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People & Places 30 His & Hers Ramon ‘ Dominguez 32 Riding Through India

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Training, Tack & Showing 52 Saddle Q & A Bumps & Blisters 56 Human to Horse Reality Perception 58 Aids Communication Warm Up 60 Almost Right Saddle 62 Western Dressage Your First Show

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Equestrian artisan Jeni Benos of Jenuinely Jeni Inc. explores the art of dressage in her innovative new pendant, Extended Figures. Each surface of this novel four-sided design is embellished by various ring figures and/ or equine dressage masters, round and adorned with show braids. Jeni’s own riding experience often serves as wonderful inspiration for her metal work. In creating Extended Figures she strove to visually interpret the elegant geometry that serves as the infrastructure for this much-loved sport. Imagination kindles creativity and Jeni began by envisioning a standard dressage arena doubled in length‌ or extended. After all, we do love our extensions in dressage! She proceeded to create a row of cascading twenty-meter circles down the first side, a shape that horses and riders of every level can appreciate. A serpentine seemed a natural choice for the next face with its lovely winding trail. Two horses grace the surfaces directly opposed to these ring figures. The open detail allows the serpentine and circles to serve as backdrops to the horses. Therefore, one appears to be trotting down the meandering path of the serpentine. While a round dignified equine bust embellishes the final side along with two half loops which are beautifully layered above the column of circles. Much like the discipline itself, crafting Extended Figured required impeccable precision! Jeni hand carved this model in wax initially. Over countless hours she meticulously perfected each element portrayed. Mold making and production soon followed once the model was complete. The goal to make the accuracy of the serpentine and each circle appear natural and effortless was all too familiar! Geometry is certainly quite demanding and exacting in all of its artistic expressions.

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Extended Figures made its successful debut recently and elicited much praise along with some quite humorous responses. The literal implication of a one-hundred-and-twenty-meter arena could be viewed with either enthusiasm for its endless possibilities or trepidation. A comical question was posed as to why the twenty-meter circles on the necklace were round and not egg shaped. A witty interpretation considering the prospect of an endless serpentine on a green horse to be nothing short of a nightmare were a few of the more entertaining conversations that the piece inspired. The journey through the levels is full of joy, frustration, endless effort, and achievement. Every dressage rider seeks perfection in their equine partnership and all have countless stories to share.


Extended figures is extremely imaginative conceptually while the process utilized to craft a necklace with four wearable sides is also quite unique. The distinctive allure of this pendant makes it a fantastic conversation piece as well as a stunning accessory. A vast selection of equestrian jewelry hand crafted by Jeni Benos, including the new Extended Figures, can be purchased online at

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Feel the Need for Tweed Whatever the weather or season, tweed is always a fabulous fabric to wear and this spring, Timothy Foxx celebrate their 10th Badminton appearance with their ‘foxxy’ tweed emporium with some beautiful additions.

Catherine The Great

Looking for a great jacket to take you through the seasons in style? This Timothy Foxx Catherine Jacket in Foxglove is both elegant and functional with a fashionable twist. RRP: £350 Sizes: 8 - 16

Follow The Curve

The Timothy Foxx Isla Jacket in Juno Tweed complements your curves with ease. Featuring a stunning burnt orange plaid, this jacket is inspired by a traditional equestrian hacking jacket. Gallop away in style! RRP: £335 Sizes: 8 - 16

Get The Blues

This gorgeous Timothy Foxx Alice Skirt in Igloo Tweed is a curved wrap style skirt which is perfect for work or play. Team with heels or country boots and this skirt with its pretty powder blue corduroy and floral fabric lining is ready to impress. RRP: £110 Sizes: 8 - 16

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Perfect Harmony

Looking for a garment to bring harmony to your wardrobe? The Timothy Foxx Trinity Jacket in Harmony tweed combines military styling with gorgeous tweed. RRP: £345 Sizes: 8 -16 24

Get ahead in the style stakes with this gorgeous new Timothy Foxx Unisex Towton Cap. Featuring 10 pieces of beautiful tweed in a patchwork design, this cap is easy to wear and on trend for spring. RRP: 56 Sizes: S - XL




ummer Breeches From Equetech The Perfect Riding Partner!

Whether you’re looking to compliment your curves with the perfect breeches or technical riding leggings to keep pace with your busy day, Equetech have a pair of riding breeches or leggings fit for the job!

The Equetech Inspire Breeches are technical stretch pull-on riding tights which offer 4-way stretch and excellent shape retention. A clever silicone grip detail to the knee and two thigh pockets (big enough to accommodate your phone), grip hem panel and wide comfort waistband are just a few of the features that will make you fall in love with these for spring/summer. RRP: £47.95 Colours: Black & Grey XS - XXL

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The Equetech Men’s Kingham Breeches are hard wearing, everyday affordable breeches with a contoured self-fabric seat, silicone knee grip and press button pockets. Machine washable and available in a range of stylish colours. RRP: £66.50 Sizes: 28 - 36” Black, Grey, Beige and White. Equetech Men’s Kingham Breeches

Equetech Shaper Breeches

The Equetech Shaper Breeches are designed to give us all a great silhouette in the saddle. Featuring smart seam positioning, a contoured higher waistband they even feature hidden support within to help lift, shape and define your bottom and tummy! Jean style pockets, matt silicone hatching grip seat and Lycra panel to hem make these your ‘go to’ breeches this spring. RRP: £89.50 Sizes: 24 - 36” Blackberry, Grey, Beige, White and Navy.




reservation Tips for Paintings and Prints

Art & Antiques by Dr. Lori

By Dr. Lori Verderame People love their collections. No matter the type of object— cookie jars, military memorabilia, fine art prints—collectors want to add to a collection, display their assembled objects, and enjoy learning more about their treasures. One of the most important and interesting aspects of collecting is preserving collectibles, albeit art or antiques, for the long term. Many collections include family heirlooms or assembled collections that will be handed down so preserving a collection is very important. Here are some key points about how to protect, preserve, and enjoy your collections.

ture and adhesives that are pH neutral are recommended for framing fragile works on paper. Some acid free materials are made free of lignin, which can produce acid and darken paper known as tanning or acid burning.

Unlike paintings which should not be framed under glass as a general rule, prints require a different type of protection. Prints and other works on paper like antique maps, historic documents, etc. should be matted and framed under glass using materials that are free of acid in order to protect the paper. For acid free materials like mats and storage boxes, a pH level of 7.0 or greater used at the time of manufac-

Large paintings should be stored off the floor, preferably hanging up. If there is no room for that storage solution, then store large paintings standing upright. While it may seem convenient, never lay paintings flat, face up under a bed. Smaller paintings may be stored upright back to back and face to face on separated shelves. Use acid free foam core dividers to prevent the wire from the back of

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Some of the most critical damage that happens to art and antiques happens when objects are stored. When you first put them away in storage, everything is fine but over time, change in temperature and humidity, and other affects that occur when no one is looking will impact the condiLight is the real problem when it comes to preservation of tion and value of an antique collection. Although it is little paintings and works on paper. UV protection using UV-filknown, significant damage can occur during storage. It is tered or opaque materials are key to preventing fading important to store objects in archival boxes intended for a and light damage. One of the best ways to preserve fine certain type and size of collectible. Support is necessary for art is investing in quality framing. For an oil on canvas paint- fragile objects and storage containers like archival boxes ing, a frame will protect both the stretcher and the canvas need to be constructed to stand the test of time. One size as well as give a finished look to the painting. does not fit all when it comes to storage.


