ISSN 1923 8177
January 25, 2015
Well January is almost over. It's
been a decent winter so far. It's only 53 days until Spring!
Best wishes to Grace Clairmont of Fonthill, Ontario
as she competes in the FEI Children's International Classic Final this
week in Mexico.
Check out the Upper Canada Equine Association news
Anne Gage's column this issue is titled "Horse
Training - Demanding Vs. Earning Your Horse's Respect"
Congratulations to Cody Mousseau on his many wins
at the International Professional Rodeo Association Finals Rodeo held
last weekend in Oklahoma City.
Check out the new book "FateRode The
Author Cheryl Bruder has teamed up with Slow Feed
Netting for a contest. Check it out below.
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 2015 event dates!
Our next deadline is February 6th.
Please send us any articles or story ideas you have and any information
you have for the calendar of events.
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Ontario Youth Goes to Mexico For FEI Children's
International Classic Final
By Kelly Bowers
Bravo, Mexico will welcome 32 young riders and their families to the
FEI Children's International Classic Final the last week of January.
The event runs from January 26th to February 1st and nobody is more
excited about that than Fonthill's Grace Clairmont. The 15 year old
is the only Canadian to make the cut and since 16 of the finalists
are from Mexico, she is one of only 16 others arriving from various
countries around the world.
Following in her
father's footsteps, Grace began riding for fun when she was very
young, just 9 years old. Only six years later, she now rides at
Sherwood Farms, owned by Robin Hannah in St. Catharines, ON. For fun
and as a bonus, because she likes to compete and she wins. So, when
her previous horse retired in September, Grace began riding Hannah's
experienced 17-year-old Belgian/Warmblood gelding named Urioso. The
pair have had great success already which Grace credits Urioso for
insisting that he knows more than she does. This, their very first
year together, ended with them qualifying for Mexico by winning the
FEI Children's International Classic Qualifier held in July at the
finals in Mexico, though, Grace will be riding a horse provided for
her. All riders will participate in a draw to determine which horse
they will ride. Possibilities include some of the best horses in the
host country and from around the world.
realizes that horses are like people with their own personalities,
physical builds, habits and preferences, not to mention quirks. So,
to prepare for the change of mount, the teen has been riding a
variety of other horses at Sherwood Farms to make sure she adapts
quickly to the horse she draws for the competition. Grace gives much
of the credit for her success to her supportive friends and family,
and the team who helped to get her to Mexico will be travelling with
her, cheering her on all the way. Next issue, we'll let you know how
she did. Go Grace!
If you love to Ride, and love
your Horse - Join the Upper Canada Equestrian Association
The Upper Canada Equestrian
Association (UCEA) is a local organization dedicated to safe trail
riding, maintenance and preservation of trails and good ol' fashion
riding fun. Consider joining the Upper Canada Equestrian
Association - membership is just $20/year. Become a member yourself,
then recruit others - monthly prizes for the person who refers the
most paid members and a grand prize in December of $250. Join today!
Plans this year include trail rides each month from April -
November, over-night camp-outs, riding in local parades, social
gatherings and more clinics and education sessions.
Come check us out - Date:
Wednesday, February 11th, Time: 6:30 pm Social with coffee and
treats, 7:30 meeting start
Where: Niagara Region
Headquarters, St. David's Road, Thorold, ON Room CE103
Cheryl Bruder of www.greathorsestories.ca is running a contest - Join her mailing list or submit a short story
about your horse for your chance to win a trailer net from Slow Feed
How to Enter:
1. Sign up for Cheryl's newsletter here:
2. Email email@example.com with a short
story about you and your horse
Bertie Willoughby Saddle Club News
Willoughby Saddle Club looks forward to seeing everyone at our next
event which is our Annual Tack Swap on May 2, 2015 at the Welland
Fair Grounds. Our 2015 show dates are May 17, June 21, July 19,
August 16, August 30 and our rain date September 13.
For more information contact
Amber Gilbert, 905-892-0006 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit the website for
the Barn. Grow the Community.
Did you know the West Niagara
Agricultural Society (WNAS) is building a new agricultural centre in
Grassie (corner of Mud and Mountain St.)? The centre will be a prime
agricultural learning centre, host their annual fair in September and
be available for community event rentals. It will have a community
hall, livestock barn, market square, demonstration kitchen, and two
horse show rings. WNAS is currently seeking sponsors and corporate
funding to aid in the purchase of furniture, fixtures, and equipment
for the new facility expected to be completed in the fall of 2015.
