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January 2021 - The Trainers of Peacock Hill
Written by by Kate Sanchez
Friday, 01 January 2021 20:00
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Lauren Mitchell & Hayley Buckingham

by Kate Sanchez

Nestled in the heart of Orange County, CA lies the private and peaceful Peacock Hill Equestrian Center, home to both Le Cheval Sport Horses, owned and operated by Lauren Mitchell; and HBE Dressage, owned and operated by Hayley Buckingham. Although running different programs, both Mitchell and Buckingham work with one goal in mind: putting the horse’s well-being first, while creating horse and rider teams which can grow to see success together.  


Lauren Mitchell & Hayley Buckingham. Photo: Lindsey Long Photography

Le Cheval Sport Horses

Le Cheval Sport Horses is a hunter/jumper and equitation program where Lauren Mitchell emphasizes her commitment to keeping both clients and horses happy, while developing their skills to the greatest extent. “The cornerstone of Le Cheval Sport Horses is the positive environment which fosters learning, good horsemanship, and friendships,” Mitchell says, “For my riding school, I like having riders come to me ready to take the next step in riding and help them find a horse of their own to own or lease.”  Mitchell has three assistants working with her: Patty Foltz-McCarty who helps coach, Olivia Blanck who helps with riding and coaching, as well as stable manager, Jennifer Bissett, whom the trainer says keeps everyone organized and on track.

Introduced to horses by her aunt at a very young age, Mitchell has been training for fifteen years now. She describes herself as horse crazy ever since her first encounter with the animal. And coincidentally enough, on her 7th birthday, Mitchell’s parents surprised her with riding lessons with Foltz-McCarty. “It is incredibly special that I now get to train alongside her as a professional,” she comments. With a strong drive to succeed, Mitchell adds that she always worked for her trainers as a working student to cover lesson costs and spent all her free time at the barn. At 18, she got a job as a groom and began starting young horses.  Demonstrating just how big of a work ethic she has, once she turned 21, Mitchell decided to start her own small training and lesson business while continuing to work part time under other trainers, as well.  

Lauren Mitchell. Photo: Rick Osteen Photography

Lauren Mitchell coaching a student. Photo: Lindsey Long Photography

Mitchell’s philosophy at Le Cheval Sport Horses is rooted in having a specific routine for horse and rider alike. “As long as I can remember, my life has revolved around horses and helping others with their equestrian goals”, she says. With a focus on structure and consistency, the trainer emphasizes having a routine and working on specific activities such as basic dressage, cavalettis, gymnastic work and exercises you would see on the course. She also finds it important to incorporate fun activities like trail rides and a change of environment and touts the beautiful trail system at Peacock Hill in allowing for these things to happen.  Mitchell feels as though, “Cleanliness, communication, horsemanship, and proper stable management are imperative,” in her program and she’s committed to the happiness, development, and well-being of both horses and riders in her barn.     

When it comes to training numbers, Mitchell utilizes the phrase, “’quality over quantity” to describe her clientele. “I never want so many horses in my care to where I do not get to have a part of their journey and training,” she says. “I prefer one to two riders per lesson so I can focus on each individual and be attentive when a question arises. There is no substitute for one-on-one attention.” That becomes very apparent as Mitchell works to shape and create successful horse and rider teams which she can watch grow together. “I truly enjoy the balance of riding my client’s horses and then coaching them together as a team. It makes me feel like I help them communicate and succeed in their partnership,” she states. Focusing on a foundation of strong fundamentals first, Mitchell also believes each horse is an individual which has its unique strengths and learning styles.  

There is no doubt that Mitchell stays busy with her daily tasks, but she is looking to the future with high hopes, as well. Some of her goals for next year include helping one of her students work toward her goal of qualifying for the Maclay Medal Finals, as well as getting herself into the show ring next year. “I also plan on organizing and attending elite clinics at Peacock Hill Equestrian Center,” she shares, “I believe in this sport especially, that we never stop learning and that is what I love most about it.”  

HBE Dressage

HBE (Hayley Buckingham Elite) Dressage is a training and sales business in which Hayley Buckingham has been instructing and riding professionally for six years.  With the help of groom, Guillermo Rocha, HBE Dressage focuses on each horse getting one-on-one attention daily, as well as training that’s personalized to meet the needs of each horse and its owner.

Buckingham credits her mom with first sparking her love for horses, and she’s been riding since she could sit up. “My parents leased a Shetland pony for me when I turned four. ‘Rowdy’ was very naughty and would toss me off daily,” she recalls, “Obviously that encouraged me more than scared me!” Buckingham then took lessons at the riding school at the Huntington Beach Equestrian Center and never looked back. At age nine, she started riding her mom’s retired FEI horse, Angelo, with Colleen Walker, and her dressage career began. Soon, she found herself moving up to her horse, Hayley’s Comet, who helped her earn a bronze medal as well as CDS Junior Championship and Equitation Championship titles. Buckingham had the opportunity to work with several individuals, including Carol Robertson whom she credits with giving her confidence and helping her earn a silver medal and the DASC Prix St. George’s Championship; as well as Amy Miller whom she says has been an “amazing influence” on her riding career.  In 2016, she was offered a job by Sarah Lockman at her barn operated out of Peacock Hill Equestrian Center. “I was elated that she asked me to be part of her team,” the trainer recalls, “She helped me grow as a rider and businesswoman and encouraged me to build my own business when the time was right.” Buckingham touts Lockman’s work ethic and adds that she modeled her full-service barn on how she taught her, “…to keep clients very happy and keep the horses in great health and top shape.”  

Hayley Buckingham & Donna Rubina. Photo: Terri Miller Photography

Hayley Buckingham with her client, Svetlana Fomina, and her horse, Ragnar.

A classically trained FEI Dressage rider, Buckingham has a knack for young horses and says that no matter what level, the animals always come first. “My clients tell me often how much they appreciate how kind I am with their animals and I try to be as patient and understanding with my clients as well. I move at a pace that is comfortable for both horse and rider and take time to solidify each concept before moving on to the next. I think the training scale is very important along with understanding the horse’s needs,” she says. Buckingham likes to keep a full barn, working with horses of all shapes and sizes. Like Mitchell, she teaches lessons individually to devote as much attention to detail as she can. “I enjoy teaching and riding full time,” she adds, “…from the crack of dawn to after sunset.”   