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Ramón Dominguez: Racing’s Gentleman with a Gentle Touch


amón Dominguez is a rock star in Thoroughbred racing. In 2001 and 2003 he was America’s winningest jockey and in 2004 won the Isaac Murphy Award for the highest winning percentage among American-based jockeys. He was the regular rider of two-time Eclipse Award-winning turf champ, Gio Ponti, rode Better Talk Now to the 2004 Breeders’ Cup Turf, and is only the second jockey in Saratoga history to win six races on a single card (having won five in one day at Aqueduct several times). In 2012 he shattered Jerry Bailey’s record for single-season earnings when his mounts brought home more than $25 million, the same year his peers gave him the George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award for excellent conduct, joining three (2010, 2011, 2012) Eclipse Awards for Outstanding Jockey. He’s a really nice guy who really knows how to ride, and since his retirement in 2013 and induction into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 2016, he’s used that innate sensitivity to reframe how we see and use riding crops, creating the 360 GentleTouch used by each of this year’s Triple Crown race-winning jockeys, plus every jockey in the Kentucky Derby and Oaks and, if this former Venezuelan show jumper has his way, they’ll be in the hands of FEI discipline riders soon, too. HERS: What do you remember about your first horse or pony? HIS: She was a kind, older mare that I enjoyed riding and take care of very much. HERS: What do you like best in a horse? What do you like best in a person? HIS: Honesty, an ability to listen, and a willingness to give their best. HERS: What book would you like to find time to read? HIS: Daniels’ Running Formula, by Jack Daniels.

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HERS: How old were you when you got your first paying job and what was it? HIS: I was 15. It was galloping racehorses at a training center.


HERS: What’s your favorite quote? HIS: Booker T. Washington: “Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome.” HERS: A year from now, we’re celebrating what a great 12 months it’s been, so what do you hope you achieved? HIS: The 360 GT riding crop has had a global reach, helping so many horses, people and equestrian industries in the process.

HERS: If you had to work outside the horse world what would you be doing? HIS: As a kid, prior to pursuing a career as a jockey, I wanted to be a paleontologist or a veterinarian. HERS:Tell me something you feel is true that almost nobody agrees with. HIS: In the pursuit of any goal, facts are secondary to mindset. HERS: How would you describe yourself in one word? HIS: Driven. �������������������������������������� �������������������������������������� ������������������������������������������ ��������������������������������������� ������������������������������������� �������������������������������������� ������������������������������������� ������������������������������������������� ��������������������������������������� ��������������������������������������� ��������������


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RIDING through Rajasthan

Written and Photographed By Margaret Reynolds


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pringtime in New York

with Elite Equestrian By LA Sokolowski


Nayel Nasser and Lucifer V

LA with Charles

By Jessica Rodrigues

It took less than a New York minute

for Elite Equestrian’s original equinista, L.A. Sokolowski, and fashion stylist Charles Joseph Berry to say yes to invitations for two exceptional events in Manhattan in April: An exclusive West 36th Street opening reception on Earth Day for Ejaz Khan Earth’s Freedom exhibit of equine fine photography in partnership with World Animal Protection, and the second annual Longines Masters of New York CSI5* at the NYCB Nassau Coliseum.

Khan, a professional fashion photographer, told Elite Equestrian how he was accustomed to paying (human) models, so working with World Animal Protection helped him “pay back” to the animals inspiring him. Freedom portrays the raw energy of the wild herds of Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, France.

On Sunday, April 28, the Longines Masters New York put the ‘elite’ in equestrian with an international CSI5* and lavish feast for the senses that included ostrich feather-festooned stilt-walkers, Lamborghini models swathed in roses, a live jazz band, AKC Agility Dogs, phone charging stations (a modern must!) and plenty of bubbly conviviality.

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Harrie Smolders, Nayel Nasser and Oliver Philippaerts

By Jessica Rodrigues

WAP Directors

“In light of Earth Day, the focus of the evening was to bring attention to the effects of climate change upon animals around the world, including the beautiful horses in Ejaz’s work,” said Heather Hunter, marketing and communications director for World Animal Protection US (, the only animal welfare organization with a full-time staff dedicated to disaster response and over the past 55 years has saved seven million animals from disasters worldwide.

“Establishing in America one of the world’s great indoor events has been my all-time ambition. I chose the newly renovated NYCB Nassau Coliseum, home of the NY Islanders, Long Island Nets, and New York Open tennis tournament, because it carries the ambition and vision I have for the Masters to reach a new audience,” said Christophe Ameeuw, founder and CEO of EEM, presenters of the Longines Masters, adding that sports and entertainment often intertwine as “the ultimate show.” Such intertwining proved historic in New York, where Ameeuw said, “A star is born,” after Egyptian rider Nayel 34

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By Ejaz Khan

Ejaz Khan with Friendship

Nassar and Evergate Stable LLC’s 13 year-old Westfalen (Lord Dezi/ Grandeur) gelding became the first horse and rider in history to win both its Longines Speed Challenge and $400,000 Longines Grand Prix of New York.

Charles Joseph Berry

“I’m at a loss to describe the incredible animal that is Lucifer V. I owe it all to him and the magnificent squad that is Evergate Stables,” said Nassar, whose final time in the jump-off was a clean 38.39 seconds. Reserve, in 39.46, went to Harrie Smolders on Evergate’s Selle Francais mare, Une de l’Othain. “This was my first FEI 5* Grand Prix victory and couldn’t have been more special. I was last to go in the second round and my nerves could feel it! And I got to share the podium with Harrie, one of my idols and teammates. This one is going to take awhile to sink in. Thank you Longines New York, and to my person, Jennifer Gates, who inspires me to be great!” Next on the Longines Masters tour is its inaugural leg in Lausanne, France, June 20-23. Results and replays at E




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The Longines Masters of New York made a resoundingly successful return to NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, in Uniondale, NY, on April 25 through 28, combining top sport with thrilling entertainment. Nayel Nassar made history by becoming the first rider to win both the Longines Speed Challenge and the Longines Grand Prix at the same event riding the same horse. Nassar, who competes for Egypt but is based in California, rode Evergate Stables LLC’s Lucifer V to both victories. “It’s unexpected, really!” said Nassar when asked what it was like to write Longines Masters history. “It means the world. Thank you, Christophe [Ameeuw], for providing us with this platform. We can’t showcase what we do without a platform to do it on and I’m really grateful. I’ve always loved these shows and hopefully I can keep making it a target of mine.” Lucifer V belongs to Nassar’s girlfriend and fellow grand prix rider Jennifer Gates. He struck up a strong partnership with the 13-year-old Hanoverian gelding quickly. “He’s such a trier and an athletic horse; he’s faster than anything I’ve ever ridden before with a natural ability to leave the jumps up,” said Nassar, V. “He really jumps with his heart and it’s an incredible partnership to have a horse like that. He loves to go fast! You know you have a chance to win every time you come out.”

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Also highlighting the Longines Masters of New York, the Riders Europe team scored a fourth consecutive title in the exciting Riders Masters Cup series. In a concept unique to the Longines Masters, the Riders Masters Cup pits five-member teams from Europe and the United States against each other in two rounds of head-to-head speed battles. It all came down to the last match-up for the Riders Europe team of Darragh Kenny, Edward Levy, Olivier Philippaerts, Pius Schwizer, and Harrie Smolders to maintain their lead over the Riders USA team of Laura Chapot, Lillie Keenan, Devin Ryan, Kristen Vanderveen, and McLain Ward. “With just a couple things going differently we could have won it,” said Riders USA team captain Robert Ridland. “The format, I think, is tremendous. It’s unique and we will

be back again in Paris and we hope for a different result.” The thrilling action of the Riders Masters Cup and the Masters One CSI5* classes kept the crowds cheering all week, and riders in the Masters Two CSI2* division showed that the future of the sport is bright with big wins in an electric atmosphere. Fans were also entertained by the AKC Agility Premier Cup, where top canine athletes competed over an obstacle course of their own. Younger riders got their chance in the spotlight in the IHSA Metropolitan Equitation Invitational, where collegiate riders competed in front of judges Brianne Goutal-Marteau and the legendary George H. Morris.

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Brianne Goutal-Marteau and Viva Columbia

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Harrie Smolders and Cas 2

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The Longines Masters 2018-2019 series ďŹ nished at the Longines Masters of Lausanne on June 20-23. The 2019-2020 season begins again at Longines Masters of Paris on December 5-9 before continuing on to Hong Kong in February 2020 and back to New York in April 2020.

