October 15, 2009


New Homes Needed for Two Mares in Walnut Creek Area

I am rather desperately looking for homes for an 18-22 y/o Arab Mix mare (Fantasia) and a 21 y/o Bashkir Curly mare (Queen) with ringbone. I have been diagnosed with thyroid cancer and need to find these horses homes as soon as possible.

I currently have five horses, two are project horses out of three that I bought last year, Affaire - who is "my" horse, Fantasia - the Arab mix mare who belongs to my daughter and Queen - the curly mare who is a family horse, aka "the plug" or husband-safe horse.

I would still really like to keep training my project horses and am trying to keep my horse Affaire but I've been struggling to keep up with the daily chores. I donated Fantasia and Queen to a rescue in May BUT they said they could only "take" them if I was their foster home. Expenses are supposed to be tax deductible this way but there is no change in the hay in/manure out equation. The horses still don't have new homes and it appears the rescue is in trouble as they don't return e-mails or phone calls. I am hoping that if someone wants one of these mares that they can be her foster home as I supposedly am, so that the expenses are tax deductible so I will keep trying to contact the rescue. Also, I would take either of these horses back if things didn't work out. I want to be sure they are well cared for and in a good situation.

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Additional Dressage Developing Clinics Conducted by Olympians Announced

From the USEF Dressage Department

The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Dressage Department is pleased to announce additional dressage clinic dates and locations for developing horse/rider combinations in the United States. Joining the roster of Olympians conducting these clinics is multiple Olympic, World Equestrian Games and Pan American Games medalist Debbie McDonald of Hailey, ID. McDonald will be teaching a clinic on December 12-13, 2009, at Linda and Michael Fowler’s Epona Farm in Thousand Oaks, CA. This clinic is open to USEF A and B long-listed riders and Developing List combinations, with invitations distributed to qualified competitors directly from the USEF office.

“I am honored to have been asked to conduct a USEF Developing Clinic,” McDonald said. “I have always wanted to give back to the sport that has been so great to me. I love to coach and feel that I can bring my skills in this regard to greatly benefit the future of high-performance dressage.”

In addition, three-time Olympian Guenter Seidel will conduct a USEF Dressage Developing Clinic at Mary Anne and Walter McPhail’s High Meadow Farm in Loxahatchee, FL, also on the weekend of December 12-13, 2009.
“I'm looking forward to helping develop our up-and-coming dressage talent, and am especially excited to travel to the East Coast and see all the great horses and riders from the other side of our country,” said the California-based Seidel.

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Two Californians Finish in Top Four of the USEF Medal Finals!

Springsteen Rocks the Pessoa/USEF Hunt Seat Medal Final at the 64th Pennsylvania National Horse Show

By Classic Communications

Seventeen-year-old Jessica Springsteen was the biggest star at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show as her famous parents cheered her on. She bested 237 riders over two rounds of competition, and a four-rider work-off to win the nation's top equitation prize, the Pessoa/USEF Hunt Seat Medal Final.

Course designer Steve Stephens, in conjunction with judges Ellen Raidt and Leo Conroy, were very specific about the distances they required between related fences, mandating that the riders perform with precision.

Riders were instructed to proceed directly to fence 1, giving their horses no time to acclimate to the ring. A bending line to fence 2, followed by a tight turn to fence three, set on the center line, and another change of direction to fences 4 ABC, an oxer, vertical, oxer combination tested control of the horse. Fence 5 was set on an angle at the far end of the ring to fence 6 which was set on the rail. After fence 6, there were three options for the turn to fence 7, a short approach which was very tight, a medium approach inside another fence or a long approach. Fence 7 was a natural log pile with no wings. Fence 8, a skinny fence also with no wings, was set off the rail and was another on an angle followed by a bending line to fence 9. Fences 10 AB were set on a curve, two strides apart, around to fences 11 and 12 where the riders had to demonstrate five strides.

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Zone 10 Takes Gold at National Junior Jumping Championships

This year’s USEF National Junior Jumper Championships proved yet again to be one of the most exciting junior competitions of the year. The Team Championship was held Friday night with the Individual Championship accumulating scores over three days of competition at the 64th Pennsylvania National Horse Show inHarrisburg, PA, from October 8-11.

The Team Championship was run under a modified Nation’s Cup format and designed by 2008 Olympic course designer Steve Stevens of Wellington, FL. The competition began with seven teams representing various zones throughout the country. At the end of the second round, it was clear that Zone 2 (comprised of New York,Pennsylvania and New Jersey) would bring home the Bronze medal with their squad of Jessica Springsteen aboard Vornado Van Den Hoendrik, Jacqueline Lubrano aboard El Regresso Congo, Alexandra Thornton aboard Naomi and Reed Kessler aboard Ice D’Ancoeur.

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S.D. Humane Society Lecture with Brigitte Noel • San Diego • Thursday, October 15

A fun, uplifting evening with Brigitte Noel at the Humane Society in San Diego - TONIGHT!

This is a great venue for anyone who would like to know more about non verbal communication with animals and get a few valuable tips on how to get started.

Tickets are $12 and proceeds go to the Humane Society.

Where: San Diego Humane Society Happy Hour Lecture Series, 5500 Gaines Street, San Diego, CA 92110
When: October 15, 2009; 6:30pm - 8:00pm

To purchase a ticket, please click on the link to the Humane Society Website www.sdhumane.org/site/Calendar/1778286945?view=Detail&id=11476 or call 619-243-3424 to register by phone.


Fall Festival Chili Cook Off • Murrieta • Saturday, October 17

Save the Animals Today Fund Raiser

Join us for a great family event to raise money
for the rescue horses and farm animals at
Signature Farms.

  • Horsey rides
  • Raffle Prizes
  • Face Painting
  • Photo w/ horses
  • Vendors
  • Live Music
  • Games
  • Parade of Ponies

Sign up to Cook Chili or to enter the Painted Pony Contest.

Where: Signature Farms, 36500 Los Alamos Rd, Murrieta
When: October 17, 2009; 2pm - 6pm

951-440-3536, Pattie@dudetteranch.com
www.dudetteranch.com


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