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First Annual “Miss Rodeo New England” Pageant
First Annual “Miss Rodeo New England” Pageant Seeks
“A Nor’easter On Horseback” to Carry Region’s Title
Friday, June 24 and Saturday, June 25
Marshfield Fairgrounds, Marshfield, MA
The First Annual “Miss Rodeo New England” Pageant, held in
conjunction with the 4th Annual New England Wild West Fest, seeks
contestants to compete for the title “Miss Rodeo New England.”
Miss Rodeo New England will represent the Professional Rodeo
Cowboy Association (PRCA) at rodeos and serve as a Goodwill
Ambassador of western life and lifestyle at other events. She will
also serve as the Regional Spokesperson for the Spirit of the
American Cowboy Foundation, a Boston based, all volunteer nonprofit
corporation, which is dedicated to raising money for pediatric
cancer research primarily by showcasing the sport of rodeo and
other aspects of the western lifestyle.
Contestants will be judged for horsemanship, speech,
personality, appearance, modeling, knowledge of rodeo and
current events and photogenic qualities.
The horsemanship competition will be held on Saturday, June
25 and is presented by everything cowgirl.tv. Contestants must
bring and ride their own horse. If they do not have a horse, the
Miss Rodeo New England Committee will help them connect to
one to ride for the competition. A Ride Pattern will be given to
the contestants, as well as questions regarding general
The winning contestant who scores the highest in all categories will
be awarded the title “Miss Rodeo New England 2011”, a
Scholarship, hand-tooled tack box and many other gifts. The top
scoring contestant from any other New England state will be
awarded their state title and be eligible to compete for the national
title, “Miss Rodeo America” at the Miss Rodeo America Pageant held
in conjunction with the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in December
in Las Vegas, NV.
Miss Rodeo New England and other New England State rodeo
queens will be eligible to travel to Miss Rodeo America clinics
throughout the United States and at such events as the Cheyenne
Frontier Days in Cheyenne, WY, the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame
Inductions in Colorado Springs, CO, Nebraskaland Days in North
Platte, NE, the Dodge National Circuit Finals and other prestigious
Miss Rodeo America 2011 McKenzie Haley
National Finals Rodeo, Las Vegas, NV
Photo Credit: John Shooter
• Single young women between
the ages of 19 and 25
• Excellent horsewoman
• Outgoing personality – ability
to project their personality from
the back of a moving horse
• Well spoken
• Knowledgeable about western
horsemanship, rodeo and
About Miss Rodeo America -
Public Relations Contact: Kathy Anderson 310-924-9416
Century Mill Stables IEA Rider Going to Nationals
IEA National Finals 2011!
Congratulations Team CMS on a fantastic season, and especially to
who will be representing the team at National Finals April 28!
See all the results from Regional and Zone finals here.
JANE SAVOIE’S DRESSAGE 101
AVAILABLE APRIL 20, 2011
Straight talk about dressage
from one of the best teachers and mentors
of our generation
JANE SAVOIE’S DRESSAGE 101
The Ultimate Source of Dressage Basics in a Language You Can Understand
Trafalgar Square Books is pleased to announce the publication of Jane Savoie’s Dressage 101 by internationally renowned coach, mentor, and motivational speaker Jane Savoie. This one-volume new edition of Jane’s best-selling books Cross-Train Your Horse and More Cross-Training provides a simple, riddle-free system of training that places a high priority on the horse’s physical and mental well-being. Beginning with the three golden rules of dressage training—clarity, consistency, and kindness—Jane walks you through her four stages of dressage education. Stage One is an introductory course in the basics; Stage Two covers the "nuts and bolts" of training, including transitions, school figures, and movements; Stage Three translates the secrets surrounding the half-halt, enabling you to put your horse "on the bit," and adding a whole new dimension to your training; and you’ll even be ready for some "fancy stuff " in Stage Four. You don’t have to be smart, rich, or a super athlete to master dressage fundamentals and have an enthusiastically willing, exuberantly forward, excitingly athletic horse—you just need this book.
