Learn about the new dressage tests from an expert at the Horse Park

Olympic judge Marilyn Payne will be presenting a program called “You Be the Judge” at the Horse Park of New Jersey March 31—just in time to get ready for the start of the putdoor competition season.

She will introduce the 2018 eventing dressage tests and the U.S. Dressage Federation movements through Third Level.

The talk is a cooperative effort, sponsored by the Eastern States Dressage and Combined Training Association, the Horse Park and Footlight Farm of Roosevelt. Heidi Lemack, president of ESDCTA, got a grant for the program from the state Equine Advisory Board. Willette Brown, the new dressage trainer at Footlight, came up with the idea, according to Allyson Jeffery, president of the park’s board.

“My equine community is coming together at last,” said Allyson.

Marilyn, who lives in Tewksbury, has judged every 4-star eventing competition in the world. A member of the FEI eventing committee, she also serves on the U.S. Equestrian Federation’s eventing committee—and led the effort to design the USEF’s 2018 tests.

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Olympic judge Marilyn Payne, who is also an active eventer, will be presenting a program about dressage tests at the Horse Park of New Jersey. (Photo© 2017 by Nancy Jaffer)

Two riders will be accepted as participants at each level: beginner novice, novice, training, modified, preliminary, intermediate and advanced. The fee is $40 for Horse Park or ESDCTA members, and $65 for non-members.

Auditors also are welcome to join in an interactive experience. They will get packets that include the tests and numbered cards so they can participate in scoring. The fee is $25 for members and $45 for non-members.

Before starting to work with the riders, Marilyn will introduce the basics and purpose of each level, explaining what the judges are looking for.

The deadline for rider registration is March 21. Early registration for auditors is March 24. Walk-ins are welcome, but they may not get all the materials if they don’t register in advance. Footlight Farm will provide lunch for advance registrants.

To register, go to http://www.horseparkofnewjersey.com/event-2813516

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Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day with your horse in Newton

Who doesn’t love a parade? Riders with the kind of horses that can handle excitement are invited by the New Jersey Quarter Horse Association to participate in Sussex County’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade in Newton March 17. You don’t have to be an NJQHA member to ride, but an Irish theme is encouraged for all.

The parade starts at 11:30 a.m. Participants need to arrive between 9:30 and 11 a.m.  Parking for trailers will be at Route 206 and Park Street.  NJQHA signs will show the way to the entrance.  A police escort will take riders from the parking area to the parade starting point.

Donuts and coffee, compliments of the NJQHA, will be offered to participants before the parade. For more information, call Susan Auer at (908) 418-5923.

 

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Put the Mane Stream tack sale on your calendar

It’s time for spring cleaning, so clear out your excess tack, blankets, riding clothes, horse-related jewelry, models or knick-knacks and donate them to a good cause.

Bring them over to Mane Stream at 83 Old Turnpike, Oldwick, for its April 7 sale. It helps support the organization’s mission to improve the quality of life for individuals with physical, developmental, emotional and medical challenges through a diverse program of equine-assisted activities, therapy and educational initiatives.

Proceeds of the sale, which runs from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., benefit Mane Stream’s horses and equine-assisted programs including “Take the Reins” for Veterans and “Horses for Healing” for those living with, recovering from and coming back after cancer.

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Educate yourself at a veterinary seminar in Hunterdon County

Wound management, preventive health care, equine insurance and rehabilitation are among the topics that will be discussed at B.W. Furlong and Associates’ 17th Annual Healthy Horse Seminar Feb. 24.

The event will be held from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Beaver Brook Country Club, 25 Country Club Dr., Annandale. The fee is $45; for more information or to register, call the clinic at 908-439-2821.

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New Jersey horse industry honored its own

Stars of the New Jersey horse industry were celebrated Jan. 28 at the Equine Advisory Board Breeders’ Luncheon in Eastampton Township wherei Maggi Romano was named Horseperson of the Year.

Maggi is no stranger to well-deserved recognition; her contributions to the industry have been honored for years.

She served two years as president and one year as show manager of the Standardbred Pleasure Horse Organization of New Jersey and worked diligently as a board member of the New Jersey Horse Council, currently serving as its delegate to the American Horse Council. She was both vice chairman and chairman of the New Jersey Equine Advisory Board.

The Clarksburg resident is married to Anthony Romano, a longtime member of the Board of Directors of the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey.

Other honors presented included Standardbred  of the Year, Ariana G, owned by Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld, and Thoroughbred of the Year, Irish War Cry, owned by Isabelle de Tomaso. Fairwinds Farm was the Breeder of the Year.