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Kristin Vanderveen and Bull Run’s Faustino de Tili Christophe Ameeuw

Harrie Smolders, Nayel Nassar and Oliver Philippaerts

Team USA

Beezie Madden and Breitling LS and Fernanda Ameeuw

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The Vermont Summer Festival has enchanted show jumping athletes in the Northeast over the last two decades and become one of the most popular summer destinations in North America.

Christian Coyle and Dolce Vita KDW Z by Jump Media

Nestled along the Battenkill River just south of the Green Mountain National Forest, picturesque views surround the competition grounds at Harold Beebe Farm, home to the six-week circuit each July and August. The series attracts riders from all corners of the United States for dynamic competition spanning the levels from cross-rails to weekly grand prix events. Take a look at three reason to visit the Vermont Summer Festival, running July 2 through August 11, 2019, at Harold Beebe Farm in East Dorset, VT, this summer:

1. The Sport The Vermont Summer Festival serves as the perfect environment for tomorrow’s stars to be born with young horses and up-and-coming riders often pocketing the first big wins of their careers at Vermont Summer Festival. The jumps are big, the riders are hungry for a win, and the sport will not disappoint!

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“There is something about Vermont,” said Matthew Metell, a consistent grand prix winner at the Vermont Summer Festival who considers the event his favorite horse show not only for the competition, but also for the local entertainment options, which include his favorite restaurant The Sliver Fork. “We have good luck here, and honestly, what’s not to like?” Each week, the $10,000 Open Jumper Welcome is held on Thursday, and a $30,000 Grand Prix takes place the first five Saturdays of the six-week circuit, before the season culminates with the $50,000 Grand Prix on Saturday, August 10, during the final weekend. Additionally, jumper riders can celebrate the return of a $10,000 Open Jumper Rider Bonus, presented by World Equestrian Center, to be divided among the top-scoring open jumper competitors during the six-week circuit. Hunters will be showcased in the $5,000 3’3” NEHJA Hunter Derbies each Thursday, highlighted by a $15,000 finale on Thursday, August 8. When you go: Make it a Saturday outing! Purchase a ticket for one of the weekly grand prix events to benefit local Vermont charities and join the conversation by using tags #VSF2018 and #summerinvermont on social media. 38

2. Vermont Living

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When Vermont Summer Festival exhibitors are asked what they love most about spending their summers in the mountains of Manchester, VT, their first response is almost always, ‘the views!’. While the location seems perfect, the process of finding Harold Beebe Farm stemmed from good business rather than a knack for finding panoramic views. A quarter of a century ago, the Vermont Summer Festival sprouted up as a tiny horse show in the parking lot of a popular ski resort in Killington, VT. The show felt like a carnival with everything from footing to bathrooms trucked in and attracted rider from neighboring states in the Northeastern U.S., and Southeastern Canadian provinces.

David Jennings and Cesar de Lison Z by Andrew Ryback Photography

Jennifer Jones and Carlos by Jump Media

The Vermont Summer Festival By The Numbers

• When it started, the Vermont Summer festival included 200 stalls and two competition rings. • Today, the event has grown to nearly 1,400 stalls and five competition rings. • Each summer, the Vermont Summer Festival hires 20 seasonal crew members to impeccably maintain the grounds and show rings. • There are 750 tons of sand that are mixed with fiber to create the footing. The fiber arrives in roughly 15 square bales totaling 80,000 lbs. in weight. • Each summer, Eastern Hay and Grain, the official feed supplier of the Vermont Summer Festival, delivers 1,500 bales of hay (supplemented by other deliveries) and 1,000 bags of Purina grain for the hundreds of hungry horses that come and go each summer. • The last delivery in the preparation of each season is the delivery of the stars of the show - the horses! Roughly 1,000 are trucked in from all corners of the country by the official horse carrier of the event, Johnson Horse Transportation. Photo by Jump Media

After some location hopping, the Vermont Summer Festival settled in East Dorset to better serve the largest concentration of their exhibitors, which existed in the Manchester area. It was then that the Vermont Summer Festival as we know it today was born and began attracted competitors from far and wide. “I am proud to say that after 25 years, we are still here and continuing to grow and thrive,” said Vermont Summer Festival Show Manager John Ammerman, who saw the show celebrate its 25-year anniversary last year. “The show has experienced quite the evolution, but myself and my staff have poured countless hours into the current location and could not be more proud of what it has become.” When you go: Dine out! Take a stroll through the streets of Manchester, VT, and indulge in the restaurant options. Also, be sure to pick up a Manchester Designer Outlets coupon book in the horse show office for even better deals! Finally, stay the night! From the historic charm of The Dorset Inn and Barrows House to the luxury of the Kimpton Taconic and Equinox Resort, you will want to stay for all six weeks.

3. Points Palooza

Any rider with year-end finals on their radar can accomplish their qualifying goals at the Vermont Summer Festival. Qualifying opportunities span the disciplines, but the most exciting offerings are served up to hunter and equitation riders by way of a World Championship Hunter Rider (WCHR) week and “Equitation Tuesdays.”

Tuesdays at Vermont see a flurry of young riders and national champion hopefuls focused on qualifying and preparing for year-end finals. Their hope is that the summer competition will land them spots in prestigious year-end equitation finals. The “Equitation Tuesday” schedule, which is held in addition to equitation offerings taking place each week, features classes ranging from the THIS Children’s Medal to USEF National Hunter Seat Medal and ASPCA Maclay Horsemanship qualifiers. The idea for “Equitation Tuesdays” was introduced in 2013 and they have quickly become known among equitation riders and trainers as an “Equitation Bootcamp.” Some of the country’s top hunter competitors make the pilgrimage to the Vermont Summer Festival for WCHR week, held annually during the third week of competition. After gaining points at member horse shows across the nation, including the Vermont Summer Festival, the top 10 nationally-ranked riders and top six regionally-ranked riders in each category go head-to-head in the WCHR Finals at the Capital Challenge Horse Show in Upper Marlboro, MD. When you go: Watch hunter riders cash in during the $15,000 NEHJA Hunter Derby on Thursday, August 8. Want to find out more about the Vermont Summer Festival? Visit, or find it on Facebook and Instagram.

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Jennifer Matheson driving capture. Pencil on paper.


Florence Fulton Miller Commission 34x30 inches oil on linen.

On the cover... Dr. Beeman was surprised and happy with his painting that was presented at his retirement dinner.


“Peggy Sue + Hattie May” 40x30 inch oil on linen. Courtesy of Dr Jay Addison

“Bransom” 20x16 inches Oil on linen Courtesy of Deirdre and Michel Vaillancourt

I love to capture what is alive and moving such as the raw athleticism of high goal polo. I have covered last three FEI World Cups, the Rolex Four Star in Kentucky, the Winter Equestrian Festival and Cheyenne Frontier Days. After six years in Aiken, I am returning to Colorado to be with family and paint in my new Carbondale studio. I have a vintage Airstream to take me to events and warmer places in the winter. I am excited about upcoming commissions and the wisdom that comes from learning to see this prevailing in my work.

