend.

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Spring Trends:

Animal Prints Gone Wild! Noble Outfitters® puts the fun back into functional riding apparel.

Flowers are blooming, the sun is shining, and animal print is running wild! Winter and fall were the perfect backgrounds for classic colors and subtle fashion prints. But it’s a new year and it’s time to brighten things up and add a more youthful edge to your riding attire. Spring fashion trends demand color and the new Noble Outfitters® apparel collection will not disappoint! Incorporating edgy prints and neon colors with a highly functional design, choosing comfortable and versatile riding apparel has never been easier. Animal prints are not new to the fashion scene but its trend continues to evolve with each season. Noble Outfitters® looks to the runways and tendencies in the fashion market to bring contemporary, stylish design to the equestrian world. Think fashion forward! “For us, that evolution means mixing the animal prints up with fun, popcolors from the palette which gives them a more modern look,” explains Noble Outfitters® Director of Design, Kelly Wehner. Prints are in and vivacious colors set them off!

Like the Noble Outfitters® Heartbreaker Tank which is designed to feel amazing and enhance every ride with its performance features. The light silk-weight performance jersey material is supple, soft, and silky for hours of incredible comfort and a full range of motion. The Opti-Dry Technology wicks moisture to the fabric’s surface, where it quickly evaporates for a comfortable experience. But it’s the Blackberry Snakeskin color that will break hearts as you’re breaking horses this summer. Functional can still be fun and trendy! Don’t stop with your top! Animal prints have splashed over into riding apparel accessories. From gloves to socks, you will find animal print throughout the Noble Outfitters® collection. The Perfect Fit™ glove is lightweight, but still made to be durable and strong with a fit that is simply perfect. So don’t be afraid to show your wild side with these touchscreen friendly gloves that are now available in Blue Ribbon Floral and Black Snakeskin. The Noble Outfitters® Over-The-Calf Peddies™ are also asplendid combination of great prints and functional style. With color options like Orchid Bloom Leopard, Blackberry Snakeskin, Aqua Sky Tiger, and Blue Ribbon Floral, you are sure to find one to match your lifestyle. With their padded ankle shield and foot bed, these socks look stunning and feel even better! The colors perfectly tie back into the entire apparel collection making color coordinating your outfits even easier. Don’t stop with your top! Animal prints have splashed over into riding apparel accessories. From gloves to socks, you will find animal print throughout the Noble Outfitters® collection. The Perfect Fit™ glove is lightweight, but still made to be durable and strong with a fit that is simply perfect. So don’t be afraid to show your wild side with these touchscreen friendly gloves that are now available in Blue Ribbon Floral and Black Snakeskin. The Noble Outfitters® Over-The-Calf Peddies™ are also asplendid combination of great prints and functional style. With color options like Orchid Bloom Leopard, Blackberry Snakeskin, Aqua Sky Tiger, and Blue Ribbon Floral, you are sure to find one to match your lifestyle. With their padded ankle shield and foot bed, these socks look stunning and feel even better! The colors perfectly tie back into the entire apparel collection making color coordinating your outfits even easier.

Noble Outfitters® is dedicated to balancing functionality with a fun fashion edge that steps outside the realm of the horse world and onto the streets. “For spring and summer, we’ve embraced the new season with wide eyes and open arms… ready for warmth & sunshine,” explains Wehner. The palette for this season reflects her concept with trendy colors like Lime Punch, Aqua Sky, and Blue Ribbon. Although the collection includes classic neutrals like black, heather grey & white, it is the bright neon colors that add the pop and edge that riders are flocking to for spring. Get noticed in the schooling riding or around the barn in the Noble Outfitters® Alek Short Sleeve Scoop in Lime Punch or Aqua Sky! From the princess seam side panels for a feminine fit and the flat seams to reduce chaffing, you will enjoy every minute in this athletic tee. Satisfy your need for new spring colors and functional every day wearwith the sweat-wicking, breathable fabric and seamless design which minimize distractions and enhances comfort while you ride. Enjoy the ride and the look! Noble Outfitters is creating fashion forward apparel with classic riding features for fun spring fashions on and off your horse. Go ahead…hit the gym, head to the mall, go for a ride, or run to the store there is no where you won’t want to be seen in your riding clothes! So toss that old tee shirt and dress up your ride this spring with highly functional riding apparel in modern prints or neon colors! Whether it’s a fun pop of color on your socks or a bold animal print outfit, Noble Outfitters®ensures that you will love your riding apparel this spring! Now you just have to ask yourself, are you wild?

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2014 From the heart of New York City’s fashion district, 2kGrey is the cutting edge of the fashion scene. Designer Meryl Ranzer brings the latest trends, and how you’ll see them in the 2kGrey collections for 2014.

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2kGrey’s staple is denim, still one of the most popular and versatile fabrics used by designers. The 2kGrey team is always in the market looking at the latest denim trends are. They visited the Kingpin’s Denim Trade Show in NYC and got the scoop on cutting edge looks and technology. You’ll see washes, finishes, and rich colors that are new to the Equestrian world.

