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California Girls Rock The 2018 Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International
Written by CRM
Saturday, 20 October 2018 01:25
It was a West Coast invasion Friday at the 2018 Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International with Californians sweeping International and young horse divisions. Frankie Thieriot Stutes leads The Dutta Corp./USEF CCI3* Eventing National Championship, and Heather Morris took over The Dutta Corp./USEF CCI2* Eventing National Championship.
 

Three-star winners once already this year, Thieriot Stutes and The Chatwin Group's Chatwin, a 10-year-old Oldenburg, topped Friday's leaderboard on a score of 27.3.
 
"I feel really lucky to ride Chat every day, and this division and the people I'm sitting next to are world-class so it feels amazing for this moment, but after I walk out of here I'm focused on tomorrow. Tomorrow is an entirely different day," said, Thieriot Stutes.

101918classic1Frankie Thieriot Stutes and Chatwin. Photo: Shannon Brinkman

After almost a decade since her last Fair Hill International appearance, Thieriot Stutes, who is an amateur rider herself, has her former Advanced horse Fric Frac Berence on her mind as she and Chatwin take on this weekend's challenge.
 
"I hope to have a little bit of Fric with me when I leave the box tomorrow," she said. "This is a different year, and a different horse, but I hope [Chatwin] takes care of me tomorrow as Fric would."
 
Canadian Jessica Phoenix piloted Pavarotti, a 16-year-old Westphalian gelding owned by Don Good, into second place on a mark of 28.7. A seasoned competitor with multiple Olympic and World Championship appearances, Phoenix anticipates a healthy challenge from course designer Derek di Grazia.
 
"The course looks awesome tomorrow. I think it starts beautifully, those first six fences, and then it starts really coming at you. It gets you in to a nice rhythm and then the questions start coming and they don't stop until you get to the finish," Phoenix explained.
 
Caroline Martin and her own Danger Mouse landed in third. Martin and the 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood earned a 29 -- a personal best for this pair.

101918classic2Heather Morris and Charlie Tango. Photo: Shannon Brinkman

The CCI2* division welcomed a new leader on day two of the competition in Heather Morris and Charlie Tango, a 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse owned by The Team Express Group. Their morning result of 22.9 remained untouched throughout the afternoon.
 
"He [Charlie Tango] was a really good boy today," Morris said. "He's pretty good in the atmosphere. He really excels in the canter work and we had a little bobble in the trot work so I had to make sure the canter work was perfect."
 
U.S. Olympian Boyd Martin found himself in second place with Christine Turner's On Cue. The 12-year-old Ango European gelding carries 23.7 points into Saturday's cross country phase.
 
Anna Loschiavo and Melanie Loschiavo's Spartacus Q peaked at precisely the perfect moment for third place in the two-star. The 9-year-old Hanoverian sits on a score of 25.8.
 
The USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) East Coast Championships culminated Friday with the jumping and galloping portion of the competition. MB MaiStein and R River Star were crowned champions of the 5- and 4-year-old divisions, respectively.
 
Tamra Smith was the third of the west coast contingent to best the competition at Fair Hill Friday as she and the MB Group LLC's MB MaiStein finished first in the 5-year-old division. The Oldenburg gelding by Rocky Lee finished on an 88.29% (out of 100%), impressing the judges with his cross country efforts that earned him 13.5% (Out of 15%).
 
101918classic3Tamra Smith and MB MaiStein. Photo: Shannon Brinkman

"I think it's super important to support the program. The horses get the exposure without being put under a tremendous amount of pressure," Smith said of the USEA Young Event Horse Program. "The courses have always been fair, and it's interesting to get the judges point of view. I'm really excited he was a West Coast horse that came to the East Coast and won. I'm surprised and really excited that he did."

101918classic4Courtney Cooper and R River Star. Photo: Shannon Brinkman

Courtney Cooper's R River Star proved once again to be the best of the 4-year-old horses Friday, winning on a final score of 83.24% (out of 100%) with Cooper riding. The Irish Sport Horse/Dutch Warmblood gelding, who was bred by the rider, is by Riverman and out of R Star.
 
"He was great he was light on his feet. He was thoughtful. He looked for the jumps. We started him and did all the work with him. He's really gotten down to business this last part of his four-year-old year. He's come along and really done well," Cooper said.
 
Competitors take on the thrilling cross country phase Saturday Oct. 20 beginning at 9:15 a.m., and the show jumping finale will take place Sunday Oct. 21.

USEF Network will broadcast the CCI3* cross country live on Saturday, Oct. 20. Live streaming information is available at this link.
 
The Dutta Corp. is proud to sponsor the U.S. Equestrian Federation and is honored that the USEF has chosen to provide a Dutta Corp. flight to the winner of The Dutta Corp./USEF CCI3* Eventing National Championship as the top placing U.S. rider in The Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International's CCI3* competition.
 
This year also marks the 30th anniversary of The Dutta Corp., the event's title sponsor. The Dutta Corporation is an international and domestic horse shipping company founded by J. Tim Dutta. It has been expanding rapidly since its inception in 1988 and particularly so in the last twenty years. With state-of-the-art jet stalls and an expert team of grooms, The Dutta Corp. provides horse air transport solutions tailored to each individual horse.
 
The Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International three-day event truly has something for everyone. Spectators can enjoy numerous demonstrations ranging from a Brendan Wise Horsemanship and pony drill teams, dog agility, face painting in the Kids' Corner, a cross-country course walk, fantastic food options, and shopping in numerous vendor shops.
 
Admission
General Admission: Tickets available at the gate!
Saturday, October 20 - $15
Sunday, October 21 - $15

Children under 12 are admitted free of charge, as are 4-H and FFA members (with ID), Pony Club members (with pin), and military members and their dependents (with ID).
Seniors 65 years and older - just $5 per person.

General Admission does not include admission to Sponsor tent and pre-reserved tailgating spots.
 
All tickets and packages are sold at the gate. For additional information about hospitality packages please visit www.fairhillinternational.com/fh-tickets-tailgating/.
 
For further information on The Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International, please call 410-398-2111 or visit www.fairhillinternational.com. Press release proficed by Classic Communications.

 
Del Mar International Welcome Week Ends with a Bang
Written by CRM
Monday, 15 October 2018 17:44

The first week of Del Mar International has come to an end after five days of hunter, jumper, and equitation classes. See some of Sunday's classic winners below. Congratulations to all riders, owners, and trainers!

