All posts by Nancy Jaffer

Mane Stream holding tack sale and open house

Mane Stream, which offers a program of equine-assisted activities, including therapeutic riding, is having a tack sale from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. April 8 at 83 Old Turnpike in Oldwick.

Want to accumulate riding clothes, tack and other equine-related paraphernalia? This is your go-to. Rather de-clutter? Drop off donations or call 908-439-9636 to arrange a pick-up of items.

On April 9, Mane Stream is hosting an open house from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. It’s an opportunity to get insight into all that Mane Stream does by meeting the horses, talking to therapists and chatting with volunteers–maybe you want to become one.

There also will be activities for children as a preview of what goes on at Mane Stream’s summer camp.

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Dressage World Cup dropouts narrow field at indoor championships

Two big names have dropped out of next week’s FEI World Cup finals in Omaha due to horse health issues.

Defending champion Hans Peter Minderhoud of the Netherlands bowed out when Glock’s Flirt came up lame. Then Jessica van Bredow-Werndl of Germany–who already was in Omaha–had to send her regrets after Unee BB colicked before getting on the plane to the U.S.

While it would have been fun to see them in action at the Cup, the odds are that the winner will be Isabell Werth of Germany, the most decorated Olympic equestrian ever, on Weihegold OLD.

U.S. entries in what is now a 16-horse field are Laura Graves (Verdades), Kasey Perry-Glass (Goerklintgaard’s Dublet) and Steffen Peters (Rosamunde).

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U.S. riders to cheer for at the FEI World Cup finals in Omaha

Now it’s official. Laura Kraut, Audrey Coulter, McLain Ward, Charlie Jacobs and Todd Minikus are going to Omaha for next week’s Longines FEI World Cup Show Jumping Finals, representing the East Coast.

Kent Farrington finished first in the North American League’s East Coast subleague, but said all along he wouldn’t if he didn’t think Creedance was ready. After a fall March 11 from the chestnut, it seemed he had his answer, though he and the horse bounced back Saturday to finish second in the $130,000 Horseware Ireland Grand Prix at the Winter Equestrian Festival.

From the West Coast, Karl Cook, Jenni McAllister and Jamie Barge qualified. California-based Nayel Nassar of Egypt also qualified, as did French rider Eric Navet, who also lives in California. Texas-based Christian Heineking of Germany also will be going.

In dressage, U.S. riders are Laura Graves and Kasey Perry-Glass, who qualified through the regular process, and Steffen Peters, the 2009 finals winner, making the cut as an “extra.”

Competition begins March 29 and ends April 2 at the CenturyLink Center.

McLain Ward and HH Azur are among the favorites to win the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping final in Omaha. (Photo by Nancy Jaffer)
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Horses 2017 a major success

The Rutgers Equine Science Center drew 300 people to the Livingston Campus Center in Piscataway for two days of lively seminars over the weekend featuring many of the best speakers from programs presented over the past 15 years of the organization’s existence.

An “ask the experts” panel concluded each day of the Horses 2017 “Best of the Best” seminar.

A fundraiser held Saturday also was successful in assuring that the Equine Science Center can continue its important work, involving education and scientific inquiry on equine-related matters while advocating for the equine and agriculture-related industries in New Jersey.

Look for a story on this website during the next week about footing, based on information from one of Horses 2017’s keynote speakers.

If you couldn’t make it, you can still take advantage of all the Equine Science Center has to offer at ESC.rutgers.edu.

 

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Celebrate spring with a ride

At last, it’s spring!

The Friends of Lord Stirling Stable are hosting a spring nature ride April 2 on 18 miles of the Somerset County Park Commission trails at 256 South Maple Ave., Basking Ridge. All experience levels (or folks with no riding experience at all) are welcome; the ride will be conducted at the walk, and guides will point out interesting plants and wildlife along the way..

Register by Friday, March 24. The fee is $35 for members of the Friends of Lord Stirling Stable and Lord Stirling Stable students; $40 for non-members who are Somerset County residents; and $50 for non-residents. Participants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Call the stable at 908-766-5955 for more information about registration.

