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When Two
Spines Align
Book & art nook
interest at all in learning how to sit on your
horse, in any discipline, in a way that
maximizes the ability of the horse to carry
you in comfort, this book will help you
find your way.
in the first chapter, Beth writes, “riders don’t usually realize when their undisciplined seats slosh, slide and shove.
some think that ‘using the seat’ means
shoving every stride.”
in the chapters that follow she describes
the correct alignment of the rider’s seat to
achieve a working balance with the horse’s
movement. she gives exercises to help the
rider develop the feel of being in the center of the horse’s movement, not above it
or behind it, or ahead of it. she describes
the passive seat and the active seat, and
then continues to the separation of the
rider’s aids and their combination to
achieve more advanced movements.
in dressage, we trainers are often guilty
of “dressage speak.” we have more than
a few phrases which we use among ourselves because we share a common understanding of what we mean by these words.
But i have to admit that they make little or
no sense to people outside the discipline.
this book is full of small insets, giving the
definition of concepts using the description in the dressage manuals, but at the
same time breaking down the concept into
pieces that build an understanding of what
that concept actually accomplishes, with
respect to the balance of the horse. Halfhalts, putting the horse in front of the leg,
putting the horse on the bit, bringing the
horse off the fore hand, are all examples
of short phrases that often cause writers to
engage in paragraphs of print. Beth avoids
the pitfalls of long and wordy explanations
by using pictures and diagrams to show
the meaning of the concept. she gives
many exercises that the rider can use to
feel her way to understanding.
on almost every page, there are pictures with clear captions. of great importance to me, the riders in the pictures
uniformly demonstrate the balance and
alignment that the book advocates. far too
often, i pick up a book that is well written
and suggests good exercises, but the accompanying pictures show riders who are
leaning behind the vertical and riding be-
hind the movement. Here there are no riders who are tense in their balance or loose
in their seats; no horses who are over bent
and behind the vertical. i hate it when i
give a book to a student and have to tell
her to ignore the pictures!
there is also a dvd that accompanies
the book: How Riders Work: a guide to
riding your horse in balance. this is the
best presentation i have seen! i have
shown this dvd to numerous students,
and every one wants to take it home. But
it’s not my library, at least until those
other copies i have ordered arrive. i am a
very firm believer in the unconscious
power of our minds – the motor neurons
that record and rehearse movements that
we see, which work even when we are sitting down and not actively participating.
that being true, no one should spend time
watching bad riders. this dvd is full of
good riding! i make no apologies to my
students for showing it, and they are encouraged to watch it over and over again.
the information, like that in the book, is
concise and well-organized. it is not a
training manual for horses, but it is one for
riders.
About the author: Beth Baumert trains
horses and riders at Cloverlea dressage
llC in Columbia, Ct. she is a usdf
Certified instructor and was the first editor
of dressage today. Beth has long been interested in rider education. Published by:
trafalgar
square
Books.
visit:
www.horseandriderbooks.com
sues surrounding these wild horses in The
Wild Horse Dilemma: Conflicts and Controversies of the East Coast Herds. she
documents first hand their lives, social
structure, and relationships with humans,
based on a foundation of objectivity and
scientific integrity. “my goal was to create a trusted resource that is useful to professionals yet intriguing to laypeople,” she
said, “but my respect for and fascination
with these horses shines through.”
gruenberg spent two decades in the
field observing these wild horses and
human behavior toward them. she examined historical records and genetic studies,
dissected folklore and journalism, and exposed many unexamined assumptions
about them. she asked tough questions
about them. Are these animals native or reintroduced exotic imports? wild or feral?
what might be gained by saving wild
horses from extinction, and what might be
lost if they died out? How did these horses
come to exist on these particular lands?
The Wild Horse Dilemma is an extensively researched and documented account
of the history, genetics, social structure,
lives, ecological impact, human attitudes
toward these wild horses, and much more.
she begins with examining the conflicting
attitudes and controversial historical accounts of these wild, or feral? horses. How
we define them often determines our attitudes toward them. she follows this opening chapter with a chapter on mustang
management and the political policy side
of human behavior toward these horses.
“to understand the conflicts affecting the
… herds in the east, we should look carefully at passions aroused by, precedents set
for, and assumptions made about the
mostly larger, lower-profile herds in the
west.” the rest of the book is a chapter on
each of the east coast herds listed above
and concludes with a chapter on the au-
thor’s commentary. each chapter ends
with multiple pages of references cited,
and each chapter includes Bonnie’s amazing photographs of the horses from each
particular herd. she writes: “…enigmatic
is the pull wild horses have on our souls.
we resonate with horses at a level much
deeper than rationality. many people who
have never been close to a living horse
identify with its power, grace, and independence and appreciate its beauty…”
then there are others who believe: “the
horses shouldn’t be here at all! they aren’t
native wildlife, and i don’t understand
why the Park service allows them to remain.”
gruenberg delves in depth in these
wandering bands of horses, describing
their social structure, mating behavior –
stallions’ behavior and mare’s receptivity,
reproduction/fertility rates, infant mortality rates, bachelor bands of colts, their
longevity, and the human induced factors
that affect them. she informs the reader
with her own observations, scientific research data, and information gleaned from
government agencies charged with their
management. she details the types of
“birth control” measures used on mustangs, their effectiveness or ineffectiveness, and the results in variation of herd
size over time.
she informs about the ecological niche
By Peggy Gaboury
when i got to the usdf Convention
this year, i was happy to see two big tables
of books from trafalgar square Publishers. recent conventions have not been
graced by any of the big equine book publishers. for specialty books that do not
make the general book stores, it can be
hard to learn about them.
Because the focus in my riding and
teaching program is strongly on the influence of the rider’s seat (as opposed to the
rider’s reins), my eyes jumped immediately to two books: When Two Spines
Align: Dressage Dynamics by Beth
Baumert and Rider and Horse Back to
Back by susanne von dietze. i picked up
my bag of newly acquired treasures and
walked into one of the longer, more perfunctory meetings at the convention and
began to read.
there are books that you start to read
and quickly find yourself thinking, “oh, i
need to underline that.” And then there is
another place and another and another passage to be noted. this is one of those
books! there is nothing here that is not
important. the writing is clear, concise,
and fresh. it is accessible to any reader,
and makes sense even if you do not have a
degree in bio-mechanics. if you have any
The Wild
Horse
Dilemma
Review by Nancy Brannon, Ph.D.
when most folks think of mustangs
and/or wild horses, those roaming the
western plains usually come to mind, or
maybe the Chincoteague ponies. many
don’t realize that there are several herds of
wild horses on the Atlantic shore. these
herds are on Assateague island (above and
below the maryland-virginia state line);
on Chincoteague, virginia and the Chincoteague National wildlife refuge; on
Carrituck Banks, North Carolina; on ocracoke, North Carolina; on shackleford
Banks, Carrot island, and Cedar island,
North Carolina; and on Cumberland island, georgia. wild horses have lived on
these barrier islands for hundreds of years,
but their history, ecological niche and impact on their habitats is often misunderstood and misinterpreted by lay people,
government officials, and scholars alike.
Bonnie gruenberg, a healthcare professional and lifelong equestrian, examines
the controversial and often conflicting is-
Banker Horses, a rare strain of Colonial Spanish Horse, on Cedar Island, N C
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these horses occupy and their grazing im- of factors,” writes Jay kirkpatrick, “and
pacts on the land. included here are the the largest single factor controlling the fate
human-made limitations on their grazing of wild horses anywhere will be public
habits, such as fences, and the human de- opinion.” gruenberg believes “the Amerivelopment that brings changes in sand can public cares passionately about the
dunes, grasses, and the natural “migration” fate of wild horses, and the majority of us
of sands along the shore. Conflicts be- want to see them remain wild and indetween horses and humans occur as devel- pendent.”
As comprehensive and detailed as the
opment encroaches on land for horses.
some encounters of wild horses with hu- book is, it has two basic flaws. when one
mans are rather humorous, and show the has such a massive amount of information
intelligence and lack or fear in these ani- as gruenberg has, it is too tempting to
mals as they raid camps for food or hold want to include everything. the book
up traffic. there are also sad accounts of would be a much better read with tighter
stress, injury and death to these horses in editing. the chapters tend to ramble from
failed human attempts to “harness” them one topic to the next, albeit related ones;
or “manage” them. she also documents there is repetition that could have been
the decades of the slaughter houses when eliminated; and some of the minute details
horsemeat was a viable global commodity could have been omitted while still makand mustangs were regularly rounded up ing the basic point. one piece of advice i
would give any writer: have skilled edito feed the horsemeat processing plants.
“while some federal officials have sup- tors! even a good story, if not well-told,
ported the horses as free-roaming wildlife, will lose the reader’s interest. the other is
others have tried to discredit them through the black and white photographs in the
intense disinformation campaigns,” label- book. while black and white photos have
ing them as “non-native, feral, and exotic their place, these seem rather bland comto justify removing them as pests and in- pared to her stunning color photos as seen
truders,” she summarizes. “the future of on her websites.
the wild horse is dependent on a number
Same bay mare and foal as on cover
Return swim to Assateague. See more photos at www.bonniephoto.com or www.BonnieGruenberg.com
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back and bridleless.
“stick to a program and learn how to
achieve your goals,” James told the audience. “spend more time with the bridle
and saddle on than you spend without. i
promise, if you can’t do it with the saddle
Article & photos by Allison A. Rehnborg
and bridle on first, you won’t be able to do
in late february, 2015 winter storm
it bareback and bridleless.” James finished
octavia succeeded in icing roads, freezing
his demonstration by riding backwards at
stock tanks, and shutting down schools
the canter and sliding stop.
and businesses all over tennessee. it also
finally, we watched Bobby richards
brewed up some of the worst cases of
dissect the gait, quality, and character of
cabin fever we’ve ever seen. so when the
several two-year-olds in training as he dissouthern equine expo opened its doors on
cussed four classes commonly found in
february 20, we couldn’t wait to bundle
any tennessee walking Horse show:
up and head over to the tennessee miller
country pleasure, trail pleasure, lite-shod,
Coliseum in murfreesboro for a weekend
and park pleasure.
all about horses. Now in its third year, the
“every class entails a different kind of
expo has grown by leaps and bounds,
shoe, and different shoes equal a different
adding a colt-starting and trail competistyle of horse. But no matter which class
tions, but its primary focus continues to be
you’re showing in, the basic elements
lectures, clinics, and hands-on demos – all
don’t change,” richards said. “you want
Dan James riding bareback, bridless, and backwards.
put on by renowned equine professionals.
the horse moving its shoulders and head,
this year’s expo featured headliner Horses sprint as fast as 55 mph – but it’s using aids to develop suppleness in the shifting its weight to its hindquarters, and
dan James, a world-class Australian horse the biomechanical design of the horse’s horse.
over-striding.”
trainer with a penchant for riding bare- legs that enables it to attain such high
while the inclement weather caused a
“when we teach a horse a movement,
back, bridleless, and backward. other cli- speeds. like a “pogo stick,” the horse’s we want to teach him how we ask, not just significant drop in attendance, the 2015
nicians included vaquero horsemen mark lower leg is composed of elastic tendons how to perform the movement,” whitesell southern equine expo didn’t fail to deand miranda lyon, multiple world Cham- that turn it into a coil of energy, springing said. “if you ask more strongly, all you get liver plenty of entertaining and informapion stephanie lynn, and mounted shooter the horse into action with each stride.
is an increase in tension, not an increase in tive clinics, a wide variety of vendors, and
dianne lipham, as well as local profesother ways the horse boosts its athletic skill or ability. Ask with a light, soft aid, tons of lectures, demos, and competitions.
sionals like mtsu Horse science profes- prowess include respiration locomotion and look for little movements, rather than Check out www.southernequineexpo.com
sor dr. Holly spooner and equine coupling and “natural blood-doping.” At big ones.”
and make plans to attend next year’s
chiropractor dr. Alex vear of gallatin, the canter and gallop, the horse’s body
whitesell stressed that there is no southern equine expo.
tennessee.
couples each stride with a breath (for a equipment that can teach a horse to gait.
with multiple sessions going on at any ratio of 1:1) through a “visceral piston.” instead, he said it’s all about developing
given time, the three-day event over- At speed, the horse’s body acts like a bil- the horse’s natural abilities with condiflowed with learning opportunities. we lows: as the horse stretches out, its gut re- tioning and supportive exercises.
can’t provide you with a play-by-play of treats, making room for the lungs to
“if you tell me you can’t get your horse
the entire expo, but here’s an inside look expand with air. As the horse’s underline to gait, i’ll ask, ‘did you develop the musat a few of the sessions we got to visit:
contracts to finish a stride, its gut crowds cles in your horse that make him gait? or
first, we swung by the miller Club for forward into the diaphragm and lungs, did you just ask him to gait?’” whitesell
dr. Holly spooner’s presentation on forcing the horse to exhale. this action al- said.
equine exercise physiology. the mtsu lows the horse to attain respiration rates as
then we followed one of the gaited
Horse science professor provided a rivet- high as 130-140 breaths per minute.
horses from whitesell’s clinic over to the
ing presentation on why the horse makes
the horse can also drastically increase west Arena, where dr. vear performed a
such a phenomenal athlete. we already its red blood cell counts during exercise. chiropractic demonstration. every week,
know that thoroughbreds routinely run at when the horse exercises, its spleen con- dr. vear splits his practice in gallatin,
40 mph over distances, while Quarter tracts, forcing stored excess red blood cells tennessee, adjusting humans three days a
into the bloodstream. week and adjusting horses, dogs, and even
more red blood cells dairy cattle the other three days a week.