101518 delmar1Contefina and Ashlee Bond, Winners of the 6 Year Old Classic. All Photos by McCool Photography.
101518 delmar2Gee Whiz and Trudi Fletcher, Winners of the 7 Year Old Classic
101518 delmar3Merida 8 and Viggo Bjorklund, Winners of the $5,000 iJump Sports High Jr/AO Classic
101518 delmar4Fleury and Savanah Stuart, Winners of the GGT Footing Low Jr/AO Classic
101518 delmar5Zaira LS and Tanna Seltzer, Winners of the CWD Modified Jr/Am Classic
101518 delmar6Uno Mas and Parris Mozart-Collins, Winners of the Junior / Amateur-Owner Hunter Classic
101518 delmar7South Beach GES and Lauren Wilson, Winners of the Low Child/Adult Jumper Classic Presented by Premier Equine Center
101518 delmar8Quite Bellami Z and Caroline Jacobs, Winners of the Pre Child/Adult Jumper Classic and the Hygain Modified Child/Adult Jumper Classic
101518 delmar9Amy Brubaker, Amateur Style of Riding Award Winner.
101518 delmar10Rachel Freer, Junior Style of Riding Award Winners. All photos by McCool Photography.

 

We are looking forward to this coming week, Del Mar International World Cup Week! It is an action-packed week, featuring the $100,000 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup Del Mar Presented by EQ International Real Estate. But there's more to see including the $25,000 PCHA Child/Adult Jumper Championship, the $25,000 GGT Footing Grand Prix Series Finale, the Onondarka Medal Finals, a USHJA National Hunter Derby, and much, much more.

Press release provided by West Palms Events.

 
Congress Extends ELD exemption through Dec. 7th
Written by Administrator
Saturday, 29 September 2018 14:34
Congress has sent a spending bill to the White House in an effort to avert an Oct. 1 government shutdown and push the discussion regarding final appropriations until after the November elections. H.R. 6157 includes a continuing resolution that would extend funding for those agencies not covered by completed appropriations bills, including agriculture and transportation. This will extend the ELD protections the horse industry has enjoyed through December 7, 2018.  The President has said he will sign this bill package to avert a shutdown.


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By December 7th Congress will either do another extension or pass the 2019 spending package, which includes the ELD delay for livestock haulers, leaving these haulers exempt from ELD use until September 30, 2019.

The AHC is continuing to work with both the FMCSA and Congress to identify a permanent solution to the unintended consequences to new and existing CDL and ELD regulations that have proven to be problematic.

For more information please contact Cliff Williamson at the American Horse Council, https://www.horsecouncil.org/

Press release provided by American Horse Council.

 
North American League West Coast Finals Inspired Intense Competition
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 26 September 2018 15:55

Just after the U.S. show jumping team earned gold at the World Equestrian Games, juniors and amateur riders engaged in their own heated competition at the 2018 North American League (NAL) West Coast Finals. The two days of hunter and jumper competition comprise one of the two Finals that culminate the NAL's year-long Series that includes classes at hundreds of horse shows across the United States and Canada. This year's NAL West Coast Finals were held in beautiful Southern California weather during the Blenheim EquiSports International Jumping Festival, September 22-23 in San Juan Capistrano.


The NAL West Coat Finals featured five divisions, the $5,000 NAL Adult Jumper Presented by SmartPak, $5,000 NAL Children's Jumper Presented by EquiFit, $5,000 NAL 1.35M Junior/Amateur Jumper Presented by HorseFlight, and $5,000 NAL Adult Hunter and $5,000 NAL Children's Hunter. The winners of each Final were presented with fantastic awards including gift certificates generously donated by EquiFit, SmartPak, and The Clothes Horse, an NAL coolerette, and a trophy from the International Jumping Festival. Popular NAL gift bags given to every Finals participant were filled with an assortment of goodies including a commemorative NAL Finals stall plaque and photo box.

In addition to the West Coast Finals, the NAL also hosts National Finals at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show in Harrisburg, October 11-20.

Fifteen-year-old Erin Nichols, of Yorba Linda, CA., and Hindee's 29.697-second time was unbeatable among the 12 pairs who advanced to the jump-off in the $5,000 NAL Childrens Jumper Final Presented by EquiFit. "Forward and smooth equals fast" trainer Edgar Pagan told Nichols before she entered the jump-off, and she and her 11-year-old Belgian Warmblood were all three. Nichols splits her time between jumpers and dressage, in which she competes with equal success at Second Level. She's found dressage to be a big help in developing the keen feel needed for pinpoint control on a jumper course and she used that effectively in the win. Nichols aspires to represent the States internationally in either discipline. Having targeted the Finals all season, the victory was a big milestone. "Doing as well as I did, I'm very proud of myself and my horse," she said.

Jake Cheikha, of Trabuco Canyon, CA., and Noteworthy Horses' Cagoldas were less than a half-second behind Nichols with their clean jump-off for the red rosette. The pair trains with David Bustillos. Lola Stern and Woodgrove Farm's Arco Z's 30.61-second jump-off placed the Katie Gardner-coached pair in third.

 

Evette Delong and Blue Calvados. Photo: (c) KimFMiller.com

Riding the same Scott Starnes-designed course on the grass Derby Field as the Childrens Final contenders did, Evette Delong and Blue Calvados were the unbeatable pair in the NAL $5,000 Adult Amateur Jumper Finals Presented by SmartPak. "Everything aligned today," said Delong, who lives near the venue in San Juan Capistrano, CA. "Between my trainer Hillary Ridland and my horse, I'm feeling blessed." Delong has ridden much of her life, but took a break during cancer treatments. Blue Calvados was purchased about 18 months ago to help her get back into the game, which they've done with gusto, earning numerous circuit championships along with the NAL title.

"Hillary and I walked a great track and I was able to stick to my plan," Delong explained of the jump-off strategy to best the four contenders who also had clear first-round efforts. "Mentally, Hillary really pre-set me up with where I could cut corners or step on the gas, while keeping my horse balanced and it worked!"

Whitney Coleman and Sarah Sharou's Cavalino 30 finished second with two clear rounds and a 32.145 jump-off time. Coleman lives in Woodland Hills, CA, and is coached by Susan Artes. They were followed by Lauren Wilson of Long Beach, CA, and Constance Farmer's Kessel Run. Trained by Hayden Clarke Show Jumping, this duo was double clear with a 32.860 jump-off time.

Competing on the Oaks International Grand Prix field, contenders in the NAL $5,000 1.35m Junior/Amateur Jumper Finals Presented by HorseFlight faced a very stout track designed by Anthony D'Ambrosio. Katie Murray on Calgot Hero and Brooke Morin on Cassito Del Diablo were the only two to navigate clear rounds. Riding second in the jump-off, Murray knew Morin had downed a rail, so going clear was the main objective. But the student of Grand Prix rider Michelle Parker also wanted to gain experience, so she was happy to have pulled off a mid-course inside turn on top of going clear.

Murray, a 21-year-old from Anaheim, CA, appreciated the big confidence boost of excelling in the class. Describing Calgot Hero as her "best friend," she explained that they'd "made a few mistakes" in higher divisions earlier in their roughly one-year partnership and are in rebuilding mode. "He's such an incredible horse and I don't know what I'd do without him."

Hailing from Calabasas, runner-up Morin rides with Lee Flick. Their stable-mate, Kate Abajian and Curtis 57 were right behind them in third, having only incurred a time fault on the first-round track.
           

