• The Gaited Horse Association (like more than 900,000,000 others) is now on facebook! “Like” it at https://www.facebook.com/GaitedHorseAssociation.
Now you can read the GHA Newsletter online, too, at http://advocatepka.weebly.com. There are several newsletters available to read online, just in case you missed any. But don’t worry, none of them will be on the final exam (just on pop quizzes).
MEMBERS’ NEWS & NOTES
• GHA member & GHA supporter JP’s North, Inc., 10251 NYS Route 32, Greenville, NY, purveyors of English & Western tack & attire, has 2 more chances for barrel racers to cash in on JP’s 2013 $5,000 Added Barrel Races, with races on September 14 & October 12. In case you’re wondering what the potential payoff could be, consider that last year’s races had $42,000 plus in payoffs for the 3 barrel races. Competitors must show a current negative Coggins on race day. Warm ups begin at 7 AM. Races start at 9 AM.
JP’s North’s Small Animal Auctions continue over the summer with auctions on June 2 & 23, July 14, & August 4. Auctions begin at 10:30 AM, & miscellaneous merchandise is accepted at each auction to be auctioned prior to the animals. Please call JP’s North at 800-237-4488 if the weather is inclement.
• GHA member Frisbee Agency, representative for Farm Family Insurance, located at 384B Main Street, Catskill, NY, provides insurance for farms & agricultural interests among its products, so in cooperation with the Greene County Council on the Arts, presents Everything Farm Art Exhibit, a display of beautiful works dedicated to farms & farming by watercolor artists from the Washington Irving Senior Center, directed by William Carbone. The exhibit runs until July 19, & is open 8:30 to 4:30.
The next exhibit, entitled Horses, Horses, Horses, will run from July 20 through October 18, with the opening reception on July 20, from 2 PM to 5 PM. Paintings, drawings, photographs, collages, framed art, & small sculptures based on the theme of horses are eligible. Artists interested in having their works included in the exhibit may email prospective entries to Jill Lamanec at firstname.lastname@example.org, or may mail photos or drop off photos of their works at the Frisbee Agency for Jill by July 15. Exhibit jurors are Laura Garramone & the Frisbee Agency in cooperation with the GCCA.
Over the past many months, Frisbee Agency office manager Jill Lamanac & artist/curator Laura Garramone have successfully coordinated & presented 5 farm themed art shows, including the current show. The previous exhibits were ‘Barns & Farms,’ ‘From Farm to Table,’ ‘Critters from the Farm,’ & ‘Tools of the Trade.’ For more information on the current show & the call for works for the next show, call Jill at 518-943-3333, or email to email@example.com or to Laura at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• GHA members Lucinda & Butch Human of Star H Equine Insurance, P.O. Box 2250, Advance, NC 27006, are horse people themselves, so they know both insurance & the insurance needs of horse people. Now Star H Equine Insurance has expanded its equine major medical & mortality lines to include American Equine Insurance Group.
Lucinda says, “We’ve seen some major changes in the rates this year, & we are glad to be able to offer our clients as many options as possible to fit their needs in an affordable manner. The AEIG coverage is excellent, & we’ve found the company to be very easy to work with on all aspects.”
To answer all your horse-related insurance needs (& the questions that go before, during, & after), contact Lucinda & Butch at 336-940-5455 or toll-free at 877-827-4480, or by fax at 336-940-5475, or via the internet at Lucinda@starhinsurance.com or at www.starHinsurance.com.
• GHA member & author & artist Deb Tompkins of Greenville, NY, isn’t quite ready to ride yet following her April 22 hip replacement surgery, & with a cracked shaft on her Meadowbrook cart, she isn’t driving her high, wide, & handsome Q either, which is okay since she can’t climb into the cart yet. It has occurred to her that, perhaps, she should sell Q for his own good since he needs a home with more work(?) & less pasture(!), but she is not inclined to give up his great mind & disposition. Deb does admit that “a little gaited horse is sounding better all the time…”
Pursuing her interests in writing (no heavy lifting required), Deb has finished a couple more books & is now in search of a publisher.
