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Elite Equestrian Volume 13 Issue 2 Complimentary

Celebrating The Equestrian Lifestyle

Sport of Kings A chat With USEF President, Chrystine J. Tauber Equestrian Fashion Trends Therapeutic Massage for the Performance Horse

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Whoa Factor Must Haves


POLO Sport of Kings


Polo All Star Game Meet Nic Roldan


Temecula Valley Polo Club


TAXING QUESTION Deductions For Equine Businesses


USEF President Chrystine J. Tauber Exclusive Interview


HRH Duchess of Cornwall Attends Opening of International Equine Welfare Organization’s First U.S. Office


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Polo Gift Ideas


Art of Ron Lesser Cover Art


Polo Artwork Chisholm Gallery


Equine Jewelry


Equine Fashion: Colorful Trends


Winter Warm Breeches


Style Challenge Spring Dressage


HIS/HERS: Denim Jeans


Art & Antiques Home Appraisals

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50 Korean Project


Advice From Southern 8ths Clinicians


Benefits of Massage for the Performance Horse


Arabian World Cup



Saddle Fit For Short Backs

What’s In Your Medicine Cabinet?

Exporting Frozen Semen

76 European Bitless Bridle

61 Natural Grooming Products

77 Saddle Fit Q & A

62 New Bolton Center’s New

78 Trick Training

Sports Medicine Center


44 Meet Lindsay Robertson A New Kind Of Equine Portrait

84 Improving Your Horse’s Performance

90 Jump Course Design Book Review


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Celebrating The Equestrian Lifestyle

Sport of Kings A chat With USEF President, Chrystine J. Tauber

Equestrian Fashion Trends

Therapeutic Massage for the Performance Horse

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Infinate Talent, Ron Lesser’s masterful work of polo legend Adolfo Cambiaso. See his story and other work on page 28.


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Eight of the top polo players in the world will go head to head March 16, 2013 when Shamin Abas Public Relations and Special Events presents the inaugural High Goal All-Star Polo Challenge. Pitting North America against South America in thrilling high-goal polo action at a private polo field in Wellingon, Fla., a selective group of South Florida tastemakers and influencers will be invited to enjoy an afternoon folded in luxury. Ferrari North America, Town and Country Magazine, Dom Perignon and American Eurocopter will host the spectacular event festivities. On the field, the talent will be unequaled. Whereas most polo teams generally include a patron, each team at the High Goal All-Star Polo Challenge will be comprised entirely of professionals. Facundo Pieres, a 10-goaler currently ranked #2 in the world will captain the South American team, with Nic Roldan, the American Face of Polo captaining the North American team. With a cash prize at stake, competition is expected to be fierce.

wanted involved,” said Shamin Abas. “They’re two of the most well-known and coveted players in the world, and with them at the helm, we have no doubt that this will be an incredibly exciting match.” Roldan is contributing to selecting the players for the match. Consious of the fabulous opportunity this All Star Game offers, Nic explained “I’m looking at the top young American polo players. Ones that are up and coming. It gives them a chance and some experience.” 500 VIP guests will experience the ultimate in opulence as they relax field side under a majestic white sail-cloth tent provided by Sperry Tents Miami. They will enjoy the sounds of a Brazilian trio, paired with refreshing cocktails and delicious hors d’oeuvres. The menu will reflect the distinct tastes of North and South American cuisine.

Pieres and Roldan have played together before. “We’re friends”, commented Nic. “It’ll be a fun match. We’ll put on a good show, and it’ll be great.”

“We want our guests to have a truly unique experience,” added Abas. “We look forward to expanding polo’s footprint in our area and promise an unparalleled afternoon of luxury.”

“When we first started putting the elements together for this match, Facundo and Nic were two people that we immediately

Elite Equestrian editor Noelle Vander Brink asked Mr. Roldan what he thinks this game will accomplish: “ I think it’s going to bring a lot


of exposure, you know, being an All Star game. The best of South America against the best of North America, yeah I think that’s going to attract a lot of attention. And we’ve got a lot of great sponsors- Ferrari, Euro-Copter- I know we’ve got a lot of big sponsorships involved. These sort of events bring a lot of exposure to the sport. And it’s good exposure!” When asked if he thought the appeal of this game may attract new players, Roldan had this to say: “Maybe. I think it will attract a different audience. Different from the usual audience that goes to all the local games. I think people will come from other cities whether it be Miami or South Beach.” With polo as the ultimate backdrop, a limited number of field side tailgate tents will be available for purchase, and serve as the perfect place to entertain. To set the mood, a gourmet picnic and champagne for ten is included in the purchase price. The public is also invited to enjoy the match from the sidelines. Tickets are available for the price of $20 a car. For more information, go to

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... has been riding his whole life. “I grew up on a farm. My father is a professional polo player. I probably started riding before I could walk.”

Favorite Car: An old Porsch Roadster

When did you start playing polo? Probably 2 or 3. I’ve had a polo mallet in my hand my whole life. And then I became a professional when I was 14. I was never pressured into doing it. My father did it, and it’s always been my passion. I’ve always loved sports. Sports was always my thing. Sports have always come naturally to me- all the other sports I’ve played. I could have gone pro in Ice Hockey or golf or tennis, but I definately gravitated towards polo.

Favorite Vacation Spot: Aspen, CO

Favorite Drink: Chocolate cocoa water

Favorite Equestrian Sport Besides Polo: Jumping Best Advice You Can Give: Follow your dreams, work very hard, Nothing comes easy. Nothing is given to you. Be focused, follow your passion.


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future. “We are talking with several national charities, cancer and children charities to hold events this year.” she explains. Geraldine is collaborating with Ken Smith, owner of the acclaimed Galway Downs, a 240 acre equestrian center in Temecula. Together they have overseen and led the development of the polo field to become certified by the United States Polo Association. “We welcome the newly formed Temecula Valley Polo Club as a member club of the USPA,” said Dennis Geiler, Pacific Coast Circuit Governor, USPA. Temecula Valley Polo Club is destined to be a premiere polo club, connecting renowned players from around the world to participate in one of the world’s oldest team sport. In addition, Temecula Valley Polo Club will merge philanthropy with polo by serving as a regional fundraising venue for local and national charities to host exclusive events aimed to raise funds and awareness for a variety of causes. “Polo in California is an important part of our Association and we are excited about the continued growth in the popularity of our sport.” said by Scott Walker, Lt. Governor of the USPA and Director of the Temecula Valley Polo Club.

The Temecula Valley Polo Club, located at the acclaimed equestrian setting of Galway Downs, is set to open in May 2013. “We are thrilled to position the club as a regional fundraising venue and prestigious polo club, showcasing the talent of local and internationally renowned players in our beautiful wine country,” said Geraldine Strunsky, Temecula Valley Polo Club President, “I am working with several local charities and sponsors to hold fundraisers in the upcoming seasons, and the generosity and support for the club has been tremendous.” There are a number of fundraising events which are in the process of being organized in the near


The Temecula Valley Polo Club will be working with most polo clubs in Southern CA to do tournaments. They are also working on a European cup for this September. Polo attendees will also have the opportunity to bask in the richness of Southern California wine country as they witness the grace of polo at catered luncheons. These events will feature local wine and food pairings, world-class entertainment and silent auctions showcasing luxury products as well as traditional champagne divot stomps. While the charities will be in charge of their own events, the club is reaching out to several hotels for doing weekend packages that the charities can coordinate.

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Regarding “Infinite Talent”. . . Adolfo Cambiaso may be the most talented polo player there ever was. What Muhammad Ali was to boxing Adolfo Cambiaso is to polo - and more. Polo players are rated by a goal based handicapping system on a scale from minus –2 to 10. At any one time there are only a handful of 10 goalers playing on the world circuit. Only 5 players boast the highest handicap.

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Cambiaso, the number one for almost 20 years, was ranked a 10 when he was 17, and has remained at the same level ever since. He is grace on horseback. He has infinite talent.

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▲ David McEwen, British Contemporary, ASEA “Where did it go?” Oil on canvas, 36”w x 28”h, signed $6,500

▲ George Wright, English 1860-1942 Polo- ‘Ornament’ Oil on canvas, Image: 16”H x 21.5”W, Frame: 22”H x 27”W Signed lower right, inscribed loweer left Provenance: The Estate of William T. Ylvisakeer, Palm Beach FL $4,800

Elizabeth Guarisco, American ► Power Player (23/24) Signed, dated, and inscribed with edition #23/24 Bronze, 21”H x 12”D x 24”L $22,500 Provenance: Private Collection, VA

▲ George Denholm Armour, Scottish, 1864-1949 “At Speed”, Charcoal, signed, circa 1930 23”W x 34”H $17,500

◄ Lisa Bostwick, American Contemporary “The Internationalist, Pete Bostwick” 2009 36”W x 45”H Acrylic on Wood, Signed, $8,000 Notes from the artist on the back: Pete Bostwick is greased lightening. Realized becoming an “INTERNATIONALIST”, veteren at 27 years of age, this 125 ib Sportsman play hell-bent for leather Game of Polo!