Kristyn Hill and Cortez. Photo: (c) KimFMiller.com

In the Hunter Ring

Mother of two Kristyn Hill, of Dana Point, CA, set her cap for the NAL $5,000 Adult Amateur Hunter League early in the year. So she was thrilled to lay do

wn two beautiful rounds with Cortez in the Saturday afternoon class held in a sand arena over a course designed by Kerry Kocher. Trained by Lee Flick, Hill led both phases of the Final, with an 80 and an 83 respectively, for a 163 total that topped the next-placed pair by a whopping 10 points.

"He's a good, good boy," said Hill of her 11-year-old Holsteiner, Cortez, whose "Prince" nickname suits her partner of two-and-a-half years. "He loves to show and compete. He's really serious and if there's ever a problem, it's my fault. And, usually, when there is a problem, he covers and takes over for me." As was reflected in the scores from judge Scott Williamson, there were no problems for this pair. The NAL Finals were a key target for Hill this year. "At the beginning, we weren't sure how many shows we were going to do, but we got off to a strong start and decided to keep going. Aside from my family, this is my favorite thing to do!"

Harriet Posner and her own Leonetti almost caught Hill's second-round score with an 82 that vaulted them to a 153 total and into second place overall. Based in Beverly Hills, CA, Posner rides with Kate Considine. Another Considine client, Jennifer Rawlings, of Woodland Hills, CA, and Stage Left Farm LLC's First & Goal, ended on a 152 total score for third.

Thirteen-year-old Victoria Simonds, of Beverly Hills, CA, has only been contesting the Childrens Hunter division since June, but she and Valentino wasted no time becoming winners. With scores of 80 and 79, they edged out tough competition for the top spot in the $5,000 NAL Childrens Hunter Finals that completed the NAL West Coast Finals on Sunday afternoon. Riding on the grass Pacific Field under the eye of judge Lynne Forgione, Victoria's round over the Joe Lombardo-designed course reflected what she loves best about Valentino, a 12-year-old Argentinian Warmblood. "He's super fun to ride," enthused the student of Raine Rose. The fun factor carried into their victory gallop, when they snuck in an extra jump. "I've never done that before, but I thought it was fun!" Simonds said.

Just one point behind were Angela Haring, of San Diego, CA, and El Cid. Trained by the legendary Hap Hansen, their stellar second-round score of 84 bumped up a 74 first-round to a 158 total for second place honors. Mika Clear, of Oakland, CA., and Gabriel earned a total 156 score, bringing the pair trained by Traci Brooks into third.

The NAL qualifying season runs from September 1 through August 31. NAL qualifying classes are open to all competitors but only current members are awarded points. By joining the NAL, riders can accumulate the points necessary to make it to the West Coast Finals, or National Finals being held this year at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show in Harrisburg, PA, October 11-20. Annual memberships are only $40 per rider.

The NAL would like to thank the following sponsors for their support of the 2018 Finals: Blenheim EquiSports, The Clothes Horse, EquiFit, the International Jumping Festival, SmartPak, and HorseFlight.

For more information regarding the North American League series please call (717) 867-5643, email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit www.ryegate.com. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NALFinals. Press release provided by North American League.

 
Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair: September 21 – 23, 2018
Written by CRM
Monday, 17 September 2018 22:01

The 32nd Annual Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair is happening this week, September 21 – 23, at the tree-covered Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley.

Watch as beautiful draft horses pull meticulously restored freight wagons, loyally work farm equipment, skillfully complete intricate maneuvers, and compete with elegance and determination. With more than 175 horses stabled on the grounds, the Classic also offers a unique change to meet and see the draft horses up close.


The Draft Horse Classic is the premier draft horse show on the west coast and offers six different performances featuring draft horses and exhibitors from across the United States and Canada. It showcases a variety of horses, exhibitors and hitches, and features everything from farm wagons and carriages to driving competitions and log skidding. Between competition classes, guests will enjoy performances by expert horseman and trick rope artist Tomas Garcilazo, Bobby Kerr Mustang Act, CHP Mounted Patrol Unit, the California Cowgirls Drill Team and more.

Taking place on the grounds during the Classic is the Harvest Fair, featuring musical entertainment, community exhibits, vendors selling a variety of goods, a horseshoeing demonstration, delicious food, and Art at the Classic. Plus, you don’t want to miss the opportunity to visit the barns and meet the draft horses. Although there is a charge for the draft horse performances in the arena, admission to the Harvest Fair is free.

This year’s musical entertainment at the Harvest Fair begins at noon on Saturday and Sunday and at 11 am on Sunday. The lineup includes Strung Nugget Gang, Dust in my Coffee, Danny Morris and The California Stars, and Sourdough Slim. This year’s headliners are James Garner’s Tribute to Johnny Cash on Friday from 4:30 – 6, and award-winning cowboy music singer and songwriter Brenn Hill on Saturday from 4:30 – 6 pm. Musical entertainment is free, so stop by the Fairgrounds, grab a bite to eat, and enjoy the music at the Pine Tree Stage.  You can even catch a draft horse performance after each concert.

Tickets to the Draft Horse performances are on sale now. Choose from six different performances or purchase a season ticket for all six. Performances are Friday, September 21 at 10 am and 6:30 pm; Saturday, September 22 at 10 am and 6:30 pm; and Sunday, September 23 at 10 am and 4 pm. Tickets can be purchased online at NevadaCountyFair.com, by calling (530) 273-6217, or by visiting the Fairgrounds Office on McCourtney Road. All tickets purchased after 5 pm on September 20, are an additional $4 per ticket. This year’s Draft Horse Classic is September 21 – 23 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley. Visit www.NevadaCountyFair.com for more information.

Press release provided by Nevada County Fairgrounds.

 
September 2018 - Saddle Fit and Industry Education
Written by by Sabine Schleese, B.Sc., MBA ©2018 Saddlefit 4 Life® All Rights Reserved
Saturday, 01 September 2018 00:00

by Sabine Schleese, B.Sc., MBA ©2018 Saddlefit 4 Life® All Rights Reserved

The focus of this month’s California Riding is on education in the equestrian industry, and there are a large number of possible career paths available that will allow you to pursue doing something with these animals we all love. Some directly, some more indirectly. It’s gratifying to see that more and more universities and colleges are offering degree and diploma courses in many different aspects of equine education.

 


Education is a significant concept – especially in our industry, which is still largely unregulated in many areas for a sport that is so inherently dangerous that this situation boggles the mind. Through public awareness in the last years, the demand has been raised by the consumer (i.e. riders) that their trainers have a certain accreditation; they know their farriers have been trained and certified, and they expect a certain base level of knowledge from their saddle fitters. However, people can still pretty much call themselves whatever they want; add the word ‘master’ whatever to their titles, and for the most part, people are still reluctant to question the credentials. It seems like there is still a certain fear in requiring standardized professional development and testing – especially from the people who have been working in a certain part of the industry for years and don’t want to be discredited or exposed.

