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The Perks of Volunteering

Thanks to Ariat International, sponsor of the EQUUS Foundation Champions program, five volunteers receive a free pair of boots each quarter from Ariat in recognition of their service as volunteers for equine charities across the United States.

The Perks of Volunteering

The five volunteers selected by random draw for the fourth quarter of 2019 are Christine Achtermeier, Lynn Grismore, Terry Hurley, Samantha Morgan-Neumann and Aubrie Smith.

"Volunteering at Freedom Hill Horse Rescue is the best job I've ever had," said Hurley. "I always smile when I leave. I think horses are a gift to mankind."  Read the full article...

Rosanne Sternberg: NRHA Two Million Dollar Owner
Rosanne SternbergFebruary 19, 2020 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Congratulations to National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Hall of Fame inductee Rosanne Sternberg for becoming the second-ever NRHA Two Million Dollar Owner. After reaching the NRHA Million Dollar Owner milestone in 2010 and being inducted into the NRHA Hall of Fame in 2017, she’s remained dedicated to producing quality reining horses while consistently striving for the next level of achievement.
During the 2019 show season, Sternberg’s horses earned more than $77,000 in combined NRHA Lifetime Earnings (LTE), culminating at the NRHA Futurity. The success of Shines Like Spook (Smart Spook x Ebony Shines) at the NRHA Futurity, ridden by NRHA Professional Martin Larcombe, pushed Sternberg past the $2 million mark. Larcombe topped the Prime Time Open Futurity finals, finished third in Level(L) 3 Open, and placed 10th in L4, earning more than $42,600 toward Sternberg’s milestone. Read the full article...

Horizon Structures On The Road Again ~ Horse World Expo. 

Horizon Structures is on the road again, this time to the Horse World Expo in Harrisburg, PA, February 27th, through March 1st, 2020. 

This year marks the 15th consecutive year that this leading prefab and modular barn building company has attended this world class equestrian event, and yes, they will ‘bring the barn down’ to showcase their fine Amish craftsmanship and on offer are lots of special deals for the discerning shopper.  

Horizon Structures Horse World Expo Show Barn

On display and available for purchase at a discount before or during the event, is a fabulous 12’ x 20’ barn replete with 8’ overhang, an 8’ x 6’ tack room and two 12’ x 10’ stalls. The barn includes an amazing array of standard features including kickboards, 30-year architectural shingles, and Dutch doors with chew guards. The attractive white pine board and batten siding with flower boxes ready to plant underneath the slider windows, make this barn one every horse owner would love to own. The barn will be available for delivery immediately after the show within a 100-mile radius of Harrisburg, PA. Horizon Structures team members Eva and Denise can be reached at 1-888-447-4337 for more information and photos and floor plans of the barn on offer. Read the full article...

616 Entries Accepted to 2020 Thoroughbred Makeover

The journey officially begins today for 616 accepted entries, representing 604 unique trainers and teams, on the road to the Retired Racehorse Project’s 2020 Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium, presented by Thoroughbred Charities of America, the world’s largest and most lucrative retraining competition for ex-racehorses. The 2020 event will take place at October 7-10 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY.

Thoroughbred Makeover

The Thoroughbred Makeover is a retraining competition open to professionals, juniors and amateurs to compete side-by-side. Ten disciplines of competition are offered, including barrel racing, competitive trail, dressage, eventing, field hunter, polo, ranch work, show hunter, show jumper, and freestyle (a free-form discipline to demonstrate skills of the trainer's choice). Horses can compete in one or two of those disciplines. Read the full article...

Book Stall Reservations for World Equestrian Center Ocala 2021 Now

Secure Your Place in Advance of Our January 2021 Grand Opening 

OCALA, Florida – February 17, 2020 – Join the thousands of exhibitors who have already reserved their stalls at World Equestrian Center Ocala in advance of the opening schedule that includes 12 weeks of hunter / jumper horse shows beginning January 5, 2021 and ending March 28, 2021. Prize money for the weekly events is proposed to top $400,000 per week with overall circuit money and prizes projected to reach nearly $5 million dollars.  Stalls are priced at $250 per week or $2,500 for 12 weeks. Reservations made now will hold stalls with payment due in October 2020 in advance of the horse show circuit. Stall reservations can be made via, in the Ocala World Equestrian Center section. 

World Equestrian Center Ocala stabling includes 2,100 permanent stalls in 23 state of the art steel and concrete barns; 17 of which are climate controlled. Stall sizes are a combination of 12x12 and 12x14 to accommodate larger horses. Designed for the utmost in comfort and safety for horses and their caregivers, our stabling features amenities that will make you and your horses feel at home: Read the full article...

