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9 The Lusitano Collection Sport horse auction 14 Lanterns Art & Antiques with Dr. Lori 18 Equine Chiropractic How do you know when your horse needs it? 20 Riders Eyes Training Tips with Jim Geibel 23 Jumper Talent Search Results 24 What’s Your Dream? Way of Horses 25 What’s New? Fly whisps 29 Equestrian Real Estate Showcase 29 Finding The Right Equestrian Property 34 The Thinking Horse Sport NACMO 38 Horse Nation Smithsonian Exhibit 41 Exquisite Events Delaware Valley College Fall Horse Expo and Savory Sampler at the Mercer Museum

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TOPAZ We lost Topaz, just 12 years old, on September 19, 2009. This photo was taken just six hours before he died. He loved going to horse shows and he loved jumping. He was bold and true, yet sweet and gentle, and would readily hurdle anything he was pointed at. He is very sorely missed.

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Heather Bender’s professional eyes wander across the 120 Lusitanos gathered in an over-sized paddock at Interagro Farm in Intapira, Brazil. The young horses, ages three to five, have been born and raised on the 1,200-acre bucolic ranch outside São Paulo. Cecilia Gonzaga, head of the stud barn, watches in earnest as she shares personal information about each horse. “See that dark gray. He’s from Perdigueiro (a stallion known for his athleticism and fine temperament).” Swedish-born Pia Aragão adds, “He’s already showing some lateral movement.” Pia, a Brazilian dressage champion rider who oversees the day-to-day training of the horses, is also part of the team who helps determine which of the horses will be culled from the group for the next phase of the selection process. Heather, Director of USA Training – Interagro Farm Export Program, explains, “We start by trying to wean it down to around 75,” she says. “We’re looking at a combination of color, size, presence, conformation and attitude.”

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An international rider and USDF instructor who has earned her USDF Bronze, Silver, and Gold Medals as well as an approved “R” judges license, Heather has refined the process over the last few years. “When we finally bring two dozen horses to Florida this winter, people don’t realize that we’ve been evaluating these horses for years and scrutinizing them for months.” “Not every horse makes the cut,” reflects Cecilia who employs a full-time veterinarian, Dr. Alex Bloem, along with three clinical assistants to examine and care for the 800 hundred horses on the ranch. It is only September, five months before The 2010 Lusitano Collection™ International Horse Auction which will be held from February 24th to 27th in West Palm Beach, Florida. The Lusitano Collection™ is a trademark established by the most important Lusitano horse breeders in Brazil. Heather, who is visiting for five days and will return every two months to check on the horses’ training progress, indicates that the Collection horses must be “FEI calibre - suitable for dressage, jumping or driving. I will ride every horse personally, interview the trainers and riders who work with them.”

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The advantages of selecting sport horses from a large breeding farm become obvious when Cecilia describes the geography and atmosphere at Interagro Farm. Established in 1974 when her father Dr. Paulo Gonzaga imported four mares and The Interagro auction selection team -one stallion from Portugal, Interagro Farm Cecilia, Heather, Pia and Dr. Bloem -- work is surrounded by picturesque countryside. together throughout the year to handpick Paddocks surround the center where indoor the healthiest, most desirable sport horses for and outdoor arenas along with a breeding the horse auctions which take The Lusitano was facility and stallion barns are place in Brazil and Florida. They located. Mares and young domesticated in horses are grouped in different select a combination of horses that may be suitable for propasture divisions where they approximately fessional, amateur and junior remain until around age three 5,000 B.C. riders. “My aim,” Heather states when they begin formal trainby the Lusitanians ing. Employees, many of whom emphatically, “is to match the right horse to the right rider. That’s are second and even third genwhen we feel successful.” Throughout the eration due to the farm’s free riding school year, Heather and Cecilia speak to clients, for children, tend to the Lusitanos at every new ones as well as returning buyers, so they stage of development, from halter training are familiar with what riders are seeking. to trailer loading and standing in cross ties. “When we look at the horses, we get an Dr. Gonzaga, who has written idea of which ones will be appropriate for this market. Also, we have the benefit of books on the Lusitano horse, never tires of holding some back for the 2011 program if sharing the history of the Lusitano breed. we feel they haven’t completely matured,” The Lusitano was domesticated in approxiPage 10

