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Month of the Horse Open House set in Cream Ridge

Fair Winds Farm in Cream Ridge will host an open house from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday, June 26, when guests can get a tour of the facility in a horse-drawn wagon.

Admission is free at the Standardbred farm, where Hambletonian winner Broad Bahn was bred and raised.

Activities in connection with New Jersey’s Month of the Horse include visiting the Hogan Equine clinic, where Standardbreds and Thoroughbreds are treated by Dr. Patty Hogan and demonstrations about the life of the Standardbred, featuring a foal and his dam, along with an adult racehorse and its trainer. Standardbreds also will show off their talents under saddle, featuring jumping and trail riding.

Retired racehorses Independent Act (Indy) and his pal, Osbourne’s Shy Cam (Ozzy) will be on hand available for selfies and petting. Farrier Tom Mulryne will demonstrate how to care for a horse’s feet and have free horseshoes for visitors to take home.

Exhibitors will include Rutgers University’s Equine Science Center, the Harness Horse Youth Foundation, Future Farmers of America and 4H Clubs.

Refreshments will be available for purchase. There is parking available, but few paved surfaces, so visitors should wear sensible shoes and be aware that it could be difficult to manuever strollers.Please leave dogs at home. For more information, call 732-780-3700 or email ellen.harvey@ustrotting.com.

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Para-Dressage Centers of Excellence expand

Carlisle Academy Integrative Equine Therapy & Sports in Lyman, Maine, has been named New England’s hub for disabled equestrian sport and young rider programs through training camps and clinics.

Carlisle built on the success of its therapeutic riding center and expanded from its hallmark hippotherapy and adaptive programs to para-equestrian sport, Pony Club, traditional equestrian education and field training courses.

Carlisle’s new designation as a National Para-Equestrian Dressage Center of Excellence was made by the U.S. Equestrian Federation and the U.S. Para-Equestrian Association.

As a Center of Excellence, Carlisle aims to attract new riders to para-equestrian dressage by working in partnership with the USEF high performance programs.

The goal of the Centers of Excellence program across the country is to develop athletes to a level where they can represent the U.S. in international competition, at the Paralympic Games and ultimately win medals. This is done through education programs, clinic opportunities, and grass root development.

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Standardbred Retirement Foundation offers an adoption opportunity

The Standardbred Retirement Foundation will have a Meet-and-Greet and Tack Sale from 6-8 p.m. July 9 at 43 Arneytown-Hornerstown Road in Cream Ridge.

Approximately 60 horses, some of which will be giving demonstrations, all are available for adoption. There is no charge for guests to set up at the tack sale to sell their own items, but they must bring their own tables.

Should there be a change due to weather, it will be posted on SRF’s Facebook page and on SRF’s website at AdoptaHorse.org. For questions, please email Admin@srfmail.com, or call Tammy at 732-446-4422.

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Give tack, get tack, make a difference

Until June 30, you can bring new or used tack and riding gear, as well as home goods, to Coach Stop Saddlery, 2400 Lamington Road, Bedminster, for a tax-deductible donation to Riding with HEART’s fall tack sale.

Riding with HEART (Hunterdon Equine-Assisted Recreation and Therapy) is dedicated to improving the quality of life for physically and cognitively challenged adults and children and their families, while providing opportunities for youth development through its diverse equine-assisted programs.

The tack sale will be held Sept. 24 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at 639 Route 513, Pittstown.

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Why not get a ticket to Omaha for the World Cup finals?

Individual tickets are now on sale at www.Omahaworldcup2017.com  for the global indoor championship in dressage and show jumping at Omaha’s CenturyLink Center March 29-April 2.

Such big names as McLain Ward of the U.S., defending champ Steve Guerdat of Switzerland and Daniel Deusser of Germany in show jumping, along with U.S. rider Laura Graves, Carl Hester of Britain and Isabell Werth of Germany in dressage are expected to be on hand.

In addition to the competition, there will be many other activities and exhibitions, as well as vendors selling everything from tack to jewelry and crafts.

Omaha is a nice town (the state’s tourism motto is “Visit Nebraska, Visit Nice”). Be sure to dine and shop at the Old Market near the arena. The finals won’t return to the U.S. until 2020, so take advantage of next year’s opportunity. There’s even a direct flight from Newark airport.

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