Elite Equestrian magazine July/August 2024 issue

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Photo by Dre Joseph


info@EliteEquestrian.us • Main Office, Ocala, Florida

PUBLISHER Bill Vander Brink Bill@EliteEquestrian.us

Riding a horse is not a gentle hobby, to be picked up and laid down like a game of solitaire. It is a


Editor-in-Chief: Noelle Vander Brink

Art & Antiques Editor: Dr. Lori Verderame

Equine Art Editor: Jeanne Chisholm

Fashion Editor: LA Berry

Legal Editor: Avery S. Chapman,Esquire


Stephany Fish Crossman

Alessandra Deerinck

Kat Fuqua

Dr. Brenden Mangan

Lynn Palm

Ray Petterson

Tom Scheve

Advertising Sales Kathy Dress 610-420-9964 kdress@ptd.net

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Karina Brez


the Cowgirl LUV Collection, a

Tribute to America’s Majestic Mountains

Western charm meets everyday luxury in Karina Brez’s new signature collection, Cowgirl LUV, which echoes the vibrant landscapes of the USA.

A tribute to the untamed spirit of the American West, renowned equestrian jewelry designer Karina Brez unveils her latest signature collection, Cowgirl LUV, an ode to the inspiring mountains and cities that grace the landscape of the USA. The collection pays homage to the rugged beauty of the American West, featuring stackable rings that artfully symbolize various mountain ranges, and a thoughtful double entendre, with each mountain range doubling as a cowgirl name, embodying the spirit of adventure and independence.

Honoring the majestic Sierra Nevada, the towering Denali, and the legendary Mount Whitney, Karina Brez has crafted six distinct stackable ring styles that encapsulate the essence of these monumental peaks. The Sierra Nevada, often referred to as the “Range of Light,” stretches majestically across California and Nevada, offering a panorama of breathtaking peaks and valleys.

“A cowgirl is a strong, resilient and confident woman, and it was important for me to create a collection that embodied the untamed beauty of America through the spirit of the American Cowgirl,” says Karina Brez.

Combining elegance with a nod to the Wild West, Karina Brez’s artistic vision extends beyond the mountains, celebrating beloved American Western cities and states with five captivating hoop earring styles: Montana, Aspen, Dakota, Sedona, and Dallas. Known as “Big Sky Country,”

“At its core, the cowgirl spirit is about a fierce determination to conquer challenges, a love for wide-open spaces, and a commitment to taking care of one’s horses and cattle. It is an attitude of self-reliance and grit, with a deep connection to the land and horses,” says Karina Brez. “It has a nice place alongside my signature collections and gives me the opportunity to incorporate the essence of the equestrian and Western spirit while being more mainstream with contemporary lines.”

Karina Brez’s meticulous attention to detail is evident in every piece of the Cowgirl LUV collection. The jewelry showcases exquisite turquoise, which provides a vibrant, authentic touch to each creation. Complemented by delicate pink sapphires and dazzling diamonds, the jewels exude luxury, allowing every cowgirl to experience opulence in their everyday life.

For more information about the Cowgirl LUV collection and to explore the full range of Karina Brez’s equestrian designs, visit karinabrez.com. On Instagram, follow Karina Brez @karinabrezjewelry and The Jeweled Barn @thejeweledbarn. For sales or retail partnership inquiries, contact Karina Brez at 561-400-4085 or email wholesale@karinabrez.com or info@karinabrez.com. For press inquiries, contact Pietra Communications at 212-913-9761 or email info@pietrapr.com.

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“Vaporous” Watercolour. 50cms X 35cms
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UK ar�st, Linda Hoyle - “I work intui�vely without using images or sketches. The piece evolves, o�en demanding its own journey. I strive for emo�on, character and spirit within a balance of power and fragility”

“As an ar�st, I have dedicated myself to the subject that inspires me most, the equine form. I am drawn to the lines in a horse’s conforma�on; fluid, angular, curvaceous and graceful.”

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King Construction has been designing, building, and renovating horse barns, indoor arenas, living quarters and farm outbuildings since 1978. We have designed facilities for a wide range of equestrian disciplines and pursuits, and for farms of all sizes, from those with a single horse to those with more than 70. We are experts in designing and organizing your space for the health and safety of the horses. Maximizing storage and convenience while reducing workload is the key component of each building.

HHorse barns are created so owners can bring their horses home and, since most have a sole caretaker, labor saving design considerations are imperative. It’s important to utilize every square foot for its best purpose. Some things to think about would include hinged feed doors on stall fronts, automatic waterers and a loft with drops for hay and bedding for starters. There are many components that need to work well to have an efficient barn that operates within your budget.

Site the barn with consideration to prevailing winds, sun exposure and proximity to turn-out. When excavating the site, elevate the barn pad so it will not flood during heavy rains and install curtain drain to take water away from the building. The drain system will also take run off from the roof gutters with little planning, this resource can be reclaimed and used for a variety of needs.

The exterior of a barn can vary from wood, cement based, steel, vinyl, composite, or any other siding that is available on the market. Pine or cedar siding is commonly used in a variety of styles. Hardie siding is a cement-based product that will not burn, Hardi does not rot and does not attract insects. It is low maintenance and can be ordered prepainted from the factory with a finish that will last for approximately 15 years. Other siding options are stucco, and painted steel which is available in many colors and profiles. Stone is also commonly used on many barns. Our skilled masons can ensure your stone walls are both beautiful and durable.

Roofing choices include architectural shingles, cedar shakes, painted steel in several profiles, steel standing seam, metal shingles, faux slate or any other roofing that is available in the market. Appearance aside, you should consider the weather where your barn will be located when making a final roofing decision. The amount of ice, snow, wind, rain, and heat are all factors that can affect the longevity of your roof. We are experienced in all types of roofing materials and can help you make a decision that will best suit your plans.

When thinking about building any barn, a primary design factor must always be the comfort and safety for the horses. Stalls should be very solidly built and provide good floor space. Stall cameras allow monitoring from anywhere, and a fire detection system provides early warning in case of emergency. Windowed Dutch doors provide more natural light and ventilation and, in an emergency, will allow the horses to be quickly evacuated without entering the barn.