Lather Rinse Repeat received the Standardbred Pleasure Award for superior achievement, and the pinto,  A Classic Romance, got a superior title as well. Madeline Crisp is the Equestrian of the Year, while Chloe Baker received the Ernest Bell Scholarship Award and Brittany Smith took the Agricultural Achievement Award. Bridget Favjan received the Sara Dubnin Scholarship.Nancy Murray was recognized for the Horse Park of New Jersey Volunteer award.

 

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Former Fair Hill executive director has passed away

Former Fair Hill International Three-Day Event Executive Director Charles Colgan, who was also a former director of the National Steeplechase Association, died Jan. 2 after a brief illness.

Colgan, 77, who held the Fair Hill post for 10 years, was the son of a member of the Treasurers and Ticket Sellers Union, which enabled him to attend a wide variety of sporting and theater events in New York City. His deep love of horse racing developed from his experiences at the old Madison Square Garden, the New York racetracks and summer visits to Saratoga.

Practicing as a lawyer in North Carolina, he found a way to connect his professional life with his love for sport by working for the National Steeplechase and Hunt Association in 1971. He also served as editor of American Steeplechasing.

Colgan met Audrey Walsh, daughter of Hall of Fame horse trainer Mickey Walsh, while he was working as a white cap and she as an exercise rider at Belmont Park. They married  in 1963. Their daughter, Kelly Colgan, and her husband, Peter McDermott, are prominent in today’s horse racing industry. Survivors also include his daughter, Kerry Shovlin, son Patrick Colgan and four grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be may to St. John Holy Angels Church,82 Possum Park Road, Newark, Del., 19711.

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Three eventers suspended after they test positive

Samples collected from three riders at last month’s Ocala-Reddick Florida event—including CIC 3-star winner Hannah Sue Burnett, who was aboard Harbour Pilot–revealed the presence of stimulants, according to the FEI(international equestrian federation). The findings related to anti-doping rules for human athletes.

The positives involve prohibited substances on the list of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). However, the U.S. Equestrian Federation noted that contrary to published speculation, “cocaine was not detected in any samples taken at the event.”

Hannah Sue, Jennie Brannigan and Alyssa Phillips are provisionally suspended from participating in FEI and USEF sanctioned activities in accordance with WADA’s Mandatory Provisional Suspension requirements.

Jennie, 21st in the CIC 3-star on Cambalda, explained, “My recent positive test, while devastating news to me, was the result of a medication that had been recently prescribed to me by my doctor. My use of this prescribed medication had absolutely nothing to do with trying to enhance my sport performance, and I hope that once my explanation is provided to the FEI, I will be able to return to the sport I love.”

Alyssa, seventh in the 1-star on Cooley Caviar, stated this afternoon “Earlier today, the FEI publicly disclosed that I tested positive for Amfetamine and Canrenone at an event in Florida last month.

“I wanted it known that my doctor prescribed both banned substances to me for legitimate medical conditions and that I openly declared both substances to the doping control officer as part of the testing process. I was not trying to enhance my performance through the use of either substance and my case is certainly not one involving the intentional use of a banned substance.I will apply to the FEI for a retroactive therapeutic use exemption for these two prescribed medicines. If granted, I will no longer be charged with a positive test.”

Hannah Sue did not put out a statement today.

 

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Expanded dressage festival will be held in Midwest

New Jersey residents who didn’t come to the U.S. Equestrian Team Foundation in Gladstone last spring to watch the national Grand Prix, Prix St. Georges and Brentina Cup championships missed their chance to see the country’s best dressage riders close to home.

The 2018 U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions will host 14 dressage title competitions, which also include the Young Horse matches, at Lamplight Farm in Wayne, Ill. Previously, the championships were split in two at different locations.

The U.S. Equestrian Team Foundation’s historic stable was the backdrop for the USEF Dressage National Championships in 2017, when Kasey Perry-Glass won the national Grand Prix title on Goerklintgard’s Dublet. (Photo by Lawrence J. Nagy)

Hallye Griffin, USEF’s managing director of dressage, noted, “Holding the full spectrum of the championships in one location, over a weeklong period, will give us the opportunity to showcase the talented athlete/horse combinations across the full spectrum of the divisions.

“We hope that this will also prove to be an exciting event for spectators, sponsors, vendors, and supporters as we look to grow the event into something very special, while continuing to highlight our dressage competition pathways and programs in an effort to deliver continued sustainable success in our sport.”

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