◄AA Kinnelly A very stylish glazed ceramic plaque, unglazed to the reverse, depicting two polo players in brightly colored glazes, with metallic highlights, in the Majolica style. Signed and dated 1949 12”W x 8”H, $5,500


Horse Inspired Designs by Jeni Benos of Jenuinely Jeni Inc. the only seamless filigree equestrian jewelry Jeni Benos started her company, Jenuinely Jeni, Inc.,, about eight years ago, in 2004. Her equestrian designs range from fun, playful, and whimsical to sleek and sophisticated. Jeni’s first collection, the Zodiac Ponies, remains one of her most popular collections. Customers find the concept fun and are intrigued by the various horse postures associated with their “Zodiac identity,” as well as the way each expresses the zodiac traits of their particular sign. As the business developed and grew, Jeni’s designs became more complex as she challenged herself to create more unusual and unique pieces. Jeni’s filigree designs are a result of her desire to create jewelry that is truly original for the equestrian jewelry industry. Her first filigree design, a bead Jeni named Guinevere, won an award as the most innovative design in the 2007 AETA Innovation Awards. It was judged against many other entries, which included horse jewelry, accessories, home decor items, and artwork from many major companies in the equestrian industry.

Jeni’s filigree designs are the only seamless filigree equestrian jewelry available in the industry. Over the years, she has continued to create many seamless hollow filigree designs. Not only are these designs tremendously detailed, requiring tedious hours of carving, but they are also very complex when it comes to creating molds. There are very few jewelry designers who make hollow cast pieces, and of these designers, very few make their designs seamless. Not only does Jeni create seamless hollow filigree designs, but, due to the intrinsic shape of the horse form her designs also incorporate complex undercuts which make engineering a mold extremely difficult. Ivy, a hollow filigree horse head, which happens to be one of Jeni’s personal favorites, took approximately 100 hours of tedious carving on the original wax model. Ivy has a floral filigree pattern that wraps around the entire piece. Carving under the chin was one of the most difficult aspects of this piece and required Jeni to make some custom tools in order to accomplish the task. Sadie is another particularly complex design that Jeni created over countless hours of wax carving. Sadie is a hollow paint horse. Not only is Sadie hollow, but she has different spots on both sides, and four legs to work around. She was one of Jeni’s most difficult designs to mold and required techniques that went above and beyond the already complex mold making process Jeni uses for her other filigree designs. With all 30

Entwined, a popular piece is a hollow filigree heart shaped design. On the front of this bead Jeni carved a little mare and stallion, nose to nose, in a delightfully warm pose. The stallion has a wild curly mane that wraps around the bead, while the mare’s mane runs down around the bottom of the bead. Both of the horses’ manes loop together on the back of the piece where Jeni placed small flowers as a finishing touch. Jeni will, occasionally, set 1mm diamond eyes in both horses on the Entwined bead. This piece is exquisite in all facets with a touching emotional aspect of warmth. Without a doubt, it is the sentiment of the piece that has made it such a favorite.

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������������������� ������������������������ So you want to deduct some or all of your horse hobby expenses. Before taking those horse hobby expenses as deductions, you may want to consider the following factors - the Internal Revenue Service does - to determine whether your deductions will withstand scrutiny later. Remember, merely incurring expenses of an horse hobby as a “hobby”, even a hobby that you are passionate about and spend considerable amount of money and even run in a very business-like way, does not mean you can claim the deduction.

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Section 183(a) of the Internal Revenue Code (the “Code”) provides that if an activity is not engaged in for profit, “no deduction to such activity shall be allowed” except for interest and State and local taxes. Therefore, if you want to take deductions for your horse hobby expenses, you must satisfy the IRS that you have an “actual and honest objective” (in the words of the Tax Court) to engage in an horse hobby to make a profit. Now, that does not mean that at first, you need make a profit. There a many business endeavors that sustain losses, particularly at start-up, which losses are not attributable to any fault of the tax payer. The IRS (and then the Tax Court if you litigate) will consider losses, but will not determine merely because you sustained losses that your horse hobby activities were not engaged for a profit motive. Rather, the courts have focused on whether there is a “good faith objective of making a profit.”

payer’s horse hobby activities and his other businesses when the taxpayer claims that the horse hobby activity confers a benefit (i.e.: brings in clients or customers) for his other, non-horse hobby related business. However, the courts will give greater weight to these factors than to the taxpayer’s own statement of his or her intent. Finally, it is the taxpayer that bears the burden of showing that she had a for-profit objective, and not the IRS who must prove that she did not have that intent. In other words, if you take the deductions for horse hobby activities, you better be able to prove you are entitled to them

To determine if there was a good faith profit objective by the tax payer, the tax courts have examined a variety of objective facts, a non-exclusive list of which is also contained in the Code, and which includes:

1. What was the manner in which you carried on your horse hobby activity? First and foremost, you must maintain separate, complete and accurate records of your horse hobby activities. If you commingle your accounts, funds and transactions with non-horse hobby matters, you run the risk that there will arise a presumption, which you will be unable to rebut, that you were not serious enough about your horse hobby as a for profit enterprise to keep separate books.Therefore, an horse hobby would presumed to be a hobby for you.

1. The manner in which the taxpayers carried on the activity; 2. The expertise of the taxpayers or their advisors; 3. The time and effort expended by the taxpayers in carrying on the activity; 4. The expectation that the assets used in the activity will appreciate in value; 5. The success or the taxpayers in carrying on other similar or dissimilar activities; 6. The taxpayer history of income or losses with respect to the activity; 7. The amount of occasional profit; 8. The financial status of the taxpayer; and 9. Elements of personal pleasure derived from the activity. No single factor is controlling or dispositive, and the courts have also considered the relationship between the taxpayer’s horse hobby activities and his other businesses when the taxpayer claims that the horse hobby activity confers a benefit (i.e.: brings in clients or customers) for his other, non-horse hobby related business. However, the courts will give greater weight to these factors than to the taxpayer’s own statement of his or her intent. Finally, it is the taxpayer that bears the burden of showing that she had a for-profit objective, and not the IRS who must prove that she did not have that intent. In other words, if you take the deductions for horse hobby activities, you better be able to prove you are entitled to them Looking at each of these statutory factors, consider the following before taking your deductions: No single factor is controlling or dispositive, and the courts have also considered the relationship between the tax-


Looking at each of these statutory factors, consider the following before taking your deductions:

Additionally, changing operating methods or training techniques or hiring qualified professionals to increase profits is an indicia of for-profit motive. In the case of a horse training business, this might mean changing where you buy your green horses, or who trains them, or where you market them. Drafting a business plan, and hiring expert advisors, discussed below, are particularly persuasive, and may help you avoid the issue of operating losses incurred beyond the start-up years.For example, in a case from several years ago, careful receipts were kept by a horse owner who owned a hobby stable, but because the court concluded he did not formulate a business plan or take steps to make his operation profitable, merely taking steps to avoid losses was not sufficient, even though he kept separate books, to demonstrate a for-profit motive. 2. Your expertise or those of your advisors. Not everyone, and in fact most horse business owners, do not have the resources to formally hire a stable of advisors. However, you can demonstrate a profit motive by establishing that you have either studied the business, economic and equine scientific practices of horse hobby activities or have consulted those with that knowledge. If you are buying and selling your ponies, keep records of who trained them, who entered them as a result of seeing them in which tournament, who provided veterinary or other assistance to you in your horse hobby sales endeavors. Now obviously you cannot justify every action, and should