University of Kentucky’s Department of Veterinary Science Responds to Nocardioform placentitis

By Holly Wiemers

LEXINGTON, Ky., (Feb. 17, 2020) – The 2019-2020 foaling season has seen an increase in reports of Nocardioform placentitis, both in cases submitted to the University of Kentucky’s Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory and in reports from equine practitioners in the field. Nocardioform placentitis is an equine placental disease affecting pregnant mares and their foals during pregnancy.

Nocardioform placentitis

UK’s VDL provides real-time surveillance of this and other livestock diseases and has been sending reports updating practitioners and farms about what is being seen since positive tissue samples started appearing in late October. Additionally, the Gluck Equine Research Center announced at its foundation board meeting Feb. 6 that it was activating Koller Emergency Response Funds to immediately augment existing research efforts and launch new projects to study the disease while it is occurring, with an aim of understanding the disease better. Currently, early identification of the disease is a challenge, making it difficult to identify at-risk mares and treat them proactively. Read the full article...

NEVER STOP LEARNING AT EQUINE AFFAIRE: Hone Your Horsemanship Skills by Learning from the Best at Equine Affaire in Ohio

LONDON, OH, February 17, 2020 – With education at its heart and the equine industry as its canvas, there’s no better place to learn more about horses than Equine Affaire. In addition to educational forums and interactive exhibits designed to educate youth and beginners, Equine Affaire offers a robust schedule of educational clinics, demonstrations and seminars for equestrians from every discipline and skill level. Plan your trip to Columbus, Ohio, today to visit the Ohio Expo Center on April 2-5, 2020, for the opportunity to learn firsthand from some of the industry’s best and brightest clinicians during Equine Affaire.

Equine Affaire.

This year’s event showcases the knowledge and talents of Jonathan Field, Craig Cameron, Warwick Schiller, Tik Maynard, Lynn Palm, Jonath Robles and Jim Thomas, plus dozens of other discipline-specific clinicians. With clinics covering everything from general training and horsemanship to core strengthening and yoga for horses, there’s a session for everyone. Best of all, attendance for all clinics is included in the price of general admission – just $15/day for adults or $50 for a four-day pass, while tickets for children (7-10) are $8/day and children six-and-under attend for free. Purchase your tickets today by visiting and enjoy the added convenience of new digital ticket delivery. Read the full article...

Four Legs Move My Soul Winner of Four Legs Move My Soul book by Isabell Werth Announced


Thanks to everyone that entered the Catskill Horse Facebook contest for their chance to win a copy of this wonderful new book Four Legs Move My Soul from iconic dressage star Isabell Werth and journalist Evi Simeoni.


The winner is Karen Kohl, of NY! Congrats to Karen. We hope the book inspires her with its great insights.


The Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) is pleased to announce its partnership with EQUITANA USA. 

This union supports IEA’s mission of providing educational opportunities for riders in grades 4-12 and EQUITANA USA’s dedication to working with associations that make positive impacts across all levels, ages, breeds, and disciplines of the horse industry. The alliance will come to life at EQUITANA USA – a three-day celebration of the horse featuring a trade fair, education, and evening performances – September 25-27, 2020 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. 

The IEA will promote EQUITANA USA to its members offering those in the Hunt Seat, Western and Dressage disciplines a chance to shop, learn, and be entertained at the famous Park. EQUITANA USA will support IEA by providing the organization with a physical presence and opportunity to host educational content at the show. Read the full article...

Time To Ride® Now Accepting 2020 Applications

Grow Your Lesson Program As A Time To Ride Program Facility 

Washington, DC – Following a highly successful pilot program in 2019, Time To Ride® is now accepting applications for 2020 Time To Ride Program Facilities. An initiative of the American Horse Council (AHC) Marketing Alliance, Time To Ride’s purpose is to introduce school-age children to horseback riding and horse care in a safe, welcoming environment by helping approved facilities gain new students with marketing-related support.  

One pilot program participant said, “We used our Time To Ride Program Facility status to reach an entire school district and become part of their physical education program.” In 2019, Time To Ride Program Facilities acquired an average of 9 beginner riders, with one facility gaining 35 new lesson students! Read the full article...

THE RUN FOR A MILLION is the richest event in the history of Reining. The event returns to the prestigious South Point Arena and Equestrian Center in Las Vegas, Nevada from July 29 – August 1, 2020.  

