I have been in attendance of a few clinics in preparation for the Makeover Competition. My entire focus right now is on strategy—who can help me find my horse, how I should train it, and what is the competition going to be like?
I first attended a clinic taught by Stuart Pitman, the brainchild of the Makeover, in Saratoga, New York. This is the heart of the Northeast’s thoroughbred country and at this point I was still looking for a horse, so I thought I might get a lead. A few of my previous customers I have trained and sold horses for promised to be there to watch. Plus, Stuart has a background in eventing and a wealth of experience in the development of thoroughbred sport horses. I thought it would help me learn more about the competition, how it takes place, in what conditions, and what happened the last time.
Draft Gratitude, a nonprofit draft horse rescue, will host its first open barn fundraiser on Saturday, June 4, 2016 from 10 a.m.-noon at 148 Ashuelot Street (off of Route 119) in Winchester, New Hampshire. Draft Gratitude’s monthly open barns, called “Change Their Lives!” is an opportunity for people of all ages to meet the horses and donate any spare change to the draft horse rescue organization. “Change Their Lives!” will be held on the first Saturday of every month.
By Jane Carlton
Horses, and their tack, represent a large investment—of time, money, and heart. But keeping those assets safe and secure is increasingly complicated. In the last year alone, there have been news reports of Tad Coffin saddles lifted at a HITS show in Virginia, a bay gelding stolen and slaughtered in Miami, and most notably, a Grand-Prix show jumper stolen and butchered in Palmetto, FL. Is equestrian theft on the rise? “There’s no doubt about it with the numbers that we’re getting,” says Debi Metcalfe, founder of Stolen Horse International, which has 1,400 open reports of theft on their website. Equine Journal investigates the savviest ways, old school to high-tech, to protect horse and barn.
My makeover horse’s name is Johnny Joe. It’s kind of like the “Ricky Bobbie” of show jumping—two plain names combined to make a working class animal with a split personality.
When I dreamed of a horse, I dreamed of a middle-aged bay gelding around 16 hands with a short back, long neck, and he was to be serviceably sound. Well, Johnny Joe is all that and a bag of chips. When you first look at him you see his head and think, “I better pass on this one,” but when you consider the (low) number of horses out there that are qualified for this, you better take a look. (At least that is what I did.) And when I did, I found that he was a dream horse.
McLain Ward Takes Tina la Boheme to the Top in $130,000 Empire State CSI3* Grand Prix at Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows
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McLain Ward of Brewster, NY, and Tina la Boheme scored an impressive victory in the $130,000 Empire State CSI3* Grand Prix, presented by The Kincade Group, on Sunday to close out two weeks of competition at the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows held at Old Salem Farm in North Salem, NY. Collecting first and third-place ribbons, Ward topped a field of 39 over courses built by Alan Wade. Ward and Friday’s grand prix winner, Rothchild, were the trailblazers over Wade's first-round track and were later joined by five more horses, including the eventual class winner, Tina la Boheme.