Mid-South Eventing & Dressage Association


  • 04/12/2017 4:19 PM | Deleted user

    The majority of equestrians understand the need to permanently identify their horses: in case of natural disaster, in case of theft, in case a horse gets lost. But what options are available? 

    By Sarah E. Coleman

    We have all heard horror stories of horses that have dumped their rider and gone missing – sometimes for days on end (remember Lemon?) or horses that are victims of natural disasters, ending up far from home with no way to identify who they are or whose they are. 

    But what can a horse owner do to ensure that their horse will have a higher chance of being returned should they part ways? 


    While many riders of Thoroughbreds are familiar with tattooing as a method of identification, a tattoo is not fail-proof. In the United States, racehorses are tattooed on their upper lip. While clear and easy to read when first applied, as the horse gets older, his tattoo may fade and become blurry. 

    Hot Branding

    Horse Hot Branding

    Another option for tattooing your horse is hot branding, which involves heating a metal brand and applying it to the neck, shoulder or flank (or other area) of a horse. A hot brand works by destroying the hair follicles where it is applied, creating a pattern. Hot brands can become distorted over time by hair growing over the brand; they are also not as visible on light-skinned horses. 

    Freeze Branding

    Freeze Branding

    Freeze branding is a method of identification that doesn’t cause discomfort like hot branding or tattooing does. Freeze brands are made by chilling a metal brand in liquid nitrogen, then applying it to the horse (usually under the mane). This type of branding leaves a white brand on darker-colored horses and a pink brand (the color of the skin) on light-skinned horses. It’s important to note that both hot brands and freeze brands can be altered. 


    Horse Microchip

    Relatively new on the scene, microchips are a permanent, unalterable way to identify your horse. However, to positively ID the animal, a microchip reader must be available. Nicknamed “VIN numbers for horses,” a microchip is about the size of a grain of rice. It is implanted relatively painlessly into the nuchal ligament in the horse’s neck.

    The chips itself is sealed in a biocompatible glass and covered in a sheath to prevent migration. The chip emits a low-power radio frequency identification (RFID) signal when activated by a scanner. The scanner then displays the information associated with the chip. The person reading the scanner must then contact the appropriate registry or database to get the info attached with that chip number (so it will never display all of your contact information on a scanner).

    There are a few potential downfalls to microchipping. These include:

    • Not all scanners can read all chips. As new microchip companies are established, they create chips with different frequencies, meaning that not all scanners can read all the microchips on the market. This can create a problem for positively identifying an animal
    • There is no national registry for the storage of microchip ID and retrieval of owner information
    • Microchips can migrate. Though unusual, microchips can migrate from their original insertion site, making them unable to be found and read

    The Jockey Club is now requiring microchipping of all foals registered in 2017 and later, and the United States Equestrian Federation is requiring that all horses competing in classes that required USHJA horse registration be chipped, as well. The industry is trending toward microchipping as way of permanent identifying horses. 

  • 03/29/2017 7:50 PM | Deleted user

    By Sarah E Coleman

    It can be hard to get your horse looking show-ring ready this time of year, especially if he lives outside all or most of the time.

    In the spring, most horses, whether they live outside 24/7 or are only turned out for a few hours at a time, are masters at plastering as much of their body as possible in mud. If you have an extremely adept Pig-Pen, he may even be able to get it in the creases of his eyelids and down into his ears! Added bonus if he can find burrs to weave into his forelock.

    So, how should you make your horse look a little less homeless this spring season? We asked Shannon O’Hatnick, working student for Allie Knowles and a phenomenal groom, for some tricks of the trade.

    What is Shannon’s top trick to sparkling clean, amazing looking horses? “Curry, curry, curry,” she says. “If there's one thing I've learned, currying every inch of a horse every day helps to encourage a healthy coat and works to get any dirt loosened to brush off.” She also recommends having baby wipes and a towel on hand to flatten any ruffled hair or quickly wipe off a bit of dirt you might've missed!