A recent article in the Journal of Veterinary Science concerning the ‘repeatability of 20 Society of Master Saddlers (SMS) Qualified Saddle Fitters observations of static saddle fit’ outlines the lack of cohesiveness in the methodology of assessing saddle fit. The SMS has committed to overhauling their entire saddle fitting curriculum within the next year or two – recognizing the fact that a) saddle making does not equal saddle fitting and b) their saddle fitting training is somewhat remedial in its ramifications. Further work is definitely necessary to standardize the criteria of what is saddle fit and how should saddles be fitted – and perhaps to develop a common language that is accepted throughout the industry.

Chris Moloughney – Certified Saddle Ergonomist

We tried for years to establish a recognized and registered program in the trade of saddlery itself, and were successful at least in the province of Ontario, where it was added to the roster of official apprenticeships in 1990. However, even though we suggested a certain leniency of ‘grandfathering’ long time practitioners into the trade, the resistance lobby was too strong. It seems that (especially in this industry) tradespeople are very protective of what they know, being questioned on their expertise, and sharing their wisdom with other equine professionals. I have actually
been told that “oh no – we can’t ask so-and-so about their credentials. That would be rude!” Really? How else are you going to be able to ascertain the authority of the people who you entrust the care of your horse to if you are not even allowed to ask the basic questions?

Through Saddlefit 4 Life® we have now established training and certification programs in two brand new career paths – that of Equine Ergonomist and Saddle Ergonomist. The former involves a 7 day training course (which is offered several times a year in Europe, North America, and South Africa) which allows the successful candidate to work with a saddle fitter in analysing, diagnosing and measuring saddle fit. The Equine Ergonomist is not trained to actually make the adjustments, which is where the Saddle Ergonomist training then comes in. We feel the level of education for the Saddle Ergonomist goes above the Saddle Fitter training, as we focus more on equine and human anatomy and biomechanics and how these relate to saddle fit issues in both static and dynamic phases. In recent years there seems to have been a proliferation of agencies and societies offering saddle fit courses and certifications, but none are as intense or require constant recertification such as the S4L courses do.

The Equine Studies Diploma and Degree courses being offered all around USA and Canada for interested students wanting to work in the equestrian industry are a huge step forward, but the
potential lucrative job market for graduates is still disturbingly small. Our own Saddlefit 4 Life® curriculum has been somewhat integrated into the Bachelor of Bio-Resources Management program at the University of Guelph, and may soon be offered as an ongoing elective, but the path ahead is still very challenging. It is only with constant communication and continuing efforts in education that change will come. We truly hope that Saddlefit 4 Life® will be a key resource in the attempt to find a common ground which at the end of the day, is for the good of the horse that we all love!

ASIDE: There are many different career options for those who are interested in working with horses.

Here are a number of additional possibilities for those seeking an equine career – some of which are not necessarily mainstream so may not have even been a consideration (with thanks to Mary Hope Kramer of www.thebalance.com for these additional suggestions).

  1. Equine Veterinarians provide preventive health care for horses and treat their injuries. Becoming a licensed equine veterinarian involves a significant educational commitment. Board certified practitioners (also known as veterinary specialists) are the next step up.
  2. Equine Veterinary Technicians provide assistance to veterinarians as they complete exams and surgical procedures. Vet techs must complete a two-year degree and pass an exam to become licensed in the field.
  3. Riding Instructors supervise students and direct them in riding lessons and training sessions. They may also ride the student’s horse to demonstrate proper techniques. Instructors may specialize in a variety of riding disciplines such as hunt seat, saddle seat, dressage, reining, and show jumping.
  4. Farriers are responsible for trimming, maintaining, and balancing equine hooves. Farriers must attend to each equine client about 7 times per year on average. Most farriers are self-employed and can learn the trade via apprenticeship and certification courses.
  5. Mounted Police Officers use their horses to provide crowd control and deter crime. Mounted officers must first achieve regular police officer status via police academy training (which takes roughly six months) and then work for about 3 years on the regular force before becoming eligible to apply for specialty units like the mounted patrol.
  6. Broodmare Managers supervise the care of mares and foals. They are responsible for assisting with foaling, teasing mares, and keeping detailed veterinary and production records.
  7. Stallion Managers supervise the care and breeding of stallions. They are involved in scheduling breeding shed appointments, supervising daily care, and promoting stallions to the public.
  8. Jockeys ride racehorses in flat or steeplechase races according to the trainer’s instructions. Jockeys can ride multiple races each day, as well as working horses in the morning. Earnings  vary widely as the jockey earns a percentage of their horse’s winnings in each race, and race purses vary by track and level of competition.
  9. Grooms provide daily care for the horses under their supervision, taking care to notice any changes in a horse’s behavior or body that might signal a need for veterinary care. Although they have huge responsibilities, they generally are not paid very well.
  10. Exercise Riders work horses each morning on the racetrack, following the instructions given by trainers. Exercise riders are generally a bit taller and heavier than jockeys. Riders are usually paid by the mount.
  11. Barn Managers supervise the care of the horses in their stable. They may be involved with hands-on horse care, managing employees, and scheduling deliveries of feed and bedding.
  12. Bloodstock Agents evaluate horses at auction and bid on them on behalf of their clients. They may also arrange the purchase of stallion seasons, proven racehorses, or horses that are privately for sale. Most bloodstock agents are involved in the Thoroughbred industry and earn a commission for their services.
  13. Equine Dental Technicians remove sharp points from a horse’s teeth (in a procedure known as “floating” the teeth). Dental care ensures that the horse is able to eat and perform properly. Equine dental techs usually earn a set fee per horse treated.
  14. Racehorse Trainers condition their equine charges to compete in racing events. They must be well versed in all aspects of horsemanship and pass a licensing exam in each state where they intend to compete. Trainers earn a “day rate” for the horses under their care plus a percentage of their horses’ winnings.
  15. Horse Breeders arrange matings that result in foals of a certain breed or foals that are suited for a specific type of competition. The salary of a breeder can vary widely based upon what breed they produce and the quality of their breeding stock.
 
Nominations Open for 2018 Ira Schulman Thoroughbred Rehoming Award
Written by CRM
Thursday, 19 July 2018 16:47

Annual award honors for-profit resellers of off-track Thoroughbreds.

The Retired Racehorse Project announced today that nominations are open for the 2018 Ira Schulman Thoroughbred Rehoming Award, which will be presented at the Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium, held Oct. 4-7 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY.

This award celebrates the legacy of Ira Schulman, the renowned horseman who placed thousands of off-track Thoroughbreds in a career that spanned more than 50 years. Schulman himself was the first recipient of the award at the 2017 Thoroughbred Makeover. He died just a few months later in March 2018 at the age of 80, and is believed to have placed more Thoroughbreds in his lifetime than any other individual or organization.