When asked what she loves most about her job, it’s simple: seeing her hard work and dedication play into the development of the horses and their riders. Instilling confidence in her equine and human clients is essential, and she tends to enjoy a challenge from time to time as well. “Making horses amateur-friendly is my specialty!” she shares. Taking a difficult horse that no one wants to ride isn’t a chore for the trainer, but rather seen as an opportunity to help build their confidence and show them how to love their job. Similarly, Buckingham enjoys starting from scratch with riders who may be timid or frightened by their horse. “Teaching horses to trust and love their job is a staple in my program, as well as teaching my clients to be confident in the aids they’re giving,” she adds.     

Buckingham heads into next year with big goals, the main one being to continue to operate her business with happy clients and even happier horses. “I plan to develop aspiring young horses in my program into successful FEI horses,” she says. Meanwhile, personally, her biggest goal is to earn her Gold Medal on Donna Rubina, a horse she started and brought up the levels, owned by Susan Ortiz. Buckingham will continue to participate in clinics to further her riding education and expand her knowledge in dressage. She looks forward to welcoming new horses and riders into her program.  

Both Mitchell and Buckingham praise the beauty and serenity at the Peacock Hill Equestrian Center and say it’s unlike any facility they have ever seen. The two trainers run their businesses in a first-class manner, always putting the horse’s wellbeing, and clientele communication at the forefront, while remaining dedicated to horse and rider success both in and out of the show pen.

Visit www.peacockhillequestrian.comfor more information.

Lauren Mitchell can be reached at 949-584-4393 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; Hayley Buckingham at 562-217-0981 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Hayley Buckingham & Lauren Mitchell. Photo: Lindsey long Photography

 

 
January 2021 - Horse Breeding Issues: Jaundice Foal Syndrome
Written by courtesy of America’s Horse Daily
Friday, 01 January 2021 19:57
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courtesy of America’s Horse Daily

Early foaling begins soon. With the arrival of January foals just around the corner, now is the ideal time to blood-type mares to estimate the probability that your baby will develop jaundice foal syndrome. As with many other conditions, prevention and early recognition is the best remedy.

Neonatal isoerythrolysis or jaundice foal syndrome is an uncommon but potentially life-threatening condition of newborn foals. It has been estimated to occur in 1 to 2 percent of equine births.


The condition occurs when a foal ingests colostrum containing antibodies directed against its red blood cells. Destruction of red blood cells releases pigment called bilirubin that may cause the gums, white parts of the eye and feces to become yellow or jaundiced.

What Happens

Horses have a number of blood groups, the most common of which are Aa and Qa.

A foal can inherit its blood group type from either the mare or the stallion. If the stallion and mare have the same blood group, the jaundice problem cannot occur. If a foal inherits the blood group type of its dam, there will also be no chance of developing this syndrome.

The condition occurs only when the blood group of the foal is different than that of the mare because it was inherited from the stallion and is different than the dam’s blood group.

Exposure of the mare during pregnancy or at foaling to red blood cell antigens (blood group types) other than her own will cause her immune system to begin developing antibodies against the “foreign” red blood cells.

Typically, limited antibodies are produced during the first exposure to a foreign red blood cell group, so the syndrome is rare in maiden mares.

However, if the mare is exposed a second time, a far greater quantity of antibodies may be produced. The antibodies are concentrated in the colostrum during the last two to three weeks of pregnancy.

In most instances the presence of anti-red blood cell antibodies in the mare goes unnoticed, and the foal is allowed to nurse colostrum from its dam. Antibodies are absorbed into the blood stream of the foal, where they attack the foal’s red blood cells.

Affected foals usually begin to show clinical signs between 24 and 72 hours of life. Signs may include jaundice, weakness, lethargy, decreased nursing vigor, increased respiratory and heart rate, recumbency, passage of red-colored urine and possibly death.

Treatment

Treatment of affected foals may involve one of more blood transfusions from a cross-matched donor horse or washed red blood cells from the mare.

Additional therapy can include purified hemoglobin, antibiotics and other medications.

In theory, the disease can be prevented by blood-typing the mare and prospective stallion(s) and avoiding breeding a mare without the blood groups Aa or Qa to a stallion with those blood groups. However, this is not very practical.

It is far easier to test the blood of broodmares in the last few weeks of gestation for antibodies against the common red blood cell antigens.

If no potentially offending antibodies are detected, the risk of jaundice foal syndrome is extremely low. However, if antibodies against one or more red blood cell antigens are present in the blood of the mare, the foal could be at risk of developing the syndrome if allowed to nurse colostrum from the mare. The screening test is available through several diagnostic laboratories around the country.

If a mare has had a foal affected by the syndrome in the past, or if she is found to have antibodies in her blood against other equine blood groups, the newborn foal should not be allowed to nurse from her and should be provided colostrum or antibodies from a safe source.

The foal can be muzzled to prevent nursing and yet still allowed to remain with the mare. The colostrum of the mare should be stripped out every few hours and discarded. After approximately 36 hours, the mammary gland of the mare will no longer be producing colostrum and the foal can no longer absorb antibodies if they were present. The muzzle can then be safely removed and the foal allowed to nurse from the dam. It is critical that initially colostrum and then later on an alternative nutrition supply be provided to the foal during the 36-hour period.

 

 
January 2021 - Suppenkasper Named Adequan®/USDF Grand Prix Horse of the Year
Written by courtesy of United States Dressage Federation™
Friday, 01 January 2021 19:52
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courtesy of United States Dressage Federation™

The United States Dressage Federation™ (USDF) would like to congratulate the twelve-year-old, 18.0 hand, Dutch Warmblood gelding, Suppenkasper, owned by Akiko Yamazaki’s Four Winds Farm LLC, and ridden by Steffen Peters of San Diego, California, for being named 2020 Adequan®/USDF Grand Prix Horse of the Year. Suppenkasper›s median score of 76.149 percent made him the top horse in the United States competing at this level and the recipient of USDF’s highest honor.   


Suppenkasper was recognized during the 2020 Adequan®/USDF Year-End and All-Breeds Awards presentation, as part of the 2020 Adequan®/USDF Virtual Convention. In recognition of this achievement, a commemorative personalized plaque, an embroidered cooler, and a gift certificate provided by Dressage Extensions will be awarded.  Also, Suppenkasper is the recipient of the Colonel Thackeray Award and will have his name engraved on a silver trophy to be on permanent display in the Roemer Foundation/USDF Hall of Fame, housed at the USDF National Education Center, located at the Kentucky Horse Park.

