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ISSN 1923 8177                                                         January 25, 2015

In This Issue

·         From the Editor

·         Our Advertisers

·         Grace Clairmont

·         UCEA News

·         Cheryl Bruder

·         Bertie Willoughby SC

·         Raise The Barn

·         Cody Mousseau

·         Fate Rode The Wind

·         Anne Gage Column

·         Second Start TBs

·         Coming Events


From the Editor

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 this issue.


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 Wind".


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 

     Valle de 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 Jumping Blainville. 

     For 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. 

      Grace 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.   

Upper Canada Logo 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   

Contact: Debi Katsmar 905-321-5097, president@uppercanadaequestrian.com for more information or visit their website www.uppercanadaequestrian.com



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 Netting.

How to Enter:

1. Sign up for Cheryl's newsletter here:  OR

2. Email greathorsestories@ydvgroup.com with a short story about you and your horse



Bertie Willoughby Saddle Club News 

TheBertie 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 ambergilbert80@gmail.com  


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Raise 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 grow@westniagarafair.ca or visit www.westniagarafair.ca and click the donate now button.   

     Keep AG 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. 

     Cody resides 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. 

     Cody's team 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 roping partner. 

* 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 Ontario. 

* 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 lightning 

* Winning the ACEC Quebec All Around Cowboy and Tie Down Year End Championship 

     Cody would 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. 

     Cody left 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

The drama surrounding this family's pony has readers clopping for more New novel describes the struggle of rural Americans following Great Depression 

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. 

     "I 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." 

     However 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. 

     "The 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 things.




Horse Training - Demanding Vs. Earning Your Horse's Respect 

By Anne Gage of Confident Horsemanship 

     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 more willing. 

* 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 instructions to: 

* "demand respect", 

* 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 as physically. 

     Behaviour is communication. If the horse is not behaving or responding the way I would like him to, I don't consider that as "disobedience". 

     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.

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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