• GHA member Marilyn Wyckoff of Hacienda de la Roca Paso Finos, located on Wyckoff Road, Gilboa, NY, & the entire Hacienda posse are patiently (& breathlessly) awaiting the late June arrival of the Profeta daughter Maravillia’s foal, the first to be sired by the Hacienda’s homegrown 9-year-old Paso Fino stallion Rayito de la Roca, a beautiful son of Resplandor IV. With a great disposition & excellent bloodlines, Rayito is standing at stud at the Hacienda for the 2013 breeding season. For specifics on bringing your mare to Rayito, call Marilyn at 607-588-7567 or 607-437-8040.
Beginning this spring, Marilyn is offering a riding lesson special package: buy 4 lessons for $160 & get the 5th lesson FREE (& no, you can’t just get the free 5th lesson). Prospective students of any age are welcome, as long as they know right from left. Pony rides are also available at $15 for a half hour’s ride.
To make arrangements, call Marilyn at 607-588-7567 or 607-437-8040.
• GHA member & author & artist Deb Tompkins of Greenville, NY, sympathizes with her statuesque Quarter Horse Q who, in late March, was wondering where the bare ground & traces of grass went. The barn cat Jupiter didn’t mind the snow, saw his shadow, but won’t say how long (or short?) winter will be.
Deb was revisited by colic in February, repeated the nose hose syphon-out experience, & has a fresh appreciation for why horses object to tube worming. Pursuing her quest for pain-free riding, Deb is having her other hip replaced in April.
While she is still pondering getting a different horse (of the same color?), huge Q’s mind is hard to replace, though she only needs about half as much horse.
Reminder: Deb has a whole lot of horse equipment, from saddles to a buggy, for sale. Check out the classifieds for a partial list. Or call Deb at 518-966-8629.
• GHA member & GHA supporter JP’s North, Inc., 10251 NYS Route 32, Greenville, NY, purveyors of English & Western tack & attire, announces the 2013 $5,000 Added Barrel Race Schedule with races on May 4, September 14, & October 12. In 2012, JP’s North boosted the national economy with $42,000 plus in payoffs at 3 barrel races, so don’t miss out on this year’s potential bonanza! Remember, competitors must show a current negative Coggins on race day. Warm ups begin at 7 AM. Races start at 9 AM.
JP’s North resumes its schedule of auctions with Small Animal Auctions on April 7 with a Lamb & Goat Sale, & on April 21, then & May 5 & 19, with the May 19 auction including a Flower Auction. Auctions begin at 10:30 AM. In between, on May 11, is the season’s initial Horse & Tack Auction at 11 AM. Miscellaneous merchandise is accepted at every auction to be auctioned prior to the animals. Please call JP’s North at 800-237-4488 if the weather is inclement.
• GHA business member, American Hoof Association Certified barefoot hoof care specialist, Equine Sciences Academy Field Instructor, & EasyCare Official Dealer Geri White of Middleburgh, NY, is pleased to announce that Michelle Hall has stepped up to the mounting block to help Geri with planning, organizing, & setting up Geri’s schedule of clinics. Anyone who would like to host a clinic with Geri should contact Michelle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Geri will be holding a Paddock Paradise Clinic that features an explanation of the concept, how to set up a Paradise Paddock, slow feeders & the horse’s digestive anatomy, manure management, a do-it-yourself fecal egg counting demo, & alternatives to parasite management, plus door prizes & a pot luck lunch for participants to show off their culinary skills (or lack thereof?), on Saturday, May 18, from 9 AM to 5 PM, either in Middleburgh or Sharon Springs, NY. Details will be available on Geri’s website www.nativehoof.com or by contacting Michelle.