“USDF is thrilled to be able to recognize this extraordinary horse for his many accomplishments during this unique and trying 2020 competition season. We also congratulate Akiko Yamazaki, Four Winds Farm, Steffen Peters, and the entire Suppenkasper team,” stated USDF Executive Director Stephan Hienzsch.

For more information about the Adequan®/USDF Horse of the Year awards or to access a list of past and current recipients, visit the USDF website at www.usdf.org, or contact the USDF office at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

 
January 2021 - Del Mar Horsepark to Discontinue Shows, Boarding in 2021
Written by by Luke Harold
Friday, 01 January 2021 19:48
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by Luke Harold

Horse boarding and shows will be suspended at Del Mar Horsepark in 2021, Del Mar Fairgrounds officials announced.

The suspension of horse shows at the horse park allows the board of directors that oversees the state-owned fairgrounds, which owns the park, to evaluate “the necessary investment required to meet water quality requirements for equestrian activities,” according to a news release. The horse park is located next to the San Dieguito River, about two miles east of the fairgrounds.


Del Mar Horse Park. Photo: K.C. Alfred/The San Diego Union-Tribune

Fairgrounds staff will attempt to move horse shows to the fairgrounds, where there have been infrastructure upgrades “that can accommodate large-scale equestrian events.”

Those upgrades were part of a recently completed two-year, $15 million infrastructure project that added a holding pond, a constructed wetlands treatment area and other improvements to the racetrack infield. The fairgrounds has also built a stormwater treatment plant to comply with state and local regulations designed to protect nearby waters.

According to fairgrounds spokeswoman Jennifer Hellman, the horse park has a conditional waiver of waste discharge from animal operations from the Regional Water Quality Control Board. She added that the fair board “needs time to do its due diligence to consider the expenditure required for the upgrades necessary to continue equestrian operations at Horsepark.” The fairgrounds is navigating a precarious financial future due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which caused the cancellation of the large events that provide most of its revenue.

There are 38 horses boarded at the horse park by three trainers who have monthly stall rentals that expire at the end of 2020, Hellman said. They were given through March 2021 to vacate.

Ellie Hardesty, entering her fourth year as president of the California Dressage Society, said the Del Mar Horsepark “has always been a loyal facility” for the shows her organization has held. Plans for 2021, including lining up judges and sponsorships, were in the works before she learned last week of its closure.

“We would have liked to know that this was actually going to happen and we could have made different arrangements,” said Hardesty, adding that the shows are planned at least six months in advance.

Rancho Santa Fe resident Rochelle Putnam said she has participated in about 50 shows at the horse park over the last 10 years. She said its closure is “going to be a huge gap to fill.”

“I’d have to think that provided significant economic boosts to Del Mar and Solana Beach and everything in terms of hotel stays, restaurants, Mary’s Tack and Feed is right there (across the street from the horse park),” she added. “There are a lot of businesses that really benefited from hosting these big, successful horse shows.”

 

 
January 2021 - US Equestrian
Written by by US Equestrian Communications Department
Friday, 01 January 2021 19:40
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US Equestrian Announces Addition of 2020 Green Pony Hunter Section to 2021 USEF Pony Hunter National Championships

by US Equestrian Communications Department

US Equestrian has announced the addition of a 2020 Green Pony Hunter section to the competition schedule of the 2021 USEF Pony Hunter National Championships to be hosted in Lexington, Ky. at the Kentucky Horse Park from August 9-15, 2021. The Ad Hoc Selections Group of the USEF Board approved the addition on December 2, 2020.


The 2020 Green Pony Hunter section will be split into Small/Medium/Large sections and awards will be presented for each phase and section, including an Overall Grand 2020 Green Pony Hunter Champion and Reserve Champion.

In order to enter the 2020 Green Pony Hunter section, ponies must have been eligible for the Green Pony Hunter section at the time of the 2020 USEF Pony Finals (August 3, 2020) and did not receive a Green Pony reinstatement or waiver for the 2020 competition season. Ponies who qualified for the 2020 USEF Pony Finals and meet the eligibility requirements are qualified for the section in 2021, as are those who qualify for the 2021 USEF Pony Finals in the Regular Pony Hunter section. Ponies competing in the 2020 Green Pony Hunter section cannot cross enter into the Regular Pony Hunter section or the 2021 Green Pony Hunter section.

Eligible riders must be Juniors and may only compete on a maximum of six ponies in the hunter height sections. Riders cannot exceed three Regular ponies and three Green ponies with a maximum of one pony entered per height section.

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January 2021 - USHJA Brings New Competitive Opportunities
Written by Courtesy of USHJA
Friday, 01 January 2021 19:32
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USHJA Brings New Competitive Opportunities to Adult Amateurs, Children’s Hunters, Young Jumpers, Adult Equitation and Derby Competitors in 2021

Courtesy of USHJA

The U.S. Hunter Jumper Association is pleased to announce five new competitive opportunities for members for the 2021 competition year: the USHJA Hunter Team Challenge, USHJA Young Jumper Championships, USHJA 3’3” Adult Jumping Seat Medal and regional championships for the USHJA National Hunter Derby and International Hunter Derby programs.


The USHJA Hunter Team Challenge offers riders competing in the 2’-2’6” Children’s Pony Hunters, Low Child/Adult Hunters and 3’ Children’s/Adult Amateur Hunter divisions a unique team experience. There are no qualifying procedures, but riders must meet eligibility requirements listed in the program specifications. To participate, riders must pre-enter with the horse show on a first come, first served basis. Sixteen riders in each of the three sections will be accepted.

The Hunter Team Challenge will take place over two days, consisting of over fences and an under saddle, and will be held in three regions: East, Central and West. For more information and to see 2021 Hunter Team Challenge dates and locations, visit www.ushja.org/HunterTeamChallenge.

The USHJA Young Jumper Championships will serve as the national championship for young jumpers in the U.S., allowing talented prospects to be showcased by owners, breeders and riders and shown at the national level. The competition will offer separate Championships for 4-, 5-, 6-, 7- and 8-year-olds. Four-year-olds will compete in a Style and Jumping Championship, which includes a First Qualifier and Final set at .90m. Five- through 8-year-olds compete over a three-round format that features First and Second Qualifiers and a Final set from 1.15-1.40m based on each age section, as well as a Consolation Classic for horses not competing in the Final. In addition to prize money, incentives and bonus prize money will be offered for United States breeders and American-bred horses.

Horses must be enrolled to be eligible and must be registered with USHJA and recorded with USEF to participate. The 2021 Championships will be held September 8-12 at the MMG Fall Show in Traverse City, Michigan. For more information and to enroll, visit www.ushja.org/YoungJumper.