For 2014, 2kGrey’s newest looks include stunning embroideries with new twists. Western, folkloric, ethnic, florals, and pattern mix are the current embellishment trends. 2kGrey adds shine, bling, and unusual embroidery placements. Anyone who has the seen their fabulous floral sugar skull embroidery knows 2kGrey is not afraid to take risks!

For the 2kGrey jacket collection, they turned to industry leader Schoeller for the latest 4 way stretch performance fabrics, and created jackets that you’ll wear in the ring or to a meeting--fashion forward with great fit.

The days of trendy fashionistas wearing just black are long gone. 2kGrey adds lush colors from nature such as burgundy and olive into their fall collection, and soft neutrals into their Spring palette.

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2kGrey launches their exciting new jacket collection for Spring 2014. The styles are feminine and modern with a nod to Equestrian traditions. The same can be said for what Ranzer saw on the runway at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. Many jackets were Equestrian inspired, along with jodhpurs and riding boots. 2kGrey’s take on jodhpurs or breeches is what they call the “Riding pant”. They are ankle length, and fit like your favorite pair of skinny jeans. Add a pair of colored DeNiro boots designed by the gals at Style My Ride, and you’ll look like you just stepped off the runway.

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2kGrey is where fashion meets function. It’s serious riding clothes that are sturdy in the saddle and slimming, stunning, and sophisticated everywhere else. Connect with 2KGrey on Facebook Twitter, tumblr and Google+. Find their latest fashion images on 2kGrey. com/blog as well as Style My Ride on Facebook and Pinterest.

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Fashion trends Equiline’s 2014 collection from Italy includes the use of tone-on-tone crystals and embellishments.

Woman Competition X-Cool competition jacket GIOIA with tone sur tone strass details on the collar and on the martingale. The technical X-Cool Fabric by Equiline is water repellent, extreme elastic and breathable. It has been studied and developed in order to grant the highest freedom of movements. Available in the new color grey, black, blue and red.

Woman Competition Polo shirt AGATA with rhinestones on the front opening as jewel detail and special mesh sleeves to give a touch of femininity in the Italian style. 4-way stretch fabric, extreme elastic and breathable and easy care – no ironing

Woman Competition Polo shirt FAE with floral laser cut print covered by a transparent mesh to follow the latest fashion trends of the floral style. 4-way stretch fabric, extreme elastic and breathable and easy care – no ironing

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resenting the Inaugural AKUBRA Luggage and Accessories Range

This range is a true “first” in AKUBRA’s 130 year history and the product of 3 years of research and development. The leather being used is premium, oil pull up, which is one of the finest leathers in the world. Unlike top dyed leathers which are finished to an artifically uniform colour, oil pull up is first salt cured, then tanned with natural dyes before being finished with special oils that allow the natural striations and variegation inherent in the hides to remain.

The finish also lends the leather to a wonderfully supple and silken finish while remaining perfectly dry to the touch. However, the most distinctive feature of oil pull up leather is that over time it will acquire a splendid patina that becomes unique to each item and indeed it’s owner!

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The range is also complemented by a selection of items made from nought weight, pure cotton duck canvas with leather trim. And every piece in the range features exclusive “Aerial Farm View” lining. The name is a literal desciption of an abstracted image of the mighty stations and paddocks of Australia’s outback when seen from the air. Each year DKM Blue will extend the range further to meet the growing demands of our client base. A saddle bag is next on the agenda along with an extension of the accessories range.

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His & Hers: Leaving a Legacy with L.A. Pomeroy and HIS guest, Bill Rube

There’s nothing classier than leaving a lasting impact. Bill Rube was a driving force (with Jennifer Carlton) behind the USHJA Wheeler Museum exhibit, Elegance, Power and Heart: The Thoroughbred Show Horse, which opened Spring 2013 and hosted thousands of Kentucky Horse Park visitors before concluding in December. How does an exhibit like this come together? What is the role of museum curation and preservation to our sport and legacy?

HERS: We don’t usually think about it but exhibiting probably requires as much preparation as showing. How did this all come about and why was the time right to look at the Thoroughbred show horse? HIS: I came on board when Shelby French (then-USHJA CEO) suggested how a prior exhibit, Ponies Through the Decades, had done well, why not look at the American Thoroughbred? I didn’t have to be asked twice. HERS: Putting together an exhibit like this, which spanned from the 1930s to today, takes more than one person, doesn’t it? HIS: It has been a labor of love for some wonderful people. Co-chair Pat Carlton is envisioning annual exhibits, and her daughter, Jennie, and I approached this with the same passion. We thought the same... which was good since me and my head don’t always get along when we’re alone! HERS: As for reaching out to private collectors or owners? How did that go? HIS: Had you asked two or three years ago, I’d never have believed this could happen. It was a lot of work. Many phone calls, legwork and follow through... we visited homes to comb through boxes. Then all of a sudden it snowballed and people were banging on the doors to participate. HERS: What happened then? HIS: We invited everyone who had owned a Thoroughbred show horse to participate and collected more than 150 items! We took over the museum. Kristyn Kay, USHJA museum coordinator, received the materials, and executive coordinator, Leslie Mangan, did the cataloguing. I just fluffed it up with some fairy dust.