 
New Thoroughbred Makeover Award for Top-Scoring California-Bred
Written by CRM
Thursday, 12 July 2018 18:50

The Retired Racehorse Project announced today the first special award for the 2018 Thoroughbred Makeover that honors horses bred on the West Coast. Sponsored by the Georgia B. Ridder Foundation, in honor of After the Finish Line, the $2,500 award will be presented to the top-scoring California-bred at the competition, taking place Oct. 4-7 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY.

“The Georgia B. Ridder Foundation looks forward to its inaugural year supporting the Retired Racehorse Project,” said Michael R. Whalen, president of the foundation. “Georgia B. Ridder and her Ridder Thoroughbred Stable have a long and proud history of breeding magnificent Thoroughbred horses at her ranches in Southern California. Respecting that legacy, we are proud to honor the horses bred in California participating in this year’s training competition.”

 
Saddle Fit and Classical Training
Written by By Jochen Schleese, CMS, CSFT, CSE. ©2018 Saddlefit 4 Life® All Rights Reserved
Sunday, 01 July 2018 00:30

By Jochen Schleese, CMS, CSFT, CSE. ©2018 Saddlefit 4 Life® All Rights Reserved

Very à propos to the focus of this month’s issue in California Riding, I’d like to add a small ‘saddle fit variable’ to the discussion of training. This is my educated opinion and my experience as both a competitive rider and a saddle fit expert and ergonomist buys me the right to state my thoughts.

 
Making Hay(gain) in the West
Written by by Kim F. Miller
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 19:58

Haygain USA adds California sales consultant.

Oct. 16, 2018: Kaitlyn Zaleski joins the Haygain USA sales team to cover all of California. One-on-one consultations, group, club and barn demos and free two-week trials of the Haygain Hay Steamer are among her priorities in the new position. Comfortstall® therapeutic sealed orthopedic flooring and the Forager Slow Feeder are among the company’s horse health products.

 


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Kaitlyn grew up in New Jersey and has been riding horses since she was 6. She rode primarily on the local hunter/jumper circuit and has always spent as much time at the barn as possible. Today she lives in California’s Central Valley with her fiancé, who is a dairy veterinarian, along with their dog and four horses.

 

Deciding to turn her passion for horses into a career, Kaitlyn pursued a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Animal Science at the Pennsylvania State University where she studied equine management, nutrition and reproduction. Upon graduation, she interned at a large reining facility in Texas before pursuing her first full time role at SmartPak, the nation’s largest online retailer and a longtime dealer of Haygain products. She was a familiar face with SmartPak’s West Coast mobile unit when it first launched.

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Kaitlyn represented Haygain USA at the World Equestrian Games in Tryon, North Carolina, where the company provided complementary hay steamers to approximately 35 teams from all over the world. On the home front, she recently hosted an exclusive demo event with Cindy Forrest Performance Horses at Rancho Sierra Vista in San Juan Capistrano. All horse owners at the facility were invited to enjoy pizza and learn about steaming hay and ComfortStall equine flooring. A few of the horses even got to enjoy the experience of standing on ComfortStall.

The Las Vegas National Horse Show is Kaitlyn and Haygain USA’s next tour stop, Nov. 14-18.

For more information or to schedule an interactive demonstration, contact Kaitlyn at 862-703-1150 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit www.haygain.us.

 
Bugatti and Wilhelm Genn Emerge Victorious in $100,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Sacramento Presented by Lasher's Elk Grove Dodge Ram
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 10 October 2018 19:07

Congratulations to Top Three Finishers Wilhelm Genn, Karrie Rufer, and Karl Cook

The highlight event of Sacramento International World Cup™ Week took place Saturday night amidst a completely sold out house at the indoor arena of Murieta Equestrian Center. The $100,000 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Sacramento presented by Lasher's Elk Grove Dodge Ram had 29 entries with 10 nations represented: United States, Canada, Israel, Sweden, Denmark, Egypt, Brazil, Mexico, Germany, and France.  


The start of the first round saw solid efforts from many of the world's greatest horses and riders, but no entry was able to clear the Olaf Petersen Jr designed 1.60m course until 14th in the order. Kenneth Vinther of Denmark and Colicchio cleared the 16 jumping efforts including one double and one triple combination, but had 1 time fault.

A few rounds later, Jamie Barge and Luebbo completed the first fault-free round and the arena erupted in applause. In quick succession, eight more pairs completed clear rounds, guaranteeing a competitive jump off. "I'd be lying if I didn't say I was a bit nervous at the beginning of the class," said course designer Olaf Petersen Jr. "I was very happy for the first clear round."

101018bugattiBugatti and Wilhelm Genn, Winners of the $100,000 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup Sacramento. Photo: Amy McCool. 

The exciting jump off had much of the crowd on their feet, as each horse and rider raced the clock around the short course. In the end, six riders turned in clear jump off rounds, the fastest of which was Wilhelm Genn of Germany aboard Bugatti, a 12-year-old chestnut KWPN gelding owned by Eduardo Leon.


"I was hoping I got a chance to run for it today and it worked out," said Genn. "[Bugatti] loves the crowd and he gets excited, which makes him better because he's a very lazy horse and so it all kind of played in my favor."

Genn has had Bugatti since he was five years old and has taken his time to develop the gelding. "Between last year and this year he really turned professional," said Genn of Bugatti. "Last year we could not have done what we did tonight. So it just shows how important it is to let these horses grow up, especially if they are careful and sensitive. He's just a fantastic horse."

Coming in half a second behind Genn was hometown hero Karrie Rufer aboard her 12-year-old bay Belgian warmblood gelding Georgie d'Auvray EC. [Georgie is] so game, and he loves the crowd, that's what was fantastic about tonight," said Rufer. "You could hear the last line of the jump off  people getting excited for the last jump, and that's really a beautiful thing because you don't experience it very often." This result was particularly meaningful to Rufer as her family and close friends were able to attend.

Rounding out the podium in third place was another California native, Karl Cook aboard Caillou, an 11-year-old grey Holsteiner gelding owned by Signe Ostby. "It was my horse's first World Cup™ qualifier class and I couldn't be prouder of how he did," said Cook of Caillou. "I was happy with how I executed the plan that we walked and how it all came together."

The $100,000 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Sacramento presented by Lasher's Elk Grove Dodge Ram was the highlight event of two weeks of great competition at the Sacramento International Horse Show.

"The show went really well," said Dale Harvey, CEO of West Palms Events. "This class was amazing, and we were excited to have such great riders here, and a great course designer, and amazing results. To have a sold-out class with beyond full stands and to have to turn people away is a nice problem to have."

 

Thank you to Calipaso, the Official Winery of Sacramento International, for keeping the wine glasses full at the VIP tables during the $100,000 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Sacramento. The incredible wines Calipaso provided made a spectacular evening even more delicious!

Press release provided by West Palms Event Management.

