A monthly publication of The Tryon Daily Bulletin The Hoofbeats of the Carolina Foothills F R E E January 2011 Volume 5 Issue 4 Spotlight on local equestrians: Connie Brown, Melissa Hare and Charlotte Odom RVPC hosts Carolina region clinic and rating 'Then & Now,' by Gerald Pack; 'Carousel Horse,' by Catherine Macaulay Green Creek seeks CETA support for trail system by Barbara Childs As a child, Charlotte Odom spent every summer with her aunt and uncle in Wendell, N.C., 17 miles east of Raleigh where she lived the rest of the year with her parents. Odom’s uncle was a vet, and that is where she acquired her great love for animals. She would ride with him as he traveled making vet calls, helping when she could. Her uncle owned a pinto saddlebred mare, which he bred every year, and he would allow Odom to break the foal when the time came. Her uncle always made sure she had a horse to ride for the summer. Fast forward to college, mar- riage and daughter Beth. One day on the way to having a jumping lesson with her horse, Dancer, Odom passed a small sign on the road that read, “Paint Horses For Sale.” The man who had the horses was from Oklahoma and came home to visit his mother at the old homestead of his birth. He had a ranch in Oklahoma and raised paint horses. He kept 2-year- olds, yearlings and 23-month-old weanlings. All these horses were loose on an old stock trailer, going from Continued on p. 2 Appointments Oklahoma to Florida. The horse Odom fell in love with looked like a beat-up giraffe among the others on the stock trailer. Chief was $500, Odom said, “I don’t have $500, but my hus- band does, and he is out of town. So, if you will take a bad check, I’ll take him.” He took the bad check, put Chief in a halter with a short lead hanging off of it, because Chief had never been touched by humans, and loaded him up. The Oklahoma man backed his trailer up to the stall in Odom’s barn, and left saying, “If your husband doesn’t want you to have him, just take him back out to my Hail to Odom's mighty Chief Charlotte Odom knew she had something special when she discovered the horse she would later name Hail to the Chief. Here Hail to the Chief shows his extensive abilities through groundwork. (photo submitted)

Jan. Appointments

Embed Size (px)


Jan. Appointments

Citation preview

Page 1: Jan. Appointments

A monthly publication of The Tryon Daily Bulletin

The Hoofbeats of the Carolina Foothills


January 2011

Volume 5 Issue 4

Spotlight on local equestrians:

Connie Brown, Melissa Hare and Charlotte Odom

RVPC hosts Carolina

region clinic and rating

'Then & Now,' by Gerald Pack;

'Carousel Horse,' by Catherine


Green Creek seeks CETA support for trail system

by Barbara Childs

As a child, Charlotte Odom spent every summer with her aunt and uncle in Wendell, N.C., 17 miles east of Raleigh where she lived the rest of the year with her parents.

Odom’s uncle was a vet, and that is where she acquired her great love for animals. She would ride with him as he traveled making vet calls, helping when she could.

Her uncle owned a pinto saddlebred mare, which he bred every year, and he would allow Odom to break the foal when the time came. Her uncle always made sure she had a horse to ride for the summer.

Fast forward to college, mar-riage and daughter Beth.

One day on the way to having a jumping lesson with her horse, Dancer, Odom passed a small sign on the road that read, “Paint Horses For Sale.”

The man who had the horses was from Oklahoma and came home to visit his mother at the old homestead of his birth. He had a ranch in Oklahoma and raised paint horses. He kept 2-year-olds, yearlings and 23-month-old weanlings.

All these horses were loose on an old stock trailer, going from Continued on p. 2


Oklahoma to Florida. The horse Odom fell in love with looked like a beat-up giraffe among the others on the stock trailer.

Chief was $500, Odom said, “I don’t have $500, but my hus-band does, and he is out of town.

So, if you will take a bad check, I’ll take him.”

He took the bad check, put Chief in a halter with a short lead hanging off of it, because Chief had never been touched by humans, and loaded him up.

The Oklahoma man backed his trailer up to the stall in Odom’s barn, and left saying, “If your husband doesn’t want you to have him, just take him back out to my

Hail to Odom's mighty Chief

Charlotte Odom knew she had something special when she discovered the horse she would later name Hail to the Chief. Here Hail to the Chief shows his extensive abilities through groundwork. (photo submitted)

Page 2: Jan. Appointments

Appointments • January 2010 • p. 2

Hail to the Chief won wide acclaim as the victor of numerous circuit chamoionships and adult amateur jumper classics. (photo submitted)


Samantha Hurst, editor 828-859-2737 x 110

Joyce Cox, advertising sales 828-859-2737 x 114

Appointments is distributed on the fourth Thursday of every month (subject to change) in every home-delivered and newsstand copy of The Tryon Daily Bulletin. You can also find them for free each month, as long as they last, in tourism and equestrian businesses throughout the area.

Appointments is a monthly publication of The Tryon Daily Bulletin Inc., 16 N. Trade Street, Tryon, N.C. 28782.

Make your “Appointments!”

To reach us regarding:• News items, contact Samantha Hurst, (828) 859-2737 ext. 110, e-mail [email protected]; or Barbara Childs, [email protected]; FAX to (828) 859-5575.

• Advertising, billing or distribution inquiries, please call Joyce Cox at the Tryon Daily Bulletin, (828) 859-9151.

Continued on p. 3

mother’s place.” That night Odom checked all

the stall doors and saw that the horses were safe and comfort-able.

The next morning she looked out of her upstairs window and saw Chief out in the pasture with her other horses.

Thinking she may have left a barn door open, she ran to the barn to check and found that all the doors were locked.

Chief had jumped out of a 3-foot square stall window, 4 feet off the floor! Odom was amazed, and it took all her neighbors to round him back into the stall.

Now she needed a name for him, and she chose Hail to the Chief, for what she thought might be a great horse.

Odom spent the next three months sitting in Chief’s stall reading a book with a bucket of feed between her knees three to four hours a day, until Chief came to her unafraid and trusting.

From there, she worked with patting him, brushing him and picking his feet, leading him, tying him, washing him, and loading him on the trailer.

She worked with him on the ground until he was 3 years old. Then Odom rode him following her instincts, and she and Chief learned together in their partner-ship for life.

In addition to group lessons, Odom rode Chief in the hunt field. It was there he learned to

deal with everything. When Chief was 4, she be-

gan to show him in local hunter schooling shows.

He was natural for jumping, and they both climbed the ladder quickly and were ready to move up to the A circuit shows in adult amateur jumpers.

Odom began working with Ronnie Mulch and Harold Chop-ping. They were winning a lot at the AA shows all up and down the east coast. Odom and Chief met Holly Adams at the FENCE

shows, and decided to return to her roots here.

She purchased a little farm on Red Fox Rd. called Charlotte’s Web. She also has a condo on White Oak Mt. Odom brings her horses here to escape the summer heat in Florida.

She has become associated with the Green Creek Hounds where she has made some won-derful friends.

In 1995, Odom and Chief went to the Washington Interna-tional Horse Show and placed

10th in the nation. In his career, Chief won nu-

merous circuit championships, adult amateur jumper classics and he was zone 4 (S.E.USA) horse of the year three times. His show earnings added up to about $45,000.

Odom retired Chief when he was 17. He show jumped for 12 years and had won all there was to win in his division.

Chief had a wonderful re-tirement ceremony at the Bob

ChiefContinued from page 1

Page 3: Jan. Appointments

Appointments • January 2010 • p. 3

Thomas Equestrian Center in Tampa.