(above) Dr. Vear performs a chiroequal more oxygen,
“like people, the horse possesses a practic adjustment, as his wife, Anne
which equals an in- brain, spinal cord, and nerves,” dr. vear Marie, holds the horse. (below) Larry
creased ability to per- said. “Chiropractic work involves assess- Whitesell and a clinic participant disform
ing micro- and macro-traumas, such as cuss aids and suppleness.
After the lecture misalignment of the vertebra, that can alter
by dr. spooner, we function and even cause lameness and
headed downstairs to back pain.”
the east Arena to
dr. vear adjusted the horse before a
learn about the basics small crowd of onlookers, detailing exerof improving gait in cises and stretches that horse owners can
gaited horses from do at home to maintain a horse’s “spinal
clinician
larry hygiene.”
whitesell, a gaited
Next, we trotted into the Coliseum to
horseman of interna- witness headliner dan James’ session on
tional renown. dur- the importance of using progression in riding his clinic, titled ing bareback and bridleless. using one of
“improving gait in his own horses to demonstrate, James pergaited
Horses,” formed a series of reining maneuvers –
whitesell worked first, with normal tack; then by removing
with three gaited the bridle and adding a simple collar
horses and riders in around the base of the horse’s neck; then
(above) Gaited horse trainer Larry Whitesell and assistant
the round pen, stress- by removing all the tack, performing large
trainer Jennifer Bauer work with a participant’s horse.
ing the importance of and small circles and sliding stops, bare-
Southern
Equine Expo
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Ask The Veterinarian
Do you have questions about your horse’s health? The
veterinarians at Full Circle Equine Services – Drs. Kakki
Wright and Ellen Yungmeyer – answer your questions.
Submit your questions to their Facebook page, www.facebook.com/FullCircleEq. This month’s question, again,
asks what are the most common emergencies seen in our
practice?
by Dr. Kakki Wright and Dr. Ellen Yungmeyer
Common
Emergencies, Pt.2
dr. kakki wright and dr. ellen yungmeyer are completing the two-part article about the ten most common
emergencies seen in our practice. last month, we discussed the fearsome five – colic, sudden lameness, lacerations, eye injuries and laminitis. following are next five
most common emergencies.
6. CHOKE. Quick,
who knows the Heimlich maneuver? Just
kidding. Horse choke
is not the same scenario we think of when
a person has food
lodged in the airway,
because it is caused by
a bolus of food lodged
in the esophagus. How
horse health care
do you know when a horse is choking? the most obvious
sign is profuse nasal discharge, often containing feed material. some horses will hold their neck in a strange position and make repetitive chewing or gagging noises.
why do horses choke? sometimes, choke is just a onetime freak incident. unfortunately, some horses become
prone to it due to poor dentition, a tendency to eat too fast,
or abnormalities in the function of the esophagus. while
choking, they usually aspirate some saliva and feed material into their lungs, so many horses that choke end up
needing treatment for pneumonia. what to do? take
away all feed and call your veterinarian!
7. DYSTOCIA. dystocia is defined as difficult or
prolonged labor. when a mare is foaling, there can be a
lot of variation in what is considered “normal” behavior
and progress. then, how do i know when to call the veterinarian? thankfully, there a few hard and fast rules to
follow.
one, is that
the second
stage
of
l a b o r
should not
take longer
than
one
hour. the
second
stage
of
labor begins when the mare’s amnion ruptures (like water
breaking in a human) and concludes when the foal is fully
expelled from the birth canal. Another rule of thumb is
that if 15 minutes pass without any progress, there is
likely a problem, such as malpositioning of the foal. finally, the mare needs to pass her placenta within 3 hours
of foaling. A retained placenta can lead to serious illness
and even death of the mare. observe your mare’s labor,
especially if it is her first foal or she has had problems delivering previous foals. if she isn’t meeting any of these
time guidelines, call your veterinarian immediately! dystocia is a time sensitive emergency and action needs to be
taken quickly in order to have a live foal delivered and
preserve the health of the mare.
8. FOAL EMERGENCIES. Just as there are time
limits on mom’s progress during and after foaling, the foal
needs to meet several milestones, as well. A new foal
s h o u l d
stand within
one hour of
birth and be
successfully
nursing
within two
hours. failure to do so
could be a
sign of prematurity, and missing out on colostrum (mare’s first milk
containing antibodies) will leave the foal susceptible to
life-threatening infections. if your foal does not stand and
nurse, it needs to be seen by a veterinarian as soon as possible. in the following weeks and months, even with foals
that do get adequate immunity from colostrum, it is important to watch for lameness, joint swelling, coughing,
hard breathing, nasal discharge, swelling or redness of the
umbilical stump, diarrhea, or general malaise, all of which
could be signs of infection. Normal temperature for a foal
is 99.5° – 102°f, so if your foal has a fever, any of the
above signs, or just isn’t doing its normal foal routine of
nursing, playing and sleeping, it should be seen by a veterinarian. foals are relatively fragile compared to adult
horses, so anything out of the ordinary that you might
“wait and see how it goes” in an adult horse is probably
reason to call your veterinarian in the case of a foal. for
mom and baby’s health, remember the 1, 2, 3 rule: once
the foal is born, it should be standing in 1 hour and nursing in 2 hours and the mare should pass her placenta
within 3 hours of giving birth.
equine reproduction has a sequence of foaling photos: www.equine-reproduction.com/articles/foaling.shtml
9. DOWN HORSE. this is one of the most common
emergencies we see during the winter months, especially
in older horses. what causes a horse to be “down?”
Horses lie down and are unable to get up for a variety of
reasons, but the most urgent point is that they can’t survive for long on the ground. Horses are not meant to lie
on one side for more than a couple of hours. the weight
of their body occludes blood flow to muscles and nerves,
potentially leading to permanent damage and the lung on
the down side collapses. unable to get to feed and water,
they become dehydrated and debilitated within a few
days. what can you do about it? there’s one trick that
makes a difference in many cases! often, if the horse can
be rolled to its other side and you can get its feet positioned downhill, the horse can stand up on its own. this
can be dangerous, so if
the horse is
thrashing
and kicking
or in a confined space,
do not attempt this
on
your
own. How-
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ever, if you can safely wrap a lead rope around the fet- so be careful if this situation arises and call your veterilock (ankle) of each down leg and pull the horse over to narian!
we could go and on listing other emergency condiits other side, the horse will often be able to get up on
his/her own. if you succeed, you may still need to call tions, more than one of you is probably wondering why i
your veterinarian to address the underlying issue, but at didn’t mention pneumonia or diarrhea or a host of other
least the horse is on its feet. if you do not succeed in get- cases that have presented under dire circumstances.
ting the horse up, it definitely warrants picking up the those listed above are the most common emergencies
seen in my practice, but certainly not the only ones. the
phone!
10. NEuROLOGIC DISEASE. Any abrupt change truth is – any emergency that you have encountered is
in the neurologic status of a horse is considered an emer- memorable and unpleasant. there are many established
gency. what constitutes abnormal neurologic behavior? horsemen out there who can handle emergency situations
there is a huge variety, but in general any movement that and i thank you for it, because it makes the veterinarian’s
seems weak, job easier to have good eyes to help with an evaluation
uncoordinated, prior to arriving (how fast do we need to drive?) regardor
uncon- ing your veterinarian, the bottom line is, “when in doubt
trolled, or any call them out!” it is always better to err on the side of
behavior that caution than have done too little too late. in our experiseems as if the ence, catching an emergency early often makes the difhorse is con- ference between a quick, favorable outcome versus a
fused. Ataxia protracted and unfavorable one.
is the term we
use to describe
poor control of
the limbs resulting in a wobbly gait – in an ataxic horse you may see
swaying, tripping, and failure to step over/around obstacles. with certain types of neurologic diseases, horses
will display muscle tremors or extreme rigidity or flaccidity of leg and back muscles, as well as throat and facial
muscles. this can lead to problems chewing and swallowing or weak, droopy ears and eyelids. severe neurologic behavior can include circling, pressing the head
against the wall, sudden blindness, etc. why are these
things an emergency? Neurologic diseases are an emergency because of their tendency to progress quickly and,
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Spring
Foaling
January through June is a busy time of
year at masterson farms, somerville, tN,
where stallion collection and semen processing, foaling mares, artificial insemination, embryo transfers and foal care are
all happening simultaneously. the team
effort of farm manager Amanda ringer,
Attending veterinarian dr. Colin Anderson, and resident veterinarian dr. Hope
Burge keep the busy schedule running like
clockwork.
the folks at masterson farms take all
precautions possible to ensure that foaling
is safe and healthy. mares are monitored
closely during the last month of pregnancy. two electronic devices, the foal
Alert and the Breeder Alert, as well as
cameras mounted in the stalls, are used to
signal when the mare is in labor. A foaling
cart with everything that might be needed
for both the mare and the foal is wheeled
to the stall as soon as the mare starts to deliver. there are towels; foal blankets; medical supplies for the mare if she is having
problems; medical supplies for the foal if
he/she is in distress. “it’s essentially a
crash cart for troubled labor or dystocia
(the medical term),” said dr. Anderson.
“we have a foaling checklist of things that
we do and monitor for the mares and the
new foals.” following are the guidelines.
Before Foaling: (1) give a series of
equine herpes virus vaccinations (one approved for pregnant mares) at 5, 7, and 9
months of gestation. equine herpes virus
can cause late term abortion in the mare.
(2) within 4 to 6 weeks of the due date, the
pregnant mares are given all annual vaccinations. “we think that the antibodies produced in response to the vaccines may get
produced in the mare’s colostrum and thus
benefit the foal as well. the foals survive
on the mother’s immunity for about 3 to 6
months of age (average 4 months), until
they start to build their own antibodies.
this is a way to help protect the foal from
infection,” Anderson said. (3) de-worm
the mare to decrease the amount of parasite eggs that the foal could potentially ingest early in life. this can be done within
two weeks of the due date. (4) Check
mammary development within the last 60
days of the pregnancy. “if there are no
signs of milk production within the last
month there are options for treatment,”
Anderson recommended. (5) within 2
weeks of the due date, if the mare has a
Caslicks, remove it at this time. A Caslicks
is a surgical procedure where a section of
the vulva is sutured together to prevent ascending infection. if you do this at the beginning of pregnancy, then you want to
remove it before foaling because you don’t
want the mare to tear,” Anderson explained.
the Caslicks procedure was developed
by e. A. Caslick, dvm, to help protect
against infection. one of the most com-
A 2015 RL Best of Sudden foal just
born - in France
mon sources is contamination of the
vagina by fecal material that drops into the
vulva. this contamination can cause vaginal infection, which can spread to the
uterus.