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HERS: What were some of the items that came in? HIS: A lock of Jet Run’s tail. Old Dominion’s halter. We had the U.S. Olympic Show Jumping Gold medal won by Touch of Class when her rider, Joe Fargis, stopped by and also gave us her saddle. Michael Tang, a great artist, offered to donate a painting... HERS: Joe autographed my Touch of Class model at Ox Ridge, so that would have been my favorite. What about yours? HIS: Jet Run. He was such a great story... found by Jimmy Lee, on to Winter Place, and sold to the Mexican show jumping team for a quarter of a million dollars cash, in a suitcase handcuffed to the wrist! His groom Karen Golding, was with him to the death. He had the ‘look of eagles’ and we had his papers, saddle, and a lock from his tail in the exhibit. HERS: Why are exhibits like this important? HIS: It brought attention to the movement to bring the American Thoroughbred back to the show ring. To support breeders here, not import talent. Too many Thoroughbreds have their names changed and are resold as ‘imported.’ I’ll call someone out on that. It happened to a horse I know that I owned as a yearling. Exhibits give people more than pictures. It’s tangible. They feel the story in each piece. At our opening cocktail party (top USHJA rider) Shawn Casady was there reading every exhibit. He stayed past closing, he was so hungry for knowledge. Others came back two or three times. It brought people together. I get goose bumps remembering.

HERS: Isn’t that what art is supposed to be? An outlet of expression? Horses show how we all put our britches on one leg at a time. HIS: It’s true. Like the arts, we should be raising money to preserve our legacy. But I don’t think I could fit more than one leg into my Fiorucci jeans any more. HERS: Bill, some things are probably best left as ancient history for both of us!

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Antique Party Accessories To cut costs at wedding receptions, baby showers, and parties many brides to be, florists, and caterers are on the lookout for some relatively common vintage items and they are looking for them in big numbers. For example, vintage white milk glass pieces, decorative teacups used as small floral centerpiece groupings, and old silver plated trays for food service are coveted by caterers and party planners. Many grooms will seek out sports collectibles, vintage flasks, beer collectibles, and liquor bottles to serve as gifts for ushers and groomsmen in a wedding party. Brides prefer to provide her attendants with vintage fashion accessories like hair accessories (ribbons, barrettes, hair bands, etc.), scarves, and beaded or metal mesh purses. TV antique trends When TV execs need an object from bygone days, where do they look? Prop shops—the ones that provide the major movie and TV production crews with those obscure objects that you see on film—are always looking for items like vintage jewelry, period appliances like avocado green can openers from the 1970s, and vintage clothing and accessories.

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An Italian bronze nutcracker dating back to the 4th Century BC is one of the earliest ones known. And, history teaches us that Anne Boleyn received a nutcracker as a gift from King Henry VIII, too. Nutcrackers are found in many cultures spanning the globe and famous nutcrackers and nutcracker collectors sparked an interest in the history of cracking the nut.

Nutcrackers use one of three basic methods to free a nut from its shell: percussion, lever, or screw. The materials used to make nutcrackers run the gamut: stones, wood, metal. For instance, nutting stones were found in North America and parts of northern Europe about 5,000 -8,000 years ago. A nut would be placed in the depression of a stone and then smashed with another stone (called the hammer stone) to reveal the nut inside the shell. Some nutcrackers are simply bowls with a central depressed area where the nut is placed and a matching hammer is used to smash. Some nutcrackers are carved from conifer (pine, cedar, spruce, etc.) and deciduous (linden, beech, ash, oak, boxwood, etc.) trees. Wooden screw type nutcrackers were introduced in the 17th Century where the nut sat in an open cavity of the cracker and

the screw came down on the nut the amount of force cracked the nut. Some early nutcrackers work using metal hinges or levers. For instance, a lever-forced nutcracker worked with the nut placed in the mouth of a cast metal figure like a dog, alligator, or wolf. Some have the nut positioned in the belly of a carved nutcracker figure. The belly nutcracker prevents damage to the decorated face of the nutcracker from use. Some nutcrackers are free-standing with a lever at the back and some have elongated noses to create a lever for cracking.

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“It was the support from the riders that pushed me to open my own business,” explained Frederic Butet, who founded Butet Sellier in 1986 in Saumur, France. “My father first introduced me to horses when I was around 10 years old. This quickly became a my passion.” The young Frenchman competed as an amateur but realized he didn’t have what it took to a professional. He trained and worked as a blacksmith, keeping in constant contact with the riders like Henri Prudent, who he met in 1973. “By chance, I discovered Macel Selles and in 1975 I learned the craft of saddlemaking,” remembered Mr. Butet. He worked with the Normandy based company for nearly a decade, handling everything from crafting saddles to sales and management. “The boss was the father of modern saddlemaking, the first to ask the questions that riders need to address, and then answering these issues.” The enterprising young Frenchman took a brief career detour to sell wines, but missed the horse world. He returned to Macel where he tried to get the saddlemaker to relocate to Saumur, the horse capital of France, to no avail. It was after much prompting and encouragement from Prudent and other professional that Butet decided to go it on his own.

