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Vol. 2, Issue 10, October 2010

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Central Florida
October 2010
Eventing & Fashion

Letter from the Editor CF Equestrian

When Central Florida Equestrian magazine first launched, it was my intention to include Dressage &
Eventing in every issue. The majority of our readers are Hunters & Jumpers so the content typically Is a FREE MONTHLY publication
follows. I believe this issue, dedicated to Eventing, will help capture the interest of our Combined available at retail, service & show
Training enthusiasts and it is my hope that Central Florida Equestrian will begin consistently filling locations around central, north
with news & photos from multi-disciplines.
and parts of south Florida.
This Eventing issue is also dedicated to a very dear childhood friend & fellow eventer, Kristi (Harper) SOON to be FL Equestrian!
Spivey, who passed away in November 2007. The timing isn't really about her passing- her birthday If YOU are unable to find a copy
is November 4th. There will someday be a Training Level Memorial trophy dedicated in her name to
one of the FL USEA events where she competed. please tell us where you shop or
order a subscription.
Hard to believe the year has flown by so quickly. All the hype & promotion of the 2010 Alltech FEI Annual Subscription Service
World Equestrian Games and it is FINALLY here. A BIG Thanks to Erika for believing in us enough to
choose our regional publication to help promote this event. $30 yr 12 issues delivered first
class mail to your home
Eventing & Fashion are two themes that will likely reoccur annually in Visit for
October. Fashion may be included in a Spring issue as well. For the Spring all the latest news & press
Fashion section, wouldn't it be fun to feature photos of FL Equestrians
'Around The Ring'? We want to see what everyone's wearing to ride, releases and to gain access to
show & play! member-only content.
Digital version of each new
We have some great issues ahead! November covers the Games, Art, month is posted on homepage.
Books & Gifts (holidays are coming!). December is mostly about the
HUNTERS and the 2011 FL Winter Circuits; January will be all about SHOW Updates also available on
JUMPING & Year End Awards & February is our second annual Stallions & Facebook (Florida Equestrian fan
Breeders issue. page) & Twitter (CFEquestrian)
Thank you for reading Central Florida Equestrian magazine.
Happy Riding,
Kristi Harper Spivey
(11/4/70-11/22/07) Courtney Bass Weinzimer

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Fall Fashion : In & Out of the Ring

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Eventing: 2010 AEC's
2010 American Eventing Three hours later, we headed out
for our cross-country phase. There
Championships were some big fences and technical
Carol Ogden questions included in the 2500 meter
President, FHTA course, to be ridden at 470 mpm.
It was such a thrill to just BE at the Brogan was very relaxed (probably
AEC's this year. It was an amazing due to the heat!), and I warmed up
feat of coordination, taking care of quietly trying not to expend too
the competitors, scheduling, and much of his energy!
presenting one of the most beautiful Out of the box he went, and the
cross country courses in Area III!! (I "switch went on"!! He SAILED around
can only speak for Area III, as I don't the course, taking everything in
travel much out of the Southeast!) stride, never hesitating at anything in
Two grand prix size rings with front of him! What a feeling!! For a
allweather horse that spooks at any little thing
footing, fitting three out on the trail, he stayed so
dressage rings in each, overlooked focused, not even paying any
by stadium seating under big tents attention to the hundreds of
created an electric atmosphere for spectators, golf carts, flags, etc. -- he I was very pleased, since he was in very
both horses and spectators. just looked for the next jump! One good company (Karen O'Connor & Kim
Everyone was stabled together, particular question included a big Severson, for instance!). I watched the
making it easy to meet people from drop down a rounded bank with the top 10 horses jump, and several made the
all over the U.S. who made the trip to ground falling away to a very tight same mistake (so I didn't feel QUITE so
compete in the largest horse trials in right hand turn to an angled 2-stride badly!). All in all, it was a
the history of the sport (700+ horses!). skinny combination! Tricky, but doable wonderful experience for both of us.
Chattahoochie Hills, owned by if you didn't launch off the We came through it all happy, sound,
Carl Boukaert, is a magnificent bank! He made easy work of it, and and full of a sense of accomplishment,
facility in Fairburn, Georgia. The was on his way! regardless of the final placings. I might just
cross-country course is laid out along We came in 9 seconds under the have to try to qualify for NEXT year's
the Chattahoochie River bottom, so optimum time, which moved us up event!!
one could see the entire course from 10 places in the standings to 30th
one vantage point on the hill. In the place. He recovered nicely after a
center is a huge water complex couple hosings, and then relaxed for
complete with turquoise water, the rest of the day, while I enjoyed
which made for some exciting rides! watching the upper level horses
Although they had to bring in ten compete, shopping at the big trade
temporary tents for stabling for all fair, and visiting with friends.
the horses entered, the permanent Friday morning I volunteered to
stabling is first-class, and all of us work helping the dressage stewards
were treated to lots of "free stuff" at the lower grand prix ring.
from the sponsors and organizers, Unfortunately, I didn't get to watch
including electrolytes and joint the upper level horses do their
supplements, gift certificates, dressage, but nevertheless, saw
buckets, and horse treats! (about some amazing horses do some
$100 worth of stuff!) nice tests! That afternoon we had
Our dressage warmup was good, our stadium jumping round
although they were ready for me 20 over a large, flowing course.
minutes earlier than scheduled. I Brogan was jumping beautifully, and as
wasn't "quite" ready, so I opted to we came into the last line, went
spend about 10 more minutes soaring over a maximum height/width
getting that "feeling" I needed, and oxer, so I steadied him for the
in we went. Brogan put in a pretty upcoming one-stride in-andout, but
nice test, although on his canter steadied TOO much and practically
circle to the left, unfortunately buried him into the oxer - - BAD pilot
switched leads behind (something error on my part! He tried to turn himself
he hasn't done in months!). inside out to get over it cleanly, but
That one hiccup cost us a LOT of pulled a rail going into the
points in our test, and in company combination. He got out cleanly, and
with almost 60 other horses in my over the last vertical alright, but ended
division, cost us dearly in our final up with a 4-fault round. Nevertheless,
averaged score from two judges of we only dropped one place in the
38.7%, and put us in 40th place. standings, and ended up in 31st place.

