We’ve gathered links to all the barns in Massachusetts that offer special programs during the summertime. Some start in June, many have programs for July and August. Each barn is different; there can be one-day events or entire week camps. Just click on the links to find out more. Remember, not everyone has updated their website yet, so feel free to contact them via email or phone!
Angel Youdis on Suagger
The second annual NE Classic Horse Show was held on Saturday May 18th at the Three County Fairgrounds in Northampton. With no pre-entry requirements, anyone interested in barrel racing and/or pole bending could just head on over to the grounds, ride and have fun, as Leslie Leasor puts it.
Doug and Leslie Leasor started this show last year hoping to create more appreciation for the sport. “I used to do Pleasure until Doug introduced me to this. It is a LOT more fun!” Leslie said. Doug came from Kentucky nine years ago and wanted to show people what barrel racing and pole bending was all about without the exorbitant fees normally charged at these types of events. There are no membership fees, no stall fees, and entry fees run between $15 and $30. All of the money made during the event is put right back into the show. “It is a non-profit event and we give everything away,” Leslie explained. Read more
Focus on New Training Center and Clinic Schedule
Heather Blitz has announced today a revised program for this summer at her new training center in Medfield, Massachusetts. The 44 year old Pan American gold and silver medalist and Olympic Games reserve has decided to stay in the U.S. to focus on her new business and clinic schedule instead of traveling to Europe. Blitz had been awarded a USEF European Training Grant and was considering taking her 10 year old Don Shufro gelding Paragon to train in Europe but after relocating to New England this past week and having spent last summer in England has reconsidered another overseas trip. Read more
A loose Old English bulldog that allegedly killed one miniature horse and injured another Saturday afternoon has the animal control officer from Edgartown on Martha’s Vineyard, urging that the three-year-old bulldog be put down.
Animal control officer Barbara Prada said a tip led officials Sunday to Edgartown resident Adam Mahoney, the owner of Mugsy the bulldog, who admitted that Mugsy came home Saturday covered in blood and sporting scrapes and scratches after being on the loose. Animal control officials are holding Mugsy for 10 days as part of a state law mandating a quarantine in case of rabies. Read more on Boston.com.
Dr. Katy Raynor and Dr. Rachel Roemer
Dr. Rachel Roemer and Dr. Katy Raynor are heading up a new service provided by the New England Equine Medical and Surgical Center. Though located just over the border in New Hampshire, the team travels well into Massachusetts for scheduled visits.
New England Equine is a well-established referral facility and has recently started offering on-the-farm services including routine care (vaccines, dentistry, deworming, etc.), wellness programs, 24 hours emergency services, extensive lameness and internal medicine diagnostics and more. The field services are backed by the great team of veterinarians and staff at the clinic in Dover – a great benefit to both their patients and clients. Read more
Clinician Frances Carbonnel at Ten Broeck Farm
Browse the numerous bulletin boards and blog posts and you’ll notice that Western Dressage is getting a great deal of attention. Dressage movements beneath a western saddle may not be all that difficult to grasp, when you consider that the very foundation of the Dressage discipline transcends the tack. According to the United States Dressage Federation, “Dressage is a French term meaning “training” and its purpose is to develop the horse’s natural athletic ability and willingness to work making him calm, supple and attentive to his rider.”
USDF Bronze and Silver Medalist Orintha Ten Broeck Silva is co-owner of Ten Broeck Farm in Pepperell along with husband and professional handler Phil Silva. They have been instilling dressage principles and proper handling techniques at their equine facility for years. Both have a true appreciation of how to get desired results and keeping horses sound throughout their training. Read more
Cynthia Hankins is a USEF R-rated judge in the Hunter and Hunt Seat Equitation field. As a junior she won the American Horse Show Association Medals back in 1975 and has since become a well-known international trainer, dividing her time between the US and France at a top breeding farm. If you had not heard of her name, it might be because this was her first time as a clinician in New England. She has however judged the Equitation Medal Finals before.
Dina Mazzola and Tricia Concannon of the hunter/jumper training and showing barn Fair Harbour Farm at Esterbrook Farm in Acton had invited Cynthia for the two-day clinic. Both Dina and Tricia are USEF Hunter and Hunt Seat Equitation judges as well. In fact, on Sunday Tricia was out judging a show while the clinic participants rode and learned from Cynthia in the outdoor arena. Read more