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Saturday Links from Tipperary

Screenshot via Shelley Howerton Page on Facebook.

The “Gone With The Winded” team at Poplar Place’s Sexy and Seasoned Amoeba Challenge spiced things up with themed job outfits! How would you feel about themed jogs at events, EN? Personally, I’d have enough trouble coming up with a nice enough regular jog outfit that I’d just be stumped if I had to fit a theme. #Respect to these ladies!

National Holiday: National Tortilla Chip Day (Should have been the same day as National Margarita Day IMHO)

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Pine Top Advanced CIC & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Results]

Three Lakes H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Results]

Saturday Links:

All Eyes on FEH Conformation on Day Four of the 2018 Educational Symposium

Help name the first jump on the 2018 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event XC course!

PODCAST: The Next Generation: Eventing 18 Winter Training Sessions

Hi! My Name Is Daniel And I’m A Horse Husband

USEA Events A-Z: Fitch’s Corner Horse Trials

British eventers could be fined £500 for pulling up to avoid time penalties

Managing The ‘Creaky’ Performance Horse

Saturday Video: Get psyched for WEG!

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Friday Video from World Equestrian Brands: Welcome to the Wild West

Grit and graft, triumph and tears, heart and hardships — these are concepts we’re all familiar with. For every ditch we leap, every test we conquer, ever fear we face, we have to learn to fall down, hard, and still get back up.

The disciplines we choose to inhabit in the horse world might feel like microcosms, but they’re all linked — and we’re all linked — by the indomitable resilience that propels us. That’s why this week’s Friday video focuses on something a little different, but teeming with a tenacity we all recognise.

The 500 Miles Project was launched at the beginning of 2017 by Horses and Heroes, a 501(c)3 veteran rehabilitation program which aims to do more than simply support its beneficiaries — instead, it helps provide them the tools and the purpose to rebuild their own lives, by working with BLM mustangs. The Project saw 15 new equine recruits undergo a three-month training process, before embarking upon a 560 mile ridden journey to Arizona, where they would be matched with a combat veteran.

“50,000 wild horses live in the BLM facilities, while there are only about half of that number in the wild,” said Micah Fink, CEO of Heroes and Horses. “Just like these mustangs, our nation’s veterans face grim statistics: homelessness, joblessness, escalating suicide and addiction rates. What is the real problem society is facing, veterans are facing, and that wild horses are facing? The current response has been more medication, more land, more money, more counseling, better holding facilities — but it’s not working, none of it is. We are missing the greater lesson of life. It’s not about excuses and explanations and stories about how hard you’ve had it. It’s about why we are here, and what life is all about, and the lessons we need to learn. It’s a story about purpose, how life makes room for us, or anything for that matter. I decided to share that story and to show that process though 500 Miles – the story of the un-purposed horse, and the un-purposed human-being.”

The remarkable documentary shows the highs and lows of that journey — “one of the hardest things I have ever done” — and explores not just the relationship between man and horse, but the paradigm shift of plumbing your lowest depths and making it back to the surface again.

Every human being has a 500, says Micah. What’s yours — and how can you find your way to its final mile?

 

 

2028 Olympic Talent Watch: ‘Maeve the Brave’ Is Coming For Us All

The 2028 U.S. Eventing Team is already out there somewhere, and it’s up to us all to nurture their talent and their big dreams. “2028 Olympic Talent Watch” is an (adorable) new series in which we identify junior eventers who are already exhibiting the heart and the guts to lead American eventing to glory in the (distant) future. Any short-stirrup riders you know come to mind? Email us their story at [email protected] This week’s edition features Maeve Callahan, age 10.

Photo courtesy of the Callihan family.

California duo Maeve “the Brave” Callahan and Lady Viking turned heads last year, tackling their Introductory courses with signature focus and determination and earning the USEA 2017 Area VI Intro Junior Champion award.