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Above, Frederic Butet Sellier headquarters, Below, Butet’s first mobile store, Right Top, Reed Kessler by Sophie Durieux, Below Right, the partners: O. Perdrix, F. Butet, A. Lievre Inset: A premium Butet saddle He opened his first workshop on the banks of La Loire in 1985 and a year later he launched Butet Sellier. It was once again Prudent and his wife, top American rider Katie Monahan, who set the wheels turning Stateside. The couple contacted Mark Walter, the CEO of Beval Saddlery to tell him about the product. In 1988, Beval’s became the exclusive outlet for Butet in the United States. Ten years after opening his workshop, with the business and staff growing, Butet relocated his operation not far away at its current location, 200 meters from the famed Federation L’Equitation and Cadre Noir. “Jane Carter, a top amateur rider, was the first American to buy one from us,” remembered Walter. “Chris (Kappler) was not the only one to badger me to buy a demo; I

had many instances like this. In fact, Frederic (Butet) and export sales manager Christopher Renehay would say to me, ‘Don’t sell your demos.’ But I always found it hard not to and I think this is one of the reasons it became such a success.” Nicole Simpson Shahinian, who won the ASPCA Maclay National Championship and the AHSA/Medal Championship as a junior, has been riding in a Butet for more than 20 years. “I got my first one used,” she recalled. “I think I bought it right out from under Elise Haas! From that point on I was hooked and any other saddle was not an option.” In 2009, after extensive research her husband Will Simpson, the Olympic Team Gold medalist, followed suit. “I had been talking with saddlemakers, which is where I got

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“It is the most comfortable and well balanced close contact saddle that I have ever ridden in,” added FEI sanctioned international course designer Anthony D’Ambrosio, who has created tests for horse and rider at the World Cup Finals and the Young Riders Championships. “I think practically since its inception Butet has been regarded as the premiere choice in saddles,” stated 19-year old Olympic veteran Reed Kessler (who happens to train with long-time supporter Katie Prudent. “Not only are they are incredibly comfortable, but my horses love them. When it comes to my horses, they always come first.”

including new ventures in Beijing, Switzerland, and the United States. “I am now set to start a new chapter of my life with Butet, managing the company that we created together in Switzerland.” For further information go to www.butet.fr.

In 2010 Arnaud Lievre and Olivier Pedrix bought Butet Sellier and began working with the founder to create initiatives and start planning for the future of the brand. Since the two marketing managers have come on board, the annual production of saddles, which includes show jumping, dressage, eventing, endurance and racing and polo options, has risen from 1,500 to 2200 and the staff has jumped from 23 to 40 people, showing a 40% growth. “The decision to entrust the future of the brand to Arnaud and Olivier came by chance,” Mr. Butet explained. “My whole life has been made by meeting new people and it has been up to me to find out who are the good ones to construct my journey. I have in the past refused anything that could have put a doubt in the mind of the rider on the usefulness of our saddles.” Working closely together over the past 3 years, the the trio have come up with a variety of initiatives set to launch in 2014,

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If you are looking for a riding holiday which gives unprecedented access to some of the most untouched land in the world then the latest In The Saddle trip will tick all the boxes. The High Plateau Ride in Eastern Tibet provides an opportunity to ride on the ‘Roof of the World’ and be amongst one of the few to experience true nomadic life in this spectacular, vast, open landscape.

Tibet Tibet became part of China in the late 1950s and the routes you will follow on this wilderness trip lead you through the upland grasslands of what is now the Sichuan Province, where you will enjoy spectacular vistas from the highest plateau on earth and visit the remote Buddhist monasteries to get a feel for the local culture. For intrepid equestrian explorers, visitors to In The Saddle’s High Plateau Ride will revel in the opportunity to spend time with local people, ride through the rolling hills that are framed by snow capped peaks of the Min Shan and Anye Machin mountains, and get a real sense of freedom as they partner with local Tibetan mountain horses known for being sturdy and sure-footed. The fourteen night trip provides visitors with a true exploration of Tibet both on horseback and foot, including visits to the Panda Breeding Centre, the rare chance to have lunch with the monks in Amchok monastery or with a local Tibetan family, embrace the opportunity to learn about the cooking style and produce of the area and take a trip to the interesting town of Songpan. The riding time can be very spiritual, giving guests the chance to reflect on life away from the hustle and bustle of the modern world, whether it be sending ‘little prayers’ from the top of the

peaceful holy mountain of Tiger’s Heart, or during a smoke offering ceremony at Chudong Sumna and Tso Gamma Labste – the holy seat of the protecting god. This trip will undoubtedly spark some level of emotion due to the empowering idyllic bliss of being literally, ‘on top of the world’! Accommodation is based at the purpose built High Plateau Riding Centre in Amchok, as well as in local hotels and guesthouses. Prices start at £1,882 per person, based on 14 nights full board and includes all activities (flights to Chengdu not included). To find out more about this exciting equestrian escape visit www.inthesaddle.com or call 01299 272 997 to speak to a member of the team.

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When should a foal receive its’ first chiropractic adjustment?

