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Horse Power Instructor Training School
Currently Accepting Applicants for Spring Semester
February 4, 2011
The Horse Power Instructor Training School is now accepting applications for its spring Instructor Certification Course. Horse Power is a NARHA (North American Riding for the Handicapped Association) Premier Accredited Center and offers and extensive twelve week course covering all aspects of therapeutic horsemanship instruction.
Individuals who take this course and pass the NARHA certification requirements are eligible for NARHA Instructor Certification at the Registered level. Horse Power's Instructor Training School specializes in Equine Experiential Learning. The first-of-its-kind program offers an unparalleled learning experience leading to national NARHA Instructor Certification. To date, 46 graduates, ranging from 18 to 63 years of age, have successfully completed the rigorous program of riding, teaching, training and coursework.
Saving Sierra Benefit
Sierra was headed to slaughter, if that isn’t heartbreaking enough she is pregnant and ready to give birth. However Sierra has not come without severe health issues. Medical bills have been extensive, which is why we need your help. We at Central New England Equine Rescue are hosting a fundraiser "Saving Sierra” with proceeds benefiting Sierra and her unborn foal. Two great rescues put it together to rescue a Momma and her unborn foal! Thanks to Charming Acres Farm & Central New England Equine Rescue Sierra is in a safe home!
Help us save Sierra & her unborn baby at our upcoming fundraiser “Saving Sierra”.
The fundraiser will include food, local musicians, and raffle prizes donated by local businesses.
Saturday, February 12, 2011
6:00pm - 10:00pm
Tickets can be purchased at the door for $10
The Upper Deck Sports Bar & Grille
377 Stetson Road, Barre, MA
Must be at least 21 years old to attend
Join Central New England Equine Rescue in celebrating Sierra’s new beginning.
For more information or to purchase tickets please contact Mary Whitelaw 774.239.6331
If you are unable to attend the fundraiser, but would still like to help please visit www.CNEER.com.
Under the “How to Help” tab you can make a donation. Please include a note that the donation is for “Saving Sierra”
Trick Training for Horses
Fun Ways to Engage, Challenge, and Bond with Your Horse
BEA BORELLE with Gudrun Braun
Trafalgar Square Books is pleased to announce the publication of Trick Training for Horses by Bea Borelle with Gudrun Braun. Tricks and games are not only fun for both horse and handler, they can also add variety to a serious training regimen, helping to keep a working horse interested in his job. Now, this fabulously illustrated book on trick training explains the best way to teach a horse tricks using positive reinforcement. Step-by-step instructions are provided for over 25 different tricks, including classics such as bowing, kneeling, sitting, and lying down. Throughout, Bea Borelle clarifies how including tricks in your general horse training program can help improve a horse’s outlook on life and willingness to perform, regardless of your chosen discipline.
“Using Bea Borelle’s methods you can rediscover some of the ‘magic’ of your childhood and how it can change the way you work with horses. Trick training is one of the best ways to make your horse your friend.” —Philippe Karl, Internationally Renowned Horse Trainer and Author
BEA BORELLE is trained in classical riding by Richard Hinrichs and her husband Philippe Karl. Her interest in preserving the horse’s emotional health and enthusiasm for work during the training process led her to integrate trick training into her general horse training program. She is a staunch advocate for encouraging horses to have “fun” with their handlers and riders, regardless of discipline and the rigors of competition.
152 pp • 6 ½ x 9 ½ • 152 color photos • 978 1 57076 462 2 • $22.95 pb • February
Note: Sections of this book may be appropriate for reprint as FREE excerpts in print and
online publications. High res jacket images are also available.
To order contact: Trafalgar Square Books, Box 257, Howe Hill Road, N. Pomfret, VT 05053
800.423.4525 ∙ www.horseandriderbooks.com
EquineSite's First Ever Kids Model Horse Show
February 4, 2011
EquineSite.com is hosting it's first ever Kids' Model Horse Show for youths under the age of 18. This horse show is an opportunity for kids to show off their Breyer and other model horses with photographs and win ribbons and trophies.
"It's a great cure for the winter blues," says Managing Director, Louisa Amirault. "With all this snow, not everyone is able to ride. Most horsey kids have Breyer horses, so why not enter them in a show?"
The model horse show has 10 halter classes and one costume class. Ribbons will be awarded in each class and trophies will be awarded to the halter champion and the winner of the costume class. Contest sponsors so far, include Griffinbrook.com, Equissage-NE-NY, Langebec Wood Shavings and The Complete Equestrian.