Maeve, age 10, and her flea bitten grey Quarter Horse “Freya” currently compete at the Introductory, with an eye a move-up to Beginner Novice later this year. She trains with Auburn Excell and Rebecca Farley of Excell Equestrian in San Juan Capistrano, California.

Photo courtesy of the Callihan family.

In addition to riding, Maeve is a talented child actor, associated with the South Coast Repertory Acting Conservatory in Costa Mesa. She had her acting debut in A Christmas Carol this winter, in which she performed the role of Tiny Tim.

Currently, Mauve is sidelined with a foot injury — no fun for an active kid! We wish her a swift recovery and happy return to the saddle soon!

Photo courtesy of the Callihan family.

Best of HN: 5 Ways I’ve ‘Cheated Death’ In the Barn

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A friend told me her story of how she accidentally got Cowboy Magic on everything in her barn and the resulting struggles that ensued, especially with trying to maneuver a full wheelbarrow with slippery hands. As if the horses themselves aren’t dangerous enough, there are plenty of ways to creatively injure yourself at the barn without ever throwing a leg over a horse.

1. ShowSheen.

We’re all guilty of this at some point in our horse lives: when I was young and had lots of time on my hands, and only owned ONE horse, I spoiled him rotten. This included long amounts of time spent grooming and pampering him. I had to have him look his best, so I used ShowSheen like it was going out of style. I would ShowSheen him up and then cover him in his winter blankets.

The thing is, ShowSheen is slicker than snot on a golden tooth, so when I decided to jump on bareback on a cold winter’s night in the barn aisle, I pulled off his blankets and climbed aboard. He turned one way and I slid right off the other way onto the concrete floor. Note to self: do not use ShowSheen anywhere a saddle or human may sit.

2. Spurs.

I always drive with my spurs on. I’ve never had a problem, but my boyfriend always tells me it’s not safe. Well, one day I was hauling my big living quarters trailer and traffic up ahead came to a screeching stop. I quickly lifted my right foot to brake and my left foot to downshift, only to find out my left foot was stuck on the floor mat holder hook by my spur strap. Finally after seeing my life flash before my eyes and a good yank, I was able to pull my foot free and downshift to safety.

3. Trailer loading.

So, remember how I always have spurs on my boots? This time I was walking my horse into the trailer and he was excited to go back home and even more excited on diving into that hay bag in the front of the trailer. I walked into the trailer and my horse followed and planted his hoof right on top of my spur, sending me into a downward face plant. Now when I load them, I send them in first, secure the divider and then tie them. (Alternately, I could just take off the spurs …)

4. Almost crushed by hay bale.

We keep our hay stored in 40-foot connex boxes. One I went in with a hay hook to pull a bale off the top of the stack and accidentally pulled over the whole front line of hay bales. When I backed away out from the impending doom, my feet slipped on the floor, which was covered in frozen wood and loose hay. Thankfully I regained my footing before being crushed by five 100-pound hay bales.

5. The adorable cat.

I have three cats, and they really love me … actually, they love everyone. They also love to run in front of your feet while you’re walking and roll onto their backs, belly up like a dog, and try to trip you.

When I was carrying a saddle from the trailer to tack up my horse, one of the cats named King Tut rolled into his belly up pose, except I didn’t see him until it was too late. Me and the saddle came tumbling down, and the cat barely made it out in time before being squashed like a bug. The saddle broke my fall.

It could have been worse. I could have been walking down the stairs!

Stay safe out there!

Which U.S. Combinations Are Qualified for WEG 2018?

Tryon International Equestrian Center, site of the 2018 World Equestrian Games. Photo by Sportfot.

We are 201 days away from the first horse inspection on Sept. 12 at the 2018 World Equestrian Games at Tryon International Equestrian Center. A total of 52 U.S. combinations have already qualified for WEG since the qualifying period began on Jan. 1, 2017.