not try if you are enjoying your horse hobby truly as a hobby - without a profit motive - but taking the time to learn the business and having competent barn mangers and professionals assisting in the horse hobby business will support your claim of a profit motive. Indeed, hiring legal and tax professionals to structure your business may be an indicator of for-profit motive. 3. How much time and effort do you spend with your horse hobby? I don’t just mean playing with the horses. Do you personally work on a plan to exhibit your horses at certain horse shows if you are trying to sell them? Do you engage in the physical labor involved in an horse hobby, e.g. mucking out, grooming, training, even though you can afford some one else to do it? Do you maintain another business that significantly detracts from your time spent with the horse hobby enterprise? If you have a limited amount of time to spend on your horse hobby, do you employ qualified employees to carry it on in your absence? Did you withdraw from some other occupation to devote your time to your horse hobby activities? In one case, a court found that a woman who clearly had the means to hire help, yet nevertheless mucked stalls and worked at the barn and on horseback every day, clearly demonstrated that she had a profit motive in mind in running her stable. 4. Do you have a reasonable expectation of appreciation in value of your horse hobby assets? Your horse hobby assets include not only your horses, but your real estate, equipment and the like. Obviously the equipment is unlikely to appreciate, so that leaves the ponies and the real estate. Purchasing real estate may in fact involve expectation of appreciation. But to demonstrate this, you should develop a business plan which articulates your expectation of appreciation of the real estate you purchase for your horse hobby operation. Getting a hold of similar property appraisals, studying and appraising the property you do purchase, and adding value to the land may demonstrate that appreciation expectancy. With respect to the horses, developing and implementing a scheme, no matter how simple, to realize the appreciation in value of your horses is critical. For a small operation, do you buy young, train and show them to make them, and then sell them for more than you put into them, or at least try to? For the more complex operation, do you breed, raise, train, board and show your horses with an intent to realize the appreciation in value of the horses from the training you or your hired trainers put into them? Do you

have a plan that accounts for the costs associated with this endeavor? What is the actual relationship between your profits and your losses? In one case, claimed appreciation of close to half a million dollars in horse hobby pony inventory was “dwarfed” by more than 2 and a quarter million dollars in losses. There was no business plan. The court was unconvinced a profit motive existed in that venture. 5. Have you been successful in other similar or even dissimilar activities? If you have made money in successful horse hobby or horse ventures in the past, or are even doing so presently, this is strongly persuasive of an intent to do so with an horse hobby. An example would be the former professional horse shower who now is training and selling horses as his source of income. Compare this to the former or present investor in a thoroughbred syndicate who plays polo on the weekends. The former would be able to make a good case for his expenses as a trainer while the latter could not seek to recover his polo hobby expenses. However, lack of experience does not mean that you do not have a profit motive in an horse hobby. Nor will diversion of income from one venture to your horse hobby or use of losses in an horse hobby to offset your other income. The courts have been somewhat unclear on this area in the horse hobby context, but I would suggest that there has to be a rational relationship between either the activities or the skills you utilized for each activity for the court to find a profit-motive. If that sounds fuzzy, remember, none of these factors alone determines for-profit intent. 6. What is your history of profit or loss in an horse hobby? The old joke - How do you make a small fortune in an horse hobby? Start with a large one - somewhat applies here. Start-up losses, or losses for unforseen circumstances, even if well-beyond time of start-up, do not demonstrate a lack of profit motive. The Code states that a record of substantial losses, year after year, coupled with an unlikelihood of profitability in the future, indicates a lack of profit motive.However, this is not always true. For example, in one case, it took 3 years for a horse owner and breeder to determine that a fungus growing in his pastures was the cause of low birth weight and other breeding problems. A later drought further compounded his ability to board ponies and prevented successful replanting of the pastures.Significant losses occurred many years after start-up. Even though the owner could afford to operate the farm at a loss, the court determined that these events were beyond the owner’s control, and that merely experiencing these losses did not create the presumption that there was no profit motive. Remember, if you are enjoying an horse hobby at a loss, you must demonstrate that you are attempting to make money, including implementing new breeding programs, hiring new management, experimenting with new sources of revenue for the horse hobby operation. 7. Have you made any occasional profit? If you have, then you must still demonstrate that profit was as a direct result of for-profit intent. Using your horses for fun for 5 years and merely selling off your older horses does not demonstrate such intent. Training and selling horses consistently for 5 years at break even levels or worse, but then selling a few for significant profit would tend to support a for-profit motive. Also, again the court will look at the relationship between your losses and your profits.

8. What is your financial status? The court may consider whether you have other activities that provide substantial income, and whether losses from an horse hobby produce tax benefits. However, the facts that you lose money in an horse hobby or can afford to operate your horse hobby operation at a loss does not mean you have no profit motive, because, as one court put it, “as long as tax rates are less than 100 %, there is no benefit in losing money.” Remember the woman who could afford all the help she needed, but still mucked and trained horses herself? Your conduct in running and participating in your horse hobby is significant in many ways. 9. Do you derive personal pleasure or recreation from a horse hobby? We all do. But tax law does not prohibit a person from enjoying his or her work. The issue is whether these enjoyments are your sole motivation for conducting the horse hobby. Once again, your conduct, and the business-like manner in which you conduct your horse hobby operation, will be significant. Some, after reviewing these factors, might conclude that they are too small or too unique in their horse hobby activities to satisfy all of these tests. That may be true. To those folks, I would suggest that you not abandon common sense altogether. If you plan to take a tax position that your horse hobby expenses are deductible, be sure to run your horse hobby as a business, develop a plan or be sure to keep evidence of a plan (e.g. copies of print advertisements for horse sales), and be able to trace profits made and losses incurred directly to that business. To the others among you who say that you do not know if you meet these tests, it is time to take a look. 10. A recent tax court case that helps you. In the recent case of Frimml v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue, Tax Court Opinion 2010-176, (December 28, 2010) the Tax Court decided in favor of the taxpayers, reversing the auditors’ conclusions, where it framed the issues as: We must decide whether Paint horse owners engaged in breeding horses for profit within the meaning of section 183 when they allocated substantial funds and time to their horse activity over a period of 10 years (including the years at issue) yet failed to generate a profit. We also must decide whether petitioners are liable for the accuracy-related penalty for the years at issue. The Frimmls had been audited after they failed to generate a profit for 10 years. In reversing the conclusion of the auditors, which assessed penalties and interest after finding the enterprise only a hobby and without profit objective, the Tax Court applied the 9 factors (set forth above) of I.R. Code § 1.183-2(b), explaining that “No factor or set of factors is controlling, nor is the existence of a majority of factors favoring or disfavoring a profit objective controlling.” After noting that although the taxpayers had other full time jobs and that they did not keep their business books in a formal manner, the Court nevertheless found in their favor. The Court discussed the factors and found that their “decade formulating a business plan”, though not reduced to writing, “businesslike descriptions of decisions regarding their Paint horses”, consultations with training and breeding


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Equine Reproduction Services and Dail Trade Scientific Inc, successfully export the first frozen semen to The Republic of Korea Two horse lovers, a world and culture apart, set out on a global journey. professionalism soon melded into friendship. But upon their departure, we still had no idea how well we had scored or when we would know.

Dr. Y. S., Lee of Seoul Korea, is a veterinarian and owner of a global medical equipment firm, Dail Scientific Trade Inc. In July of 2009, Dr. Lee contacted Karen Berk of Equine Reproduction Services (ERS), Ocala Florida, to inquire about the possibilities of importing frozen semen from the United States. His personal dream was to establish a genetic pool of exceptional stallions to be the foundation of a Korean Verbond and riding horse program.

Dix Harrell of Gainesville, Florida. After reaching out to the Korean government, by Dr.. Harrell and Dr. Courtney Williams, Asian trade specialist of the NCIE ( National Center for Import and Export ), headquartered in Maryland, they were informed that a delegation of 2 Korean veterinarians from the Authority would travel to Florida to examine and question the ERS facility and staff. Only the Korean government could issue an approval.

Karen Berk has been freezing semen at her Ocala Florida Facility, Central and South America and throughout the United States with her mobile lab for 15 years. Her ERS Stallion Station had been a USDA and European Union approved semen freezing location since 2005. It has always been her goal to achieve the highest standards in producing quality foals for the future of the equine industry. Through many conversations, it was determined that these two entities, a world apart, would work together to develop a trade and agricultural bridge between the two countries.

This historic meeting took place in December of 2009. In attendance were Drs. Kim and Jung of North Korea representing the Korean Authority, Dr.. J. Jones, USDA, Dr. Cory Miller, DVM, ACT, of the Equine Medical Center of Ocala, Veterinary Medical officer (VMO) for ERS, and Karen Berk, ERS owner and technical consultant for the stallions and semen freezing.