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Over the last two decades, Microcurrent therapy (MT) has been a trade secret among professional riders, trainers, therapists and vets, accelerating natural recovery. ArcEquine is a small wearable MT device offering drugfree, non-invasive pain management that boosts cellular repair – holistically – and has even been shown to reduce vet and physio costs. The rejuvenating effects even gave one retired Thoroughbred a new lease on life. Las Vegas, a stunning 21 year-old-thoroughbred gelding, 16.3 hands high with a deep chest and muscular build is so athletic that owner Andrea Barnett of Red River, Texas, says he’s often mistaken for a Warmblood. Gus, as they call him, suffered from anhidrosis and a longstanding shoulder injury, but otherwise appeared full of vitality. Racing days behind him, he became an adept dressage competitor, and at 14, Andrea decided he would be perfect to help further her daughter Darcy’s eventing experience. “Gus has a wonderful personality; in dressage, he loves to show off for crowds – leaping over two-foot jumps encouraged by audience’s gasps. Darcy and Gus competed in showjumping at U.S. Pony Club Championships at the Kentucky Horse Park in 2014, and were one of the highest level developing rider competitors; the team coming in second – one of their greatest accomplishments; we were very proud.” 19-year-old Gus’ feisty jumping meant maintenance – including frequent check-ups with vet and chiropractor, and injections to his joints. In the 2016 USEA season, Gus, fit and happy, was given the all-clear to compete - but Andrea was shocked to find he was unwell; “A month after we brought Gus to Virginia, we got dreadful news: a routine dental procedure had diagnosed EOTRH. I quickly found a dental surgeon, but an electrocardiogram revealed Gus had atrial fibrillation – an irregular, often abnormally fast heart rate. We were devastated to find out - he had never showed he was sick or in pain. The cardiac department at Virginia Tech said surgery to reverse the condition could be lethal - I could not put our precious friend through it.” Injury, damage or disease disrupts sequences of electric current within cells, limiting function and recovery, but introducing correct MT - sequences of current replicating natural electric circuitry – kickstarts and accelerates function. Research shows MT radically increases ATP - a high

energy molecule that stores and transfers energy within all cells. Hailed as a gamechanger by many, ArcEquine boosts ATP production, enhances and accelerates healing in a fraction of the time, while controlling pain - helping injured horses rehabilitate and return to competition, or everyday exercise. According to Lena Pearson-Wood, a prominent U.K. equine physiotherapist: “Horses - like humans - gradually become more stiff as their muscle tone and the range of motion in their joints decrease. Their paces deteriorate, negatively impacting performance - whether they’re an animal bred for sport or a happy hacking horse. An older horse might typically be depressed, in pain, thinner, face autoimmune issues or have a dull coat. Because of the way horses move, injury to the back leg can cause problems overall – overcompensating as a result of asymmetry. Since their legs move in diagonal patterns, animals might not appear lame, and issues with gait might not be observed until they land a jump on a harder surface.” The decision to bring Gus home to Texas came after a visit – Andrea continues; “Gus was clearly depressed with a bad case of rain scald, so we decided to take him home immediately. He was ecstatic to be back in his own grass field, and while I knew I’d made the right decision for his well-being, I didn’t expect recovery. Of course, Gus being Gus, he still showed his energetic personality and enjoyed less-rigorous exercise.” Andrea felt MT could benefit Gus’ physical and psychological well-being – but didn’t expect he would no longer need supplements to sweat properly; “ArcEquine has vastly improved Gus’ quality of life: he looks and feels better, and is quite capable of leading an active retirement. We don’t expect him to, but he is certainly strong enough to take on the odd preliminary jump, which is wonderful to see, since it’s what he loves.

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He carries himself better in dressage; his walk is looser and relaxed. His muscles are stronger, so doesn’t need the chiropractor so frequently, and I note increased flexibility. His general wellbeing and attitude vastly improved. Even at 22, he gets so excited, he still thinks he’s 4 and on the track –I have to remind him that I’m not as adventurous! It’s a fantastic feeling to know I’ve been able to give him a new lease on life for his golden years.” Lena Pearson-Wood has seen dramatic turn arounds as a result of ArcEquine use, for a wide range of conditions. She says; “MT works at a cellular level, so boosts repair on all cells – skin; joints; coat; muscle tone and even intestinal, respiratory, or bone – we find horses exhibit higher energy levels; brighter eyes and coats; with aches and pains resolved. ArcEquine boosts the whole immune system, thus general well-being is improved - even autoimmune conditions. The easily portable device can treat up to four horses a day - fantastic to get the best performance for eventing. MT reduces creation of lactic acid, so animals can resume training much more quickly and additionally, it can produce a very calming effect before travel or eventing – often in less than ten minutes. Animals who are more relaxed and well-rested naturally perform better. We’ve observed approximately 30% increase in healing speed, and when used in addition to traditional dressings, we don’t see nearly as much scar tissue develop, with infection healing also improved.

30% increase in healing speed Owners may initially use ArcEquine for a single issue, such as a muscle or tendon injury, but after completing the program, they’re so happy with results – including increased alertness, higher energy and better overall physical/emotional conditions –they choose to continue the therapy, since the benefits to both horse and owner are so great!” Elite Equestrian does not endorse or confirm content suggestions in any articles.

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Your HORSES Valuable From Costly SUMMER Sores


Fly season heightens the risk for summer sores in horses. Use Quest® Gel and Solitude® IGR, a two-pronged approach to help protect horses.

Flies are a nuisance in the house, but the dangers they pose in the barn can become dangerous and expensive. Beyond increasing the risk of strangles and pigeon fever, flies can produce time-consuming and costly summer sores — chronic, nonhealing wounds that often rapidly progress and enlarge. This frustrating condition frequently makes horses unable to ride or compete, and medical treatment can be extensive or even require surgical care.


“Two stomach worm species, specifically Habronema and Draschia, cause summer sores,” said Dr. Amy Poulin, Equine Technical Services veterinarian with Zoetis. “And when Habronema and houseflies are present, it’s a potential problem for any horse in a warm, humid climate.” “When infective Habronema larvae are shed in horse feces, house flies can later pick up the larvae and deposit it into open wounds as well as the mouth, lip, eye and groin areas of horses. The inflammatory reaction results in summer sores,” Dr. Poulin said. “If fly larvae develop in manure infected with Habronema larvae, any horse within the fly’s quarter-mile migration radius becomes at risk for infection.” Losing Precious Time in the Saddle Summer sores are so prevalent in southern Florida that they are infamously referred to as “Florida sores,” said Anne-Marie Morgan, a horse owner and head trainer with 48

The red hairs/skin in this photo are stained from a previous treatment.

Miami Equestrian Club. Their impact reaches across the Southern states, often severely. Morgan has witnessed fleshy summer sores as large as softballs plague horses for six months. “If summer sores are untreated and proud flesh becomes prominent, horses will lose riding and training time and could be out for months,” Morgan said. “They are extremely irritating and itchy for the horse and cause frustration for riders and trainers.” When Morgan’s horse developed a summer sore, Morgan spent more than $120 per month for gauze, elastic adhesive, saline solution and topical treatments. That doesn’t include what she spent on fly spray and protective equipment, such as fly boots, sheets and masks, to help protect horses from scrapes and fly contact.

Preventing a Costly, Career-impacting Expense While protective fly gear may help, there are more convenient and consistent solutions available. “Products that kill fly eggs before they are hatched are great assets to fighting flies in both large-scale and smaller barns,” Morgan said. Dr. Poulin recommends including Solitude® IGR, a pelleted feedthrough fly preventive, as part of the daily ration to help reduce fly burdens. Solitude IGR contains cyromazine, an insect growth regulator that dramatically reduces the number of house and stable flies by preventing immature flies in the manure from developing into adults. As existing adult flies die off, the overall fly population is significantly reduced within four to six weeks. In studies, Solitude IGR was up to 100% effective in preventing house and stable flies from reaching

adulthood.1,2 This feed-through product works best when added to horses’ daily ration prior to the start of fly season and when fed to all horses on the property, because it works by halting the development of fly larvae in manure.

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“The active ingredient in Solitude IGR — cyromazine — is an insect growth regulator, meaning it inhibits housefly larvae from developing into adults,” Dr. Poulin said. “Solitude IGR helps stop the vicious cycle. It is a valuable addition to any equine fly management program to increase comfort and decrease the spread of diseases and infections caused by flies.”

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The app providing EQUESTRIANS with the TOOLS and SUPPORT to optimise their RIDING PROGRESS Equilab ( is a Swedish-born training app and social network tailored for equestrians. By capturing and analysing every movement, the app provides riders - whether beginner or professional - with the tools, insights, and support to optimise their riding progress and training, and help them find the perfect harmony between themselves and their horse.