Chief is now 25, Odom said and he will live with her until the day he enters heaven.

His main work now is giving rides to Odom’s two little grand-children.

Odom has brought along other horses since Chief retired such as Jaguar, Killian’s Irish, Glory and Rascal.

She bred and raised all except Jaguar whom she bought from the Deco farm in Virginia.

They have all been excellent jumpers. Odom now brings them all to her Charlotte’s Web farm to spend summers there for hunting

Hail to the Chief performing the high jump. (photo submitted)

and trail riding. Odom said she has had some

wonderful and talented horses, but her heart will always belong to Chief.

Hail to tHe CHief

Show earnings $45,000•

Placed 10th in nation •at 1995 Washington International Horse Show

Retired at 17, he's now •25

Zone 4 horse of the year •three times

Continued from page 2

Page 4: Jan. Appointments

Appointments • January 2010 • p. 4

Practicing high quality small animal and equine medicine

Sean Eastman, DVMSarah Silver, DVM, CVA

* Special interest in small animal dentistry and equine lameness *

Twin OaksVeterinary Clinic

5365 North Hwy. 14 • Landrum, SC 29356Phone: 864-895-8091 • Fax: 864-895-8092

Finding healing hands for equinesby Barbara Childs

Robert Roffman grew up south of Boston, Mass. devour-ing every western movie Clint Eastwood ever made.

He never owned a horse but says he has had a lifelong passion for them.

Roffman didn’t give into his passion until he recently became an equine massage therapist.

Roffman has a master’s degree in criminal justice and counseling psychology from Northeastern University in Boston. He also possesses a national certification from the national certification board for therapeutic massage and bodywork. Roffman is a li-censed massage therapist by the state of New Hampshire. He is also licensed as a massage and

bodywork therapist by the state of North Carolina. Roffman is currently working toward earning his certification in the Masterson Method for equine bodywork.

Working in the criminal jus-tice system he held a variety of positions during which he learned a person’s emotional state easily translates into body language. The outcome was commonly one of negative and violent be-havior.

Roffman’s career change was made for him when a car took an illegal left across a double yellow line and came directly into the path of his Harley motorcycle. Roffman’s petite frame of 6’7” flew over the car and 30 feet down the street. As a result, he was unable to continue his exist-

ing line of work.From first-hand experience,

Roffman learned massage and other forms of alternate mo-dalities have a dynamic and often life-changing outcome.

The common ground for the two paths of his career is interest-ing and true, Roffman said.

“The criminal justice en-vironment and the world of massage both share the need to understand the body language associated with behaviors that are presented,” Roffman said. “My intuitive insights have regularly

Robert Roffman works to release tension from the neck of an equine client. (photo submitted

Continued on p. 5

Page 5: Jan. Appointments

Appointments • January 2010 • p. 5

Bramblewood StablesDressage

Hunters/JumpersBoarding • Training

Lessons • SalesUSPC Riding Center

(864) 322-7979www.bramblewoodstables.com

Get Ready foR SpRinG now!Quality Work Locally

I wash & repair:• Fly sheets• Fly masks• Cotton coolers

Shauna WilliamsOffice: 864-895-6367 • 864-979-9334

[email protected] www.equidress.com

• Saddle pads• Cotton sheets• And more

paid off when assessing the needs of my human and equine clients. Both have their own language when expressing discomfort and pain from injury or overworked muscle groups.”

What separates Roffman from his peers is that he not only has first-hand experience from recov-ering from a traumatic injury, but has advanced his certification in the field of medical massage for his human practice.

Roffman’s method has no forceful or invasive techniques. His goal with his patients (both equine and human) is to release tension in the muscles and con-nective tissues.

By learning to watch the horse’s responses in relationship to what the hands are doing, Roff-man can facilitate the horse re-leasing any tensions and stresses which improve performance. His primary goal is to stay 'under the horse’s radar’ so he may achieve these deep releases.

This in turn allows restriction in the muscles and connective tis-sue to dissipate. The underlying statures then realign and hope-fully improve range of motion without tensions or restrictions.

The benefits of equine mas-sage include relaxation of the muscular system and increased muscle flexibility and range of motion. Equine massage also

removes undesired spasms and adhesions from the muscles and it also speeds recovery from mus-cular injuries and reduces stress to promote relaxation. All equine massage helps to strengthen the human-equine bond and also helps to prevent future injuries.

Roffman also incorporates his knowledge and skills with Reiki.

This word comes from the Japanese “rei” (spirit) and “ki” (energy or life force often written in the Chinese form “chi”). Reiki treatment focuses and directs the universal life forces to support the healing process on physical, emotional, spiritual and or mental levels. Reiki assists with pain management, stress reduction, anxiety and many other issues. This is not a religious-based concept.

When working on human and equine clients, Roffman allows the energy to flow automatically through his hands. Assessing pressure points in order to get the flight response in horses that naturally have this trait is impor-tant in the process of healing.

The evidence is apparent when the horse is licking or chewing, has rapid eye movement and an occasional yawn.

Then Roffman is able to work on the various large muscle groups, including the legs, to begin what he said is an amaz-ing work resulting from a very

light touch.Roffman plans to further learn

and continue his education with his mentors Jim Masterson and Tamara Yates. He also continues to expand his knowledge with farriers, veterinarians and equine chiropractors.

His dream is to be the “go-to guy” in the Carolinas and beyond

for healing and therapy. Roffman also plans to work in the fields of performance equine massage and will travel nationally and internationally.

The best part, Roffman said, “is to see the people’s expressions when I provide relief to their equine partner, which is truly priceless.”

Roffman stretches out the leg of a horse to massage out stress. (photo submitted)

The best part ...“is to see the people's expressions when I provide relief to their equine partner.”

-- Robert Roffman

Continued from page 4

Page 6: Jan. Appointments

• Hardwood Floors

• Granite countertops

• 9' ceilinGs

• wi-Fi & landline

Beautiful New arts & Crafts Cottage well-appoiNted reNtal - sleeps 6

1-864-483-2355 • ww.vrbo.com •(#231788)Downtown LanDrum • 125 S. ranDoLph ave.

• niGHtly • weekends

• or lonGer

Trailer Parking available for Horse lovers

Call for SpeCial Holiday rateS

776 Burgundy LaneColumbus, NC 28722

DReSSage TRaInIngfor horse and rider

* Correct * * Competitive * * Classical *All Disciplines Welcome

MaRTHa KeMMeRUSDF Certified Instructor/Trainer

USDF Silver Medalist

864-415-3759 [email protected]

The 65th Block House Steeple-chase Races on April 23rd will feature amateur flat races.

Two divisions will be in-cluded – thoroughbred and non-thoroughbreds. Started in 2004, this event has remained a crowd favorite.

The race is about 8 furlongs (1 mile) on the flat with a purse of $1,000 (split 60 percent, 30 percent and 10 percent).

Horses 4 years old and up, which have not competed in a sanctioned race since July 1, 2010, will be allowed to race.

Horses may be of any breed and will be subject to the same veterinary and drug inspections as those in sanctioned races.

Hopeful jockeys who have never ridden in a sanctioned race, and who are at least 18 and not over 59 years old, will be allowed to race. The field will be limited to eight entries.

If event organizers receive

more than eight entries, names will be drawn. Additional horses ‘also eligible’ entries will be drawn to fill the race in case of scratches.

Divisions may also be com-bined if lack of entries warrant. Attire for the riders must in-clude ASTM-approved protec-tive headgear and body protector, boots, light-colored breeches and a jersey or polo shirt of choice.