Few things are more important to a horse’s well-being than good lighting and ventilation. How the barn is constructed will determine whether it will have adequate air movement and air exchange and the overall design will control the amount of natural light. Large aisle doors with windows, stall fans and a venting cupola will all contribute to a healthier environment. Our windows are weather-tight insulated glass, and all the windows in our Dutch doors and aisle doors are tempered glass, which is much safer for horses. The custom cupolas we create are usually made of cedar as it is more weather resistant and durable.

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Good lighting and ventilation are the most important considerations.

The electrical system is central to safely because nearly all barn fires are electrical in origin. The installation should be sized properly to prevent overloading, include GFI receptacles and arc fault protection. Electrical wiring needs to be horse and rodent proof and all fans and fixtures must be rated for agricultural use because those intended for residential or commercial climate-controlled areas can be a fire hazard.

If you love barns with historic design elements, using reclaimed bricks or one of the newer tumbled concrete cobblestones, bricks or pavers in the entry, aisle, or tack room can help achieve that look. Rubber brick pavers are virtually slip free, even when wet. The premium quality pavers we commonly use have antibacterial properties, are anti-shock, permeable and very durable, making them ideal for wash and grooming stalls. Another thing to consider would be the use of stall mattresses (because they greatly reduce bedding needs) are tremendous labor savers and provide cushioned comfort for the horses. These aid in stalls being cleaned out quickly and the waste disposal volume is greatly reduced. Continued...

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The Tack Room

is the working hub of a horse barn. Ideally, it’s spacious enough to house all your tack and grooming supplies, with fittings to keep everything neat and well organized. The space should also be fully insulated so it can be climate-controlled, which is essential for the protection of your expensive saddles and leather goods. Tack rooms are all about your personal style, and even a small tack room can make a big statement. We offer a variety of woods and other materials that can be mixed or matched, painted or stained to showcase your tack and your creativity

Whether your horses are for pleasure riding, showing, breeding, companionship, or a combination, their living environment plays an important role in their well-being, their performance, and their longevity. The decisions you make when planning and building their new home will determine how well it functions for all of you, so King provides complete design services and has its own shops for standard and custom stalls, doors, fitting and components.

Over the past 44 years King Construction has completed over 2,000 projects throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. Our building territory encompasses Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia. Visit us at www.kingbarn.com or give us a call at 1-800-354-4740.

King of Prussia, PA
Frenchtown, NJ
Mount Pleasant, PA

Broken Branch Broken Branch

Located just North of Ocala in Starting Point the Broken Branch specializes in starting young hunters and jumpers under saddle as well as raising weanlings and yearlings properly to maximize your goals whether it be in the show ring, investments or for hobby.

Contact: 860-990-1175 For More Information

• We monitor our young horses growth stages with survey radiographs so we can offer advice and interventions to prevent skeletal issues down the road

• Our under saddle breaking and training is based on patience, kindness and creating a good solid base to promote the horse’s ability mentally and physically

• 24 hour staff on site

• Acres of grass turnout

• Available for any and all post operative care including 24 hour eye lavage system

• Patent pending bone supplement included in board to help prevent OCD’s or any other skeleton abnormalities

Over thirty years experience with hunter futurity winners, Derby winners and World Cup Grand Prix horses.

Choosing Horses stalls

can be confusing. This guide will help you make the best decisions…

Purchasing horse stalls is a significant investment for any equine facility, whether it’s a small private barn or a large commercial operation. The right horse stalls ensure the safety, comfort, and well-being of your horses, while also facilitating efficient barn management and great flow. Here’s a comprehensive guide on how to purchase horse stalls tailored to your specific needs and how to find the best options available.

Understanding Your Specific Needs

Before diving into the market, it’s crucial to assess your specific needs and requirements. Consider the following factors:

1. Number of Horses

• Wood: Aesthetic appeal and insulation properties, but requires regular maintenance to prevent rot and damage.

• Metal: Highly durable and low maintenance, though it may lack the aesthetic warmth of wood.

Determine the number of stalls you need based on the number of horses you currently own and any plans for future expansion. Overestimating can lead to unnecessary expenses, while underestimating can cause overcrowding.

2. Stall Size

Standard stall sizes range from 10x10 feet to 12x12 feet. Larger breeds may require more space, while smaller breeds or ponies can comfortably fit in smaller stalls. Ensure the size you choose allows ample room for the horse to move, lie down, and turn around comfortably.

3. Stall Design

Stall design is crucial for both horse and handler safety. Consider designs that offer:

• Sliding Doors vs Swing Doors: Aisleway width, leading in and out and whether doors can slide or swing out of the way.

• Grilled / Privacy Partitions: Allow for better ventilation and social interaction between horses while maintaining safety. Privacy’s Partitions give horses a relaxing spot away from the other horses.

• Solid Lower Walls: Prevent kicking injuries and provide a secure environment.

4. Material and Durability

Horse stalls are typically made from wood, metal, or a combination of both. Each material has its pros and cons:

• Combination: Offers the durability of metal with the aesthetic and insulating benefits of wood.

• Gauge and Finish of Materials: Make sure to look at the weight and durability of the stalls.

5. Ventilation and Lighting

Proper ventilation reduces respiratory issues and maintains a healthy environment. Look for stalls with good airflow features like grilled doors and partitions. Adequate lighting, both natural and artificial, is essential for a safe and pleasant environment.

Finding the Best Horse Stalls

Once you have a clear understanding of your needs, the next step is to find the best horse stalls on the market. Here’s how to go about it:

1. Research Reputable Manufacturers

Start by researching reputable manufacturers known for high-quality horse stalls, they should have good back up materials and offer Free Estimates and comprehensive drawings. Companies with a long-standing reputation in the equine industry are often a safer bet. Look for reviews, testimonials, that can vouch for their credibility.

2. Visit Trade Shows and Expos

Equine trade shows and expos are excellent venues to see a variety of horse stalls in person, meet manufacturers, and ask detailed questions. These events often feature the latest innovations in stall design and materials.

3. Ask about Materials and Finishes

Understand their process. Are they made in North America for the climate. Finish – Hot dipped galvanized, Powder coated. Are they powder coating in house or sending to a company that specializes in cleaning coating and finishing metal to a automotive spec.

4. Customization Options

Many reputable manufacturers offer customization options to meet specific needs. Custom features might include unique dimensions, personalized door designs, and specialized materials. Customization ensures that your stalls are perfectly suited to your horses and facility.