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Florida Horse Trials Association, Inc (FHTA)

The Florida Horse Trials Association, Inc. (FHTA) held its annual Spring Event Camp at Canterbury Equestrian
Showplace in May, 2010. Participants enjoyed a weekend of instruction by local experts in the areas of dressage,
stadium jumping, and cross country riding. Many campers had experience in field hunting or the show ring, but all
discovered the thrill and fun of eventing! Eventing is nothing else if not a social activity and campers and instructors
shared meals together in the Canterbury clubhouse, listened to guest speakers, and discussed various eventing
horse management related topics. The weekend concluded with a short mini-Horse Trial, complete with prizes and ribbons for the
most successful rides! Our sponsors provided funds to help defray costs as well as donations of awards and goodie bag items.

FHTA held their 7th Annual Awards Luncheon August15, 2010 at the Ocala Hilton, in the heart of horse country. Attendees
received goodie bags stuffed with sponsor-supplied items such as fly spray, horse cookies, horse magazines, and horse-related
literature. Silent auction items were enthusiastically bid on during the course of the Luncheon, as well. Everyone took home a
prize, as we were once again the recipients of many door prizes and tack company coupons. Stopping just long enough to
enjoy the delicious buffet lunch, the program continued with speakers from several Florida eventing venues as well as a key
note address by a veterinarian from the UF Veterinary Teaching Hospital on the topic of respiratory issues in sport horses.

Visit the website for more information, membership forms & event calendar
FHTA is a 501c3 non-profit statewide eventing organization dedicated to rider education relating to competitive success and
safety. The funds we raise from our silent auction and cash donations enable us to maintain a website with a yearly omnibus of
sanctioned competitions, defray costs of the Luncheon and member awards, as well as organize the Spring Event Camp. Our
members earn points (Legs) towards great awards in each eventing phase, at each level of competition. Points never expire
and are based on achievement rather than class placings. FHTA-sanctioned activities provide high quality competitions at
affordable prices and include both USEA-recognized and schooling events, hunter paces, h/j shows, dressage shows and more!
Visit our website to find out how YOU can join the fun!

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Conditioning The Event Horse in Florida
By Hilda Hick Donahue

