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Elizabeth Shoudy

September 3, 2009

Jay Z Stands Tall At HITS Ocala Winter Festival

A big heart and husky build combined with long legs and an ample step are just a few of the qualities Ashley Ann McGehee finds appealing—in a horse that is. During the HITS Ocala Winter Festival, Feb. 21-25, Ocala, Fla., McGehee and her 17.3-hand Hanoverian, Jay Z, towered above the competition, winning the large junior, 15 and under, championship.

“He’s gynormous!” said McGehee. “When we measured him, the stick stopped at 17.3, and he was still taller than that!”

January 19, 2009

Nokomis Earns "Two For One" Rewards At Upperville

Diane Dodge of Nokomis Farm has been breeding horses for more than 30 years, but things have certainly changed since she first started her program.

Her experimentation with technology paid off during the Upperville Colt & Horse Show, where her embryo-transfer twins earned blue ribbons on June 12 in Upperville, Va.

Nokomis Farm's handsome chestnut, Winston, took home the best young horse title, and his twin sister, Jenufa, won the other than Thoroughbred 2-year-old fillies class.

April 4, 2008

Authentic Outraces Up Chiqui In $200,000 CN Worldwide CSI-W

He and Beezie Madden are gearing up to win big money before heading to Europe.

The jump-off for the $200,000 CN Worldwide CSI-W turned into a blazing duel between two of the fastest horses in the country as Beezie Madden and Authentic went head-to-head with Kent Farrington and Up Chiqui.

February 19, 2008

In Today's Top Jumper Barns, Technology Is Catching Up To Tradition

Treatments such as lasers and magnetics are helping keep horses at their best.

In many facets of life, whether be it cars or cuisine, diets or designer jeans, fads come and go, but the functional ones usually find a secure place in society. The same holds true for many equine therapies. The more traditional methods of maintaining top equine athletes, like chiropractic work, massage, acupuncture and cold therapy, have found a permanent place in the care regimen of many competitive barns.

February 7, 2008

Richard Castelow Creates Saddles Fit For A Queen

This saddler has had some unique experiences.

Being Master Saddler to the Queen of England is not a title that many saddlers can put on their resumes. In fact, Richard Castelow was the first man to ever hold the position. When approached by the Master of the Horse, Lord Somerleyton, and requested to leave his post as Master Saddler for the Household Cavalry and move to Buckingham Palace to be Queen Elizabeth II’s personal Master Saddler, Castelow, who was nearing his retirement from military service, agreed.

November 28, 2007

Eight Questions To Ask About Artificial Insemination

If you are planning on breeding your mare through artificial insemination, here are some questions to keep in mind when speaking with a breeder:

•    How many live sperm cells are in the semen? 500 million and over is considered “good.” “When I ship semen, I send over 2 billion sperm cells in an 50 mL dose that I know, by evaluating, are good,” said Tish Quirk.

November 28, 2007

Which Method Best Suits Your Mare: Live Cover Or Artificial Insemination?

While both are tried and true breeding methods, is one more effective than the other? And which one is ideal for your mare?

Trying to decide whether to breed a broodmare by artificial insemination as opposed to live cover is a difficult decision and one that must take into account all of the intricacies involved in both options in order to increase the odds for a successful pregnancy.

August 10, 2007

Pony Finals Bound


For three young girls, the USEF Pony Finals offer a lot more than just stiff competition.

From riding without stirrups to wielding two crops devised to keep thumbs up and hands in position, from seemingly never-end-ing bending lines to collecting strides, young riders will endure various training methods on the road to the 40th USEF Pony Finals, to be held Aug. 15-19 in Lexington, Ky.

June 1, 2007

Benjamin Sanchez Is Surviving The American Dream

After being granted his U.S. citizenship and buying his own home, Benjamin Sanchez believed he knew the meaning of the elusive and idealistic “American Dream.”

But that was before he was diagnosed with cancer.

Since acquiring his citizenship in 1998, Sanchez, caretaker and foreman of Serenity Farm, a hunter/jumper facility in Colorado, has worked diligently to save enough money to buy a home for his wife and three children. That moment finally arrived in December of 2005 in Elizabeth, Colo.

June 1, 2007

Managing The Patient On Stall Rest

In order to best care for a confined horse, you need to know how a change in his exercise pattern can affect him.

The show season is going smoothly when suddenly your horse comes up lame. After a thorough exam, the veterinarian recommends the treatment: stall rest.

Finding out that your partner is out of commission for a few weeks or even months can be difficult, but the road to recovery doesn’t have to be.

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