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Equine nutrition clinic in Gladstone

A program on a variety of information, including how to read feed lablels and feeding a horse prone to laminitis, Cushing’s and insulin resistance is being presented Nov. 2 at Beval Saddlery in Gladstone by Miller & Associates and Emerald Valley Natural Health.

The session, which will also include discussion of how seasons affect a horse’s hormonal and metabolic systems and hoof quality, offers a Q and A from 3-5 p.m. and a reception from 5-7 p.m. Emeral Valley’s number is 888-638-8262.

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Horse health day at Horse Park

The Horse Park of New Jersey is presenting Horse Health Day Oct. 23 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. to showcase information on optimal equine performance at all ages.

Presentations will cover Lyme disease, respiratory disease and hoof care to minimize injury and correct problems.

The speaker is Dr. Mark V. Crimson an adjunct faculty member at Virginia Tech who is a Zoetis veterinary expert contributor.

RSVP early to: info@foundationequinenj.com or call 609-291-0535 to reserve a gift bag. Lunch and refreshments will be based on the RSVP count.

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T.J. O’Mara of Rumson wins USEF Talent Search Finals East

He’s been trying since 2012, and today T.J. O’Mara finally won the Platinum Performace/U.S. Equestrian Federation Show Jumping Talent Search Finals East.

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Platinum Performance/USEF Talent Search Finals East winner T.J. O’Mara of Rumson and Kaskade on their victory gallop. (Photo copyright 2016 by Nancy Jaffer)

Riding his reliable Kaskade, the mare with a heart of gold, the University of Kentucky freshman moved up from third after three phases to finish on a score of 355, ahead of Sophie Simpson (daughter of U.S. Equestrian Team veterans Will Simpson and Nicki Simpson), Vivian Yowan (347) and Daisy Farish (246). Daisy, who was at the head of the rankings after all three initial phases over two days, had a refusal with her own horse in the first round of the final four, and then the low score in every round thereafter.

Each of the top four competed over a shortened course on their own horses, then rode each of the others’ mounts over the same route.Simpson won the first three rounds of the final four competition until she got on Daisy’s Ganjana,  then cross-cantered at the end of the ring and met the in-and-out in less-than-optimal fashion.

T.J., trained by Stacia Madden of Beacon Hill and Max Amaya of Stonehenge, said winning the Talent Search “has been one of my dreams for my junior career. I’m so proud of my horse.”

Vivian’s mount, McLain Ward’s Clearline, won the Grappa Trophy as Best Horse. The 2015 ASPCA Maclay winner, Mckayla Langmeier, finished fifth.

 

 

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Can T.J. take yet another equitation title in Washington D.C ?

With victories in the Platinum Performance/U.S. Equestrian Federation Talent Search and last weekend’s Pessoa/USEF Medal in his pocket, T.J. O’Mara of Rumson is looking ahead to the Washington International’s equitation championship this weekend and the ASPCA Maclay finals at the National Horse Show in November.

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T.J. O’Mara and Kaskade share a moment. (Photo by Nancy Jaffer)

His equitation horse, Kaskade, is enjoying some turnout R&R, and this weekend T.J. is coming back to New Jersey from the University of Kentucky, where he is a freshman, to practice with trainers Max Amaya and Stacia Madden.

T.J. is part of the first brother/sister combo to win the Medal (his older sister, Meg, took the title in 2012, but her best Talent Search finish was second place.)

If he can take the next two championships to cap off his equitation career with four in a row, T.J. will make history. He never in his wildest dreams thought he would be so successful at this point, though.

“As the year went on,” T.J. said, “I got some confidence. I knew I could have a chance at one of them (the championships), but I never imagined winning two.”

Being the favorite to take the two remaining titles is a lot of pressure, however.

T.J. concedes that, but notes as he head to Washington, “I’m going to treat it like another class and hope for the best. I would just be happy with getting a ribbon there again.” He finished 10th in Washington last year.

Looking ahead to the Maclay, he said those finals “will be emotional” as his last time competing Kaskade, who will be for sale as his equitation career ends.

“It would be nice if she could go home to New Jersey for a little bit,” said T.J., who would like to spend a little time with her after the Maclay before she heads to a new home.