To qualify for WEG, U.S. combinations must achieve an MER (Minimum Eligibility Requirement) at one CCI4* or one CCI3* and CI3*. Horses and riders must qualify as a pair. A qualifying score must have:

  • A score of 45.0 or better in dressage (all scores from 2017 of 65.0 or better will count retroactively following the removal of the coefficient)
  • No cross country jumping penalties (one frangible device can be activated)
  • No more than 75 seconds over the optimum time at three-star level and no more than 100 seconds over the time at four-star level
  • No more than four rails in show jumping

For pairs who still need a CCI to qualify, the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event on April 26-29 will offer the first opportunity to do so. For pairs still need a CIC3*, Red Hills will provide the first opportunity in the U.S. on March 8-11.

Kentucky CCI4* is also the first of seven remaining selection trials for the U.S. WEG team:

  • Kentucky CCI4* April 26-29
  • Badminton CCI4* (GBR) May 3-6
  • Jersey Fresh CCI3* May 10-13
  • Tattersalls CCI3* (IRE) May 30-June 3
  • Bramham CCI3* (GBR) June 7-10
  • Bromont CCI3* (CAN) June 7-10
  • Luhmühlen (GER) June 14-17

The U.S. WEG team is expected to be named the week after Luhmühlen. Nominated entries must be submitted to the FEI by Aug. 13. Definite entries are due to the FEI on Sept. 3.

The U.S. Eventing Selection Procedures and related documents are available on the USEF website.