    For those of us unable to body clip our horses (and some of these beasts get HAIRY!), Shannon reminds readers that you can always make a horse look presentable, no matter what coat he has. A quick bubble bath with some Ivory soap will do wonders, she says, leaving you with only the need to touch up any places that can be shinier. Shannon likes to use Face Glow around the eyes and muzzle, and coat gloss and olive oil for a magnificent shine. For a really put-together look, Shannon makes sure every steed in her charge wears hoof dressing!

    Must-have Grooming Goodies

    What are Shannon’s go-to grooming products, you ask? Here are some she can’t live without:

    • Silverado Coat Gloss
    • Silverado Face Glow
    • Olive oil spray
    • Fiebing's Hoof Dressing
    • Miracle Groom
    • Ivory soap
    • Baby wipes

    Show Ring Prep

    How does Shannon prep the horses so they look their absolute best?

    “Prepping a horse for the show ring always begins with a bath involving lots and lots of scrubbing. Every inch [including their private parts] get cleaned. From there, they'll be braided with a Sleazy over the braids to stay in the night before the show.

    Once I'm tacking the horse up before his or her ride, I brush over them while spraying with coat gloss and/or olive oil for a gorgeous coat shine. I wet the top of their tail and throw a tail wrap on to flatten and tame the hair on the top of their tails. [The tail wrap is pulled off on the way to warm up.] Then I use my hand to wipe on some face glow around their eyes and muzzle. A towel or baby wipes [I prefer the wipes] can be used to wipe off poop and dirty noses. Then all you have left is to brush on some hoof dressing for a nice, polished look!”

    Shannon also has some tips for those of us whose horses live outside. If you have a dark horse, try to keep on a sun protection blanket to prevent a coat from bleaching, she suggests. Also, regular currying promotes healthy skin, but be prepared for a scrubbing bath if a horse shows any signs of fungus.

    Remember, Shannon reminds those of us who aspire to have horses who look half as good as hers: “You can never use too much coat gloss or hoof polish, and make sure you clean everything, on them -- even under their belly and between their legs!”

    Clipper Extraordinaire

    If you’ve never seen Shannon’s work, you’re missing out. In addition to amazing full-body and trace clips, this girl has mad skills with a set of clippers (just check out these pictures!). Be sure to follow her on Instagram – we promise you won’t be disappointed! @radiant_clips (seriously!).

    While it may seem like these skills had been honed over years and years of work, in the grand scheme of things, Shannon is quite new to her trade: She was handed a pair of clippers last year and told to clip her horse—and everything took off from there.

    Shannon’s history with horses is quite varied—and she tells us where she really learned how to groom: “I started riding when I was 6 at a western horse camp where I rode for 4 years and then decided to switch to English. I played in hunter and jumper land and did IEA [Interscholastic Equestrian Association] for 7 years until I fell in love with Eventing. I'm also an avid Pony Clubber, which is where I learned how to REALLY clean up a horse!”

    Throughout high school, Shannon worked as a working student for a Thoroughbred breeding and training facility (Benchmark Farm) and a Warmblood breeding and training facility (Broad Hill Run Farm), before becoming Allie Knowles’ (Alexandra Knowles Eventing) working student in August of 2016.

    Amazingly, Shannon doesn’t clip full-time; she fits it in around working for Allie.

    While most of us will never have the clipping skills Shannon does, we can put her tips to use in getting steeds show-ring ready.

  • 03/16/2017 9:36 AM | Deleted user

    It has definitely been an unusual year in the Bluegrass. While we were all prepared for a super cold and snowy winter, Mother Nature threw us a curveball and we ended up with mostly mild months.

    People in many areas are already seeding or prepping to seed pastures and fields, as the warmish weather seems like it is here to stay. While it may seem early to be readying for a long summer, it really is never too early to begin pasture prep. 

    By Sarah E Coleman

    Soil Sample

    Before you add anything to your soil, it’s in your wallet’s best interest to collect a soil sample if you have not done so in the last three years (the best months to do this are February to April and September to December for most accurate results). By submitting only a few ounces of soil, you will find out what fertilizer (if any) your pastures need.