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������������������� “I wouldn’t have my life any other way,” says Kathy Ritvo of Sunrise, Florida, the Reeves Thoroughbred Racing trainer of 2013 Breeders Cup Classic champion, Mucho Macho Man. At Santa Anita in 2012, the then-four year-old Thoroughbred stallion (Macho Uno x Ponche De Leona) missed winning American horse racing’s biggest purse by just half a length to odds-on favorite, Fort Larned. But like the old song goes, “You gotta have heart” and this season that was something Ritvo -- and the horse once nicknamed ‘Lazarus’ – had in spades. Mucho Macho Man was the first Kentucky Derby and Breeders’ Cup starter for breeders John and Carole Rio of Ocala, Florida. “Everyone dreams of a horse in the Derby,” said Carole Rio. “I dreamed of one in the Breeders Cup Classic. It is such an honor to be in that race.” The colt named after the 1970s disco hit for The Village People almost never had a racing career. The Rios purchased his dam in foal to Macho Uno from Adena Springs stable for $33,000 at the 2007 Keeneland mixed sale. They understood that “Ponchie” was a late cover and expected a May foal. By Father’s Day, June 15, she was three weeks overdue. The Rios, also breeders of champion Boston terriers, were on 24/7 foal watch when they risked leaving the farm for a few hours to attend a dog show. They turned Ponchie out to be more comfortable and left farm manager Jeff Sekay in charge. 64

En route home that mid-afternoon, Sekay called. The foal was coming. “A few minutes later,” said Carole, who had been reluctant to leave the pregnant mare outdoors, “he called back. He thought the foal was dead. “When we arrived, Jeff and his wife were standing over the foal praying. Ponchie was standing over him, too. He was lifeless. I couldn’t see any breathing.” Rios, a licensed practicing nurse who had grown up working with broodmares and foals at barns in Colts Neck, New Jersey, began furiously massaging its limp little body.

The colt named after the1970s disco hit for The Village People almost never had a racing career. “Then he jumped up and started running! He didn’t just stand up, he jumped up, and ran off from the mare! It was bizarre. I remember saying to John, ‘There’s your Father’s Day present.’ He said we’d find out in two years how good a gift it was.” Carole nicknamed the resurrected colt ‘Lazarus.’ The first two years of Mucho Macho Man’s early training was with the Rios before being sold privately to Dream Team Racing. After his first start (breaking his maiden at Monmouth), he was purchased by Dean and Pattie Reeves of Reeves Thoroughbred Racing, one of Dream Team’s Atlanta, Georgiabased partners. That October, Ritvo took over his training. www.EliteEquestrian.us

It was a pairing of two individuals given second leases on life. Ritvo, born the day before Valentine’s Day, 1969, in Braintree, Massachusetts, grew up in a racing family. Her father, Peter Petro, owned racehorses. Her brother Michael has been a trainer since 1983, her brother Nick has been a jockey since 1982, and a third, Louis, rode until 1989; he died in 1996 at age 38 from heart disease, which also claimed their father at 73. By the time she was 18, Kathy had her training license. A year later, at Suffolk Downs north of Boston, she had her first winner: a filly named Heavy Chick. She began dating jockey Tim Ritvo and they were married in August 1990 and left New England for southern Florida to start their own Thoroughbred business. By their second wedding anniversary, the Ritvos had a Breeders’ Cup starter in Liberada, who finished eighth in her 12-horse field in the Juvenile Fillies. Over five seasons, she earned a 7-6-2 record and more than $250,000. But it would be a long wait before their next Breeders’ Cup hopeful. In December 2001, plagued by recurring fatigue, Kathy was diagnosed at age 32 with cardiomyopathy. Placed on a drug protocol that staved off, but did not stop, her heart disease, her health continued to deteriorate until spring of 2008, when doctors told the trainer she needed a heart transplant. The next six months were a waiting game as the now-hospitalized trainer and her doctors hoped for a match. It came in November


������������������ 2008. She underwent 17 hours of surgery at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. At the time of her surgery, doctors estimated she had less than a month to live. Within two days of her transplant, she was out of bed and walking. A week after the operation, she was discharged. “I’m a better person. I appreciate things more. You stay in the moment,” she said of her life-altering experience. After the transplant came a daily regimen of more than 30 pills a day, as heart transplant survivors can be more susceptible to infection. Despite doctors’ warnings that the dirt, dust, and dander of horse barns were a less than optimum environment , she returned to the place she knew best: the track. The 17-hand stallion and jock-size trainer grew stronger together. Mucho Macho Man made his presence felt in the 2011 Triple Crown, finishing third in the Kentucky Derby, sixth in the Preakness and seventh in the Belmont Stakes. Their next stop was the Breeders’ Cup. It had been 20 years since her last Breeders’ Cup horse and Kathy put everything she had ever learned about campaigning racehorses into preparing Mucho Macho Man for the 2012 Breeders’ Classic. Dubbed the ‘blue collar’ entry, he turned in a big performance but placed half a length behind front-running favorite, Fort Larned. “I don’t have bad days,” Ritvo said, spinning the narrow loss into a positive, acknowledging how fiercely the stallion had challenged one of the finest runners in the country. A good trainer knows their horse, so in August 2013, when upstate New York’s Saratoga Racetrack turned sloppy, she scratched Mucho Macho Man from the Grade I Woodward Stakes. Saying he “thrived” in southern California, she shipped him to Santa Anita almost two months ahead of the Breeders’ Cup and in time to defend his crown in the Grade I Awesome Again, where he led into the stretch with a strong win against Paynter. Proving his trainer right, he continued delivering bullet workouts and showing fans he was a stallion ready for another shot in

