USEF GP and I-1 Dressage Championship cancelled

The problem-plagued United States Equestrian Federation Dressage Festival of Champion, which was set for mid-October in California, has been cancelled. The competition, which was to include the Grand Prix, Intermediaire I and Brentina Cup title competitions, had light entries after an intense year for competitors at the upper levels.

Steffen Peters was the only member of the U.S. Olympic dressage bronze medal team who planned to take part in the Grand Prix segment, and he was bringing Rosamunde, rather than his Rio mount, Legolas. The top goal for the best Grand Prix combinations in 2017 will be qualifying for the World Cup finals in Omaha March 29-April 2.

The USEF stated “there would not be an adequate number of qualified combinations to make a championship-level competition” at the festival. Another difficulty involved the change of venue from Epona Farms to Paso Robles, which would have involved additional cost.

Bids are being accepted through Sept. 15 from venues that want to host the 2017-2019 Festival of Champions. The Festival was held for many years at the U.S. Equestrian Team Foundation in Gladstone–maybe it’s time to bring the championships back to New Jersey.

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Hit the trail

As the weather gets cooler, it’s time to think about hitting the trails, and there are plenty of opportunities to do that competitively in New Jersey during the coming weeks.

The Tewksbury Trail Pace is running Sept. 18 at Christie Hoffman Farm Park from 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The awards ceremony will be held at 3:30 p.m., and there are always great prizes. The fee is $45 for adults and $35 for juniors, with a $10 discount for members of the Tewksbury Trail Association, which is presenting the competition.

Western and English riders both are welcome to ride in the pace, which has a choice of 6- and 9-mile loops. For information, go to www.tta-nj.org or email to tewksburytrail@gmail.com.

Come back to www.nancyjaffer.com in the coming weeks for news about more paces.

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Money well-spent on Holly’s quest

Those who contributed to the kitty for Holly Payne Caravella’s trip to the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials with Never Outfoxed saw their contributions validated last weekend, when she finished 19th in what many consider the world’s toughest 4-star.

Holly and Fox had no jumping penalties on cross-country, despite going near the end of the jumping order when the footing had deteriorated on a rainy day. They did have time penalties, but so did everyone else, and 28 horses were either eliminated or retired on cross-country. Only 38 from the starting field of 68 finished the event.

Holly, 50th after dressage, moved up to 17th with her thoroughbred after cross-country. She had four rails in show jumping that put her down two placings.

She’s staying in England to contest the Blenheim Palace International 3-star with another thoroughbred, Santino, this weekend. She got a Land Rover/U.S Equestrian Federation grant for this competition.

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Get a jump on the release of a new horse movie

Harry&Snowman movie imageA preview of the film, “Harry and Snowman,” is being presented at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 9 to benefit Mane Stream, which offers equine-assisted activities for special needs children and adults.

The movie, slated for theatrical release Sept. 30, is a true story about Harry de Leyer and the horse he rescued from a slaughter truck who went on to become a champion show jumper. The movie’s director/producer, Ron Davis, is a native of New Jersey who competed for years in the show ring.

The movie will be screened outdoors at the U.S. Equestrian Team Foundation, 1040 Pottersville Road, Gladstone. Those attending may bring their own chairs and blankets, or choose bleacher seating. In case of rain, the screening will be moved indoors.

Tickets are $20 for a family of four or $10 per person.

For information about Mane Stream, go to www.ManeStreamNJ.org.

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Hit the trail

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The Tewksbury Trail Pace is always a fun day. (Photo copyright by Nancy Jaffer)

As the weather gets cooler, it’s time to think about hitting the trails, and there are plenty of opportunities to do that competitively in New Jersey during the coming weeks.

A pace is set for Sept. 11 at Somerset County’s Lord Stirling Stable, 256 S. Maple Ave., Basking Ridge.

Enter the day of the pace, which runs from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The entry fee is $35 for juniors (under 18) and $40 for adults. An additional $5 is required to obtain a pinney with the team number, and will be refunded upon return of the pinney.

An approved ASTM/SEI certified riding helmet and riding shoes or boots are mandatory for all participants. All horses are required to have a negative Coggins taken within the past 12 months when registering.

For more information, visit the Friends of Lord Stirling Stable website at www.flssnj.org.

The same day, the Horse Park of New Jersey in Allentown is holding a judged trail ride from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. There’s a $100 gift card prize for the best costume for those who choose to enter that contest. The theme of the ride is Jersey Shore Boardwalk. For information, call Ricki Neuberg at (732) 446-9566.

The next weekend, the Tewksbury Trail Pace–usually the biggest hunter/trail pace in the state–will have its 21st running Sept. 18 at Christie Hoffman Farm Park from 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The awards ceremony will be held at 3:30 p.m., and there are always great prizes. The fee is $45 for adults and $35 for juniors, with a $10 discount for members of the Tewksbury Trail Association, which is presenting the competition.

Western and English riders both are welcome to ride in the pace, which has a choice of 6- and 9-mile loops. For information, go to www.tta-nj.org or email to tewksburytrail@gmail.com.