5. Evaluate Safety Features

Safety is paramount when selecting horse stalls. Look for features like:

• Rounded Edges: Reduce the risk of injury from sharp corners.

• Kick-Proof Walls:Reinforced walls that withstand kicking and reduce noise.

• Secure Latches: Ensure that doors remain securely closed and cannot be easily opened by curious horses.

6. Check for After-Sales Support

A reliable warranty and excellent after-sales support are indicators of a manufacturer’s confidence in their product. Make sure the company stands behind their product

7. Compare Prices and Value

While cost is a significant factor, it shouldn’t be the sole deciding criterion. Compare the prices of different stalls while considering their features, durability, and the reputation of the manufacturer. The goal is to find the best value for your investment.

Installation and Maintenance

Once you’ve selected the best horse stalls, proper installation and maintenance are key to ensuring their longevity and effectiveness.

1. Professional Installation

Consider hiring professionals for the installation of your horse stalls. Proper installation is crucial for the safety and functionality of the stalls. Professional installers have the expertise to ensure everything is securely and correctly fitted.

2. Regular Maintenance

Regular maintenance is essential to keep your stalls in top condition. This includes:

• Inspecting for Damage: Regularly check for any signs of wear, damage, or loose fittings.

• Cleaning: Maintain cleanliness to prevent the buildup of harmful bacteria and ammonia.

• Repairs: Address any minor issues immediately to prevent them from becoming major problems.


Purchasing horse stalls is a major investment that requires careful consideration and planning. By understanding your specific needs, researching the best options, and ensuring proper installation and maintenance, you can provide a safe, comfortable, and efficient environment for your horses. High-quality horse stalls not only enhance the well-being of your horses but also contribute to the overall success and functionality of your equine facility.

Discover the Transformative Power of Equine Therapy at NIHI Sumba

This November, NIHI Sumba is set to host “Retreat & Conquer,” a five-day equine therapy retreat led by the UK’s foremost equine therapist, Professor Andreas Liefooghe. Located just an hour off the coast of Bali, the retreat offers an opportunity to immerse in the breathtaking scenery of NIHI Sumba, renowned for its majes�c wild horses and unparalleled natural beauty.

Equine therapy has gained widespread recogni�on for its profound impact on a variety of psychological condi�ons, from grief to PTSD, ea�ng disorders, and issues related to rejec�on to so much more. At “Retreat & Conquer,” par�cipants will experience the therapeu�c power of horses first-hand, gaining deep emo�onal insights and healing that tradi�onal therapies o�en fail to provide. This holis�c approach directly connects individuals with nature, fostering pathways to personal growth and wellness on mul�ple levels.

A Unique Approach to Emo�onal and Personal Development

Scheduled from November 23rd to 27th, 2024, the retreat promises a comprehensive and immersive i�nerary under the expert guidance of Professor Liefooghe, whose pioneering work over the past two decades has significantly shaped the field of equine therapy, enhancing therapeu�c interac�ons for rapid and profound healing.

Healing with Equine Therapy

“Retreat & Conquer” is more than just a retreat; it’s a profound journey into the soul, complimented by the unique NIHI environment and the intui�ve, healing presence of the NIHI herd. Par�cipants will depart with a renewed sense of purpose, resilience, and joy, empowered by their new connec�ons and understanding.

For further media enquiries please contact Phoebe Oliver phoebe@nihi.com

I�nerary Highlights:

Day 1: A Beginning - Par�cipants will establish a founda�onal understanding of the retreat’s goals and find the horse with which they will work for the five days.

Day 2: Understanding Connec�ons - Par�cipants will develop non-verbal communica�on skills with the horses, exploring the strength and security derived from these connec�ons.

Day 3: Reconnec�ng with Each Other and YourselfThis day focuses on deepening emo�onal bonds and engaging in significant self-reflec�on.

Day 4: Crea�ng Movement - The retreat will emphasise the transi�on towards personal and collec�ve growth, highligh�ng fluidity and change.

Day 5: Se�ng Direc�on- Par�cipants will be equipped with the insights and mo�va�on to apply the profound lessons learned throughout the retreat in their daily lives.


Developing Young Sport Horse Prospects, Training Sport Horses For Their Next Level

Highland Oaks Stables is the perfect place, whether you are looking for a Hunter/Jumper or a Dressage star, to find your new equine partner, or have your horse’s training advanced. There are lush pastures for young horses to graze, socialize and exercise. Every prospect receives the developemental training that young horses need.

New prospects are imported from Germany several �mes each year.

Horses are developed with an individualized program to build their strength, suppleness, and condfidence.

You are welcome to come for a trial with one of our sale horses for several days to engage in a repoir building experience, allowing you to fully familiarize yourself with a prospect. New Prospects Arrive From Germany Several Times Each Year New Prospects Arrive From Germany Several Times Each Year

Located in Ocala, Florida, 5 minutes from World Equestrian Center. Email FalkPeter@me.com or call 352-409-6616 to find your perfect equine partner.


2019, Rubin Royal x Ferdeaux 16.2 HH Schooling 2nd Level / FEI 5 Year Olds

Rudi has a super personality and work ethic. He is amateur friendly with pro quality. Rudi is very sweet and cuddly, loads well, no vices, great family horse with poten�al for upper levels.

Price Range: High Five Digits


Competitor/ Trainer


Located in Ocala, Florida, 5 minutes from World Equestrian Center. Email FalkPeter@me.com or call 352-409-6616 to find your perfect equine partner.


David De Wispelaere


with L.A. Berry, Equinista

Two-�me U.S. Dressage Freestyle Champion and interna�onal Grand Prix rider and trainer David De Wispelaere has made the pursuit of harmony and lightness with horses his life’s work and in 2021, published through Xenophon Press the powerful book, My Horses Have Something To Say, outlining a path to horsemanship that begins with listening to and coexis�ng with horses, and is dedicated to the memory of his own dear partner, Figaro. The essence of that ongoing conversa�on is that horses always want to give their best, to rise above the destruc�ve false ambi�on of a rider, and to be trained calmly and with understanding. Born in 1961 in New York, David worked for more than a decade from Belgium before returning to open a facility in Wellington. He studied under the tutelage of such dis�nguished trainers as Gabriella Grillo, Dr. Reiner Klimke, Herbert Rehbein and Arthur Ko�as, and con�nues to present his own clinics in Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands and the United States. His earlier book on dressage instruc�on, Riding With Feeling, is not yet available in English. In the mean�me, he staunchly believes in asking horses to dance, not enter a boxing ring.