To date, Equilab users have logged over five million kilometres worth of riding, which amounts to 125 laps around the world, three billion steps, and a duration of 114 years. The app covers all levels, from leisure rider to professional, and all types of disciplines, including show jumping, dressage, and eventing. It utilises artificial intelligence to monitor the horse’s movement whilst the smartphone rests in the rider’s pocket. Based on the data that is collected, the app analyses training patterns, which makes it possible for both the rider and its horse to maximise their performance and manage their wellbeing. The information can also help riders, and their horse, that have suffered an injury to track the rehabilitation process. Equilab was founded in Gothenburg, Sweden in 2016, and gained over 3,000 users even ahead of its official launch. Today, it supports nearly 300,000 riders and more than 350,000 horses in the most prominent equestrian markets, including the United Kingdom, United States, Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands, and Brazil. Well-known users include Magnús Skúlason (World Cup medallist, and renowned trainer, in carriage), Charlotte Tillman (Swedish medallist in endurance), and Sivert “Sibban” Jonsson (former World Cup winner, and class B-coach, in eventing).

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Adam Torkelsson, CEO and Co-Founder of Equilab comments: “We saw a real need for a tool that would combine everything from training analysis to co-riding care, within one app. The equestrian community is filled with dedicated participants, but they are often overlooked. With Equilab, we hope to have addressed both the training and safety aspect of horse riding, as well as the wellbeing of the horse and its rider, and judging from feedback from the community so far, I think that we are well underway.” Today, there are 1.3 million regular riders in the UK, which contributes to around £8 billion a year to the national economy, according to the British Horse Industry Confederation. It also sees a higher proportion of people with disabilities and women participants than any other sport in the UK. How Equilab app works ● Artificial intelligence monitors the horse’s movement. The data that is collected in the app, offers the rider an insight into how their horse exercises, from gait and turn distribution to the intensity of stride and the variation of the surface beneath them. The user can also add more than one horse into the app and get separate insights for each. ● Users that co-ride or co-own a horse can share insights into their training with one another, which helps them provide better care for the horse, and learn from one another. 50

Other people involved in the rider’s progression, such as coaches and parents, can also monitor and manage the rider, to help them develop their riding technique. ● Users can follow and engage with other riders in the app by tracking their activity and leaving them comments. Users can also follow the stable they belong to, allowing them to stay in-tuned with relevant news, and future activities and events. ● Based on the distance and intensity of the training, the app will provide insight into the daily feed requirements of the horse, depending on its race and age. Please note that you should always ask a professional before you change the way you feed your horse. Equilab recently launched its Premium version, which is available for £9.99/month, £8.33/ month for six months, or £6.67/month for a year, and grants you access to: ● The newly introduced safety tracking feature, which makes it possible for riders to share their route from the saddle in real time with family or friends, until they have made it safely back home to the stable. Injury is a serious problem in the equestrian community. Research by Dr John Silver, emeritus spinal injuries consultant, found that serious accidents in horse riding is often a result from a mismatch between the skills of the participant and the task attempted. Another study by Professor David Nutt, who famously compared the risks of horse riding to ecstasy, found that 10 deaths and 100 car accidents were associated with horse riding in the UK. While most injuries are still minor, some leave rider’s incapable of contacting someone for help, and at times happening when the rider is out hacking alone. ● The in-app customisable calendar that allows users to schedule their veterinarian and farrier visits, stable work, competitions, lessons, and more. All training sessions are also automatically logged, and the whole calendar can be shared with family members and co-riders. Equilab can be downloaded for free from the App Store and Google Play Store, and is available in 10 different languages including English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, and Japanese. ������������������ ����������������������������������������������������������������������������� ������������������������������������������������������������������������������ ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� ����������������������������������������������������������������������������������� ����������������������������������������������������������������������



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I have just started riding my horse again this spring after the winter off. My horse seems to have developed some strange bumps and fluid-filled blisters. What causes this and how can I deal with this issue?

Answer: To properly answer why and how these blisters develop, we must go into a little scientific/medical detail to explain the process. Often, it is a poorly fitting saddle that causes a problem known as ‘ischemia’ – which is nothing more than a local deficiency of blood supply produced by vasoconstriction or local obstacles to the arterial flow – i.e., a pinching or pressure point under saddle. The correction of this (through proper fitting and elimination of this pinching or pressure) causes a phenomenon called “reperfusion” – which is the re-establishment of fluid being allowed to pass through the lymphatic system or blood vessels to an organ or a tissue.

Fluid filled bumps along the spine.

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When this pinching or pressure occurs to the point of ischemia, acidic metabolites accumulate. (Examples of metabolites include glucose in the metabolism of sugars and starches or amino acids in the biosynthesis of proteins). In its extreme case, the acidic cell becomes atrophic and gradually loses its function. This is reversible – initially. If it is present too long, it can lead to complete degeneration of the cell. It will have no more function, which cannot be remedied. When the irritant is removed in time, the acidic metabolites can be flushed out into the bloodstream, which in turn activates the white blood cells. They become ‘sticky’ and get stuck at the vascular walls, finally moving into the surrounding connective tissues. This triggers inflammatory reactions, setting substances like histamines free which can damage the inside cell layers – allowing fluid to pass inside and resulting in a visible swelling or bulge (‘edema’ or blister). I often come across this issue when I am fitting saddles. I have included a couple of pictures of various horses that I have worked with – all of whom developed these funny looking bumps or blisters after I fitted their saddles! That was always really strange to me, until I actually researched the phenomenon and spoke to several veterinarians about the causes and reasons behind these irregularities.

ment with the spine. Fluid bumps can also come when the ligaments have been injured previously from saddles with gullets that were too narrow. A saddle that sits on the shoulder and on the ligaments of the spine (instead of behind the shoulder and on the muscles of the saddle support area), will carry most of the rider’s weight on the cartilage of the shoulder and on these spinal ligaments. The fluid does not develop if you press on the injured ligaments or on the spinal transverse processes, since the horse is being impeded from its full range of motion by the placement and pinching of the saddle. Therefore, the false assumption may develop that it is better to have the saddle sitting on the spine and shoulders as then there are no bumps and the horse does not show discomfort. This is only temporary respite, as deformity has not set in yet. All the while the muscles are get tenses and the wrong muscles are getting trained (resulting in what we call “upside down” training). When the saddle is then fitted properly, the horse immediately improves because there is no more pressure or pain. The blood supply to the atrophic muscle increases, but there is often the result of a visible swelling due to the inflammatory reaction described above. This may actually

Fluid bumps can develop when the horse is ridden hollow and the transverse processes of the spine touch each other or rub (as in kissing spine), or the withers are not in align52



appear for a couple of weeks, until the all the acidic materials have been removed, and the muscle has started to regenerate and is able to return to normal work. As it regains its normal shape, the swelling will go down and the horse will ultimately move better than before. When the saddle is correctly fitted, the saddle sits on the weight bearing muscles of the saddle support area - not on the spine, ligaments and cartilage of the shoulder. The horse may react with sore muscles (no longer using the ones developed during the previous time when the saddle was sitting on the spine, ligaments and cartilage). Because there are more nerves in muscles than in ligaments, cartilage and bones, a correctly fitting saddle may actually cause temporary discomfort. Now that the contact of the saddle is away from the injured ligament, the process discussed above in reperfusion of ischemic tissue will push the fluid to the surface.

It can lead to complete degeneration of the cell. In the worst case scenario, however, if the muscle tissue has been completely destroyed through long term pressure and pain (‘fibrotic degeneration’ has occurred) even a well-fitted saddle will not help bring it back. The inflam-


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Is the HORSE in touch with reality Understanding horse AWARENESS

����������������������� Reality is what surrounds our life in time and space, and if we observe how equines interact with their surrounding, when they are alone or when with other individuals, it becomes evident that relationships are key elements in a horse’s reality. At every moment their activity is always connected with the perceptive attention to the surrounding, and through their body language they let others know how they feel about their reality. This can be an asset when there is harmony between human and horse, or can be a real problem, when both human and horse are disconnected from reality and from each other. Being a horsemanship clinician at Human Horse Sensing I often work with new people and horses, teaching them how to relate to each other. The way I approach the matter of relationship between human and horses is not by providing a series of exercises that leads to obtain a certain behavior from the horse. Human Horse Sensing teaches how communication happens in real life, and gives people and horses elements that can be modulated like a language during any activity to achieve a harmonious interaction. Learning this system is pretty simple; the fun part comes in the time shared between a human and a horse. The mechanism of a relationship is different than what happens when people and horses interact by the way of training. Both relationship and training are important, but relationships are social actions that transfer in time and space from a situation to another.

