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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Big wins for Centenary at ANRC

Centenary College bested nine other teams to win the American National Riding Commission National Championship over the weekend at the college’s equestrian center in Long Valley.

The field included the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), which has won the championship title more than any school in the country.

At the same time, Centenary graduating senior Cody Wooten was the overall high-point individual rider nationally. He had unprecedented success, winning all three of the riding phases, as well as horsemanship quiz, which finished off the competition yesterday.

He rode Fortune, a mare donated by John Yozell, one of Havens Schatts’ clients.

In addition, Centenary’s novice team took the reserve championship in that division behind SCAD. Another Centenary graduating senior, Phillip Williamson, took home the reserve championship individual rider honors in the novice section..

Centenary is now gearing up to host the Intercollegiate Dressage Association National Finals this coming weekend, April 23- 24. The public is welcome to attend at no charge at the equestrian center, 12-56 Califon Road.

The IDA, the dressage equivalent of the Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association, includes such far-flung schools as Stanford University in California, the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada and the University of Kentucky. Competition will run from approximately 9 a.m.-3 p.m. each day.

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Hunter paces are on the spring calendar for the Garden State

It’s hunter/trail pace time again in New Jersey, with a variety of these competitions around the state. Get your horses in shape for some fun, no stress. Love those hunter paces!

Though paces began with hunts and required people to be in formal or ratcatcher dress suitable for hunting, restrictions have eased greatly these days in many cases.

Often, western riders and those in casual attire (but always with a helmet) are welcome. Although many paces have fences, most offer go-arounds and it is not required for participants to jump.

On April 24, the Friends of Lord Stirling Stable and the Somerset County Park Commission’s Lord Stirling Stable will host the first in the 2016 Hunter Pace Challenge, a series of five events, beginning with the SCPC/FLSS Spring Pace sponsored by Horsemen’s Outlet of Lebanon.

Additional competitions include the Rutgers Equine Science Center Fundraiser Pace May 22; the 2016 SCPC/FLSS Fall Pace Sept. 11, the State 4-H Horse Program Pace Oct. 23 and the SCPC “Stuff the Turkey” Pace Nov. 6.

Teams participating in four of the five events are eligible to win a cooler for each of the team’s horses. Team members must remain constant but are not required to ride the same horses for every event

Specifications are posted on the Friends’ website, www.flssnj.org. Ribbons are awarded to the first six teams in each division finishing closest to the ideal time set by the pace team.

Register in person on the day of each event. For additional information or questions about the Hunter Pace Challenge call 908-766-5955.

On May 7, the Essex Foxhounds will have their pace at Cedar Lane Farm on Homestead Road in Oldwick. Go to essexfoxhounds.org for information.

May 15 is busy for paces. From 8 a.m.-2 p.m., the Somerset Hills Pony Club pace will be held starting from the Fowler Road Parking Area of the U.S. Equestrian Team Foundation in Gladstone.

This is a fundraiser to help SHPC educate members, while developing leadership skills, confidence, and sportsmanship. A bonus here involves points given for correct answers to checkpoint trivia questions.

Contact 908-507-7354 / baytoff@hotmail.com

The same day, the Alexandria Equestrian Association’s Trail Pace will start from The Salvation Army’s

Camp Tecumseh, 445 Mechlin Corner Rd., Pittstown. The pace runs from 8 a.m.-noon, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Salvation Army. Check www.aeanj.com or call 908-295-0819 (day of pace only) for status updates.

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Olympic show jumping short list named

The entire U.S. bronze medal team from the 2014 World Equestrian Games has been named to the 10-member short list for this summer’s Rio Olympics.

McLain Ward (HH Azur, Rothchild), Kent Farrington (Voyeur, Gazelle), Beezie Madden (Breitling, Simon, Cortes C and Quister) and Lucy Davis (Barron) are on the roster, along with Reed Kessler (Cylana), who rode on the 2012 Olympic team with McLain and Beezie.

Also listed are 2000 Olympic alternate Todd Minikus (Babalou), 2008 Olympic team member Laura Kraut (Deauville), 2000 Olympic teammates Lauren Hough (Ohlala) and Margie Engle (Royce) and Callan Solem (VDL Wizard), the top-placing U.S. rider from last month’s Longines FEI World Cup Show Jumping Finals in Sweden, where she was seventh.

