well written and presented article. This is sure a debate
that has been going on for years.
read in the local paper that ATV riders are trying to get West
Lincoln to let them use road right of ways for their trails.
In my experience these are areas that are currently used by trail
lack of organisation by the occasional rider/trail rider allows
this important part of our heritage and a great sport to be pushed
aside by politicians. Thank heavens for the OEF.
Hi there, I just wanted to compliment
you on the excellent job you do with Equine Niagara News, I look
forward to every issue!
I especially enjoyed the current edition
focussing on horse and rider road safety issues. Keep those
articles coming! I post them on my FB profile to ensure
my non-horse friends get this info also, help raise awareness
in our community.
Just another thanks, Debi, for your very
special news for Niagara horse owners. I always look forward
to your next email.
Having something local and interesting for
all disciplines is a real treat!
enjoy reading each issue to keep in touch with all
pertaining to the beloved horse!. Thank you.
Fino Niagara; Robert Darling Stables, wishes all the Visitors
to the Equine Niagara News the very best in the coming "New
Year" and a special good will to Debi Katsmar and her Family
.Thank you Debi for your contribution to the Horse World and all
the viewers to which you so untireringly serve. Paso Fino
Niagara, the Farm that provides the smoothest ride for the discriminate
rider, and Robert Darling wish you well!
wanted to say Thank you for running the story on the stray horse
on the 401.
It was a real pleasant surprise to hear from some people I hadn't
heard from in a long time that had seen the article.
In addition, it added more people to my twitter list, which always
results in more awareness of horses in need.
Thanks again! Especially for the cover! That was awesome!
Equine Niagara News is more popular than you may realize. Happy
that you take the time to do what you do and you do do it so well!
All the best!
continue to love your Equine News.
the story of the mare on the 401 was incredible.
a wonderful Christmas.
Deb...once again, I have to tell you, you do a fantastic job with
this publication. My boss might not agree, I am going to
be LATE for work due to reading it this morning! There are
so many interesting stories, links, etc.
Congrats, Deb...this is what we really need in a publication.
And by the way, I never even got a courtesy copy of the publication
(NH&R) with our article. Do you have a copy
(of NH&R)? I couldn't download it so have nothing.
One giant pain in the butt. Very disappointing as
we put hours and our heart and soul into that article.
Yours is great though...I would like to put something in about
to the Editor
Hi Debi. I'm really looking forward to reading more articles from
Tom Shields. Janet.
just a correction to your section on the Short Hills Park in the
July 24 Equine newsletter.
Short Hills only has two of the seven trails open to horses. All
of the other trails are for hikers only.
Swayze Trail (#1) is being re-routed and it is hoped to
be done by this fall. The typography in the area includes slumps,
wetlands and river under cuts making re-routing the trail a challenge.
The winery gave the park the Gilligan Road hill and Pelham road
parking lot (land owned by the winery) in exchange for Ontario
Parks fencing the boundary, which goes to the concrete bridge
at the far bottom of Gilligan road - hence the trail re-route.
Friends of Short Hills Park
July 18, 2011
You for your generous donations and support for the Whispering
Hearts Horse Rescue annual 2011 fundraiser. It was a great success
again this year making over $9000. These funds will help with
the ongoing care and expense of over 50 horses.
Hearts Horse Rescue has been overwhelmed with the generosity of
so many people touched by our rescue efforts. In the past few
years, thanks to the overwhelming aid from the public, Dave and
I have been able to build a quarantine area for new arrivals;
new barn addition with 5 new stalls; fatten up hungry bodies;
heal wounds; attend to feet and health issues; and most importantly
nurture lost souls. We could not do this so efficiently without
help, an amazing team effort between the public, volunteers and
generous donations like this - thank you! The horses thank you!
thrilled to receive another generous donation from Scotiabank
in Simcoe this year. Last year we received a generous donation
of $2000; this year they increased the donation to $3000! We are
very grateful to have their ongoing support. Many thanks!
were also many businesses that also donated to our prize table
and BBQ again this year, you truly have helped us to continue
with this never ending journey of helping so many horses in need.
We need your support to survive.
for many horses continues and Whispering Hearts Horse Rescue never
hesitates to help a horse in need. In the last two months the
horse rescue has brought in 10 more horses with many on a waiting
list, unfortunately priority cases first. This brings our current
number of horses on the farm to 52.
happier note there have been many horses adopted so far this year
to wonderful loving people. It is very difficult for us to see
our horses leave because we have formed a strong bond with them.
Only with the realization that an adoption means another rescue
can occur are we able to say good-bye.
big heartfelt thank you for your support in helping to make our
horses’ lives better, TOGETHER WE HAVE MADE A DIFFERENCE.
WHHR could not survive without the generosity of horse lovers
like yourself - your kindness is so very much appreciated.