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mately 5,000 B.C. by the Lusitanians, a race of warriors who fought on horseback using gineta: their own set of combat tactics. Gineta required a sophisticated degree of horsemanship, and, more importantly, a swift, easy-to-handle, reliable horse. A rider’s life depended on the abilities of his Lusitano horse. Gineta was also the precursor to modern dressage. While not used in combat anymore, traces of the gineta discipline can still be seen in Portugal today where bullfighting still occurs on horseback. It is said that the practice was created solely for the purpose of preparing gineta horses for war. Interagro remains committed to preserving the 300 years of careful selection in breeding. The breed is known for possessing a higher than average intelligence, willing temperament and smooth ride. By combining the existing three main lineages, Interagro is developing an

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Interagro bloodline with contemporary equestrian pursuits in mind, thus producing horses typically larger than the average Lusitano. The 2010 Lusitano Collection™ International Horse Auction marks the fifth anniversary of The Lusitano Collection™ - and the third year it will take place in the United States. The 2010 event which occurs during the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) will once again be held at the 111-acre Jim Brandon Equestrian Center in West Palm Beach, a well-known equine hot spot that is home to many reputable stables and arenas. During the event, guests will be treated to lavish cocktail parties and networking events including an entertaining showcase of horses and culminating with the gala dinner and auction. ����������������������������������������������������� ������������������������������������������������������� ������������������

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Interested buyers will be able to preview the horses, test-ride them, and view their veterinarian records, including the most recent x-rays. Most importantly, they will be able to purchase Brazilian horses without the hassle of import fees or quarantine periods. Plus, attendees will meet the breeders directly rather than deal with an agent. Cecilia Gonzaga as well as Heather Bender will be available to answer questions about the breed or individual Collection horses. Last year, four Olympic riders along with international equestrians, respected instructors, dedicated amateurs and horse enthusiasts from across North and South America attended the showcase to preview the Collection. A Canadian horseman who bought six Lusitanos at the 2009 Auction said, “The Lusitano has been the best kept secret in the world. Now, it seems they are gaining widespread attention and popularity.” The 2010 Lusitano

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betty lamp was innovative and highly functional. Most betty lamps were round with a shallow, hinged reservoir for grease or animal oil fuel. Whale oil was most desirable and expensive fuel for such lamps. The betty lamp’s spout kept the wick and flame in place. An important accessory to the betty lamp was an attached iron hook. This hook would allow the lamp’s user to set the lamp firmly onto a barn beam, loft panel, or protruding wooden peg. A betty lamp’s wick holder was an innovation as it along with the iron hook allowed for light to be provided while the user’s hands were free to Lanterns allowed a light perform other tasks. source to be carried from Early lighting enthusiasts amass colonial era place to place. Made of various materials, betty lamps and other barn lanterns. Typical candle lanterns were inexpensive necessities found on farms in the 19th Century Europe examples of antique betty lamps sell for and America. The beauty of a punched-tin $175 to $225 depending on condition and lantern is that the lantern’s design would other factors while barn lanterns in good condition from the same period are valued prevent starting a fire if the lantern was acat $200 to $800 depending on maker, prov- cidentally knocked over. The candle’s flame sitting on a spike within the lantern was enance, etc. On today’s market, some of the most valuable and significant antiques come from barns and our agricultural heri������� tage.

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Equine chiropractic How do I know that my horse needs to be adjusted? By: Michael M. Burak, D.C. While approaching the end of my first decade in private practice, I decided to expand my knowledge to include our four (4) legged animals. Don’t they need chiropractic care also? They have spinal columns, a spinal cord and peripheral nerves. If we get vertebral misalignments, they must get them also. While getting my certification, my human patients always asked the same few questions. “Hey Doc, how do I know that my horse needs to be adjusted (align the spine)?” I would ask them the same questions. “How do you know that YOU need to be adjusted?” They would respond by saying that they had pain, stiffness, diminished range of motion, lethargy, they were miserable and did not feel good overall. Chiropractic is the art, science and philosophy that the nervous system controls everything in your body. The nervous system consists of the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) and the peripheral nervous system (peripheral nerves). Nerve signals get transmitted from the brain to the periphery for motor functions (movements, etc) and from the periphery to the brain to transmit pain signals. Chiropractors use the term “vertebral subluxations” to explain what happens when the nervous system is not at its “optimum” or is in a state of “dis-ease.” The subluxation process has five (5) components. The first is termed “spinal kinesiopathology” or lack of vertebral motion. The spinal segments need to be “in motion” for them to function properly. Fixations result in lack of range of motion and are the beginning of the subluxation process. The second phase is “spinal myopathology.” This describes muscle spasms that occur along with the fixations. Next, there is “spinal histopathology.” This is a simple term for inflammation and swelling. This occurs during the first 48-72 hours of an acute injury. The fourth Page 18