Jane is as well-known as a coach, writer, and speaker as she is for her competitive accomplishments. She was the 1996 and 2004 Olympic dressage coach for the Canadian Event Team in Atlanta and Athens, and she coached several top dressage and event riders in their preparations for the 2000 Olympics. Jane is the author of a number of bestselling books and DVDs, including That Winning Feeling! and It’s Not Just about the Ribbons.
Jane Savoie is one of the most recognized names in dressage. She has been a member of the United States Equestrian Team and has competed for the US in Canada, Holland, Belgium, France, and Germany. She was the reserve rider for the Bronze-medal-winning Olympic dressage team in Barcelona, Spain. She has been long-listed by the USET with several horses and has won nine Horse of the Year awards and three National Freestyle Championships.
Cara McNamee, DVM
Omar Maher, DV, DACVS
This time of year, thrush is commonly seen as a foot problem as horses are often standing in muddy pastures all day. However, another more serious foot problem can result from the same environmental conditions. Canker is a chronic dermatitis of the foot that results in growth of moist tissue with a rotten smell. It is usually seen in Draft horses, especially in the hind feet, but has been documented in light breeds as well. It is caused by a bacterial infection that results in abnormal keratin production (the horn of the foot), that affects the frog and the sole. It is seen more in humid environments, and may initially be misdiagnosed as thrush, though thrush usually results in loss of hoof tissue as opposed to growth. Risk factors include standing in wet pastures or in unhygienic conditions.
Canker is usually not associated with lameness early on, and often originates in the frog as a small area of pink tissue that bleeds easily, progressing to a more proliferative cauliflower-like mass with a foul odor. If untreated, the infection can penetrate into deeper tissues and severe lameness can result, warranting more aggressive therapy. Canker is diagnosed by its characteristic appearance and odor or by biopsy of the affected area.
Treatment can be complicated and expensive, and may require multiple sessions of general anesthesia to debride the proliferative tissue. The horse will be anesthetized and after a tourniquet is applied to the affected leg, the abnormal tissue is cut away until normal tissue is seen. Then liquid nitrogen is used as cryotherapy to freeze the area. Topical treatments are then applied daily thereafter, using acetone and benzoyl peroxide to keep to the foot as dry as possible, with topical antibiotics as well. Systemic antibiotics may be used, however this may require the horse to stay in a hospital for IV treatments. Most importantly, the foot needs to stay as dry and clean as possible, and the horse must stay in a dry environment. Your farrier may be able to help by creating a hospital plate that can be removed daily with a drill for treatments. Horses with canker usually have well-cared for feet, which make the disease all that much more frustrating. Therefore, good hygiene and cleaning your horses feet daily will help prevent problems with canker or other issues affecting the sole during the mud season.
Connect with Your Horse from the Ground Up
Transform the Way You See, Feel, and Ride with a Whole New Kind of Groundwork
Transform the Way You See, Feel, and Ride with a Whole New Kind of GroundworkConnect with Your Horse from the Ground Up
PEGGY CUMMINGS with Bobbie Jo Lieberman
At a young age, Peggy Cummings noticed that many of the horses she rode and worked with were sadly inhibited—unable to express their innate curiosity, trust, and freedom of motion—and went about their work in a mechanical, stiff way. This inspired a lifelong search for real-world ways to achieve the "lightness" and "ease" promoted by top instructors and classical texts.
160 pp • 8 ¼ x 10 ¼ • 310 color photos and 35 illustrations • 978 1 57076 422 6 • $29.95 hc
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Now, in this long-awaited book, Cummings describes the essentials of her specialized groundwork—the prelude and foundation of her acclaimed Connected Riding program—along with over two dozen highly illustrated exercises to help horses and their handlers find a reciprocal "connection" on the ground so it is easier to establish in the saddle. These exercises, done both standing still and in motion, drastically change the way you see and "feel" your horse, and radically improve how your horse moves, responds, and goes about his work.
