Congratulations to Pam Baker, of Bealston, Virginia, and Arthur Hawkins, of Rancho Santa Fe, California, for being recognized by The USHJA as 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award recipients. Created in 2008, the Lifetime Achievement Award honors those with a lifelong involvement in the sport who have dedicated their lives to advancing the hunter and jumper disciplines on a national platform.
Winning a Big Eq class is a Big deal! As this issue went to press, several ASPCA Maclay Regional titles had been determined. Hunter Holloway took the Region 5 title, Jeffrey Tolson won the Region 6 Championship, Sara Nordstrom took home the Region 7 top honors and Alexis Graves won the Region 8 title. Sidelines Magazine is a Big fan of the Maclay and will be a sponsor of the class during the 2013 Winter Equestrian Festival.
Florida Trac, in Loxahatchee, Florida, is a rescue organization dedicated to caring for Florida Thoroughbred horses who are no longer able to race. Many of these horses have sustained injuries or acquired medical or even surgical problems that are crippling or life threatening and expensive to treat. Florida Trac is seeking financial contributions to help pay medical bills. Donations can be made for Florida Trac Veterinary Care by calling Reid & Associates at (561) 790-2226. Ask for Jan Zenobia or Helen Freshour.
Region IV of the American Connemara Pony Society recently held its annual show during the Highfields “Just for Fun” show in Aiken,South Carolina. In addition to the regular open Highfields classes there were breeding classes for Connemaras, both purebred and halfbred, as well as Mountain and Moorland ponies. The Connemara pony is Ireland’s only native breed and they usually range in size from 13 to 15 hands or more. They are known for their gentle dispositions, intelligence, hardiness and jumping ability. For more information on Connemaras (including a classified ads section) go to www.acps.org.
Sidelines Magazine meets the Wild West. We are proud to announce these stores now carry Sidelines; Colorado: Rampart Feed in Castlerock, The Horse in Sport in Grand Junction, Murdoch’s Home and Ranch Supply in Littleton & Parker, Golden Mill Feed in Golden and The Tack Shack in Littleton. Montana: Montana Leather Company in Billings and Four Corners Saddlery in Bozeman. New Mexico: Horseman’s Feed and Supply and Western Mercantile both in Albuquerque. Wyoming: Flat Creek Saddle Shop in Jackson and The Tack Room in Laramie as well as Greenway Saddlery in Scottsdale, Arizona, High Desert Feed and Supply in Emmett, Idaho, Horse Crazy Tack in Draper, Utah, and Tack Store in Belleview Washington.
If you are up for a great ride that will raise money to benefit the Child Advocacy Center for abused children, then Aiken,South Carolina is the place to be. A hunter pace will take place at Three Runs Plantation on November 10th. Entry fee is $35 or $45 after November 3rd. There will be two courses, both casual. Entry fee includes lunch and word has it that they will have awesome raffle prizes. For more information call Pat Kirk, (803) 644-7433.
Abby Converse will be opening her new tack store in Lexington, Kentucky called The Tack Shop of Lexington! Abby’s Mother, Sandy Converse, owns the Tack Shop of Austin in Texas. We wish Abby great success and know that all Sidelines Magazine fans will like being able to purchase the magazine at these terrific tack stores.
Lights, camera, action: Pony Glam recently held a contest for a new Fall SpokesHorse and Chase, owned by 8-year-old Ellie Gentes of Midland,North Carolina, won. Chase is a 10-year-old black and white Welsh cross with a white heart shaped spot on his right rump. Chase and Ellie are competing in the Beginner Rider Division (cross rails) and are gearing up for the Short Stirrup Division.
You can now Join Up with Monty Roberts thanks to free access to Monty’sEquusOnlineUniversity at www.MontyRobertsUniversity.com/promotions/DAYPASS. You can also keep up with your schooling because a new lesson is added every week! Visit http://www.montyroberts.com/university/.
Calling all Thoroughbreds. The Thoroughbred Horse Show Association was created to develop horse shows exclusively for Thoroughbreds and is geared for Thoroughbreds just starting their show careers with entry level divisions in multiple disciplines including dressage, combined training, hunter/jumper and Showmanship classes. The inaugural show in Florida will take place at Longwood Farm South in Ocala on December 2nd 2012 and will feature a clinic with Ashley Leith, an upper level event rider who also competes in show jumping and dressage. For more information see their web site at: TBHorseShow.com or call Jan Roehl at (859) 559-1409.
The renowned equestrian photographer John Minoprio – whose photos have graced the pages of Sidelines – now has a beautiful new granddaughter named Florence. A brief stint in intensive care immediately after her birth has set her on the right track.
Hats off to Erin Jones, from Parker, Colorado, and her lovely mount Edmund. The duo won the Preliminary Division and the blue ribbon at the Area 9 eventing championships in Gillette,Wyoming, at the Powder Basin Horse Trials. Job well done!
Saving the animals! Barbara Nelson, Joint Master of the Fox Hounds for Whiskey Road Fox Hounds in Aiken, South Carolina, has been on an animal shelter mission and what a huge mission it has been. The brand new state-of-the-art animal shelter has opened and is beautiful. The SPCA Albrecht Center for Animal Welfare includes a Regional Spay and Neuter Clinic where the most expensive surgery is only $70 and an Education and Training Center for dog training, pet therapy and student education.
We’ve heard that Colin Dangaard has a new historical novel that is causing some excitement in the horse world and beyond. Check out Barnes and Nobles for early reviews of “Talking with Horses.”
The equestrian world lost two great women recently. Toni DelFiandra, the President of the South Florida Hunter Jumper Association and mother of Michael DelFiandra, of Sweet Oak Farm, lost her battle with ovarian cancer. Rebecca “Becca” L’Heureux, of Alexandria, Virginia, lost her battle with brain cancer. Becca, 24, was the daughter of Mary Crane ofDover,Massachusetts. A life-long equestrian, Becca competed and foxhunted in theUnited States and abroad.
Sven Harmsen, of The Netherlands, the Royal Dutch Equestrian Federation’s Chef d’Equipe, national coach and trainer for Ponies, Juniors and Young Riders in Jumping, passed away at the age of 51. He attended the 2012 Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ in Calgary as Chef d’Equipe with the senior Dutch team of Jur Vrieling, Leon Thijssen, Harrie Smolders and Jeroen Dubbeldam, and shared their bronze medal win in the BMO Nations’ Cup on 8 September. Later that evening at the gala dinner he suffered a severe heart attack, from which he was unable to recover.
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