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ISSN 1923 8177                                                         July 13, 2014

In This Issue

·         From the Editor

·         Our Advertisers

·         Fred Walter Speed Show

·         OHRIA News

·         Happy Halloween

·         Anne Gage Column

·         UCEA News

·         NTC Meetings

·         Whispering Hearts

·         Bertie Willoughby SC

·         Second Start TBs

·         Coming Events


From the Editor

Hope you are having a good summer!


The Fred Walter Memorial Speed Show was held July 4-6. See the photos at right.


The Whispering Hearts Horse Rescue held their Open House and Tack Sale yesterday. See pour photos below.


Do you have an event coming up this summer? Please send us your events. Send us additional information and we can promote your show. Want even more exposure? We have very reasonable advertising rates. Ask us how we can promote your event!


Anne Gage's column this issue is 6 Powerful Tips for Regaining Your Confidence After a Fall From Your Horse.


If you have any stories you would like in the next issue of ENN or know someone deserving of a feature story please let us know. Send us your 2014 event dates as well!


Our next deadline is July 25th. Please send us any articles or story ideas you have and any information you have for the calendar of events. 

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The Rider/Equine Niagara News. All rights reserved. No portion of this newsletter can be reproduced without our prior written permission, however please feel free to forward it to your equine friends. While we do try to stay on top of events and their changes, please check with the organization or their website to verify information. ENN is not always notified of changes.   



































































































































































1st Annual Fred Walter Memorial Speed Show

By all accounts the 1st Annual Fred Walter Memorial Speed Show was a success. It was held at the Niagara Regional Exhibition Grounds in Welland from July 4-6. 


During the show the new horse show ring was dedicated to Fred Walter.

2015 date has been set for the 2nd annual Fred Walter Memorial Speed Show - July 3, 4 & 5 2015.


Thanks to TLV Photography for the photos below and Fiona Wiley for the photos below that.






2014 Post Racing Incentive Program Kicks Off  

OHRIA Logo Toronto, ON - The Ontario Quarter Horse Racing Industry Development Program (QHRIDP) is pleased to announce the participating industry associations for the 2014 Post Racing Incentive Program.

     The following associations have entered into a sponsorship agreement with QHRIDP to support the promotion, verification and administration of this year's $20,000 Post Racing Bonus.

Dodge Rodeo Tour www.ontariorodeo.com

Mid Western Horseman's Society (MWHS)


National Barrel Horse Association (NBHA) www.nbhacanada.com

Ontario Barrel Racing Association (OBRA) www.obra.ca

Ontario Quarter Horse Association (OQHA) www.oqha.on.ca

     The Post Racing Incentive Program is designed to support the market for Quarter Horses at the end of their racing career in Ontario by encouraging people to purchase retired racehorses and use them in horse sport.

     Sponsor associations host recognized events and those participants using horses which have previously raced in Ontario Quarter Horse races earn points and become eligible to receive a share of the $20,000 Post Racing Bonus. Currently the bonus is attached to performance and participation in the speed events of barrel racing and pole bending.

     For further information on events being hosted this year, eligibility requirements and application forms, please contact the associations listed above, visit the Quarter Horse section of the Ontario Racing Commission website at www.ontarioracingcommission.ca or the Program Coordinator by phone at 416-213-1800 or by email at qhprogram@ontarioracingcommission.ca.

     Ontario's Quarter Horse Racing Industry Development Program is administered by Ontario Horse Racing (OHR), a division of the Ontario Racing Commission.




OEF takes the reins of 

Ontario Has Talent 


     The Ontario Equestrian Federation is excited to announce that it will be taking the reins of Ontario Has Talent, a grassroots program that has distributed close to $50,000 to support youth Dressage riders. 

     "With the structure and processes of the OEF, the Ontario Has Talent program will be able to move from a single discipline, being Dressage, which it currently supports, to expand its programs to other disciplines," says Marc Nicols, vice-president of the OEF and one of the founding directors of Ontario Has Talent. "The next group we are looking to expand this model to is going to be the Eventers. In the future, the program will be rolled out to all partnering disciplines that the OEF supports." 

     Ontario Has Talent was started two years ago by two mothers, Gabriele Sutton and Nathalie Lawson, who saw a need to support the up-and-coming young riders who are the future of equestrian sport. 

     "The Ontario Has Talent program fills a few deep gaps - a gap in education funding and in youth talent identification and development. It helps those youth and young riders who want to continue their educational career and riding career in opening those pathways to achieve their goals," says Nicols, who identified the need for Ontario Has Talent to expand its program. He saw the Ontario Equestrian Federation as the natural solution and it was overwhelmingly supported by the board of directors of the OEF. 

     In 2014, Ontario Has Talent will be providing more than $27,000 in support of North American Junior and Young riders who have qualified and met selection criteria. In addition, funding will also be provided to contributing Coaches: Belinda Trussell, David Marcus, Tom Dvorak and Diane Creech. 

OEF Logo 1      Cheque presentations will be made in Kentucky during the North American Junior & Young Rider Championships in July at a special event to celebrate the amazing successes of these Ontario athletes. 

     For more information on the OEF's Ontario Has Talent program, please contact Brandon Hall at 1-877-441-7112 x 30 or b.hall@horse.on.ca



Confident Rider Tips - 6 Powerful Tips for Regaining Your Confidence After a Fall From Your Horse 


By Anne Gage

     Losing "your nerve" after a fall - even if you haven't been hurt - is not uncommon in horse riding. Your mind is a powerful tool that can work for you or against you. Much of what goes on in our minds happens unconsciously. Here are some quick tips to help get you back on track. 