    To test the soil, you’ll need a soil probe, shovel, garden trowel or spade and a clean, dry plastic bucket (be sure not to use a rubber bucket as it will contaminate the soil with zinc). If your pasture is generally the same topography, you can take one (total) sample for every 20 acres. You’ll walk in a big “W” pattern, stopping every time you change direction, digging about 6 inches into the soil with your digging tool, scraping off the sod and putting the soil in the bucket.

    Once complete, you’ll mix the soil together and then take about 2 cups of that sample to your county extension agency for testing (which generally costs about $7). The results of this test will list phosphorus, potassium, nitrogen, pH and organic matter levels. Based on this information, you can have an accurate fertilizer mix and application made. The majority of healthy fields in the States will need additional potassium, lime and phosphorous applications.  

    Tips for Tracking Pasture Problems

    Many boarding barns are restricted on how much pasture they have available. Even if you’re not a boarding barn, there are some things you can do to care for fields that have more horses on them than they can sustain. Try these tricks for healthier fields this spring:

    • Top-dressing your fields with nitrogen may be the way to go. Nitrogen can help fields recover more quickly from the rigors of winter turnout. Be aware that there may be a
    • Don’t plant cool-season grasses in the spring. These grasses do best when seeded in the fall when there is better weather and less pressure from weeds.
    • While it may seem impossible, keep horses off soggy pastures for as long as possible. Hooves (shod or not) compact soil and plant roots, making it impossible for grasses to grow.
    • In areas that are very bare, consider hand seeding grass seed to encourage grass growth.
    • Though not always possible, consider rotational grazing if you have the room.
    • If you don’t have the ability to rotate pastures, consider at least temporarily fencing horses out of extra-boggy areas.
  • 03/16/2017 9:23 AM | Deleted user

    Volunteer opportunities for MSEDA members abound. Each month, we will feature an opportunity for members to obtain volunteer hours and help put on a successful, MSEDA-sanctioned show.

    By Sarah E Coleman

    Paul Frazer Paul Frazer Memorial Combined Test and Dressage Competition, March 25, 2017 Kentucky Horse Park 

    Event History: Central Kentucky Riding for Hope (CKRH), is an organization dedicated to enriching the community by improving the quality of life and the health of children and adults with special physical, cognitive, emotional and social needs through therapeutic activities with the horse. This wonderful organization is housed at the Kentucky Horse Park and hosts the Paul Frazer Memorial and Combined Test and Dressage Competition each year.

    The event is named in honor of a former CKRH board member, Paul Frazer, who was dedicated to removing the physical barriers to handicapped students in Fayette Country schools. His interest with students and horses began in the 1980s, when accompanying a friend to a riding lesson. Paul was so impressed with CKRH that he became the consummate volunteer. This event is held each year in his honor.

    Date and Time: For 2017, the event will take place on March 25, beginning at 8 a.m. and usually lasts until about 5:30 p.m., when all riders have completed their tests.

    Volunteer Opportunities: Event organizers are still in need of help stringing the dressage rings on Wednesday, March 22, in the morning. Additional opportunities include cleaning and moving jumps, setting up jumps, hanging banners, being the hospitality crew, running gates, helping in schooling areas and acting as jump crew.

    Interested? Sign up here or contact Vickie Palmer volunteers@ckrh.org859-231-7066

    Tips for Volunteers: As this is an outdoor event, volunteers will need to plan on dressing for the weather, whatever that may be. Lunch and drinks for volunteers are provided.

    For more information, please visit the Paul Frazer Facebook page here.

    You can read more about the history of Paul Frazer here.

  • 03/01/2017 9:59 AM | Deleted user

    With the release of the NSAID Equioxx in the form of a pill, many horse owners are distressed to find out they can no long legally purchase Previcox from their vet. Find out why. 

    By Sarah E Coleman

    If you own horses long enough, it’s likely they will develop some old-age joint malady, whether it’s arthritis or other joint pain and inflammation. Almost without fail, every horse owner has had to administer a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) to help comfort their aging equine at some point. Thought veterinarians have a long list of NSAIDs they could choose from to recommend to clients, one of the most popular has long been Phenylbutazone (Bute).