HERS: Do you remember your first horse/ pony and what did they teach you?

HIS: I could never forget my first pony, Sparkle. She came with a bridle and no saddle. I had no instruction, no arena and no clue! She taught me to try not to fall off! This still applies today.

HERS: What qualities do you like best in a horse?

HIS: I like a horse that is interested in communicating with people. One which moves naturally through its whole body, with three good (correct) gaits and good conformation.

HERS: What qualities do you like best in a person?

HIS: Honesty, integrity, kindness, and a desire to inspire harmony, happiness and world peace.

HERS: What was your first job and how old were you?

HIS: I’ve been self-employed most of my life. I believe my first source of income was going for walks in the nature, picking wild flowers and making bouquets. I would knock on doors in my neighborhood and ask if they would like to buy some flowers. I was 9 years old.

HERS: If you worked outside the horse world what would you be doing?

HIS: I’d be making architectural drawings, restoring old houses, making pottery, restoring antique furniture, or baking bread.

HERS: Favorite quote?

HIS: Less is more.

HERS: Who was your introduction to dressage?

HIS: The Mendon, NY Pony Club and Joan and Jackie Kinney at Fallow Fields Farm.

HERS: What do you mean by ‘Dressage is art, not abuse?’

HIS: I always say, “My horse should be my dance partner, not my slave.”

HERS: If you could spend a day with any horseman or horse in history, who would it be?

HIS: Xenophon

David and Figaro 1996, Courtesy of Xenophon Press
David and Highness, Lexington VA 1989
Courtesy of Xenophon Press
David with Sparkle, summer 1975

HERS: Where/how would you like to see dressage evolve over the next decade?

HIS: I’d like to see harmony and horse-friendly riding become what is rewarded by judges, trainers, riders and buyers of horses. As long as judges reward abusive riding and buyers pay a lot of money for high quality horses that have been taken advantage of and trained without their wellbeing taken into consideration, why would it change?

HERS: You can invite three guests (past or present, real or fictional) to dinner.

Who joins you and what’s served?

HIS: Jennifer Coolidge, Reece Witherspoon and Martha Stewart, as long as she’s willing to do the cooking. We’d be in the kitchen watching her cook while sipping the adult beverage of our choice and let Martha decide what would be served.

Learn more about David’s clinics and services at www.dwdewispelaere.com. L.A. Berry is a New York-based, award winning mul�-pla�orm journalist who has been covering the horse industry for 50 years. Share your sugges�ons with her at latheequinista@gmail.com.

Do you have a sugges�on for a His & Hers guest? Email latheequinista@gmail.com.

David and Figaro, Wellington 1996 Courtesy of Xenophon Press
David and Daktari, winning Devon GP, 1988
David with Atila, crossing Ausable River at Last Chance Ranch, Lake George NY, 1982


and the Horse Eye

The same parasitic disease that causes summer sores, Habronemiasis, can also affect the horse eye. Although it may be described as “fly eggs” causing ocular irritation, this is a misnomer since it is a larval stage of the parasite that migrates into eyelid skin and conjunctival tissue. The presence and death of the larvae cause an immune response, which can lead to inflammation of the eyelids, third eyelid, bulbar and palpebral conjunctiva, and the nasolacrimal system. Secondary effects on the cornea can be even more serious.

Understanding the parasite, its life cycle and treatment is important in managing the infection. Habronema spp. (Habronema muscae, Habronema microstoma and Draschia megastoma) are stomach worms that adhere to the stomach wall of a horse and release eggs that pass in the feces. The normal life cycle is completed when larvae that develop from the eggs are ingested by horses and develop into adult stomach worms. Alternatively, the larvae may be ingested by an intermediate host – stable or house fly - that transports and deposits larvae onto the face. The larvae begin an aberrant migration into the tissues around the eyes and eventually die during their migration or exposure to parasiticide treatment.

Prevention of stomach worms, managing manure properly and controlling flies are important steps in minimizing summer sores and eye infections. Treatment with ivermectin and moxidectin dewormers will kill larvae and adult stomach worms. Disposing of manure in a timely and proper manner will help prevent the development of larvae in the manure. A multifaceted approach to fly control will help to decrease fly populations. Fly spray and fly masks are simple husbandry methods in compliant horses. A possible dilemma, however, is that nearby farms may also contribute to problems if Habronema spp., manure and fly populations are not properly managed.

Treatment of eye infection depends on the location and severity of the inflammation. It is important to note that if one horse on a farm is affected, then all horses on the farm have the potential for exposure and infection. The degree of inflammation can be highly variable between horses. This may reflect differences in individual immune responses and the fact that certain individuals will develop a more serious hypersensitivity reaction to the larvae. A common presentation is swelling or puffiness of the corner of the lower eyelids toward the nose, but some individuals will develop large open sores on the eyelids and hard, pebblelike granulomas. The white-yellow granulomatous lesions, mistakenly described as fly eggs, represent the immune reaction to the larvae and can be very rough and irritating. Granulomas in the palpebral conjunctiva and posterior aspect of the third eyelid can create corneal ulcers.

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Fly masks are essential to combat parasites and diseases they cause.

It is often beneficial to remove superficial granulomas and especially if they are causing or may cause corneal irritation. Removal of the granulomas may also decrease inflammation. Larvae developing or dying at different stages could cause new granulomas to develop even after initial removal of granulomas. If corneal ulcers are not present, topical corticosteroids are used to control inflammation and subconjunctival injections may be administered. For large eyelid lesions, intralesional corticosteroids can be very effective. Systemic anti-inflammatories, including corticosteroids or Banamine may also be used. Treatment with an ivermectin or moxidectin dewormer is also initiated and repeated in 2-4 weeks.

Deworming programs to target the stomach worms and larvae are one part of the control of ocular Habronemiasis. Management of horse manure will help reduce the populations of infective larvae. Stable and house flies are the intermediate host that result in deposition of larvae and aberrant migration into the ocular tissues. Therefore, seasonal increases in fly activity will naturally cause an increase in ocular Habronemiasis. Fly control is critical in reducing the transmission of larvae. Each case of ocular Habronemiasis will require different types of treatment depending on the severity, location, and degree of inflammation.