Although the individual regulations for exporting equine semen from the US have been well established for shipping to the European Union and most other countries, the Republic of Korea had no trade history with the USDA in this area. Therefore there were no pre-existing zoo sanitary paperwork or import licenses. The Korean Authority are extremely diligent in regard to the prevention of any disease entering their country, and with no guidelines set at the time to cover frozen equine semen importation, neither Dr. Lee nor Ms. Berk could foresee the complexity of the task ahead. The first barrier to overcome was getting approval from the Korean Authority for the ERS facility. Normally approvals are handled by the regional USDA office, in this case by Dr. 50

Communication went surprisingly well considering the lack of a translator. The meeting, inspection and questioning went on for hours. Both sides discovered a vast cultural difference in the operational aspect of horse facilities, government oversight and the regularity of inspections and disease control. One of the biggest surprises to Dr.. Kim and Dr. Jeong Won was that American horse farms are not inspected at least monthly by the USDA for disease control, and that horse owners are free to choose their horse’s health program and inoculations without answering to an authority. The testing and diseases the doctors were most concerned about were EVA, CEM and Pyroplasmos. The Doctors were adamant about seeing and reviewing extensive record keeping. The day culminated with a tour of Dr. Miller’s impressive clinic and lab, state of the art surgery, MRI and 22 vet staff. Then on to Horse and Hounds Restaurant, an Ocala culinary tradition with the horsey set. It was there that we began to really connect and

For the next several months, Drs. Lee and Karen continued to refine what stallions could be candidates for the first test shipment. Dr. Lee’s vision was to build a Korean breeding program and establish the Korean breeds for international competition. For this he requested three warm blood stallions of exceptional pedigree with approvals from their respective breeds and show records. He also required an Appaloosa, Paint and Clydesdale stallion for color and competitive driving breeds. His emphasis has always been on sport horses. Karen’s task was to convince owners of top stallions to allow them to be quarantined at ERS for at least 6 weeks and be collected, inoculated, tested for numerous diseases, semen frozen and shipped to Korea. It was not an easy sell. The first horse contracted was Sampson (KWPN). An imported Dutch Warm blood shown in the EU as Remus Con, and owned by Kate Levy LLC, Sampson has an exceptional Grand Prix show and produce record on continents. Next was Karen Berk’s paint stallion Kid Easy Bar, an N/N son of Impressive with progeny both in the US and Belgium. Between breeding and show seasons it would be difficult to obtain top competition stallions so Dr.. Lee accepted 2 approved young stallions with high scores and impressive pedigrees. Embrace, Oldenburg N/A, owned by Wendy Lioporos and SS Stalone, Oldenburg N/A, homozygous black pinto owned by John and Teri Vincent. The Clydesdale is Double H. Levy Bill owned by Lassie Thompkins of Briarpatch Farm and the most difficult of the stallions to procure, an Appaloosa. Annie Martin of North Florida came through with a gem of a stallion, Dream Nugget. Now it was just wait and hope we could proceed. The confirmation from the Korean Authority came in August of 2010 through the USDA. ERS was awarded the first approval of a facility and program by the Republic of Korea ever. But, it came with a challenge, 32 pages of instructions, testing, timing and conditions. Game on. Quarantine began in September of 2010. A target date for shipment was Thanksgiving. All testing, collections and freezes were progressing as was expected. And then a shocking test result put on the brakes. The


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tease mare, Karen’s 23 year old Arabian mare Silver, tested positive for EVA. It was just a trace amount score, but enough to halt the project in its tracks. Silver had been tested extensively each year for other quarantines and had not been exposed to outside stallions. A retest of all horses on the property was both expensive and time consuming but necessary. The quarantine was suspended and everyone involved held their breath for 2 weeks. Additional testing was pulled on Silver and sent to outside labs. All came back negative. It was decided that the original EVA sample had been contaminated at the Federal Lab. With a sigh of relief, work and the quarantine began once again at step one. A very expensive error had lost the window of exporting before the end of the year. Additionally, three of the stallions had to leave due to show and breeding commitments at the beginning of the year. The search for qualified stallions had to begin again. Lost were Embrace, who had been sold during the first quarantine, the Dream Nugget, and SS Stallone, who was slated to begin training for his show career. Dr. Lee was disappointed but extremely supportive. His consistent encouragement gave fire to the project. The first replacement was the Nationally renown Appaloosa sire of champions, Colored By Charlie, owned by Cecily Zuidema. But the necessary two additional warm bloods proved a problem. Two weeks went by and after dozens of contacts, no one was either available or willing to send their stallion away for two months prior to breeding and show season.


forum, announcing Saint Sandro’s arrival, Karen received a second contact. This time the male came from Stephanie Mendorf of Roanoak Farm in Colorado. Stephanie, the previous year, imported a Perlino warm blood stallion from Czechoslovakia, Karen put a request out on the Chronicle of the Horse blog. Twenty Sagar, but he was 2000 miles away. ����� Really excited about the possibilities minutes later, to her surprise, she was contacted by Tawna King, owner of Golden Ventures Farm and the approved Oldenburg the project presented, Stephanie offered a challenge. It was Wednesstallion Saint Sandro. Saint had just finished his 70 day tests finishing day morning. The quarantine needed to be started on Monday to 9th overall. A very impressive finish for a 3 year old. More surprising, meet the required new deadline. Sagar needed a new coggins and after discussing the project at length, Tawna put him in her trailer health certificate to travel and finding cross country transport in 24 and personally drove him from Virginia to Ocala, Florida the next hours was doubtful. She gave Karen the job of finding a way. If it could morning. Karen and Tawna had never met previously. This show of be done, she would send him. The first call to National Equine Transport faith proved the turning point. After going back on the COTH brought another synchronicity. They were in the area, heading for

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Florida, and had one open slot. Stephanie put Sagar in the trailer, hauled him to Colorado State University and got an expedited Coggins test and health certificate. He was on the trailer to Ocala the next evening. As with Tawna, Karen and Stephanie had never met. Amazing leaps of faith abound. The quarantine and project resumed December 17th 2010. The new deadline for shipping was set for February 5th. Saint would also have to leave no later than this to service mares a home. All new testing and freezes began again, this time with no delays or glitches. During all the drama, Karen Berk, Dr. Miller and Dr. Harrell remained in close contact. Documents were gone over repeatedly. The paperwork took over 40 hours to complete and had to be reviewed by the USDA repeatedly prior to offering final documentation. Test results, at multiple intervals, for EVA, CEM, Pyroplasmosis, Glanders, Daurine, EIA, and Strangles, were done at the Federal lab in Ames, Iowa. Each stallion and tease mare had his own profile and multiple pages of results and scoring. Each stallion was sending 12 doses of semen of which 2 were to be removed at customs and sent to their own labs for testing. Of particular concern to the Koreans was testing for EVA and CEM. The US had been free of CEM until recently and its containment was a concern for the Korean Authority. These tests would require an additional 30 days before the shipment could be released from customs. To accommodate our project, the Korean Authority built a new facility, housing a complete lab on their customs quarantine property. They also had sent a contingent of vets and lab technicians to Atlanta to the USDA/APHIS Disease Control Center, to study equine diseases, identification and prevention. They had their team in place. At last, all paperwork passed scrutiny with the USDA and the tank was sealed.


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The Benefits of Therapeutic Massage for the Performance Horse The Performance Horse is an athlete. No matter what discipline he is engaged in, he encounters many of the same challenges and problems as the human athlete. The Performance Horse must be physically fit, agile, and fine-tuned for the specific athletic job he needs to perform. In whatever discipline the performance horse is being trained, he is expected to school on a regular basis using his muscles in an intense way for an extended amount of time, carrying the rider’s weight. A horse typically spends 20 - 30 minutes in warm up, and another 30 - 60 minutes working. We think of a horse as a big strong animal that has no trouble carrying us and is happy doing what we ask because he is generally willing to do so. However, it is important to remember that we are asking for intense athletic work and that the horse’s musculature is affected by that work in the same way ours is; imagine yourself spending 50 - 90 minutes per day walking briskly, jogging, and running sprints, with 10 to 15 pounds of extra weight on your shoulders. Athletic activity not only results in increases in heart rate and circulation, but also in increased metabolic activity in the muscles, which use nutrients to produce energy both aerobically and anaerobically. This results in the production of toxins, such as lactic acid, in the tissue, causing muscle fatigue. The body’s ability to efficiently remove these by-

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When your horse appears with a minor cut or abrasion that will need some treatment, your first objective is to determine whether to call the veterinarian or not. If it appears to be deeper than originally thought, over a joint or tendon, or close to the eye, a veterinarian should be called. These types of wounds require more than an over-the-counter cure-all salve, as they can become major problems very quickly. Don’t wait. Call the veterinarian if there is any doubt. If it is determined to be minor, cleanse the wound carefully. First, gently remove any debris from the wound area and cleanse thoroughly. Remember, tissue is fragile. Vigorously scrubbing a wound can do more damage to the tissue than the original insult did. Saline solution, rather than tap water, can easily be used for a cleansing agent. If not readily available, an at-home recipe is 2 Tablespoons of salt in a gallon of distilled water. Every horse owner has a collection of medicine cabinet salves, sprays, and powders that were bought in the tack stores, recommended by friends, or left over from a prior veterinary visit. The decision of what to put on the wound may be harder than you think and the choice can be critical to the recovery outcome.