Meanwhile, her (not so) new barn cat has presented Deb with plenty of proof that he is on the job (don’t ask, you don’t want to know).
Keep in mind that Deb has lots 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 Bonnie Goss of Goss’s Hosses, Earles Road, Middleburgh, NY, whose Haflinger mare Clarabelle is working on her acceptance speech for next year’s Oscars, hosted a screening of the movie Welcome to Happy Valley, which was filmed at Goss’s Hosses & in which Clarabelle (unofficially) starred, saving the family farm featured in the film. A giant screen was set up in the indoor arena & close to 100 people came to watch the movie & eat. Free film & food: the perfect formula for a good time. Even Jeremy McDermott came all the way from Texas for the viewing.
Jeremy, incidentally, has landed a very good job in Texas at a show barn where he rides the show string, not the young trainee horses, & he doesn’t have to clean stalls, either. While Bonnie says he is a lucky duck, it should be noted that Jeremy spent last winter in Minnesota & will now be spending the summer in Texas. He may be lucky, but his timing is a little off.
Bonnie has been riding Flash (the paint horse, not the comic book superhero) on the trails & likes him very much. He has a “big forward moving walk & a sane sensible attitude.” The bigger paint, a draft cross, Dan is slower. Zak Orth has been riding Dan when he comes up on weekends. Zak is a big guy (like Dan), so it’s a good fit. Zak’s NBC show Revolutions has moved filming to Texas, so in a place as small as Texas, Zak & Jeremy are practically neighbors, giving Bonnie a good reason to visit there (in summer?).
To learn what Goss’s Hosses has to offer, or to get Clarabelle’s autograph, call Bonnie at 518-827-6540.
• GHA member Marilyn Wyckoff of Hacienda de la Roca Paso Finos, located on Wyckoff Road, Gilboa, NY, & all the Haciendados, have had an exciting couple of weeks selling (yes!) both of the 4-year-old Paso Finos, the filly Diva to Cathy Gigliotti of Wappingers Falls, NY, & the gelding Rocky Gilboa to Robert Leslie.
The vet has concluded the second round of spring vaccinations, baby killdeer have hatched out in back of the barn, & the white tailed deer are getting their horns. Meanwhile, all are (im)patiently awaiting the birth of “Junior” in late June, the highly anticipated 1st foal of the Hacienda’s 9-year-old Paso Fino stallion Rayito de la Roca, a son of Resplandor III. Maravilla, the dam-to-be, is a daughter of the renowned Profeta. Rayito is standing at stud at the Hacienda for the 2013 breeding season.
In addition to boarding horses, Marilyn is offering individual riding lessons for $40/hour, or you can take advantage of her “buy 4, get 1 free” lesson deal for $160. Anyone of any age is welcome to sign up for lessons provided they know right from left (knowing up from down is optional). Pony rides are also available at $15 or a half hour’s ride.
For specifics on bringing your mare to Rayito or on any of the Hacienda’s offerings, call Marilyn at 607-588-7567 or 607-437-8040. Marilyn went to Pimlico Race Track for the running of the Preakness, so if you call & her secretary tells you Marilyn is away on her yacht, you know her horse won.
• The GHA congratulates GHA member, American Hoof Association Certified barefoot hoof care specialist, Equine Sciences Academy Field Instructor, & EasyCare Official Dealer Geri White of Middleburgh, NY, on her election in May to the Board of Directors of the American Hoof Association.
Take note that Native Hoof now has a Facebook page. You can find it here: http://nativehoof.us6.list-manage.com/track/click?u=32cc035f72aa91720fdc3bc7a&id=fc9a0ca35d&e=2994d489c8
Please be sure to like Native Hoof & share out the page on which you will find updates, events, & Native Hoof news. The page isn’t open to comments or messaging, so if you’re a Native Hoof client in need of assistance for your horse, or if you have questions about an appointment, please use email@example.com email. For clinic registration & confirmation, or for clinic related questions, use firstname.lastname@example.org
As an ESA instructor, Geri & several students traveled together as part of their Practical Training for their ESA certification to Peaceful Acres Horse Rescue in Pattersonville, NY, & to clients Debbie & Emily Valerio’s Appaloosa Springs to trim horses & for a demonstration on the use of essential oils for calming & detoxing horses.