(6) use of a foal Alert or Breeder Alert
if available, which is put on the mare
about two weeks before the mare’s due
date. “ these devices will send out a signal
or alarm to alert us that the mare is in labor
and is a critical part of our monitoring program here at the farm,” dr. Anderson
stated. (7) foaling time predictor kits can
also be used. “these are handy,” said Anderson. “we have found them to be really
reliable when the mare is close to foaling.”
these tests use the mares milk to predict
how close the mare is to foaling.
At Foaling: (1) when the mare is close
to foaling, wrap her tail. this prevents
contamination. (2) Clean the perineal area
and the udder. this possibly prevents the
foal from picking up as many parasite eggs
and bacteria. (3) every mare owner should
know what a normal presentation looks
like and, consequently, an abnormal presentation. “for a normal presentation, you
want to see a clear/translucent amniotic
sac; two front legs; and know that the head
is between the legs,” Anderson explained.
“if you see a red sac, this indicates premature placental separation – the placenta is
coming first or with the foal. it is important to call the veterinarian, and you will
need to tear the placenta or the foal can
suffocate. the foal can tear the amniotic
sac easily, but not the placenta. unfortunately, this is an occurrence in west tennessee because of endophyte infected
fescue. the endophyte infected fescue can
also cause agalactia, no milk production,
and also prolonged gestation (time that is
mare is pregnant).” (4) if you have an abnormal presentation, call the veterinarian
immediately!
with horses, there are usually no “simple” complications with foaling. if there is
a problem it is almost always serious and
can be severe and life threatening to the
mare or foal; often both. Anderson continued, “sometimes the veterinarian can talk
clients through correcting some problems
Mother gets a lick from her new foal at Masterson Farms, Somerville, TN.
while he/she is on the way. time is a huge
factor! foaling takes about 20 to 30 minutes; if 45 minutes have elapsed and the
foal is still not born, you may be losing the
foal.”(5) depending on your experience, it
is a good idea to call your veterinarian as
soon as the mare starts foaling, or better –
give your veterinarian a “heads up” that
the mare is close to foaling. “Be very
proactive,” Anderson recommended.
“don’t delay! timing is critical!”
After Foaling: (1) the foal should
stand within the first hour. most stand
within the first 10-15 minutes. if the foal is
not standing within an hour, call your veterinarian. (2) the foal should nurse within
the first 3 hours, often it is within the first
hour. if not, call your veterinarian. (3) the
mare should pass the placenta within 6
hours of foaling. “if the mare foals in a
stall, tie it up so the mare is not stepping
on it and so she doesn’t tear it,” Anderson
recommended. “you don’t want the mare
to retain any part of the placenta. even a
tiny piece can cause a mare to become
very ill,” Anderson said. (4) dip the umbilical stump (a source of neonatal infection) with dilute chlorhexidine solution or
providone iodine solution. Just put it in a
small cup and dip the stump. it is important to do this within the first 24 hours. (5)
the foal should pass the meconium, the
mucous plug, aka the first bowel movement, in the first 2 to 3 hours of life. they
usually pass it after they nurse. if they
don’t, the foal will have discomfort, signified by flagging and wrenching the tail. in
this case, the foal may need an enema.
(6) the foal must get adequate
colostrum – very important! this is the
only immunity the foal has at first. to
make sure the foal gets sufficient antibodies, check the igg level in the foal’s blood
within 12 to 24 hours of delivery. this test
can even be done on the farm with a simple snap test kit. the reading should be
>/= 800 mg/ deciliter. if the reading is
<800, you can supplement with plasma (an
additional source of equine antibodies administered intravenously through a
catheter). (7) A physical exam by a veterinarian is performed on all foals within the
first 12 hours. “if there are any abnormalities with the foal, it is very important to
be proactive and try to get them corrected
as early as possible,” Anderson said.
Handling the Newborn Foal: At the
farm we try to start handling and working
with the foals as soon as possible. depending on the weather, the foals are usually around a week old when they go out in
a paddock with the mare, where they can
make friends with foals in adjoining paddocks. then after a few weeks, they go out
in a larger pasture with their “buddies.”
By the time the January babies are
weaned in June, the foals are halter broken, can lead in and out of the barns, can
be caught in the pasture, can have their
feet trimmed, are current on all their vaccinations, and go out in a pasture with
other weanlings to play. it’s a reliable,
well-planned, organized system that keeps
foals healthy, safe, and easy to handle
from day one at masterson farms.
Twins
Update
last year we wrote about the twin colts,
born on may 23, 2014 at Joe and tricia
wright’s Jw ranch in slayden ms. the
sire is A little street smart, an NCHA
money earner of over $120,000. And the
dam is Partys Playgirl, who has a lifetime
earnings over $40,000 and is owned by
mike and Janie Akin of Counce, tennessee. dr. megan Hunt of equine veterinary Associates in olive Branch,
mississippi handled the thorough assessment of the new foals.
the twin colts, rudy and trouble, are
now 9 months old (as of february 23,
2015) and are doing very well. “they are
beautiful and all grown up,” said tricia
wright. “they are weaned, halter broken,
they lead, load, and get their feet trimmed
regularly.”
rudy, the smaller, is a sorrel and looks
just like his mom. trouble turned out to be
a black horse.
tricia continued, “they are as normally
developed as a single birth colt would be.
rudy is a bit smaller than trouble, as of
now, and we expect that may always be
the case. But in the discipline of cutting
horses, smaller is pretty much the norm.
most cutting horses average about 14.2 15 hands. rudy’s surgical procedure that
was required on his knees was a complete
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success. His legs are straight and strong.
this has been an amazing journey from
the beginning!”
rewind to last year: twin stud colts
born, weighing only about 25 and 30 lbs
at birth; one sorrel (rudy) and one (we
thought) grulla (trouble). trouble
changed colors three times - from grulla to
bay, and now black.
the wrights have been quite protective
of them, especially regarding all veterinary
care decisions. Both equine veterinary
Associates and wolf river veterinary
services have played invaluable roles in
their success.
regarding their nutrition: “we did keep
them on their mother until about 7 months
old. she was relieved to have them
weaned and on their own, yet we made
sure she still was close enough to keep her
eyes on them. this really was an easy
process, as they still have each other,” tricia said.
regarding their early stage training, “no
one likes spoiled babies without manners,”
said tricia. “these boys have been standing for the farrier (Adam fahr) since four
months of age; they are great to load and
haul in a trailer; and have been halter
broke and leading well since about 3-4
months of age. they behave well when
getting vaccinations and de-worming, and
both have mastered the wash rack and tolerate the water hose.
on may 23, the “boys” will turn one
year old. Joe wright says the plans are to
send them to an “ivy league college,” i.e.,
to one of the top trainers in the country for
“finishing school.”
Name the Twins. while rudy and
trouble are their barn names, these colts
need official registration names by may 1,
2015. Please send your suggestions to the
Mid-South Horse Review “Name the
twins” contest; including something re-
lated to the sire’s and dam’s names is optional. the owners and the wrights will
make the final decision and award a prize
to the winner. Please send us your suggestions before April 25, 2015 – deadline for
our may issue. email to: [email protected] or [email protected] and put “Name the
twins” in the subject header.
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dressage & eventing
WTPC Winter Camp
whip
- how to prepare a lesson plan for teaching an unmounted session
- a rousing game of “who wants to be a Pony Clubber?” after
our saturday night feast
this year’s camp focused on preparing for the next Pony Club
rating/certification. in past years, the Pony Clubbers have participated in quadrilles, vaulting, riding an actual dressage test with
a judge, and incorporating dressage into their jumping.
for more information on west tennessee Pony Club, please
visit our website at: www.westtnponyclub.org
By Vonna Reed, DC West Tennessee Pony Club
what do you do when the inclement winter weather prevents
outdoor riding activities? you go to winter camp! west tennessee
Pony Club hosted their 8th annual dressage weekend winter
Camp at the mid-south dressage Academy (mdA), January 2325, 2015. each member had two lessons with mdA instructors
Jamie lawrence and gabrielle Callahan. when they weren't
mounted, they were busy learning all about horses and practicing
their pony club skills.
some of the unmounted learning sessions included:
- leg wraps (polo, stable and shipping bandages), how to properly apply and theory behind their use
- how to ace your Pony Club formal inspection - presenting a
polished look for rider, horse, and tack
- lower leg anatomy, using wtPC's dissected, preserved horse
leg
- horse skull and teeth anatomy
- planning and discussing your warm-up session with an instructor or pony club examiner
- how to ride with “feel”
- how to manage your longeing equipment - the line and the
(above) Pony Club Alumni Mary Burrows shows Abby
Greene and Isabella Siegrist where the cavesson should lie on
the horse skull.
(top left) The kids practice longeing each other, as Lauren
Kloek warms up her mount Sky.
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Delta
Dressage
News
By Peggy Gaboury
Honoring our commitment to support
activities for Junior riders, delta dressage
Association (ddA) is sponsoring a new
series of classes at the dressage schooling
shows in west tennessee.
Junior Team Competition
ddA invites all farms, riding stables,
and pony clubs in the west tennessee area
to send junior teams to any of our schooling show competitions. A team can consist of 3-4 riders, riding at any level in
dressage. teams are encouraged to come
and have fun; dressage need not be anyone’s primary discipline. for details on
the team competitions, please contact
Peggy gaboury by e-mail: [email protected] A full description of the competition will be posted on the ddA
website: deltadressage.com.
Prix Caprilli
Prix Caprilli is essentially a dressage
test with jumps included. Competitions
will be offered at intro, training, and first
level tests. Again, contact Peggy gaboury
for details. the tests will be posted on the
ddA website.
Equitation Division
An equitation focused division will be
offered that combines a rider test score
with the score from the dressage seat equitation (dse) class.
At the schooling shows, this division
will be offered for walk/trot riders, using
intro test B and a walk/trot dse class.
for more advanced riders, this division
will combine scores from the rider test at
training, first, or second level with the
standard dse class.
equitation division championships will
be offered at the mid-south dressage
Academy (mdA) recognized shows for
both juniors and adults. we cannot offer
walk/trot at a recognized show, so that will
include only the more advanced riders.
Quadrille, Musical Freestyle, and Pas
De Deux
Classes for musical rides of 1, 2, or 4
riders will be offered at the schooling
shows held at the mid-south dressage
Academy (mdA). riders, whether as individuals or groups, need to bring their
own music in a Cd format.
members of ddA will be happy to assist anyone wanting to try any of these
competitions. if you are unfamiliar with
dressage competition, we can help with
any and all questions, including admissible tack, how to dress, and how the whole
thing operates.