The only ones in the group with no Olympic experience as either a team member or alternate are Lucy and Callan.

Like the U.S. dressage riders, U.S. show jumpers will be going on a tour of European shows before the squad of four and one alternate is selected.

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Omaha gearing up for World Cup with test event

A new 4-star dressage show is set for next month in Omaha, Neb., where it will be the test event for the 2017 Reem Acra FEI Dressage World Cup finals.

The competition at the International Omaha has drawn Canadian Olympian Jacquie Brooks, whose Hallelujah/Les Miserables freestyle with De Niro always brings the house down; her countrywomen, Karen Pavicic, a World Equestrian Games veteran and Evi Strasser.

Also competing for the total of $30,000 in prize money will be New Jersey-based Argentine Gabriel Armando, who is an international dressage judge, and six Americans. They include Jami Kment, a Nebraska resident who will be a local favorite. She is a U.S. Dressage Federation judge and U.S. Dressage Federation gold medalist; Floridian Anna Marek and Lauren Sprieser of Virginia, who had four top-10 placings at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Florida.

Others are Adrienne Pot of Illinois; Emily Miles of Kansas, a team bronze medalist at the North American Junior and Young Rider Championships and reserve champion in the Grand Prix at the 2014 USDF national championships and adult amateur Suzie Halle of Colorado.

The test event, which runs May 5-7, also features show jumping, including the $130,000 International Grand Prix to close the competition.It will offer a look ahead to next year’s Longines FEI Show Jumping World Cup Final in the CenturyLink Center. Vendors and educational exhibits are also part of the show, presented by the Omaha Equestrian Foundation.

For information, go to internationalomaha.com.

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Learn from Bernie Traurig at Coker Farm

Bernie Traurig had quite a career as a rider. Fluent in three disciplines, the Medal and Maclay finals winner went on to be a star in the hunter and jumper ranks with such great horses as Gozzi, Royal Blue, the Cardinal and even Jet Run–before he was ridden by Michael Matz.

Although riders and trainers often focus on giving clinics when they quit show business, Bernie decided to do it in a different way. He started EquestrianCoach.com using video as an integral element of his business. And the intensity with which he always trained and rode now comes through in his teaching, both in person and via the recording.

His operation is popular around the country, and next month the Californian is heading east to a workshop hosted by Judy Richter and Coker farm in Bedford, N.Y.

The workshop, which also is USHJA-approved as a trainer certification clinic, runs May 6-8, with an optional session over natural obstacles May 9.

It’s a semi-private riding and auditing experience,, with three days and evenings of immersion and educational interaction. Bernie works with small groups of three to four riders, including amateurs, juniors and professional from all jumping disciplines at several levels.

When Bernie decided teaching was going to become his life, his question was, “How can I reach the masses?” rather than just dealing with 25 people a weekend at ordinary clinics. Bernie said he realized “education is desperately needed. I had a great desire to spread knowledge.”

He knew nothing about video or developing a website, but he understood what it would take.

“I surrounded myself with good people,” he said, noting “it evolved as I competed less and less and I started to do more clinics. Your ability to improve people and horses and relate to them; your skills get so much better if you do a lot of it. That made it easier for me to get a point across, whatever the topic was.”

Auditors are encouraged to join in the daily discussions between Bernie and the riders, and are also able to participate in video presentations and Q&A during dinners on Friday and Saturday evenings.

Coker Farm, a respected operation in Westchester County, is easy to get to from New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Maryland.

For more information and to register go to EquestrianCoach.com and click on East Coast Workshop.

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Sandy Sternberg dies in Florida

Sandy Sternberg, who ran Pepperhill Farm in Colts Neck before retiring, died April 13 at the age of 77.

Although Sandy was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in her 40s, she never let that dim her spirit, and was very active in fundraising to fight the disease.

“She was always so positive,” friend of the family Brooke Mallin said about the trainer, who moved to Boynton Beach, Fla., after closing her farm.

Citing Sandy’s warm nature, Brooke noted that to her, “everybody was a family member.”

Sandy’s daughter, Jill Sternberg (Hymson), was second in the 1982 ASPCA Maclay finals at Madison Square Garden and Sandy was honored in 1982 by the New Jersey Professional Horsemen’s Association.

Those who wish to make a donation in her memory should contact the South Florida chapter of the national Multiple Sclerosis Society. The email is FLS@NMSS.ORG.

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