The show is to be judged by a qualified, local Judge. Marie J. S. Phillips is the president of the AMAHA, novice coordinator for MEPSA and AMHEC treasurer. She has 25 years of experience showing and customizing model horses.
"Model horse showing is not just a kid's hobby. It can be difficult for kids, especially the novices, to compete against the professionals," explains Amirault. "That is why this contest is just for kids." EquineSite has provided helpful links for first time model horse showers on the contest page and has also set up a topic in the Bulletin Board for potential entrants to get help with finding more resources and to chat with other model horse owners.
To learn more about this contest, click here.
Dressage4Kids announces New Young Breeders Sport Horse Educational Program
Bedford, NY - An exciting new educational program called the "Young Breeders Sport Horse Educational Program" is intended to educate the Young Breeders of America in theory, judging of confirmation, judging of free jumping and presenting a horse.
One of the goals for this program is to bring young breeders together across breeding associations, countries, and languages. To create a network among these participants that will help exchange ideas and information to assist them in creating the ideal Sport Horse of tomorrow.
Dressage4Kids (D4K) has organized an Weekend Equestrian Educational Program (WEP), for January 29th and 30th at Nonnewaug Regional School in Woodbury, CT. This year’s D4K Weekend Educational Program will include a day-long session on judging conformation and showing horses in hand. Among the many speakers are clinicians Britta Johnson and Phil Silva who will be on hand to supply you with more information about this program as well as future clinics. And, for the first time, the 2011 Youth Dressage Festival includes a Sport Horse Handling and Judging competition. Ages 10 and up are accepted. In addition to the Festival, you can expect to see several classes added at select Breed Shows throughout the season..
These clinics will be a great learning experience to evaluate the suitability of sport horses of all different breeds. It is a good opportunity for the riders to learn to judge the horses’ potential from the ground. They will learn about the horses’ conformation, and how to evaluate the horses’ strong and weak points. They will learn how to present the horses in-hand, evaluating free-jumping, and theory. The competition consists of 3 parts, a written quiz on knowledge, presenting a horse on the triangle, and judging. The judging consists of 3 parts, judging mares in hand, evaluating free movements of the horse, and evaluating horses over jumps.
This new Young Breeders Program is spearheaded by Lendon Gray’s Dressage4Kids (D4K). The program was formulated with the hopes of putting together a team to represent the United States in the International Young Breeders World Championships. "The WBFSH World Championships for Young Breeders” are held on a 2 year cycle. Six people may be selected to represent the United States at the championships to be held July 22th-24th 2011 in Chazey sur Ain, France. There will be two age groups in the international competition: 16 to 19 and 20 to 25.
D4K Mission Statement: To encourage riders under 21 to become true horsemen with correct position, competitive skills, and knowledge of all aspects of riding and horse care; to offer scholarships to enable competitors to further their education; to have fun and develop good sportsmanship throughout. For more on D4K, visit www.dressage4kids.com
NEW Thoroughbred Retirement program opens in South Florida
|Wellington, FL - The Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association (FHBPA), with the support of Gulfstream Park, Calder Race Course and the South Florida jockey colony, recognizing the need for a South Florida based Thoroughbred retirement program, has formed TRAC, a retirement, retraining and placement group dedicated to horses that end their racing careers at one of the two race tracks.
TRAC (Thoroughbred Retirement and Adoptive Care), also has strong support from professional jockeys who race in Florida and throughout the United States, industry professionals, businesses and horse lovers. Horses entering the TRAC program receive hands-on care, professional retraining and the chance for a second career. The program strives to find suitable adopters and homes for every horse. Many retired Thoroughbreds move on to second careers in the show world as hunters, jumpers, eventers or dressage horses. Some achieve success on the polo field, on trails, in therapeutic riding programs or simply as loving companions.
"Our efforts depend on a strong alliance between race tracks, industry officials, horsemen, owners, trainers, jockeys and fans," said Phil Combest, TRAC Advisory Committee member, race horse owner and FHBPA official. "The racing industry is demonstrating its support through purse contributions and annual donations. But we need everyone's to make sure all our retired horses receive basic care, retraining, and veterinary care," continued Combest.
The program requires that potential adopters are screened and provided with a legal adoption contract. Affordable adoption fees vary per horse. After a horse is placed in an adoptive home, TRAC continues to monitor their progress and care.
"At no time in the history of our sport has the racing industry been more involved in the aftercare of our equine athletes," added Celia Scarlett Fawkes, whose racing stable includes 2010 Breeders' Cup Sprint champion horse Big Drama. Fawkes, a TRAC Advisory Committee member said the group's main goal is "to make sure that no Thoroughbred is ever turned away from the program to face an uncertain future or tragic death."