The Foxhunters Cup race, though a non-sanctioned race, will be run under the National Steeplechase Association’s Rules of Racing. The use of a whip is strictly forbidden.

In order to be eligible to start, riders must attend two briefings, first approximately four weeks before the race and the second approximately one week before the race.

Enter and become a part of Block House Steeplechase his-tory. Training and conditioning

Mandy Bilharz rides Thirsty Lil Abbie to the win in the non-thoroughbred division of the Foxhunter’s Cup in the 2010 Block House Steeplechase Races. (photo submitted)

entries being accepted for The Foxhunter's Cup

Appointments • January 2010 • p. 6

Page 7: Jan. Appointments

What's going on?Tryon Daily Bulletin

subscribers know!

Robert Arnold, 2010 winner of the Foxhunter’s Cup thoroughbred division, is awarded the marble trophy donated and presented by Warren and Abby Rauhofer along with Bonnie Lingerfelt, one of the race sponsors. (photo submitted)

are imperative so start today.Entries must be submitted to

the Tryon Riding & Hunt Club by March 10.

TR&HC reserves the right to refuse any entry not deemed safe








Megan O’Brien with Roll the Dice (TB)

Suzie Kocher with Atticus Finch (TB)

Suzie Kocher with True Phenomenon (TB)

Suzie Kocher with Interpelador (TB)

Helen Wilson with Greystone's Squiffey & Libby Arnold with Betsy's Special Lace (QH)

Jordan Hicks with Tiger Lion (TB) & Libby Arnold with Betsy's Special Lace (QH)

Robert Arnold with Rush to Market (TB) & Amanda Bilharz with Thirsty Lil Abbie (QH)

or suitable for this race. Entry forms and more information are available on the TR&HC website www.trhcevents.org.

For additional information, call 859-6109.

Appointments • January 2010 • p. 7

Page 8: Jan. Appointments

Appointments • January 2010 • p. 8

by Barbara Childs

Connie Brown and her hus-band Jeff are the proud owners and operators of Green Creek Miniature Horses. Since a child, Brown has been an animal lover.

When she was 5 years old, her mother and father divorced, and the animals be-came her comfort and passion. Mom and Brown lived for a time with her grand-mother in Brooklyn, N.Y. Every afternoon her Nana would leave the kitchen and come upstairs to specifically to watch “Bonanza.” When it was over, they trudged back to the kitchen.

Ever since that time Brown’s love and admiration grew for horses. No matter where Brown went, if there was an opportunity to ride a horse, whether mechani-cal or real, she never passed it up.

Brown’s mother enrolled her in the Girl Scouts of America, where the iron for love of horses was set in stone.

During the summer vacation time, Brown was enrolled in a six-week horseback riding camp. That was the beginning of the rest of her life with the growing inter-est and love for horses. Brown was 10.

Later Brown moved to Florida, married, had a child and a chance meeting with a woman jumper who taught Brown to ride and jump. Brown was in her 20s.

For love of all things miniature

Connie Brown and her husband Jeff discovered a love for miniature horses they thought they'd never have. (photo submitted)

Spotlight on Local


This chance to soar through the air with her partner offered her the best challenge and part-nership she could hope for with her horse.

The clinics she attended, the lessons that challenged her skills with jumping and spending all her free time with her horses was a dream come true for Brown. As an anniversary gift, she received her horse prospect, named Gra-

cious Gift. An Ohio friend who bred sport

horses and miniature horses as well, bred Gracie. At age 3, Gra-cie started her dressage life.

At age 4, Gracie grew to 17.2hh, and she decided to be a jumper.

“Don’t even ask me how I found that out,” said Brown.

With Gracie enjoying a suc-cessful jumping career, Connie

and Jeff were again asked if they would like to own a miniature horse.

Brown soon met breeder Lin-da Kern, who encouraged the Browns to go to the World Show in Fort Worth, Texas.

There they got the actual picture of the world of miniature horses and what they do and how they perform. They quickly real-ized these tiny horses were not


Page 9: Jan. Appointments

Handmade in the Carolinas• The Grazing Gourmet Company •

A portion of proceeds go towards local equestrian activities such as sponsorship of the Tryon Riding & Hunt Club Hunter Derby

and to the support of Harmon Field Equestrian Park.

NickerDoodles are available at:Hay Rack • Little Mountain Farm Supply

The Farm House • Tack Shop in GreenvilleBalsam Quarter Tack in Asheville Area


Farm•HomePet Sitting«Mane braiding«Buttons - Scallops - Knots«Body Clipping«Insured

Member of National Assoc. Professional Pet Sitters and Pet Sitters International

Linda [email protected]

828-388-4130 Cell828-863-1343 Home

Hissy Fit HorsesPro Training • Problem Horses

Calvin Halford30+ years experience • Will travel to you!

828-290-2205Visit our new website: www.hissyfithorses.com

only cute, they were a force to be reckoned with in training.

Brown started with one named Bombay on Fire, now her roadster horse -- driving, jumping, halter obstacles. Her horse Sweetwa-ter’s Little Fantasy became a National Driving Champion in 2000.

“You wouldn’t believe how much fun these little guys are,” she said.

The Browns eventually began a small breeding program. Brown said she feels the breeding of miniature horses should be dis-creet so as to promote the best bloodlines in a respectful manner for the equine world to admire and enjoy.

Since getting involved with miniatures seriously, Brown has dedicated her efforts to promot-ing these wonderful horses’ beauty and talents.

“I say, come out and take a drive with me and enjoy this wonderful world of miniature horses through their eyes and

mine. You won’t stop smiling, I promise you,” she said.

Connie Brown's miniatures participate in Steeplechase events earlier this year. (photo submitted)

Jeff Brown walks from a trailer with one of the many miniature horses he and his wife, Connie, own. After years of encouragement from friends, the couple now breed the horses. (photo submitted)

Appointments • January 2010 • p. 9

Page 10: Jan. Appointments

Appointments • January 2010 • p. 10

A Bedding Type

for Every Desire

Clean, Fresh and

Very Absorbent

Beautiful first and second cutting timothy mix from upstate New York for your horses, donkeys, alpacas,

llamas, goats & rabbits. 50± pound bales @ $8.50 a bale.

300 or more bales @ $8/baleTractor trailer loads of 700± at $260 a ton.

Delivery available,trip charge based on load and location.

Please Call 828-289-4230

need Hay? Call …

River Valley Pony Club hosts Carolina Region clinic and rating

River Valley Pony Club rounded out an event filled Pony Club year by hosting the Carolina Region’s final Regional Clinic Dec. 18-19 at FENCE.

River Valley Pony Club also had the pleasure of hosting a club level rating and support seven rating candidates in their success-ful Rating efforts.

Rating Candidates from Greenville Foothills Pony Club and River Valley Pony Club accepted an opportunity to par-ticipate in up ratings on Saturday, Dec. 18 at FENCE.

Ratings examiners were Cathy Berlin from Tryon, N.C.; Laurel Murphy, HB with River Valley Pony Club, from Spartanburg,

S.C.; and Abby Moore, C+ with River Valley Pony Club, from Campobello.

Samantha Firby, C1 with River Valley Pony Club, of Tryon served as scribe and Robert Wil-liams, The Hayloft Farm, Tryon, N.C., served as impartial observer for the C1 rating.

The weekend of activ-ities started when clinic attendees, from through-out the Carolinas, began arriving at FENCE on Friday evening to se tup stalls and settle in for a weekend of clinic fun and learning.