    Though effective, this drug must be used with caution as it can cause gastric ulcers in horses. Because of this, long-term use of the NSAID is not recommended, much to the dismay of horse owners. But in 2009, a new drug came on the market: Equioxx. Labeled for use in horses and safe for long-term use, Equioxx in a clinical setting is delivered by IV; it was also made available in a paste format, which could be administered more easily in barn settings. 

    The Cost of Comfort

    However, while everything about the new drug should have horse owners cheering, they weren’t: The cost of one tube of Equioxx when it first hit the market was between $12 and $15, and each tube held only one dose (now you can find it for around $6/tube). Additionally, after multiple days of administering Equioxx, horses may begin to resist having the tube placed in their mouths. (For reference, a bottle of Previcox, which horses can be administered anywhere from ¼-tab to 2 tabs, costs $80 for 60 tablets.)

    Because of both the cost and the fight to administer Equioxx, Previcox was soon offered by veterinarians as an alternative. A canine product, Previcox is used “extra-label” for horses, meaning it is legally allowed to be used to treat horses though it was not originally developed for them.

    By law, this is permissible because: 

    • The animal may suffer (or die) if not treated AND there is no approved drug with the same concentration, effectiveness, active ingredients or dosage form
    • There is a valid veterinarian/client/patient relationship
    • The drug is not prohibited from extra-label use
    • The animal drug is only compounded with an approved human or animal drug

    Merial makes both Equioxx and Previcox, both of which are fibrocoxib. Equioxx is an NSAID that works to control joint pain and inflammation caused by equine osteoarthritis or degenerative joint disease. Previcox, which is available in pill format, can control the same symptoms and is much easier to administer than its sister drug. (It should be noted that most likely the mode of administration—paste vs. pill—added to the cost of manufacturing Equioxx.)

    Many veterinarians have prescribed Previcox to their clients, but this is a bit of a grey area as there was truly a comparable product on the market (Equioxx)—generally medications used extra-label are prescribed when there is no comparable product. In theory, Previcox was only prescribed for horse owners who “struggled to get the paste into them” – and not solely for financial reasons. This terminology brought about the potential for a conflict with veterinarians who must follow the law.

    And Then Came Equioxx Tablets

    In October of 2016, Merial released Equioxx tablets, retailing them at the same price as their sister drug, the Previcox tablets (though depending on the dosage a horse takes, the Equioxx tabs may be more expensive). With the creation of Equioxx in tablet format, veterinarians can prescribe the equine-only formula, eliminating the potential conflict of using Previcox off-label.

  • 02/15/2017 8:34 AM | Deleted user

    The MSEDA Annual Meeting was held Saturday, Feb. 4 at the Four Points Sheraton in Lexington, Ky. The day started off with an Open Members forum with three topics to be covered:

    • 100 Ways to NOT get Eliminated at a Dressage Show or Event
      This great topic was lead by popular judges Karen Winn and Debbie Boeh. Karen and Debbie gave a talk about some simple rules people misinterpret or forget along with reviewing the new 2017 rules. A handout was given to attendees and a Q & A followed, with participants guessing and answering which rules were true or false and on which penalties were given or elimination resulted. A lively discussion followed, with many great questions asked by participants.
    • An Overview of MSEDA Points and Awards
    • Mandy Alexander presented a PowerPoint presentation that included information on the available MSEDA points and awards; she provided some simple examples on how points are calculated.
    • The Future MSEDA Annual Meetings
      Rachel Henson spoke about future MSEDA annual meetings and asked for member feedback on dates and times for the Annual Meeting, as well as potential presenters. Participants were asked to submit ideas and thoughts via email.

    After the Open Forum, the Annual Business meeting took place with Board members providing oral reports on their various committees. At the end, outgoing Board members were thanked for their service and three new members were voted in: Elissa Gibbs, Nick Larkin and Tiffany Smith. A vote was also held to make some rule and by-laws changes, which proceeded with full membership approval. 

    MSEDA Awards Banquet

    Finally, the day ended with the MSEDA Awards Banquet. A great time was had by all, with an excellent dinner (Four Points wins for good banquet food two years in a row), the MSEDA member video (with pictures sent in by members), and the awards graciously handed out by emcee Hank Zeitlin.

