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March 2015

UMW Inducts First Equestrian to Athletic Hall of Fame

Written by S. E. Morris. From the March/April 2015 issue

Instructor, trainer, judge, and professional rider Carol Hawley was the first equestrian inducted into the UMW athletic hall of fame on Jan. 24, 2015. Called “one of the most influential figures in the riding program’s history at Mary Washington,” Hawley coached the UMW equestrian team from 1984–1998, leading the team to numerous national competitions and awards.

“I have not been nominated before and never […]

The Great American Trail Horse Sale is on April 10-11, 2015

The largest group of horse enthusiasts are those whose interest is in trail riding or just riding for pleasure. Finding the right horse for these activities can be a costly and time-consuming process. The Great American Trail Horse Sale and Competition, held April 10–11, at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, Va., caters specifically to the trail and recreational rider. This will be the 15th year for this unique, annual horse auction. They will be […]

Richard Winters Horsemanship Clinic

On April 4th and 5th from 9 a.m to 4 p.m. Richard Winters Horsemanship will be having a clinic at Dream Weaver Farms in Crockett, Virginia. This clinic is designed to establish trust and respect with your equine partner. The riding exercises are practical and instill confidence in each rider’s abilities. Equine psychology, ground work exercises, focused riding, handling spooky situations, rein management, body control and understanding leads are some of  the topics that will be covered. […]

Mitchell Dressage at Southern Heritage Farm

On April 12 the Mitchell Dressage Series will be hosting a dressage show at Southern Heritage Farm in Midland, Virginia. The judge will be Aviva Nebesky (L- Grade.) They are now welcoming gaited dressage and western dressage. They are also affiliated with The Jocky Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program. There will be show awards and year end award offerings. Entry costs per tests will be $25 until March 15 then $30 dollars to the entry deadline […]

Common Equine Eye Problems

The equine eye is not unlike the eyes of many other species. Because horses are prey animals, they have evolved to be constantly on the lookout for predators. Their eyes are very sensitive to movement.

The Tale of Tape

Written by Berry E. Childers. From our January/February 2015 issue

Appaloosa horses, one of God’s most beautiful creatures, are known famously for two things: Beautiful color, and, often, an almost complete lack of a tail.

It is as a result very popular when showing the Appaloosa breed to intricately weave in a false tail with their real one- a tail that majestically reaches the ground and dances with their every movement. So it was that we found […]

Benefit Poker Run Trail Ride

On April 4, 2015  the SouthEastern Association of Trail Riders will be hosting a Benefit Poker Run Trail Ride at 37093 Warrique Road at Tidewater Horse Trail in Ivor, VA. It will be held for a fellow equestrian who was hurt in a horse related accident. The proceeds will go towards her medical bills. Donation for ride will be $25 which includes lunch if pre-registered. There will be primitive overnight parking available Friday night for $10.

A current negative […]

River City Horse Show

On March 28, 2015 River City Horse Shows will be hosting its first show of the year.  River City Horse Shows is a series of all-breed, open horse shows held at the Chesterfield County Fairgrounds.To be held at 10300 Courthouse Road. Chesterfield, Va. 23832. It will be eligible for Open Horse Show Association points. Gates will open at 7:00 A.M. and the show will begin at 9:00 A.M. There will be a Sunday rain date. $6 per class […]

February 2015

Restoring A Rare Breed

Cherokee and Choctaw Horses at Summer Duck Wood
Written by S.E. Morris

Mary Carter McConnell established her herd of Cherokee and Choctaw horses at her farm, Sumer Duck Wood, in Rapidan, Va., in 2007. The 1,500 acres of property encompass 500 open acres for paddocks, miles of trails, and 35 jumps for a hunter pace practice course.

“We currently have fifty-six horses on the property, said McConnell. “The first horses for my herd arrived from Oklahoma in 2007; […]

Adult Re-Riders – Back in the Saddle Again!

Reprinted from the Sept/Oct. 2014 Issue. Written by S. E. Morris
Autumn is upon us; for many, it’s time to go back to school. Perhaps we should ask ourselves, is it also time to return to riding? Adults in greater numbers have resumed horseback riding after a time lapse, whereas others are experiencing the joy of learning to ride for the first time. Several riding programs in Virginia offer lessons, support, and health advice for “those […]