For more information on corporate donations email email@example.com or visit www.westniagarafair.ca and click the donate now button.
strong in our community.
Cody Mousseau wins big in Oklahoma
Oklahoma City, OK - Jan 18th -
"Got what we came for" was the comment Cody Mousseau posted
after the 4th performance of the International Professional Rodeo
Association Finals Rodeo held last weekend in Oklahoma City. When the
dust settled, 24 year old Cody Mousseau of Aylmer ON, walked away
with the finals All Around Cowboy award plus, not one, but two IPRA
World Championship titles to his name! Cody is the first Canadian to
win a World title in Steer Wrestling and Team Roping in the same year
and the first Canadian to every win an IPRA Team Roping World Title.
Cody is a three event cowboy, competing in Team Roping, Steer
Wrestling and Tie Down Roping.
with his parents, Barry and Jennifer during the summer on their 113
acre farm just outside of Alymer, ON. For the past three winters Cody
has stayed with rodeo stock contractors Chet and Beth Kidd in
Statesville, NC. Cody participated in over 90 rodeos this past
season, racking up miles of travel all over the eastern and southern
US states, Ontario and Quebec. Although Cody rode his own horses at
several rodeos, the distance and the need to get to the next one
quickly required him to borrow horses from other cowboys. When you
borrow another cowboy's horse, and win you pay a percentage of your
winnings to him.
roping partner, 19 year old Tyler Kidd resides in Stephenville, Texas
where he team ropes full time. Cody and Tyler roped together at the
IFR last year and did not have any luck, but this year they returned
with a fire in them to win the World Championship Team Roping title.
Cody went into the finals sitting 2nd in the standings by only a
$1,000. Out of 15 teams they came out the winners with their average
time being 29.80 on 4 head; 10 seconds ahead of the 2nd place team.
They each took home a little over $4,000.00 for their efforts and
Cody received a beautiful World Championship Team Roping trophy
saddle and trophy belt buckle.
In the Steer
Wrestling, Cody went into the finals sitting first in the standings
with almost $17,000 in winnings and only $1,400 separating him and
2nd place cowboy, Brian Barefoot of Dunn, NC. and only an $1,800
difference between him and 3rd place cowboy, Brad Stewart of Mt.
Ulla, NC. It turned into a horse race with it coming down to the
fourth round to determine who would be the 2014 World Champion Steer
Wrestler. Cody came out the victor with over $19,000 in year end
winnings for which he received a beautiful World Championship Steer
Wrestling trophy saddle and trophy belt buckle.
In the Tie
Down, Cody went into the finals sitting 2nd in the standings by
$3,500 to first place cowboy, Justin Thigpen of Waycross, GA. Cody
and Hadley Deshazo from Franklin, AR who was sitting 6th in the
standings shared the same mount, Whiskers, Hadley's 16 year old AQHA
gelding. This truly great horse took both Cody and Hadley to the
winners circle with them ending up being tied for 3rd after 4 head.
After all was said and done, Cody won $2,300 and ended up 3rd in the
year end standings with Justin Thigpen winning the 2014 World
Championship Tie Down title.
Rodeo is a
family tradition with Cody's Mom and Dad being past ORA champions and
cousin Matt Mousseau winning the 2008 and 2009 IPRA World
Championship Steer Wrestling titles. Some more 2014 highlights;
* Winning the Terry Dunk
Memorial Team Roping and trophy saddle was a dream come true and one
that held great meaning as Terry was Cody's mentor, friend and team
* Winning the Tie Down and
placing in the Team Roping and Steer Wrestling to win over $4,300 at
Al and Karyn Foster's Holstein Rodeo; the best IPRA rodeo in
* Winning all three events at
the same rodeo in Washington, PA.
* Winning the Steer Wrestling at
Paspebiac, QU to pocket $1,800
* Winning the Team Roping with
Tyler Kidd with a time of 4.8 at Shady Dale, GA
* Winning the Team Roping and
2nd in the Steer Wrestling at Armada, MI while dodging the
* Winning the ACEC Quebec All
Around Cowboy and Tie Down Year End Championship
like to thank his parents, Barry and Jennifer for all their support
and love, his North Carolina family; the Kidds, Stewarts and Tuckers
for all their support and help to become a world champion.
the day after IFR45 from Oklahoma City to fly to Stroud, Australia
where he will compete on their rodeo circuit and experience life down
under for the next four months.