    More awards than ever before were given out, including volunteer awards. The winner with the most volunteer hours was Shelly Ryan, who had almost 200 hours for 2016! Horse shows of the year included Team Challenge Horse Trials and Snowbird Dressage. Scholarships were given to four deserving members who intend to use them to further their education through MSEDA. They were:

    Christine Brown Memorial Grant: William Robertson

    MSEDA Exceptional Educational Grant: Chelsea Smith  

    MSEDA Educational Grant: Joan Gariboldi

    MSEDA Educational Grant: Kristen Brennan

    All of the award and scholarship winners are posted here

  • 02/13/2017 9:13 AM | Deleted user

    By Sarah E. Coleman

    While the vast majority of us routinely vaccinate our horses for the “rhino” form of the equine herpes virus 1, many people were unfamiliar with the neurological form of EHV-1 until recently.

    EHV-1 commonly causes upper respiratory infections in young horses, presenting as a runny nose, cough and loss of appetite. Most of the horses affected by this type of EHV-1 recover uneventfully. Spread primarily through coughing and sneezing, EHV-1 also has a more devastating neurologic form that has recently been implicated in multiple equine deaths.

    Horses that have the neurologic form of the disease can have trouble standing, swelling in the lower legs, and the inability to pass manure or urinate. As many of these signs mimic other disease, it’s important to involve a veterinarian as soon as possible to determine exactly what is affecting the horse.

    Because EHV-1 is a virus, it does not respond to antibiotics. Supportive treatment is the only thing that can be done for affected horses, and each treatment is determined individually. Anti-inflammatories and fluids are most commonly administered, and a sling can be utilized for some horses that are unable to stand.

    Typically, those horses that do not become recumbent have a good prognosis, though recovery may take multiple months.

    Racing Industry Hardest Hit

    EHV-1 has been in the news a lot lately, the first cases of 2017 being confirmed at the Louisiana Fair Grounds racetrack. On January 3, one horse tested positive for the neurologic form of EHV-1. That horse was placed in isolation and one barn was placed in quarantine with twice-daily temperature taking of every horse in the barn.    

    On January 4, three additional barns at Fair Grounds were placed under quarantine and the horse that was originally infected was euthanized. The issue that immediately needed to be addressed was the fact that horses had shipped into and out of the track to train and race—and they may have been exposed to the infected horse. Because of this, the Kentucky Office of State Veterinarian instated a rule that no horse that has resided or been on a Louisiana race track or training center since December 10, 2016, would be allowed entry onto a Kentucky racetrack (for racing or sales).

    To gain entry to Kentucky, am owner had to prove that a horse that had been in Louisiana had been removed at least 30 days before the rule went into place; this certification was in addition to meeting standard health requirements. 

    Even Closer to Home

    The same day, a 2-year-old filly was brought to a Lexington equine hospital from Oldham County, Ky. The examining veterinarian alerted the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) of a possible EHV-1 case after he noticed urine dripping from the horse. A nasal swab and whole blood was taken and the filly was confirmed to have the neurologic form of EHV-1 on January 5.

    The KDA then placed the filly’s home farm under quarantine. Additional testing was done on horses that had been exposed to the affected horse in the hospital. Three horses had resulted positive.

    On January 9, a second horse on a different farm in Oldham County tested positive for EHV-1, though with a different strain of the virus. The horse was moved to isolation and the facility was placed under quarantine. On January 13, five horses were diagnosed to be positive for EHV-1 via nasal swab. These five horses were moved to isolation areas.

    The Oldham County EHV-1 cases had no connection to the Fair Grounds cases. The initial Oldham County horse was released from the equine hospital and sent to isolation. The farm from which she came complied fully with the KDA regulations and ensured that no horse on their property showed any signs of EHV-1.

    On January 21, a barn on the backside of Turfway went under quarantine when a horse was diagnosed as positive with the “wild strain” of EHV-1. Two additional horses were diagnosed as positive for the wild strain of EHV-1. Also, samples collected on January 25 from the Keeneland training barns noted that two horses had tested positive for EHV-1. 

    So Where Are We Now?