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Human Horse Sensing allows for establishing an immediate spontaneous communication with any horse, and people are often impressed by watching when I teach and work with horses that I have never before approached. I like to state that it is not “my magic”. The horses comprehend the communication because of how the method is formulated, participate because they understand without the need of training, and enjoy it. The way I have learned the critical importance of being able to spontaneously and efficiently relate to a horse happened when in my youth I rode in flat races horses that I have not even seen before the moment of getting to the paddock, just before going to the starting gates. As jockeys sometime we had to ride and do the best to win on horses that we have never ridden before, with minimal contact, at high speed, in a precarious position, and in competitions that last a minute or two. The feeling I had when I won a race with a newly met horse was very strong, and I openly shared it with the horse after the finish line, not caring if I looked like a little girl loving on “her pony”. I always tried not to use the whip while riding to the finish line rather I made my body motion blend with the horse’s one, and we played as a team. The time I spent with the racehorse was short, but still challenging, between riding in the paddock, surrounded by people that did not keep in mind the horses’ presence, and the race itself, a group performance where each pair wants to prevail. I very much respected the racing code, and listened to the trainer’s instructions, but this was just a part of it, I also had to face whatever situation would have been presented to me and the horse, which requires being completely aware of the situation, deeply knowing the possibilities for the horse’s behavior and hav56

ing an efficient immediate communication between us. That, to me is the goal we all should have, which allows for truly establishing a relationship with a horse. Horses are masters at being aware of their surrounding; it is an instinctual behavior of animals that are prey in their natural state. To be aware of their surroundings horses use their senses that are always functioning, and they modulate their behavior based on the information collected in the moment, on the past experience and on their personality. Obviously it happens while they have freedom of choice and are interested in what they choose to act upon, but this is often not true when they are interacting with human beings. When living in natural herd setting a large part of horse behavior is spent in relating with others, and they do so with movement. Human beings and equines have very different specific traits, but one they definitely share is that they are social individuals. This strong common element can work in bridging the gap in communication, when we switch from human spoken language to the visual language of movement that is the equine way to convey information. This can only happen when both individuals have choice in behavior and decide to communicate. I have found that there are some social concepts that we can modulate instantly on the ground and in the saddle that have the same meaning for human and horses, and Human Horse Sensing communication revolves around those elements. When horses live in a domesticated environment they adapt to the circumstances, and their contact with other equines is very limited. Relating to human beings represents a large portion of their close interaction with other individuals, and it is very important that it happens in an appropriate manner, since it is a key part of their life experience and impacts behavior, and personality. We can interact about social concepts in common with horses by sight, hearing and when spatially close enough by touch, and horses can immediately perceive our communication, but we have to consciously switch from spoken language to movement and think in terms of which sense will carry our communication to the horse. On the ground, the way we should switch from language to movement is to think to reach the horse in terms of sight and hearing, that are always used by horses when interacting with other individuals from a distance; touch becomes an option for close up interaction, along with smell and

taste, which make the interaction even more intimate. In the saddle, regardless of the riding discipline and style, the most used communication channel is actually the sense of touch, located all over the horse’s body, while the other senses are all on the equine head, so we need to think to reach the horse in terms of touch. When I am giving a horsemanship clinic the audience has different needs, because they can come from different disciplines and cultures, and in order to be efficient, my teaching has to fulfill their various needs. Human Horse Sensing meets all of the communication goals because it focuses on modulating the relationship in terms of movement between the human and the horse, modality that can be used in all the different equestrian disciplines. It is always clearly evident that a truly harmonious interaction does not require any effort on the part of man, or horse. Unfortunately, while people appreciate harmony in horsemanship, they still limit the horse’s movement or rely mainly on training to achieve the desired interaction. Reaching a spontaneous cooperation, and communication are not the first thoughts in the human mind, when it comes to working with horses even in the normal routine, and this concerns all horsemen, beginners and professionals. Many methods of horsemanship are intended to act as a bridge between species, human and equine, but they build the relationship based on actions that often do not mean anything for the horse, that has to learn to comply with our requests through conditioning. This requires the horse to change his natural behavioral responses. Human Horse Sensing has a way to make the relationship work without imposing this profound, and not voluntary behavioral change because we set up the interaction keeping in mind the horse’s cognitive learning, about something that would interest them. This procedure works in all circumstances and lets horses have freedom of choice

and movement. It is not “giving in” to the horse and letting them do anything they want; we want the horse to feel he is learning something that makes sense, that is pleasant, and that will make them look forward to our next time together and look at us as leaders. In light of the alwaysexisting connection between the horse and reality Human Horse Sensing method allows for relating with horses from the beginning, during the development and the evolution of our relationship that will support our activities together.

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Palm Partnership Training™ Building a Partnership with Your Horse Most people who do any type of exercising know the importance of a warm-up. When riding, including a warm-up helps the horse loosen and limber up his muscles after standing in the stall or pasture. It prepares his mind and body for the work you will be asking him to do whether it be schooling, trail riding, pleasure riding, or showing.

The same principle applies to warming up ourselves before riding. The warm up is time for the rider to get into correct form and balance as she warms up her muscles and joints. I find it is a precious, pleasant time when I reconnect with my horse before starting the more serious work at hand.

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Here are some tips for making your warm up time more effective. Start the warm up by letting your horse walk on a loose rein. The warm up pattern should include very large circles, large turns, and straight lines. The horse should be moving forward, but relaxed. After warming up at the walk, ask him for the trot or jog. The trot is the best gait for the horse to limber himself up. At this point, the rider should not be worried about the horse being “on the bit”. Instead he should just be allowed to move forward on a loose rein with the rider guiding him to stay on the circle, large turn, or the straight line. Remember the rule of thumb to equal the amount of time going in one direction as the other. Change directions to limber up both sides of your horse and help keep his interest during the warm up. I recommend that the rider, even if using a Western saddle, post when trotting/jogging during the warm up period. This gives her the opportunity to warm up and use her muscles. As she begins to get warmed up, she will notice her muscles respond better. Her coordination improves. Her thinking slows. She begins to relax as her warmed up body allows her to better follow the horse’s movement. As part of the warm up, the rider can try taking her feet out of the stirrups to get down in the saddle and closer to her horse. As her body warms up, she will find she is able to follow the horse’s movement even without stirrups, and stay in balance! 58

Our next articles will turn to one of the most important keys to riding… the use of the rider’s hands, seat, and legs. These “natural” aids influence how she communicates to her horse and responds to him. If you want to learn how to “speak” to your horse with aids that whisper, instead of shout, don’t miss our articles.

Your Next Step…

I am often asked, how much time should be allowed for a warm up? The answer is: there is no set amount of time. It depends on many factors that you, as the rider, must take into account for each ride. The colder the weather, typically the longer and slower the warm up should be to loosen up cold muscles and joints. It must be long enough to physically and mentally warm up the horse up, but it is not intended to wear him out or bore him! Enough time should be spent so that both sides of the horse are equally warmed up. For the rider a good gauge of how long her warm up period should be is that she should feel the same balance and relaxation without her stirrups as with them. At the end of the warm up, the rider and horse should feel good and positive about the next step they will take in their riding. 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 or call 800.503.2824.