John Boyle and Tracie Hanson representing FENCE greeted the

group.RVPC hosted Deb Willson,

USPC Level IV national ex-aminer from Athens, Tenn., as the clinic’s mounted instructor, providing basic balanced position

on the flat, over stadium fences and in the open (cross country) lessons.

Area professionals lent their gifts and talents in support of educat-ing clinic attendees as well. Marilyn Yike of

Columbus, former USPC Level IV national examiner and pres-ent sponsor of River Valley Pony Club, held sessions on record books, bandaging, safety checks, introduction to Upper Level Stan-

dards and longeing. Cathy Berlin, presently of

Tryon and a Graduate A Pony Clubber from Los Altos Hunt Pony Club (just south of San Francisco, Calif.), after testing the C1 rating on Saturday, in-structed clinic attendees in the area of longeing.

Dr. Ashlee Ederer of Tryon Equine Hospital presented les-sons on poisonous plants.

Seven Carolina Region Clubs were represented during the clinic weekend including the following club members:

Charleston Pony Club - Dan-ielle Howard (Mt. Pleasant,


Continued on p. 12

Page 11: Jan. Appointments

Appointments • January 2010 • p. 11

Southern ShavingS three types of

Pine Shavings

Southern Star equine Pine BeddingPurdy Stable Connection Pine Shavingsthe heavy Weight equine Pine BeddingSouthern equine Pine Pellets

aSk your favorite diStriButor for our ProduCtS!

A Bedding Type

for Every Desire

Clean, Fresh and

Very Absorbent

great Products from Southern Shavings, Co., Inc.

Quality and Service Without equal Since 1990

We Do Business Your Way!

S.C.); Rocky River Pony Club - Mark

Davidson (Monroe, N.C.); Greenville Footshills Pony

Club - Eliza Culbertson (Greer, S.C.), Sara DePape (Anderson, S.C.), Coley Gibson (Greenville, S.C.), Shelby Ritacco (Greer, S.C.) and Allie Winter (Pickens, S.C.);

Bramblewood Stables Pony Club Riding Center - Shady Say-ers (Greenville, S.C.);

Western North Carolina Pony Club - Millie Hotchkiss (Asheville, N.C.), Tasha Lief (Biltmore Lake, N.C.) and Ad-elaine McCloe (Marion, N.C.);

Yadkin Valley Pony Club - Molly Owens (Lenoir, N.C.)

River Valley Pony Club - Em-ily Dingwell (Campobello).

River Valley Pony Club thanks FENCE, local professionals and businesses for the role you played

in making this weekend clinic and Rating a success for its at-tendees.

River Valley Pony Club pres-ently has 27 members, ranging in age from 7 to 23.

The majority of RVPC’s mem-bership lives in the communities of Tryon and Columbus and Landrum and Campobello.

However, RVPC is also pleased to be the home club for members from Greenville, Pickens, Duncan, Spartanburg and Inman, S.C., as well as Ru-therfordton and Hendersonville, N.C., who have chosen to hold their Pony Club membership with River Valley Pony Club.

For more information about River Valley Pony Club, or to schedule a visit during an up-coming meeting, please contact Amy Moore at [email protected] or Robert Williams at [email protected].

The following members were successful in their rating endeavors: River Valley Pony Club:Maren Daniels, from D1 to D2-HM, daughter of • Tracey and Tim Daniels, TryonRebecca Price, from D3-HM to C1-HM, daughter of • Laura and Chris Price, TryonAmanda Morfinos, from D3 to C1, daughter of • Rene’ and Nick Morfinos, Rutherfordton, N.C.

greenville Foothills Pony Club:Kyley Roberts, from Unrated to D1, daughter of • Kimberly and Richard Roberts of Greenville, S.C.Katie O’Neal, from D3 to C1, daughter of • Karen and Craig O’Neal of Simpsonville, S.C.Bridget Gallagher, from D3 to C1, daughter of • Jane and John Gallagher of ColumbusElizabeth Baucum, from D3 to C1, daughter of • Rebecca Baucum of Greenville, S.C.

Rating aCHievements

Page 12: Jan. Appointments

Appointments • January 2010 • p. 12

HeartSong Bodyworksfor Horse & Rider

Lelia Canter, NC-LMBT #8615, EBW #2847, JENT I (2010), AIRB• Myofascial Release • Craniosacral Therapy• Jenkins Equine Neurophysiologic Therapy

• Red Light Therapy • ReikiAvAilAble for fArm or office visits

in Asheville/tryon And surrounding AreAs.Call for an appointment today!828-626-2457 or 828-380-0982

email: [email protected]

BONNIE LINGERFELTCountry Homes & Fine Equestrian Properties

Advantage Realty 866-691-2291 816C W. Mills St. Columbus, NC 28722


BONNIE LINGERFELTCountry Homes & Fine Equestrian Properties

Advantage Realty 866-691-2291 816C W. Mills St. Columbus, NC 28722


THRee SPRIngS FaRM TaCK RePaIR• Harness & Saddle Repair • Custom Leather Work • Hunt Whip Repair and Custom Whips • Horse Blanket Repair

Thomas C.Black, D.V.M828-863-2887www.threespringstackrepair.com

Then & Nowby Gerald Pack

Back in the forties and early fifties, there was only one veteri-narian in Polk County. That was Doc Greenway.

He delivered everything — calves, mules, puppies, donkeys and even some human babies. Back then, medical science wasn’t what it was today and Doc Greenway, like others, served up everything with his own rem-edies, trying to cure or kill any-thing.

F o l l o w i n g Dr. Greenways' death, there was no one locally.

If you couldn’t manage your-self, you had Dr. Cox in Forest City or Dr. Brown in Spartan-burg. Then, in the mid-50s, Harry Brown came down from Ohio. Harry and his wife were great sports enthusiasts who regu-larly rode, hunted and showed. It wasn’t until the early 70s that Tom Black arrived, giving Tryon a whopping two vets.

Things weren’t much different when it came to farriers. Festes Coggins in Mill Spring was the only blacksmith in that area and he didn’t make farm calls. In-stead, you had to ride your horse or mule over to his place.

Though, actually, he would make a farm call provided you picked him up and drove him back home. It wasn’t until Huland

Howard came to town that we had ourselves a real, mobile far-rier unit. The price for the privi-lege was $10, then $15, $20, then a whopping $40. I thought I was truly being robbed at the time. Now, well, things change.

If Tryon was somewhat lack-ing in services, we truly lived in a haven of the horse world. We’d earned ourselves the reputation

for producing top of the line show hunters and jumpers, as well as stee-plechasers. As competitors,

we could hold our place in the U.S., and in the world, and we were a hunt country to be reck-oned with.

Bill Bramer and I used to meet where BiLo is now and hunt our chasers all the way to Campobello.

Then, after our run, we’d hack back to where the meet was. Back then, all the roads were dirt ex-cept for a few of the main ones, but they all had that wonderful river sand. No gravel — that started in the early 70s.

It was about that time that Jarret Schmid and I did the last chasers with Bramer, who was one of America’s top steeple-chase trainers back then.

Our horses went on to win

Preserving our cherished lifestyle

Keep up with the equestrian

scene in your neighborhood –

read Appointments every month!