    As of February 10, the Oldham County premises, Keeneland Rice Road Training Center and Turfway Park were all released from quarantine. Horses that have previously tested positive do remain under regulatory monitoring and remain quarantined in secured, isolated areas.  

    However, horses that have been at Fair Grounds in Louisiana (or another Louisiana facility where EHV was diagnosed), are not allowed to enter a Kentucky race track or training facility without proper documentation that they are not affected by EHV-1.

    Read more at www.kyagr.com/statevet

  • 02/12/2017 3:09 PM | Deleted user

    MSEDA would like to thank everyone who donated a door prize for our Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet. We are so grateful for your support and everyone LOVED their prizes!

    1- Salt and Pepper Shakers/ -Wet.Wring, Wear Scarf Friend of MSEDA Ellen Thomson
    1- Valley Vet T-Shirt. 2 $5.00 Buckeye Nutrition Coupons, 1- Pink Cell Phone Holder Buckeye Nutrition, Valley Vet and Friend of MSEDA Megan Carr
    1- Purple Glass Horse/ 2- Buckeye Nutrition Coupons Buckeye Nutrition, Friend of MSEDA Mandy Alexander
    1 Valley Vet Blue Horse Halter Valley Vet Supply  Judi Tudor
    1- Valley Vet Purple Horse Halter Valley Vet Supply  Carol Scherbak
    1- Pair Green/Brown Horse Pillows Friend of MSEDA Mary Fike
    1- Wood Rocking Horse Friend of MSEDA Angela Ariatti
    1-Pair of Thoroughbred Horse Pillows Friend of MSEDA Wendy Young
    1- Makowsky Brown Purse Friend of MSEDA Alston Kerr
    1- Revlon Quick Heat Paraffin Bath Friend of MSEDA Victoria Schumacher
    1- Back on Track Dressage Pad Dover Saddlery in Cincinnati, OH Pam Kimmel
    1- Back on Track Dressage Pad Dover Saddlery in Cincinnati, OH Deanna Craychee
    1-Black Halter Luckett's Tack Shop Robyn Munson
    1-Horse Cookie Jar Friend of MSEDA Julie Congleton
    1- Day Churchill Downs/ 8 Seats Covered at Finish Line Peggy Bindner Kelly Rover
    1- Bucket of Dimples Horse Treats Dimples Horse Treats Whitney Muns
    1- Bucket of Dimples Horse Treats Dimples Horse Treats Steve Duncan
    1- Bucket of Dimples Horse Treats Dimples Horse Treats Chelsea Smith
    1- Bucket of Dimples Horse Treats Dimples Horse Treats Jillian Gregory
    1- Bucket of Dimples Horse Treats Dimples Horse Treats Judi Tudor
    1- Carousel Decorative Horse  MSEDA Jim Hagerty
    1- Carousel Decorative Horse  MSEDA Tracy Scott
    1- Carousel Decorative Horse  MSEDA Chris Hayner
    1- Carousel Decorative Horse  MSEDA Mary Margaret Sterling
    1- Decorative Horse Shoe MSEDA Mary Ann Andres
    1-EquiOtic Ice Pack Cooler and Pastes Doug Froh/EquiOtic Carol Lee
    1-EquiOtic Ice Pack Cooler and Pastes Doug Froh/EquiOtic Courtney Calnan
    1- Fine Art Custom Design Show Bowl Beth Goldstein Designs Elaine Farr
    1- Pair of Bionic Equestrian Riding Gloves Technology Products Inc. Katherine Short
    1- Pair of Bionic Equestrian Riding Gloves Technology Products Inc. Cathy Jacob
    1- Pair of Bionic Equestrian Riding Gloves Technology Products Inc. Marian Zeitlin
    1- Pair of Bionic Equestrian Riding Gloves Technology Products Inc. Steve Duncan
    1- Excel Equine Hoof Supplement Excel Equine Erika Berntsen
    Gift Cards and Certificates    
    3- $5.00 coupons for Buckey Nutrition/1-Life without horses pillow Buckeye Nutrition and Friend of MSEDA Mary Margaret Sterling