Making its debut as the first USHJA adult equitation program, the USHJA 3’3” Adult Jumping Seat Medal class will begin August 2, 2021, with inaugural Finals being held in 2022. Modeled after the successful EMO Insurance/USHJA 3’3” Jumping Seat Medal for junior riders, the Adult section is open to Adult Amateur riders 18 and over who have not competed in a USEF Talent Search or jumped at 1.30m or higher in the same competition year. Riders must be current Amateur members of USEF and USHJA. Riders qualify for the USHJA 3’3” Adult Jumping Seat Medal Finals by earning 10 or more points during the qualifying period. Finals will be hosted on each coast, and qualified riders may choose either location. For more information and program specifications, visit www.ushja.org/JumpSeatMedal.

Regional Championships for the USHJA National Hunter Derby and USHJA International Hunter Derby competitors will also be available starting in 2021. Six regional championships will be offered for each: North, North Central, Northwest, South, South Central and Southwest. The National Hunter Derby Regional Championships will follow the same two-round format as the regular National Hunter Derby Class, however the championships will be offered in three sections: Open, Amateurs and Juniors. For more information about National Hunter Derby Regional Championships including dates and locations, visit www.ushja.org/NHDRC.

Six Platinum Performance/USHJA International Hunter Derby Regional Championships will also be held in addition to the national Platinum Performance/USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship held in Kentucky. As part of a new requirement for the International Hunter Derby program in 2021, horses must be enrolled to be eligible to participate in International Hunter Derby classes, regional championships and the national championship. For more information about International Hunter Derby Regional Championships including dates and locations, visit www.ushja.org/IHDRC.

 

 
January 2021 - Sir Sinclair #1 Dressage Sire for Sixth Year in a Row
Written by CRM
Friday, 01 January 2021 19:59
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Iron Spring Farm’s Sir Sinclair, Keur, is the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) #1 Sire of Dressage Horses for the sixth year in a row (2015-2020). Even in this unusual time, Sir’s impressive offspring had winning show seasons, with 39 point-earning sons and daughters receiving more than 6,000 points. At the GAIG/USDF Regional Championships, they won seven championships and reserve championships, along with 13 top-eight finishes.


“Each year we see Sir’s offspring mature into seasoned FEI and Grand Prix horses,” said Meghan de Garay, breeding manager at Iron Spring Farm. “It’s wonderful to see so many people have success with his offspring.”

Eighteen Sir offspring competed at FEI in 2020, including seven at Grand Prix: Cantata, Caymus, Con Brio SDF, Dee Clair, Westerstorm, William and Zuperman.

A few highlights:

Caymus cemented his status as a solid Grand Prix horse, winning the GAIG/USDF Region 3 Grand Prix Championship. The bay gelding, bred and owned by Beth Godwin, was ridden by Jodie Kelly-Baxley.

Choochoo Charlie claimed the GAIG/USDF Region 4 Intermediate I Championship with rider Emily Brollier. Choochoo Charlie was bred and is owned by Shirley McQuillan.

Classy Sinclair and rider Leif Aho made their Intermediate II debut, with scores to 74.412%. Classy Sinclair was bred and is owned by Lisa Grossi.

Con Brio SDF earned the GAIG/USDF Region 3 Intermediate II Reserve Championship with owner/rider Franziska Seidl. Con Brio SDF was bred by Sheri Evers-Rock.

Eschaton had another incredible winning season with owner/rider Casey Eiton, finishing as the USDF Reserve Champion 4th Level Freestyle AA Horse of the Year with a 71.50% median score. Eschaton was bred by Linda Smith.

William received Grand Prix and Grand Prix Freestyle GAIG/USDF Region 6 Reserve Championships with rider Nadine Schwartsman. William is owned by Belinda Nairn-Wertman and was bred by A. Geesink.

Sir Sinclair was joined in the leading dressage sire rankings by UB40, Keur, who finished third, and Contango, Preferent, who finished fourth. For the latest updates, photos and videos, please visit the Iron Spring Farm Facebook page and www.ironspringfarm.com.

About Iron Spring Farm: A range of top Friesian and KWPN stallions are available to North American breeders as part of Iron Spring Farm’s four-decade commitment to the ISF Advantage. By providing proven bloodlines, along with exceptional service, transparency and impeccable veterinary care, the ISF team helps breeders achieve their sport horse goals. Ongoing expert advice and tools are also available so breeders can develop and market their offspring to the highest level. Iron Spring also offers a select number of talented Friesian and Dutch Warmblood prospects and broodmares for sale. Visit www.ironspringfarm.com for more information.

 
January 2021 - Cleaning Your Horse’s Sheath
Written by courtesy of Farnam’s Stable Talk
Friday, 01 January 2021 19:54
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courtesy of Farnam’s Stable Talk

Cleaning your male horse’s sheath doesn’t fall into the “favorite tasks” category for most horse owners. It can be stinky, messy, and you’re probably not sure you’re doing it right.

Although it doesn’t need to be done frequently, sheath cleaning is an important part of horse care if you own a gelding or stallion.


Male Horse Anatomy

Before you roll up your sleeves (literally!) and tackle this task, it helps to understand the basics of male horse anatomy.

Although a gelding does not have testicles, every male horse—whether stallion or gelding—has a penis and sheath. When retracted, the penis is protected by a loose double fold of skin called the prepuce. The external part of the prepuce is known as the sheath.

Unless the horse “lets down” to urinate or when sexually excited, muscles keep the penis retracted up inside this protective sheath. Most of the time the sheath is the only visible part of male anatomy.

Natural lubrication is needed for the penis to extend or retract normally. This lubrication is provided by sebaceous glands within the sheath, which produce sebum. When this sebum combines with exfoliated skin cells, oil, dirt, natural bacteria, and moisture, it forms a thick, waxy substance known as smegma that can be gray, black, or cream-colored.

“Smegma is a normal protective substance for the skin of the penis and the sheath,” says Armon Blair, DVM, a veterinarian with Ocala Equine Hospital in Ocala, Florida.

Some horses accumulate much more smegma than others, for unknown reasons.

What Is A “Bean”

You’ve probably heard the word “bean” associated with sheath cleaning, but what is that exactly?

A “bean” is the term used to describe the firm accumulation of smegma that may form at the end of the penis near the urethral opening in a depression known as the urethral fossa.

Although it can have different shapes, this smegma formation often has an oval shape—hence the description “bean.” It can be as small as a pencil eraser or about the size of a lima bean, and in some cases as large as a walnut.