On June 8 & 9, Geri is holding a trimming clinic at Ravenhill Equine Wellness Center, Leeds, MA, with room for 6 (or half a dozen) hands-on participants & unlimited auditors (but not from the IRS), & will include class time, cadaver trimming & dissecting, tools, assessing & trimming a demo horse, & participants’ hands-on trimming live horses (the best kind), plus the ever popular midday pot luck culinary experience. Details are at the Ravenhill facebook page, www.ravenhillequine.com, & (of course) from Michelle Hall at email@example.com.
There are a few more clinics still in the formation stage & will be posted as soon as they are firmed up.
Still in development for this spring, Geri will be launching an online interactive step-by-step instructive class on do-it-yourself fecal egg counting through Face2Face.
Geri strongly encourages riders to take the 3-hour online interactive saddle fitting class offered on the home page of Geri’s website for the best $20 you will ever spend on your horse.
In addition to all of Geri’s internet access points, & just in case you actually still use a telephone, you can actually call Geri at 518-827-3181 or at 607-437-7993.
• Even in late March, GHA member Bonnie Goss of Goss’s Hosses, Earles Road, Middleburgh, NY, was still looking for the sun (because hope springs eternal?) & thinking she should be as tough as protégé Jeremy McDermott who is doing very well in his new training job in Minnesota (which in Native American means “colder than anywhere else”).
Bonnie has 2 new horses in the barn, both paints & nice guys (who finish last?). Dan, a big black & white tobiano gelding, is a slow moving good natured guy, & Flash, a very flashy colored overo, is a bit smaller & quicker moving.
Like so many equestrians who live in the frozen North, Bonnie et al did not ride much indoor at all since it was just a bit cold at times, but now are all back riding more on the better days. The horses were polite & well mannered when saddled after months of rest.
In addition to horses, Bonnie also has an unwed wild colored mother kitty. The sordid story is that when the cat came into season, Bonnie didn’t worry much since all the farm cats are neutered or spayed. Or so she thought. She forgot that sister Patsy got a male kitten last fall & he is not yet neutered. Bonnie says he’s beautiful, so the kittens should be pretty. If you need a kitten (& who doesn’t?), call Bonnie at 518-827-6540.
• GHA member Patricia Keller of The Paso Fino Horse Farm, Little Westkill Road, Prattsville, NY, breeder of outstanding Paso Fino horses, is also an internationally featured digital artist with works on several online gallery sites. Most of Patricia’s works are of horses, & many of Paso Fino horses (big surprise!). A favorite of hers, The White Stallion on Snowless Mound, is at http://fineartamerica.com/featured/the-white-stallion-on-a-snowless-mound-patricia-keller.html.
There are also flowers, illustrations, & collages, which she especially likes because, she feels, they are like seeing a story. One very popular collage is Snow Angels Paso Fino Style. You can view it at http://fineartamerica.com/featured/snow-angels-paso-fino-style-patricia-keller.html & in here on page 13.
Patricia’s work is on the Fine Art America website at http://patricia-keller.fineartamerica.com/ & at http://patricia-keller.artistwebsites.com/ & on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/PKAPublications. When you visit the facebook site, you can click on the ‘Shop’ box (next to ‘Maps’) or you can go directly at https://www.facebook.com/PKAPublications/app_309028460694 to view & purchase photos & artwork.
You can also purchase an actual Paso Fino horse from Patricia & create your own art from it. Just call The Paso Fino Horse Farm at 518-299-3103.
• Like pretty much everyone else, GHA member Nancy Partridge of Mountain Brook Farm, Partridge Road, Ashland, NY, has had enough snow & ice & is eager to get back on the trails riding again.
Meanwhile, back on March 21, Nancy surprised son Michael in L.A., courtesy of son Bill in Seattle, glad for the sunshine & 70+˚ weather which she intended to pack in her suitcase & bring back to the Farm.
Speaking of which weather, summer camp & clinic
dates will be announced in the very next Newsletter.
Lessons & trail rides resume in May, as weather permits, & are a great way to spend time in the saddle & enjoy nature. It’s best to give the Farm at least 24 hours notice to ensure snag-free scheduling.
