Rutgers Equine Science Center Summer Showcase

The Rutgers Equine Science Center, which is marking its 15th anniversary, is holding its summer showcase July 13 from 10 a.m.-noon at the Red Barn, College Farm Road, New Brunswick.

Children are welcome for the event, which will include a treadmill demonstration, an anatomy lesson, an equine Jeopardy game and kids’ activities. The purpose of the ESC is to achieve better horse care through research and education.

Register at https://goo.gl/3E5eL7

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A roading opportunity with the Essex Foxhounds

Essex Foxhounds huntsman Bart Poole and whipper-in Sam Andrews will offer a presentation, “Fox Hunting 101” on July 14, with an opportunity to go roading behind the hounds on the hunt territory’s roads system.

At 4 p.m. the presentation and Q and A wil be held in the courtyard of the Essex stables, 48 Holland Road in Peapack.

At 4:45, participants will mount up and introduce their horses to the hounds, then practice riding in flights around the upper field.

At 6 p.m., participants will join Essex subscribers and local landowners to go roading.

The cost is $50 per person. A negative Coggins is required.

Email Essex at info@essexfoxhounds.org.

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How about a midsummer’s eve ride?

The Amwell Valley Hounds Midsummer’s Eve Ride July 9 runs from 4-6:30 p.m. at Horseshoe Bend Park, 178 Horseshoe Bend Road, Kingwood Township.
The ride is billed as an opportunity to, “Ride the marked course & experience the waxing moon.”
Participants are asked to bring a covered dish for tailgaiting around a fire pit, where the awards ceremony will be held at 8:30 p.m. Register on the premises–$45 for adults, $35 for juniors.

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A reward for volunteers

The Gladstone Equestrian Association is holding a “Thank You Volunteers and Others Trail Drive/Ride” July 9 at the Pine Meadow section of Hamilton Farm, home of the U.S. Equestrian Team Foundation in Gladstone.

It’s an opportunity for those who worked at the Gladstone Driving Event in May to get a reward. Time on the trails will run from 10 a.m. to approximately noon. GEA is supplying cold drinks, but those who want to picnic should bring their own food.

If you’re going to participate, contact Tricia Haertlein by July 5 at thaerts@comcast.net.

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Good news, bad news, for British equestrianism

Uthopia, the 15-year-old stallion who was purchased by a mystery buyer last month at a Northern Ireland auction, will be staying with his trainer, Carl Hester.

For a month, the fate of Uthopia was unknown. Carl, the man behind the gold medal success of British dressage at the 2012 Olympics, had tried to raise money to buy the horse that was embroiled in an ownership dispute, but to no avail.

Since then, according to British Dressage, “negotiations have taken place and the horse has now been purchased on Carl’s behalf by a supporter who wishes to remain anonymous.”

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Carl Hester on Uthopia at the 2012 Olympics. (Photo by Nancy Jaffer)

Carl commented; “I couldn’t have asked for a better early birthday present – this is the best news and the team are all very happy now we know ‘Uti’ is staying at home. It’s been a stressful time but I must thank the parties concerned in getting to this outcome, all have been professional and made it exceptionally easy.

Those involved wish to remain anonymous and I hope that everyone can respect that but they have my extreme gratitude. I must also thank all the supporters of British dressage for their good wishes and encouragement, it’s meant a lot to me and my team. This a happy ending and will make my birthday celebrations this year extra special!”

The ending isn’t as happy for British show jumping. Scott Brash, who has been ranked previously as the number one rider in the world, won’t be going to the Rio Olympics. Scott, a member of the 2012 gold medal team, explained that his two top horses, Hello Sanctos (his 2012 mount) and Hello M’Lady have not recovered sufficiently from minor injuries incurred earlier this season and aren’t fit to compete at the Games.

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NJ Activities Schedule

  • Dec. 9: Baymar Farms Show, 38 Harbor Road, Morganville; Woodedge Winter Show, Gloucester County Dream Park, 400 Route 130 South, Logan Township (through Dec. 10); Black River Farm Winter Series, 20 Boss Road, Ringoes (through Dec.10)
  • December 15: Tewksbury Farm Show, Hidden River Farm, 745 Amwell Road, Neshanic Station (through Dec. 17)
  • Dec. 16: Woodedge Winter Show, Gloucester County Dream Park, 400 Route 130 South, Logan Township (through Dec. 17); Hunter Farms Winter Series, 1315 The Great Road, Princeton (through Dec. 17)
  • Dec. 17: Baymar Farms Show, 38 Harbor Road, Morganville.

 

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Plans for a celebration of Frank Chapot’s life

A celebration of Frank Chapot’s life will be held Sept. 19 at the U.S. Equestrian Team Foundation in Gladstone, N.J. Details of the event, such as the time it will take place, are still being worked out.

Frank, a resident of Neshanic Station who died earlier this week, was a six-time show jumping Olympian and a coach of the U.S. team in that discipline.

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Eat well at Area II fundraiser in Oldwick

A barbeque cook-off and silent auction, presented by Horseflight, will be held June 29 at the Oldwick Firehouse to benefit the Area II Young Rider Eventing Team.

The event is open to the public at 6:30 p.m. for suggested donations of $15 (dry) or $25 (wet). Chefs pay $30 to enter, and should come at 6 p.m. They win cash prizes and bragging rights.

For information, contact Megan Kepferle, megkep@gmail.com or call 240-577-9102.

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Help requested at Horse Park of New Jersey

Volunteers are needed to assist with cross-country and show jumping July 2 and 3 for the New Jersey Horse Trials at the Horse Park of New Jersey in Allentown, Monmouth County.

Organization members and groups of friends who want to work together are welcome. Food and sunblock will be provided. Help on one day or two. Contact Jane Cory, jane@pleasanthollow.com.

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Thoroughbred show is a destination for horses off the track

The Fair Hill Thoroughbred Show marks its fifth anniversary Sept. 17-18 at the Fair Hill showgrounds in Elkton, Md.

Started to raise awareness of the plight of the off-the-track thoroughbred, the show encourages the re-homing and retraining of these horses by supporting and rewarding riders for selecting a thoroughbred as their sport horse mount.

The TERF Good Ambassador Scholarships, sponsored by the Thoroughbred Education and Research Foundation, is designed to support riders who have demonstrated at the show an ability to retrain their thoroughbred.

Riders are nominated by the judge and show manager, then asked to submit a brief essay describing how they would use the $500 scholarship to further their riding careers. Four scholarships are awarded each year.

New this year is an Open Pleasure Division which will allow both  English and Western riders to participate.

“We want to attract all riders who appreciate and care for OTTBs,” said Susan Sisco, one of the founders.

“Our show (www.fairhillthoroughbredshow.com) has grown each year, with many riders returning to enjoy the friendly family atmosphere, the great food and a popular silent auction,” said board member Carol Atterbury.

“The philosophy of the show is simple: Every thoroughbred needs a chance to live a great life after racing and it is an honor to be a part of giving back to all those who invite these thoroughbreds into their hearts and homes,” said board member Dixie Abbott.

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