ISSN 1923 8177
December 13, 2014
It is only 11 days until Christmas. Our next issue
is not out until after the big day so we would like to wish everyone a
very Merry Christmas.
The Upper Canada Equestrian Association had their
AGM this past week. The new president is Equine Niagara News founder
Debi Katsmar. We wish Debi all the best in her new position and look
forward to working with her.
Anne Gage's column this issue is titled
"Confident Rider Tip: Breathe"
The All Equine Show will be returning to London,
Ontario at the end of March. Find out more about the third edition of
this show below.
We have a couple of books reviewed this issue.
Check out Glenda Fordham's review of Brample and Maggie.
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 December
26th. Please send us any articles or story ideas you have and any
information you have for the calendar of events.
The ENN email address is
Barry Finn, Editor
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Upper Canada Equestrian Association Seeking Members Join
to Give Horse Owners A Strong Voice in Niagara
The Upper Canada Equestrian Association (UCEA) is
seeking new members to give life to the equestrian organization.
After this week's AGM, a new Board of Directors is looking forward to
fresh approach and rejuvenation of the club (see below for new board
members). The UCEA has been facing reduced members and a lack of able
bodies to carry-out the mandate of the club which is:
1) To establish safe
horseback-riding trails throughout the Niagara Peninsula.
2) To develop, expand, improve
and preserve existing public trails.
3) To promote the proper and
responsible use of public trails.
4) To give trail riders a safe
place to ride in harmony with other users.
5) To call the attention of
local, regional and provincial governments to the need for the
preservation, improvement and expansion of public trails.
6) To do all such acts that are
incidental or conducive to the attainment of the above objects with
the philosophy that public recreational trails should be
multi-purpose with equestrian privileges. With the pressure of
population expansion, there is an increasing need for inexpensive
recreational outlets in the peninsula, therefore, it is important to
preserve public lands which can provide trails for future generations
while the land is still publicly owned.
The UCEA is
much more than a trailriding organization and welcomes all
equestrians regardless of discipline. The horse industry has been
facing major issues over the past few years. Together as a strong
membership of equestrian we can have a voice in the region. If there
is an issue with trails or horses throughout the Region, it is the
Upper Canada Equestrian Association called by authorities,
journalists and municipal committees. The Upper Canada Equestrian
Association requests you as a horse owner consider joining our
organization for a stronger voice in the Region.
is $20/year single, or $30 per year family. Applications are
available at www.uppercanadaequestrian.com
information or questions contact: Debi Katsmar, President
905-321-5097, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
UCEA Board of Directors
Debi Katsmar, President
Lisa Wood, Treasurer
John McMahon, Ride
Heidi Metz, Ride
Russ Vamplew, Ride Director
Join the Upper
Canada Equestrian Association to give a voice to horse-owners
throughout Niagara Region.
meeting is January 14th, 2015 at 7:30 pm. The meeting will be held at
Niagara Regional Headquarters on St. Davids Rd., Thorold in room
Bertie Willoughby Saddle Club News
The Bertie 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
by Amber Wiley Gilbert
For more information contact
Amber Gilbert, 905-892-0006 or email email@example.com
Visit the website for
All Equine is Strong as a Horse Going into Third Year
London, Ontario - All Equine -
Ontario's Premier Equine Show launches its third and strongest year
yet. From March 27-29, 2015, in the newly renovated Agriplex, at
Western Fair District check-out one of the Top Equestrian Experts in
the Country, Annual Trainers Challenge, Extreme Cowboy Competition,
Dressage, Western and Racing Clinics, as well as preferred clinics,
demonstrations and multiple show rings. It's a three-day equine
adventure that horse enthusiasts are marking on their calendars as a
World Champion - Al Dunning
(First time in Ontario!)
Al Dunning has owned and
operated Almosta Ranch in Scotsdale, Arizona for 40 years. His
expertise in all facets of equestrian events has elevated him to
great success. Al and his students have won 40 World and Reserve
World Titles in AQHA, NRHA, NRCHA and NCHA.