Continued on p. 13

Page 13: Jan. Appointments

Appointments • January 2010 • p. 13

LambsfoLd farmdog boarding Kennel of Green Creek

1800 John Smith Road, Columbus, NC 28722828-863-4253 Kennel & home

Each accommodation includes indoor/outdoor area and a large

exercise lot. We appreciate the op-portunity to serve the boarding needs

of your dog with a safe and happy environment. $12/day, $75/week.

David & Barbara Rowe

at the Carolina Cup, the Tryon Block House, the Virginia Hunt Cup and in Saratoga, N.Y. But, ours was a bittersweet victory. We all knew back home, a way of life was ending.

The land was being carved up into small parcels. People were moving into the area who had no background or interest in horses. I remember working for both Arthur Reynolds and Irene Tripp in the 60s and early 70s. Both of them had predicted this scenario.

Irene told me if the horse scene ever did make a comeback here in the Tryon area it would never be the same as what I grew up with.

Certainly, I’ve seen that hap-pen.

Today, fully 80 percent of the land that was once owned by rid-ing and hunting people is owned by non-riding people. Even those who do have horses often own small parcels of property with no trails.

Fortunately, some of those property owners have made ar-rangements for a trail to pass through their land, but not all. Because of this trend, fox hunting may or may not exist here in the future. If it continues, the face of it will certainly change.

I think, in the end, it all boils down to land conservation.

It is the single, most effective tool we have toward preserving the equestrian heritage that has been so vital here in the Tryon area. Without conservancies to hold the land against over-de-velopment, this area will become

little more than a memory of a bygone era.

I remember when Disney came knocking on the door of the Northern Virginia hunt countries, looking to establish a mega theme park in their backyard. They thought they had it made. But thanks to my wife’s aunt and a handful of her friends, the de-velopers were halted with all the abruptness of a bloody nose.

Virginia has long been a mod-el for land conservation. Their methods have not always been perfect, but through it all, they have managed to protect not only the land, the trails and the intrinsic beauty of the Virginia piedmont area, but also a way of rural, equestrian life that is fast disappearing.

Not too many years ago, Betsy and I put a conservation easement on our farm. We felt it important, not only as a means of preserving the beauty here at Stoney Knoll, but also, the heritage of fox hunting that has afforded us such pleasure all these years.

Will Tryon ever be able to compete again in the big leagues? Will the large land owners ever return — people who were truly great sportsmen? Do I really think so?

I don’t, and I so hope I am wrong. But with the right path and a good leader, maybe we will succeed in another way.

There is always some way to re-invent the past, steering it toward a better future. And with good people behind it, there is no telling what we all can accom-plish, in a different way.

Supplies &Accessories

Pool & Spa Supplies • Servicing all makes & models155 W. mills sT., UniT 101, ColUmbUs, nC 28722




Page 14: Jan. Appointments

Appointments • January 2010 • p. 14STLUKEH - page 92

May I Have This Dance?

Will Knee Pain Keep You From Dancing At Your Daughter’s Wedding?

There are some moments in life that should not be missed. If you’re sitting out on the joy of living because of knee or hip pain, it’s time to seek medical help. Board-certified orthopaedic surgeon

Brian Rosenberg, MD, and St. Luke’s Hospital have the reputation for getting people back on their feet in record time. With advanced procedures like direct anterior hip replacement and custom-fit knee replacements, you’ll experience less pain, a shorter (but impressive) hospital stay and a quicker recovery. Whether it’s to shag or to waltz, we’ll get you back on your feet, quickly, so you won’t miss the dance of her life.

Rosenberg Bone & Joint | 48 Hospital Drive, Suite 2A | Columbus, NC | 828.894.3718 | saintlukeshospital.com

6/28 SLHO-037449

Page 15: Jan. Appointments

Appointments • January 2010 • p. 15

What's going on around here!?!

January~March 2011

1/2: River Valley Pony Club Christmas party. Contact: [email protected].

1/8: SE Children's Home benefit Hunter Pace & Trail Ride. This event will take place at Grand Canyon Rd., Inman, SC 29349. For more information, visit wch-pace.org.

1/18: RVPC unmounted meet-ing will focus on "Eye Care, Eye Health and Emergencies," with Dr. Rich Metcalf, DNM. For more information, visit rivervalleypc.org.

1/19: RVPC mounted meeting will focus on Combined Training

with Annie Maunder and Cathy Berlin. For more information, visit rivervalleypc.org.

1/23: Biltmore West Range Hunter Pace & Trail Ridge at the Biltmore Equestrian Center at 702 Brevard Road, Asheville, NC 28806. For more information, visit wchpace.org.

2/6: FENCE Spring Hunter Pace & Trail Ride at the FENCE Equestrian Center in Tryon. For more information, visit wchpace.org.

2/11-13: Harmon Classics at Harmon Field in Tryon. For more information, contact Blue Ridge

Hunter Jumper Association by visiting brja.com.

2/20: Greenville Foothills Pony Club Hunter Pace & Trail Ride. Location to be announced. For more information, visit wpace.org.

3/18-20: Blue Ridge Hunter Jumper Association Spring Pre-mier at Harmon Field in Tryon. For more information, visit brhja.com.

3/20: Green Creek Hounds Spring Hunter Pace & Trail Ride. Location to be announced. For more information, visit wchpace.org.

Page 16: Jan. Appointments

Sal Dali was bred from the same sire as Don't Dali, Beth Perkin's favorite horse. (photo submitted)

Barclay and Perkins say Sal Dali bred to eventby Barbara Childs

Beth Perkins was teaching a cross-country clinic up in Mas-sachusetts when Cynthia Barclay from Cambridge, Mass. showed and presented a picture of a horse, named Sal Dali.

Cynthia had read somewhere that Beth’s all-time favorite horse was Don’t Dali, and she knew the two horses were related.

Barclay invited Perkins to come and take a look at him. Sal was 7 at this time and had not done much jumping.

Perkins tried him for a few weeks, and he learned jumping was easy and fun. Barclay has kept Sal in training with Perkins all this time (five years). She holds down two jobs to keep him in training with Perkins, and she is very devoted to Sal.

Perkins says it is only this past year that Sal has gotten really confident in his work because he had a late start with his eventing, but Perkins feels it was really what he was bred to do.

Perkins hopes to move Sal up to the three star level – the advanced level in horse trials - next spring.

He handles the cross-country phase well, he is a clean honest jumper in the show jumping phase of eventing, and he is a good mover in dressage. Perkins works on keeping him relaxed.

“Sal tries harder than any horse I have ever had, but some-times his nerves get the better of

him," Perkins said. "He is sweet-natured and has a lovely trusting eye. I am learning how to manage him better, so I am hoping with a little bit of luck we can keep it together and one day make it to the big time. I used to compete at that level when I was young, and I would like to give it one more shot before I get much older. I plan to take Sal to some dressage and jumper shows this winter to prepare for the advanced level next spring. Our first event will be Pine Top in Thompson, Ga. in February. He will start out at the Intermediate level again, and then if all goes well, move up to advanced.”

Barclay bought Sal Dali as a 4-year-old from Thistledown up in Ohio. Barclay got him started with basic dressage work and low jumps, but Sal proved to be too difficult for her to do much with.

Barclay works full time in the city of Boston, so her time was limited to see and ride him. She knew he was not happy because he got little turn out where he was stabled. Little did she know at the time what a huge commit-ment she would be making to this horse.

Sal Dali is the brother to Mary Smith’s horse Valmo and Don’t Dali. They have the same sire, Valdali, who was a thoroughbred racing sire in Ireland by Aga Khan.

A man who bred TBs for

the track brought him over to the United States and he lived in Fresno, Calif. Smith bought Valmo when she was Perkins' student, and we all still lived in Fresno, Calif.

