The Rhode Island Federation of Riding Clubs' (RIFRC) annual Horseman’s Bazaar and Indoor Yard Sale will once again be at Metcalf Elementary School on Rte 3 in Exeter, RI, on March 20, 2016. Doors open to the public from 9am – 2pm and food will be available with Strawberry Stuffed French Toast for sale again this year by popular demand! Many thanks to the support of Cornerstone Crew 4H! For directions, please visit the website at orgsites.com/ri/rifrc or email firstname.lastname@example.org. They always have quite a variety of goods that are brought in and you can find anything from saddles and bridles to knick-knacks and collectables.
The next big event is the Blessing of the Horses on April 24, 2016 at the LeGrand Reynolds Horseman’s Area on Escoheag Hill Rd in Exeter, RI, at 9:30am. They are also NEHT affiliated. Food will be for sale after the Blessing. The cost is $5 per horse or carriage for the Blessing only, $20 includes the Blessing, mileage and lunch, $10 for Juniors. We hope to see you there!
In 2016 the RIFRC turns the big 50! It’s the golden year! The West Greenwich Horseman’s Association is holding a benefit ride at LeGrand Horseman’s area on July 30th (afternoon 1-loop riding) and 31st (2 optional riding loops, raffles, food and much more). All proceeds will go to the Federation. Be sure to watch WGHA’s website for the flyer (orgsites.com/ri/wgha). It’s going to be a fun and exciting day for this ride managed by Linda Krul and Celeste Santos-Rivera. They are looking for donations for prizes and/or raffles. If you have something or an idea for the ride, email the Federation at email@example.com.
By Jane Carlton
Horror. Nightmare. Terror. Hate. Nothing in the show ring could cause riders to freak out enough to use such strong language, right? Oh, how you’re wrong! Trotting a jump as part of an over fences class, either hunter or equitation, can bring together troves of riders in their distaste for the maneuver. Sit the trot or post? Turn sharply or sweeping turn? Look for the distance or pray and see what happens? We trotted along with some top trainers and riders to learn how to tamp down the fear and ramp up the results.
For many, a new year always brings hope for good things to come. We make resolutions—sometimes we keep them, and unfortunately, sometimes we don’t. Although the staffers here at Equine Journal have been making plans for a while now to create a new program that will help those in need, we thought that the New Year would be the perfect time to set this plan into action.
If you’re familiar with our Prepurchase Exam column, you probably already know that the employees here are fortunate to test some of the newest items out on the market, from boots (both hoof and human) to blankets, and more. All of the items that you’ve seen in previous pages of the magazine either have been, or are in the process of being donated out to charity. These products are lightly tested and are still in great condition when sent out as a donation. That’s why we’re introducing EJ’s Tack Trunk—our “tack trunk” of lightly used products here in the office are all waiting to be re-homed, and we are looking for the perfect place to send them.
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to experience the thrill of a sliding stop, the power of a spin, along with the willingness and finesse of a reining horse! Well now you can. The Northeast Reining Horse Association will be hosting their third annual RIDE A REINER event on Saturday, January 16, 2016. Come and experience the ride on talented, money earning, NRHA show horses. Sessions will be held at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm and the cost is $250 and includes lunch and 2 auditors or just come and audit for $15. Limited spots available so hurry. For more information or to reserve you spot please contact Darlene Deptula-Hicks at firstname.lastname@example.org or 603-553-5803. This event will be held at MDS Farms heated indoor arena located at 30 Mountain Road in Salisbury, NH. For directions please contact Dan at 603-470-6972. Food will also be available.
There are many great articles and columns featured within this issue, but the common theme found within this month’s magazine is the holidays. And with Thanksgiving right around the corner, I can’t help but think about what I’m most thankful for: my health, my life, my family, horses, and the ability to ride. This time of year always makes me think about how blessed I am, and leaves me wanting to do more for those less fortunate than myself. Our staff members here at Equine Journal share this sentiment, which is why we are introducing this column, Matters of the Heart, just in time for the holidays.