In addition, Al has authored articles and books,
conducts clinics worldwide, manages AD Tack, operates Dunning
Consulting LLC, and has recently developed Team AD International, an
online training program. He was also the recipient of the 1996 AQHA
Professional Horsemen of the Year and was chosen NCHA Zane Schulte
Trainer of the Year. Over the years he has developed his
multi-faceted business with a focus on the development of champion
horse and riders. Visitors to the show can look forward to daily
clinics with Al in the Agriplex Arena.
Eastern Ontario's Annual
3 Days, 3
Trainers, 3 Horses, 3 Judges...one champion. A unique opportunity to
see three of Canada's top trainers from three different provinces
compete for the title, while putting their proven skills to work,
training an un-broke, horse. A fan favourite!
Extreme Cowboy Competition
celebration of horsemanship and competitive speed, Extreme Cowboy
Racing is the "fastest growing equine sport" in North America.
Watch as competitors and their horses take to a challenging course of
ranch and trail-type obstacles while being judged on their command of
each element, their overall horsemanship and extreme speed around the
New to the
show this year: Dressage demonstrations, with Cecile von Martels a
National Dressage Competitor. Cecile has been competing at an
international level since 2000. She currently competes with her own
mare, Brevera, in level four, national competitions. She will move to
Wellington Florida this winter to compete at the FEI Prix St. Georges
level, currently training under international rider, Chris von
Martels, and he is training Sjef Janssen and Anky van Grunsven.
clinics will be led by top equine professionals and will include
topics such as: * Dressage, Western, and Racing * Healthcare
Clinicians * Lots of Demonstrations in Multiple Show Rings *
Discipline, Diversity in seminars, clinics and shopping! * Free,
Accessible Parking with over 4000 parking spots. * And much
Show Information Dates &
Times: Friday, March 27: 2pm - 8pm Saturday, March 28: 10am - 8pm Sunday,
March 29: 10am - 5pm
Location: Western Fair District:
Agriplex, 865 Florence St, London, Ontario
Tickets: $12 in advance, $15 at the door
or $25 three-day pass. Children 10 & under are free
Parking: FREE Social Info: Twitter
hashtag #AllEquine Exhibit and Sponsorship Information ...
Voytek Michalczyk firstname.lastname@example.org now to reserve your space and/or seminar time! All Equine:
Ontario's Premier Equine Show at Western Fair District runs
Friday March 27-29, 2015 For more information visit: http://www.westernfairdistrict.com/events/attend/2015_AllEquine
The Rider Recommends: Start Your Kids' Library Off
With These Two Early Reader Horse Adventures
Here are two
great little books for the young set: if you have kids who are as
horse-mad as I was, these two "Bramble and Maggie" books
make for fun easy reading, both containing lessons and morals to be
learned, and beautifully illustrated with colourful pictures. They
are ideal bedtime stories for parents to read along with their
pint-sized pony lovers.
Bramble And Maggie: Horse Meets
Jessie Haas Illustrated by Alison Friend Candlewick Press Price:
$17.00 Hardback, 56 pages Suitable for readers aged 5 yrs - 8 yrs
Maggie wants a pony to ride and take care of, and in order to prepare
for the new four-legged arrival she's been reading a big book on
horse care. Meanwhile, Bramble is bored with giving riding lessons
and walking in circles; she's looking for just the right person to
take her away from her boring routine. Maggie loves Bramble as soon
as she sees her, but there are some things Bramble has to be sure of.
Will Maggie let Bramble venture into new places? Will she protect
Bramble from strange objects in the yard? Will she give Bramble her
undivided attention? This charming and funny early reader is an ideal
match for young animal lovers and anyone who has ever longed for a
friend who truly understands. Enjoy a spirited ride as Bramble - a
horse with interesting "little ways"- and her devoted girl,
Maggie, start their journey to trust and friendship. Vermont resident
Jessie Haas has written more than twenty-five books, most of them
about horses. She says, "I wrote Bramble and Maggie while
getting to know my new horse, Robin. Like Bramble, she has her little
ways, but we are now good friends, but she thinks I still have a lot
Bramble And Maggie: Give And Take
Jessie Haas Illustrated by Alison Friend Candlewick Press Price:
$17.00 Hardback, 56 pages Suitable for readers aged 5 yrs - 8 yrs
Maggie and her mischievous horse, Bramble, from "Horse Meets
Girl" are back for another spirited romp through the ins and
outs of friendship. Maggie loves introducing her new horse, Bramble,
to the neighborhood, the beach, and the backyard. Bramble has fun
too, once she is cajoled into participating with a well-timed carrot
or two. But when Maggie has to go to school, Bramble is bored and
lonely and gets into some trouble with next door neighbour, Mr.