Perkins liked Valmo so much, that she started looking around for others by the same sire.

Perkins found Don’t Dali whom she brought along to the two-star level and then sold him to Will Faudree of Southern Pines, N.C. Faudree competed him to the advanced level, but

then he developed soundness problems and was retired back at Perkins’ farm.

Rebecca Holmburg rode Don’t Dali in some equitation classes last year, but now he is permanently out to pasture in retirement.

Sal Dali andPerkins were eighth at Fair Hill CIC 2 star in October, (Elkton, Md.) out of 57 horses from all over the United States, South America and Canada. This is his first season of competing at that level.

Appointments • January 2010 • p. 16

Page 17: Jan. Appointments

Discover the Biltmore™ difference

See the unique differences that makethe Biltmore™ Equestrian Center exceptional!

Ride in every season on 80+ miles of well-groomed trails traversing pristine forests,rolling hills, and the banks of the French Broad River—even overlooking America’slargest home®. Make your visit complete with overnight pasture or stall boardingthrough our Ride Biltmore program.

For your best value, choose an annual Equestrian Pass for just $220 that givesyou access to estate equestrian trails and estate bicycle trails, plus all the benefitsof our Twelve–Month Pass including unlimited estate daytime visits for a year. We also offer:

• Full and pasture boarding • Private and group lessons• Guided trail rides • Trail rides with estate horses

Call us at 828-225-1454 or visit biltmore.com/equestrian for more information.

Asheville, NC

Appointments • January 2010 • p. 17

Page 18: Jan. Appointments

Appointments • January 2010 • p. 18

aTJ artworksCommission Pet Portraits

Equestrian Art & Oriental Originalsby Allyson Tierney Jones

For Commissions, Pricing and Available Paintings, Cards

and PrintsCall: 828-699-9779

Or email: [email protected]

Melissa Mason Hare lessons, Clinics, show Coaching

Will Travel

864-884-9169 • [email protected]

Nothing hallmarks the prov-enance of home quite like Christ-mas.

A wreath on the door, stock-ings hung above the hearth, a fir tree crested with ornaments to adorn that gathering place of every heart — home.

The dictionary describes home as being a “house, apart-ment or other place of residence in which one’s domestic af-fections are centered,” though personally, I consider home to be a hideout from the struggle

of existence, which, on a good day, is an altogether uncertain proposition.

I suspect the notion of home dates back to our ancestors who, some 400,000 years ago, suc-ceeded in warding off the preda-tory darkness of the Paleolithic night by harness-ing that wonder of wonders — fire.

Spawned from the alter of fire, horse and human have journeyed in tandem from the primitive into the modern world.

We omnivores migrating from scavengers to hunter-gathers to agri-cultivators, while our brethren herbivores moving from food source to high-speed transport, to war horse, to beast

of burden to sport horse and pleasure animal. Not that it’s all been a bad ride for them.

In return for their labors, they’ve been fed, shod and pro-tected from the same predators that threatened we humans over the ages.

And yet, in the transition between past and present, an unsettled darkness has permeated our mutual co-existence.

Fast forward to the year 2010, where a down-turned econ-omy and the soaring expense of horse care has contributed to

more than 56,000 horses being shipped to processing plants in Canada and Mexico this year alone, according to Ericka Cas-lin, director of the Unwanted

Horse Coalition, which oper-ates under the auspices of the American Horse Council in Washington, DC.

“It is not limited to a single breed or discipline,” said Cas-lin.

She added the culprits in this grim scenario include in-discriminate breeding, which leads to a glut of unsaleable and unwanted horses, along with the high cost of euthanasia, stringent city and state regulations about disposing of dead horses, and the recent closing of processing plants in the U.S.

The result is that horses, particularly those who have outlived their usefulness, are be-ing abandoned in empty fields to starve or shipped the agonizing distance to bordering countries. None is a fitting end for the near-mythic creature that has

The Carousel


Catherine macaulay

Horse to good home only

Flight Quest Farm

Susan GaspersonCentered Riding® Instructor

828-863-4913Hunt SeatDressage (Intro - 1st Level)Recreational Riding

Mobile: 828-817-42346691 S NC9 Hwy

Columbus, NC 28722

Organizations work to countyer negative affects of down economy on abandoned horses

Page 19: Jan. Appointments

Appointments • January 2010 • p. 19

“I get calls every day from people who can't afford their horses .... They're responsible people trying to find solutions.”

-- Whitney Wright co-founder of Hope for Horses

allowed us to bridle his mane-swept neck.

“Horses aren’t disposable,” said Margo Savage, founder of FERA, the Foothills Equestrian Rescue Assistance organization in Polk County. “We don’t feel you can walk way from any animal.”

For FERA, what began with a starving donkey named Mil-ton Burrow has emerged into a small band of dedicated in-dividuals who work tirelessly to keep Polk County’s horses in their homes and out of worst case scenarios.

FERA’s assistance can be fi-nancial at times, or rehabilitative.

Often, it is a matter of educating owners about how to responsibly care for their horses.

“Most people want to keep their horse,” said Savage, “but some don’t understand what you have to do, particularly for the older horse — deworming, floating the teeth, giving them extra food. It’s important.”

Savage allies with the Polk County Sheriff’s Department, in cases where horses have been abused or abandoned, to ensure rescued animals are restored to health, given new homes and another shot at life.

Continued on p. 21

Page 20: Jan. Appointments

FERA — Foothills Equine Rescue Assistance program, (operating under the Foothills Humane Society).

This Polk County equine sanctuary is in need of foster homes, as well as winter blan-kets and halters for horses. Donations for hay are grate-fully accepted through The Hay Pledge, where donors pledge a minimum of 10 bales of hay to a horse in need.

For more information, to make a donation, to adopt or sponsor a horse, call FERA founder Margo Savage at (828) 863-4924.

Hope for Horses — a 75-acre equine rescue, rehabilita-tion, and adoption sanctuary located just north of Asheville.

Maintains an online adoption website to help match un-wanted horses with new, pro-spective owners. Also in need of foster homes and people willing to adopt horses. For information, log onto www.hopeforhorses.org

Horse Protection Society of North Carolina — China Grove, NC.

The first equine sanctuary in North Carolina to provide permanent retirement care for neglected equines. The sanctu-ary is also available for people who can no longer afford to care for their horse.

For more information, call (704)-855-2978 or www.horseprotection.org/id1.html

The Unwanted Horse Co-alition of the American Horse Council — A national, non-profit organization aimed at reducing the number of un-wanted horses and improving their welfare.

The group also provides those horse owners in distress with the tools necessary to help find a new home for their horse.

Call 202-296-4031 or visit www.unwantedhorsecoali-tion.org

The United States Equine

Rescue League — A national, non-profit organization dedi-cated to saving, protecting and rehabilitating equines in need. Visit www.userl.org for more information.

H o r s e W e l f a r e Organizations — the largest online database of horse res-cues in the United States.

www.horse-welfare.org or www.facebook.com/horsewelfare

Equine Rescue News—an ezine that provides news of rescues, and listings of equines available for adoption. Visit www.equinerescue.info

The Humane Society of the United States -- The Hu-mane Society estimates there to be approximately 600 equine rescue groups operating in the country. Research the group of your choice at www.humane-society.org/equine_adop-tion_network.