phase is “spinal neuropathology.” This describes pain, weakness in the extremities and all problems that are nerve related. Finally, we have “spinal pathophysiology.” This is the state of dis-ease that we were talking about above. It is at this state that we get the phone call to go see a horse. Since this problem most likely took months to develop, we have to explain to horse owners that most problems do not get fixed overnight. The biggest difference that chiropractic has with allopathic medicine is that we find and fix the cause of a problem, not just help the animal cope with the pain by way of pain medication So, the question remains, how does one know that their horse needs to be seen by a chiropractor. The answer is relatively easy. Just look for the signs. Lameness issues. How does he look at the walk, trot, cantor and gallop? Is one side being favored compared to the other side? Is there visible limping? How is the horse’s demeanor? Is he miserable and non responsive to commands? Is he bucking or holding up? Does

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imal state of health and should be seen by a chiropractor to have his spined aligned. Length and frequency of visits obviously are case by case. Depending on the issue, how acute or chronic it is, the severity of the problem, ages of the horse, etc will decide on how much treatment the horse requires. In conclusion, chiropractic care fixes the cause of neuromusculoskeletal problems by aligning the spinal column. We believe that the spinal column houses and protect the he not want to be under saddle? I teach most important system in the body, the nermy students and educate my horse owners vous system. Without optimal spinal health, that the number one cause of vertebral the horse will be in a state of disease and subluxations and muscle spasms in the horse will not be able to function at its optimum. are poor fitting saddles. Most horse owners Therefore, periodic chiropractic adjustments purchase saddles for their comfort are excellent choice for and not for the comfort of the prevention, maintenance horses. Is his performance off? Is and overall spinal health. he not as agile as he was? Is he compensating on the good side because another side hurts? Does he pin his ears when you touch him in certain ������������������������������ places which may be sore, painful and ��������������������������� inflamed? All of these are a beginning to ����������������� decide whether your horse is in a non-opt-

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“Keep your eyes up”. This is repeated often during beginner and intermediate riding lessons. But why? What is so important about eyes being up? In riding, balance is aided through the proper positioning of the rider’s head, upper body, arms, seat and lower legs. A riders eyes being placed in the head, with the head weighing 15 or 20 lb., can and does affect the whole balance of the rider and horse. The rider’s eyes are a positioning force for the head. When looking straight ahead, the head and neck are in-line and balanced with the rest of the upper body. When a rider starts looking down at the horse’s neck or the ground, there is a definite change of balance. This can be the beginning of the end, as far as a balanced ride is concerned. When the eyes get stuck looking or staring at anything, the neck of the horse, the ground, off into space, a jump, the rider will loose the sense of pace, impulsion and movement left and right. Your eyes will overpower all these other senses. When used nicely, eyes will be active and soft, blinking normally, not fixed on anything for more than a heartbeat or two. The rider should look where they are going and may only glance briefly at the shape of the horse’s neck, what the ears are doing and these sorts of things. Good eyes are very important in riding straight lines and round circles. These are the basis of good training. For a simple exercise to get your eyes up and working properly, with your horse, draw a rectangle in your ring. Find a point far ahead of you across your arena and ride straight to the point. As you come to the end of your arena and close to the point you picked, find a spot at a right angle to you (right or left) and make your turn to ride straight toward that point. Continue in this manner three more times until you come to your original spot and Voilá! You have a perfect rectangle. This Page 20