November at wresting the reins of the Classic’s $5 million purse and title from 2012 rival, Fort Larned. What happened next, reported BreedersCup.com, was extraordinary: “In the land of Hollywood endings, the 30th Breeders’ Cup Classic triumph of Mucho Macho Man would seem too far-fetched for the silver screen.” Jockey great Gary Stevens, now a 50 yearold grandfather, was in the irons for only his second ride on the horse (the first was their win in the Awesome Again). Kathy Ritvo stood poised to become racing’s first female trainer to win its trophy. And whatever was going on between the ears of Mucho Macho Man, it translated into every fiber of his four-legged being. “I heard them coming,” Stevens, who took the lead rounding into the home stretch, told USA Today, referring to Will Take Charge and Declaration of War. “I knew they were coming. But he was super tough the last sixteenth-mile. The race was a mile and a quarter not a mile and a quarter and a stride, so it was perfect…. It was the coronation of a career.” Mucho Macho Man had gotten the best of Fort Larned by the quarter pole. “He was super sharp. He left like a Quarter Horse,” said the jockey, who never touched his whip. The stallion, he said, had shown him in their prior race that he didn’t like being hit. Stevens’ reward for honoring that unspoken request was his first Classic and 10th career win at the Breeders’ Cup Championships. That racing day – November 13 – also marked the fifth anniversary of Kathy’s surgery. Another racing first was her becoming the only heart transplant recipient to train a Breeders Cup champion. “I love this horse,” she said that day. “He’s fantastic. He gives 100 percent… It’s been an amazing trip, amazing ride…” As for heart disease? She says, “I refuse to get it.” She has yet to experience any signs of rejection- because in Thoroughbred racing, winning really is all about heart. �

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n September 12 2013 I was headed to Rancho de Los Cielos, a Mangalarga Marchador breeding operation, in Riverside California, before sunrise. The Mangalarga Marchador is a Brazilian breed of naturally gaited horses. I was going to present Allegria de Los Cielos in the breed inspection conducted by a Brazilian inspector of the ABCCMM (Associação Brasileira dos Criadores-do Cavalo Mangalarga Marchador, http://www.abccmm. org.br), the Brazilian state organization that regulates the breeding of the Mangalarga Marchador horse. The next day it was Batuque de Miami’s turn to be inspected in Bonsall. The cost of breeding horses and the fact that this breed is still very rare in the U.S. put a lot of responsibility on me as a trainer. The challenge was the acceptance of the American (born or resident) Mangalarga Marchadores in the Brazilian registry. The great versatility of this breed of horses calls for an evaluation in a neutral field in terms of equestrian disciplines, the main criteria is its primary characteristic: the MARCHA! The American breeders that produced those horses did not just register with the USMMA (United States Mangalarga Marchadores Association, www.namarchador.org) which does not require inspection, but wanted to maintain the breed pure and meet the ABCCMM criteria. Importing horses from Brazil is a very difficult and costly process. To help the breed get known worldwide, some alternative breeding techniques have been adopted, like Artificial Insemination or Embrio Transfer, but as of today there are still only about 250 of these horses in North America. 68

Kate Barcelos, the Brazilian inspector, started to work at sunrise. This was just part of the long trip Kate and Santiago Rezende (judge of the ABCCMM) took, visiting 5 farms, inspecting horses, judging an event and trying out local horses for the purpose of employing them, with Brazilian riders, in a campaign for promoting the breed in the US during the next year. Kate Barcelos is an authorized inspector from the ABCCMM, she is the only woman inspector, is a very respected judge, clinician and rider in South America and practices as a Doctor in Veterinary Medicine in Brazil. In September 2013 Kate and Tiago held a 5 day clinic in Montana, during the 3rd edition of the Caminhos do Marchador, an international competition for Mangalarga Marchador horses. The fact that there is a required inspection speaks volumes about the quality of the ABCCMM work. Amazingly, a great mind is one of the attributes that the creators of the Mangalarga Marchador kept in great consideration, and still not been sacrificed for the sake of good looks or great performance. Horses with a bad attitude could still be rejected in an inspection. During the examination, the inspector himself rides the horse. This fact makes for a uniformity of criteria and for a great trait to transmit to the offspring of the horses. As a jockey, I had the chance to appreciate how much the mind www.EliteEquestrian.us

of the horse is important in performance, when I rode in flat races, competing on horses that I never even saw before they came to the paddock. Another interesting fact is that as of today, there are only Brazilians that are authorized inspectors, the breed is still kept only under their exclusive judging, yet they are working diligently on letting the international public know about it without compromising the quality of it.