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On a gray, sleety afternoon last fall, the newest building on the Penn Vet New Bolton Center Campus was dedicated. The building is the Ilona English Equine Performance Evaluation Facility (EPEF). The cold, rainy weather demonstrated just why such a facility is important to the Kennett Square campus of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. The campus cares for large animals, and 85% of the patients seen by New Bolton Center veterinarians are horses. “This kind of weather,” said Elizabeth Davidson, DVM, DACVS in her opening remarks, “is exactly the reason we need this building.”

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Since that freezing autumn afternoon, the 80’ x 120’ indoor arena has proven it’s value, providing a safe, dependable, appropriate surface for the evaluation of horses. It is an ideal setting in which to perform lameness evaluations, prepurchase examinations, and diagnostic procedures involving riding and exercising horses. In the three months since its dedication, the EPEF has also provided shelter from snow, ice, and rain. As summer approaches, it will shade patients, clients, clinicians, nurses and students from the searing rays of the sun as well. The building is also capable of supporting mobile technology routinely used by Sports Medicine clinicians in lameness diagnoses. “This building is already an integral element in our Sports Medicine Program,” explained Dr. Davidson, who was a primary force behind the building and its design. “As we continue to build one of the premier equine sports medicine programs anywhere, this facility is helping us to excel in patient care by giving us the ability to evaluate horses, regardless of the weather, in a safe environment.” Generous donors Ilona English, a Penn grad and breeder and owner of Summit Sporthorses and Sportponies in Ringoes, NJ, spearheaded the initiative to build an indoor arena and provided the initial funding for the project. Blue Bell equestrian Saly Glassman was another major donor. The EPEF was built by King Construction Company of New Holland, PA. For the footing, Dr. Davidson chose MC Ecotrack® by Martin Collins, a top-notch blend of waxcoated sand, CLOPF® fibers, and soft rubber that provides an ideal surface for sport horses, whether in hand or under saddle. Dr. Davidson pointed out, “We’re the only veterinary facility in this country to have this footing.” 62

Sports Medicine Specialties The Sports Medicine team at New Bolton Center offers a wide range of specialty services that address lameness issues as well as those of the heart and airways. State-ofthe-art imaging capabilities including MRI, high-speed treadmill, ultrasound, CT, echocardiology, digital radiology, nuclear scans, and farrier service allow the veterinarians to diagnose and treat performance limiting conditions in horses of all disciplines. The EPEF is the initial phase of a two-phase project that will culminate in a state-ofthe-art Equine Performance Clinic. The proposed complex will include holding stalls, an enclosed hard trot-up track and hard surface lunging area, diagnostic center, procedure room, client services, sophisticated farrier clinic and more. Said Dr. Davidson, “Having a multitude of surfaces allows the clinician to understand the dynamics of lameness. Some are more pronounced on soft footing, others on hard surfaces.”

One of the tools being used successfully in the new EPEF is the Lameness Locator®, a wireless inertial sensor system which can easily be applied to the horse while trotting in hand or while ridden. The Lameness Locator® objectively detects and quantifies lameness in the horse. It is quick, easy, and completely non invasive. Small, wireless accelerometers, which measure up and down movement, are mounted to the horse’s head and pelvis and a gyroscope, measuring orientation, is secured to the right front pastern. Results are depicted in graphs that are easy for the Sports Medicine team to interpret. � �

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options? CJT: I spent many years working in the notfor-profit sector where communications, marketing and public relations were critical to the success of an organization, an event, or a fund-raising campaign. In this new digital age the way we communicate with our members is rapidly changing to include digital strategies like the Internet and social media. Within the USEF membership we will always have to balance the use of new technology but the traditional forms of communication will change as we go through each generational cycle. I think people will eventually prefer the timeliness of the online magazine and news releases. EE: Internationally, is there an organization whose image of excellence you admire or learn from? How do you define USEF “core” values? CJT: I think our core values are that we are open and transparent in how we conduct business. We operate with integrity and respect each other in our interactions. As a result, we can take pride in our work and strive for excellence. The USEF has good working relations with many International Federations, the FEI and USOC, as well as our affiliates, and we learn from all of them. EE: As a horse show judge and now, as USEF president, you have to travel a lot. Do you have a preferred designer or line that you count on when you need to look good in an equestrian setting while still working comfortably? CJT: When judging and officiating I prefer tailored separates in neutral colors (does not show dirt spots) that can be mixed in a variety of ways to create several different outfits while traveling. I like designers like Elie Tahari and Classiques Entier, and more recently, Michael Kors. I have a wonderful collection of silk scarves -- mostly Hermes and Ferragamo -- that I use to add color. I always try

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Top Clinicians Donate Their Expertise for The So8ths/Nikon Three-Day Event The third annual So8ths/Nikon Three-Day Event in the “Heart of the Carolinas,” which takes place May 2-5, at Southern 8ths Farm in Chesterfield, SC, has something special for the competitors. On the first day some of the top riders, trainers and course designers in the country think so highly of this amateur-focused event that they are giving up a day of their time to educate and inspire the 2013 competitors. ����������������� ��������������

��������������� What makes So8ths so special is that this 300-acre paradise is like a mini-Rolex in that it has some of the best facilities in the nation, which are often only reserved for the upper lever riders. Here you have 45 permanent stalls, regulation size arenas, over three miles of manicured Roads & Tracks, a huge airy indoor arena and so much more. Last year showcased the following clinicians, who will be back again this year: Pan American Games veteran Holly Hudspeth; Susan Beebee, who has competed at Rolex; J. Michael (Charlie) Plumb, winner of the 1990 Fair Hill CCI**; Olympic veteran Robert Costello; Pan American Games Gold Medalist and Olympic alternate Will Faudree; Show Jumping Course Designer Marc Donovan, Dressage Judge Sue Smithson, FEI Eventing Veterinarian Dr. Debbie Williamson, and FEI “I” Cross-Country Course Designer Tremaine Cooper. The clinicians are thrilled to be a part of this event and what better way to prove that then to let them say why in their own words. Debbie Williamson, DVM, is not only an official throughout the event but also donates her time to educate the riders. “I get tremendous joy each year getting to know the participants and their horses,” Dr. Deb remarked. “From a veterinary standpoint I try to emphasize that the veterinarians are there to help not intimidate and as officials we would love to see each competitor finish successfully. At the same time, we emphasize that the health and welfare of the horse is paramount and that all necessary actions will be taken to try to insure that. “We go through the vet box and end of phase D procedures and on cross-country day have an excellent staff of veterinarians and volunteers to help the vet box run smoothly and to assist riders and grooms with questions and concerns they may have. “I have participated in all of the Long Format three-day events at So8ths and think 68

������������������������������������� ������������������������������ ������������������������ ������������������ ���������������� every year gets better and better (although each year has been great on its own). The facility is superb and the hospitality and enthusiasm are even better! I personally wish there were more events at this facility.” Holly Hudspeth, Raleigh, NC, a level IV certified instructor and competitor, who teaches at Equiventure Farm in Rougemont, NC said, “I came last year to So8ths for the first time and taught how to properly perform the jog up. Being able to practice this is crucial, because a person can improperly jog a sound horse and make it look lame! It was important for the riders to be able to practice this, everyone was receptive to the comments, and you could see improvement.” Holly is a huge supporter of the Long Format and added, “So8ths has done an amazing job to make this opportunity a possibility for so many. This format requires much preparation and planning, and it really brings together horse and rider on all levels. I was so impressed last year on how excited all the riders were and felt they really appreciated the opportunity.” Robert Costello will be at the So8ths/Nikon event for the first time, but he’s heard enough comments that he’s excited, “I look forward to interacting with the competitors and hope I can be a positive influence in this educational 3-Day experience.” Very humble indeed but I can guarantee that these amateur competitors are more than psyched about having an Olympic veteran teach them. What an honor!