Life’s so Bright You Gotta Wear Shades

UV Sensitivities Handled for Your Horse

Photosensitivity, the skin’s reaction to UV rays in sunlight can not only be a cause but also contribute to worsening cases of vasculitis, making it a major contributing factor to Equine Pastern Dermatitis, EPD. Horses with white legs and pink skin suffer more commonly from UV sensitities and whether the direct cause of dermatitis or worsening already existing dermatitis, the Photosensitivity battle might be the easiest contributing factor of EPD to win.

You can’t change the weather and you can’t always change where you keep your horse. That’s where Silver Whinnys® made by Sox For Horses, Inc. help owners exercise control over those otherwise “uncontrollable” factors.

“As we have increased our understanding on the pathogenesis of this complex disease (EPD) in the last decade, we have become very aware of the importance of skin barrier dysfunction, whether primary or secondary to inflammation. Skin impairment can play an important role in facilitating allergen penetration and increasing the risk for allergic sensitization.” wrote Dr. Rosanna Marsella, award-winning veterinary dermatologist, research author and full Professor, Rosanna Marsella, DVM, DACVD of the University of Florida (Gainesville) College of Veterinary Medicine at the 2016 Eighth World Congress of Veterinary Dermatology, where Dr. Marsella presented her paper, Atopic Dermatitis: What is the Latest in Therapy.

in the world that inhibits the growth of bacteria and fungi in the socks while the wicking/moisture-managing qualities of the yarn pull moisture away from the skin. Bacteria and fungi cannot penetrate the double layered protection of the socks when protocols* are followed.

“Since the list (of potential causes) is extensive, it is important to address secondary infections first and treat the treatable, and reassess (the causes) once the infections are resolved.” Marsella adds,“In most cases, secondary infections are present and complicate the evaluations; thus successful identification of the underlying disease will also depend on complete resolution of the secondary infection.” adds Dr. Marsella in her article Approach to Equine Pastern Dermatitis, published Issue 1, 2014 FAEP “The Practitioner”

Win this battle, by protecting sensitive skin from harmful direct sunlight. Silver Whinnys® by Sox For Horses, Inc, are socks made specifically for equine legs.


Silver Whinnys provide more protection than you knew you needed to ask for. They allow valuable air to reach the skin’s surface. Wicking/moisture-managing qualities of their remarkable silver yarn pull moisture away from the skin, completing two vital functions, keeping the legs cool and the skin surface is dry. Even in mud and wet weather, Silver Whinnys® have been proven to keep the skin surface dry and clean.”

Dr Marsella offered “While not a cure for all cases of EPD, the pull-on equine socks protect the skin and allow second infection to heal. Silver, which has antimicrobial properties and inhibits the growth of bacteria and fungi, is embedded in the yarn used to make this product.”

Double-layered in construction, they stop the majority of UV from reaching the skin. As dirt and insects are also two major enemies of healing, this double layer stops biting insects and keeps dirt away from the skin.

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They help resolve the secondary infection by providing a clean enviornment that promotes healing. Silver Whinnys offer the most advanced silver yarn technology

*Sox For Horses, Inc. recommends that the sox are changed every 24 hours until the dermatitis is resolved to be sure that the silver in the sox is always at optimum microbe reduction. If being used to prevent UV exposure and dermatitis is not present, the Silver Whinnys can be changed every other day.


Easy Tack Gear Repairs:

In those days, A DIY Tool for All

In 1903, a gentleman named C.A. Myers patented an invention to quickly and easily repair to the frayed leather on buggy whips. Soon, farmers and ranchers found many more uses for the palmsized lockstitch awl tool, not to mention owners of horseless carriages with their canvas tops and leather seats, at a point in history when replacements were hard to come by and quite expensive.

repairing things of value was more common than replacing them. Over the years, that tool has become an indispensable solution for all types of tack gear repairs, among a myriad of other repair applications specific to leather, canvas, nylon, cloth, and other materials.

In a too often “disposable society,” it is easier to forget that sometimes it is better to repair things of value, especially in today’s equestrian marketplace where high quality doesn’t come cheap, and you can do the job yourself quickly and easily.

When To Repair Rather Than Replace

While preventive maintenance such as cleaning and reconditioning leather to restore suppleness and keep minor wear and cracks at bay can help extend the life of tack gear, there are many instances where wear and tear may require either more involved maintenance or the consideration of complete replacement. Significant repairs can be an option, although you would likely stop short of doing a full lining replacement if you are not set up with the right equipment. But if you notice smaller areas of material in need of repair, you don’t necessarily need a professional shop or expensive equipment to solve the problem.

Today, anyone can tackle stitching repairs to a wide range of gear using the same lockstitch sewing awl designed by C.A. Myers in 1903: the Awl for All (www.awlforall.com). It continues to provide a portable alternative for repairs instead of expensive replacement, and eliminates the need to wrestle with needles and thimbles for jobs such as:

• Repairing separated leather on flocking, fleece, panels, and reins, and connections to skirts, straps, halters, and more

• Holding together stressed seams on tough saddle areas

• Reaffixing leather, metal, or other decorations common on tack gear

• Fixing tears in horse blankets used in stables and stalls

• Reinforcing worn or early cracking on halters, bridles, reins, riding gear, pads, girths, and cinches

Repairs such as these can be accomplished simply and easily on the premises, saving time and expense.

How does it work?

The sturdy handle of the Awl for All contains setup tools and needles for use. Setup is simple and easy. The thread is fed through a needle of your choosing (fine, coarse, or curved) depending upon the application and then inserted into the material being repaired. On

While the functionality of the Awl for All hasn’t changed much since its inception, the components are more robust through modern day manufacturing processes and materials. What’s new in recent years? There are now 13 colors of thread available (single thread spools and in bulk) that not only help match stitches for repairs, but also offer new options for creative designs and unique branding. Also available are a wide variety of needle types and gauges to suit any repair job.

The Awl for All is not only commonly used within the equestrian community, but also is used in craft work and to repair sporting/outdoor equipment (including camping and survival gear), pool and spa covers, awnings, upholstery, handbags, and clothing to name a few – any application where leather, canvas, nylon, vinyl, plastic, or cloth need mending.