U.S. COMBINATIONS QUALIFIED FOR WEG

HORSE RIDER QUALIFIED AT
Back to Business Katherine Coleman 2017 Tattersalls CCI3*
2017 Chatsworth CIC3*
Ballylaffin Bracken Kristin Schmolze 2017 Kentucky CCI4*
Bonito Boyd Martin 2017 Bromont CCI3*
2017 Jersey Fresh CIC3*
Boris O’Hara Will Coleman 2017 Bromont CCI3*
2017 Plantation Field CIC3*
Captain Jack Savannah Fulton 2017 Kentucky CCI4*
Carlevo Buck Davidson 2017 Tattersalls CCI3*
2017 Fair Hill CCI3*
Charlie Tango Heather Morris 2017 Rebecca Farm CCI3*
2017 Galway Downs CIC3*
Chatwin Frankie Thieriot-Stutes 2017 Bromont CCI3*
2017 Galway Downs CIC3*
Congo Brazzaville C Mara DePuy 2017 Fair Hill CCI3*
2017 Plantation Field CIC3*
Cool As Ice Jennie Brannigan 2017 Bromont CCI3*
2017 Plantation Field CIC3*
Cooley Cross Border Kim Severson 2017 Blenheim Palace CCI3*
2017 Cappoquin CIC3*
Cooley On Show Sharon White 2017 Luhmühlen CCI4*
Covert Rights Colleen Rutledge 2017 Fair Hill CCI3*
2017 Morven Park CIC3*
Da Vinci Code Kylie Lyman 2017 Bromont CCI3*
2017 Carolina CIC3*
Danger Mouse Caroline Martin 2017 Fair Hill CCI3*
2017 The Fork CIC3*
DeLux Z Kurt Martin 2017 Kentucky CCI4*
Deniro Z Liz Halliday-Sharp 2017 Boekelo CCI3*
2017 Blenheim Palace CIC3*
Donner Lynn Symansky 2017 Badminton CCI4*
Fernhill Revelation Phillip Dutton 2017 Tattersalls CCI3*
2017 The Fork CIC3*
Fleeceworks Royal Tamie Smith 2017 Fair Hill CCI3*
2017 Rebecca Farm CIC3*
Harbour Pilot Hannah Sue Burnett 2017 Luhmühlen CCI4*
High Times Jen McFall 2017 Kentucky CCI4*
I’m Sew Ready Phillip Dutton 2017 Kentucky CCI4*
Indy 500 Andrea Baxter 2017 Rebecca Farm CCI3*
2017 Blenheim Palace CCI3*
Jak My Style Buck Davidson 2017 Fair Hill CCI3*
2017 Morven Park CIC3*
LCC Barnaby Lillian Heard 2017 Kentucky CCI4*
Mettraise Erin Sylvester 2017 Kentucky CCI4*
OBOS O’Reilly Will Coleman 2017 Luhmühlen CCI4*
P.S. Arianna Madeline Backus 2017 Kentucky CCI4*
Paddy the Caddy Erin Sylvester 2017 Rebecca Farm CCI3*
2017 Fair Hill CCI3*
Park Trader Buck Davidson 2017 Fair Hill CCI3*
2017 Richland Park CIC3*
Pebbly Maximus Caroline Martin 2017 Boekelo CCIO3*
2017 Houghton Hall CICO3*
Polaris Sara Moore 2017 Fair Hill CCI3*
2017 Plantation Field CIC3*
Revitavet Capato Jordan Linstedt 2017 Bromont CCI3*
2017 Fair Hill CCI3*
RF Demeter Hannah Sue Burnett 2017 Blenheim Palace CCI3*
2017 Aachen CICO3*
RF Scandalous Marilyn Little 2017 Luhmühlen CCI4*
Rubens D’Ysiuex Sara Kozumplik-Murphy 2017 Bromont CCI3*
2017 The Fork CIC3*
Share Option Lillian Heard 2017 Kentucky CCI4*
Sir Oberon Ellen Doughty-Hume 2017 Galway CCI3*
2017 Chattahoochee Hills
Sound Prospect Allie Knowles 2017 Pau CCI4*
Steady Eddie Boyd Martin 2017 Burghley CCI4*
Stella Artois Jennie Brannigan 2017 Bromont CCI3*
2017 Jersey Fresh CIC3*
Super Socks BCF Matt Brown 2017 Kentucky CCI4*
Tight Lines Will Coleman 2017 Fair Hill CCI3*
2017 Plantation Field CIC3*
Tsetserleg Boyd Martin 2017 Bromont CCI3*
2017 Fair Hill CCI3*
Tsunami Sally Cousins 2017 Kentucky CCI4*
Under Suspection Hannah Sue Burnett 2017 Kentucky CCI4*
Unmarked Bills Chris Talley 2017 Fair Hill CCI3*
2017 Jersey Fresh CIC3*
Vandiver Doug Payne 2017 Blenheim Palace CCI3*
2017 The Fork CIC3*
Veronica Lauren Kieffer 2017 Badminton CCI4*
Wembley Tamie Smith 2017 Fair Hill CCI3*
2017 Twin Rivers CIC3*
Z Phillip Dutton 2017 Tattersalls CCI3*
2017 Ocala Jockey Club CIC3*

#EventerFailFriday: Life’s a Ditch

After a long hiatus, #EventerFailFriday is back with a vengeance! This week’s theme: Horses for whom this shirt does NOT apply.

No shirt for you, ditchy pony! Available from DappleBay.com.

Because they’ve got just one deep, dark, scary problem.

#eventerfailfriday

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It feels good to be back, EN. Bring on the fail. Tag your own horsey struggles on IG with #EventerFailFriday!

Go Eventing.

Friday News & Notes from SmartPak

Pine Top Advanced Horse Trials kicks off today in Thomson, Georgia. Photo by Kelsey Briggs.

Fresno Park kicked off the U.S. FEI season last week in California, and this week the East Coast follows suit with Pine Top Advanced, which also runs a CIC2* and CIC1*. New U.S. Eventing Performance Director Erik Duvander is continuing his tour of our major venues and led a course walk for riders yesterday at Pine Top. Good luck to all competing in Georgia this weekend!

