All posts by Nancy Jaffer

Amwell Valley sets hunting clinic

Interested in riding with a hunt? The Amwell Valley Hounds is hosting an event that will let participants get a taste of riding to the hounds, as well as an opportunity to learn hunting etiquette and turnout.

Pre-registration is required for the July 23 event, for which jumping is optional. It starts at 8 a.m. at the Amwell Hounds kennel. The cost is $50 per person, or $30 for juniors. Contact Susan DeHaven at avhsecretary@gmail.com or find out more at www.avhounds.org.

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Olympic eventing substitution

Olympic eventing team traveling reserve Maya Black has withdrawn Doesn’t Play Fair due to a veterinary  issue. The combination was 25th last weekend in the team’s final outing at Great Meadow in Virginia. The horse is expected to return to competition for the 2017 season.

They are being replaced by Lynn Symansky and Donner, who came in 12th.

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Visit interesting barns in Tewksbury

The 10th biennial Tewksbury Barn Tour will be held in the township July 17 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tickets for the tour, sponsored by the Tewksbury Historical Society and the Tewksbury Trail Association, just be ordered by July 13.

The price is $20 per person and $5 for children under 12. Make checks payable to the Tewksbury Historical Society and mail them to THS Barn Tour, P.O. Box 457, Oldwick, N.J. 08858-0457.

Tickets are not mailed; pick them up the day of the tour at Christie Hoffman Farm Park, 108 Fairmount Road (Route 512), Califon.

For more information, call (908) 832-6734 or log onto www.tewksburyhistory.net

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Don’t mess with the USEF

The U.S. Equestrian Federation’s flawless record of winning court challenges to its anti-doping program continued last week, after the New York State Supreme Court ruled in favor of the organization in the case of Archibald Cox’s penalties for violations of the organization’s Drugs and Medications rules, which prohibit excessive levels of GABA, a calming agent, in a horse’s system.

Following a June 2015 hearing in which it was found he had violated the rules, Cox was issued a five-month suspension and a $5,000 fine. Subsequently, he filed a proceeding against the USEF in the state of New York, challenging the hearing committee’s decision. In its ruling, the court held that the committee’s decision was supported by substantial evidence.

“The USEF has never lost a challenge in court related to its anti-doping program, which protects horse welfare,” stated USEF General Counsel Sonja Keating. “The USEF works diligently to eradicate doping in equestrian sport. We take the issue of doping very seriously. Our anti-doping protocol and the Drugs and Medications program go to the core mission of the USEF – to provide access to and increase participation in equestrian sports at all levels by ensuring fairness, safety, and enjoyment.”

Cox did not respond to a request for comment.

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Help needed for trail work to benefit NJ/NY riders

Trail riders in northern New Jersey and Orange County, N.Y. across the border are being asked by the New York/New Jersey Trail Conference to help with a new equestrian trail in Sterling Forest State Park in Orange County. The 2-foot-wide trail also will be used by hikers and mountain bikers .

Volunteers do not need experience. They will be working Thursdays through Mondays between 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. and given training and safety equipment. It’s strenuous, but also offers a chance to meet new friends. Choose to be involved for a few hours or a full day. RSVP to Ama Koenigshof, ama@nynjtc.org or call (616) 337-2481

 

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Interested in side-saddle?

Learn how to ride side-saddle at Camp Leaping Horn July 12-14 at the U.S. Equestrian Team Foundation in Gladstone. Contact shelly.liggett@gmail.com to find out more. Those preferring to watch or volunteer are welcome also. Contact pasovasz@aol.com to offer your services if you want to help. Then return to demonstrate your skills at the All Side-Saddle Show July 16  and 17. Get in touch for more information about the show with Danielle Burcheit at heartlight@optonline.net.

 

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Rutgers Equine Science Center Summer Showcase

The Rutgers Equine Science Center, which is marking its 15th anniversary, is holding its summer showcase July 13 from 10 a.m.-noon at the Red Barn, College Farm Road, New Brunswick.

Children are welcome for the event, which will include a treadmill demonstration, an anatomy lesson, an equine Jeopardy game and kids’ activities. The purpose of the ESC is to achieve better horse care through research and education.

Register at https://goo.gl/3E5eL7

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A roading opportunity with the Essex Foxhounds

Essex Foxhounds huntsman Bart Poole and whipper-in Sam Andrews will offer a presentation, “Fox Hunting 101” on July 14, with an opportunity to go roading behind the hounds on the hunt territory’s roads system.

At 4 p.m. the presentation and Q and A wil be held in the courtyard of the Essex stables, 48 Holland Road in Peapack.

At 4:45, participants will mount up and introduce their horses to the hounds, then practice riding in flights around the upper field.

At 6 p.m., participants will join Essex subscribers and local landowners to go roading.

The cost is $50 per person. A negative Coggins is required.

Email Essex at info@essexfoxhounds.org.

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How about a midsummer’s eve ride?

The Amwell Valley Hounds Midsummer’s Eve Ride July 9 runs from 4-6:30 p.m. at Horseshoe Bend Park, 178 Horseshoe Bend Road, Kingwood Township.
The ride is billed as an opportunity to, “Ride the marked course & experience the waxing moon.”
Participants are asked to bring a covered dish for tailgaiting around a fire pit, where the awards ceremony will be held at 8:30 p.m. Register on the premises–$45 for adults, $35 for juniors.

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A reward for volunteers

The Gladstone Equestrian Association is holding a “Thank You Volunteers and Others Trail Drive/Ride” July 9 at the Pine Meadow section of Hamilton Farm, home of the U.S. Equestrian Team Foundation in Gladstone.

It’s an opportunity for those who worked at the Gladstone Driving Event in May to get a reward. Time on the trails will run from 10 a.m. to approximately noon. GEA is supplying cold drinks, but those who want to picnic should bring their own food.

If you’re going to participate, contact Tricia Haertlein by July 5 at thaerts@comcast.net.

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