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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Join Meg Sleeper in her endurance adventure

From the steaming jungles of Malaysia to the scenic fields of Normandy, Meg Sleeper has competed in four endurance world championships. She plans to make it five next month in Slovakia, riding along the Danube river under what likely will be optimum conditions to complete the race.

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Meg Sleeper and Shyrocco Rimbaud

The Kingwood Township resident needs help to do it, however. That’s understandable when you learn that the initial estimate for shipping her horse, Shyrocco Rimbaud, was $22,000 round-trip for a variety of reasons. The horse will fly into Frankfurt, Germany, and then have a 10-hour van ride to get to his destination.

The U.S. Equestrian Federation is giving her a $10,000 grant to be used as she wishes, but expenses are many. A friend, Robin Farrington, set up a GoFundMe account in Meg’s name, but it’s less than halfway to the $18,800 goal. (click on https://www.gofundme.com/megsleeperenduranc to read more about Meg and make a pledge).

It is rarely easy to go to a world championship (held every two years) for those in this non-Olympic FEI sport, because a large crew is required by each competitor. Meg will have four people to help her.

The race originally was supposed to be in Dubai, and expenses for that would have been covered by the organizer, Meg said, but horse welfare issues prompted the FEI to change venues. Slovakia (where the lavish Samorin equestrian center is a contender to host the 2018 World Equestrian Games) didn’t get the nod to hold the championships until June, which left little time for fundraising.

Although Meg was originally part of the U.S. team, one of the three horses selected had to drop out, so she and Thomas Hagis of Virginia will compete as individuals.

The championships are usually a financial struggle (and of course, there’s tons of work to condition and qualify a horse), yet the highly regarded University of Florida veterinary cardiologist has no thought of giving up on her opportunities to compete at the top of the endurance game.

I just love the sport. I love seeing the different trails and meeting new people and also some of the people I see just at these events,” said Meg.

Discussing the Slovakia location, 90 minutes by car from Vienna, she said, “I’m really excited about it. It will be an adventure.” But less of one, happily, than riding through that rain forest.

It’s a family effort. She rides homebreds and her husband, Dave Augustine, works as the shoer and a crew member. (He’ll be accompanying the horse on the plane as a groom.)

Her mark of seven hours, 49 minutes for 100 miles, set four years ago during the London world championships (where she was 11th) is the fastest off-continent time recorded for a U.S. horse. Meg’s mount for that event was Reveille, who sustained a fracture more than seven months ago and is still in rehab.

It seems unlikely Reveille will compete again, but she will be represented by Rimbaud, her Anglo-Arab half-brother out of a thoroughbred mare, Poetic Pride, a Northern Dancer granddaughter. Reveille’s half-sister, Shyrocco Rabia, who is also by Rimmon, will be ridden in the championships by Fernando Paiz, representing Guatemala.

Of the fundraising effort, Meg noted, “It’s really emotional for me. I feel really awkward asking for financial assistance. Some of the responses have been really emotional for me. I’ve had clients from years ago contacting me.

It’s been a really interesting voyage. I feel like I’m going to have all these people with me in my pocket as I’m riding, because the support has been really incredible. I’m hoping we can do well because I really feel like I need to do that for everybody.”

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