Lend a hand to these equine agencies

Appointments • January 2010 • p. 20

Page 21: Jan. Appointments

Appointments • January 2010 • p. 21

Make Someone Smile

Become a Hospice Thrift Store Volu



Hwy 14 at I-26, Landrum SC864.457.7348

The Barn is also a popular place to donate and purchase gently used equestrian equipment, tack and riding apparel

Hospice thrift barn

THe FoRK STaBLeS The Fork Stables is available for training and

competing of your horse as well as coaching all levels of riders. Resident trainer Rebecca

Howard will work with you to help achieve your goals with your horse.

The fork stables hosts clinics and can offer stabling and lodging to those visiting.

Rebecca rode for Canada at the 2010 World equestrian games, with an impressive finish on her horse Riddle Master.

“In my opinion she is one of the most talented riders of her generation”

Jimmy Wofford US Olympian, Coach, Author

Contact Rebecca Howard: (704) 438-3241

www.forkstables.com www.rebeccahoward.ca

CarouselContinued from page 19

But like all rescue groups, FERA’s volunteers must dig and root around the limited possibilities to find the hope. It is a task made worse by a pallid economy.

“There a lot of horses in North Carolina and a lot of peo-ple who want the best for their horses, said Kim A l b o u m , N C state director of the Humane Society of the United States. “But the eco-nomic downturn has been hard on them.”

Whitney Wright, co-founder of the equine rescue group Hope for Horses, in Leicester, NC, echoed that sentiment.

“I get calls every day from people who can’t afford their

horses,” she said. “Some own-ers lose their jobs, others have legitimate hardships. They’re responsible people trying to find solutions.”

The extended drought, com-bined with high hay prices and lean times have driven the unsuspecting homeless to the

doorstep of rescue groups the country over, forcing them to choose among their numbers.

It is an unenviable task, deciding which horses warrant the comfort of home.

Albert Schweitzer once wrote, “we must

become worthy of each other’s trust.”

The horse, by virtue of his domestication, has given us his trust. It remains to us to respond as guardians, forever responsible for the wind we have tamed.

HoRSe CLIPPIng SeRVICe aVaILaBLeReasonable Rates, Quality Work

Full Body, Hunter, Trace, Trims and Mane Pulling, etc.

Discounts for multiple horses and referrals!Call 828-817-9438

Yellow House Landrum

Adorable Craftsman cottage

Walk to restaurantsSleeps 8, fully furnished. Weekly - Weekend

Also available for special eventswww.yellowhouselandrum.com • 800-543-0714The

Carousel Horse

byCatherine macaulay

Page 22: Jan. Appointments

by Barbara Childs

Melissa Hare was born and raised in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Her non-horsey parents were perplexed at her attraction to everything equine, but they were supportive of her interests.

The bookshelves in her room were filled with equine care man-uals, Breyer models of horses, equine magazines and all fiction horses stories.

A family friend’s daughter rode saddleseat and Hare re-members afternoons spent at the Ft. Lauderdale Riding Academy watching her rack down the white sand on a stunning five-gaited mare named “Last Minute Love.”

Suzanne gave Hare pony rides on that mare and also her first riding lessons at 6 and 7 years of age. Her dad spent many

Saturdays with Hare at the South Florida rental stables. Summer vacations always included trail rides and time at the McNair’s Country Acres Riding School and camp in Raleigh, N.C. This is where Melissa’s friend Suzanne boarded her horses after her family moved to North Carolina.

Best of all Hare had a school friend who was just as horse crazy as she was and she had an actual horse and some-times two.

Hare and Suzanne rode in the arena, over the outside hunter course, under the big Australian pines and along the strawberry and bean fields. Suzanne’s mom was a stickler for top notch grooming and tack care.

Through Hare’s elementary and high school years, she stud-ied and took lessons with Ian Risbridger, Carl Bessette and Donna Phillips, who all made sure she knew the proper position and control on the flat before they

aimed her at any jumps.

These people were her early in-spiration, and it never occurred to Hare that some-

day she would be a professional instructor herself.

After attending Pine Crest Prep School in Fort Lauderdale, Hare went on to the University of Florida and got her advertis-ing degree.

Working for the Pine Crest Prep School in the develop-ment office, producing most of

the school’s drawn brochures, admission catalogues, alumni and parent magazines, as well as fundraising materials; Hare still had yearnings for riding horses and began helping people ride their horses and giving them lessons.

Hare’s first horse was a Paso Fino, and wherever she boarded she was always giving lessons and helping people ride their horses.

In 1999, Hare took her free-lance instruction business full time. In 2001, she was asked to coach the Dickinson College IHSA team, a position she en-joyed thoroughly.

Then a move to Indiana af-forded her to study with Michael Kierkegaard, who profoundly impacted her knowledge and riding of dressage.

Spotlight on Local


Hare's childhood joy transforms into lifelong passion for riding and teaching

Appointments • January 2010 • p. 22

Page 23: Jan. Appointments

Appointments • January 2010 • p. 23

• Prompt Pick-Up • Dignified Transport • Individual Cremation • Custom Services

Personal, compassionate service during your tough time. Because we know your horse is a member of the family.

Pre-planning is important to help you understand your choices & make less stressful decisions. Contact us for a free information kit.

Proudly serving the entire southeast over 35 years.


Melissa Hare has turned her lifelong passion for riding into a career teaching and others to find a similar passion. (photo submitted)

“Forming a partnership with a horse is so much more than learn-ing how to sit and which aids to use and when to use them,” Hare said. “Learning to understand stable management, tack fit, proper nutrition, health/hoof care and keeping up with advances in these fields all expanded my education. People who keep their horses in training barns have the opportunity to rely on the resident pro there, but people who board and keep their horses at home can miss out on the details of good horse health and care that make all the difference. I help my

“Forming a partnership with a horse is so much more than learning how to sit and which aids to use and when to use them.”

-- Melissa Hare

Continued on p. 24

Page 24: Jan. Appointments

Appointments • January 2010 • p. 24

Fox Mountain Construction, LLCBarn and Home Quality Repairs & Improvements

A trustworthy localRepairing "attic to


Ed McCauslinOver 38 years of building experiencePO Box 789, Columbus, NC 28722

Home: 828-894-0733Cell: 717-873-6515


Jockey’s Neededfor the

65th Block House SteeplechaseFoxhunter Cup Amateur Race on

April 23, 2011Have you ever thought you might like to try riding in a race? Start training now.

Amateur ßat racing at the Block House Races is designed to offer people an opportunity to learn about and try race riding, and to provide them with an enjoyable and educational experience.

For more information, call the Tryon Riding & Hunt Club at 828-859-6109 or Kelly Murphy, amateur race coordinator, at 864-457-3518. Entry forms and details available online: www.trhcevents.org

The Green Creak area has an opportunity to join the Collins-ville Equestrian Trails Associa-tion (CETA).

CETA has agreed to accept Green Creek Properties that can offer linked trails to its system. The goal is for Green Creek trails to meet the current CETA trails at Highway 9, but in the process create trails within the whole area.

Two property owners in Green Creek have begun the process of placing a trail easement on their property. Only one property has completed the process.

CETA has decided to hold off acceptance of other properties until it can be demonstrated that there is sufficient community interest.

CETA has decided to accept, as a group, properties that are linked. There is no benefit to CETA to allow properties that of-fer no continuous trails and have no link to its system to join.

CETA said the Green Creek community needs to take a hard look at its future. A trail system preserves green space for ev-eryone.

If the area lets the opportunity slip, the only other choice could be complicated and such an in-volved process that it would take many years to put an independent “Green Creek Trail Association” in place, not to mention the ex-pense involved to go it alone.