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We recently worked with our client, Lydia, to fit her horse and herself to the perfect used saddle. Stewart is a 7 year old Quarterhorse who participates in Hunter Under Saddle and Equitation. Lydia had bought a saddle from another shop and it wasn’t quite right. Turns out, Lydia had the right size for her, but the wrong fit for Stewart! In the first photo, Lydia is sitting in a 17” Devoucoux Oldara with a 2A flap. She was concerned that the seat was too small and felt like the flap was wrong. Initially it does appear that she has limited room behind her seat in the saddle. However, upon closer inspection, the stirrup leather isn’t hanging vertically and the saddle is forcing her leg forward - she lacks the straight line from hip to heel - and her seat backwards.

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Doing a little more research, I had Lydia send me the second photo of the saddle on Stewart’s back. Incorrect saddle fit on Stewart was forcing Lydia out of position. Note how the saddle sits higher in the pommel than the cantle, most likely because the saddle is too narrow. This is pushing Lydia’s seat back and her leg forward. After looking at some photos of Stewarts back I sent the Lydia the saddle in the third picture. This is a CWD SE02 with a 17” seat and a 2L flap. Same seat size, equivalent flap size. You can see the dramatic change in her position because the saddle now fits her horse and allows her to have a balanced position where she is not fighting the saddle. She how has a vertically aligned stirrup leather and there is a straight vertical line from knee to toe and another from the hip bone to the ankle. She now appears to have more room behind her seat, since she is not being forced to the back of the tack by a too high pommel on a too narrow saddle. Finally, not to leave Stewart out of the equation, our final photograph shows the CWD on Stewart. You can see the saddle sits horizontally level from pommel to cantle. Lydia was close but not quite right with her first saddle choice. Initially, she picked a saddle that had the potential to fit her well, but because it didn’t fit her horse correctly, it didn’t fit her correctly. Now she has a saddle that works for both of them!






If you are reading this you are probably at the same point my husband and I were three years ago. It was at this time that we wanted to try something different with our horses. Something that would complement our trail riding as well as the ranch riding classes we were showing. We wanted something that would build on the training we have always done with our horses here on our farm. We also wanted something to stimulate our senior brains; a challenge for both memory and learning. We wanted something that was, like our trail riding and ranch shows, an event where the class or activity was warm up the horse and go. We also wanted something a two hour or less drive from our home so that it was not an overnight trip. Yes, even retired people still have responsibilities at home. Most importantly we wanted something that was good for the horse; awards and ‘being the winner’ was never the objective. Western Dressage has proven to be all of the above for us and more!

If you are thinking of trying a competition which is known as a test (free on the WDAA site) here are some things that we have learned along the way. Things that we like to call “you don’t know what you don’t know.” If you have a trainer or coach that is experienced with dressage you can probably stop right here. A true professional will tell you all this information and much more. But if you DIY, like the two of us, perhaps our lessons learned will help you get started and cut through some of the ‘unwritten’ procedures and lingo that stumped us from the start. Before Showing: • Go watch a show even if it is a classical event with no western classes. Search for a show with local or state dressage groups. About five days before the event ‘ride times’ will be posted. Each test takes about five minutes and tests are grouped together by level and the tests within that level. • Watch and take notes as to what people are doing both before and after they do a test. You will notice a high degree of concentration on the part of the exhibitors. Therefore if you want to ask questions talk to someone not competing. You will notice the absence of announcing both before, during, and after each test as well as the calmness of the show. Riders know and are held accountable for reporting to the warm up ring and when to ride their test. Scoresheets and results are available at the entry booth about 20 minutes after all of the horses in the same level and test have ridden. You will also notice that unlike some ‘western horse shows’ you will not hear whistling, hooting, and cheering. Dressage events are ‘proper’ like having tea with the Queen. •Observe the warm-up (outside the show arena) and schooling areas. This will help you learn the etiquette. Learn what is meant by ‘left to left’ in the schooling arena. To put it simply go the same direction as the other horses, circle if you need to pass, and if you are going the opposite directions pass left shoulder to left shoulder. The track is the ‘lane’ along the boards or the edge of the arena. You will see people that are riding their horse at the walk staying off the track. If they are trotting or cantering they stay on the track. . If they need to adjust equipment, talk to someone, etc. they exit the arena. If you need to lunge DO NOT do it near the show arena and try and avoid the schooling area. Above all you will see people being polite, courteous, focused on riding their horse and not on their phones. Preparing For Your First Show: • Have yourself and your horse in great physical condition. It takes a great deal of energy to ride a dressage test. • Buy a Dressage Illustrated book (under educational material on 62

WDAA) for the level you are interested in trying (Intro is walk/ trot, Basic is walk/trot /canter/lope). A Fat Black Mother • Educate yourself. Yes it is Cat Had Eight Kittens possible to do this yourself. However don’t be afraid to ask questions and seek help. • Free articles on the web, clinics and demonstrations are some of the resources but nothing will ever replace talking face to face with a highly trained, experienced professional. One of the reasons we had the courage to try western dressage was because of Lynn Palm. We saw her presentation on western dressage at a trade show. After the presentation we went to her booth. Lynn was willing to answer our many questions. She is an amazing horsewoman and generous with her knowledge. If you ever need a source for information on properly training your horse, I highly recommend her book The Rider’s Guide to Real Collection: Achieve Willingness, Balance and the Perfect Frame with Performance Horses as well as any of her other resources. • Read the rule book (link on WDAA website). Know if your equipment is legal. • Learn your test. You may have a caller. If you choose to have a caller make sure you understand that process. It is your responsibility not that of the show management. • Practice drawing the test. Paper and dry erase boards work equally as well. • Find a place to practice both on and off the horse. Walking the tests on foot is very eye opening for learning your spacing and is also good exercise for the rider. • You don’t need a fancy arena. We ride in our fields and use laundry bottles and milk jugs for markers. I use the saying All Fat Pretty Black Red Mother Cats Have Seven Eight Vicious Kittens to remember where the letters are located the large 20 x 60 court AFPBRMCHSEVK. For the small court, 20 x 40, try the mnemonic A Fat Black Mother Cat Had Eight Kittens for AFBMCHEK. Going the other direction AKEHCMBF All King Edward’s Horses Can Make Big Fences. You can also make up your own. Do what suits your learning style. We also don’t have the dressage boards (rail/fence) as we ride out in the open and do things like weave the markers as well as trotting, cantering, and backing around them. We also put poles for ranch riding and trail class close to them on the outside. There is so much you can do when you are not ‘fenced in’!


• I bought a measuring tape with meter marks on it this year. But last year I used a tape measure in feet and had the meter conversion written on paper. I know how many of my footsteps are in both one and ten meters (3.2 and 32.8 feet respectively). This way when I go to set something up I don’t always need a tape measure. • If you board your horse perhaps the barn owner will not want markers left in their arena. Be creative and think of something small, lightweight, stackable, and colorful that you can transport and set up both at the barn and at home. Here is a simple way to set five markers that will allow you to practice some common elements. Take one of the markers and set it in the center. Then set the other four markers like a clock (12, 3, 6, and 9). From that center marker step off 10 meters to 12 o’clock, 10 meters to 3 o’clock, 10 meters to 6 o’clock, and 10 meters to 9 o’clock. Now you can practice riding 20 meter circles or on days at home, when you can’t ride, you can walk them. You can also practice riding straight to a marker and halting squarely between two makers. You can take those same five cones and set up one long 60 meter line of F, P, B, R, M or K, V, E, S, H. The combinations are endless. • Make sure your horse can do the maneuvers with the transitions. The transitions, for the most part, need to happen when either your horse’s shoulder or your leg are beside the marker. • Practice knowing what 45 seconds is by learning to count in your head. You have 45 seconds to start your test once you hear the bell or whistle. • Have your tack, your horse, and your clothing clean. Nothing needs to be fancy. We use the same tack for dressage, daily use, trail riding, and showing ranch classes. For dressage we do not use a breast collar or back girth. We have shown in just a work pad and sometimes we put a show blanket over the work pad. We show in Wranglers, clean boots, a long sleeve shirt, and a helmet or neatly shaped cowboy hat if allowed. If we want to look a little more cowboy we ride in chinks. We use plain bridles and cavesons. You can do silver and bling but once again everything we use we also use on a daily basis, for trail riding and in ranch classes. It is a great way to save money. Attending Your First Show: • Find a schooling show close to home through local or state dressage groups. Read the prize list and know the rules as well as if you need any type of proof of vaccinations or Coggins. Helmets are often required. Enter before the closing date. • Check your ride times about five days before the event. Plan on what time you need to arrive so that you have plenty of time to get checked in. Checking in will entail going to the office and picking up your bridle number. That bridle number needs to be on your horse any time you are leading or riding the horse. Also ask in the office where the schooling and warm-up areas are located as well if there is a place to lunge if your horse needs it. Please remember do not lunge near the show arena. It is also worth mentioning that unlike a typical western horse show there is no riding in the dressage show arena at breaks or at lunch. Sometimes they will allow you to lead your horse around the outside of the ring, but not always, so make sure you ask. If the facility has a helmet rule you must wear the helmet when you ride. • In regard to the bridle number we use a headstall with an ear piece. The bridle number fits in that slot of the ear piece perfectly. When we show we put it on the right side and we make sure we go past the judge’s area with the number to the judge. Before we went to our first show we practiced with the round part of a rosette ribbon as the hook on the back is the same. • You and your horse also need time to relax as well as warm up. Watch a few tests so you are comfortable with the sound of the bell or whistle. During that observation you can look for things like quarter lines and any area that might upset the horse. Watch how the judge salutes so you know their signal. Some judges stand up and some do not. Let the warm up ring person know you are there and find out if the tests are riding on time. If multiple arenas are being used determine which is ring 1, ring 2, etc. It is