Charlie Plumb, Southern Pines, NC, commented, “I helped out last year with the steeplechase. As we get older fewer riders have been able to enjoy this phase! Brad has allowed the true three-day event to be appreciated again. Good for him and for the sport of Eventing!” Susan Beebee, Southern Pines, NC, a rider, teacher and trainer, helped teach the Steeplechase. She feels the keys here are in the rhythm, timing and confidence of the riders. “Steeplechase is tough for inexperienced riders as they think it’s about speed. Most of the horses were worried about the steeplechase fences as they are different to look at than a cross-country fence. Once the riders understood about rhythm to the fence most were on target after that,” Susan explained. “What I liked most was seeing the riders having fun. Everyone had big smiles on their faces. It made it all worthwhile.” Susan went on to give her take about the importance of clinics like these, especially with up-and-coming horses and riders. “Having a day of teaching helps to improve the overall safety of the sport and gives each rider the opportunity to become a better horseman.” One of the debates that continues as a result of shortening the Long Format into the Short Format, mostly because of TV and the Olympic Games, is its importance. “The Long Format at the lower levels is a fun way


for horse and rider teams to create a partnership and bond,” Susan added. “It also teaches them to ride and execute a plan.” Obviously when you are teaching safety you want to ensure that the facilities and ground you are teaching on are safe and that is what this farm prides itself on. “So8ths is the perfect venue for the lower level Long Format: beautiful rolling countryside, excellent footing, and perfectly prepared arenas. Brad (Turley – the owner) & Pati (Martin – his girlfriend) put on a fun first class week that gives everyone involved the feeling of competing at a BIG event. It’s the Rolex of Beginner Novice, Novice and Training level three days,” she concluded. Tremaine Cooper, Bluemont, VA of Cross-Country Designs Inc., showed how to ride the Steeplechase. He also did a crosscountry course walk. Tremaine noted that the range of skill levels and experience was varied and made clinicians day even more important. “The education day is one of the biggest parts of doing a Long Format three-day,” he commented. “While you can’t teach someone to ride in one day, some people respond well and you feel like you made a difference. “The Long Format provides an excellent goal for the young rider or adult amateur. My one observation would be the great variety of advance preparation necessary; the more people can educate themselves beforehand the better. “The facilities at So8ths are fantastic to run a Long Format event. A beautiful steeplechase specific track instead of running around an old paddock - nice dressage and show jumping venues - a challenging cross-country and great prepared trails for roads and track. Very few places in the country offer all of this which has been specifically geared towards the Long Format,” he concluded.


Brad and Pati (above) travel to many of the events that showcase the Long Format and many a rider will come up to them to echo their thoughts. “Our competitors have told me many times that riding in the ‘Heart of the Carolinas’ is like paying for a clinic and getting a competition thrown in for free. We have some great professionals that give their time to make this event what every event should be, a way for both horse and rider to leave better than when they arrived. This is what the US Eventing Association (USEA) is all about – making us all better horsemen and riders,” concluded Brad. For more information check out the following links: www.so8ths. com,, � presslink-so8ths, �

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International Arabian Horse Community Crowns Champions in Las Vegas Eyes of the international Arabian horse community focus on Las Vegas, NV Thursday, April 18 through Sunday, April 21, 2013 as the Arabian Horse Breeders Alliance (AHBA) World Cup horse show returns to the South Point Hotel and Equestrian Center on Las Vegas Blvd South for the seventh consecutive year.

Some 250 of the finest purebred Arabians in the world, including National and International Champions, compete in this globally acclaimed event. Nearly a dozen nations are represented in this competition with many owners making a special trip to Las Vegas for the prestigious show. The World Cup show committee welcomes the public to enjoy this unique horse show at the South Point Equestrian Center with complimentary FREE admission. This is a Las Vegas showroom-style production, complete with theatre comfort, and is unlike any other Arabian horse show held in the United States. Classes are judged by a fivemember international team using the

European-style World Cup Scoring System, similar to renowned shows in Aachen, Germany and the World Championships at the Salon du Cheval in Paris. In a presentation similar to that of figure skating, the scoring results are displayed to the audience after each horse is judged. This is a breed show where horses are presented “in halter classes,” meaning shown by a handler on a lead rope to the halter or head gear the horse wears. The horse is judged by beauty and conformation traits that reinforce standards of excellence for future generations of the breed. The Arabian World Cup is to Arabian horse industry what Westminster is to the dog world.

Shopping is part of the World Cup Show experience with the adjoining commercial exhibit area boasting a wide array of merchandise, some of which is unique to the horse show scene. South Point offers a number of dining options for those desiring a full day of relaxing entertainment. A new component enhances the visitor experience for 2013 with the addition of a “Guest Information Center.” Located at the entry to the commercial exhibit area, the Center is designed as an information resource for visitors to learn more about the Arabian horse, to gain better understanding of the competition and how to become a participant in Arabian shows. Contact information for any of the magnificent horses or farms participating in the show is also available. The Arabian Horse Breeders Alliance is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the Arabian horse and providing opportunities for those unfamiliar with the breed to become acquainted with these horses and get involved in the Arabian horse industry.

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The World Cup’s Magnificent Arabian Horses Show Celebrates Thousands of Years of History Seeking Best in Breed

The horses of the Arabian Horse Breeders Alliance (AHBA) World Cup are widely regarded as the foundation stock of modern light horse breeds. The origins of the Arabian horse trace back thousands of years to the Arabian Peninsula where they were bred by the Bedouins. The harsh desert conditions produced a strong horse with large lung capacity and remarkable endurance. Arabians were prized possessions, a sign of wealth, and known to live in the tents of their masters. They evolved to have high intelligence and affection for man. A special highlight of the World Cup experience is the opening night gala, also open to the public. Details on Show tickets and the gala are available online at the Arabian Breeders World Cup website:

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The highly selective and disciplined breeding practices of the Bedouins produced a very pure breed of horse with distinctive traits – a dished profile as compared with other horses; a fine muscel with large flaring nostrils; broad foreheads with large, expressive and wide-set eyes; smaller, curved ears. Very athletic horses, widely recognized for their heart and endurance, Arabians are called “Drinkers of the Wind.” Images of Arabian horses are found in works of art throughout recorded history, from Egyptian hieroglyphics to Renaissance paintings. Prized by kings and nobles, the Arabian was the chosen mount of Genghis Khan, Napoleon, Alexander the Great and George Washington. In the seventh century AD, Mohammed charged his followers with treating the Arabian with kindness as doing so would be rewarded in the afterlife. The modern Arabian horse is treasured around the globe as a work of art. Arabians compete as show horses in all disciplines from elegant dressage moves to western riding classes, to jumping to the crowd favorite Native Costume class unique to this breed. Arabians are race horses, working cow horses, endurance horses – and best of all, beloved family horses, companions and pets. Beautiful to behold in the show ring with long, flowing manes and tails, they are at home any place they are loved and well treated. Man has indeed a special bond with the Arabian. The history of these horses is a saga of intrigue, folklore, passion and romance for as Western civilization evolved, so has the Arabian.



Saddle Fit and Short-backed Horses by Jochen Schleese CMS, CSFT, CEE Saddle length is an issue I have been noticing more and more in the past few years, as breeding seems to have really concentrated on making somewhat more ‘compact’ (i.e., ‘shorter’) horses. This is especially prevalent in the ‘baroque’ style horse – the Lusitanos, the PRE, the Andalusian. So – other than the obvious visual “shortbackedness” of a horse, ask yourself... Does your horse have a “4-beat” canter?

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Does your horse have tense back muscles which impair movement? If you answered “yes” to either of the above questions, you may be faced with a saddle length issue because of the length of your horse’s back and his saddle support area. The first is more of a visually obvious result; the second more of a ‘feeling’. Many of us are familiar with the term “shortbacked” to describe a horse, but few of us are aware that even a horse with a back that appears to be of normal length may actually have a very short saddle support area. The length of the saddle support area (the area where the saddle must sit) is what saddle makers and saddle fitters are concerned with, since this will determine how


long the panels of this particular horse’s saddle must be. Breeds that commonly have a short saddlesupport area are Friesians; the Baroquestyle horses such as Andalusians, Lusitanos, PREs, and Lippizaners; Arabians; and more and more frequently, “modern-type” Warmbloods. One common saddle fitting issue faced by these breeds is that the panels on dressage saddles often are too long for their backs. In order that these horses may develop to their fullest potential, and work willingly, happily and without pain, it is cruccial that they have a saddle with panels

that are the correct length for their backs, without impinging on the ovaries or the kidneys. In order to identify your horse’s saddle-support area – the area where the saddle must sit – do the following: 1. With a piece of chalk, outline the edge of your horse’s shoulder blade. 2. Locate your horse’s last floating rib. To do this, find where his hairlines come together in the area of his flank and draw a line straight up to his spine.

I am pointing to the last supporting rib on a horse with a saddle that fits properly within the boundaries of the saddle support area for this particular horse. First, the saddle must sit behind the shoulder. But, and particularly at the canter, a saddle that is too long often will get driven forward into the shoulder. This can produce a buildup of scar tissue on the scapula, and over time, the scapula may actually be chipped away by the tree points of the saddle. Second, the saddle cannot extend past the last floating rib. If a saddle is too long for a particular horse, the rear of the panels will extend past the horse’s saddle support area. This is extremely uncomfortable for the horse, as it puts pressure on his lumbar region. A horse ridden in a saddle that is

too long will often tighten his lower back muscles; in some cases, you can actually see the horse hollow and drop his back in an attempt to get away from the pressure of the saddle. (For an example of this, watch the video “How to Tell if Your Saddle Hurts Your Horse” on the Schleese Educational YouTube Channel at com/mjpschleese). He may even buck in extreme cases, in an effort to get the weight off his lumbar area. Finally, he may have difficulty moving forward into the canter, or may simply be persistently “off” for no readily apparent reason.