The Run for a MillionAcademy-Award nominee Taylor Sheridan, writer of HELL OR HIGH WATER and SICARIO, WRITER/DIRECTOR of WIND RIVER, co-creator of YELLOWSTONE and THE LAST COWBOY, designed a venue to showcase the talent of both horse and rider in some of the most demanding western equine sports in existence.  

THE RUN FOR A MILLION offers the unprecedented opportunity to introduce millions of viewers to the sport of Reining. In addition to the main event there will be a $100,000 Open Reining Shoot Out. On top of the tremendous prize money, the top five riders in the Shoot Out will be guaranteed a position in the 2021 Million Dollar Invitational at THE RUN FOR A MILLION. Read the full article...

Horizon Structures Presents Series….Safety and Selection of Horse Hay Feeders
By Nikki Alvin-Smith

Saving up to 30 percent on your hay bill is an appealing reason to opt in to purchase a hay feeder. The University of Minnesota studies showcased that not only users of large square and round bale feeders could benefit from a smaller hay bill, but also horse owners that utilize small squares could get in on the significant savings.

Hay feeders can be labor saving boon, but with so many options on the market, what should the diligent horse owner look for when selecting a feeder and what safety measures should they employ to mitigate the risks of injury, choke or colic to their horses. Here are a few suggestions to help the neophyte equine hay feeder user navigate the world of feeders.

Cows and Horses

Cow feeders may be more readily available and cheaper than horse feeders, but does this make them a good option for use around equines? The answer is a resounding “No!”

Cows necessarily are not as athletic as horses and certainly their legs are shorter and their activities generally more lethargic than our beloved equines. While photos posted on social media of horses standing in the center of an empty round bale feeder may seem funny, the reality is that the gaps in the feeder are large enough for equine hooves to become trapped and can result in catastrophic injury or even death. Read the full Article...

The American Driving Society, Inc. (ADS) Announces New Dressage Tests

Driving Dressage Tests

Cross Plains, WI - The NEW 2020 ADS Dressage Tests are available now, exclusively on the ADS website.
“The ADS has always been committed to supporting the evolution of the sport of carriage driving and the education of our members,” said ADS President Daniel Rosenthal. “We are very proud to introduce a comprehensive set of new dressage tests for the first time in a number of years. As a driver, I look forward to learning and driving these tests and using them in the ongoing training of my Dartmoor Ponies.”
The Judges View Tests are available at:…/Resourc…/Dressage-Tests . Members have exclusive access to the Drivers View Tests. Please note that the new tests are identified by letters to differentiate them from the old, numbered tests.
These tests were created by the Driven Dressage Committee of The American Driving Society, Inc. (ADS). As such they are the copyrighted and propriety work product of the ADS and are exclusively for the private use of ADS Members, by ADS-Recognized Events, or with advance express written approval of the ADS.
Both the NEW lettered tests and the older numbered tests may be used at ADS-Recognized Events through June 30, 2020. Beginning July 1, 2020 ADS-Recognized Events will only offer the NEW lettered Dressage tests.
Join us at the ADS Annual Meeting Weekend at The Grand Oaks on Saturday, December 7 at noon to observe the demonstration of the new tests. Register for the weekend on the ADS website.
The ADS Board and staff extend their gratitude to the Driven Dressage Committee, led by Chair Tracey Morgan, for their tireless work on this project. Read the full article...

UK Launches Series of Educational Equine Parasitology Videos
By Holly Wiemers

Parasites and Pasture Management

Lexington, Ky., -The University of Kentucky’s Gluck Equine Research Center is releasing 18 educational videos to inform horse owners, farm managers and veterinarians about best practices in equine parasitology. The series will become available over the course of a few months beginning in October.
According to the creator, Martin Nielsen, Schlaikjer Professor of Equine Infectious Disease, the videos will be especially relevant and important to those who answer yes to any of the following questions: Do you deworm at the first frost? Do you keep your horses stalled following deworming? How about treating wormy-looking horses with a half dose of dewormer? Spoiler alert: yes is the incorrect answer to all of those questions.
Nielsen’s videos fall into one of three categories: short videos addressing common misconceptions about parasite control; longer educational videos outBRning important concepts in parasite control; and videos that inform viewers about current findings, research needs and the importance of UK’s equine research herds. Read the full Article...

Please also see our article on Parasites and Pasture Management

UC Davis Study Reports That Warmblood Fragile Foal Syndrome is Not Associated with Catastrophic Breakdown in Thoroughbreds

Researchers at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine have published the results of a study that investigated the frequency of the Warmblood Fragile Foal Syndrome (WFFS) mutation in Thoroughbreds. The study demonstrated that the WFFS mutation is not a genetic risk factor for catastrophic breakdown and is only present at a very low frequency in this breed.