Come back to www.nancyjaffer.com in the coming weeks for news about more paces.

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Help USEF help horses in Louisiana flood area

Historic rainfall and flooding have put horses near Baton Rouge, La., in a state of distress. Hundreds of horses have been affected. They need emergency rescue, temporary shelter and extensive veterinary care. The U.S. Equestrian Federation (USEF) is providing financial assistance through the USEF Equine Disaster Relief Fund.

The fund has given out more than $350,000 to assist horses in dire circumstances since it began in 2005 following Hurricanes Rita and Katrina. All money donated to the fund is used only to benefit horses and their owners.

Since flooding began, more than 370 horses have been housed at shelters managed by the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine and the Louisiana State Animal Response Team, with staff, students, and volunteers providing 24-hour assistance.

Rebecca McConnico, a veterinarian who is a professor of equine medicine at LSU and leader of the Louisiana State Animal Response Team, explained, “We see aspirational pneumonia from the flood waters, there is laminitis from standing in water, and colic because (the horses) don’t have dry hay. You can spend $10,000 and still have a horse die.”

Click on the link below to donate.

https://www.usef.org/_AUAIFrames/DisasterRelief/DisasterRelief.aspx?utm_source=SilverpopMailing&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Disaster+Relief+Fund+Email+(1)+remainder&utm_content=

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You have a right to farm

Having a problem involving neighbors or your town about your horse business? The State Agriculture Development Committee has published a right-to-farm guidebook that will help everyone understand New Jersey’s right to farm act.

The act is designed to protect farmers “from complaints and sometimes overly restrictive local regulations that can be a financial drain on farming operations and drive them out of business,” said state Agriculture Secretary Douglas Fisher.

The guidebook explains the basics of the Right to Farm Act, including eligibility criteria, protected activities, the formal complaint process and procedures and commonly asked questions. It also offers agricultural mediation as an alternative to the formal Right to Farm dispute resolution process.

To obtain a printed copy of the Right to Farm guidebook or the SADC’s previously published agricultural mediation handbook, contact the SADC at (609) 984-2504 or sadc@ag.state.nj.us. Or go to www.nj.gov/agriculture/sadc/publications/.

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Need a carriage or coach? Here’s an auction

A collection of carriages, coaches, sleighs, carriage bells and appointments from the collection of Jeff Day will be auctioned off at 9 a.m. Sept. 10 in Asbury by Paul Z. Martin Auctioneers and Associates..

It’s the culmination of a three-day sale that also includes farm and haying equipment. For information, check www.autozip.com. The auction ID is 27759. For information, call 717-354-2010.

 

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Hit the Hampton Classic for top-flight jumping

Want to see some show jumping stars on Labor Day weekend?

The Hampton Classic in Bridgehampton, N.Y., on Long Island’s east end is the place to be. Grands prix will be held at 2 p.m. Sept. 2, 3 and 4, featuring such riders as U.S. Olympic team silver medal winners McLain Ward and Beezie Madden, as well as Jessica Springsteen and Georgina Bloomberg

The feature is the Sept. 4 $300,00 Hampton Classic Grand Prix presented by Longines, always a highlight of the season on the big grass field.

Need a break? There are loads of boutiques and places to eat on the grounds, along with activities for children, especially on Kids’ Day, Sept. 3.

For more information, go to www.hamptonclassic.com.

 

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Dressage supporter Parry Thomas dies at 95

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Parry Thomas, right, at the 2009 retirement of Brentina with Debbie and Bob McDonald; Parry’s wife, Peggy, and their daughter, Jane. (Photo by Nancy Jaffer)

He was best known as the owner of Brentina. But Parry Thomas, who passed away Friday at his River Grove Farm in Idaho, did a great deal for the entire sport of dressage with his willingness to invest in horses and riders.

A banker who played a pivotal role in the development of Las Vegas, Parry was serious about dressage. He would take the golf cart from his home to the outdoor arena every day that he was home to watch Debbie McDonald training Brentina and his other horses. Parry’s influence was felt on the podium and in the development of the sport.

While Brentina–who medalled in the Olympics, the World Equestrian Games and the Pan American Games–was Parry’s most famous horse, he and his wife, Peggy, also owned Wizard. Ridden by Debbie’s protege, Adrienne Lyle, Wizard went to the Olympics and World Equestrian Games. He was retired at the 2015 Las Vegas World Cup finals in the Thomas & Mack Center, named after Parry and his late business partner, Jerry Mack. Parry was on hand for the emotional occasion.

At the Markel/USEF Young & Developing Horse Dressage National Championships in Illinois this afternoon, Adrienne won the Developing Prix St. Georges National Championship on an overall score of 74.272 percent aboard Horizon, owned by another great supporter of U.S. dressage, Betsy Juliano.

“Today’s ride was special,” said Adrienne, citing Parry’s influence.

“He was excited about the competition and loving dressage up to the day he went. He was watching over us, and we rode for him today,” she said.

Services will be held Sept. 6 at the Encore in Las Vegas.

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