Fate Rode The Wind
surrounding this family's pony has readers clopping for more New
novel describes the struggle of rural Americans following Great
CHICAGO - "I want a
pony," many children have demanded, but those requests usually
fall on the selectively deaf ears of parents. The absence of a pony
under the Christmas tree can teach children the valuable lesson:
"you whinny some; you lose some."
In his new
book "Fate Rode The Wind," Larry D. Quick trots out the
tale of a family who has barely survived the Great Depression. Right
before the beginning of World War II, the Quinn family has saved
enough to buy a meager plot of land. The bonds of love glue the
Quinns together and their hard work begins to pay off as they farm
the under-yielding earth.
Just as the
Quinns Fate Rode The Windstart reining in the rewards of their labor,
the father decides to buy a pony for the family. Hoping to keep his
children grounded and provide a bit of entertainment, he has no idea
what foal hardships are about to gallop into their lives.
wanted to write a book about an average family dealing with the
strife sandwiched between economic trouble and the looming unease of
World War II," Quick said. "The bonds of a loving family
can brighten any struggle."
loving a family can be, there is always conflict. Though the mother
tries to keep her equanimity, things only get worse as the frivolous
purchase made by her husband puts stress on the relationship,
continuing to stirrup difficulties for the family.
trouble that this pony causes for the Quinns ends up being a real
night mare," Quick said. "Fate Rode the Wind" By Larry
D. Quick ISBN: 978-1-4917-3226-7 Available in softcover, hardcover,
e-book Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and iUniverse
About the author: Larry D. Quick served as
department chairman and visual arts teacher of the Crystal Lake
Central High School art department for 36 years. He is an
accomplished painter and enjoys traveling to new places. Though Quick
is retired, the work he put into his new novel proves that you are
never pasture prime and always have the opportunity to try new
Horse Training - Demanding Vs.
Earning Your Horse's Respect
Gage of Confident
I recently read an article by a Well Known Clinician in
which she was offering tips for training a horse that did not want to
go out on the trail alone. I agreed with her on several points:
The reason this is such a common problem - horses are reluctant to
leave the security they feel with their herd mates.
That it would not be an overnight fix, but would take at least
several weeks of training to resolve.
That the work would have the benefits of making the horse safer and
That ground work must be the starting point of the re-training.
That the horse needs to have his attention on you (the trainer/rider)
rather than on his herd or distractions in the environment.
But, I disagreed with the Well Known Clinician's
not let him "get away with" small disobediences, and
"make him walk through" things that he is avoiding.
The words we use affect our behaviour.
What feelings and thoughts come to your mind when you
hear the word "demand" or the phrase "don't let him
get away with ..." or "make him do it"? What comes to
my mind is aggression, force, conflict. There is a winner and a
loser. It feels dictatorial and unsympathetic to the needs and
feelings of the other party - whether that is a human or a horse.
This way of thinking, in my mind, sets up a "master/servant"
type of relationship.
When I work with horses, my aim is to create a willing
partnership based on respect, trust and cooperation. These elements
are much stronger when they are earned rather than demanded. Respect
is earned by having clear, consistent and appropriate boundaries.
Trust is earned by paying attention to what the horse needs and then
giving him that.
Confidence is built by decreasing his stress and helping
him to feel calm and safe.
I want the horse to choose to follow me not because he
is afraid of me, but because he feels safe with me - mentally as well
Behaviour is communication. If the horse is not behaving
or responding the way I would like him to, I don't consider that as
Rather than "not letting him get away with small
disobediences", I consider why the horse has a certain
behaviour. For example, if he won't stand still for mounting I
consider possible reasons. Is he experiencing pain, anxiety or fear?
When I address the reason and give the horse what he needs to be calm
and relaxed, then he will be able and willing to stand quietly.
Rather than "making him walk through things he is
avoiding", I consider his perspective as a flight, prey animal.
If he is concerned about a particular object, I will work with him in
his "comfort zone" and gradually expand that area while I
help to keep him in a calm, level frame. In this way, I build his
trust in me and his confidence increases.
When you earn your horse's respect and trust, he will
become more willing and confident - naturally. You horse will feel
safe, calm and relaxed whenever he is with you - even when he is away
from his herd mates.
Click here to
watch a short video (6.29 min) to see how I apply these principles
when working with a horse in-hand (leading in contact) to build
trust, respect and confidence.
are lots more practical and in depth tips on improving your
Confidence and your Partnership with your horse in my book "Confident
Rider, Confident Horse: Build Your Confidence While Improving
Your Partnership with Your Horse from the Ground to the Saddle". Click here to order
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