 
Huge Turnout Expected for This Week’s Great American/USDF Region 7 & California Dressage Society Championship Show
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 26 September 2018 20:16
By Yellow Horse Marketing for the California Dressage Society

For hundreds of riders and horses, this week will be filled with anticipation and excitement as a year’s worth of work is about to be put to the test at theGreat American Insurance Group/United States Dressage Federation (USDF) Region 7 and California Dressage Society (CDS) Championship Show, being held September 27-30. Once again this annual event will welcome a huge turnout of 330 exhibitors gathering on the grounds of the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank for four thrilling days of dressage competition across five arenas, all combined with a festive atmosphere, complimentary hospitality, shopping, activities, entertainment and a camaraderie that can only be found at these championships.


092618 usdf1Adult amateur Jackie Weisbein will be one of 330 entries riding into the Los Angeles Equestrian Center this week for the Great American/USDF Region 7 & CDS Championship Show in Burbank, Cal. Photo: Kelly Kenneally Photography

“Of course last year’s show was particularly special because it was our CDS 50thanniversary celebration, so that can be a bit of a hard act to follow and you never know exactly how much of that enthusiasm will carry over,” said Glenda McElroy, who has managed the CDS Championship Show for more than 25 years. “But I’ve said before that this Championship Show has truly become a destination event here on the West Coast, and to have such an incredible turnout of competitors like this, year after year, proves my point. Every year our team of officials, staff and volunteers work tirelessly to make this the best event it can possibly be, because we realize how special this experience is for CDS members. We continue to make adjustments and improvements and are very proud of how it all comes together every year, and now we’re ready! We can’t wait to welcome everyone back to Burbank for another amazing show.”

Among its many competitive and educational programs for members, the California Dressage Society offers one of the largest and most lucrative annual championship events in the nation. A multitude of CDS Horse of the Year championship titles and cherished perpetual trophies will once again be presented at the show at all levels from Training to Grand Prix and for open, adult amateur, and juniors/young riders, as well as thousands of dollars in prize money and awards.

092618 usdf2RAAC competitor Marcella Levatino of Laguna Hills will compete this week in her very first Great American/USDF Region 7 & CDS Championship Show in Burbank, Cal. Photo courtesy of M. Levatino

Even more opportunities await as a full roster of championship honors will also be awarded for Great American Insurance Group/USDF Region 7 Championship divisions. In addition, declared horses and riders participating in the Region 7 Championship classes can earn an invitation to the U.S. Dressage Finals in Lexington, Ky. in November, a nationwide showcase for open and adult amateur riders across all levels of competition. Since the event’s inception in 2013, dedicated West Coast riders have made the long journey to the Kentucky Horse Park where they have been rewarded with national titles at a variety of levels. To date, nearly a hundred Region 7 horse/rider combinations have declared for this year’s Finals and will seek their chance to be written into the history books as well.

Qualifying for the CDS Championship Show is an achievement in itself, as competitors spent a full year earning required scores through an expansive network of local CDS and licensed USEF/USDF shows up and down the West Coast, as well as through the CDS Junior/Young Rider Championship shows, like Sophia Kohlmann of Walnut Creek, who punched her ticket at the Northern Region Junior/Young Rider Championship Show earlier this summer and will now travel to Burbank with her horse Florian to compete in the Second Level JR/YR championship divisions.

The wildly-popular Equine Insurance/CDS Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC) program also provided a pathway to Burbank for riders like Marcella Levatino of Laguna Hills, Cal., who says she “can’t wait!” to compete at the CDS Championship Show for the very first time with her Holsteiner gelding Ciminiti in both the USDF and CDS Training Level championship classes. Joining her will be fellow adult amateur Jackie Weisbein of Napa, Cal. who found success at the Northern Region RAAC and is now looking forward to making the long drive to the Los Angeles Equestrian Center where she will compete two horses, Zev and Rosenstolz, at Second Level. “I really thought this year was just going to be a rebuilding year for me,” said Weisbein. “But after gaining a lot of confidence at the RAAC show, I am so excited to show them both, see my friends from all over California, and enjoy the magic of the Championship Show!”

092618 usdf3Junior/young rider Sophia Kohlmann will look to earn even more Second Level championship titles at this week’s Great American/USDF Region 7 & CDS Championship Show in Burbank, Cal. Photo via Facebook

Another perennial highlight of the championship weekend will be the popular CDS Young Horse Futurity and the unique Cal-Bred Futurity, which this year boasts 60 entries across four, five, and six-year-old divisions, has more than $12,300 in prize money, and offers special awards for adult amateur competitors. As the largest regional young horse program in the country, the CDS Young Horse Futurity has proven itself to be a successful launching pad for top dressage horses across the country. Adult amateurs as well as juniors and young riders can also prove they have the best seats in the house and demonstrate their riding skills in Friday afternoon’s CDS Dressage Seat Equitation Challenge classes, as well as the USDF Adult Amateur Equitation Regional Final class and the USDF Dressage Seat Medal Semi-Finals (for riders ages 14-18 and 13 & under) on Saturday.

Be a part of the excitement – for complete information about the California Dressage Society Championship Show, including news, schedules, ride times, and results, visit the CDS website and follow along with behind-the-scenes updates and photos on the CDS Facebook page
 
Will Simpson and Chacco P Top the Field in the $30,000 Markel Insurance 1.45m Grand Prix, presented by ACE Equestrian
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 25 September 2018 19:03

September 23, 2018 - San Juan Capistrano, CA - Of the 25 horse and rider combinations that competed on the grass field in the $30,000 Markel Insurance 1.45m Grand Prix, presented by ACE Equestrian, ten completed the course without a fault to return for the jump-off. Will Simpson and his teammate Chacco P made their mark by stopping the clock in a blazing 43.129 seconds to take the win.
 

Will Simpson and Chacco P. Photo: Captured Moment Photography


Of the ten riders to return, five finished double clear. Fifteen-year-old Austin Krawitt and Catch Me 4 were the first pair to provide a double-clean performance in a time of 49.842 seconds. The next rider to attempt the jump-off track, however, was Simpson, who put the pedal to the metal to cross the finish line six seconds faster.
 
Anthony D'Ambrosio of Red Hook, NY, designed the track, which included two combinations, a liverpool, and several related lines.

"Anthony always does a great job with the courses. It was enough to make you ride, and it was perfect for today's setting," Simpson noted.
 
Simpson credited his horse's speed, strength, and carefulness. "Chacco P has a very fast foot speed, so if I can do the counts and make tight turns, I know that his foot speed is incredible. I always have a nice surprise when I finish my round and look up at the clock."

Simpson is looking forward to the rest of this season's competition with Chacco P. "I'll be competing with him in the World Cup Qualifiers for the rest of this season and will hopefully qualify for the World Cup Finals."

To wrap-up the day, and the final Markel Insurance 1.45 Grand Prix of the Blenheim EquiSports outdoor season, Lane Clarke received the Romfh Leading Open Jumper Rider Award, earning a total of 26 points over the Blenheim Fall Series. His third-place finish in this class guaranteed him the award.