    1- Certificate for DEVER 3- Day Upgrade to 4 Golf Cart Dever Inc Cathy Weischhoff
    1 Hr Full Massage Janet Grisco Jessie Bollinger
    1- Bag of EQ8 Gut Health or EQ8 Senior  Buckeye Nutrition  Rachel Henson
    1- Bag of EQ8 Gut Health or EQ8 Senior  Buckeye Nutrition  Carol Scherbak
    1- Bag of EQ8 Gut Health or EQ8 Senior  Buckeye Nutrition  Susan Posner
    1- Bag of EQ8 Gut Health or EQ8 Senior  Buckeye Nutrition  Sarah Andres
    1- DVD Taped Dressage Ride at Participating Show Another Point of View Laura Corsentino
    1-Gift Certificate $25.00 The Tack Shop of Lexington Nikki Beneigh
    1-Gift Certificate $25.00 The Tack Shop of Lexington Marianne De Barbadillo
    1-Gift Certificate $25.00 The Tack Shop of Lexington Karen Winn
    1-Gift Certificate $25.00 The Tack Shop of Lexington Susan Moran
    1- 2016 X/C Shooling Session at the KHP KHP Foundation/ Laura Klumb Victoria Schumacher
    1- 2016 X/C Shooling Session at the KHP KHP Foundation/ Laura Klumb Marty W Riney
    1- 4-Day General Admission to the RK3DE Vanessa Coleman Shawna White
    1- 4-Day General Admission to the RK3DE Vanessa Coleman Susie Duncan
    Horse Show and Clinic Entries    
    1- Horse Trial Entry Fee Spring Bay Horse Trial Julia Vassar Samson
    1- Horse Trial Entry Fee Kentucky Classic Horse Trial  William Robertson
    1- Paul Frazier memorial Horse Show Dressage Entry Fee Paul Frazier Show/ Anita Bolen Rachel Miles
    1-MET Hunter/Jumper Entry Fee Masterson Equestrian Trust (MET) Gracie Elliott
    1-MET Hunter/Jumper Entry Fee Masterson Equestrian Trust (MET) Chris Hayner
    1-Hunter Pace Entry Masterson Equestrian Trust (MET) Janice Holmes
    1- Spring Run Farm Mini HT Entry Spring Run Farm/ Susan Harris  
    1-Spring Run Farm Dressage Show Entry Spring Run Farm/ Susan Harris Mary Margaret Sterling
    1-Spring Run Farm Dressage Show Entry Spring Run Farm/ Susan Harris Janice Holmes
    1-Covered Bridge Pony Club Combined Test Entry Peggy Bindner Tracy Scott
    1-Mid South Pony Club Horse Trial Entry Fee Midsouth Pony Club/ Erin Woodall Susan Posner
    1-Entry for Stone Place Stables Hunter/Jumper Show Stone Place Stables, Prospect,  Ky Marian Zeitlin
    1-Entry for Stone Place Stables Hunter/Jumper Show Stone Place Stables, Prospect,  Ky Julie Congleton
    1- Entry Fee Stone Place Stables Mini Horse Trial Stone Place Stables, Prospect,  Ky Mandy Alexander
    1 Entry Fee either Combined Test or Dressage Class Sayre School Combined Tests and Dressage Show Katie Hensley
    1-Horse Trial Entry Fee Jumpstart Horse trial Jordan Skinner
    1-Dressage Class Entry Snowbird Dressage Show November 2017 Amanda Alexander
    1-Dressage Class Entry Snowbird Dressage Show December 2017 Tori Retamoza
    1-Entry 2016 Camargo Hunter Trials Camargo Hunt Kristin Posner
    1- Entry 2017 Camargo Hunter Pace  Camargo Hunt Jody Holford
    1- Entry 2017 Nancy Newton Memorial Show Antebellum Farm Allison Otter
    1- Entry 2017 Nancy Newton Memorial Show Antebellum Farm Laura Hampton Wilhem
  • 01/29/2017 4:24 PM | Deleted user

    Keeping horses hydrated as temperatures plummet can be tricky, especially if you have multiple fields and waterers, horses that are divas or aged equines on your farm (which encompasses about every one of us!).