“Some horses will never form a bean, while others will,” observes Blair. “Sometimes it causes sheath swelling and apparently painful urination. I’ve seen that ‘fixed’ just by removing the bean.”

Blair explains that some horses can form a bean that feels almost as hard as a rock. If you clean your horse’s sheath and find that he has a very hard bean, remove it, and make a point of checking him more frequently to avoid such smegma accumulation in the future.

How Often Is Sheath Cleaning Necessary?

As Blair explains, the mere presence of smegma does not mean the sheath needs to be cleaned, but rather when there’s an excess accumulation of smegma.

“The average horse doesn’t need his sheath cleaned very often,” says Blair, noting that once or possibly twice a year is usually sufficient.

For those horses who accumulate great amounts of smegma, more frequent cleaning may be necessary. Signs your horse may have excess smegma and need his sheath cleaned include:

 

  • visible smegma on outside of sheath, hind legs, or belly near the sheath
  • change in urine stream
  • apparent discomfort during urination or posturing to urinate
  • swollen sheath or penis
  • reluctance to urinate

Some people think a horse stretching out more than normal when urinating is a sign the horse has a dirty sheath or a “bean.” But Blair says such stretching out is more often a sign of abdominal pain.

If you have a horse who relaxes so much during grooming that he drops his penis, it may be easy to do sheath cleaning then. If not, you will likely need to have him sedated to accomplish your mission. The other option is to have your veterinarian do the job when he/she is doing something else with your horse that requires sedation, such as the annual dental exam.

For example, on a recent farm call to inject a horse’s joint, Blair offered to clean the gelding’s sheath since he was already sedated. That cleaning revealed a rather large bean, which Blair removed.

Even if you opt to have your veterinarian clean the sheath the first time, watch closely so you can learn how to do it yourself going forward.

Sheath Cleaning Don’ts

One thing to keep in mind is that the horse’s sheath is normally populated with good bacteria. You don’t want to totally destroy this healthy balance by overly rigorous or too-frequent sheath cleaning or using too harsh a cleaner.     

“You don’t want to ‘sterilize’ the skin, as this can open him up to secondary infection. You just want to eliminate excess smegma,” says Blair.

The goal is to make the process as efficient and drama-free as possible. With that in mind, avoid the following during sheath cleaning:

  • Don’t use an antiseptic or surgical scrub like betadine or chlorhexadine
  • Don’t use cold water
  • Don’t scrub or rub vigorously
  • Don’t use a hose to squirt water up into the sheath

Stay Safe

Tie the horse or have someone hold him so he doesn’t move around.

Some horses don’t seem to mind sheath cleaning, while others take issue with the whole process. Sedation can simplify the task and help keep you safe.

Keep in mind, however, that some horses can still kick when sedated, so stand well in front of the hind legs when cleaning and pay close attention to his ears and attitude.

Step-By-Step

You’ll need these supplies:

  • Disposable gloves (preferably obstetric exam gloves)
  • Commercial sheath cleaner*
  • Bucket of warm water
  • Paper towels or cotton squares

*You can also use mineral oil or a mild dish soap like Ivory if no commercial sheath cleaner is available.

Wearing gloves is non-negotiable. The smell of smegma isn’t something that easily rinses away, plus the sheath area also contains bacteria, so keep your hands and arms clean by wearing gloves. You might want to ask your vet for a few long obstetric exam gloves.

If using a commercial sheath cleaner follow label directions.

Roll up your sleeves if you’re not wearing short sleeves. Put on your gloves. Squeeze a small amount of commercial sheath cleaner (or mineral oil or mild dish soap) into one gloved hand and pick up a cotton square or paper towel dampened with warm water. When the horse’s penis drops down (either by sedation or relaxation), gently hold the end of the penis in one hand and run the other hand along the shaft of the penis to loosen smegma and any flaky debris.

“Even when a horse is sedated, once you take hold of his penis, it’s a ‘limited time offer,’ so clean the penis first and check for a bean, then finish up with the sheath,” advises Blair.

Another important part of sheath cleaning is examining the penis and sheath for any abnormalities. It’s not unusual for male horses to develop cancer in this area, including sarcoids, melanomas, and squamous cell carcinoma. “Summer sores” (habronemiasis) can also affect the penis and sheath. If your vet is doing the sheath cleaning, he/she will definitely notice any of these issues if present. For horse owners who do their own sheath cleaning, just be sure to tell your vet right away if you find any suspicious spots, sores, or lumps.

It’s normal to have flaky, peeling pieces of skin on the penis, which are just shedding skin cells, so don’t be alarmed if you see this.

After cleaning the shaft of the penis, check the depression at the end for the presence of a bean. If you find one, gently use the tip of your gloved finger to dislodge it.

Continue cleaning up inside the sheath, by adding small amounts of cleaner to your gloved hand and using fresh damp papers towels or cotton. You can finish this part of the cleaning process even if the horse retracts his penis, which many will do, even if they are sedated.

Once your paper towel or cotton is no longer coming away dirty with smegma, finish up with plain warm water to be sure all the sheath cleaner or soap is rinsed away. Pat the area dry with a clean paper towel or cotton.

Discard used gloves and cotton/paper towels in the trash.

Yes, it’s possible to accomplish sheath cleaning if your horse doesn’t “let down,” but it’s much more challenging because you’ll have to put your gloved hand and arm up into the sheath and work by feel. You also don’t have the benefit of visual observation, which is a key part of the process to check for anything abnormal and to more easily remove a bean, if present.

What About Mares?

Smegma isn’t an issue with mares, but mare owners do need to pay attention to the udder and surrounding area when grooming or bathing.

If not removed, sweat, dirt and skin cells can build up between the teats and around the udder, potentially causing irritation and harboring bacteria. Blair recommends periodically using commercial sheath cleaner or mild dish soap and warm water to gently remove any debris and clean between the teats and all around the udder.

Did You Know?

It’s not unusual for horses with pink tissue on their penis or sheath to develop squamous cell carcinoma. Don’t ignore any lump or sore you find when cleaning your horse’s sheath or if you notice something out of the ordinary when he’s urinating. Have your veterinarian out to examine the horse and determine if it’s an issue that needs attention.

Just like any other part of your horse’s body, it’s important to know the normal appearance of your horse’s sheath and penis. This way, you’ll know if something changes. When you see him urinating, take note if something appears different than usual—for example, a noticeable change in the stream of urine or how he stands to urinate. Let your veterinarian know about such changes, or if you see swelling of the sheath, dribbling of urine or the penis remaining extended.