Sunday at the International Jumping Festival culminates with the final rounds of the Young Jumper Championships Western League Finals & Futurity, presented by Electronic Vet, for the five-, six- and seven-year-olds.  

The top group of riders, up to 25, will meet in Las Vegas to compete in the Markel Insurance 1.45m Grand Prix Series Final at The Las Vegas National on Wednesday, November 14th, 2018.
 

Will Simpson and Chacco P with Jeff & Shannon Cotton of ACE Equestrian, Melissa Brandes, Dr. Will Simpson and Brandon Seger of Markel Insurance. Photo: Captured Moment Photography

RESULTS

$30,000 Markel Insurance 1.45m Grand Prix, presented by ACE Equestrian

Place - Entry Number - Horse - Rider - Owner - Faults/Time
1. 841 - Chacco P - Will Simpson - Will Simpson - 0/0/43.129
2. 245 - Interactive Mortgage 07 - Shawn Casady - Evette & Gregg DeLong - 0/0/43.283
3. 786 - McLord's T.K.O. - Lane Clarke - Mickey Hayden - 0/0/43.953
4. 158 - Valiant - Olivia Brown - Harley Brown Equestrian, Inc. - 0/0/45.324
5. 592 - Choose Me 4 - Austin Krawitt - A.E.S. Equestrian, Inc. - 0/0/49.842
6. 601 - Duc de Rhoan - Michelle Kerivan - Michelle Kerivan - 0/4/7.310
7. 249 - Dakar VDL - Shawn Casady - HKC Collection, LLC - 0/4/47.841
8. 120 - Quitana 11 - Savannah Jenkins - Georgy Maskrey-Segesman - 0/8/43.637
9. 364 - Sea Coast Ferly - Mary Frances Looke - Mary Frances Looke - 0/8/46.595
10. 259 - Doraindo - Shawn Casady - Highpoint Farm, LLC - 0/8/47.091
11. 626 - NKH Quanto - John Bragg - Caruso & Bragg - 1/85.233
12. 194 - Ideal de la Hasse - Mitchell Endicott - Alex Trubey - 4/77.840

Press release provided by Blenheim Equisports.

 
Reader Submission: Darcy Girl
Written by by Jess Rannachan
Monday, 17 September 2018 17:18

by Jess Rannachan

Riding Darcy last week was like giving birth; Agony while it happened, but soon forgotten and ready to have another one.

“Anyone got a safe horse I can ride?” said my ad.  My husband has given up riding, we have sold our horses, but I still had that itch….like clearing your throat, it never completely goes away.  My ad is answered and thus begins my relationship with Darcy Girl, a piebald undiscovered 18 yr old mare. Sherry, Darcy’s owner, a petite old school wild west lady, is an animal lover.  She fosters kittens from the cat protection league, and is carer of two happy, entertained dogs.  Sherry gestures towards the reluctant Darcy, a black and white spotted paint quarter horse.


“Well that’s her…she’s very stubborn”

“Aaah, but what a beauty!”

“I’m sure you have a lot of other responses (to the ad) and completely understand if you’re not interested and want a .....horse”

“What’s that?” I point to Darcy. “She looks perfect to me!

Darcy did not seem to want to leave her field, and then, she did not seem to want to walk down the path by the house.

“She just needs LOTS of encouragement!  OK come on DARCY!!  What a CLEVER GIRL!!”  Go Darcy girl!  Wake up Darcy! We are going to start to live!  All this hanging around the field is not life in it’s fullest!

She’s afraid!  She is afraid to go out on her own, she is not used to it after all, horses are herd animals. Next time we ride I sequester my faithful husband to be ‘the friend’.  He knows his role is on foot and also to give treats to the old mare, Kayla, who shares the field.  She is why Darcy is there; as a companion.   Most of the time Sherry comes along too for the first couple of months.  This has an impact on the reluctant Darcy.  She is bolstered.  She sees that predators are not going to attack (mountain lions, pack of coyotes, mystical horse boogie men) with the herd coming along the trail with her.  The herd also sometimes includes Sanji, Sherry’s award winning dog.

Before I mount Darcy I pray.   

“God please to protect my life and give Darcy Shalom, thank you”.   

Finding a new horse, however lovely it all seems, you never know what can be ahead and Sherry had shared that Darcy had been rocking (bucking) coming home with the last trainer.   I am kept safe despite my own mistakes on our rides.   Darcy is really beginning to shine, I see progress and I am in love!  Sherry got her shod.  Did I imagine it but is Darcy walking taller, with some self-esteem?  Sherry says, “Darcy just sat in a field forgotten for the last 18 years.  She was at a breeding facility and didn’t make the grade, so she was ignored…”  I notice Darcy had a slight deforment in her posterior region that I asked Sherry about.  She said Darcy had had a foal but it was a hard labor….my appreciation of this mare that had experienced a hard labor grows.

Darcy has scabs on her hind leg cannon bones and the hair is peeling off.  

“Sherry can I put coconut oil on the scabs, Ian’s horse was cured of something like that under her chin using coconut oil” Next time I visit I bring the coconut oil and scoop a handful up that I rub deep into the scabs and all over the leg bones where the hair is coming off.  There are some lesions also under the saddle that I liberally rub the oil into.

After Darcy gets her shoes we take her further down the path, up the steep bit and across the grassy wooded area.  At first I was leading her and she suddenly had a tantrum, swung round and kicked out her hind leg in a perfect imitation of the Cancan high into the air!  I look at Ian and have misgivings about this Darcy girl…. after all I’m not getting any younger…

Darcy puts down her head and works hard climbing the hill back home.  I am encouraging her by opening the reins as I try and position my body to be lighter on her back.  My heart goes out to her, she is trying so hard.  “Sherry she really is a good horse.  Darcy you are really a GOOD HORSE!!’  She gets lots and lots of pats and gentle scratches on her neck.  She is so relieved to be homeward and could take off, but all the same decides to just be the good girl we told her she was.  This is a lot better than the bucking she did with the last trainer!  The ‘licking and chewing’ she has started to do is very reassuring!!

On trail ride number 10 my heart swells with happiness in the horse.  Her legs look better, but still not cured.  Now we have bought some ‘Equiderm’ to put on the flaking cannon bone crud…. She is still ‘strong’ wanting to barrel home.  Sherry mentions that her back can cause her not to ride Darcy, she remembers another time that she was thrown off a horse.   It comes to me in a flash; “Sherry, lets put a different bit on her.  She is too strong with this snaffle in her mouth and if she really does decide to take off neither you nor I want to be on the couch for a week recovering from trying to hold her!  A kimberwick bit is found pretty much immediately from Sherry’s copious tack room/kitten playroom/garage.  Sherry’s ex husband had lots of horsey stuff and the bit in my mind, is hanging on a hook ready to appropriate for Darcy.  We slowly introduce it to her and after a while Darcy pretty much has EXCELLENT BRAKES.  We heave a sigh of relief!