New applications and uses continue to be discovered, and the tool continues to be an effective addition to an equestrian tool kit to help ensure the performance, health, comfort, and safety of both horse and rider.

www.awlforall.com the opposite side of the material, pull a length of thread twice the distance of the seam you want to sew. When the awl is pulled out just a bit, a loop of thread opens; pull the loose end of the thread through the loop; pull the needle back through, tighten up the stitch, and repeat until your stitches are completed. Then just tie up the loose ends to complete the process.


Collec�ng Revival:

& Record Players Vinyl Records

The portable record player has reached middle age. That’s right, portable record players have reached 50 years old and that means a collec�ng revival is on the horizon. The 1960s and 1970s marks the golden age of portable record players and turntables with built in speakers. The RCA record players were mid-century modern record players that have retained interest with today’s collectors. Teenagers would bring their box record player/stereos and handy vinyl record carrying case to a friend’s house and listen to music a�er school un�l dinner �me. Manufacturers that made turntables with stereo playback Hi-Fi sound sparked consumers’ interest and encouraged shoppers to buy turntables for the home. The Hi-Fi sound made them a mainstay in America’s living rooms and dens.

In the late 1800s, Regina tune sheet music boxes, Edison phonographs, and Victor Victrolas represented some of the early versions of record players. The Regina music boxes were made in Rahway, NJ and housed in a mahogany, oak, or cherry wood box, these music players used a comb mechanism to play metal tune sheets of 15 inches in diameter of various songs of the day. They were portable and are often available at auctions and online. In the early 1900s, the famous and highly recognizable Victor Victrola played music from a free-standing cabinet of solid hardwood. This piece of furniture hosted the turntable on the top beneath a domed lid, speakers that were revealed by opening two panel doors, and a storage area at the bottom that was the home to records. One point of interest is that Victrolas are of interest with collectors as long as they are in working condition. Today, certain antique or vintage records players command thousands of dollars with collectors.

There has been an increase in the value of vintage record players and stereo cabinets housing both radio receivers, speakers, and turntables since circa 2015. During my video call appraisal sessions, clients show me turntables to gain appraised value on the market and most are pleasantly surprised with the retail value on the market for such pieces.

Digital music downloads have changed the way we listen to our favorite songs. Fortunately, convenience has not outpaced vintage style. Many of today’s collectors are adding to their contemporary music libraries with old school vinyl records complete with artful album covers and vintage record players.

Portable turntable with built in speakers, circa 1960s Photo by Staff of www.DrLoriV.com

On Various Terrains WORKING HORSES

In the natural state horses, because of their anatomy, can move on any terrain and develop their body according to how they move, but in the domestic environment they adapt to what we provide them, which is often a very uniform and flat ground and this can definitely affect their muscles, bones ligaments and tendons.

Horses younger than two years should also live on hilly terrain, and this will develop their tendons to be stronger and teach them how to be balanced. Tendons need to be developed and strengthened when the horse is younger than two years, while muscles can be conditioned throughout a horse’s life.

Equestrian sports are definitely not a natural activity for horses; furthermore, horses have no natural interest in being ridden or competing. When ridden under saddle, they are carrying the weight of the rider and tack, and some equestrian disciplines even require the horse to carry his body in an unnatural manner. An example is the head position required in dressage and in some western riding competitions. The head is where all of the sense receptors are placed, with the exception of the touch ones that are spread all over the horse’s body. So, a horse would naturally position his head according to how he can see where he is going, but we often ask him to keep it in a different angle, which is definitely unnatural and can also not allow the horse to see where he has to go.

The way we exercise horses is what develops and strengthens their muscles, giving them endurance, coordination and soundness. Work done on perfectly flat ground cannot do the best in these terms, while working on different terrains and inclines can definitely add great benefits like athleticism, better balance and make the horse surefooted. Along with it, a horse ridden on different terrains and surfaces will gain good proprioception, neuromuscular mass and motor control. The key to a strong musculoskeletal system is using a varied training and conditioning program. Exercising horses at different gaits and on varied terrains enables the bone and soft tissue to be stressed in different directions, reducing the effect of repetitive strain and keeping horses sound and even mentally healthy. This work can even be twofold in terms of equine wellbeing: we can improve our horse’s fitness, but also provide him with some great mental stimulation. Keeping a horse in good fit-

ness is what makes him able to perform the work we ask of him. When working on hills horses engage the hindquarters, learn to step underneath themselves, develop the topline, and have to watch where they step.

The movements that the horse makes, when ridden, have to be such that the rider can keep a balanced position, and are different than how the horse would naturally move when not ridden. Working in an arena is not easy on a horse, in nature they move according to what surrounds them, while work in the arena is done in an empty space with uniform surface, doing patterns that are requested by the rider, not by the presence of obstacles that require certain movements to be avoided. All horses can benefit from doing some trail rides, and if we don’t have access to trails, we should consider working our horses on trail obstacles, which can help with coordination, and test their mental capacity as well as the muscles.

Work done on different grounds, hard or soft is what teaches the horse how to manage his gait and not injure bones, cartilage and joints.

Working horses up or down hills is a very effective way to improve cardiovascular fitness and strength, that are all needed in the performances where we engage our horses. It needs to be done in a gradual manner, beginning with a moderate incline and slow gait and progressing with how the horse improves his fitness.

Moving sideways up or down a slope promotes coordination and confidence and strengthens muscles, tendons and ligaments. Another important thing, that needs to be done gradually, is changing the gait from walking to trotting and even galloping up and down hill, that will provide the horse a consistent outline and self-carriage.

In the long run, especially on the horse’s back, the muscles that do not get exercised can atrophy, and unbalance the horse. Along with hill work, another way we can fix this problem is by exercising horses in a state of free movement. Active exercising without rider and tack can allow them to move their body, and use the muscles in a natural way. Being free to move gives the horse the chance to truly express himself and to make choices, which is a state that most ridden horses experience very seldom. Even one weekly session of working in freedom of movement can benefit immensely our horses physically and mentally.

Exercising a horse has to be done in a thoughtful manner and when we couple it with a spontaneous kind of interaction, which eliminates the need for horses to have to learn how to respond to cues, we can widen the possibilities for communication along with performance, and enhance the wellbeing of the domestic horse.


