September 27, 2011

The Ranchette Veley Equestrian Center Horse Show

September 24, 2011 was the date for our first fall Ranchette Veley Equestrian Center Horse Show. Thank you to everyone who participated and volunteered. We had a great day and every competitor left with a handful of ribbons! Special thanks to Judge Frank Callagee for his encouragement and words of wisdom. Thanks, too, to Lori Carter of German Equestrian Manufacturers for our gift bags, Scribe and Scorer Pat Allen, Ring Steward Tom Tischler and Photographer Todd Tischler. Each and every rider deserves a huge round of applause for their efforts and hard work. Get ready for a Spring and Fall show in 2012!!

Congratulations to the riders and horses who won these classes:

Cierra Tischler and Worth the Wait - Intro Tests A and B

Jeffri Ann Olson and Streakin' Harley Bars - Intro Test C

Shaylee Snow and Perfectly Bear - Training Tests 1 and 2

Emily Olson and Streakin' Harley Bars - Trot Poles

Amber Foster and Worth the Wait - Crossrails and Trail Option B

Rick Crockett and Allstar's Game - Jumping 2'0" to 2'6"

Shannon Crockett and Lady Jane - Jumping 2'3"

Suzi Richards and Lady Jane - Trail Option A

Kara Carter and Lady Jane - Walk-Trot and Walk-Trot-Canter Division A

Shannon Crockett and Mijn Genezer - Walk-Trot Division B

Emily Olson and P.J. - Walk-Trot-Canter Division B

Keep up the good work everyone!! I'm proud of you!!

April 18, 2011

Protect Your Horse's Eyes and Face w/Fly Masks

Fly masks can be a very important tool to not only shield your horse's eyes from irritating flies, they can also provide year-round protection from: debris, blindness and skin cancer. On a windy day, a fly mask can prevent dust and debris from collecting in your horse's eyes. Not only do they help keep the eyes clean, but a dark or black fly mask can help a blue-eyed horse (who spends significant time in direct sunlight) avoid blindness. The benefits don't stop there. The face of a pink-skinned white-haired horse could be spared from skin cancer with a fly mask that covers the face and nose. Lastly, fly masks (that cover the ears) can also help horses who are ear-shy to gain confidence having their ears handled. Fly masks can cost anywhere from $10 to $30 and are available in any tack store or tack catalog. This small investment can go a long way in making your horse happy, ridable and comfortable.