 
January 2021 - Making Wise Choices
Written by CRM
Friday, 01 January 2021 19:50
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Judgment comes into play when using frozen semen for horse breeding.

Breeding with frozen semen is now well established in the equine industry. Its use represents a huge advantage: semen can be stored indefinitely and will stay viable as long as it is stored under the required conditions. However, there are also significant downsides to its use, resulting in an overall lower pregnancy rate of around 48-58 percent1 after breeding with frozen semen. The average cycle pregnancy rate for a mare bred using frozen semen is between 30 and 60 percent.


Because frozen semen remains viable in a mare’s uterus for only about 12 hours after thawing, an intense breeding management program is essential. In addition to careful attention to detail and appropriate breeding management protocols, mare selection is an important step in deciding when to use frozen semen.

Not all mares are good candidates for a frozen semen program. Several factors should be taken into consideration, including the age of the mare, the mare’s reproductive history (previous gestation/ barren), reproductive status and results of a breeding soundness examination.

Young mares (less than 6 years old) with a normal conformation are more likely to be successfully bred with frozen semen. However, young mares under heavy exercise, or who have received medication to either enhance performance or suppress normal reproductive function may need time (up to year after leaving the program) to recover and become good candidates. Within this group, maiden and foaling mares have a higher pregnancy rate compared to barren mares,1 with the highest pregnancy rate for maiden mares compared to foaling mares.

Clearly, mares with a history of subfertility or infertility will likely experience the same difficulty with frozen semen, but it is easy to forget the potential risks of breeding a maiden mare with frozen semen, which is often expensive and may be less fertile due to the freezing process. Thus, even when a maiden is selected for breeding with frozen semen, we strongly recommend a full breeding soundness exam to verify the reproductive health of the mare.

Success rates for older mares (more than 15 years old) have been quite variable in the literature. Primary determinants of fertility in these mares appear to be a sound reproductive history and good anatomic conformation.

Older mares who became pregnant and foaled without complications in the past three years are better candidates than either older maiden mares or mares with a history of reproductive complications. Interestingly, in one study, older barren mares were more likely to become pregnant with frozen semen than older maiden mares6. A breeding soundness exam by a veterinarian is particularly critical in both these groups to detect anatomic or other conditions that could prevent normal pregnancy.
Older, maiden mares have a higher incidence of poor uterine clearance, while frozen semen is likely to result in an exacerbated and prolonged inflammatory response in these mares. Likewise, older multiparous mares are more likely to have poor vulvar or vaginal conformation, resulting in pneumovagina (wind-sucking) or urovagina (urine-pooling), cervical trauma or uterine fibrosis. These conditions will compromise fertility and may result in poor fertility if not managed carefully or corrected prior to breeding.

Even in the absence of a veterinary exam, visual inspection of breeding mares at least each year can lead to important information. Mares that have good or excellent vulvar conformation are more likely to be good candidates for breeding with frozen semen than those with questionable conformation. To identify a good candidate, a few “rules of thumb” can be helpful: Ideally, a mare’s vulva should be vertical, with the anus protruding slightly beyond the vulva. Most or all of the vulva should be positioned below the level of the pelvis. Gentle separation of the vulvar lips should not result in “windsucking,” and there should be no discharge or discoloration below the vulva after urination.

Carefully collecting and recording a full breeding-history can save prospective breeders a lot of heartache and money, regardless of which breeding method they have selected. Because mares often fall into patterns during consecutive breeding seasons, past performance can be a predictor of future performance.

If the reproductive history is known and infectious or trauma-related causes of infertility are determined to be unlikely, older mares with a history of at least one previous foaling are more likely to become pregnant and also less likely to experience difficulty delivering or caring for a foal than older maiden mares. Conversely, a reproductive history of a difficult foaling and subsequent infertility or subfertility may lead to a diagnostic work-up to identify cervical tears or other problems that can be repaired surgically before the mare is bred with frozen semen.

Many mares are selected for a breeding program with frozen semen due to their genetic merit and “match” to a stallion, and clearly these factors are as important as the ability of the mare to quickly become pregnant and carry a foal. However, the cost associated with frozen-semen breedings, and the prospect of using valuable semen in a mare that has an inherently low fertility also must be considered. To have the greatest chance of ending up with a new foal by their chosen stud, breeders should evaluate their mares’ fitness to be enrolled in a frozen-semen program each year by reviewing the mares’ records, observing the mares’ general health and anatomic conformation and performing targeted breeding soundness examinations before each breeding season.

 

 
January 2021 - Cure Winter Boredom With Barn Aisle Exercises
Written by CRM
Friday, 01 January 2021 19:43
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When wintery weather sets in, many riders put a halt to all horse activities other than rudimentary care, in essence missing a great opportunity to continue training throughout the year. Actually, a fair amount of groundwork can be done right in the aisle of the barn while you watch the snow or rain whipping around outside.


Safety First!

Your barn aisle must be wide enough for your horse to turn around without bumping into anything, so remove all hanging objects on the stalls that jut into the aisle. Be mindful of herd dynamics. Don’t try an exercise right in front of the herd boss’s stall if she’s apt to lunge with bared teeth into your space.

Don’t try any training if all your horse’s body language says “not today.” Use common sense – don’t choose a day when he’s been inside for days and already hyper, carpenters are hammering on the roof, feeding time is minutes away, or a thunderstorm is approaching.

If your horse starts getting fidgety or uncooperative, don’t push him. Either try something easy for him until he calms or put him back in his stall. Aisle space is too tight for a fight.

Relaxation on both your parts is the key to success. Do these exercises in short sessions especially for youngsters. If your horse doesn’t understand an exercise, work with him briefly, then move on to something else and try again the next day.

Let your horse learn by watching; horses take their cues from others just like we do. Don’t rush the learning process and always reward a try by releasing pressure and using encouraging words.

Never use force or fear to try to teach a horse anything especially in a relatively confined space like a barn aisle.

Exercises

Move Away From Pressure
Put pressure on your horse’s side with the handle of a crop until he takes a step away from the pressure. Wait until he does it, then IMMEDIATELY release the pressure. Repeat on both sides.

Lower Head
Again, get your horse to move away from pressure by pressing your fingers down on his poll just enough to be a nuisance (you’re not pushing his head down.) It may take a while, but stay with it until he lowers his head even a tad. Always reward the slightest try with release of pressure.