When her career is over, he’s hoping she will return to him and perhaps become a broodmare. It likely will be a while before that happens. He started with her when she was seven, and now she’s only 10, which is young considering that many equitation horses continue competing until their late teens.

“I don’t know how long she’ll be showing for, but I for sure would like to be a part of her retirement and keep her in the family,” said T.J.

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Livestream’s magic brings racing and equestrian sports together

A unique opportunity for cross-promotion of horse racing and equestrian sports is being aired Saturday via a variety of websites in connection with the livestream of the Far Hills Race Meeting, highlighted by the $350,000 Grand National.

Guy Torsillieri, a key player in both the steeplechase races and the revival of the Essex Horse Trials next year, said race organizers realized they needed to fill in the time between races on the livestream at the jumbotron at Moorland Farm, where the Far Hills meeting is held. They saw it as an opportunity to give exposure to horse sports beyond racing.

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Horses head for the finish line at the Far Hills Race Meeting. (Photo by Nancy Jaffer)

So they will be using videos about Essex, the Monmouth at the Team horse show at the U.S. Equestrian Team Foundation, the women’s Professional Golf Association Championship to be held in July at the Trump National club in Bedminster, the U.S. Golf Association and the ARC of Somerset County. ARC, which serves individuals with disabilities and their families, is being paid to handle clean-up at Moorland the day after the races.

We’ve opened it up to a lot of groups in the area, so it’s really cool,” said Guy.

The video feed will be available internationally, and jump-racing fans in Ireland, England, and Europe will have an opportunity to watch our championship-level races.”

The presence of horses from Britain, Sharp Rise, trained by Charles Longsdon and Days of Heaven, trained by Nick Henderson, sparked international interest.

Guy invited Murray Kessler, who will take over as U.S. Equestrian Federation president in January, to come to the races as his guest. That could lead to even greater exposure to horse sports from the connection with the race meeting, which draws more than 30,000 people and next year will offer parimutuel betting.

The cross-promotion offers opportunities for both equestrian activities and business in the area. The race meeting received the economic championship award for 2015 from the Somerset County Chamber of Commerce.

Sites on which the livestream will appear include farhillsrace.org, the National Steeplechase Association (nationalsteeplechase.com), the Chronicle of the Horse (chronofhorse.com) and racing sites in the United Kingdom.

It’s going to reach a lot of the markets to bring knowledge and exposure to all the things we’re collaborating on,” Guy pointed out.

It’s exploding in a good way.”

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The Far Hills Race Meeting returns to Moorland Farm

Steeplechase racing in a glorious setting will draw more than 30,000 spectators who come to tailgate and enjoy a card offering $700,000 in prize money that includes the prestigious $350,000 Grand National on Oct. 15.

Moorland Farm, a former estate in Far Hills, is the location of the 96-year-old race meeting that was started by the Essex Foxhounds as a thank you to farmers and landowners across whose property they hunted. The race meeting mistakenly is called “The Hunt,” by those not in the know, but the name has stuck.

General admission tickets in advance are $100, and businesses where they may be purchased can be found on the event’s website, farhillsrace.org. Tickets the day of the races are $200. Parking is $30 both in advance and at the gate. The races benefit hospitals and health care in the region.

Moorland is within walking distance of the Far Hills train station. Most local shops close for the day because of the tsunami of racegoers and traffic that makes it impossible to do business as usual.

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Farish leads Talent Search at the USET in Gladstone

Daisy Farish is leading the Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Finals East at the end of the first day of competition at the Gladstone headquarters of the U.S. Equestrian Team Foundation.

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Daisy Farish leads the Platinum Performance USEF Show Jumping Talent Search on Ganjana after two of the four phases have been completed. (Photo copyright 2016 by Nancy Jaffer)

The 15-year-old Lexington, Ky., resident won today’s flat phase on Ganjana with a score of 92, and finished second in the afternoon gymnastics with the same score. Vivian Yowan, another Lexingtonian, tied with Sophie Simpson for eighth on 87 in the first phase, then topped the ranks in gymnastics with a 93 to stand second. The scores from gymnastics were multiplied by 1.5 to give Daisy a total of 230 to Vivian’s 226.5. Standing third is last year’s ASPCA Maclay winner,  McKayla Langmeier, on 226.13, followed by Taylor St. Jacques (224.75) and T.J. O’Mara of Rumson in fifth with 223.25 Sophie is sixth on 222. One of the favorites for the class, Lucy Deslauriers, was fourth in the flat phase but had a refusal at the last fence in the gymnastics and is 53d on 148.50.