National Holiday:  National Skip the Straw Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Pine Top Advanced CIC & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Results]

Three Lakes H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Results]

News From Around the Globe:

Double Olympic eventing champion Michael Jung won the CSI5*-W 1.40m in Gothenburg yesterday aboard the 10-year-old Westphalian mare fischerChelsea (Check In x Argent). His jump-off time of 55.13 seconds was a full 3.2 seconds faster than second place. Just another day in the life of The Terminator! [Jung Wins Gothenburg CSI5*-W]

Stuart Tinney has been named Chef d’Equipe for the Australian eventing team at the 2018 World Equestrian Games. The Rio Olympic team bronze medalist was notably left off the latest training squad and said he hopes to “offer several decades of experience to bring Australia to the podium at WEG.” Rod Brown and Nelson Pessoa have also been appointed show jumping coaches for the Aussie eventers. [Tinney Named WEG Chef d’Equipe]

The Future Event Horse Program took center stage yesterday at the USEA Educational Symposium in Ocala. FEH judge Chris Ryan spoke about what he looks for in a broodmare and offered advice on choosing the right mare and stallion match for breeding top class eventing prospects. Dr. Shauna Spurlock also presented on conformation. The day concluded with a session on FEH judging standards. [FEH Educational Symposium]

Jen Roytz has been named the new executive director of the Retired Racehorse Project. Steuart Pittman, who held the title since the organization’s inception, will step down from his leadership role but remain involved as board chair. [Roytz Named RRP Executive Director]

Has your horse shredded his turnout rug beyond repair? The SmartPak Ultimate Turnout Blanket made from heavy-duty 1000 denier nylon is tough enough to stand up to even the most accomplished blanket-shredders. But if your horse does manage to destroy it, SmartPak offers a 10-Year Indestructible Guarantee. [SmartPak Ultimate Turnout Blanket]

WEG 2018 Will Feature World Equine Expo and WEQx Games

Photo courtesy of Tryon International Equestrian Center

Mark Bellissimo has promised to pull out all the stops at the 2018 World Equestrian Games at Tryon International Equestrian Center, with the inaugural World Equine ExpoWEQx Games and World Horse Day all set to run concurrently during WEG between Sept. 11-23.

“All of our countries were discovered on the back of a horse. The horse and other equines have been partners in humanity for over 4,000 years and remain a significant economic enabler in most developing countries with millions of equines supporting hundreds of millions of lives,” Mark said.

“These amazing animals continue to provide sustenance, transportation, security, entertainment, friendship, therapy, and sport throughout the world. The love of the horse is universal and profound. The opportunity is to better package the spirit of the horse and make it known and accessible to a broader audience.”

The collective event theme of “Celebrate the Horse, Celebrate the Sport,” intends to honor and highlight the unique connection between horses and humans across the world.

The World Equine Expo will be an annual event intended to create a platform to honor, celebrate, and promote horses and horsemanship through a trade fair; demonstrations; educational seminars; clinics; panel discussions; an equine art and film festival; and “conversations on topics critical to raising awareness, and strengthening, innovating and expanding global equestrianism.”

The expo will also include the WEQx Games, a spectator-driven series of exhibition competitions meant to highlight the “accessibility, diversity, athleticism and passion for horse sport for athletes of all ages with the ultimate goal of finding formats that promote personal, spectator, and commercial interests in equestrian sport.”

Tryon is working in collaboration with the FEI and USEF to “refine the formats” of the WEQx Games and will release more details shortly. In addition, World Horse Day will also take place on Thursday, Sept. 13, alongside a charity gala.

“World Horse Day will be the ultimate celebration of the horse, an animal that has supported humans since the beginning of time,” Mark said. “While often an unsung hero, this incredible animal is overdue for its turn in the spotlight. World Horse Day honors the horse and its unparalleled contribution to our world.”

Visit www.tryon2018.com or follow the Tryon2018 Facebook page for the latest news and updates on WEG. Are you planning to attend WEG this year? Let us know in the comments below!

Nursemares of the Northeast: Saving Lives, One Foal at a Time

Laura Phoenix and So Sultry, one of Nursemares of the Northeast’s original mares. All photos courtesy Laura Phoenix/Nursemares of the Northeast.