Dressage Schooling Shows that offer
the new divisions:
some dates are tentative at this time,
pending confirmation of judges.
march 28 or 29: at mid-south dressage
Academy
may 16: at mid-south dressage Academy
may 30: at southwind stables
July 25: at southwind stables
sept. 5 or 6: at mid-south dressage
Academy
oct. 31: at mid-south dressage Academy
dec. 12 or 13: at mid-south dressge
Academy
recognized shows:
April 11-12: Bunny Hop show at
mid-south dressge Academy
may 9-10: memphis in springtime at
mid-south dressage Academy
June 27-28: summer solstice show at
mid-south dressage Academy
Nov 21-22: turkey trot show at midsouth dressage Academy
Contact information:
For Mid-South Dressage Academy:
elizabeth Clifton:901-277-8108
email: [email protected]
www.midsouthdressageacademy.org
For Southwind Stables: emma miller
901-496-9384; [email protected]
Saddle Fit to
the Rider,
Part I
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By Ruth Hanks, at Smith-Worthington
Saddlery
Buying a saddle that fits both you and
your horse is a daunting task, usually done
with a “shotgun” approach. usually a rider
tries dozens of saddles at random, trying
to find the right one. i recommend a more
methodical approach that will likely save
you money and time.
first, learn about your own pelvic structure, and here’s how to do it. Jump up and
down three times. Now look down at your
feet. How far apart are they? since your
feet are connected to the leg bones and the
leg bones are connected to the hip bones,
your feet should naturally land under your
hip sockets. your now have an idea of your
pelvic width. if the distance between your
feet is less than 8 inches, you will probably
need a saddle with a narrow twist. if the
distance is greater, then you will need a
medium or wide twist. (if you are “knock
kneed” or “bow legged,” results may not
be accurate and you can skip this step.)
second, learn the relative position of
your hip joint longitudinally. this will determine the best position for the working
center or “sweet spot” in the saddle. wearing jeans or other slacks with a side seam,
stand sideways in front of a full length
mirror. watch the side seam. lift the knee
nearest the mirror until you are in a “stork
position.” follow the side seam down
from the waist and note the point where it
changes direction. Point your finger at this
spot and lower your leg to standing position. this is the location of your hip joint.
Now look at the profile of your entire torso
between waist and upper thigh. is your hip
joint centered? if so, you should find that
saddles with the “sweet spot” like diagram
A are most comfortable for you. if your
hip joint is further back, then you will find
a seat shaped like diagram B more comfortable. since saddles are designed for
your hip joints to land in the sweet spot
(lowest part of the seat), it’s important that
the saddle’s sweet spot be compatible with
your own joint location.
third, before visiting a tack shop, do
some research. search online to find saddles with features such as steel and wood
trees that can be modified to fit your horse,
wool flock stuffed panels that offer further
saddle fit options, different girthing systems, velcro attached leg support, etc.
Call tack shops in your area to determine
whether they have assorted saddles of your
size in stock, and ask if you should make
an appointment to try them. (Not all tack
shops have a saddle specialist on staff
every day, nor have your size in stock.)
Bring the following items with you when
you visit the tack shop: notebook and pen,
your stirrups buckled at your correct
length, a carpenter’s level or straight edge,
small roll of tape, camera, and assorted
padding items such as small towels, bits of
fleece or old polo wraps. And wear your
riding breeches and boots.
At the tack shop:
1. select a saddle of appropriate size
and twist width, attach your stirrups, and
place it on the saddle buck (fake horse).
Balance the saddle by using some of your
padding items (stirrups should be run up
or crossed over the withers and out of the
way). mount and dismount, re-adjusting
the padding as necessary so that you feel
comfortably balanced – neither pitched
forward nor backward. lift your knees up
toward the pommel and allow your butt to
slide down to the “sweet spot.” do you
still feel balanced? if not, then re-adjust.
do you have four fingers width both in
front and behind your butt?
2. Carefully dismount without disturbing the saddle or any corrective padding.
take note of how high the cantle is relative to the pommel. i like to place one end
of a carpenter’s level on the cantle, balance the bubble, and then note how many
fingers fit between the bottom of the level
and the pommel. write this information
down in your notebook. if you decide to
demo this saddle, you will need to duplicate this balance on your own horse. Place
a small piece of tape at the lowest point of
the seat. is the tape in the center? or 2/3 of
the way back? you will find that you will
be most comfortable in a saddle where the
seat’s “working center” matches your hip
joints.
3. remount and allow your legs to drop
naturally (no stirrups). do you feel laterally and longitudinally balanced and supported? Can you drop your legs down and
around your “horse”? Are your knees resting softly against the flaps and pointing
forward? Are your toes pointing naturally
forward? (if not, the twist is too wide and
you should try a different saddle with a
narrower twist.)
4. Put your feet into your stirrups.
Check ear-hip-heel alignment by looking
in a mirror or have a friend take a photo of
you. this is not a vain exercise; this earhip-heel alignment is physics, not fashion.
it is the only way you can balance your-
self. you should naturally and unconsciously do this without any tension. your
legs should be able to drop naturally down
and around the “horse” and you should
have good ear-hip-heel alignment. if so,
this saddle might be a “keeper.” Have
someone take a photo of you mounted on
it and then another shot of the saddle
alone. if you need to consciously move
your leg back to correct your position, then
the stirrup bars are too far away from your
working center. this is not the right saddle for you. (yes, your foot size combined
with hip location actually is part of good
saddle fit.)
5. evaluate the flaps. Are they
long/short enough? is your entire thigh on
leather? is leg support positioned to give
you support without restriction? leg support should never force your leg into an
unnatural position.
repeat these steps with other saddles of
interest. Hopefully you will have two or
three finalists. Now it is time to try these
on your horse, where everything will feel
totally different. your horse will be shaped
differently and the element of motion is
added.
do you know an independent saddle fitter (one who is not trying to sell you a saddle)? do have a riding instructor? do you
have a knowledgeable friend? it’s time to
get them involved. make an appointment
to meet with them at the barn and bring
your “finalists.”
Part ii in a coming issue will deal with
how to demo saddles.
Editor’s note: Next month we will have
another article on fitting the saddle to the
rider, which addresses the anatomy and
conformation differences between male
and female riders, how saddles are made
to primarily fit male riders, and what saddle changes are necessary to conmfortably
fit female riders.
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James Creek
Stables
hunter/Jumper
By Nancy Brannon, Ph.D.
Barn manager, trainer Paige James is almost ready to
open James Creek stables this spring. James Creek stables is located at 1115 dent road in eads, tN. the barn
renovation has been a nearly year-long labor of love and
a great learning process for Paige. As the renovation
process nears completion, the facility will have much to
offer the horses that will live here.
Paige’s parents bought the property in late 2012/early
2013 and did a little work on the place. But the main work
began when Paige got out of school and her parents put
her in charge of many aspects of the project. the former
tennessee walking Horse barn was fairly structurally
sound, but Paige and her parents have put a lot of work
into making it a better working barn and more aesthetically appealing.
they began with creating turnout spaces, taking out
trees in the back, creating paddocks, putting in all new
fencing, and re-seeding everything. the turnout areas are
mainly Bermuda, now over-seeded with winter rye to provide something green for the horses to eat during the winter months. there are eight acres of eight paddocks, and
the four in the back have attractive bridges crossing the
creek for easy access.
the plain white barn has had stonework added along
the front and sides, trim and windows are painted red, and
the front entrance was changed to natural wood back wall
and ceiling, with red and white support posts. they
poured concrete in the barn aisle, which was formerly dirt.
the aisle is huge, since horses were once ridden indoors
in the barn aisle. they have added two more wash bays to
what was once a single wash bay, with new drains, hot
and cold water in each. there are four additional grooming/tack up bays.
the barn had a shed row on each side, one of which
has now been enclosed and a concrete floor added. this
has become the new tack room/ lounge. Personalized
lockers for boarders have been added that include two
saddle racks and ample shelving. Boarders can also keep
tack trunks in this room. Paige has received comments on
how huge the tack room is, and she says there is still an
echo in there. there is also an office and two bathrooms
for boarders’ convenience.
the other shed row has not yet been enclosed, but future plans are to create an event venue there, for parties,
weddings, etc. the driveway goes around to this area,
which overlooks the pastures.
they have created a large 180 x 80 ft. outdoor arena
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barn on dent road.
Paige already has a couple of lesson students and she
has lesson horses on premises. Her current residents are
her own three horses and a pony. Paige has been riding
since she was 8 years old, and rode with hunter/jumper
trainers in the west tennessee area, so that is her teaching
orientation. she also trained at a private barn in franklin,
tN for a while. she teaches mainly beginner to intermediate students, leaving the more advanced work to other
trainers in the area. Paige emphasizes horsemanship,
building confidence, and starting riders correctly. “i’m
not trying to be a big show barn,” she said, but if students
want to go to local schooling shows, she’ll gladly take
them. she’s looking for good people and horses to populate her barn and “no drama,” she requests. the barn is
almost ready for its new residents, so look for information
coming in the next month or so for the grand opening.
this summer James Creek stables will offer summer
Horse Camps. Camp activities will include riding lessons;
learning about horse care, health, and safety; arts and
crafts and games. watch for more information about
camps in our may issue, our annual horse camp issue.
see photos of the renovation process and find more information at: http://jamescreekstables.com or on facebook.com/jamescreekdentrd
the 2015 schooling show season began with the 2014
schooling shows Award Banquet on february 28, 2015 at
the Pickering Center in germantown, tN.
the 2015 show dates:
march 27 & 28 - megford i
April 25 - Hunters edge stables
may 23 - oak view stables
June 19 & 20 - megford ii
July 11 - oak view stables
August 1 - oak view stables
August 21 & 22 - megford iii
september 25 & 26 - west tennessee Pony Club
october 17 - oak view stables
october 30 & 31 - megford iv (Costume class with
proceeds going to meadow woods rescue)
each of the megford shows will have Hospitality on
friday nights and will offer the pre-paid stall discount
again this year. Jumper classes will be on both friday and
saturday this year.
there is a t-shirt design contest for all the shows. submit your t-shirt design and if your design is chosen , you
get to horse show for free! limit: one horse, please. there
will be at least four winners for 2015.
megford shows are very proud to announce that the
megford Princess for the 2015 germantown Charity
Horse show is Clay Alder!
for more information, go to wwwmegford.com and
click on the horse shows tab.
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10621 Kingston Pike • Knoxville, TN
UTCVM
Horse Owners
Seminar
the university of tennessee College of
veterinary medicine and the ut extension
service hosted their annual horse owners’
educational conference february 21, 2015
in knoxville, tN. “knowing your Horse
inside and ouT” was the theme of the
day-long conference, featuring a variety of
topics.
the seminar began with welcoming remarks from dr. david Anderson, department Head of large Animal Clinical
sciences department.
then the “knowing your Horse inside
and out” informational sessions began,
starting from the ground up, with ut farrier dudley Hurst explaining the basics of
hoof care and how to maintain healthy
hooves.
in the next session, greg Parks explained Conformation: “form to function
– why Conformation matters.”
Alternative medicine was the topic for
dr. Jose Castro, with his introduction to
equine Acupuncture. “Acupuncture is the
stimulation of acupuncture points (acupoints) using tiny needles. Acupoints can
be used for diagnosis and treatment of disease. Acupuncture is indicated for the
treatment and/or management of multiple
conditions such as muscle soreness, back
pain, laryngeal hemiplegia, facial and radial nerve paralysis, anhidrosis, uveitis, infertility, and behavioral problems. it is also
indicated for performance enhancement,
general well-being and preventative care.
“some results can be seen immediately
but others will require several treatments.
we recommend a minimum of 3 to 5 treatments 1-2 weeks apart for chronic conditions before we can expect to see results,”
explained dr. Castro.
Appropriately scheduled just before the
lunch break, a speaker from tribute Horse
feed covered the topic, Nutrition.
following lunch, dr. meggan graves
launched into equine emergencies: Cases
of Crisis and first Aid for the Horse.
revealing “more than meets the eye,”
dr. eric martin covered equine dentistry,
immediately followed by “the eyes Have
it: Common ocular diseases of the
Horse,” with dr. melody Adams.
then it was on to Pasture management
with dr. lew strickland, where “the
grass is Always greener.”
dr. steve Adair gave an overview of
regenerative or reparative medicine and
the importance of stem Cells. this is the
newest area in equine medicine.
dr. Julia Albright explained “bad”
horse behavior in “stable vices: A New
look at Bad Habits.”
following the last speaker, participants
could tour the equine Performance and
rehabilitation facility at utCvm.
on the trail
Back
Country
Horsemen of
MS
do you have a passion for saving trails
on mississippi public lands for equestrian
use? or for guaranteeing that your children, grandchildren, and generations to
come will have the opportunity to enjoy
mississippi’s bountiful fauna and flora?
do you have the desire to join a national
group that has the power and influence to
effectively lobby to keep trails open for
equestrian use? if so, you may be excited
to know that there is a group of mississippi equestrians who are establishing a
Back Country Horsemen of America state
organization in mississippi (BCHms).