    By Sarah E. Coleman

    It’s common knowledge that impaction colic cases rise in the winter, when horses tend to drink less, especially when water tends to be ice cold. So, what can you do to help prevent dehydration in your steed? Here are some common (and not-so-common) ways to try to get as much water as possible into his system:

    1. Put his food near his water, especially if it’s round bales or hay fed on the ground. Horses tend to drink the most right after they eat, so placing water within easy reach makes it even more likely he’ll take a drink after dinner.
    2. Experiment with adding flavorings to your horse’s water, like apple cider vinegar, peppermint oil, drink powders or apple juice.
    3. Add electrolytes to his diet. While many of us give our horses electrolytes in the summer when the heat is on and the competition calendar full, electrolytes can also benefit your horse in the winter, as well, by encouraging water intake.
    4. Soak his hay if he eats in a stall or if the weather will be above freezing.
    5. Consider feeding soaked beet pulp or alfalfa cubes (but be sure to feed only as much as he can eat before it freezes).
    6. Add warm water to his bucket, trough or automatic waterer a few times a day.
    7. If you can’t use a heated water bucket or stock tank deicer where your horses are located, consider surrounding your trough with straw bales or covering as much of the tank as possible (while leaving a hole for the horses to drink from) to slow ice formation.
    8. Top dress his feed with non-iodized salt; commercial grain and vitamin supplements have enough iodine in them already, so additional iodine is not necessary.
    9.  Consider dropping apple or carrot pieces in the bucket to encourage him to drink the water in it to get to the treats.
    10. While scrubbing buckets in the cold is no fun, it’s important that your horse’s buckets be clean to entice him to drink.
  • 01/16/2017 11:46 AM | Deleted user

    By Sarah E Coleman

    With a new President, a new logo and a revamped website, USEF is rolling into 2017 with a new agenda: involve more people in horse sport by restructuring the membership options, focus on fun and streamline the committee structure.

    President Murray Kessler is adamant that in order to survive, US Equestrian must court new members—at the grassroots level. In an effort to push more “average” riders to become US Equestrian members, and entire section of their website is now devoted to what riders (and their family) needs to know as they begin their horsey habit.

    In addition, there are a plethora of videos ( currently 50, to be exact) in the new Learning Center covering everything from how to walk a showjumping course to dressage tips to choosing a bridle to managing competition anxiety. With each video, US Equestrian is making a diligent effort to be one of the first places equine enthusiasts, both new and seasoned, stop for information on horses and horse sport. 

    Gaining New Members

    In statistics he cited at the US Equestrian Annual Meeting held in Lexington in January, Kessler noted that there are an estimated 1.9 million horses in the United States—and only 4 percent of equine owners are US Equestrian members.

    While many people view the only perk of being a US Equestrian member as that of accumulating year-end points, Kessler wants to change that, encouraging all equine owners to become US Equestrian members—not just those who compete. To do this, US Equestrian is rolling out a non-compete membership for $25, which grants members access to everything short of the ability to show at sanctioned shows.

    True to his mission, US Equestrian now includes a “Start Riding” page on their website that encourages riders to ride, not simply show. This page is an introduction to breeds and disciplines; youth program; stable and farm safety; and a horse classifieds page that reroutes you to equine.com in an effort to help you find your next mount. 

    Revamping the Show Scene

    While the majority of current US Equestrian members are active competitors, Kessler would like to see growth not just of the horse showing contingency, but also of horse shows. Kessler is intent on revamping the face of horse showing in the United States to include some smaller, grassroots events in addition to the large, rated shows and events. This effort would encourage even financially limited riders to dip their toes into showing on a local level. 

    Additionally, Kessler would like to ensure that a level playing field is available to all competitors. To do this, he’s making all drugs and medications violations have more teeth, taking into account previous offenses and making sure repeat offenders have hefty penalties leveraged against them. 

Midsouth Eventing & Dressage Association is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

MSEDA’s mission is to promote and preserve the sports of Eventing and Dressage in the Mid-South area, by providing leadership and education to its members and the community at large. To further these goals, MSEDA will provide educational opportunities, fair and safe competitions, promote the welfare of the horse and rider and reward the pursuit of excellence from the grass roots to the FEI level.

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