Breeding a mare and raising the foal can be one of the most rewarding processes in the horse world — but unfortunately, it doesn’t always go according to plan. Mares can suffer complications, fail to produce milk or reject their foal, leaving their spindly-legged youngster effectively or literally orphaned. For these tragic situations, a nurse mare can be a blessing, able to step in and save the young foal by producing the much-needed milk and adopting the foal as her own. But the nurse mare industry has a darker side as well — in order for a mare to produce milk, she needs to have a foal of her own, and that foal usually became a by-product when its mother’s services were needed.

Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be that way — with the development of hormonal milk induction, a mare can now be induced into producing milk and taking on an orphaned foal, without having been pregnant or nursing a foal of her own first. It’s this process that Laura Phoenix of Nursemares of the Northeast follows, with a high success rate of acceptance among her mares year after year. We spoke with Phoenix to learn more about the process.

Hormonal milk induction

“My experience started when I was young,” Phoenix details. “It was the days before milk induction, so there were lots of orphaned foals left behind, which broke my heart. I always appreciated the fact that we were helping other foals, but then you came home to screaming babies. I took a lot of pride in my work — I became a professional at the bonding process and had a knack for getting mares to accept their new foals, but I had to leave the job because that pride was overshadowed by the babies left behind.”

But when Phoenix heard about hormonal milk induction, she knew she had to get back into the field.

The process uses hormones to “trick” the mare’s body into thinking she is pregnant; when a mare’s services are needed, a different administration of hormones creates mild labor pains and triggers milk production. The entire protocol of hormones takes place over 21 days, and Phoenix has learned a lot over the four years she’s been in operation about how to customize the protocol for quality milk production. (Learn more about the hormonal induction process here.)

The nurse mare is never actually pregnant during the hormone protocol and there is no foal produced as a “by-product” for the mare’s nursing services. Thanks to Phoenix’s skills in bonding her mares with “their” new foals, combined with the protocol itself, the hormonal milk induction process means that most of the mares seem to truly believe the orphan foal is their own.

Miss Gazon working her magic with a new foal in need of a mother.

“We always have a mare in full milk after January 15th; sometimes I’ll have more than one ready as the foaling season opens since we never know when our services will be needed,” Phoenix states. “There’s always a three to five day period where the mare and foal are adjusting to each other and her milk production will fluctuate as she balances out; I always bring a supply of milk along with from hand-milking the mares to supplement. Usually everyone adjusts and the mares produce plenty of milk on their own. So far our first two mares of 2018 haven’t needed any supplementation at all, which is wonderful.”

Nursemares of the Northeast

Phoenix considers her business an emergency service, so during foaling season her phone is always on. “Call me at 2 AM!” she states. “Some people think they have to wait until a respectable hour, but not when it comes to this. We want to prepare as soon as possible so we can get your foal and our mare together as soon as possible. I haul the mares myself so I can accompany them for the introductory process; that’s such a critical step. I can help it be a fifteen minute or half hour process versus a couple of days.”

Nursmares of the Northeast typically serves the northeast United States, and in the past year Phoenix has hauled mares as far south as North Carolina and as far north as Maine. In 2017, she had 21 out of 22 mares accept their new foals; for 2018, she’s increased her herd to 28 mares. Phoenix’s mares have helped everyone from racehorse and sporthorse breeders to backyard breeders, as well as major equine clinics throughout the northeast.

Tejas Gold at Rood & Riddle. This mare couldn’t wait to meet her new baby.

“My mares need to have had their own foal in the past so that I know they have a good mothering instinct,” Phoenix describes. “Most of the mares are adopted Thoroughbreds who aren’t producing what they need to for a breeder, so it’s a win-win for everyone. I always keep my farms updated and send photos of them with their new adopted babies, and they love it!” Phoenix keeps a variety of sizes in her herd, and even sent her smallest mare to nurse a pony orphan last year — it was another great match. “We believe in giving our mares everything they require, and then some — we want quality, healthy horses as well as great milk production.”