Figure 1 exercise requires prior planning in order to complete properly, but as you practice it, it becomes almost second nature to be looking around a turn before you get to it. This will ultimately improve the balance of you as a rider, and in turn the horse and the overall ride that you and your horse achieve. Circles require many points along the imaginary figure you actually project out from your “minds eye”. Imagine the circle being a solid line of many points along the circle. Experiment with this in the same way you created the rectangle. You can do a lot on your own with a push from time to time from an instructor when things get confusing or unclear, though you are your own best instructor in many situations. In the pictures accompanying this article, the rider is demonstrating the proper position of the eyes and head, looking to the next jump. Even as she begins the jump in figure 1, she is already looking past the jump she is on and preparing for her turn to the next one. On landing in figure 2, she still holds her position but also continues looking with her eyes and ultimately her whole body. She is looking so clearly with her position to the next jump that her horse is actually turning along with her. The two exercises explained earlier in this article will prepare any rider to communicate with his horse the same way the rider in the pictures does.

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Rasha dreams of training and riding her filly along the Mediterranean Sea. But her dream has some complications most of us will never know. I met Rasha when she enrolled in an online course: “Responsible Horse Ownership”. During our correspondence I was delighted to find horse crazy girls are the same everywhere even though circumstances can be much different—Rasha lives in Gaza City (Gaza Strip is between Israel and Egypt) and her city is frequently under bombing and gun fire attack. Rasha loves horses. As a child she took riding lessons. Her first dream, to own a horse, became a reality just a short time ago. She bought Ward, which is Arabic for “Rose”.

Once she is sure Ward and the other horses in the stable are fine, she gives them hay. Rasha’s family grows grapes, hay and grain. The hay is stored loose. Automatic balers are rare and fuel to operate tractors is in short supply. Rasha described the hay as wheatlike grass that is native to the area. The water supply is checked for amount and cleanliness. Rasha was able to locate an automatic waterer for Ward’s paddock. The other horses use water troughs made of stone.

Rasha’s day is similar to every horse owner’s.

Water is a very valuable resource in the Gaza Strip. Electricity cannot be relied upon, as frequent outages occur, sometimes lasting for days. Fuel to run the generator is also in short supply. Water is stored in containers for emergencies.

In the morning she checks Ward for injuries or signs of illness as she does chores.

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identify, is also fed to Ward and the other horses at the stable. Grain and hay can be purchased in the city of Gaza. Much of it is imported from Egypt and Israel, as not enough can be produced locally to meet the demand. During sporadic attacks of bombing and sniping, supply can become short. Ward is fortunate that Rasha has access to a fairly secure source of feed. As Ward eats her breakfast, Rasha cleans the manure out of her paddock. The manure is spread on the fields by hand, using a wagon pulled by a horse. Ward is then groomed and taken out for exercise. She is lunging and understands voice commands for the basic gaits of walk, jog, lope and stop. Rasha has a trainer, Sa’ad, who will help her start Ward under saddle this fall. Rasha is fortunate Ward learned the command for whoa in early training. A bomb

exploded nearby as Rasha was leading Ward; with luck they made it back to the stable safely. There is very little pasture, as tillable ground is used for farm crops. Ward is kept in a large dry lot. The shelter is made of concrete blocks with a steel roof. The ground is very sandy. I asked Rasha about vaccinating and deworming the horses. She explained vaccines are hard to get, but paste dewormers are available. Horse owners use human tetanus vaccine for the horses - when they can get it. Ward’s farrier was taught how to trim and shoe horses in Saudi Arabia. He in turn taught his sons. The farrier’s main clients are the Palestinian police horses used to control the flow of traffic in Gaza City. Many streets are closed because of rubble from bombed buildings; creating congestion in the streets that are

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A Guide To Searching for the Right Horse Property