Training space is available to tune up that spunky youngster, or rusty green broke, or older horse who is having flashbacks to youthful rowdiness in the better weather. The Farm’s trainer/instructor Liz McGinnis can help you & your horse get back on track to get the best from your riding.
A show schedule is in the works for the local barn girls new 4H club for this summer, & they are excited by the prospect of showing & winning ribbons.
Lastly (but definitely not leastly), the entire civilized world is waiting breathlessly for the mare Reina to deliver her foal in June, the debut get of Nancy’s Peruvian stallion Bohemio Magnifico.
For details on any of the Farm’s programs, or to sign up for lessons, training, & trail rides, just call Nancy at 518-734-3917.
• GHA member Frisbee Agency, representative for Farm Family Insurance, located at 384B Main Street, Catskill, NY, is hosting quarterly revolving art shows at their offices on Main Street in association with The Greene County Council on the Arts. Among many insurance products, the Frisbee Agency provides insurance for farms, including horse farms, & other agricultural pursuits, so the themes of each art show relate to farming. Currently on display is the show entitled ‘Farm Tools.’
The next show will be in collaboration with the Watercolor Workshop taught by Bill Carbone at the Washington Irving Senior Center, & will have its opening on April 20, from 4 to 6 PM.
The exhibit following that will be ‘Horse Sense.’ The opening date will be announced in due course.
Artists seeking to have their works included in any of the Frisbee Agency shows may email photos of the the artwork to firstname.lastname@example.org or to email@example.com.
• GHA member Lorelei Zuniga of Rhine Siren Equestrian, located on NYS Route 990V in the hamlet of West Conesville, NY, only 20 minutes from Windham, NY, is happy to offer adult & children’s beginner through advanced/4th level riding instruction. Summer Riding Camps begin in June. To register or for more information, please call Lorelei at 518-821-3231.
JOIN/REJOIN THE GHA•JOIN/REJOIN
• The GHA invites ANYONE & EVERYONE with an interest in horses, gaited or not, to join. For the Membership Year NOW through October 31, 2013 memberships are $20. Please see page 13 for the Membership Application. Join or renew your membership, network with fellow members, & get a whole bunch of great bonuses, including:
VENDOR DISCOUNTS FOR GHA MEMBERS
• MOORE’s MOTEL, Main Street (NYS Rte. 23), Prattsville, NY, discounts room rates for members 10% for a 1-night stay, 20% for 2 or more nights. For reservations, call 800-675-0626 or 518-299-3404.
• J.P.’s NORTH, 10251 NYS Route 32, Greenville, NY, offers members a 15% discount on NON-SALE items of English or Western gear. Call 800-237-4488.
• PKA PUBLICATIONS offers GHA members a $2 discount off the $8.95 cover price for a signed copy of the mystery novel, Pardee Holler, by Roland Keller. Send $6.95 (check or money order) to PKA, 1881 Little Westkill Road, Prattsville, NY 12468. Be sure to include your name & address.
• All GHA members receive a 25% discount on ANY advertising, whether for personal or business needs, in addition to the FREE CLASSIFIED in the GHA Newsletter, in PKA’s ADVOCATE. For details, call 518-299-3103.
FREE CLASSIFIED ADVERTISEMENTS
• GHA members get 1 FREE 20-word classified ad Per Issue for the membership year to buy or sell items or services having to do with horses. Ad copy can be changed with each issue. Deadline for ad information is 2 weeks prior to issue release (see page 4 for dates).