Phoenix herself is a critical part of the introduction process — through the skills she’s honed in the years of working in this industry, she can tell immediately if a mare and foal are going to bond or if intervention is necessary. “Sometimes we’ll have a mare that likes the baby, but isn’t quite sure that it’s actually hers. We have to be on top of that quickly, and sometimes pull out all the stops — sometimes that means taking the baby away and restarting part of the process. And then we have other mares that we call our ‘five stars’ — they go crazy as soon as they see the foal and can’t wait to lick and smell and love them like their own!”

Hormonal milk induction vs. other methods

The milk induction process is time consuming, and the timing is critical so that a mare is producing when she needs to be. “We’ve been called in to replace other hormonally-induced mares that never came to the farm with the proper support, so they stopped lactacting,” Phoenix shares. “It’s definitely a science that needs to be done correctly.”

While it may seem easier from a purely factual basis to stick to the “old method” and naturally foal out a mare and then put the orphan foal on for milk, especially with the prevalence of rescues willing to buy nurse mare foals, Phoenix believes that hormonal milk induction is the clear ethical choice. “I believe that the nursemare business has the opportunity to be completely ethical and I love it that way.”

Millpower, aka “Millie,” taking a nap with her new baby.

When hormonal milk induction is done correctly, Phoenix is also a firm believer based on her own experience that the mare will believe that the foal is her very own, and there’s a smaller risk of the nurse mare rejecting the foal. She’s also seen plenty of evidence in her own mares that correct hormonal induction creates a mare just as “milky” as a natural foaling mare.

“Having a hormonal milk induction nurse mare is more expensive at the onset than bottle or bucket-raising a baby,” Phoenix describes. “But the long-term benefits from having a foal raised by a mare outweigh the initial cost — the foal will learn socialization and manners from his new mother, and won’t need to have an additional buddy brought in or around-the-clock feeding from humans.”

“It’s my mission to change people’s minds about hormonal milk induction and to show that the nurse mare business can be ethical.”

To learn more about Nursemares of the Northeast, please visit the Facebook page.

Snapshots from the 2018 USEA Educational Symposium

The USEA has just wrapped up the 2018 Educational Symposium in Ocala, Florida. Hosted at both the Ocala Jockey Club and Longwood Farm South, the four-day Symposium spotlighted the USEA Young Event Horse, Future Event Horse and Instructors’ Certification Programs.

It started with a two-day ICP Symposium led by clinicians Leslie Law and Kai-Steffen Meier. With the ICP debuted two new certifications, the YEH Instructor and YEH Professional Horse Trainer certifications, in 2017, the focus of this year’s ICP sessions was on the training of the young event horses.

Flatwork was Monday’s emphasis, with lectures and training for two groups of horses 4-to-5-year-olds and 6-to-7-year-olds. Tuesday these same groups took to fences as Leslie Law encouraged them to stay focused on forward riding. EN sadly wasn’t able to attend, but thankfully the USEA’s Jessica Duffy was on the scene taking extensive notes — check out her great reports: Day 1 and Day 2.

The YEH program took its turn on Wednesday, focusing in on the program’s many changes in 2018, including the increased significance of galloping/jumping to a horse’s overall score and improvements in cohesion of championships across the country. They also introduced Lucinda Green and Sally Ike as this year’s championship judges. Check out the YEH recap here.

Thursday went to the FEH program, which focuses on yearlings, 2-year-old and 3-year-old horses. This session featured a conformation discussion led by Dr. Shauna Spurlock as well as instruction and insight into young horse theory with Chris Ryan, Robin Walker and Susan Graham White. There’s a new Central Championship in 2018, making it even easier for owners to get their young horses involved.

Huge kudos to the USEA, who are fervent supporters of education in our sport, for offering this opportunity. Here are a few more snapshots from the Symposium we spotted on social media!

USEA SymposiumWebsiteFEH/YEH RegistrationICP RegistrationSchedule

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