By Brigita A. McKelvie, REALTOR® with Keller Williams Real Estate When searching for property for horses, you must first know what you need to look for. Some seem to be under the impression that just because the property has acreage, that it is suitable for horses. Not so. There are many factors that come into play. Here is a list of what to look for. 1. Decide what area you are considering. Once you have narrowed down the list, check with zoning in those areas as to what the requirements are to keep horses. Zoning varies in every township. One area may require 10 acres or more to keep horses. Another may say 1 1/2 acres per horse or you may only keep 3 horses if under 10 acres. If keeping more than 3 horses, they consider it a business and would need more than 10 acres. So, check with zoning first to be sure it fits into your plans. 2. Make sure the property in large enough for what you want to do. If you just want to have the horses in your backyard, then you may only need a few acres for a barn, turnout and pasture. If you are planning to grow hay to supply your horses, you will, of course, need more acreage. Considering a boarding stable? Ample space will be needed to build a large barn to house the horses, have pastures to turn the horses out, plus, a large enough area to place a riding arena and an indoor arena (if that’s in your plans). Areas to keep horse trailers may be needed, also. 3. Is the acreage rocky? Horses can slip or trip on rocks while running and playing, and may get hurt. Stone bruises are possible also in these areas. (One thing you don’t need are more vet bills.) If the property has potential, then the rocks will need to be removed from the turnout areas. Page 28

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where your horses are. They can step into one while running and injure themselves, even break a leg. I have personally gone the route of trying to rid the groundhogs and it is no easy job. 8. Are there weeds in the pastures or is there good grass for grazing? Weeds and horses are not a good combination. In this case the pastures may need to be redone. Some weeds are poisonous to horses, so you need to be careful as to what is in the pastures. 9. Is the barn sturdy and in good repair to house the horses? The barn and stable need to be in good condition to house the horses. If it is not, it will not hold your horses, not to mention one good storm and it can come down and possibly hurt the animals. 10. The field should be free and clear of obstacles and debris. Horses are a lot like children. If they can get hurt and into things, they will. Therefore, everywhere the horse goes, the area must be free of obstacles. These are the basics you should look for when you are looking for horse properties. You want to be sure it is safe and right for your needs. Once this is all in place, go enjoy your horses.

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my gosh! One small error and I could be lost for a very long time. I have ridden several times in Washington. The rides consisted of two days and two ride managers at one location, plus camping. The ride was planned to be at least six hour long and riders drew from a suit of cards for starting times (be on time or be last). There were at least 40 participants. The day began with sun and ended in rain. The riding was fast and very competitive. There were no complaints. One of my mounts was named Snake. Snake? Snake was owned by the person managing the ride. Fantastic, I believe a horse of a ride manager is truly “a thinking horse”. The horse “could/should” take the rider to the objective. Did Snake help me

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before. Little Red is an ex-gaming cow pony, 13 and a half hands of spunk and speed. She is still the fastest horse out of the gate and if you give her a cluck she pushes off with her strong hindquarters and you’d better hold on for dear life. Don’t pull her back too fast as she stops with a pop. We have ridden her on trails for about 10 or so years now and although it took awhile to slow her down, now she finds it is okay to just mosey along and enjoy the scenery. We started NACMO about 10 years ago and have had wonderful times. Long time N.J. State NACMO Champion Steve Luoni Our older horses especially enjoy it as they get to ride to a place, then with his trusted mount, DJ, before a ride. get tied up and stand, nibbling on grass or bushes for a while until we find our out or not? Another time my mount was a objective. They stand very calmly and tie champion Paso Fino mare and my riding like a dream, waiting patiently until we repartner was an American Indian (Fred) mount. riding an Appaloosa named Taco. Fred also rode with a pack mule (in training). More than once their slow patient particThe mule’s back was wider than a couch! ipation has won us the blue ribbon, most reEventually the mule followed us without a cently at Susan’s ride on October 11. Keeplead rope. ing mostly to a walk through the sometimes rocky woods of Lewis Morris Park in New Where else could I have met so many really Jersey, we were the only ones to find all our great people, horses, a mule and have so objectives (even the hard one in the tall much enjoyment than on a NACMO ride? grass) and get back with the second fastest I was hooked. I decided to start a chapter on the east coast, and the rest is history. CMOs are truly a fabulous outlet for riders from any discipline and skill level with any reliable mount. Long time NACMO participant and ride manager, Jean Nonnemaker shares her experiences with her older horses: Thank goodness for older horses! My husband and I usually ride our older steeds, Nutmeg Dandy, who is now 29, and Little Red, or Equifa de Mentira, who is 26. Both are sturdy quarter horses, fit and ready to go to NACMO when we hook up the trailer. We’ve had Dandy since he was 6 and he still rules the barn, putting the others in their place. He is getting a little swayback now so we bought him a special pad and use a lightweight synthetic saddle. He likes a good trot, and still gallops up hills, although we do have to watch for stumbling on roots and rocks and running downhill now as he doesn’t catch himself quite as quickly as

Long time participants Dawn Pompella and her son, Joel from Hazleton, PA. time to capture first place. Our winnings this season include two firsts, a second and a third out of 4 sanctioned rides and the credit goes totally to our wonderful steeds.