The Sunshine State has much to offer Footing Considerations

event horses of all levels. Whether Wherever you intend to do your
you are competing at the schooling conditioning, be attentive to the
Tadpole (entry level) or Advanced, footing. Limiting yourself to an arena
FL offers forgiving footing, lots of will not suffice even at the lower
schooling and recognized events levels. If you do not have access to
and a climate that allows one to riding fields or trails, I advise trailering
enjoy the sport 9 months of the year. to a facility. You need to practice
Many flock to Florida as early as "outdoor" riding to become
Oct and remain here until April. competent at the Cross-Country
Despite the many advantages of (XC) phase.
competing in our state, conditioning Regarding footing basics, soft
can be challenging. The main issues going (deep sand) can lead to soft
we face are a lack of varied terrain tissue injuries; hard going can result
and often heat and humidity that in excessive concussion. FL is more
combine to make even low level noted for deep, sandy footing.
fitness difficult. Do consider your horse’s
Having conditioned a variety of conformation. The more upright the
horses in FL over the past 15 yrs that pastern the more concussion your after is best devoted to a day off or
range from the lower levels all the horse will endure. A more sloping Hilda & Extravagance
way to a CCI **** (long format), I’m pastern will be more prone to strains at the water at Rolex
quite familiar with what works and from soft going footing. very easy flat or light hacking day. I
have shared some helpful guidelines like to jog our horses the day after
& useful tips. Ensure Properly Fitted Equipment they "gallop" to check soundness.
Be certain that your tack & Likewise any FEI horse will be jogged
Before You Start equipment fits correctly. Boots can regularly for our vet to assess.
Before starting any conditioning cause rubbing or worse when
program it is advisable to get a basic improperly fastened. TIP: We Interval Training schedule for
read on your horse’s general health. powder the legs prior to booting and
Some things to consider: weight, Training Level & Below
Vaseline or Desitin the heels to (MPM=meters per minute)
body conditioning score, resting protect from FL moisture.
temperature, pulse & respiration & a Every 5-8 days warm up with a long
CBC blood chemistry read. It’s also walk, 5- 10 min trot work followed by
Safety 5-10 mins of walking. Next, do 3 sets
a good idea to take photos of
If leaving your property alone, alert of 3 minute canters (at your
overall condition including hooves.
someone and have a cell phone competition speed) with a 2 min
This may be "over the top" for most,
with you. walk break between each set. Finish
so consider it the IDEAL start. It is
advisable to inform your vet and with a 10-20 min walk.
farrier about your intentions as they Common Sense The idea behind this training is to
may have advice and really should You can get fancy and use a heart get your horse’s heart rate working
be interested in your pursuits. rate monitor and other devices; DO at 60 percent above the resting rate,
You might also contact your horse’s NOT become dependent upon maintain it for (at low levels) 3 mins.
previous owner to see what program them. It’s important to know & be Then rest a min or two without
was used in the past and to inquire guided by your horse. Similarly, avoid allowing the heart rate to return to
about any issues that may have the amateur trap of feeling locked resting rate and repeat two more
arisen. into a set program. IF today's session times.
Finally, ASK a seasoned event rider or dictates cantering for 6 mins and
trainer... You can always learn from your horse does not feel content Upper level horses Prelim & Above
what DID NOT work for them! dealing with it, SLOW DOWN & DO Up to 3 sets of 8 min canter intervals.
Please keep in mind that any sound LESS. Note: the Intermediate and
horse in regular work should be Advanced horses DO NOT need to
capable of competing at Novice. Scheduling Interval Training gallop all intervals at their
Regular work plus short canters once Most event riders will use some competition speeds. TIP: I typically
a week usually suffice. For the form of Interval Training (schedule in stay at a medium canter (400 mpm)
Training Level, move up to easy next column) and will work and move up to the competition
gallops & Interval training once a backwards from a big event. Using a speed during the last minute within a
week. The Preliminary Level requires calendar, riders will designate set. I also try to add hill work as a
a more structured program and the competition dates (that include XC substitute for speed work. I will
Intermediate, Advanced and FEI phase) as conditioning rides then incorporate some sprints and every
Levels for sure demand planning, mark days off. Choose conditioning 5-10 days fit in up to 40 mins of
time and guidance. days no closer than 5 days & no farther straight trotting. We (at Ashmore)
than 8 days apart. The day hack out for long walks (2 hrs) once

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Conditioning The Event Horse in Florida
By Hilda Hick Donahue
Conditioning the Event at night, it may be wise to
Horse in FL, continued poultice or set up legs with
a week. These walks out on the West liniment. Lots of extra's can be
Orange Trail build a nice base and done like using a massage
are quite relaxing. blanket, so much River depends
During your conditioning rides it is on your horse, the level AND
a smart idea to mark out an area set your resources. TIP: At Ashmore,
at the speed your level requires (350- we routinely ice our horses after
570 mpm). If you can canter this a conditioning ride and often
distance within 1 minute, you are pack their feet. These are the
riding at the correct speed for your Full Gallop Horse Trials, SC
level; if it takes you longer than 1 (Stadium) same practices we
min you know you need to move on use at the events so we like to
you are going too fast for the level incorporate them into
and run the risk of being stopped on our regular routine.
course or acquiring speed faults at
the lower levels. News Update:
Sept 26th, 2010
Important Guidline: From Ashmore Equestrian
Your horse’s breeding, conformation,
Extravagance and Hilda had
past fitness level and history will
influence your interval lengths as will a fall in cross country at this
footing and weather. weekend’s event at Poplar
Place. Extravagance had to Hilda & Extravagance at Ocala-
be put down due to a Palmer Photo
Conditioning After Care
Check your horse’s legs for heat, broken hind leg. Hilda
pain or swelling. If your horse stays in suffered injuries to both with Extravagance and may never
ankles, is on find that again. We are all
crutches & encouraging her and supporting
expected to her through these tough days
October trivia heal well but ahead as she carries on without
This month’s Trivia sponsored by her him.
The Riding Habit heart will take
longer than
First correct answer received WINS Our hearts go out to Hilda &
physical everyone at Ashmore.
injuries. Hilda, her friends, family &
What is a Numnah? We at Team sponsors pulled together to form
(Prize: Monogrammed Saddle Pad) Ashmore are a fantastic team during Hilda &
all Extravagance’s time together.
What’s the purpose of a Stock Tie? incredibly We’ve had the pleasure of
(Prize: $25 gift certificate) saddened chronicling a good deal of their
and past year as they made great