The four-part competition, considered by many the most rigorous event of its kind, continues at 9 a.m. Sunday, with all of the 57 competitors jumping a course. At 1:30 p.m., the top riders will compete in the “Final Four,” with each jumping a course and then going back over it on all of the other finalists’ horses.

The idea of the Talent Search is to discover riders who could represent the country internationally. Previous winners include McLain Ward, a two-time Olympic gold medalist who was on the silver medal squad in Rio last summer, and Charlie Jayne, the reserve rider for the 2012 Olympics and 2014 World Equestrian Games, as well as Andre Dignelli, who has coached a number of equitation finals winners and trains Daisy, along with Jodie Bailey, and Vivian as well.

Admission is free. If you can’t make it, the competition will be livestreamed on the USEF Network.

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Buying tack for a good cause

Need new tack at a bargain price? Have old tack you want to pass on?

Mane Stream, which offers equine-assisted therapies to help improve the quality of life for people with physical, developmental, emotional and medical challenges–will have its tack sale from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 8,. The sale at 83 Old Turnpike Road includes new and used items, and offers such brand names, as Ariat, Baker, Tailored Sportsman and Essex. Mane Stream accepts donations of horse-related donated items year-round. For more information, contact Holland@manestreamnj.org, call 908-439-9636 or go to www.ManeStreamNJ.org.

 

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Are you in the horse business? Here’s a chance to learn

It’s not enough just knowing how to ride and train if you’re in the horse business. From avoiding liability to dealing with immigration, insurance coverage and workers compensation, there’s a lot to know if you want your operation to run successfully.

The Equine Science Center at Rutgers University can help. It is hosting a “Symposium on Legal, Business and Insurance Issues Impacting the Equine Industry” October 10 at The Palace at Somerset Park in Somerset.

The symposium will feature legal experts speaking on topics including: “Basic Introduction of Business Formation for Equine Operators,” “Liability Avoidance from Bio-Security Issues to Stableman’s Lien Act,” “U.S. Immigration Law Basics & Recent Updates,” “Overview of Workers Compensation Law for Equine Operations”, “The Importance of an Equine Accountant” and “Basic Insurance Coverage for Equine Operations.”

The event brochure can be found on-line here.

“This symposium is a must for all professional horse people, irrespective of discipline or industry interest,” said Karyn Malinowski, director of the Equine Science Center.

“Thanks to our Rutgers University Board for Equine Advancement chair, Liz Durkin, for putting together another terrific panel of speakers. Last year’s symposium and venue were fantastic. Those who missed out on the opportunity last year now have the chance to hear information critical to anyone already in or contemplating being in the horse business,” she continued.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to speak individually with panelists at the end of the day in break-out sessions. Title sponsor Merial will provide a light breakfast, sit-down lunch and featured presentations on “The Importance of Managing your Sport Horse’s Pain” and “Care and Management of Ulcers in Horses” by Hoyt Cheramie, DVM, manager of Large Animal Services.

Registration for the symposium is $75. This registration fee includes the catered breakfast and lunch, as well as all of the conference materials. Students with a valid ID will have a discounted rate of $50. Seating is limited and will only be guaranteed upon receipt of payment in the form of a check payable to the Rutgers University Equine Science Center.

Please register at http://goo.gl/plAEP3

 

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Mylestone Equine Rescue Open House Oct. 9

Mylestone Equine Rescue is having an open house Oct. 9, offering a chance to see the horses they’ve saved and meet people who care about animals (but don’t bring your dogs, some of these horses might be scared of them.)

The woman who runs Mylestone, Susankelly Thompson, explains what happens from noon-4 p.m. at 227 Still Valley Road, Pohatcong.

When you arrive at open house, you will see Mylestone at its very best. All the horses are freshly cleaned and brushed; there are tents all about the farm with information, Mylestone merchandise, volunteer sign-ups and everyone’s favorites–the bake sale and our great silent auction. It takes a lot of volunteer hours to pull this one afternoon together, and we do it all for you. We want you to get the best picture possible of all that Mylestone Equine Rescue entails.”

Rain date is Oct. 16.

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