Story Via: Anne Lindblad
Old Sturbridge Village celebrates the nostalgia, romance and grace of gliding over the snow in horse-drawn sleighs at its annual Antique Sleigh Rally set for Sat. February 16. Vintage sleighs pulled by a variety of horses – from tiny miniature horses to giant Clydesdales – will converge on the Village for the sleigh rally, which begins at 11:00 a.m. Drivers will compete in a dozen different classes, including the popular “Sleigh Dog” and “Currier & Ives” divisions. The sleigh rally is open to the public and free with museum admission. Watch the OSV Sleigh Rally video; for details: 800-SEE-1830; www.osv.org.
First USEF Developing Riders/Eventing 25 Program Training Sessions of 2013 Considered Great Successes
Story Via: USEF Communications Department
The USEF Eventing Team Coach David O'Connor conducted the first two training sessions of 2013 for the redesigned USEF Developing Riders/Eventing 25 Program. The first session took place January 21-24 at Flying Tail Farms at Red Fox Farm in Gilroy, CA for West Coast riders, followed by the second session on January 27-February 1 at Meredyth South in Ocala, FL.
The sessions consisted of both mounted lessons as well as lectures encouraging the riders to become students of the sport with a well-rounded knowledge. O'Connor lectured on the riding theory and technique, stable management, and course design. Guest speakers also gave presentations on various topics at the training sessions.
Learn How Proper Nutrition Can Safely Get Your Horse Back on Track After a Layup
By Karen Elizabeth Baril
We already know that proper nutrition for a performance horse requires a good deal of solid research, close observation, and a healthy dollop of good old-fashioned horse sense. Many of us work under the guidance of our veterinarian to design a program that keeps our performance horse’s digestive tract functioning like a well-oiled machine. But, if our horse has had time off—whether it’s due to injury, a change in your riding schedule, or just a winter vacation—you’ll face the challenge of supporting him nutritionally while bringing him back to his peak activity levels. In the following article, we offer tips on healthy ways to accomplish this goal.
TV star Amber Marshall of “Heartland” to Attend Reception to Benefit Para-riding on Feb. 23 at Player’s Club in Wellington
Story Via: Y.A. Communications
TV star Amber Marshall will be making her first South Florida appearance to help support and benefit the growing sport of para-riding. The 24-year-old Marshall, an accomplished equestrian, stars in the long-running hit TV series “Heartland” and will join guests at The Player’s Club in Wellington on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m.
Admission is free but donations will be accepted at the door. There will be a complimentary, light buffet along with a cash bar and door prizes. All proceeds and donations go to Gold Coast Dressage Association to benefit para-riding, a program designed so a person with a disability can compete in an exciting and well-respected sport as an athlete and be judged on their abilities.
A foal is a big commitment. Before you take the leap, read on to find out if you have the resources to breed your mare and welcome a new bundle of joy.
By Heather Smith Thomas
A new foal is an amazing thing–long lashes, a tiny muzzle, and wobbly legs, but you shouldn’t breed your mare if your only reason is to have a cute baby trotting around. There are many other factors to consider. Most importantly, you need tot think of what your future plans are for the foal. If you intend to sell it, will there be a market?