NOW ABLE TO CONTINUE OUR JOURNEY OF HEARING THE WHISPERS OF MANY
HORSES IN NEED ONE HORSE AT A TIME.
McArthur and Dave Thompson
to the Editor:
its establishment in 1975, the Dunnville Saddle Club has been
a familiar name in this area.
a non-profit organization whose main focus is to have fun, meet
new people and of course, share tips and information about horses. A
great deal of this occurs at our Horse Shows which take place
during the summer months at the Beamsville Fair Grounds. Here,
riders enjoy a little friendly competition with families cheering
them on; Paul’s BBQ specials make sure that nobody goes
hungry; and everyone enjoys the friendly, cheerful atmosphere,
even if it does get dusty!
with the shows, the DSC Club organizes activities and gatherings
for the enjoyment of its youth and other members - all of which
help to promote community spirit in every sense. Youth Fun Day
is a highlight of our season and our horses along with the DSC
float are a familiar sight at the Mud Cat Festival Parade. Our
yearly Fundraiser Yard Sale, held on the Kinsmen’s beautiful
river-front property, gives us an opportunity to meet and greet
many of our neighbours! The Kinsmen Hall is also the location
of our Annual General Meetings and another event we look forward
to is the DSC Awards Banquet which will be held on November 27th
at the Hunters & Anglers Club again this year.
none of this would be possible without the commitment of our sponsors,
whose support certainly reflects their
spirit of community. Your donations allow our hard-working group
to thrive and, as a result, pass the benefits on to all our members.
We couldn’t function without you… so, a big heartfelt
thanks to you all! Though we can only list some of our current
sponsors, the DSC truly appreciates all who have contributed so
generously to the club:
and Sons Trailers
Clarence’s Auto Service
Family Horse Drawn Rides
R.E. Egger Truck & Machine
& Sons Ltd.
Grand Erie Ltd
Laverty’s Home Furnishings
Farrier Services Inc.
Vic Powell Welding Ltd
saddened to hear that even low level shows are now requiring that
you have O.E.F. Insurance. Are there any shows in Niagara that
won’t require O.E.F. Insurance in 2010? Don’t get
me wrong, I don’t have anything against O.E.F. Insurance.
I think it’s great. I realize that the expense of injury
can be huge whether it’s an injury to your horse or to yourself.
But, how can we expect newcomers to pay that bill when all they’re
doing is entering their kid into a lead line class?!
I started riding my parents said they wouldn’t
become “horse show parents” and if I wanted to have
any involvement with horses it was entirely up to me to foot the
bills. At thirteen I saved every cent of my birthday and work
money so I could trade my bike helmet for a real equestrian helmet,
buy breeches on sale, pick out a suit jacket at the thrift store
and fit into some hand-me-down riding boots. Scrimped and saved
until I had just enough money to enter my very first real horse
show! I was completely thrilled to be competing -- in a walk/trot
class. It was my first step towards my Grand-Prix dreams. I knew
that when I fell off a horse, or if anything went wrong undersaddle
it was 99.9% most likely my fault. It didn’t matter where
I was riding or what activity I was participating in, I was 100%
responsible for the actions of my horse. When I did finally make
it to the low level hunter/jumper shows I was still scrimping
and saving as the majority of my income now went towards my college
fund, or to keep my beloved horse. Whatever money I had leftover
went to the shows and I was able to make two or three classes
at about three shows a year. Despite how short it leaves me on
cash, I love it! I can’t sleep the night before a show because
I’m so excited! I’ve yet to win anything at a show
but I see that each year I am improving and that’s what
keeps me eager for the next show. I am fortunate to be able to
compete on a friend’s horse as mine is retired and the farthest
she goes from home is a hack down the road. My friend has O.E.F.
insurance but I hear I need to be insured too in-order to compete
on her horse now (another one of those insurance loop-holes).
I myself have always had the opinion though, and have seen enough
close-calls to believe this, that if a friend of mine was on my
horse when it tripped and broke its leg that that same accident
could have happened if I had been in the saddle. Yes it would
be nice if they pitched in to help pay the expenses but that is
something you work through as friends. If I don’t trust
the person, I don’t let them on my horse.
and more society’s main focus seems to be: “don’t
get sued.” As a horseperson I always knew that accidents
happen. It’s apart of the sport. Yes there is always going
to be that nutcase that wants to blame someone else for their
own mistakes around horses. And if I was competing at the trillium
level or higher with a $30,000 horse I would certainly want to
be insured. O.E.F. insurance, all things considered, isn’t
that expensive and the coverage is good. But for me, O.E.F. means
that going to three low-level shows is going to cost me $50+ more
dollars. Or maybe after I pay for O.E.F. I’ll only be able
to afford two shows. I pity any kid out there (whose parents aren’t
horse people) that is dreaming of a big future with horses because
if they need O.E.F. in order to take lessons, well then forget
it. If I had had to pay O.E.F. when I was thirteen I would have
still been saving up for my first show a year later. Now my family
is better off than many and maybe my parents will be willing to
pitch in since it is insurance but what about the kids whose parents
can’t afford insurance on top of lessons?