In clinics worldwide and through her website and books, PEGGY CUMMINGS helps countless riders discover their own "aha" moments, helping horses and riders get "unstuck," regain their elasticity, and learn what it’s like to move without bracing patterns, compression, and counterbalancing. Her DVD
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NH horse and rider struck by car
NH horse and rider struck by car
Equestrians speak out about road safety
It was about noon on Saturday, January 22, 2011, when Celia Donovan and her friend Evelyn Miller were riding their horses down Dennison Pond Road in Francestown, NH. According to the two riders, a car was approaching from behind at a speed they believed to be too fast. Despite Evelyn’s efforts to signal the driver to slow down, Celia Donovan and her horse Fritz were struck.
In the police report, the 19-year-old driver states, “I had been breaking so I could stop, but I hit a patch of ice and ended up hitting the horse and the lady. I was going only about ten miles per hour.”
The driver’s vehicle had damage to the windshield, hood and front bumper, where Celia Donovan and Fritz landed. Both horse and rider were injured.
“Believe me, she was not going 10 mph.” says Celia, “also, there was no ice; I had scrutinized the road on the way up. I would never take my horse on ice. There was good traction.”
The road conditions on the police report did not indicate the presence of ice, but the officer did state that the snow was slick, even though it was sanded. The driver was not charged with anything, nor did she receive a citation.
Insurance will cover the growing pile of medical expenses for Celia and Fritz, but Celia’s concern is for the lack of interest she feels the police had in her case. She says the police indicated that she shouldn’t have been on the road. She met with the Select Board on March 14 to discuss the accident and share her concerns. The board soon met with the officer on the scene to discuss ways to improve driver awareness in the matter of sharing the road with equestrians.
The officer told the Monadnock Ledger, “We haven’t come up with anything concrete.”
New Hampshire law states “Every person having control or charge of a vehicle shall, whenever upon any way and approaching any horse, drive, manage, and control such vehicle in such a manner as to exercise every reasonable precaution to prevent the frightening of such horse, and insure the safety and protection of any person riding or driving the same.” NH RSA 265:104
Equestrians posting on EquineSite.com’s Bulletin Board share Celia’s concern and outrage over the accident.
“This is not the first time an equestrian rider or driver has been hit on a road nor will it be the last,” explains one poster. “If anything, conflicts with inexperienced, distracted, and just plain rude drivers seem to be getting more frequent.” She goes on to suggest equestrians get the word out in any way possible… “online, in print, word of mouth, radio, TV, high school health and safety classes, driver's ed teachers…”
In recent years, that is just what the New Hampshire Horse Council has been trying to do with their “Share the Road” campaign. The NHHC uses education and leadership to act as a liaison among horse groups, the general public and the legislature. They submitted press releases through various types of media advising drivers,
“Please slow down and pass wide, and allow as much room as feasible between the horse and the vehicle. Slowing down allows the horse and rider (driver) enough time to realize a vehicle is approaching and to make sure the horse is prepared for the vehicle to pass. When approaching a horse from the rear, it is important to know that the horse and rider (driver) is going to be less aware of your presence, so please be cautious. Never sound the horn or create loud noises, as this might cause the horse to spook.”
Legally, horses are allowed on most roads, yet horse folk are getting the message that they don’t belong there.
Another member of the EquineSite.com Bulletin Board writes, “I've also, like many others, been yelled at to get off the road by drivers who are extremely ignorant of what the laws actually say.”
So despite the state laws and the laws of common courtesy, the roads seem to be getting increasingly more dangerous. Celia Donovan feels that the lack of action taken against the driver in her accident sends the wrong message. “Okay, yes we do have to educate, but if this girl has no consequence, she’s going to carry on doing what she’s doing.”
Riders who are concerned about their safety on the road can contact their state horse council to inquire about precautions they can take and steps they can take to spread the word about “sharing the road.”
Celia will have to put her eventing season on hold while her broken hand mends and Fritz’s hock heals. As many have expressed, she’s lucky they are both alive.