HH Sensing is dedicated to enhance horsemanship potential to support the interaction between human and horse, keeping their wellbeing in mind Our method can be learned through private sessions, workshops, online classes and clinics, and it is the subject of the book Human Horse Sensing Horsemanship that is available on Amazon.

With Human Horse Sensing solid horsemanship foundation, you will have the chance to be successful in any equestrian discipline and to take challenges that you would not imagine being possible even with good traditional training. With Human Horse Sensing, human being and horse work together freely with or without tack, through how they perceive the situations. Human and horse establish an active and dynamic dialogue, where you and your horse can exchange information or execute without being submissive, and you can become a leader of leaders.

Web: www.hhsensing.com Email: hhsensing@icloud.com Phone: +1 (760) 715 1554

Importance of the Walk

Palm Partnership Training™

Building a Partnership with your Horse

It probably comes as no surprise that a good walk is important in a trail horse. However, a horse with a comfortable, ground-covering walk is one that will be appreciated by real working cowboys, dressage riders, endurance and competitive trail riders, as well as weekend trail riders. That is because the walk is one of the hardest gaits to improve in a horse, and yet it is the gait most commonly used by most riders outside of speed events.

Although it is difficult to improve the quality of a horse’s walk, there are some exercises you can practice to teach your horse to walk at a comfortable, controlled speed in a straight line. When your horse is in a controlled walk, it is much easier for him to stay balanced when he is going up and down hills. If a horse is balanced and moving in a straight line, he can better transfer his weight to his hind end when going downhill as well as negotiate rough terrain much more easily.

to work with and enjoy the ride too. If you are unbalanced or heavy-handed, however, your horse will be frustrated and anxious for the ride to be over with and may challenge you in some way.

Practice the following exercise in your regular tack in an enclosed area at first before you take it out on the trail. Make sure you are sitting balanced in the center of your horse’s back and that your cues are clear so that your horse understands them.

The Basic Walk

Many riders create problems unintentionally when they either kick or grip the horse’s side to get him to walk forward, but these two actions actually make the horse resist. Try pounding your ribs with your fist to get an idea of what your horse feels if you do this. Remember that a horse is sensitive enough to feel a fly land on his skin so he does not need much of a leg aid when you ask him to move forward. Use your calves, and not your heels, in as light a touch as necessary to ask your horse to walk forward. If your horse does not step forward immediately into a walk, slide your calves slightly backward and ask again. If that doesn’t work, use a “clucking” sound with your leg aid or touch his side with your crop or the end of our reins just behind your leg or on his rump to give him even more encouragement to move away from the touch.

As your horse walks, practice staying balanced and let your hips move back and forth naturally as they follow his motion at the walk. This will synchronize you with the horse, and both you and he will be more comfortable. It also will encourage him to relax his back and use his hind legs more. You keep the horse moving straight and maintaining speed by using light support with your legs and reins.

You can tell if your horse is comfortable and relaxed in the walk if his ears are forward and he is moving along without resistance. If your horse is relaxed, clearly understands what you are asking of him, and trusts you, then he will be easier

There is less momentum at the walk to help your horse stay straight. If he is having trouble staying straight at the walk, practice transitions between the walk and the trot. Walk straight and at a steady pace—without slowing or speeding up. Next, practice varying your speed at the walk.

After practicing walking in a straight line, walk in circles at a steady pace. Remember, that when you circle your horse, he should have a slight bend or curve to his body and not have just his head turned to the inside.

Always be aware of your position in the saddle. Your spine should be centered over your horse and an observer should be able to draw a straight line from your ear to your shoulder to the middle of your hip, to the back of your heel, and down to the ground. Your eyes should always be looking ahead to where you want to go and not down at your horse.

Remember, if you have trouble controlling your horse’s speed at any gait, bring him into a turn because bending will automatically slow him down. At a walk, initiate the turn by using an upward motion with your outside rein only. This will shorten the horse’s stride at the walk. Think of your outside rein as your “brake.”

Cyril and Lynn offer clinics throughout the country and abroad as well as online coaching. Join them on their teaching tours or their Palm Equestrian Academy European Journeys.


AI. ?

There is an AI app that reaches across the vast sources of the internet, grabs existing information on any subject, and presents it in a well-written essay. I tested it, using the subject of horse trailers, and have to say, the amount of information that was collected and how it was presented was astonishing. The problem is that much of it was wrong and what wasn’t wrong was vague, misleading, or just plain hype. Here are some example:

“_____________ quality slant load trailers that are 100% safe for your horse and actually easier to pull than other trailers.”

“…the majority of research over the last fi�y years have shown that horses are be�er able to balance facing away from the direc�on of travel.”

“…_______ trailers puts safety first to protect you and your horses as you travel down the road in one of our aluminum horse trailers.”

“…many years ago, researchers …decided to conduct scien�c studies”

AI is an informa�on gatherer; it doesn’t discern whether the informa�on is correct. In the above excerpts, some wrong informa�on is obvious, such as 100% safe. Anyone that’s been around horses knows that’s not possible and never will be. But unverified material that is vague and misleading, such as …The majority of research over the last fi�y years can easily be passed over and absorbed as true when watching an impressive video or reading a well-wri�en ar�cle.

The majority of research…,…scien�fic studies… and …common opinion… are asser�ons that you should stop and ques�on. What research? A majority? Fi�y years? Were the scien�fic studies done by scien�sts? How did they conduct the experiments? Where can I find these studies? If those tou�ng these studies in their videos, ar�cles, and adver�sements know enough about this research to use them, why not let us in on the research that was done. Perhaps provide a link so we can see for ourselves (unless they just made them up or it was hearsay they used to hard-sell their trailers).

If you do come across an actual research study, while reading it to discern if the informa�on is credible, consider the plethora of variables that may not have been considered. The type of trailer design used. What kind of suspension? How big were the stalls? What was the tow vehicle and the terrain, and lastly,

“Gooseneck trailers are known to be easier to tow because you have more control when accelera�ng, turning, and stopping. It is a common opinion that towing a bumper pull trailer is more difficult to maneuver.” Elite

who did the research – was it someone qualified? Be especially aware of “Crossover Exper�se,” which is when someone with extensive knowledge and notoriety in one field, decides to write an ar�cle in a related field, which they know li�le or nothing about. Veterinarians and trainers are respected for their educa�on and experience.