MEMBERS’ CLASSIFIED ADVERTISEMENTS
•MD BARNMASTER & LOK-N-LOGS: for equestrian barns with the rustic elegance of wood with kick-proof & chew-proof stall systems you design. 315-539-3130 & 315-480-7586 (Waterloo & Sherburne, NY)
•BIG RED’S EQUINE DENTISTRY: Deanna Marlow, IAED/C, Getting your horses’ minds out of their mouths; by appointment only. firstname.lastname@example.org, WWW.BIGREDSDENTAL.COM, 315-481-3606
•STAR H EQUINE INSURANCE for Farm/Ranch Property Insurance, Liability Insurance, & Horse Insurance, over 35 years of insurance experience from active, knowledgeable horse people. 877-827-4480 (Advance, NC)
•SHADOWROCK EQUINE VETERINARY SERVICES: broad range of equine veterinary services including lay-ups & medical boarding under direct veterinary supervision & emergency service. 607-432-5721 [emergencies: 607-431-8680] (Oneonta, NY)
•DURHAM VALLEY FARM BOARDING: large stalls, daily turnout, large wooden paddocks, best nutrition, full & rough board, layups, retired, & active equines. 518-634-7003 (East Durham, NY)
•RHINE SIREN EQUESTRIAN: classical training, limited number of stalls, 31 serene acres, 72’ x 200’ indoor arena with new footing, regulation outdoor dressage arena. 518-821-3231, www.rhinesiren.com (Gilboa, NY)
•PASO FINOS FOR SALE: Saddlebrook Acres Paso Finos always has a great selection of well-bred, smooth gaited, registered Paso Finos at affordable prices. 518-872-1382 (East Berne, NY)
•MOUNTAIN BROOK FARM: pasture & 12’ x 12’ matted stall boarding, training, instruction for all breeds & disciplines, reasonable rates, scenic trails, breeding Peruvian Horses. 518-734-3917 (Ashland, NY)
•TESSALOO VETERINARY SERVICES, PLLC: Heather O’Leary, DVM, CVA, CVSMT: certified veterinary acupuncturist & spinal manipulative therapist providing conventional veterinary services & equine & small animal acupuncture & chiropractic. 845-399-9844 (Stone Ridge, NY)
•ANTIQUE BUGGY, 4 carriage wheels on axles, Bona Allen saddle, buckstitched bridle, matching reins & breastcollar, hunt seat saddle, dressage saddle, pad, bridle, & fittings. 518-966-8629 (Greenville, NY)
•BAREFOOT HOOF CARE by Geri White, natural trimming & rehabilitation, Equine Sciences Academy Practitioner. email@example.com & www.nativehoof.com. 518-827-3181 (Middleburgh, NY)
•FRISBEE AGENCY, FARM FAMILY INSURANCE: 1-stop shopping for your equine insurance program, hosting quarterly revolving art shows at their offices on Main Street. 518-943-3333 (Catskill, NY)
•HACIENDA DE LA ROCA PASO FINOS: standing Rayito de la Roca for 2013 breeding; sales, all-breed boarding, lessons, & pony rides (by app’t.); home of Grand National Champion Pleasure Stallion Capitanejo. 607-588-7567 & 607-437-8040 (Gilboa, NY)
•HOUSE FOR RENT AT PROMISES KEPT EQUINE RETIREMENT FARM: 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, office, dining area, fireplace, porch, garage, $900/month, optional horse boarding. www.promiseskept.org & 518-287-1870 (Summit, NY)
•HUGE INVENTORY OF ENGLISH & WESTERN tack & clothing, always great prices, & discounts for GHA members at J.P.’s North, NYS Route 32, Greenville. 800-237-4488.
•ALL-BREED BOARDING & TRAINING, lessons in English & Western, & quality horses for sale at Goss’s Hosses. 518-827-6540 (Middleburgh, NY)
•HORSE PEOPLE! NEED HELP WITH YOUR TAXES? Call Helmedach & Young– we’re both tax experts & horse people. 518-943-2000 (Catskill, NY)
•DOUBLE-REGISTERED PASO FINO/GAITED HORSE stallions & mares with the fine gait, outstanding beauty, lovable character, & bloodlines of Contratercero a/k/a/ Bud. 518-299-3103 (Prattsville, NY) ******