Yield To The Bit
Standing slightly to the side in front of your horse that is bridled with a smooth, jointed snaffle, hook your thumbs through the bit rings and apply slight pressure backward. If he doesn’t yield and “nod” to the rear, keep the same pressure and “toggle” gently from one side to the other so your horse can’t brace against you. Increase pressure until you get a response.

Pick Up Feet
If your horse has issues about picking up his feet, loop a soft rope around his fetlock and lift the leg up and hold it until he settles. Stand safely out of kicking range and be patient until he accepts it.

Walk Across Tarp, Blanket, Or Plywood
Throw an old saddle blanket on the aisle floor and have your horse walk over it. If he hesitates, let him sniff it before urging him forward. He may try to sidestep or hop it, but eventually that will be too much effort and he’ll cross comfortably. Put a ¾” square of plywood on the floor and have him cross that. It’s great training for stepping onto bridges or hollow-sounding trailer floors.

Back Up
Say “Back” and gently pull back on your horse’s halter while pressing the handle of a crop in the middle of his chest until he steps back.

First Saddling
Introduce your youngster to saddling by showing him a saddle pad, letting him sniff it, rubbing him with it, and eventually placing it on and off his back from both sides. Assess his reaction to each step before going to the next. When he’s totally bored with the pad exercise, introduce the saddle the same way. You can hand-pull a cinch up until it touches him and then let it go a number of times, but never secure a cinch for the first time in an aisle.

Clipper Training
Trim the whiskers of a horse accustomed to clippers while your round-eyed “newbie” is nearby in his stall. He’ll see that the clipper monster didn’t eat his stall-mate and be much more receptive when it’s his turn. Turn the clippers on and off to acquaint him with the sound. Let him sniff the clippers when they are off. Rub his nose with them and expect him to startle the first few times because it tickles. Don’t rush the process. Click here for more on clipping.

Spraying
Spray your other horses with a spray bottle first, then spray a newbie from a distance. Move closer as he accepts it. Never start near the face, but spray the lower legs and slowly work up. If he appears anxious, back off and let him think about it before resuming.

The key reasons aisle training works so well are:
1)    your horse feels secure in his stable;
2)    his buddies are typically indoors too and add to his sense of security;
3)    the aisle boundaries keep him close to you and straight;
4)    learning something new alleviates boredom; and
5)    best of all, you reinforce your horse/rider bond by spending time together.
 
January 2021 - How to Winter Horses
Written by Katie Young, Ph.D. - Equine Nutritionist, Manager Equine Technical Services
Friday, 01 January 2021 19:37
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Katie Young, Ph.D. - Equine Nutritionist, Manager Equine Technical Services

During the cold season, horse owners must make sure that their animals receive proper care. Horses are more able to maintain body heat if adequate hay is provided. Horses need at least 1 percent of their body weight per day in roughage to maintain a healthy GI tract, but 2 percent or more may be appropriate during cold weather, especially when the horse lives outdoors.


Although grain does not provide as much of an internal warming effect as hay, it is often necessary to supplement a horse’s winter ration with additional grain to boost calorie supplies. Cold temperatures increase the number of calories a horse needs to maintain body weight, as well as support activity or production. Ideally, the temperature of available water should be between 45˚F and 65˚ F. If the water is too cold, the horse may drink less, thereby decreasing water and lubrication in the gut and increasing the chance of impaction-induced colic.

In the absence of wind or moisture, horses tolerate temperatures down to near 0˚F, and even colder if shelter is available. Horses living outside should have access to adequate shelter from wind, sleet and storms. Horses that live indoors will need adequate blankets.
Exercise is important, so longe your horse once or twice a week. If longeing is not possible and you have more than one horse, ride one and pony the second. If you ride your horses, be sure to cool them down completely afterwards to reduce the risk of pneumonia, cold or colic. Local stables often allow outside horses and riders to use indoor and/or outdoor arenas for a fee.

As winter approaches and temperatures drop, horse owners need to consider how to winterize their horses. During the cold season, horse owners must make sure that their animals receive proper feed, water and shelter to stay healthy and comfortable. Further, since riders usually put a lot of time and effort into getting their horses ready for shows, trail rides or other events during the warm months, all that effort won’t go to waste and have to be started over in the spring, if they maintain their horses over the winter.

Feeding Horses in the Winter

Many horse owners believe that when the weather is cold, horses need to be fed rations containing more corn, because they think of corn as a heating feed. However, corn and other cereal grains do not cause the horse to become warmer, they simply provide more energy (calories) to the horse. Hay, which contains more fiber than grain, provides more of a warming effect internally, as more heat is released during the digestion of fiber than of starch from grain. Therefore, horses are more able to maintain body heat if adequate hay is provided in the diet.
 
Further, good quality hay is important during cool weather and winter months when pasture grasses are short or are not growing. Horses need at least 1 percent of their body weight per day in roughages to maintain a healthy GI tract, but 2 percent or even more may be appropriate during cold weather, especially when the horse lives outdoors.

Although grain does not provide as much of an internal warming effect as hay, it is often necessary to supplement a horse’s winter ration with additional grain to boost calorie supplies. Cold temperatures increase the number of calories a horse needs to maintain body weight, as well as support activity or production. Because a horse may digest feed less efficiently as the temperature drops below the horse’s comfort zone, additional feed may be required to maintain body weight and condition. It is important to maintain the horse in a body condition score of 5 to 6 (moderate to moderately fleshy) because a layer of fat under the skin provides insulation against the cold.

Further, horses in moderately fleshy condition require less dietary energy for maintenance in cold weather than thin horses. In general, feeding an additional 1/4 lb. of grain per 100 lb. body weight daily to nonworking horses will provide adequate calories during cold, windy and wet weather. Working horses may require up to an additional 1/2 lb. per 100 lb. body weight per day, depending on workload, to maintain body weight during cold weather.
Senior horses, which are unable to chew hay completely due to poor teeth and suffer from less efficient digestion and absorption of nutrients in the GI tract, need a feed specifically designed for them especially during winter months. Equine Senior® horse feed contains enough roughage and added fat to ensure that the older horse can meet its fiber and calorie requirements without depending on long-stemmed hay or grass.

Watering Horses in Winter

Water should always be readily available to the horse. Snow is not a sufficient substitute for water, as the horse cannot physically eat enough snow to meet its water requirement. Ideally, the temperature of the available water should be between 45 degrees and 65 degrees Fahrenheit. If the water is too cold, the horse may drink less, thereby decreasing water and lubrication in the gut and increasing the chance of impaction-induced colic. Further, if the horse drinks less water, it may also eat less feed, resulting in loss of body weight and condition. Finally, if a horse is forced to drink very cold water, its energy requirement will increase, because more calories are required to warm the water to body temperature inside the digestive tract.

