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

  • Feb. 24: On Course Riding Academy Show, 210 Beaver Run Road, Lafayette; Palermo Winter Festival, 1555 Burnt Mills Road, Bedminster (through Feb. 25).
  • Feb. 25: Baymar Farms Show, 38 Harbor Road, Morganville.
  • March 3: Duncraven Show, 1300 Trenton-Harbourton Road, Titusville (through March 4); Alexandria Equestrian Association Dressage Show,  242 Little York-Mt. Pleasant Road, Milford,.
  • March 11: Friends of Lord Stirling Stable Dressage Show, 256 S. Maple Ave., Basking Ridge.
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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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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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