Dingle. A misbehaving hen and a midnight visitor finally help to turn
Bramble into a good neighbor. This charming and funny early reader
flows at just the right pace for kids who are learning that others
don't always do exactly what you want, but that friends find a way to
give and take. Author Jessie Haas says, "Animals tell us what
they need and expect. My horse, Robin, expects good food on time, and
she expects me to keep life interesting. She sure keeps life interesting
for me!" Both books are available from www.candlewickpress.com or www.Amazon.com
Reviews by Glenda Fordham
Rider Tip: Breathe
By Anne Gage of Confident
The following post is an excerpt
from my book 'Confident Rider Confident Horse': "Breathe with
Calm Focused Breath
I teach this
technique to all of my students - and I use it myself. When you're
stressed, anxious, or fearful, you breathe with short, shallow
breaths, without any rhythm, and often even hold your breath. This
keeps those stress hormones (adrenaline and cortisol) going through
your body. This is what makes you feel nauseous, shake and sweat.
Your heart pounds and your body tenses. Your head aches. You go
"fetal" - tipping forward in the saddle. None of these
symptoms of stress are fun - for you or for your horse. Horses are
incrediblyTip 1 Breath sensitive to the body language and energy of
the people around them. They even mirror your breathing. This is why
your stress and tension can affect how your horse feels. As soon as
you recognize the first symptom of fear, changing your breathing is
the fastest way to help you to feel more calm and confident.
* Sit in a chair with your feet
flat on the ground, your back straight and your chest open. Let your
hands rest gently on your lap.
* Breathe in through your nose
and out through your mouth
* Put one hand on your belly (at
your navel) and the other hand on your chest
* Focus on your breath * Count
to 5 slowly as you inhale and feel your belly expand and then your
chest lift slightly
* Hold your breath for a count
* Exhale slowly for a count of
5. Feel your chest drop and your belly deflate moving back towards
* Your heart may pump a bit more
to start with as it adjusts to the new way you are breathing. It will
soon pass and you will feel more calm and relaxed.
* Repeat several more times -
inhaling for a count of 5, holding for 3, exhaling for a count of 5 -
feeling the movement your belly out as in inhale and in as you
* Practice this new way of
breathing as often as you can throughout your day. Anytime you feel
stressed or anxious, take a few slow, CALM FOCUSED BREATHS and notice
how quickly you calm down.
* The more you practice, the
more natural it will feel.
This way of
breathing allows 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. With practice, you'll be able to calm your mind using your
calm focused breathing exercise any time. This practice allows you to
respond to stressful events with a level head, and you'll find that
your emotions are less in control of you. The next time you feel
anxiety or fear creeping into your mind, remember that you have a
choice. You can react from your emotions and complicate the situation
or you can respond in a way that encourages you and your horse to
feel more calm and confident. With calm focused breathing, and the
relaxation it brings, you're always only a few short minutes away
from the stress relief you crave. Instead of reacting negatively when
you feel anxious or afraid, you'll look for solutions and feel more
confident. The choice is always yours. In the meantime, take a few
minutes today to practice your calm focused breath, clear your mind
of its worries, and relax. Do the same tomorrow and the next day.
Like physical exercise, the benefits of this breathing exercise are
accumulative. The more you practice, the more benefits you'll receive
and the better you'll become at staying calm and building your
your breathing can also help improve your performance - even when you
aren't feeling nervous. The authors of the book, Perfect Breathing:
Transform Your Life One Breath at a Time, interviewed people who push
their bodies to the limits - professional athletes, dancers, fighter
pilots, archers, astronauts, etc. All of them use breathing
techniques to focus their minds, keep their emotions under control
and to get every ounce of performance from their bodies.
Want more tips on Winning
the Mental Game? Click here to
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video training "3 Actions You Can Take Now to Build
Your Confidence with Horses & Riding"!
There 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 your copy today!
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