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.

 
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.

 


110118 drafthorseThe winner of the Draft Horse Classic’s Ultimate Hitch Award – Rees Family Belgians, based out of Elk, WA – performs in the arena at the 2018 Draft Horse Classic. The 2018 Draft Horse Classic results are now posted at NevadaCountyFair.com.

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.

 
Opening Day at Temecula Dressage Classic is a Huge Success
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 12 June 2018 02:09

Photos: ©Terri Miller

The first annual Temecula Dressage Classic at Galway Downs is proving to be a great show full of fantastic riders and tests. With over 200 entries, riders are competing in large classes and against some of the best riders and trainers in the area. The competition continues through Sunday, June 10th.

 
Poly Canyon Ventures Announces Partnership Centered Around Funding and Assisting Cleantech Startups at Cal Poly
Written by CRM
Friday, 18 May 2018 19:13

Poly Canyon Ventures (PCV), a San Luis Obispo-based 501(c)(3) non-profit founded and managed by Cal Poly students, announced last night at its end-of-the-year event that it has partnered with Cal Poly’s Department of Energy, Utilities, and Sustainability (EU&S) to help foster cleantech innovation at the university. With initial commitments of $10,000 from the EU&S Department and $5,000 from PCV, the two parties will work together to identify, evaluate, select, fund, and assist cleantech-focused, student-led startups on campus.

 

 
Time To Ride® Announces 2018 Challenge
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 15 May 2018 22:18

Time To Ride® is pleased to announce that the popular Time To Ride Challenge is on for 2018!  The purpose of the Challenge is to support individual equine businesses and organizations in attracting newcomers to horses by hosting an event at their facility. This grassroots approach gives barn owners the opportunity to grow their business by introducing non-horsey people to the beauty and benefits horses bring to our lives, while simultaneously growing the horse industry overall.

 
2018 Draft Horse Classic results
Written by CRM
Monday, 24 September 2018 00:00

32nd Annual Draft Horse Classic Awards Announced

Awards for the 32nd annual Draft Horse Classic, held September 21 – 23 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley, have been announced.  Mark Sparrow of Eldora, Iowa judged the Draft Horse classes, which took place during the six performances over the three day event.  Almost 40 draft horse exhibitors – traveling from California, Oregon, Idaho, Washington, and British Columbia – competed at the show for nearly $40,000 in premium awards.


The winner of the Ultimate Hitch Award was Rees Family Belgians of Elk, WA. Crystal Newborn of Top Hand Ranch, Elverta, CA, won the Susan Parnell High Point Award.

The Teamster of the Year Award was presented to Nattie Book of Mudslinger Ranch, Durham, CA. The Top Hand Ranch Teamster Award went to Jeff Shinn of Shinn Ranch Percherons, Livermore, CA; and Jeron Schubert of Rees Family Belgians, Elk, WA, won the Youth of the Show award.

More than 800 entries were entered in the Harvest Fair, including wreaths, fresh fruits and vegetables, produce characters, jellies and jams, and baked goods.  In the scarecrow division, the People’s Choice award went to Pamela Roschke.

The Best of Show winner at Art at the Classic, which featured more than 50 artists, was Lynn Maderich for “Early Morning at the Horse Show.” The People’s Choice award went to Shirley Isola for “Winner’s Strut.”

A complete list of 2018 Draft Horse Classic awards, as well as all the Harvest Fair winners, is on the Nevada County Fairgrounds website at http://www.NevadaCountyFair.com.

The 2019 Draft Horse Classic is scheduled for September 20 – 22. Tickets will go on sale May 1, 2019.  Visit http://www.NevadaCountyFair.com for more information.

 
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!

 
Ben Ebeling
Written by by Ben Ebeling
Wednesday, 06 June 2018 17:30

California’s Ben Ebeling and his USEF European Young Rider tour teammates are en route to Hagen, Germany for the Future Champions CDIO, an event that greatly inspired Ben a few years ago. Here’s his second blog post and stay tuned for more soon. The Acres Dressage, California Dressage Society - Ventura County Chapter

European Young Rider Tour Ends on a High Note.

 

June 21, Hagen, Germany, conclusion of the European Young Rider Tour: I had an unforgettable experience competing in the Future Champions FEI CDIO-Y in Hagen, June 14-17.

When our team first arrived, utilizing the safe and comfortable Gellison’s Horse Transport, we all settled right in. The shavings were great, the stalls were nicely-sized, and anything that we needed was available and ready at the showgrounds. I remember the minute my horse settled in and I was just about to leave him for the night, I had a feeling of pride, happiness, and a sort of nostalgia that made me recall the times I was at this show-grounds watching my dad compete!

 
June 2018 - The Gallop: Under Threat
Written by by Kim F. Miller
Thursday, 17 May 2018 21:16

“Where is the Equestrian Center in this project?”

by Kim F. Miller

I’m optimistic by nature, so I took a line in the proposed master site plan for the Orange County Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa as good news for the fate of horse boarding there. The first point under the heading “Overall Strategy” is “Improvements be made to the Equestrian Center to enhance functionality and competiveness; more oriented to serving the youth market.” That’s verbatim from the plan the Fair Board hired consultants to create.

Silly me.

Fortunately, veteran equestrian advocates knew better. On April 26, they filled to overflowing the first public Fair Board meeting to address the site plan. Many were alumni of the Derail The Sale campaign that saved the entire Fairgrounds, a remarkable two-year effort that concluded in 2011 and prevented the 150-acre venue from being sold to likely private development. These advocates understood that the more important point was the first item in Phase III of the proposed site plan:

 

 
Smart Solutions for Your Horse and the Environment
Written by CRM
Monday, 30 April 2018 18:51

SmartPak is committed to helping the environment by maintaining a green footprint. From the materials used to manufacture products, to the processes that get them to your barn door, SmartPak aims to be an environmentally friendly company.

“We know that like us, our customers also want to have the smallest impact on the environment as possible," said Sarah Mann, Vice President of Brand and Customer Experience. "That’s why we've always made our SmartPak strips from #1 PET plastic which means that they’re not only recyclable, but that they're also made from recycled material. And our commitment to the environment doesn't stop there!”

 
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