BCHms is partnering with the u.s.
Army Corp of engineers and the National
forest service for the purpose of establishing designated equestrian trails in several parks and wildlife management areas
in mississippi, as well as cleaning up some
of the existing trails.
the Back Country Horsemen of mississippi is conducting a membership drive
and invites folks from mississippi and surrounding states to contact any of the members listed below to obtain an application
and more information about BCHms.
BCHms shared a booth with the Alabama Back Country Horsemen at the Alabama Horse fair, february 28 - march 1
and had applications available at the fair. if
you missed it, please contact one of the
persons below to sign up.
Happy trails!
Jeanne Arcelle 901.485.2982
Andrea Baioni 901.734.5073
mary sue mcfarland 901.734.2745
teri stanton 662.209.4034
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Field trials
National Championship for
Field Trialing Bird Dogs
By Nancy Brannon, Ph.D.
on february 7 and 8, 2015 excitement
filled the grand Junction, tN area as 48
dogs, including seven setters and 41 pointers were nominated to compete in the annual field trial National Championship for
bird dogs. Approximately 50 dogs actually
qualified and nearly all of them were nominated to compete. so many setters running in the championship is a rarity, and
there was also anticipation for how
shadow oak Bo would fare. Having won
the championship twice in a row (2013 &
2014), there was wonder if he would make
it a “triple crown” win this year.
the first week’s braces (february 9-14)
got off to a good start, with daytime temperatures in the 40s, but early morning
lows in the 20s or around the freezing
mark. wednesday’s and saturday’s temperatures reached to the mid-50s. on the
first day february 9, there were “overcast
skies and 46° at the start with dunn's tried
'N true and stardust Chazz. the former
had a pair of unproductives and was up at
1:36. Chazz tallied three finds and finished
the three hours. Conditions were unchanged for the afternoon brace; but it was
colder with a north wind when Coldwater
warrior and lester's Jazz man were
loosed. they shared a find, then warrior
had one other of his own; Jazz man added
three of his own. Coldwater warrior was
picked up at two hours. lester's Jazz man
finished the three hours,” reported on the
Ames Plantation website.
on tuesday, february 10, “lester’s Bodacious had four finds and shared a find
with Quester. Quester tallied six finds and
shared the find with Bodacious. Both dogs
finished the three hours” according to the
Ames Plantation report. on wednesday:
“A beautiful afternoon, 50° and sunshine,
hardly a precursor to a forecast overnight
cold front. erin's dog soldier had six finds
and finished the three hours.”
of the dogs running so far, stardust
Chazz, lester’s Jazz man, lester’s Bodacious, Quester, and erin’s dog soldier
were the only ones to have finished the
three hours. Quester and erin’s dog soldier had six finds each, but scoring is not
just a tally of the finds and finishing the
three hours. “All the five dogs who completed the three hours are under consideration,” said dr. rick Carlisle, director of
the Ames Plantation and one of three
judges for the National Championship.
“But the dogs are also judged on their
ground race, their hunting ability, the class
they show when running and finding
birds” – and all factors that make the Amesian standard. [see the definition posted
on strideaway: http://strideaway.com/theamesian-standard/]
when a winter storm hit the mid-south
area on february 16, the second week’s
braces had to be cancelled due to a combination of sleet, snow, ice, and temperatures in the single digits one night that kept
the field trial courses frozen for most of
the week. A postponement of one week is
unprecedented, according to dr. Carlisle.
“this has never happened before under
my tenure,” he said. “mr. Ames had some
extended delays when they were running
in January, but the most we’ve delayed is
four days.” riding horses on the icy,
frozen ground was quite impossible. “i
don’t have a single horse who knows how
to ice skate,” Carlisle quippred.
wondering how the birds are faring
during the harsh winter weather and
whether or not that will affect the second
week’s running, Carlisle felt confident
about the quail. “As soon as the ice and
sleet stopped on monday, we started feeding the birds about 1:30 p.m. it takes two
and a half days to feed all the birds on both
field trial courses, so we kept feeding until
about 4:30 p.m. on wednesday.” He said
the person feeding the birds saw four coveys on tuesday and 7 or 8 coveys on
wednesday. “we’re doing all we can to
maintain the birds where they need to be
and to keep them alive,” Carlisle reassured.
what do the Ames folks feed the quail?
“grain sorghum,” said Carlisle. it is grown
on Ames Plantation and they maintain
about 3,000 bushels to feed the birds.
“this is the 11th time we’ve fed them this
season,” he continued. “we put out feed
before we release birds. we feed every
third week before a killing frost, then afterwards, we feed every other week. the
birds have been flying well, healthy and
robust going into the ice storm. they were
in good shape. we may, however, lose the
weak ones,” but overall they’re in good
shape for the second week’s running, he
said.
Plans were to run the second week’s
braces starting monday, february 23,
2015, but sunday night’s sleet, high temperatures only in the 20s precluded running the day’s braces. Braces finally got
underway again on tuesday, february 24,
but more winter weather postponed more
braces. for complete information on each
day’s braces, visit the Ames website:
www.amesplantation.org
Photos and video from each day’s running are posted on the Ames zenfolio
pages: http://amesplantation.zenfolio.com
vera Courtney is also posting commentary and photos from the National Championship on her facebook page:
www.facebook.com/2015NationalChampionship
After the first day’s morning braces, Scout Nick Thompson (right) and Whitney
Hurdle (daughter of handler, Steve Hurdle) give Stardust Chazz a ride to the barn
after his three hour run. Chazz had three finds on his run. He is owned by Robert
Craig, Scott Kermicle, John Sayre and D. Raines Jordan.
Sleet and ice covered much of the mid-south the entire third week of February,
making any horseback activities treacherous. “I don’t have a single horse who
knows how to ice skate,” quipped Dr. Rick Carlisle, Director of Ames Plantation
and a judge of the 2015 National Championship. (all photos by Jamie Evans)
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Training The
Field Trial
Horse
training & performance
by Larry Whitesell
As a horse trainer, once i put a handle
on a young horse and have it “green
broke,” then i need to take the horse out of
the arena and expose it to real situations.
my customers want safe horses. i like to
load up two or three horses and go for the
weekend to a field trial.
i will ride each horse in a couple braces
each day. i don't want to ride too many
braces as they are young and their muscles
are not developed yet. the terrain of the
field trial course, dogs running around, the
commotion of riding in the gallery, gun
shots – all are teaching the horse to listen
to me for help. riding in the braces helps
the horse become forward while staying
light in the bridle. if a horse becomes
heavy in the bridle when you add speed,
then he is not truly forward, he is just running away.
i can enjoy watching the dogs work and
i find the people i meet at field trials very
nice. it makes riding my horse not as intense since i am enjoying myself. this
positively affects the horse in what, to
him, is a stressful situation. As a horse
trainer, it does bother me the way many of
the horses are ridden by well meaning people. i understand that we are there for the
dogs and the horses are just a means of
transportation, but they are living creatures
and deserve our kindest consideration.
since my horses are very young in their
training, i ride them in snaffle bits. other
riders have asked me why i ride in a snaffle, commenting that they wouldn’t be
able to control or stop their horses in a
snaffle. i explained that i want to teach my
horses to respond promptly and efficiently
to my cues, rather than have to use harsh
equipment and/or brute force to get a re-
Jennifer Bauer riding one of Whitesell’s field trial horses.
sponse and slow or stop as needed. so if a
rider believes that his/her horse needs a
big shank bit and two acres to stop, then
that horse poses a problem for the rider
and could eventually pose a problem for
others in the gallery. riding in a large
group over varied, and sometimes treacherous terrain, means that a horse must be
responsive to the rider’s cues, controllable,
and well-mannered. A harsh bit used too
early in the horse’s training, or too often,
will damage the horse’s mouth and leave
him mentally fearful or protective of his
mouth – eventually unable to respond to a
soft touch.
spending more time building a proper
training foundation for field trial horses
can actually benefit the competitors and
make the ride more pleasant for riders in
the gallery. A well-balanced horse in a
round posture and softer in the bridle will
not wear out as fast. that horse will be
more able to go all day without getting
sore and fatigued, so that he is ready to go
again the next day. A horse that is responsive to a light touch of the rider’s cues al-
lows the rider to give more attention to the
dog action, rather than having to hassle
with an unresponsive horse. Plus, a horse
that is ridden with a lot of contact will be
sore and tire more quickly.
A lighter, softer horse will have better
balance, making him more athletic and
able to move in rough terrain easily. No
matter how fast i go i want my horse to remain light and responsive. if contact increases when you ask for more speed, or
turning or stopping, then the horse will
tense his back and hind end joints. He then
doesn't move efficiently, causing him to
wear out faster.
if you spur a horse to send him forward,
or even kick with your heels, the horse
will learn to respond only to a harsh cue.
in addition, the horse will tense up and
lean on the forehand, making him heavier
in the bridle. A horse should learn to move
forward with energy (impulsion) from a
light touch of the calf. if the horse doesn't
respond to the light calf, then teach him
how to respond, rather than punishing him
with the spur. taking more time to pre-
pare the horse to do the job will make him
a far better field trial horse.
most field trial riders have more than
one horse. if every year, one of the horses
is brought along by just riding in the
gallery on braces, when they aren’t running the dog, the horse can become very
confident. A horse exposed to a field trial
season, paying attention to lightness with
correct riding, could be worth upwards of
$7500-$10,000 to another field trailer or a
trail rider. i have customers who would
pay that much for a good, safe horse!
People want horses that are broke and
trained – but there is a difference between
broke and trained. most field trial horses
are just broke. most show horses are
trained, but they don’t do as well doing a
job in the real world. A broke horse usually won’t spook; isn’t buddy sour; doesn’t
run away; and you can mostly count on
them to be safe. Broke horses can often
go “inside themselves” and become dull
because they are often trained with domination. trained horses are more responsive
and have a better understanding of the aids
and what the rider wants. they can sometimes be reactive, which can make some
riders uncomfortable. A broke and trained
horse is safe without being dull, and responsive without being reactive. that is a
rare horse in today's horse world and
worth a lot!
Because a field trial horse has a job that
keeps him focused, and if ridden with
more attention to his education, then he
will become a really good horse – ultimately becoming the ideal field trial horse.
if i were a bird dog trainer, i would produce one horse every year to sell and cover
my expenses. i could do that just by “correctly” riding a horse to do my primary job
of dog training. the dog usually runs one
brace a day, while the horse often goes
many times. the horse that provides safe,
responsive, reliable transportation for us
deserves to be ridden with respect.
for more information about whitesell
training at: www.whitesellgaitedhorsemanship.com
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Walkabout Tour
At Perry, GA
the walkabout tour featuring clinician Clinton Anderson is held at the reaves Arena in Perry, georgia
march 21 and 22, 2015. the two-day event offers innovation, inspiration, and instruction for all levels of horsemen. Here’s what to expect.
Innovation: throughout the weekend, Clinton shares
the latest developments in his training methods that allow
you to get the most out of your relationship with your
horse. you get to speak to Clinton and his Certified Clinicians, asking them your horse training questions and
learning how you can schedule lessons. you can confer
with downunder Horsemanship’s product specialists to
help you find the right tools to accomplish your horsemanship goals. Plus the downunder Horsemanship team
of sponsors is always on hand to explain their products
and offer giveaways.
Inspiration: whether you dream of teaching your
horse the most advanced moves in horsemanship or simply want to take the horse/human relationship as far as
you can, Clinton and Professional Clinician shana terry
will show you “how to” while working with their personal
horses in separate demonstrations. Clinton and diez put
on an exhilarating freestyle riding performance, while
shana and marty show the audience an advanced groundwork demonstration that includes trick training.