Breed and Horsemanship Whether talking about domestic or wild horses, horsemanship has a long story. The horse has lived with us, human beings, for thousands of years, being necessary support for our life in many different ways. In the more recent years the horse has became one of the pleasures that enrich human lives. While horsemanship has changed a lot, especially in the last century, the horse still keeps interacting with us in the same fashion. At H2H (http://www.HumantoHorse.com) we strive to connect the individuals involved in the relationship (AKA horsemanship) through pure communication, instead of performance, then the connection created can be applied to any other activity a human being and a horse can share. One of the obstacles we most often have to overcome is the mind of the horse that is not inclined to interact with people. That could be


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in part from the horse’s genetic input, and in part from the life experience of the individual horse, where he has learned that trusting and interacting with humans is a source of pain, therefore they fear it and avoid it. As humans, we have changed everything and anything of the horse. As for all domestic animals, the scientific classification (type, order, family, gender, species) has one more step called “breed”. Realistically, very few know what the horse from which we started the selection for all the modern breeds looked like. One thing still remains untouched, it is his tendency to achieve freedom and be able to adapt to live away from domestication. Not even the most radical genetic selection has been able to change this trait. Every human population has its breed of horses, whose characteristics are strictly related to the culture that developed it. If a breed encounters the favor of the public for its traits, it can also be used to better the traits of another equine breed. For the Mangalarga Marchador the choice is vast, due to its great versatility that spans from being a working horse to doing dressage, jumping, endurance, mounted archery and more. The Brazilian breeders kept their breed pure, improving it by using the best horses within the same breed.

Understanding a horse’s mindset

Horses are known to express themselves clearly through body language and movement. Before you put a halter on your horse, you can test his momentary mindset. A simple test to find out if your horse is at that moment interested in interacting with you is to see his response to your movement in the space most close to him, the one he considers his. If you are in his proximity, and notice he is looking at you, move backward and increase the distance between you and the horse in your presence. If he immediately looks at you and even starts approaching you, that horse is inclined to consider interaction with you. This kind of mindset is the ideal prelude to start your interaction with the horse and take it where you need. If instead he ignores you, the horse is showing not to be really inter70

ested in you. Interaction without voluntary participation can be less rewarding than when the horse buys into your common time, the reasons for this state of mind are not going to be discussed here, but they are a major part of what we teach in our online and onsite courses (schedule available on www.humantohorse.com ). H2H courses are not a substitute for good training, they are designed to give people the tools to communicate effectively and build and manage their own horsemanship. This can be applied to anything else we do with our horses and help it. Visit Rancho de Los Cielos h�p://www.ranchodeloscielos.com

The Inspection Protocol

By Kate Barcelos

The registration for the Mangalarga Marchador horse can take place between birth and the first ten months of age, and it is a temporary registration. It requires confirmation with a pre-inspection, during which the foal is examined with the dam, a DNA test of the parents is ran, the genealogy is verified. The coat and dentition is examined and all albino or blue eyed individuals are excluded along with the ones that present prognatism or other dental defects. Following the examination an identification form is filled and a number assigned. The horses get micro chipped, with the device installed in the upper third of the neck, next to the mane. Foals older than ten months can be examined, but the ABCCMM had to be notified before the exam, and a DNA test has to be performed along with the one of the parents, and has to be performed by an authorized lab. At three years of age horses are examined to be permanently registered for breeding. The criteria for this inspection are: • The natural gait, or marcha. At 36 months it is appropriate to ride the horses to verify the qualities of their gait, for both males and females, and determine if they could be used for breeding. Those horses have to be able to perform the gait, picada or batida, on request. www.EliteEquestrian.us

• Conformation, with measurement that have to correspond to the standard of the breed, with particular a�ention to the height at the withers (males between 1,47 and 1,57 m and females between 1,40 and 1,54). The back cannot be higher than the withers in the males, while in females a difference of 2 cm is tolerated. A dental exam is performed to exclude defects such as prognatism and to determine the age. In the male the testicles are examined and their absence in the scrotum would cause the exclusion from the registry. A�er the horse has a passing score in all areas a microchip is applied to the horses that did not receive it earlier, and the horse is branded if the owner desires to do so.

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ARHA INTRODUCES NRHA SHORT STIRRUP CLASS FOR RIDERS 10 & UNDER Saddle Up and Ride, Youngsters, This Class is Just for You!

The Arabian Reining Horse Association (ARHA) announces the addition of an exciting new opportunity for young riders to compete at the eleventh Annual Arabian and Half-Arabian Reining Horse Futurities February 13 through 23, 2014 in the Wells Fargo Arena at West World of Scottsdale. For the first time the Arabian Horse Association (AHA) has approved the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) based Youth 10 & Under Short Stirrup class and added it to the class schedule. Short Stirrup classes provide an especially designed riding pattern for young riders who might still be too small for safe and comfortable managing of traditional reining patterns. The Short Stirrup NRHA Pattern #11 eliminates speed and flying lead changes and keeps the event safer and easier. This is an ideal event for youth to compete on Arabian Horsemanship horses or by riding older, semiretired reiners. Riders in this class are not required to own their own horses and the class does not count for NRHA Top Ten standings. “We recognize that owning and riding reining horses is very much a family commitment. Adding this class to our event gives even the youngest family members an opportunity to participate,” says ARHA business manager, Phyllis LaMalfa who leads the production of the ARHA show. Eleanor Hamilton, president of the ARHA considers the addition of this class another key element in maintaining the steady growing interest in Arabian and Half-Arabian reining horses. “Not only does this class give very young riders a chance to begin showing reining horses, we create a new opportunity for our older reining horses to continue to do what they are trained to do but at a physical level that is comfortable for them as they age. These horses love the sport, they like the attention and they have such good minds, and they know how to care for their riders. This is a very good fit for our