The CETA board has agreed

to answer questions for interested Green Creek property owners.

Landowners who do not ride but allow CETA trail access through their property get full voting rights at all membership meetings.

They pay no dues but have all the protection offered to CETA members who place easements on their property. Without them it would be impossible to link Green Creek to the current CETA trails.

CETA requires that landown-ers give a point of entry and a point of exit with a defined trail, but the trail itself may be modi-fied to meet the property owners’ needs. The CETA rules are in place to tell the members who ride the trails what to do and, how to respect the property.

Properties connected with the trails are not open to the general public. CETA does not have open membership; membership is limited to landowners, renters, boarders, certain employees and guests of the landowners.

If you have a trail through your property, if your neighbor can provide a link to another trail, even if it is only 100 feet, it is important to the system.

If you are an interested prop-erty owner and would like to learn more, please contact Nancy Owens Willms at 863-4517 or Marion Woodbury at 863-1310.

-- article submitted

Proposed Green Creek trail system seeks CETA support

Page 25: Jan. Appointments

Appointments • January 2010 • p. 25

Thann R. Boyum, D.V.M.Mobile equine HealtH CaRe

Equine Primary CareAcupuncture and Chinese Herbal Therapy

Reproductive Management


Jonathan Rowe— a trusted name —

Thoughtful • Respectful

PromPT Horse bUrial WiTH DigniTy


Landscape ArchitectEd Lastein

Land Use PlanningLandscape Architecture

Construction Management

Ed LasteinLandscape Architecture


Equestrian FacilitiesLand Use Planning

Site PlanningLandscape Architecture

Construction Management

PO Box 943 Flat Rock, NC 28731 828-697-6004E-mail: [email protected] www.edlastein.com


Landscape ArchitectEd Lastein

Land Use PlanningLandscape Architecture

Construction Management

Ed LasteinLandscape Architecture


Equestrian FacilitiesLand Use Planning

Site PlanningLandscape Architecture

Construction Management

PO Box 943 Flat Rock, NC 28731 828-697-6004E-mail: [email protected] www.edlastein.com


Exceptional Outdoor Living Environments

www.edlastein.com 828-243-4044

~Create a Partnership~Leading John Lyons

Certified Trainer Now Located in Shelby, NC

naTUral HorsemansHiPTraining - Clinics - Lessons

Ride “Amerika”, the South-east's first interactive riding


email: [email protected]


Beth Collins

Beth Collins strongly encourages uni-versal use of proper, protective head

gear while mounted at all times.

The Nov. 15-16 dressage clinic with Bo Jena was a great highlight for competitors and auditors.

Jena is an international “I” judge, director and trainer at the National Swedish Stud, the Flyinge, as well as coach of Sweden’s national dressage team. Jena is well-known for his expert eye with long lining.

Jennifer Baumert and her Hannoverian DeWert benefitted from Jena’s lesson with more engagement in the hindquarters in working with piaffe and the

lovely cadence this horse ex-pressed. Baumert is working this horse at the fourth level in dres-sage and she has started him with the half steps in piaffe.

DeLorean is an 8-year-old Hannoverian owned by Joy Baker. Jena worked him in long lining, especially to the left.

DeLorean is a sensitive horse with big movement and out-standing gaits and temperament. Jena also worked DeLorean in the half steps into piaffe on the long line.

See photos on page 27.

Bo Jena leads dressage clinic

hareContinued from page 23

make all the difference. I help my students and customers to make good choices to advance their goals. Because I do not operate my own facility, my riders have the opportunity and freedom to do their own thing, and I encour-age them to seek good informa-tion and responsibility. I give my students riding homework between lessons, and I encourage them to ride with other profes-sionals. To keep advancing in my own disciplines I take clinics. I have ridden with George Morris, Linda Allen, Joe Fargis, Frank Mdden, John Roper, Sue Kolstad, Ed Rothkranz, Walter Zetyl and Christopher Taylor.”

Hare her boyfriend, Eddie Van Doren, are in the process of building a barn and making improvements on their property

in Landrum. “I realize it is the worst eco-

nomic time in the recession era to be starting my own business, but I am an optimist. Horse people always seem to find a way to incorporate their passion into a budget,” she said.

Since Van Doren and Hare worked at Camp Highlander in North Mills River, N.C. back in the 80s she has developed a love of hiking, especially in the Pisgah Forest and along the Parkway.

Hare said she values the op-portunities she has been given, and all the wonderful people who have brought them to her.

Her parents have made it pos-sible for her to be an equestrian and to love what she is doing and she wants to pass that gift on to others. She also values the inherited family trait for teaching. Through that great gift she has been able to build a career that never feels like work.

Page 26: Jan. Appointments

Appointments • January 2010 • p. 26


• Fescue• Timothy/Alfalfa• Alfalfa• Orchard

• Long Leaf Pine StrawPick uP or delivery

—Warehouse open—Friday & Saturday, 9am - 5pmMonday - Thursday, by appt.

A trusted local service126 Ridge Road, Landrum

[email protected]

by Barbara Childs

River Valley Pony Club had the pleasure of hosting Beth Perkins as the visiting instructor for the club's Nov. 6 monthly mounted meeting. And, an equal pleasure was the hospitality extended to members and their families by the gracious hosts, Helen Elizabeth and Michael Atkins of Long Shadows Farm in Campobello.

The focus of this meeting was basic balanced position in the open. Long Shadows Farm’s cross country course provided a wonderful opportunity for mem-bers to school varying terrain and jump obstacles.

Stadium lessons were pro-vided for members not ready to venture into the open, while D2/D3/C1/C2 members schooled

cross-country ranging in levels from Beginner Novice to Train-ing.

Members in attendance dur-ing this meeting were: Sammy Firby, Tryon; Sammie Haase, Co-lumbus; Hunter Metcalf, Tryon; Lorelei Richardson, Greenville, S.C.; Chloe Bosshard, Hender-sonville, N.C.; Amanda Morfi-nos, Rutherfordton, N.C.; Abby Billiu, Campobello; Dakota DePalma, Landrum; Rebecca Price, Tryon; and Krista Just, Pickens, S.C.

The club's membership of 27 extends throughout the South Carolina Upstate, reaching into Henderson and Rutherford coun-ties in North Carolina.

If you are interested in con-tacting Long Shadows Farm

to inquire about cross country schooling opportunities for your-self or your group, please visit their website at www.LongShad-owsFarmSC.com .

River Valley Pony Club in-vites you to learn more about Pony Club and the calendar of Pony Club activities available

in the area, through River Valley Pony Club.

To visit an upcoming meeting, please contact Amy Moore at [email protected].

Visit www.RiverValleyPC.org to see what the club's members have accomplished throughout 2010.

Instructor Beth Perkins looks on as Samantha Firby practices with her riding partner, Dixie. (photo submitted)

Beth Perkins leads RVPC in cross-country schooling

Page 27: Jan. Appointments

Appointments • January 2010 • p. 27


HorsepeopleAppointmentsThe Hoofbeats of the Carolina Foothills

Bo Jena dressage clinic

Top left: Joy Baker with her horse DeLorean. Bottom left: DeLorean long lining with Bo Jena. Top right: Bo Jena works with DeLorean. Middle right: Jen Baumert with her 8-year-old horse, DeWert. Bottom right: Jena with Baker and DeLorean. (photos by Barbara Childs)

Page 28: Jan. Appointments

Appointments • January 2010 • p. 28