If these are issues you have been facing, and have been unable to actually attribute them to anything ‘real’ (like illness of some sort for example) then perhaps you might consider that it could simply be that the saddle is too long for your horse’s back and is making him extremely uncomfortable – which is why this ‘acting out’ occurs. Think about how you would feel if you had something constantly pounding into your kidneys. Sometimes you have to look past the obvious symptoms to find the cause.... Jochen Schleese, German Certified Master Saddler and Saddle Ergonomist, teaches saddle fit principles to protect horse and rider from long-term damage caused by illfitting saddles. 1(800) 225-2242 ��


showing • training Popular European Bitless Bridle Now Available in the U.S. The LG Zaum® bitless bridle system, developed in Germany by classical dressage rider and trainer Monika Lehmenkühler, is now available in the United States through the NWNHC Store. Ms. Lehmenkühler originally developed the bridle for a horse with dental issues who could not be ridden in a bit. She needed the refinement, collection and feel of a bit without actually putting anything in the horse’s mouth. The LG Zaum bitless bridle system is the culmination of that development. According to many European horse journals, the LG Bridle is now the most popular and practical bitless bridle on the global market. After many years of everyday usage, it has established itself in all sectors of equitation, including Endurance, Dressage, Eventing and Pleasure Riding. It is also used and endorsed by several Olympic gold medalists, professional riders and many European trainers.

leverage or achieve different levels of leverage by adjusting the rein attachment. This variable, multi-functional, construction is instantly usable with any regular headstall. It can be used for any kind of riding, or as a show bridle, where permitted. The LG is especially helpful for horses that lean on or reject the bit or shake their heads while in the bit. This system develops contact and precision without painful mouth pressure on the horse.

Bitless bridles can be gentler on horses, providing clear, effective communication with no mouth pain or risk of oral injury. Collection can be reached with total comfort for the horse. According to studies conducted on the affects of bits on the horse, over 40 diseases and 200 behavioral problems can be caused by the use of a bit. Information on bitless riding and the studies on the affects of the bit can be seen at: The LG Zaum bitless bridle system consists of a six-spoked metal wheel that connects headstall, noseband and chinstrap to add some leverage. The LG feels like a bit in the rider’s hands, but is gentler on the horse. Equestrians can ride completely without

The LG Zaum is now available through the NWNHC (Northwest Natural Horsemanship Center) Store headquartered in Fall City, Wash. The NWNHC specializes in teaching natural horsemanship skills, connecting the natural horsemanship community through clinics and activities, and bringing quality natural horsemanship tools to the horse world.

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Ask the Saddle Fit Expert by Jochen Schleese


Q - What is the difference between the saddle twist and the saddle waist? Everyone seems to have a different opinion. A - The twist is what you actually feel between your thighs and under your pubic bone - in traditional “male” saddles is usually very wide (even though the ‘male’ seat is very narrow, reflecting the narrow seat bones of the male pelvis). Women are usually more comfortable in a narrower saddle twist, despite “child-bearing hips” (requiring wider saddle seats to accommodate their wider seat bones). This has nothing to do with what you look like physically. The articulation of the hip bones is different in male and female anatomies, influencing the feel of the tree width between the legs. Some women riding in a ‘male style’ saddle (wider twist) feel pulled apart at the hips, and feel the edge of the tree digging into the inner thigh, also causing the rider’s knees and toes to turn out. The waist is the seaming running down both sides behind the pommel, visible when viewing the saddle from above. The width of the waist stitching is cosmetic (from narrow to wide) and does not affect what you feel between your legs, however female riders may experience chafing from waist seaming.


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Both twist and waist are determined in saddle design and manufacture, and cannot be altered. Manufacturers use ‘norms’ - women generally feel better in a saddle with a narrow twist; men prefer a wider twist. “Buy with the eye, but ride with the feel”. Jochen Schleese, German Certified Master Saddler and Saddle Ergonomist, teaches saddle fit principles to protect horse and rider from long-term damage caused by ill-fitting saddles.


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Pusher Rocks, Trick Training, the Gi�ed and Talented Class for Horses By Suzanne De Laurentis and Allen Pogue, Imagine A Horse © 2012

We have wonderful friends that have a very talented, in fact brilliant child in middle school. She thrives on difficult work and tasks and is also very strong minded. She flourishes in the Gifted and Talented program. With the help of this wonderful form of Alternative Education her future is bright. We like to think of Enlightened Trick Training as Alternative Education for the gifted and talented equine. Pusher Rocks, is a Tobiano Tennessee Walking Horse that came to Red Horse Ranch for remedial training or “Equine Charm School” in 2007.The Pusher surname is from a well known line of Tennessee Walking Horses. We recently rode the White Mountain Wilderness in New Mexico for our annual Rough Riders’ Club and Pusher and his family was in the group. He was a perfect gentleman all week and totally competent on the trails. If you didn’t know his story, you’d never guess he had been a very difficult horse. Pusher had been a field trial horse when he was first put under saddle and his riding skills consisted of rushing forward as fast and hard as he could go. He would absolutely roll over anyone or any obstacle in his path and was a danger not only under saddle but on the ground as well. When Carobeth Bennett, Pusher’s owner had first contacted me to re-educate him, I was hesitant because rehabilitating a speed horse can be a time consuming task. But Carobeth would not take no for an answer and kindly pointed out that we advertised our methods as “designed to create the Ultimate Companion horse”. Pusher is a very intelligent and personable horse that was suffering because his prior experiences under saddle did not prepare him for his new job as a pleasure horse. He didn’t understand the new expectations let alone the cues. He thought he was to just go fast and dash over obstacles and anticipation of going full blast ahead made him a bundle 78

Pusher Rocks, with Allen and Sue

of nerves and very hard to control. He just couldn’t find a correct answer to Carobeth’s requests. He was like a child in the wrong educational program which can be a miserable situation at best! When he arrived at the ranch, he was a nervous wreck. Carobeth had been able to mount Pusher only when he was cross tied in the hall way of the barn. She would place his halter over his bridle, mount him while he was still tied, and then reach up and remove the halter. Off they would go at full speed! She loved Pusher but sure did not enjoy trying to control him.

Clearly compliant in the Kneel as colts watch.

Horses like boundaries and to know what is expected of them and most are quite willing to offer an acceptable response if they understand the request. What correct behavior is to us humans often doesn’t make sense to a horse, especially in the learning stages before it becomes a habituated response. Even in today’s age of gentler horsemanship, helping a horse to truly understand both physically and mentally the requests we make of him is often overlooked. Elements of Trick Training that can rapidly promote understanding by the horse and facilitate learning are the use of objects

and a Variable Reward system. Incorporating objects in training help horses make sense out of the world of humans which is why we use stage props; they are easily understood by horses. In Trick Training, horses quickly learn that release of pressure, praise or rewards is available at an incrementally faster pace than in most other training. Because of this variable reward system it is easy to inspire a horse to stay focused on the handler and on the task. Later on, the horse begins to gain satisfaction or intrinsic rewards in just responding correctly or in other words, the “trick becomes the reward”.

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Let’s Look at some of the behaviors that Pusher had when he came to Imagine A Horse for training and which methods we employed to change them. • Pusher was plain pushy (he lived up to his name!), on the ground and under saddle. Pedestal training helped him to understand that standing still was a reward in itself. Giving him a place to anchor his busy feet gave him the confidence to stand quietly. It also made him taller which he seemed to enjoy AND he got a few minutes as a breather in exchange for his willingness to stand still on the pedestal. • He could not and would not stand for mounting. Pedestal training and also the Park Out position helped him to understand that there was a real reason for standing still, a reason that made sense to him which ultimately helped him to relax. After just a week of pedestal training gave him the confidence to stand in the middle of a 60 acre pasture for mounting with no bridle on and never move a muscle. • He did not understand or respond to normal cues to step back, he just dug his feet in and refused-he was truly stuck. Pedestal training helped him to understand the Step Back command and the associated cues as he learned to step back and down when dismounting the pedestal. The response became automatic (muscle memory) very quickly as it was presented to him in a way that he could easily understand. • Very short attention span: his mind was too busy to allow him to hold still. Incremental rewards and releases come relatively quickly in Trick Training. For example, when teaching a horse to pivot his hindquarters around the front feet anchored on a pedestal, the horse may be rewarded for just a step or two at first. Pusher really needed reassurance that his responses were correct. When we broke the requests down into smaller than normal steps and rewarded him for his attempts, he really began to pay attention. • Over reacted to physical cues and was totally nonresponsive to verbal cues. Pusher was really a friendly guy and wanted to please but he simply reacted quicker and more strongly with his body than he could think. His mind raced all the time and he had no self control or reason to hold still other than fear of punishment which made him even more frantic. After he understood that standing on the pedestal was his reward, he could go on (from that position) to respond to additional cues such as those for the Jambette or Salute. In time, he responded appropriately and habitually to other cues.