Winter Shelter for Horses
Another consideration in cold weather horse care is housing or shelter. In general, even in cold climates, horses are happier and possibly healthier outdoors. Closed and heated barns are often inadequately ventilated. Horses living in poorly ventilated stables tend to develop respiratory diseases more often than horses maintained in pastures, even during cold weather.

If given the opportunity, horses adjust to cold temperatures with little difficulty. A horse’s comfort zone is very different from that of a person. In the absence of wind or moisture, horses tolerate temperatures down to near 0 degrees Fahrenheit, and even colder if shelter is available. Horses living outside should have access to adequate shelter from wind, sleet and storms. Trees, brush, or an open-sided shed or stable can provide adequate shelter. In severe cold, horses will group together to share body heat. They may all take a brisk run to increase heat production, and then come back together to share the increased warmth. A long thick coat of hair is an excellent insulator and is the horse’s first line of defense against cold temperatures. Horses that live outdoors during the winter should be allowed to grow a natural, full winter coat. Horses that live indoors will need adequate blankets in the cold weather to ensure that they do not get too cold. With sufficient thought and care by the horse owner, even horses that live outside in very cold climates will survive quite well during the cold winter months.

Exercising Horses in Winter

Many horses are given the winter off from work due to the cold weather, the rider’s lack of time, or because they are given a break after a heavy show season. However, if horses are let off for too long, they may forget some of what they have been taught and lose the fitness level that they gained over the year of work. So, to prevent the winter slump, here are a few suggestions: 

1.    Longe the horse once or twice a week. This not only gets the horse exercising, but it gives you an opportunity to brush, clean feet, check for injury and evaluate the overall condition of the horse.
2.    If longeing is not possible and you have more than one horse, you can ride one and pony the second. This can be a good time saver and gets both horses working.
3.    If time is available and weather permits, ride your horse or horses whenever possible. Keep in mind, your horse is   not in the same shape and does not have the stamina as when you were riding more in the warmer seasons, so you cannot work as hard nor expect as much from the horse. Be sure to cool the horse down completely after work to reduce the risk of pneumonia, cold or colic.
4.    Another option is to check with local stables to see if their facilities are available to non-boarders. Often, stables allow outside horses and riders to use indoor and/or outdoor arenas for a fee.

Winter may not be the easiest time of year for enjoying our horses, but with proper feed, water and shelter, and some exercise and conditioning, our horses will make it through comfortably and be ready to go again as soon as the weather allows.

 

 
January 2021 - IEHJA Honors 2020 Medal Winners
Written by by Patti Schooley
Friday, 01 January 2021 19:26
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by Patti Schooley

The Challenges of showing and competing in 2020 are now behind us. Yeah! New health and safety measures that were incorporated into our show venues now seem normal. Of course, riders wear a mask except in the show ring. Of course, you hang out with barn mates by maintaining a six-foot distance and wash your hands frequently. Who said you cannot have clean hands at the barn? Of course, you groom and saddle up in your stall and avoid those group cross ties. Of course, lessons are now individual or in much smaller group settings, allowing your trainer to focus more on you. Oh no! I bet you are riding better than ever. Challenge, change, and adaptation are the new normal.


IEHJA, like other associations, made the painful decision to cancel its 2020 Year End Championship Show. However, the board of directors were determined to recognize those competitors that accumulated enough points to win division championships and reserve championships. Awards will be presented, just in a new format. Stay tuned for more information. The board next asked itself “what to do about the IEHJA Medal Awards”? Medal Finals were always a big part of the Year End Show and riders had competed all year to qualify. Adapt, Adapt, Adapt!

Fortunately, the North Inland County Horse Show was scheduled for October at Galway Downs. As an IEHJA sanctioned show many of our medal riders were already planning to go. Could the board “adapt” its medal finals into an existing horse show? Of course, it could! With the help of the North Inland County show management the IEHJA 2020 Medal Finals were added to the show premium. Great prizes were acquired along with medals and ribbons. Ready to go!

Lauren Cordova receives Reserve Champion Award.

Shannon Archer 2020 Flat Medal Finals winner.

The rider response was great, with larger than normal class sizes. The IEHJA medal classes were up first in the show schedule to qualify more riders for the finals. Jasmine Baez riding Zymon beat out a field of 5 riders to win the Flat Medal class. Other place winners included Jackie Mark on Winchester, Ruby Darnell and My Cousin Vinny, Haley Peterson on Qualypso and Samantha Gossby riding Around the World. The 2’3” medal class saw Shaunessy ridden by Eden Choi win the blue with Lauren Cordova on Beckett, Amelia Kent on Everything’s Coming Up Daisies and Samantha  Gossby and Around the World completing the placements. Jasmine Baez and Sydney topped the 2’6” medal class with Pearl Baldi on Attakiss, Katie Emery and Majestic Achievement and Emma Bryson a top Biscotti completing the order.

Competition heated up for the Medal Finals. The Flat Medal Final Class fielded 11 riders with Shannon Archer and Twice the Charm winning the top spot. Close behind came My Cousin Vinny ridden by Ruby Darnell, Jackie Mark on Winchester, Aria’s Destiney ridden by Campbell Lear, Jasmine Baez on Zymon and Makenna Hull on Huey Lewis. The winning combo of Shannon Archer and Twice the Charm picked up the blue in the 2’3” Medal Final with Beckett and Lauren Cordova in reserve. Amelia Kent riding Everything’s Coming Up Daisies, Juliet L’Ansin on To the Max, Samantha Gossby and Around the World, Jocelyn Reiche riding Constant Luck and Eden Choi and Shaunessy in winning order. Fierce competition in the 2’6” Medal Finals saw Sydney and Jasmine Baez taking the blue. Majestic Achievement ridden by Katie Emery came next followed by Biscotti and Emma Bryson, Diarados Boy and Brinley Werhli and Forrest Franklin riding his own Axl Rose.

Ruby Darnell on My Cousin Vinny.

Shannon Archer and Twice The Charm wins 2’3 medal.

Congratulations to all our IEHJA Medal Classes and Medal Finals winners. Your determination and hard work paid off! Hope to see all of you and the rest of the IEHJA competitors at our 2021 shows. Check out the show calendar posted on our website, www.iehja.com. See you at the barn or in the show ring!