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We captured our other first this year by only 10 minutes after taking a shortcut via a narrow wooden walkway over a swampy area. There was no way to go around and it was a long way back, so we dismounted and led our calm and steady mounts on the narrow path. Many a time they have climbed a steep bank to go up and around a tree that has fallen across the trail, even while other horses have turned back. At an age when many people are retiring their horses to the paddock or worse, our two still enjoy their outings and make us very competitive. They perk up their ears when we hook up the trailer and jump right in. We couldn’t ask for two better friends - they would follow us to the ends of the earth. As Janice and Jean have testified, NACMO is a wonderful outlet to stretch your equine skills by tackling a variety of situations while mingling with a diverse group of equestrians. Even riders who prefer the show ring enjoy the change of pace offered by a CMO event. It gives them the opportunity to require different tasks from their horses. Not just typical trail obstacles, but dismounting and remounting, standing tied, retracing the same trails, negotiating varied terrain- one never knows what they will encounter on a CMO, and it all contributes to forming a well rounded mount.

NACMO veteran John Samtak fires up the grill for the lunch he is providing as the ride manager. are not uncommon. Each rider gets a map of the area. The sites where the objectives are hidden are circled and numbered. Once a team believes they are near a circled area, they start looking for the clues associated with that site. Natural clues such as certain type of tree on the north side of the trail are more difficult to find than an unnatural clue like a sign or a ribbon. However, in a forest, even something that you would assume should stand out, might not. Some typical clues might be: 55 degrees from a 2’ high pine stump, 120 degrees from a fallen birch, and 78 degrees from a handful of coins on a rock as pictured to the left.

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All the azimuths at a each site point to the same hidden objective: a white paper plate with a word written on it. Don’t be fooled, in following the imaginary line, one must be looking up as well as down and even all around. The plate could be hidden at eye level behind loose bark of a tree, or in a bush, or even down inside a hollow stump.

Most rides start sending riders out at 9 a.m. as they are ready. Usually all the teams are in the woods by 11 a.m. Teams can be any number of people, most consist of two or three, but singles and groups of 4 or more

Once the plate is spotted, write the word down and move on to the next site. Placing is determined by how many objectives are found and the fastest time. It is always better to find all the clues and have a longer time.

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Awards include ribbons for first through sixth place. The fourth place ribbon is a striking black and white, making fourth place the most coveted placing after first! Each rider also gets to choose a small prize. The ride manager provides the main dish for the lunch that begins when the first team returns. Each person is asked to bring a side dish or dessert to share as well, making a great pot luck feast that everyone looks forward to. Riders and horses accumulate points for their placings for each season, and from year to year. Ride managers also receive points for the number of rides managed. Prizes such as halters, sheets, and jackets available for purchase are offered at various point levels. Most NACMO chapters host an annual dinner to recognize point levels. It’s also common to provide personalized awards for each chapter. One year our group gave a flash light to the team with the longest time! While being competitive, the camaraderie enjoyed by the participants far outweighs the placings. CMOs are a great way to add variety to your equestrian ventures and make new friends as well. Go to to find an updated listing of events for 2010. The NJ/NJ/PA State Director, Janet Citron can be emailed at

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Beginning with the return of the horse to the Americas in 15th century, this historic exhibition traces how captured horses would change the lives of Native peoples throughout the Americas. Paired with the introduction of the gun, the mounted Plains warrior was a formidable fighter, upsetting old alliances among the tribes and frustrating European advances. “A Song for the Horse Nation”, now open at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in New York, the George Gustav Heye Center will present 98 works, including elaborate horse trappings, clothing and photographs. “This exhibition, which traces the accomplishments and identity of Native people and the horse, perfectly complements our previous exhibition about Native women’s dresses, ‘Identity by Design,’” said John Haworth (Cherokee), director of the Heye Center. “We are so proud to be premiering this exhibition, which will travel the country, here in New York.” “A Song for the Horse Nation” includes many examples of elaborate horse trappings, including a dazzling horse crupper adorned with exceptionally fine quillwork (Cree or Red River Metis, ca. Page 38