Instruction: in a series of six demonstrations, Clinton
works with four local horses who have various problems
that range from being fearful of the trailer to reactive
under saddle. with each horse, Clinton demonstrates how
he uses his training method to gain each horse’s trust and
respect, and start a safe, enjoyable partnership. using the
ize their horsemanship dreams and keeping them inspired
to achieve their goals. the downunder Horsemanship
method is based on mutual respect and understanding and
gives horse owners the knowledge needed to become
skilled horsemen and train their horses to be consistent
and willing partners. Clinton instructs horsemanship clinics, presents walkabout tours across the country, produces a television show, hosts an internet tv website, and
is continuously creating comprehensive study kits and
training tools to make learning horsemanship as accessible and easy as possible.
find more information about Clinton and the method
at www.downunderhorsemanship.com.
Demo Horses Wanted
Clinton and Diez in a demonstration
step-by-step instructions Clinton provides during each
session, you’ll be able to apply the same training approach to your horse at home.
the tour runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Advance
tickets are available online or by phone. No worries Club
members receive special discounts and early access.
for more information or tickets, call 888-287-7432 or
visit the website: www.walkaboutevents.com/tour/sched
ule?length=0.
About Clinton Anderson and Downunder Horsemanship: Clinton Anderson is a clinician, horse trainer and
competitor. He’s dedicated his life to helping others real-
do you have a pushy, disrespectful, problem horse who
is under the age of 10? He might be just the horse clinician Clinton Anderson is looking for to work with at one
of his walkabout tours. At each tour, the clinician works
with four local horses to demonstrate his training method
and how he fixes common behavioral problems. each
horse has a longstanding problem, whether it be a phobia
of trailers, laziness, biting, bucking, rearing, or an overall
disrespectful attitude.
downunder Horsemanship is on the hunt for equine
stars for the 2015 tours. if you live in the area of a walkabout tour and your horse is 10 years of age or younger
and you think he’d make a good candidate for Clinton to
work with, visit the downunder Horsemanship website
and submit an application.
we’re looking for horses for four training sessions: 1)
the hard-to-catch horse, 2) a horse that’s disrespectful on
the ground and under saddle, 3) a spooky horse, and 4) a
horse that refuses to load on the trailer.
learn more about tour demo horses at: www.walkaboutevents.com/tour/demoHorse.
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Oaklawn Racing
live racing season at oaklawn in Hot springs,
Arkansas began January 15 and continues through April
11, 2015, culminating in the Arkansas derby. Here are
some highlights of the racing action from Jennifer Hoyt.
saturday, feb. 14, 2015 – golden lad, winless since
the razorback Handicap (g3) last march, returned to
oaklawn from his south florida base and was impressive
in winning the $100,000 essex Handicap by 1 ¾ lengths
over 4-5 favorite ride on Curlin. Before an estimated
crowd of 24,000, the winner completed the 1 1/16-mile
race in 1:44 over a fast track.
golden lad, breaking from the outside post under leading rider ricardo santana Jr., quickly settled behind the
first flight of horses, as rocket time led through fractions
of :23 2/5 and :47 3/5 for the first half mile. He began to
gain momentum turning for home and easily passed ride
on Curlin late for the win. longshot, i got it All, who
had broken through the gate before the start, took third by
a nose over for greater glory.
for the third time since 2006, a winter storm forced
oaklawn to cancel its Presidents’ day card (feb. 16) and
postpone the $300,000 southwest stakes (gr. 3).
the southwest was finally run on sunday, feb. 22,
2015. it was déjà vu for the connections of far right as
they watched their colt repeat the same performance that
won him the Jan. 19 smarty Jones stakes by ducking to
the inside and coming up the rail to prevail in the
$300,000 southwest stakes (g3). the win earned far
right 10 points towards kentucky derby eligibility and
moved him up to sixth-place on the leaderboard.
ridden for the second straight race by Hall of famer
racing
Oaklawn/Coady Photography
Top 3-yo filly, Take Charge Brandi, winning the
37th running of the Martha Washington.
mike smith, far right settled toward the back of the field,
as slight favorite mr. Z led the field through opening fractions of :23 3/5 and :47 4/5 for the first half mile. the
winner angled out four-wide midway around the final
turn, dropped to the inside nearing the furlong marker and
dug in gamely to prevail by three-quarters of a length over
longshot the truth or else, who came from last to nose
out mr. Z for second. the graded stakes-placed Bold Conquest, making his 3-year-old debut, was fourth. the final
time for 1 1/16 miles was 1:47 2/5 over a sloppy track.
the top three finishers in sunday’s $300,000 southwest stakes (g3) at oaklawn are headed in different directions. far right will make his next start in the $1
million Arkansas derby (g1) April 11, trainer ron moquett said.
By training up to the Arkansas derby, far right will
skip the $750,000 rebel stakes (g2) march 14, which is
the next scheduled start for truth or else, trainer kenny
mcPeek said. mr. Z, beaten a nose for second in the
southwest, will make his next start in the $750,000
louisiana derby (g2) march 28 at fair grounds, owner
Ahmed Zayat said.
far right became the first horse to win both the southwest and the $150,000 smarty Jones stakes since the onemile race was added in 2008 to kick off oaklawn’s series
of kentucky derby prep races. moquett said the plan entering 2015 was to run far right three times at oaklawn
in hopes of having a fresh horse for the kentucky derby.
wednesday, feb. 25, 2014 – As oaklawn moves into
the most exciting part of its live racing season, there will
be plenty of action on the track. Highlighting march are
the racing festival of the south Preview day saturday,
march 14 and the shamrock showdown, march 17.
the best 3-year-olds in the country continue their journey towards the $1 million Arkansas derby in the
$750,000 rebel stakes (g2) march 14. the racing festival of the south Preview day will also be highlighted by
the $250,000 razorback Handicap and $300,000 Azeri,
which are the final local preps for the $600,000 oaklawn
Handicap (g2) April 11 and $600,000 Apple Blossom
Handicap (g1) April 10, respectively. first post is 1 p.m.
live racing continues every thursday – sunday until
April 11. there will also be two wednesday cards April 1
and 8. first post is 1:30 p.m. weekdays and sundays and
1 p.m. saturdays. keep updated on oaklawn action at
http://oaklawn.com. this year oaklawn offers free general admission all meet long.
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Muddy River
Classic
cowboys & cowgirls
the show Place Arena in memphis, tN was once
again host to the muddy river Classic on february 1315, a ustrC, Jx2 team roping production. the action in
memphis started on lucky friday, february 13 with the
open, #15, #13, and #12 Handicap. on saturday, roping
started with the gold Plus #12, followed by the #11, #10,
and #10 Century. At high noon on saturday, the children
took with the spotlight, with Junior looper roping action
for children 6 and under, ages 7-9, and ages 10-12. sunday’s events finished with the #10 gold Plus, the #9, and
the # 8 pick/draw for beginner and novice ropers. top
winners over the weekend vied for 3 trophy Cowboy
gold saddles, 31 trophy gist buckles, and 6 trophy gist
knives. samplings of the weekend winners were:
February 13: open winners: dusty swanson/ derrick
Crawford
#15 winners: seth driggers/ Jimmy driggers
#13 winners: Heath wrye/ travis Holland
February 14: #12 average winners: michael mcNabb/
travis Holland
incentive winners: Colby ghilchrist/ Chris rahlmann
High Point saddle winner: travis Holland
#12 gold Plus average winners: Jeremy smith/ dustin
griffith
incentive winners: keith Bentley/ e r scoggin
Jr. looper winners: 10-12: 1st timmy white; 2nd
david lacouy; 7-9: 1st lucas Coehn; 6&under: 1st owen
gillespie: 2nd Connor Nunley
saturday High money winner: Nathan smith
(photo by cbarcphotography )
#11 winners: Nathan smith/ Colby winborn
incentive winners: Joe Hall/ Colby winborn
#10 winners: Nathan smith/ tod morris
incentive winners: Noah Abadie/ tod morris
#10 Century winners: steve Hinson/ steve reed
incentive winners: Jason larue/ Billy griswell
February 15: #10 gold Plus Average and incentive
winners: randy Chandler/ Jerry Bliss
#9 winners: danny davis/ lance little
incentive winners: Blane maxwell/ Jim Burke
#8 winners: 1st, emmett Burke/ Charles langley; 2nd,
Cooper Cowan/ gary Nichols; 3rd, Craig smith/ scott
williams
day 3 High money winner: lance little
Jx2 brings more team roping to tunica, ms for the lu-
Junior Looper winners
brisyn Big ticket, march 6-8, 2015.
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Kaitlyn Gaskins hugs her pony
Loafers Lodge Katarina
Angel Heart
Farm
Cowboy Logan and AHF's Cisco Pete
By Tracy Kujawa
Can a pony or horse help children with
a life threatening illness? Can a herd of
horses help heal parents who have suffered
a loss of a child to cancer? At Angel Heart
farm (AHf) in middle tennessee, we say,
yes, and imagine our equines having
angel wings.
one could find numerous programs in
the southeast that serve children with mental and physical challenges, but could find
no equine assisted programs in the southeast for children and families facing
chronic or life-threatening illnesses, such
as cancer, brain tumors, or cystic fibrosis,
until 2001. then, tracy kujawa, a fourtime cancer survivor, lifelong equestrian,
and Arabian horse show competitor, created the Angel Heart program to serve
these families, after her second battle with
cancer. she credits her Arabian mare with
her recovery, and her oncologist pronounced that her horse was the best medicine he had ever seen.
Angel Heart farm provides a place of
respite for the kids “to be kids,” away
from the medical facilities, and to enjoy
horses and nature. the farm also allows
families to connect in a peaceful and caring environment at no cost. the physicians
and nurses who have worked with AHf
have noticed positive changes in their patients’ attitudes, physical strength and a
decrease in depression. ,medications,
treatments, surgeries and constant doctor
visits take a toll on these young warriors.
the constant stress of a child with a
chronic illness is hard on the entire family, both physically and financially. Childhood illnesses can cost families over
$10,000 in out of pocket expenses. so
AHf serves these courageous families at
no cost and helps in the recovery of their
hearts, bodies and spirits.
to date, over 250 children and families
have experienced equine assisted therapy
through hands-on care, plus riding and
competing in local and A-rated Arabian
horse shows. AHf operates year round,
accepting referrals from medical and social work professionals, as well as other
foundations that serve children with life
threatening illnesses. when a family visits the farm, it is their private time to bond,
heal and have fun. to see a child “forget”
they are sick, and learn to ride and be a
care giver instead of a recipient of care, is
very powerful. A child can share time with
any horse or pony in the barn they select.
AHf horses who make up the “Angel
Crew” are mostly Arabian show horses,
three welsh show ponies, and a mini. one
child said, “rocky (an AHf pony) doesn't
care that i have a brain tumor; he just
wants me to love him!”
AHf offers two summer camps in conjunction with the regular lessons program:
a princess pony camp and a cowboy camp.
each week-long day camp is filled with
riding, and the cowboys can learn how to
calf rope from area ropers. the cowgirls
make costumes for their favorite equine
and participate in a costume parade for
their families at the end of the camp.
At Angel Heart farm it is not unusual
to see a six-year-old riding his/her favorite
pony next to his/her 75-year-old grandpa
riding a horse for the first time. if a child
is too ill to visit the farm, we will bring
their favorite pony to their home or to the
hospital. AHf's miniature horse Buddy
visits local libraries, hospitals, nursing
homes, the Hope lodge (American Cancer society), and the ronald mcdonald
House spreading “Buddy Cheer.” families can continue to visit the farm even
after their child’s treatment is complete,
and families are always welcome after the
loss of a child.
Please join AHf at the Cowboy up for
a Cause Horsey Consignment sale in
franklin, tennessee, march 19 -22, 2015.
Please visit our web site at www.angelheartfarm.net or the Cowboy up for a
Cause Horsey Consignment sale facebook page. for more information contact
executive director tracy kujawa at: [email protected] or Pat dunn at
615-591-7959.