T he stunned with
the loss of
efforts to qualify for the World
Equestrian Games. They
qualified but very stiff
iding such an
incredible, competition on the Irish team
kept them from WEG.

H abit
partner. Hilda
was so lucky
have had
Hilda already had London (2012
Olympics) in mind and had
begun working towards that
goal. Her loss is tragic and
heartbreaking on many levels.
Quality Products and Services for 39 Years such a We at Central FL Equestrian wish
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short lived
E-mail: into her life soon.
As she always says, “Godspeed”.

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Oct-Nov 2010 Event Calendar
October November Misty Morning Hounds- Gainesville
1-3 CFHJA H/J “A” 5-6 GOHJA Fox Cry Farms 352-375-0800
2- Fannin Hill 1-day HT 5-7 Rocking Horse 3day/HT-Altoona Rocking Horse Stables- Altoona CD: Oct 19 352-669-9982
2-3 Ride Lite USDF Dressage 6-First Coast H/J- Clay Co Fairgrounds XC Continued
2-3 Gold Coast Dressage 6- HSITP H/J @ Wickham Park Fannin Hill Farm-Brooksville
Jim Brandon EC- WPBch 352-799-0509 6-7 Fox Lea Open H/J SS
8-9 GOHJA Barrett Farm
7- Central FL Dressage @Silver Sands
8-10 NFHJA Fall “A”
Non-competitive Musical Freestyles to
Clinics Oct 30-31 Scott Hoftsetter-Ocala
support Freedom Ride Therapeutic
9- HSITP H/J @ Wickham Park 352-804-7906 or
Oct 30-31 Melanie Smith Taylor
9-Rocking Horse dressage, stad & 3 Phs 12-14 CFHJA H/J “A” @Plantation Equestrian Ctr
9-10 Fannin Hill H/J & Dressage 13-14 PBCHA H/J
P Bch Intl Equestrian Ctr Nov 11-12 George Morris @ Pinehurst
16- FL Horse Prk Jumpers & 3 phs
13-14 SEHJ H/J SS-Clarcona Dec 27-29 George Morris @ Clay Co Ag Ctr Co-hosted by NFHJA & Sherry Pace
16-17 Marion Saddle H/J SS
13-14 NFHJA Toys for Tots Benefit local
16-17 Sumter EC H/J & Dressage 13-14 HSITP H/J @ Canterbury Breed Inspections
16-17 Fox Lea Open H/J SS Oct 2nd- AWS Inspection- Bushnell 13-14 Marion Saddle H/J SS Sumter Equestrian Center
16-17 HSITP H/J @ Canterbury 18-21 Fox Lea Farm November H/J “A” Oct 4th-Amer Holsteiner Inspection-Reddick
16-17 PBCHA H/J Southern Zone 4 Champs & $25K Grand Prix Pennock Point 352-466-3661
P Bch Intl Equestrian Ctr Oct 13-Amer Hanoverian Inspection- 20- The Mane Event HT-Ocala Reddick
17- Wonderly H/J Show CD: Nov 2 Inspection hosted by Home Again Farm &
Jim Brandon EC- WPBch 20- Florida Horse Park Fall HT
786-247-4090 Star Quarry Farm, Pennock Pt 352-468-1670
17-18 Fox Lea Farm H/J Open Series
20-21 Fannin Hill H/J & Dressage Nov 11-13 Amer Trakhener Convention
& Yr End Awards Banquet Jacksonville Equestrian Center
22-24 Sunshine Reg Pony Club Rally Branding available for qualified horses
Clarcona Horseman’s Park- Apopka 20-21 Sumter EC H/J 740-344-1111
23- N FL Dressage SS
Clay Co Fairgrounds 20-21 HSITP H/J @ Jacksonville USHJA Trainer’s Symposium
27- FL Horse Prk Jumpers & 3 phs December 12-14 Palm Beach International
23-24 HSITP H/J @ Weirsdale Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL
23-24 Wellington Classic Dressage 28- Canterbury Dressage Schooling Show
Jim Brandon EC
24- Dancing Horse Dressage @ Wickham XC Schooling
Check the FL Horse Trial Assoc website for
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30-31 Canterbury Halloween 3 Phs Call for fees & availability: events, clinics, breed
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