On May 11, Geri was the guest on Nicole Birkholzer’s Red Sofa web show series to benefit Blue Star Equiculture, a draft horse rescue & organic farm in Palmer, MA. The show covered Geri’s whole horse approach to hoof care & how a Paddock Paradise environment can benefit horses & land. Blue Star had just set up a Paddock Paradise for their 30 drafts. You can view video of this at www.mindful-connections.com. Proceeds benefit Blue Star.
May 18 was a Paddock Paradise Clinic at Native Hoof in Middleburgh, with a full attendance.
June 8 & 9, Geri is at Ravenhill Equine Wellness Center, Leeds, MA, for a 2-day Trimming Clinic. Hands-on spots are full, but there is room for auditors.
July 20, Geri is back on Red Sofa accompanied by Dr. Jill Smith, Chiropractor, & Wendy Bryant, Natural Balance Equine Dentist, all representing Ravenhill, & again to benefit Blue Star. You can come see this live (the only way to travel) or at www.equiculture.org.
In the planning stages, a 2-day clinic in Westhampton, MA, with Dr. Smith, Wendy Bryant, Doris & Ron Bouchard of Massage & Bodyworks, & Nicole Birkholzer of Mindful Connections. Check Geri’s website & facebook page for details as they develop.
If you are interested in hosting a clinic or presentation, contact Geri’s event coordinator Michelle Hall at email@example.com.
For those who are still firmly in the 20th century, call Geri at 518-827-3181 or at 607-437-7993.
• GHA member Nancy Partridge of Mountain Brook Farm, Partridge Road, Ashland, NY, like everyone, is glad that “riding season” is under way. Lessons & trail rides at the Farm have resumed, & spending time in the saddle is a great way to enjoy nature (not to mention to enjoy yourself). Winter is almost here, so don’t waste even 1 gorgeous day. Call right away for an appointment for a lesson or trail ride.
If that spunky older horse or even spunkier youngster of yours needs a tune-up (oil change is extra), you’ll be glad to know training time with the Farm’s trainer/instructor Liz McGinnis is available.
Assistant trainer/instructor Samantha Simfenderfer is graduating from Windham-Ashland-Jewett on June 21 & will be attending Cazenovia College this Fall majoring in Equine Business Management. (How do you make a small fortune in the horse business? Start with a large fortune.)
With summer virtually here, it’s time to sign up for Summer Camps, which run July 22 to 26, August 5 to 9, & August 12 to 16, 10 AM to 4 PM. Campers learn the basics of horsemanship, including grooming horses, horse anatomy, tack, & riding in the arena & on trails. With limited slots in each session, it’s best to sign up early.
Nancy’s granddaughter Isabella Domena, a 6-year-old who lives to ride, couldn’t ride in the Kentucky Derby because (among other things) her cast– the result of a gym class injury– didn’t come off until May 6. But even before that, Isabella did ride her Peruvian mare Corazon.
The loud cheering you might hear in June is everyone at the Farm celebrating the birth of Nancy’s Peruvian stallion Bohemio Magnifico’s premier get out of the mare Reina.
For details on the Farm’s programs, to arrange for board for your horse, or to sign up for lessons, training, & trail rides, just call Nancy at 518-734-3917.
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.
• 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
•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)
•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)
•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)
•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)
•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)
•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: dressage focused boarding, lesson & training facility, 72’ x 200’ indoor arena, adult/children’s beginner through 4th level instruction, warmbloods for sale. 518-821-3231, www.rhinesiren.com (Gilboa, 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)
•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)
•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.
•ECKER HOLLOW STABLES: riding & boarding facility with indoor & lighted outdoor arenas, trails; a caring facility in business 30 years. 518-296-8314 (Schoharie, NY)
•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. http://PasoFinoHorseFarm.weebly.com 518-299-3103 (Prattsville, NY) ******