Ray Britt Benefit Barrel Race •
March 7- 2015
Marshall County Fairgrounds •
Holly Springs-,MS
Poles •Peewee •Youth •Adult •Open
10 a.m. Trainers • 1 p.m. Show
Silent Auction (items needed)
Contact: 662-252-5441
Christi: 662-671-3434
Ray Britt has been a long time north Mississippi resident
and a long time roper around the area.
Sadly, he has been diagnosed with dementia.
Please come out and support our local cowboy
and enjoy a day of barrel racing!
art work courtesy©Julie T. Chapman
50th Year For
The Dixie
National
this year marked the 50th anniversary
of the dixie National livestock shows
and rodeo (1965-2015). the month-long
shows were held January 24 – february
22, while the rodeo spanned february 1218, featuring some of the top country
music entertainers: montgomery gentry
on february 12 and ronnie milsap on
february 15.
Palominos dominated the shows on
January 24-25. the Paint Horse show was
held the second weekend, february 7-8.
And there were ample times to show dairy
and beef cattle, lambs, goats, hogs, and all
kinds of livestock in between. the dixie
National equestrians with disabilities
show highlighted the activities february
10-11 with 484 entries.
the AQHA cutting and National Cutting Horse Association classes took their
turns february 16, with a special appearance from legendary cutter Jimmy orrell,
who won the senior cutting at the first
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dixie National, riding the world champion
mare marbo mcCue.
the show continued on february 17
with a double-judged, double-pointed
AQHA special event roping, followed by
more AQHA roping classes february 18.
the top open finishers tuesday and
wednesday were invited back wednesday
evening for the roping Night Challenge,
featuring $2,000 added per class, and topfinishing amateurs were qualified for the
Amateur fast five, with $500 added for
each class.
in addition to working cow horse, reining, halter, all-around, and over-fences
classes, the #dixie50, as the event was
dubbed, featured the popular $10,000added freestyle reining competition, the
southern Classic Horse sale and a mississippi Quarter Horse youth Association
alumni dinner february 21. All in all, the
event offered $100,000 in prizes and
added money.
for photos from the dixie National
shows, visit emily Peak Photography at
www.emilypeak.com. we greatly appreciate emily sharing some of her candid photos with our readers. see more of emily
Peak’s photos from the dixie National on
page 30.
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Wedding at the
Brick Stables
Ames
Plantation
Greener pastures
amydalephoto.com
By Nancy Brannon, Ph.D.
weddings in barns have become quite
popular in recent years. there are plenty
of guides to decorating this type of venue,
such as: rusticweddingchic.com/barnweddings; barn wedding decor ideas at:
www.intimateweddings.com/blog/10barn-wedding-decor-ideas; and The Barn
Journal lists barns in various states available for weddings: http://www.thebarnjournal.org. in Hickory valley, tN regina
Brotherton has re-built the barn on her
whitney Hill estate, wh ch is now a popular venue with her guests for parties and
other social gatherings.
in nearby grand Junction, tN, the 100year-old Brick stables at Ames Plantation
(built around 1913 by mr. Hobart Ames)
was recently transformed into a wedding
venue for the marriage of Jamie evan’s
daughter, dr. stacey evans, and matthew
markham on december 13, 2014. this
was the first and only wedding ever held in
the brick stables, and the décor was complete with floral decorated tables, scrumptious food, and fine china. there were 75
guests in attendance at the wedding and reception. music was provided by the dan
knowles band from Paris, tN, 2003 National old time Banjo Champion and five
times tennessee state old time Banjo
Champion, as well as custom string instrument maker,
the groom, matthew markham, is a
student in the engineering dept. at the
university of memphis and the bride, dr.
stacey evans, is a pediatrician at le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in memphis.
fans of field trials may have also seen
stacey taking photos at the National
Championship, some of which are posted
on the Ames Plantation zenfolio site.
amydalephoto.com
Ames Plantation and the Brick stables
have special meaning for the evans family. Jamie evans has worked at Ames for
34 years, overseeing all the historical research, the Heritage village, the Historical
society and other historical preservation
work at Ames. stacey essentially grew up
at Ames, living there from birth until she
went away to college. so, having her wedding in the Brick stables was a special
“coming home” event for her and the
evans family. “she was coming home to
be married,” Jamie said. “the barn is a
wonderful setting – such a special place
with our family ties to Ames.”
the brick stables were considered some
of the finest stables in the south for their
time. the stable has brick floors, brass
latches, and is a very nice facility. over the
past several years, the Ames Plantation
staff and others have meticulously restored
the stables, inside and out. most of the
year it is a working barn, and is especially
busy during the National Championship
every february.
Asked what special preparations had to
be made to the restored stables, Jamie said,
“mainly a thorough cleaning. Just ten days
before the wedding the barn was in full
use, with twenty horses stabled there getting them ready for the Ames Amateur
field trials. we had to convert it from a
working barn to a wedding venue.”
the evans family members express
their great appreciation to the Hobart
Ames foundation trustees and to dr. rick
Carlisle, director at Ames, for making the
facility available for stacey’s wedding.
since the stable is a year-round working
barn, it is not available to the general public for weddings or social events. this was
a “one time only” special event.
Jamie Evans photo
Jamie Evans photo
Jamie Evans photos
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BCW Prada
In Memoriam:
BCW Prada
By Dana Shah Bishop
ten years ago i got a call from a man
who was interested in buying a round pen
i had for sale. when he came to the house,
he was pulling an open top stock trailer
with two emaciated horses in it. i asked
what was he doing with the horses and
was he going to put this 60-foot round
pen? He said next them, and pointed to the
two mares on the trailer. He said he was
heading to texas to an auction …i just
couldn’t let that happen.
i took both mares, nursed them back to
health, found a home for one, and named
the other BCw Prada (Blues City warmbloods). from day one on that trailer she
never stopped looking at me, and when
she heard my voice, the gentle mare made
a lasting imprint on my heart. she was an
extraordinary mare, loved us, and we
loved all her babies (five); she was a wonderful mother. Prada loved being pampered! on “spa day,” brushing her, she
would stand for hours to be touched. if
you stopped brushing her, she would take
her nose and push you, the brush, or whatever it took to get the attention back on
her. she had quite the personality!
over a month ago i had noticed that
Prada had a slight drool, but no other
symptoms. i called a veterinary dentist to
look at her teeth because in the past she
had two teeth that had to be pulled. the
day after she had her teeth work done, the
left side of her face partially paralyzed, but
she was alert and aware. Her cheekbones
had collapsed; two thirds of her tongue
was paralyzed, she was unable to drink or
eat. she was on iv fluids and medication
for two days. she did improve, but was no
longer able to eat hay. she has had her
good days and bad days since this all
started.
sunday night, february 22, 2015 i noticed that she seemed disoriented. By
monday evening it was apparent she was
going downhill fast. she was unable to
walk, getting choked while she ate, and
appeared to be going blind. what made
this so hard was that Prada was alert and
was trying to be with us and trying to
walk, eat, etc. it’s like she had had a
stroke.
i said my goodbyes and left because i
couldn't handle it and didn't want to stress
her out. on february 23, 2015 she went to
sleep gently in her stall with my wonderful son holding and brushing her the whole
time, and with my remarkable husband –
my hero, especially in times like this. the
compassion that dr. Jennifer dunlap
showed when she arrived isn’t a quality
that every veterinarian can hold title to. i
was thankful to have her go the extra mile
with the process to have her put down gently.
Prada was well loved by many and will
greatly be missed. Prada was approximately 23-25 years old. riP beautiful girl!
Prada leaves her legacy with her remarkable babies: BCw Pompeii, reminance,
BCw Coco Chanel, BCw isabeau and
BCw vega. i am so lucky to know where
all these babies are. i get to see photos of
them growing up and how well they are
doing in the show ring, with training, etc.
for me it’s all about the kind of loving,
and hopefully permanent, homes they get.
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lighted arena, turnout pasture, indoor wash
racks. lessons for all disciplines. Horse training
and Horse sales and leasing also available.
Horse shows on site. www.raintreeequestrian.com. (901) 857-4074.
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Mid-South Horse Review Calendar of Events
M A R C H - A PR IL
the Mid-South Horse Review Calendar of Events lists horse shows and other equine events over the
coming two months. we attempt to keep listings current; however, we cannot guarantee the completeness
or accuracy of any item. Please contact the individuals listed for additional information and to verify dates.
AGRICENTER SHOWPLACE ARENA
FEB. 27-MAR 1: st. Jude Barrel of Hope
MAR. 13-15: tN Hs Challenge rodeo
MAR. 27-28: Bill Pickett rodeo
CANTON MULTIPURPOSE CENTER
MAR. 20-22: msHJA Hunter Jumper show
MAR. 28-29: ms Paint Horse Assn. show
APR. 4: riding Club
APR. 23-25: wounded warriors veterians Benefit Horse show
FORREST CO. MULTI PURPOSE CNTR
FEB. 28-MAR. 1: fire it up team roping
MAR. 4: gala of the royal Horses
MARSHALL COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS
MAR. 7: ray Britt Benefit barrel race
MAR. 28: kudzu klassic
APR. 25: kudzu klassic
MISSISSIPPI HORSE PARK
MAR. 12-15: msu AQHA show
APR. 9-12: lucky dog Barrel race
TENNESSEE LIVESTOCK CENTER
MAR. 13-15: stones river Pony Club show
MAR. 19-21:tN Pony of Americas Club show
APR. 19: Cerv Benefit horse show
TENNESSEE MILLER COLISEUM
MAR. 6-7: lonestar rodeo
MAR. 14-15: Paint-o-rama Horse show
MAR. 27-29: dynamite Barrel race
APR. 10-12: west tN QH show
APR. 17-18: wHoA Pleasure & versatility
APR. 23-25: southern saddlebred sales & show
TRI-STATE EXHIBITION CENTER
MAR. 1: ieA region 12 finals
MAR. 7: smokey mtn. Horse show
MAR. 13-15: rmi Hunter/Jumper show
APR. 4: smokey mtn. Horse show
APR. 17-18: etsA saddlebred spring show
APR. 25: NrHA racking Horse show
TUNICA ARENA & EXPO CNTR
MAR. 6-8: Jx2 team roping
MAR. 14-15: Ar reining Horse show
APR. 3-5: Circle g QH show
APR. 12-13: tN. CmsA
APR. 15-18: CmsA National Championship
APR. 24-26: Jx2 team roping
UT MARTIN AG PAVILLION
MAR. 21-22: NBHA show
MAR. 28: eq. team open show
APR. 3-5: sankey rodeo school
APR. 9-11: utm rodeo
APR. 18-19: tN Hs rodeo
APR. 25-26: tN Jr. Hs rodeo
WILLIAMSON COUNTY AG EXPO PARK
MAR. 20-22: ustrC tN Championships
INTERCOLLEGIATE HORSE SHOW
MAR. 1: murfreesboro, tN. mtsu western
regional Championships
MAR. 7-8: murray, ky. murray state univ. hunt
NATIONAL INTERCOLLEGIATE RODEO
MAR. 26-28: west Point, ms e. ms Comm.
College
APR. 9-11: martin, tN. ut martin
APR. 23-25: senatobia, ms. Nw ms C. College
TN HS RODEO ASSN
MAR. 13-15: memphis, tN. show Place Arena.
memphis Challenge
MAR. 28-29: tuscumbia, Al
APR. 18-19: martin, tN
TENNESSEE JR RODEO ASSOCIATION
MAR. 7: mcewen, tN. Blue Creek Arena
MAR. 21-22: liberty, ky. Cinch Contestants
APR. 25-26: martin, tN
LITTLE BRITCHES RODEO
MAR. 14: Jonesboro, Ar. Asu equine Center
MAR. 28-29: springfield, tN. Barnfly farms
Arena. tlBrA #3 & 4
APR. 4: Jonesboro, Ar. Asu equine Center
APR. 18-19: meridian, ms. lauderdale Co.