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Trail debuting at Sterling Forest State Park

A joint project of the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, the new multi-use Hutchinson 3.5-mile trail at Sterling Forest State Park in Tuxedo, N.Y., has its official opening March 25 at 11 a.m.

Equestrians, hikers and mountain bikers are welcome at the ceremony for the trail, which winds its way through hemlock forests and historic mining sites. It is also a project of the Sterling Forest State Park and the New York Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

Geo-location:  N41.20686  W 74.239673. Caretaker Parking Lot, Long Meadow Road (Route 84),  1 mile north of Sterling Forest Visitor center. Parking Entrance will be flagged.

For more information, call Soňa Mason, West Hudson program coordinator,New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, 600 Ramapo Valley Road, Mahwah, NJ. Call her at 201-512-9348 or 845-664-0417 (cell).

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Chapot 1-2 in Wellington jumper classic

Laura Chapot dominated the $35,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic Sunday at the Winter Equestrian Festival, winning on her reliable Quointreau un Prince and finishing second on Thornhill Kate, a mare she started riding last year.

Kent Farrington, one of the fastest riders anywhere and ranked number two in the world, had to settle for third with Dublin, timed in 36.69, behind Prince’s 34.79 mark and Kate in 35.88.

Laura, who is adept at going for it against the clock, noted, “The jump-off was really fast, so I just took a big shot at it, and they came through for me.”

The rider from Neshanic Station observed, “I think I have turned Kate more into a ride similar to Prince.

“When I first got her, she was used to going more up and down and not quite as forward and long-strided. Now she really loves to gallop and leave out strides. She actually has a very big stride, so she is becoming more similar to Prince, who is just a pleasure to ride. You just gallop with him, and if he sees a long distance, he gets there in a heartbeat.”

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Flemington comedy night to boost therapeutic riding

A comedy night benefiting Spring Reins of Life will be held March 18 at the Flemington Elks Lodge. A buffet and cash bar is available at 5:30 p.m., with comedians performing from 7-10 p.m.

Spring Reins of Life is an EAGALA model certified program, the first and only program with “Military Services Provider” certification in New Jersey (working with Lyons veterans’ hospital and three PTSD units). The organization also works with at-risk/high-risk teens from New York and New Jersey, and partners with Good Grief Princeton providing services to children from six to nine years old.

Tickets are $35 each or $350 for a table of 10. Send check or money order to: Spring Reins of LIFE, P.O. Box 5311, Clinton, NJ 08809. Specify  how many tickets you are purchasing  List your name, phone and email so receipt can be confirmed. Orders for tickets by mail must be posted by March 11.

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Open house scheduled for Equine Tranquility Wellness Center

The Helping Horseshoe Therapeutic Riding Club, in partnership with the Equine Tranquility Wellness Center, is hosting an open house. March 19 from 1-4 p.m. at 134 Airport Road, Andover.

It’s a chance to meet the horses and see the farm, while speaking with the trainers, volunteers and staff.  Guests also are invited to take a walk on the sensory trail. For more information, call Colleen at 201-970- 3400.

Learn about the facility’s offering, open to all ages and abilities, that include riding lessons, diversion programs, summer day programs, work-study programs and community service hours. Spring recreational therapeutic riding lessons for individuals with special needs begin March 18.

Also available is a volunteer training session for anyone interested in volunteering with equine assisted activities.Volunteers are needed to lead and side-walk, help with the stable, grounds, fundraising, and office work. Private training can be scheduled for those who are unable to attend but want to volunteer. For more information, go to http://www.helpinghorseshoe.org.

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Somerset County 4-H is holding a tack sale

Is it time to get rid of some of those old items of tack and riding clothes you no longer use? Or maybe you need to buy some of each?

You can do both at the Somerset County 4-H consignment sale, which is set for March17 from 6-10 p.m. and March 18 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Ted Blum 4-H Center, 310 Milltown Road, Bridgewater.

Those wishing to drop off items may do so from 6-9 p.m. March 15 and 16. There is a 20 percent consignment fee, and used helmets may not be sold. Items must be clean and in safe condition.

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