Darcy is now going out nicely with very few stops or ‘napping’.  We are aiming for her to think hitting the trail is a pleasure!  It has come to me that taking Darcy out is like coming to take your aged Aunt out for a coffee from her nursing home.  We are hoping she will be looking forward to our walks once the aching from unused muscles disperses, and the bit in her mouth becomes normal and the headpiece and noseband start to mould to Darcy’s cute wide eyed open face, with it’s little wisp of a black forelock.

Sherry is riding her down the path “Actually I did not get Darcy to ride, just as a companion for Kayla” (the 30 yr old Arab in the same pasture).  Darcy reacts to the new path she is on, and her head goes up, her body electric and she has a look like she may bolt.   Sherry turns Darcy in a circle to get her to think of what she is doing with her legs instead…. there is an element of the unknown with Darcy.  Sherry says quietly “Shall I get off”  
“Yes Sherry if you are worried”.  Darcy has settled “I think its ok” she says and rides her valiantly for the first time down the slippery dead golden grass that marks July in California.  Darcy does not like the abundant rodent holes but every time she looks worried we simply halt her until she seems ready to go again.

I say to Sherry the circular route from the house is a mistake. This includes the steep slippery slope of wooded pasture where the wild grass is baked during the summer and has become slippery. Poor Darcy was just trying to keep her balance with her four legs, let alone trying to carry a human on her back.  Also this place has many treacherous holes as the gopher moles had made it their habitat.  You do not know where the next hole is.  We take Darcy this way for a while, but she end up with a swollen back fetlock…perhaps a sprain from the trail we did not notice.  We decide she need not go down this trail again until the terrain improves.

Darcy has a shiny coat and even her ‘top line’ is not as hollow as it once was. My heart continues to go out to this sweet mare.  She stands quietly for you to put on the bridle and puts her head down for you to remove it.  She has never once turned to nip or show any concern when tightening the synch under the saddle.  She wants to please.  It is a joy having the visits to see Darcy!

Darcy crosses another hurdle of not napping and needing to be badgered to lead out of the pasture.  She has started to move out of the field without stopping!  Perhaps because it is the summer and we are bringing her the tall corn plants to feed on as a treat…  We are also careful to share with Kayla, the old mare.  What a joy to see Darcy’s legs better and her ‘top line’ building with every ride.  We still have only walked her as I feel she has so many mental and physical things to surmount before real riding and fitness.  I change her from a Western saddle to an English dressage saddle for my back with no ill effects at all from her and thankfully she is not a spooky horse.

My life with Darcy and Sherry has become the highpoint of my week.  Sherry is pleased to have a rider for her pasture horse, who used to terrorize the old mare in her boredom.  But nothing stays the same in life and one day Kayla, the old mare, passes away.

Darcy is not the same.  She is more sensitized on our rides, whinnying.  She wants a friend and is communicating with any horse that will listen.  We visit a neighbor’s arena, and she is reluctant to leave the neighbors horses when we are homeward bound.  The rides are not so fun; I can see she is suffering.  I take her on a long ride to another arena, she stops repeatedly, we have regressed back to square one so it seems.  Sherry and I need to talk.

So Sherry shares with me that now Kayla has gone, and she has had some bad news regarding her back from the Doctor, she thinks she will sell or give Darcy away.  Sherry and I take pride in Darcy.   We admire her shining coat, sweet mellow character and good manners.  Darcy takes me on a last wonderful ride to the arena far away.  She has adjusted to her loss of the old mare Kayla.  What a blessing!  At the arena she trots willingly around and apart from needing some rests going up the steep hill home has certainly made Sherry and myself proud!  She will be a great horse for a beginner rider.  They will learn together.  Darcy will not run off with the new rider and the new rider will have to learn how to get a horse moving.  The new rider will be Darcy’s next phase in getting fit!

Shortly thereafter a long legged svelte young woman called Heather arrives at Sherry’s barn to look at Darcy.  Her face is soft and sensitive.  I like her already.  She is a beginner rider.  I notice she is a little apprehensive.  She rides Darcy with her friend who comes with.  We are excited to learn after Heather has given Darcy two days serious thought, that she wants to take Darcy!  Sherry generously gives Heather a month’s trial and we are set!  Darcy will go to a barn with lots of horse friends.  I feel in my heart that Darcy will be a credit to Sherry, Ian, Sanji and myself.  I am thrilled to have played a part in the making of the mare!  Thank you Jesus!

 
New Product Release - Cur-OST EQ Nitric Boost Enhanced Formula
Written by CRM
Monday, 23 July 2018 18:15

Healthy circulation is vital to equine performance and recovery, but can be impacted by a variety of factors from diet to stress and inflammation.  Decreased blood circulation is closely tied in with tendon injuries, hoof conditions, muscular ailments, navicular disease, and laminitis.  Improving or supporting a healthy cardiovascular system and blood circulation is an important step in aiding recovery of almost any condition.

The circulation of blood is dependent on many factors, but dilation or relaxation of blood vessels improves movement of blood to vital areas.  An amino acid, L-Arginine, is closely linked with circulation through aiding nitric oxide production in the body, which helps to relax blood vessels.  In some horses, the L-Arginine pathway is impaired due to inflammation in the body, and despite supplementation with this amino acid, results are minimally achieved.

 
Absorbine® Partners with The Right Horse Initiative
Written by CRM
Thursday, 19 July 2018 16:44

The Horse World’s Most Trusted Name Supports Mission to Increase Successful Adoptions

Absorbine® has partnered with The Right Horse Initiative, a collective dedicated to massively increasing the number of successful horse adoptions in the United States. Absorbine® has been concerned with the welfare of horses since the invention of Absorbine® Veterinary Liniment in 1892, and deeply values any effort towards finding productive partnerships and loving homes for horses in transition.

 
Tracy Bowman to Represent United States at FEI World Para-Driving Championships
Written by CRM
Monday, 02 July 2018 17:28

Tracy Bowman and Bella. PC: Sherry Stewart

While many may know Tracy Bowman as the trainer of multiple CCI4* riders at Kismet Farms, and be familiar with her consistent presence on the West Coast eventing scene, Tracy is also a keen competitor in Combined and Para Driving. So keen, in fact, she has been selected as a Nominated Entry to represent the United States at the FEI World Para-Driving Championships for Singles in Kronenberg, Netherlands.

 
Get Rewarded for Buying Your Favorite Supplements!
Written by CRM
Thursday, 21 June 2018 17:29

Introducing the Horse Care Loyalty Rewards Program for Farnam®, Vita Flex® and Horse Health™ Products Supplements

If you’re like most horse owners, you have a few favorite equine supplements that you regularly feed to your horse.  Now you can save money on those great supplements with the launch of the Horse Care Loyalty Rewards Program.

For every five of an individual qualifying Farnam® or Horse Health™ Products equine supplement purchased, horse owners will receive the next one completely FREE!  When purchasing the Vita Flex® Lactanase® packets, for every ten purchased, your next one is FREE!

 
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