UC Davis Study Reports That Warmblood Fragile Foal Syndrome is Not Associated with Catastrophic Breakdown in Thoroughbreds
Warmblood Fragile Foal Syndrome is inherited in an autosomal recessive fashion, meaning that a horse needs to have two copies of the mutation to be affected. WFFS is a fatal genetic defect of connective tissue characterized by hyperextensible, abnormally thin, fragile skin and mucous membranes. More than 700 Thoroughbreds were tested for the WFFS mutation, including 22 catastrophic breakdown fatalities. The allele frequency among all samples was 1.2 percent and the carrier rate (or horses with one copy) was 2.4 percent. None of the horses in the study had two copies of the mutation and only one of the 22 catastrophic breakdown cases carried the WFFS allele. Read the full article...

Guelph, Ontario – Equine Guelph announces its new “Mare & Foal Care Tool" Mare & Foal Care, a free and interactive online tool that will help users learn about reproduction in horses. The Mare & Foal Care Tool was designed and developed in partnership with PFERA, an equine reproductive biotechnology company, as a resource for horse owners and breeders.
This free online resource will take users through the complete cycle of reproduction in the horse, from preparing to breed a mare to caring for the newborn foal. Users can start with The Pregnancy Wheel, where they’ll see how their foal will develop through pregnancy and learn what care their mare will need. They can experience the Mare & Foal E-Learning Checklist, an interactive module that will take users through the needs of the mare and/or foal before, during, and after pregnancy. Finally, users can watch the Foaling Time Video and print the Foaling Checklist Poster so they’re ready when it’s time to meet their new little one! Read the full article...

Why Do Horses Eat Dirt?

One of the most frequently asked question from my clients is “Why does my horse want Why Do Horses Eat Dirtto eat dirt? Is she missing something in her diet?” Well, the question can be answered several ways, as there is not one particular reason why horses engage in this perfectly natural activity. Horses are supposed to eat a certain amount of dirt on a daily basis.

• Dirt is a natural part of the equine diet. It contains minerals in bio-available form that the horse needs for various metabolic functions. Some of the minerals, iron for example, are more utilizable from the soil than when added to feeds or stored in forages. Horses that are constantly stabled and deprived of minerals naturally found in dirt may develop deficiencies even when supplied with those minerals in processed feeds.

• Dirt also contains microbes that the horse’s digestive tract can benefit from. Some microbes are located in plant roots so the horse may dig through the dirt to get at the roots of these plants.

• Dirt contains water and salt which can both help a thirsty horse stay hydrated. However, it is always better to make sure horses are supplied with fresh drinking water and salt at all times. Read the full article.

Coming Soon! The Latest Book from Catskill Horse Editor Nikki Alvin-Smith ~
Road Map to Grand Prix Dressage

With a ton of experience horse breeding, importing, training horse and rider in dressage it Coming Soon! The Latest Book from Catskill Horse Editor Nikki Alvin-Smith ~
Road Map to Grand Prix Dressageis no big surprise that our own Nikki Alvin-Smith has been signed up to write a book on the topic. The book will be chock full of advice on everything dressage from horse selection to piaffe and passage training.

“I’ve always believed that every horse and rider can benefit from dressage training no matter what discipline they currently favor. The advanced levels are attainable for everyone and I love to take the mystique out of all horse training and provide a down to earth program for riders and horses of all abilities. My book will have a humorous touch with the ‘road map’ portion legend that will warn the rider when to put on the brakes or proceed with caution as they train their own horse through the various movements. Classical dressage training is fun and this title will include lots of anecdotal experiences I love to share including travel to buy horses abroad, competing abroad and clinic snafus that have happened during my career. I am thrilled at this opportunity!” said Nikki.

Road Map to Grand Prix Dressage is slated for release in Spring 2020 and will be available for purchase through and Amazon in both print and e-book format.

Standing a Stallion? Cash in on a FREE listing in Catskill Horse Stallion Directory

The Merry Band at the Catskill Horse continues to add more resources to the magazine to service regional horse businesses and horse owners with the addition of a Stallion Directory.
To grab your free listing as a stallion owner please submit the following via email to us at :-
Stallion Name:
Bloodlines to 3 generations:
Registry of Stallion: GOV/VHW etc.
20 words or less highlighting his credentials:
Stud Fee: Up to you whether you want to list or show as Private Treaty
Location where stallion stands:  Town/State ( Your full address if you wish published)
Contact Name:
Contact Tel #:
Contact Email:
Website address:
And most importantly a great photo! Must be copyright released to us by photographer if not your own to release.


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