horses that are known to form special bonds between with young children.” Since the NRHA held its first Futurity in 1996 membership has expanded worldwide with hundreds of competitions and continuing growth of the sport. The NRHA’s Judging System is a highly acclaimed format for the judging of equine events that includes technical and stylistic elements coupled with considerable considerable difficulty. Founded in 1998, the Arabian Reining Horse Association (ARHA) promotes the natural athletic abilities and versatility of Arabian and Half Arabian horses. This event pays some $175,000 in prize monies, plus saddles, trophies and buckles to Futurity winners and is widely considered as the premier event for these reining horses and riders. Reining is the fastest growing of all disciplines within the Arabian breed. The Wells Fargo Advisors Arena is located on the southeast side of the showgrounds at West World. See complete schedule and additional information, including a downloadable .pdf of the Shor Stirrup Pattern 12 at www.ARHA.net. �

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EQUESTRIAN AID FOUNDATION: HELPING EQUESTRIANS IN NEED

You don’t plan for a catastrophic accident or illness, but they do happen.

The dictionary defines catastrophic as life threatening and requiring health services so serious in nature as to necessitate extensive long term and expensive medical treatment. The dictionary also defines catastrophic as something completely awful or very bad. Those definitions are the living reality of the recipients of the Equestrian Aid Foundation (EAF). The Equestrian Aid Foundation was founded in 1996 by six time Olympic Dressage rider Robert Dover, together with R. Scot Evans, Gene Mische, Mason Phelps, Jr., Robert Ross and Kim Tudor. Established as a 501(c)3 organization, it was initially known as the Equestrian AIDS Foundation, with the first board directive stating the EAF would provide direct support to equestrians living with HIV/AIDS. And provide they did, helping equestrians in need for the next 10 years. By its 10 Year Anniversary in 2006, the EAF had grown and expanded its mission statement to not only assist horse people living with HIV/AIDS, but also to include horse people suffering from other catastrophic illnesses and injuries. Horse people are not just defined as riders -- the term horse people includes grooms, farriers, trainers, vet techs, judges, show officials, and many more job

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descriptions for the men, women and children -- professionals and amateurs alike -- in the equestrian industry. While there are costs related to running any organization, the EAF was founded on the premise and the promise that almost every penny raised would go to those who need it most. The EAF Board of Directors and staff does this by keeping operating expenses to a minimum through in-kind donations of services and by keeping administrative costs as low as possible In its 17 years, the EAF has distributed over $2.2 million to its recipients from funds raised from many kind and generous donors. It has never turned away anyone who meets its criteria. Each year, the EAF assists more and more fellow equestrians. The EAF prides itself on how it delivers service; quickly and efficiently, while keeping each applicant’s dignity and privacy in the forefront. As Director of Grant Recipient Services, Janise Gray states, “We are small enough to be personal, but large enough to make a huge difference in the lives of those we are assisting.” Because of the generous donations of its compassionate supporters, the EAF has been able to change the definition of the lives of its recipients -- from something completely awful or very bad to something completely awesome and very good! The messages from its recipients are straightforward and heartfelt, “Thank you!” � � ����������������������������������������������������������

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PATH International and ACTHA to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day Together 1,000 ACTHA Events During March 2014 At their annual international conference in Orlando Florida last week, The Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) announced to its 850 North American Centers plans to embark on their largest fund raising project ever. In partnership with The American Competitive Trail Horse Association (ACTHA), PATH Int’l hopes to raise $1,000,000 for its centers throughout the month of March 2014, with a special focus on the weekend of March 15-16, 2014. March 2014 will be a very special month for those families in need of physical and emotional therapeutic help that uniquely the horse/human connection can give. Plans include hosting approximately 1,000 ACTHA events throughout North America in this month. Each of PATH International’s Centers will be invited to partake and share in the fun and the funding. “Getting increased national awareness to our cause and as importantly local awareness in the 850 communities we currently serve on a non profit basis is always an important part of fulfilling our mission. Local volunteers are critical to the daily completion of our mission.That mission is changing and enriching lives by promoting excellence in equine-assisted activities and therapies.” Kay Green, PATH Int’l CEO. ACTHA will administer the events. “ We couldn’t be more pleased. It is a great example of what we can do and why we believe ACTHA, with help from our wonderful partners like PATH Int’l, sponsors, members, hosts and thousands of volunteers can literally cure the plight of the unwanted horse. PATH Int’l shows us one incredible way these horses can be of service. More than 7,500 horses are engaged in the wonderful jobs provided by PATH Int’l. Another 35,000+ horses will be doing “their” jobs with this

outstanding effort. It is likely about 50,000 horses will show up for work in ACTHA events, many having come from rescue situations. That’s what ACTHA is all about”, Carrie Scrima, ACTHA Founder. For more information or if you are interested in being a part of this event, please email us at IWANTARIDE@ACTHA. US. Be sure to check our events calendar to find a ride near you at www.actha.us/events.

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