• Did not enjoy “being with” people. There seemed to be nothing in it for him that he could comprehend. The more he wiggled, the more impatient people seemed to be. It was a very unproductive and stressful cycle for him. Standing quietly on the pedestal helped buy him the couple of seconds that he needed to slow himself down, think, and to enjoy his reward. When he began to understand the requests he started to really enjoy his work. • Rushed at objects. Pusher had been ridden for field trials and seemed to have a fear of being forced to jump. When we lunged him toward a pedestal (in the beginning) he would leap clear over it and take off as though his life were really in danger. We helped him to solve this in a rather unconventional way by using what we called high rigging in the aisle of the training barn. We ran long ropes through rings that were attached to the overhead beams, The result was somewhat like long lead ropes run through tall and wide cross ties (that were not tied hard and fast) that would give in our hands. We then asked him to move toward the pedestal and encouraged him to halt instead of jumping it. The first time he understood that he could stop ON the pedestal and not have to JUMP it he seemed very relieved. He actually NEVER rushed at one again or at a handler either. Instead he would happily hop up onto it with his front legs neatly tucked.

▲Pusher learns to wait for cues as he learns the foundation for the Spanish Walk.►

Carobeth and Pusher, a happy team.

happily hop up onto it with his front legs neatly tucked. Interestingly enough Pusher was extremely willing and compliant in learning the tricks in which he needed to lower his body to that of the handler such as the Bow, Sit Up and Sit Down. This was further proof that he was really a trusting and nice guy but just couldn’t understand what (and why) he was being asked to do. He learned to Bow on either leg in very short order. After he understood the physical sequence of the Lay Down and the Sit Up, he learned the Sit Down in one day! The first time that we tried out his new skills under saddle he gave us willing, perfect and correct responses!


Pusher’s trick horse skills help him maneuver the mountain trails in a quiet and obedient manner. He is still, three years later a changed and happy horse and a pleasure to be around. He loves showing off his tricks and loves to “play” and interact with Carobeth. She is delighted with her “new” horse and looks forward to many years of companionship shared with him. Pusher Rocks!

Pusher learned methods including the Climbing Wall to channel his boldness, on cue.

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Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cornwall’s Charity Comes to the United States International Equine Welfare Organization Opens Office in Lexington, Kentucky The Brooke, an international equine charity that also helps people, has been assisting working animals (horses, donkeys and mules) and their owners in developing countries for nearly 80 years. Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Cornwall, wife of Britain’s heir to the throne, Prince Charles, is the organization’s president. Headquartered in London, England, the Brooke has selected Lexington, Kentucky, as the location for its base in the United States. Petra Ingram, CEO of the Brooke, stated, “The purpose of the American Friends of the Brooke will be to support the world-wide programs of the Brooke in alleviating the suffering of working equines, thus improving the lives of the families who need them. Americans have a close affinity with horses and are exceedingly generous to the poor, so we believe this will be an excellent partnership.


“We considered a number of cities for our U.S. office: Washington, D.C., Palm Beach, New York, Los Angeles, and others, but in the end, it was the Horse Capital of the World, Lexington, Kentucky, that we chose.” Currently serving her second term as President, Her Royal Highness has stated, “Having seen for myself the wonderful work the Brooke does in their clinic in Cairo and Pakistan to help the suffering of working animals, it makes me incredibly proud to be the President of this unique charity and to follow its course with enormous interest.”

It is estimated that 50 million working animals are suffering from exhaustion, dehydration, malnutrition, and abuse as a result of excessive workloads and limited animal health services in developing countries. They endure grueling, back-breaking labor under the harshest of physical and environmental conditions, on behalf of the working poor, whose very lives are inextricably tied to them in order to earn a living and support their families. These animals are a lifeline to countless poor communities.

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Improving Your Horse’s Performance with the Power of Three Healthy Horse Boutique’s Guide to Healthy Horses It has taken society a while to recognize the importance and positive results obtained from eating healthy. Now owners are recognizing the improved performance results from doing the same for their horses, thanks to Marian Nilsen, owner of Healthy Horse Boutique. This health food store for horses and the people who love them is gaining a following of once skeptics, now believers who have learned that you can improve your horse’s performance with the products you feed them. Marian is a trainer and rider who has also researched and tested numerous products, Marian has learned which products produce the best possible performance results for all types of horses. It was because of this knowledge that Marian started her Healthy Horse Boutique; a company that only sells organic products. It’s those products that she’s either developed herself or discovered that are available in her online store.

“Healthy Horse Boutique believes in EQUINE DIETS which have NO sugars, fillers, chemicals, or hormones. HHB likes to keep things simple. We believe it’s easier for a horse to absorb nutrients if its feed is left natural. I need to know what I suggest to an owner is going to work each and every time. So I only recommend products which are standardized. I believe there is a time and place for drug therapy but I recommend horse owners offer programs designed to support horses in a way that we help prevent potential problems,” Nilsen commented. “In the past designing programs to deliver RESULTS could get pretty complex. I am proud to say I have been able to streamline my approach with the help of my customers. In most cases I can get the horse to where the owner wants with three products. It is really rewarding to get a call from client seeing things change in 2-6 weeks!”


THE POWER OF THREE #1-DIET: In the past few years owners and riders have become more educated on the importance of feeding a diet. They are also aware when the horse needs more calories for weight, muscle, or energy that fat is a better choice than carbs. The challenge has been offering a fat that is not over processed or creates undesirable side effects. HHB set out to manufacture a fat Formula which would deliver everything we want from a fat (shiny coat, calories, muscle, etc.) but would also go above and beyond by promoting and maintaining a healthy GI Track, decrease inflammation, help muscle strength, recovery and suppleness. This is possible by providing a blend of organic fat sources which offer Omega 3, 6, and 9 and GLA’s.

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Suzie Halle is having so much fun with her Dutch Warmblood, 13-year-old, 18H, dressage gelding Tennyson ISF, who is out of Innsbruck, sired by Contango with Rohemer as the dam’s sire. “Suzie was a true skeptic when she came to me for advice,” Nilsen commented. Yet Suzie was noticing things she wanted to solve. “I felt heaviness in the bridle. My horse was sunken by the hip and spine. I had his teeth floated and increased his hay portions, but didn’t see any improvement. That was when I asked Marian for some advice. “She told me that the hind gut could be compromised. We discussed many factors which could create a pH imbalance in the hind gut which creates the imbalance. A Pre-biotic (KLPP) was suggested to fix that. An omega fat formula (fat FORMULA) was suggested to help with energy and power and a mushroom muscle builder was suggested to help with the topline.

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Nilsen’s clients range from amateurs to Olympic veterans who have learned the proof is in the results.

Maureen Sterling echoed similar comments about her horse noting, “Rhyme is doing amazing! Her canter is night and day. Marian educated me so now I know when I lose the quality of the canter I need to balance her pH. I have the most amazing mare that try’s harder than any horse I know and with HHB’s suggested supplements (fatFormula, Muscle Matrix and KLPP) her body is becoming all it can be. She makes my heart happy every day and now with many factors, to include HHB she feels fantastic inside and out. THANK YOU Marian Nilsen!” Where to start,” commented Laura Maloney. “I feel like I owe Marian a novel! She has helped educate me on the value of good, organic equine nutrition and my horses Monito and Wester have blossomed as a result. Marian also helped me to remember to pay attention to my ‘gut feeling’ when it comes to knowing what’s best for my horses. HHB offers great products and Marian offers incredible advice. All horses and owners could benefit from her expertise.”


“I quickly turned from a skeptic to a true believer because the results were remarkable. There’s a lightness in the bridle like I’ve never felt before and his neck muscles are more developed. I’m also noticing a filling in of that hind gut which has allowed him to step under and push more from behind and in lateral work, and the drop off of the spine in front of the haunches is now smooth.” Suzie concluded saying, “I will eat, drink, take or rub on anything Marian suggests based on the results I have experienced with my horse.” Marian has developed a line of performance packages to make it easy for people to choose the right combination for each particular horse. To find out more go to www.healthyhorseboutique. com and click on the banner across the top of the web site. And Marian is available one-on-one for a free consultation. Simply email her at to arrange a phone call session. Marian will be in Wellington, FL, March 14-17 with a booth at the Global.

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