always your job to be on time and know which arena you will be riding. • Be at the warm up arena two tests prior to your test. You can calculate this out by looking at the ride times. I wear a watch to help me keep track of time. • When the horse before you finishes and rides forward on loose reins then you may start your warm-up. Make sure you do not interfere with the previous rider if the judge is talking to them. If the warm up is outside the arena you can walk, trot, and canter/lope around the boards but first you need to check in. Ride up to the judges’ area and say ‘good morning/afternoon and say your number”. You don’t need to pause. The judge is busy writing comments for the last horse. The scribe will get your number. If the warm up is inside the arena you also check in and ride around the boards. You may also cross the arena or make a circle. When the bell/horn/whistle sounds you have 45 seconds to come in at A and start your test. Make sure your center line is straight, your horse stops square, and you put the reins in one hand before you salute. When the judge salutes back begin your test. • If you make a mistake during your test you will hear a whistle. Stop and go right to the judge. The judge will explain what happened and have you resume at a certain point. • After your final salute, with the judge saluting back, walk straight forward a few steps on a long or loose rein and say thank-you. If the judge wants to talk to you they will. If not just turn and continue to WALK out. Try to stay off the track as the other horse will be warming up. • After your ride congratulate yourself and reward your horse. Cool your horse down and relax. Your test scoresheet and results will be available about 20 minutes after all the horses in your same level and test have finished. Use those score sheets, with written comments, to inform and form the basis for your continued training with your horse. If you are a DIY person who is considering trying a western dressage show you now ‘know what we did not know’ but have had a great time learning. Our adventure into western dressage has been eye-opening and everything we had hoped for and more. We are challenging our senior brains with an event that does not take all day. We have found that setting goals has helped us find success no matter our scores. We have met many great people and all of them have been giving with their time and advice. This is one sport that is not about ‘beating the competition’ but rather doing your best and improving. We have seen all sizes, shapes, colors, and breeds of western horses as well as all ages and abilities of riders including many DIY. Western dressage has a level and a place for all riders and horses along with being the perfect complement to trail riding and ranch riding classes. It gives the rider great mental stimulation while helping them improve their riding and their horse’s training. About The Author The author (Karen Kent) and her husband of 40 years (Steve) are both in their sixties and are retired from the field of education. Life-long horsemen of more than 55 years (each starting with ponies when they were eight years old and later meeting through 4-H) they have successfully shown and trained their own Quarter Horses and have bred and raised champions in AQHA, NRHA, ApHC, and NSBA. Enjoying their horses, on their seventeen acre farm in Ohio, they ride year-round in their fields without the benefit of indoor or outdoor arenas. They enjoy trail riding in the state parks as well as showing in ranch classes at local events.


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The Virginia Horse Center Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization which provides a world-class facility, hosting regional, national, and international equestrian events in Lexington, Virginia. The Virginia Horse Center Foundation envisions a unique, bucolic landmark to honor and celebrate the timeless, special bond between mankind and the horse through safe, fair, and spirited equestrian competition. Attwood Equestrian Surfaces is a complete service arena builder. Aside from being an industry leader in footing, we provide site preparation, drainage solutions, base installation, kick boards, fence installation and additive incorporation. After 25 years in the industry, Attwood is at the forefront of footing technology. Whether your discipline is jumping, dressage, racing, eventing or the hunters, our arenas and tracks provide your horse an ideal environment to train and compete safely and confidently.

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CLASSICAL Designs Tempel Lipizzan Farm, Wadsworth, IIlinois, has partnered with Tempi Design Studio in Maryland. Tempi will design and create breed specific designs for the Tempel Farm Gift Shop exclusive to Tempel Farms, along with certain chosen designs from Tempi. Tempel Farms celebrated their 60th Anniversary in 2018, and serves as a Lipizzan Breeding Farm and Classical Dressage Training Center to promote the art of Classical Dressage and educate the public though farm tours and performances during the year. Tempi Design Studio is a unique company who creates and designs jewelry and accessories by hand in near 3D, with minute detail and accuracy. The preferred subject matter Tempi creates is Equestrian. Tempi excels in custom designs, often creating private label prototypes, and custom work for individuals, and company logos. Tempi Design does exhibit a few times per year, but the many offerings can be viewed at the online store: 64

See Tempi Design Studio’s ad on page 70 and their product spotlight on page 18

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Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses is an award winning, all volunteer 501(c)(3) charity celebrating more than 20 years of service. The teams of therapy horses bring love to over 25,000 adults and children each year inside hospitals, hospice programs, assisted living programs and with families who have experienced traumatic events. Working indoors would be a challenge for any horse but they make it look easy, even in high rise hospital buildings, hotels and convention centers. They walk up and down steps, ride in elevators, walk on unusual floor surfaces, carefully move around hospital and television studio equipment, work in small patient rooms and stay calm around unexpected sounds like ambulances, alarms and hospital helicopters... and yes they are house trained. Accessabitlity to parking lots in urban areas with a traditional horse trailer has been a great challenge. The therapy horses often had to be unloaded on a busy street, and/or walk a distance from where the trailer could be parked, along sidewalks and crossing streets with heavy traffic, to their destination. This past summer, Gentle Carousel received a customized Horse Box from Horse Box USA. It has stalls just the right size for miniature horses and will make their visits safer and easier. Triple Crown Nutrition also donated feed for this unique and deserving charity. HORSEBOXESUSA.COM

Gentle Carousel brought their newest therapy horse, (in training) Moon Shadow. Just a baby, he is not big enough to fit into a halter and so had to be carried and held! Louisa Barton, Ocala, FL CEP, (R) led the ribbon cutting services. Maiko Mottie of Horse Boxes USA did the honors.

SUMMER Saddle Fit Schleese Representative Karen Jackson, CSE & Chris Moloughney, CSE will be coming to NY, NJ, PA, and New England this summer for custom saddle fitting appointments. June 24 - 29: New York, New Jersey, Eastern Pennsylvania Limited Spaces available, call for availability. Tentative Schedule July 11 - 20: New England (CT, MA, ME, NH, VT) Limited Spaces available, call for availability. August 7 - 14: New York, New Jersey, Eastern Pennsylvania Deadline to register: July 15, 2019 Dates and locations to be confirmed based on registrations received. Please register early to avoid disappointment. If you have any questions, please contact Julia at or call 800-225-2242.

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