Agricenter mslBrA #17 & 18
4-H/USPC
FIRST SuNDAY: millington, tN. west union
Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 3099 west
union. woodstock ghost riders 4-H Club. 3 pm.
info: lydia Holland 901-282-9709; facebook:
woodstock's ghost riders 4-H
APR. 9: middleton, tN. triple P Arena. regional 4-H Horse Judging
CLINICS / CLASSES
MAR. 14-15: shelbyville, tN. Clearview Horse
farm. richard winters clinic. info: Carol James
(615) 289-7611; email: [email protected]
MAR. 14-15: Harriman, tN. tQHA Clinic.
www.tqha.org
MAR. 17: Jackson, tN. Paul latham's BBQ,
3517 N. Highland Ave. tribute feed Nutrition
seminar info: 731-427-3531. randjfeed.com
MAR. 21-22: thompson's station, tN. Jaeckle
Center. Ask the Judge Clinic with karen Healey.
info: melanie fransen at [email protected] or www.jaecklecentre.com
APR. 11-12: thompson's station, tN. Jaeckle
Center. ralph Hill Clinic. info: melanie fransen
[email protected] or www.jaecklecentre.com
APR. 16-19: lebanon, tN. Horse Corner, 3436
Chicken rd. Buster and sheryl mclaury Clinic.
info: Amy kurland (615) 269-3808 or
www.horsecornersaddles.com
APR. 18-19: thompson's station, tN. Jaeckle
Center. Christy loflin Clinic. info: melanie
fransen at [email protected] or
www.jaecklecentre.com
COWBOY CHURCH
MONDAY: Circle Cross Church. 7 p.m. info:
stan (901) 848-4959; email: [email protected]
MONDAY: Bells, tN. Bible study meetings. 7
p.m. marty overton's, 4051 Cherryville rd. info:
marty 731-225-0237 or Clint 731-983-0511
TuESDAY: richland, ms. His Brand Cowboy
Church, 1631 Cleary rd. 7 p.m. info: (601) 5436023; email: [email protected]
TuESDAY: wynne, Ar. Cr 381. three trees
Cowboy Church. fellowship supper 6:30 pm;
services 7 pm. info: Jimmy 870-261-2505
SuNDAY: longtown, ms. 548 Bryant lane.
Bryant lane Cowboy Church. 10:30 am. info:
Bro. scott urban 662-501-0031
SuNDAY: oakland, tN. 7720 Hwy 64. rafter
H Cowboy Church. J. mark wilson. 5:30 pm.
info: Jason lepard (901) 603-5764
SuNDAY: wynne, Ar. Cr 381. three trees
Cowboy Church. fellowship B'fast 9:30 am.
worship 10 am. info: Jimmy 870-261-2505
HORSE SALES
MAR. 7: mize, ms. meadows livestock sales
horse sale. info: 601-733-5439 or 601-517-7777.
larrymeadows.com
MAR. 27-28: montgomery, Al. garrett Coliseum. wild Horse and Burro Adoption. info:
866-468-7826. blm.gov
SECOND FRIDAY: gleason, tN. west tN
Auction Barn. 330 fence rd. 6:30 pm. info:
Chucky greenway 731-571-8198
SPECIAL EVENTS
MAR. 7: Bartlett, tN. 7715 Hwy. 70. stewart
Brothers Hardware Co. Purina Customer Appreciation day. info: ed dempsey (901)377-1234
to submit your event, call (901) 867-1755 or e-mail the information to:
[email protected] or [email protected]
All submissions are subject to editing by msHr staff to meet format and length restrictions.
entries must be received by deadline date to ensure inclusion in the print edition.
MAR. 26-29: lexington, ky. ky Horse Park.
road to the Horse. www.roadtotheHorse.com
MAR. 31-APR. 1: New orleans, lA. New orleans ernest N. morial Convention Center. Honoring the Horse equine Conference. info:
www.regonline.com/honoringthehorse2015
APR. 25: millington, tN. woodstock Cuba saddle Club 2nd annual Horseapalooza. 10am 4pm. info: flo munoz 901-308-3424 or lydia
Holland 901-282-9709
BARREL RACING
MAR. 6-8: texarkana, Ar. four states fairgrounds. lucky dog Productions barrel race.
info: www.luckydograces.com
MAR. 7: Holly springs, ms. marshall Co. fairgrounds. ray Britt Benefit barrel race. 10am
trainers; 1pm show. info: 662-252-5441; Christi
662-671-3434
MAR. 14-15: murfreesboro, tN. miller Coliseum. iBrA Barrel race
MAR. 21: iron City, tN. iron City Arena. dirty
south Barrel racing series. info: Adrienne morrell 931-279-9358 or lindsey Calton 931-3324956. www.ironcityarena.com
MAR. 28: springfield, tN. Barnfly farms.
tlBrA kids vs Adults Barrel race. info: tracy
mcPherson, 615-210-6530; e-mail: [email protected]
MAR. 28: Holly springs, ms. marshall Co.
fairgrounds. kudzu klassic. trainers 10am;
show 1pm. info: 662-252-5441 or van Beasley
662-838-6269
MAR. 28-29: murfreesboro, tN. miller Coliseum. dynamite Barrel race
APR. 10-12: starkville, ms. mississippi Horse
Park. lucky dog Barrel race
APR. 25: Holly springs, ms. marshall Co. fairgrounds. kudzu klassic. trainers 10am; show
1pm. info: 662-252-5441 or van Beasley 662838-6269
CUTTING HORSE EVENTS
MAR. 5-7: Batesville, ms. mid-south CHA
info: 662-934-9224
MAR. 7: verona, ms. Northeast ms CHA info:
205-246-3798
MAR. 9-21: Jackson, ms NCHA eastern National Championships info: 817-244-6188
APR. 4-5: Harriman, tN. east tN CHA info:
731-587-5193
APR. 25: verona, ms. Northeast ms CHA info:
205-246-3798
DONKEYS & MULES
THuRSDAYS: golden, ms. Belmont saddle
Club arena. donkey Penning Practice. 6 pm.
info: larry Bolton at 662-424-2158.
tN donkey Association monthly driving.
info: sally lightner: 931-361-0087
DRESSAGE
APR. 4: Central tN dressage Assn. schooling
show. info: www.tndressage.com
APR. 11-12: Hernando, ms. mid-south dressage Academy. usef/usdf Bunny Hop
dressage show. info: www.midsouthdressageacademy.org
APR. 15-19: las vegas, Nv. thomas & mack
Center. fei world Cup dressage finals
ENDURANCE
MAR. 6-7: reno, Nv. grand sierra resort.
American endurance ride Conference Convention. info: www.aerc.org
APR. 18: Crossville, tN. Catoosa ridge. Barefoot derby 25/50. Aubree Becker 931-249-9717
EVENTING
APR. 4-5: fairburn, gA. Chattahoochee
Hills/Bouckaert farm Ht. info:
http://chatthillseventing.com
APR. 17-19: New market, tN. river glen
spring Ht. info: www.river-glen.com
APR. 23-26: lexington, ky. ky Horse Park.
2015 rolex ky 3-day event. www.rk3de.org
GAITED HORSE SHOWS
APR. 1-2: murfreesboro, tN. miller Coliseum.
southern saddlebred sales & show
APR. 17-18: Cleveland, tN. tri state exhibition
Center. etsA saddlebred spring show
APR. 17-18: murfreesboro, tN. miller Coliseum. wHoA Pleasure & versatility show
APR. 25: Cleveland, tN. tri state exhibition
Center. NrHA racking Horse show
APR. 23-25: murfreesboro, tN. miller Coliseum. southern saddlebred sales & show
HUNTER/JUMPER
MAR. 13-15: Cleveland, tN. tri state exhibition Center. rmi Hunter/Jumper show
MAR. 27-28: germantown, tN. gCHs Arena.
megford schooling show
APR. 2-5: germantown, tN. wtJHA springtime in dixie show
APR. 9-12: germantown, tN. wtJHA springtime encore show
APR. 25: memphis, tN. 5366 forest Hill irene
rd. Hunter's edge stables schooling show
PAINT/PINTO HORSE SHOWS
MAR. 14-15: murfreesboro, tN. miller Coliseum. Paint-o-rama Horse show
APR. 11-12: verona, ms. lee Co. Agricenter.
Hope PHBA & PtHA show. info: tootsie North
601-878-5027
QUARTER HORSE SHOWS
MAR. 6-8: Harriman, tN. tQHA Celebration
MAR. 12-15: starkville, ms. mississippi Horse
Park. msu AQHA show
APR. 3-5: tunica, ms. Paul Battle Arena. Circle
g QH show. info: Cody fisher 901-626-5680
APR. 10-12: murfreesboro, tN. miller Coliseum. west tN QH show
APR. 17-19: Harriman, tN. tQHA Country
music Circuit
RACING
JAN. 15-APR. 11: Hot springs, Ar. oaklawn.
live racing. www.oaklawn.com
RANCH HORSE
MAY 23-24: murfreesboro, tN. miller Coliseum. volunteer ranch Horse show
REINING
MAR. 14-15: tunica, ms. Paul Battle Arena.
Ar reining Horse show. info: tim laws 870897-3026
MAR. 27-29: Harriman, tN. roane state
Comm. College. midwinter slip & slide.
www.tnrha.org
RODEOS & BULL RIDING
MAR. 6-7: murfreesboro, tN. miller coliseum.
lonestar rodeo
MAR. 14: Buchanan, tN. milam’s Horsebarn.
Pro & Non-Pro Bull riding, mutton Busting. 8
pm. info: 731-642-8346 or 731-644-5665.
MAR. 27-28: memphis, tN. show Place Arena.
Bill Pickett rodeo. www.billpickettrodeo.com
MAR. 27-28: winona, ms. montgomery Co.
Coliseum. 5th annual montgomery Co. Championship rodeo. info: 205-372-3182
APR. 11: Buchanan, tN, Hwy 218. milam’s
Horsebarn. Pro & Non-Pro Bull riding, mutton
Busting. 8 pm. Call in April 6th 3-10 pm. info:
731-642-8346 or 731-644-5665
APR. 23-25: Paris, tN. worlds Biggest fish fry
Pro rodeo. info: 800-639-9002
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ROPING
MAR. 6-8: tunica, ms. Paul Battle Arena. Jx2
team roping. info: Pam smith 423-575-2295
MAR. 20-22: franklin, tN. Ag expo Park.
ustrC tennessee Championships.
APR. 24-26: tunica, ms. expo Center. Jx2
team roping. info: Pam smith 423-575-2295
TuESDAY: moscow, tN. team roping practice, sonny gould Arena, 1985 Poole rd. 6-9
p.m. $25 info: (901) 491-1678.
www.gouldropinHorses.com
SPEED SHOWS
MAR. 15: Byhalia, ms. ingrams mill saddle
Club, 2283 red Banks rd. Need for speed show.
registration 11 am. trainers 12:30 pm. show 2
pm. info: emily (901) 871-1849.
MAR. 20: springfield, tN. Barnfly farms.
NPBA Pole Bending and Barrel Jackpot. info:
tracy mcPherson, 615-210-6530 or [email protected]
STOCK HORSE/WORKING COW HORSE
MAR. 7: moscow, tN. gould Arena. NwCHA
event. info: 901-491-1678
MAR. 14: springfield, tN. Barnfly farms
Arena. NwCHA event. info: 615-210-6530
APR. 4: ringgold, gA. davis Cattle Company.
NwCHA event. info: 615-210-6530
APR. 11: moscow, tN. gould Arena. NwCHA
event. info: 901-491-1678
APR. 18: Princeton, ky. Broken w Arena.
NwCHA event. info: 270-625-0763
TEAM PENNING / RANCH SORTING
MAR. 14, 28: saulsbury, tN east fork ranch.
rsNC event 10 am. Books open 9 am. info:
(901) 491-6156 or [email protected]
MAR. 14: springfield, tN. Barnfly farms.
NwCHA Central region show. tracy mcPherson, 615-210-6530 or [email protected]
DEADLINES
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