I think insurance for you and your horse is great and it’s
probably a step in the right direction for active competitors
but what about those kids that can barely afford horses now or
who are just starting to trade their toy horses for the real thing?
What about their first show? I fondly remember the day when a
little girl took an interest in my horse while I was on a hack.
And I remember how her face lit up when I gave her a pony ride
around the Comfort Maple. She was absolutely thrilled! And don’t
you dare tell me there is risk in that! I know she could have
fallen off. I could have been sued. (Her mom was supervising our
little ride). Who cares!! There are too many kids out there dreaming
of that first ride for us to limit this sport to those who have
insurance. Are we going to stop being kind and nurturing a kid’s
dream to ride horses and compete in their first show just because
they could possibly be injured and sue us? Is monetary
risk more important than making a kids’ day and inspiring
a lifetime of dreams?!
just hope we’re not proving the skeptic parents’ statement
that this sport really is just for the rich and famous.
that loves the “dream” of this sport
Letter to the Editor -
Hearts Horse Rescue would like to take this opportunity to thank
you and your readers, for all the support in reference to the
rescue of 14 horses in August 2009. Your audience, many
whom are horse lovers, have showered the rescue and the horses
with their love and kindness. Whispering Hearts Horse
Rescue has been overwhelmed with the generosity of so many people
touched by your article and touched by the sad fate of many horses.
Dave and I, thanks to your horse loving readers, have been able
to: build a maternity ward for two sets of mares and foals; fatten
up hunger bodies; heal wounds; attend to feet and health issues;
and most importantly nurture lost souls. We could
not have done it so swiftly and efficiently without everyone’s
help, an amazing team effort – thank you! The horses
thank you as they are doing fabulous - with the exception of Gracie,
may she rest in peace.
for many horses continues and WHHR never hesitates to help a horse
in need. In the last two months the horse rescue has brought
in 5 more horses with many on a waiting list, unfortunately priority
cases first. WHHR has been in attendance at yet another
cruelty, where yet again, another life like Gracie’s was
sacrificed for the rest of the herd. There always seems
to be “the one” that can’t be saved. Whispering
Hearts was surrendered only one horse from this cruelty - she
was the lucky one.
On a happier
note there have been 9 horses adopted from our original 45 horses
to wonderful loving people. It is very difficult for us
to see our horses leave because we have formed a strong bond with
them. Only with the realization that an adoption means another
rescue can occur are we able to say good-bye.
WHHR is always
busy with horse care but we must stop at times and gather hearts
and minds together and move forward into fund raising activities.
We have created a beautiful calendar, value $20.00, that features
only rescued horses. We also have a set of 4 angels that
can either decorate your Christmas tree or table setting, value
$10.00. Wonderful gift ideas! If your horse
loving readers are interested in these items they will be made
available at Whispering Hearts Horse Rescue, 1652 Concession 10,
Hagersville, Ontario 905-768-9951 every Saturday and Sunday for
the month of December from Noon-3pm only, or contact your local
tack shop (more details at www.whhrescue.com).
A great big
heartfelt thank you to everyone again for your support in helping
to make a horse(s) life better - together we can make a difference.
Hearts Horse Rescue
the Whispers of Many Horses in Need are Heard”
Subject: CVO proposal
I was just taking a quick look through the new
issue and I really appreciate you adding the CVO's proposal concerning
As a practicing therapist I can completely understand
why the CVO has reached this point of wanting to regulate alternative
medican and the people who are allowed to preform it. There
are many weekend interest courses out there that people take and
then feel themselves qualified to build a buisness on the minimal
information they have learned. Not only is this dangerous
but it also makes it harder for those of us who have spent years
obtaining the knowledge and skills that should be required before
starting such buisnesses.
On the other hand, it should be up to those of
us who have taken the latter route to create our own regulatory
boards in an attempt to give horses and their owners the same
amount of security as that found in human theraputic trades.
I would be in complete agreeance with the CVO
stepping in and helping the qualified therapists and the schools
that teach appropriate courses to make these regulatory boards
manditory. I do not, however, feel it is the right of the
CVO to take over the buisnesses of us individuals who have worked
hard and followed strict codes of ethic. I also feel that
they do not have the right to take away the owners right of choice.
Instead, they should be assisting the owners in making better
decisions by being aware of the qualifications of therapists in
I have been informed that the UOG will be accepting
comments past the date of April 15, 2009. Also, the memebers
of the International Federation of Registered Equine Massage Therapists
(IFREMT) will be putting together their own proposal with intentions
of presenting it at the voting in July. If any members of
the equine community would like to add their thoughts and have
a represented voice at the voting they can contact me, either
through facebook (Taylor Equine Massage) or my email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sara Taylor REM