1) How you are feeling is perfectly normal. Even if you haven't been injured, a fall from your horse or a close call can cause mental trauma. Your brain is programmed to make connections between places or situations and potential danger to your safety. Hormones (adrenaline, noradrenaline and cortisol) are automatically released that prepare you for flight or fight by causing physical changes in your body - increased heart rate, shallow breathing and tense muscles. This chain of physical and emotional symptoms is triggered automatically and unconsciously. 


2) Calm your mind with changing your breathing. Changing your breathing is the fastest way to help you to feel more calm and confident. It helps your mind to slow down and relax. When you are in a relaxed state you're better able to see things as they really are because you're not experiencing the cluttered thinking caused by your emotions. You can do this before you ride, while you are riding and anytime you recognize the first symptom of fear. Take long, slow, deep breaths using your diaphragm. Inhale through your nose, exhale through your mouth. Feel your belly expand on the inhale and collapse on the exhale. 


3) Release tension from your body. Stiff muscles and joints not only affect your balance, suppleness and confidence, it also affects your horse. Whenever you are nervous, anxious or fearful, you will hold tension somewhere in your body. It may be in your shoulders and neck, hips, arms, even your toes. Pay attention to where tension creeps in. Then let it go by breathing deeply and releasing on every exhale. 


4) Change the pictures you see in your mind. Visualization is a proven technique used successfully by elite athletes to improve their skills and confidence. Your mind can't tell the difference between a real or an imagined event. When you mentally replay mistakes you've made or situations that you imagine might happen, your mind believes you. Replace that negative mental video that focuses on the possible catastrophic outcome with a positive one that focuses on the outcome you want. Your mind believes you either way. 


5) Mind your self-talk. The 'audio' you play in your head has the same affect as the 'video'. But, positive self talk is more than 'positive thinking'. Instead of focusing on the problem and what isn't working, ask questions that gets your brain looking for solutions. 


6) Slowly expand your comfort zone. Start and end your ride where you are most comfortable. Move out of your comfort zone avoid gradually and notice your breathing, tension and thoughts. If your stress increases to the point where you can't manage any of these 3 areas, go back to your comfort zone until you are calm again. As you repeat this process, over time the 'scary' place will feel more comfortable. 

     Applying these 6 tips may seem uncomfortable at first. But, the more you practice them, the more natural they become. And the more your confidence will grow. 


The Bottom Line - The absolute best way to build your confidence with horses and riding is by winning the mental game. 

     You can get your Free Instant Access to my video training "The 3 Actions You Can Take Now To Build Your Confidence with Horses & Riding" when you visit http://www.AnneGage.com/webinar-replay.html 


Brought to you by Anne Gage of Confident Horsemanship ~ Putting you and your horse in good hands. http://www.annegage.com Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Anne_Gage



Upper Canada Equestrian Association News


Upper Canada Logo  

2014 Rides

July12th and 13th - The Cactus, Cattle and Cowboy weekend. July - 27th Dundas, swim ride, Chippewa conservation area overnight or swim ride. More information to follow. Time? 

August 23rd 24th - Club Ride - tentatively at Drew's old place with overnight. Time? 

August 3rd - 9th - Otter Creek 

September 28th - Canal ride tentative 11am. 

September 12, 13, 14 - Welland Fair. 

October 19th - Colour ride in Shorthills 11am. 

November 9th - French Fry ride - we will play it by ear based on weather 


Emergency Horse Search Team for those times when your best friend goes missing:

The Upper Canada Equestrian Association is always seeking new members to help keep our equestrian community strong and their voice heard. Visit www.uppercanadaequestrian.com for membership details. All are welcome. 


You can also post on the UCEA Facebook wall





Niagara Trails Committee News


For the next Niagara Trails Committee Meeting email quad-niagara@hotmail.com . Meetings are held at Birdie and Clinton Insurance 1789 Merritville Highway at 7pm. 

Niagara Trails Committee  

For more information contact:

President of Quad Niagara ATV Club

Tracy-lynn Bell





Whispering Hearts Horse Rescue Open House and Tack Sale


The Whispering Hearts Horse Rescue Open House and Tack Sale was held yesterday, July 12. Lots of things were for sale and there was a great turn out, all in aid of this great cause. For more information on WHHR please visit their website or check out their Facebook Page!




Bertie Willoughby Saddle Club News


If anyone has any pictures they would like to share please email then to ambergilbert80@gmail.com as we would like to put more pictures up on the website.


For more information contact Amber Gilbert, 905-892-0006 or email ambergilbert80@gmail.com


2014 Show Dates are all to be held at the Welland Fairgrounds, 1100 Niagara Street Welland (Please Use South gate, off Quaker Rd). Shows to start at 9:30am

July 20 * August 17 

Raindate Only August 31

Banquet will be held in November 2014 

Visit the website for more information.



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Second Start Thoroughbreds


Horse Of The Week!



Gordo Boy stands 16 hands with a nice build.  He is sound, sane and vice free.  Gordo is an easy keeper.  He is easy to work with and is well behaved.  Gordo is a quiet boy who seems to just take things in stride.  He is a very well behaved colt who will make a fantastic gelding!  Gordo will make a nice family/pleasure horse.
$500 negotiable to an approved home.


info@secondstartthoroughbreds.org or we can be contacted by phone at 

519-688-0722. View more horses at  www.secondstartthoroughbreds.org 



Coming Events

Send us all your coming events for 2014 


Port Colborne Saddle Club

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Start time is 9:30 am for shows. 

Visit the website at http://www.pcscinc.bravesites.com and the club can also be found on Facebook.


Bertie Willoughby Saddle Club

Show Dates  all to be held at the Welland Fairgrounds 1100 Niagara Street Welland Please Use South gate, off Quaker Rd). Shows to start at 9:30am

July 20 * August 17 

Raindate Only August 31

Banquet will be held in November 2014 


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