However, a veterinarian advising on how horses should travel in a trailer may sound a lot more credible than a trailer salesman’s advice, but is it really? How much experience have veterinarians had with horse trailers? Many large animal vets I’ve known never owned a horse trailer. The same with trainers. They may be excellent at training horses but their advice is o�en limited to the par�cular trailers they’ve owned and their own par�cular experiences in hauling.

Before you start your research, it’s wise to decide what is most important to you in choosing a trailer, such as safety and durability. A�er you collect the data, si� out the informa�on that pertains to your criteria, filter out what makes sense and what doesn’t, and then look for credible evidence that backs it up. But in the end, remember that you know your horses be�er than anyone else. So a�er all your ques�oning and research are done, trust your ins�ncts. Your gut o�en knows what your brain is trying to figure out. Ask yourself, does this really make sense?

Equestrian does not endorse or confirm content suggestions in any articles. See credit page for disclaimer.

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Rising from Adversity: The Journey of Van Doren Media The Journey of Van Doren Media

In the midst of chaos and uncertainty, where the world was grappling with the upheaval brought by the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, a spark of inspiration ignited in the heart of Ocala, Florida. Van Doren Media emerged from the shadows, a beacon of resilience and creativity, barely three years ago.

What fueled this remarkable incep�on? It was a humble beginning, a simple family film infused with the soulful melodies of French music, captured using nothing but an iPhone nine and edited painstakingly on iMovie. The process was laborious, �me-consuming, yet brimming with passion and dedica�on.

However, amidst the hustle and bustle of running an equestrian training business, the ini�al momentum seemed to fade into the background. Roger, the driving force behind Van Doren Media, found himself entangled in the demands of everyday life, with li�le �me to spare for his crea�ve pursuits.

Then, fate intervened in the form of the Covid-19 pandemic, reshaping des�nies and steering Van Doren Media towards a new trajectory. From filming at pres�gious events like the Na�ons Cups to capturing the essence of diverse industries such as real estate, trucking, and poli�cal campaigns, Van Doren Media transcended boundaries and carved a niche for itself in the realm of visual storytelling.

But what sets Van Doren Media apart?

It’s the culmina�on of Roger’s lifelong passion for equestrian sports, honed through years of dedica�on and training alongside the luminaries of the South African showjumping world. From Philip Smith to Peter Gotz, Anneli Wucherpfennig to Ed Simpson, Roger imbibed invaluable insights and exper�se, becoming a sponsored rider and a revered mentor in his own right.

Roger’s journey didn’t begin with Van Doren Media, it was a path paved with diverse experiences.

From studying marke�ng at pres�gious ins�tu�ons like Witswatersrand Technical Campus and Cornell University to delving into the realms of produc�on, adver�sing, and entertainment, Roger’s repertoire is as vast as it is impressive.

His s�nt with the BBC Produc�on Team during the tumultuous “Mandela” era, documen�ng the annals of South Africa’s apartheid history, or his tenure at the Partnership Ad Agency, running campaigns for iconic brands like Castle Lager and Ballan�ne’s, each chapter of Roger’s life has contributed to the tapestry of his exper�se.

And now, nestled in the heart of Ocala, Roger con�nues to weave magic through his lens, cra�ing cap�va�ng narra�ves that resonate with audiences far and wide. His work speaks volumes, not just of his technical prowess, but of his innate ability to evoke emo�ons, to transcend barriers and to capture the essence of the human experience.

But perhaps, what truly sets Roger apart is not just his talent, but his ethos. Grounded in the principle of trea�ng others with the same kindness and respect that he extends to himself, Roger embodies the essence of being “just lekker.” His warmth, his humility and his unwavering commitment to excellence make him not just a skilled professional but a cherished ally in every endeavor.

So … as you embark on your own journey, remember the tale of Van Doren Media - a testament to the indomitable spirit, relentless pursuit of passion and the transforma�ve power of resilience. And if you ever need a guiding light amidst the darkness, look no further than Roger, the maestro behind the lens, the architect of dreams, and the epitome of what it means to rise above adversity.

Discover the magic of Van Doren Media at www.vandorenmedia.com or Face Book

Let us embark on a journey together, where every frame tells a story, and every moment is a masterpiece in the making.

The Lincoln Zoo Rebellion A

humorous tale of animal rights

Welcome to an entertaining, fun-filled adventure, primarily aimed at middlegrade school kids, 8 to 14 and youngat-heart adults.

An elderly zookeeper who can converse with animals; a sweet young veterinarian, fresh out of school; a fugitive African teen; zoo animals, and kids from the American town of Lincoln join forces in a rousing rebellion to defend the zoo and animal rights when a corrupt mayor and his cronies greedily attempt to turn the zoo into an amusement park.

The Lincoln Zoo Rebellion deals with animal rights and preservation in an entertaining and humorous way, making it an engaging read for kids from 8 to 14 and young-at-heart adults. It connects with today’s kids, who are more aware than previous generations because of the internet and faster moving times. It makes learning more exciting and fun.

“I loved this wonderful tale. The hero, Reggie, is a positive Pied Piper. This exciting story helps to foster children’s ability to handle tough competition and greed and learn about standing up for one’s beliefs with grit, generosity, humor, and love. I recommend it highly and enjoyed it enormously.”

Judith Warren, PhD., Psychologist

“It’s a terrific book! It will have broad appeal to both boy s and girls, especially animal lovers (most kids like animals). It’s a fast-paced story very humorous with witty and wonderfully colorful descr iptions. I loved Abby Sweet going into the lion’s cage, Reggie learning a n imal languages, and the animals escaping from their cages.” I had some good laughs in between holding my breath as the ac tion accelerated.”

“The Lincoln Zoo Rebellion was really creative with the animal voices and was cool that the kids wanted to help make a rebellion. Also, you feel a line of suspense growing and thickening, then it pauses, and a new suspense starts. I learned a lot about animals and espe cially liked Reggie the Zookeeper, Teeny Tiny, and Little Max, and the zoo animals the Penguins, Rambo the Hippo, Leslie the Ring- tailed Lemur, and the Spotted Hyenas.”

Sophia, age 11 (5th grade)

To learn more or to buy The Lincoln Zoo Rebellion, please visit amazonbooks.com. If you enjoy the book, please give a nice review to Amazon. That would be tremendously helpful. Thank you! Also available online at Barnes & Noble, IndieBound, and other fine online bookstores.

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