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1850) and clothing adorned with images of the horse, such as a colorful Lakota baby bonnet (South Dakota or North Dakota, ca. 1900). New work has also been commissioned for the exhibition. A dazzling horse mask, with yellow, blue-gray and dark-red quillwork and trimmed with fresh-cut feathers, was created by Juanita Growing Thunder (Assiniboine/Sioux). The work is based on a 19thcentury Northern Cheyenne quilled horse mask, also included in the exhibition. Originally native to the American continent, horses became extinct but were reintroduced by the Spanish, and later by the French, English and Dutch—beginning with Columbus’ second voyage in 1493. Native people soon adopted the horse and became some of the world’s best horsemen. Horses were used to enhance trade, expand territory, facilitate hunting and wage war. Included in the exhibition will be a Lakota winter count (ca. 1902) by Long Soldier (Hunkpapa Lakota) that depicts when horses were first sighted by the community. Paired with the introduction of the gun, the mounted Plains warrior was a formidable

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fighter,upsetting old alliances among the tribes and frustrating European advances. Young men proved their valor through the horse raid, where they captured horses from enemy camps. Horses also became integrated in Native American cultural and spiritual life, representing the primary virtues of agility, grace and beauty. The exhibition includes a graceful dance stick (ca. 1890) by No Two Horns (Hunkpapa Lakota), created to honor his horse that died at the Battle of Big Horn. (pictured on previous page) Later, the rise of reservations, the U.S. Army’s calculated destruction of American Indian ponies and government policies that forced Native people to adopt farming eroded the day-to-day relationship of Native people and horses. Despite these changes, the horse’s place in Native culture and memory remains strong. The Crow Nation has actively maintained its horse traditions and others, like the Nez Perce, are engaged in rebuilding their horse breeds and revitalizing their equestrian way of life. The Future Generations Ride that involves Native youth has evolved from The Big Foot Memorial Ride, held as a healing ride to honors those massacred at Wounded Knee in South Dakota. The exhibition is scheduled to close on July 7, 2011 and, along with museum admission, is free. The exhibition will then continue at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. from October 2011 through January 2013. Afterward, the exhibition is expected to tour nationally through the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service program (SITES)

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The equine studies students did some impressive demonstrations with their equine behavior class. This horse is retrieving an object on command.

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These magnificent custom made mohogany tack trunks by Atlantic Woodworking were very popular at the show. They have room for your saddle, blankets, bridles, even a crop holder, and much more! The Equine Behavior Class demonstrated “Clicker Training” with horses that are at various levels in their training. This horse has mastered bowing.

Karen Schell from Straight Arrow Products did a very informative lecture about grooming techniques.

Visit our web site for more photos. Our next issue will have photos from the Fall Horse Expo at the Allentown Fairgrounds.

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EVENTS Now through October 2010: Horse Nation Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in New York, the George Gustav Heye Center is located at One Bowling Green in New York City, call (212) 514-3700 or visit the museum’s Web site at January 11: Equine Business Builder Seminar See page 21 April 10: Elite Equestrian Spring Horse Expo Allentown Fairgrounds, Allentown PA April 17: Tack Swap Northampton County 4H Center, Nazareth PA. Tables can be reserved after Jan. 2. For info call Jan Martin 610-837-7294

Horse Park Of New Jersey At Stone Tavern 2010 CALENDAR OF EVENTS Jan. 9-10: Woodedge at the Park Contact: Bob Allen (856) 235-5623 Friday and Saturday Night Schooling Jan. 17-18: Bob Allen Schooling Clinic Contact: Bob Allen (856) 235-5623 Jan. 23-24: Woodedge at the Park Contact: Bob Allen (856) 235-5623 Friday and Saturday Night Schooling Feb. 6-7 Woodedge at the Park Contact: Bob Allen (856) 235-5623 Friday and Saturday Night Schooling Feb. 14-15: Bob Allen Schooling Clinic Contact: Bob Allen (856) 235-5623

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