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the Grand Champion, 16 year old Jeremy Cox
the Reserve Champion, Jo Ann Kricker
Youngest Rider (9 years old) Jessica Custer
The TROT Judged Pleasure Ride held on Sunday, June 9, was a big success. We had a lovely day and 85 enthusiastic riders!
Junior rider, 16 year-old Jeremy Cox of North East, MD, and his horse Titan's Casey, took top honors and the Irving Abb Memorial Trophy. His instructor, Jo Ann Kricker, and her horse Blackhawk Spirit, won Reserve Champion. Those folks in North East must be doing something right!
Specialty trophies went to 9 year-old Jessica Custer, Youngest Rider. (Actually, we had two 9 year-olds, but she was the youngest by a few months.) Elsie Cote won for "Oldest Rider" GO ELSIE! At press time we had confirmed the "Oldest Horse" award went to a 31 year old ridden by Linda Oland. The first six placings in each class appear elsewhere in this newsletter.
A big THANK YOU to all the volunteers who made the ride possible. Anne Bennof was in charge of the 11 judges. Each one got a description of his/her obstacle, how to get to the judging station and what to do. The judges who patiently judged those 85 horses were Pat Merson (she got to judge them twice wow, Pat), Carol Hysong, Kathy Dobson, Michelle Rich, Dineen Martin, Larry Raskin, Lorri Chorozy, Karen Alexander, Bill Mitchell, Jeanne Pieper and Larry Pieper. Special thanks to Carol and Karen, who filled in with only a day's notice when assigned judges were forced to cancel.
Safety riders were Tomi Finkle and Steff Lowry from the TROT Search Team. David Barnard handled the parking (we had trailers everywhere!), then drag rode after the last rider and still managed to win two ribbons. Good going, David. Louis Barnard helped secretary Betty Laug, sold sodas, cookies and T-shirts, and helped with awards. She was everywhere at once!
Going through an obstacle! Judge: Pet Merson; Rider: Geneva Loczi
Melinda Meador of the TROT Search Team made a weekend of it, helping me to mark trails on Saturday, then camping with her horse overnight. On ride day, she was busy at the computer entering and calculating all those scores. Her horse was also busy that day, as he carried Search Team manager Suzanne Anderson, our point rider, around the course ahead of the competitors to make sure all was in order.
My job as manager was made easy by all these nice folks and a few not mentioned that we recruited on the spot. Thank you all.
I got a call the following week from a competitor who was so thrilled with how well her new horse did on his first judged pleasure ride, she can hardly wait for next year! It speaks well for our ride that it grows each year with so many repeat competitors bringing their friends.Marilynn Miller
And thank you, Marilynn, for all your hard work as ride manager. We couldn't have done it without you.
To see a complete list of scores, please click here: Results
The following article is reprinted with permission from Barb Crabbe, Horse & Rider & Equisearch.
What to do if your horse is wounded on the trailby Barb Crabbe
What to Watch For:
Bleeding; swelling; sudden lameness; an obvious defect in the skin or underlying tissues.
The following guide will help you classify the wound for treatment.
What to do:
Step 1: Evaluate the wound carefully, to determine whether it's an abrasion, puncture, or full-thickness skin wound.
Step 2: Clean the wound with Betadyne solution and fresh, cold water. (Note: For a mild abrasion, in which the skin is intact and only hair has been peeled away, no further treatment should be necessary.)
Step 3: If the skin has been broken, but can't be separated (as in the case of a nasty rope burn), apply antibiotic ophthalmic solution.
Step 4: For a puncture, flush the wound with diluted Betadyne solution (10 parts water to one part Betadyne). If the wound is near a joint, and you see "bubbly" yellow joint fluid seeping from it, apply a protective wrap, and get your horse to a vet as soon as possible.
Step 5: Administer a does of bute, to relieve pain, and reduce inflammation/swelling.
Step 6: If your horse suffered a puncture or full-thickness skin wound, slowly lead him home or back to camp, and summon your vet. If he's unable to comfortably walk, send your buddy to the nearest phone for help.
Obstacles, such as fallen tree branches; Overgrown trails, hiding barbed wire, or other such debris; water crossings, which could hide submerged branches, rocks or debris; riding too close to other horses, resulting in a kick or bite; improperly taking out/tying horse, resulting in entanglement (a common cause of rope burns, which can vary from abrasion to full-thickness skin wounds).
Ride only on well-maintained trails, and stay on the trail. Stay a horse-length behind/beside other horses. Stick to clear/shallow water crossings, watching the bottom carefully to avoid submerged rocks/debris. Ask a reputable, experienced horse camper to demonstrate to you proper in-camp restraints for your horse.
Barb Crabbe, DVM, is a contributing editor at Horse & Rider. Her advice can be found monthly in the Horseman's Handbook section of the magazine. She is an Oregon-based equine practitioner. We are pleased that she, and Horse & Rider, gave us permission to reprint this article in August's issue of the TROT newsletter.
Position Statement on
BLM Use of Meadowood Farm
The Mason Neck Horse Coalition (MNHC) membership includes residents of Mason Neck who support horses on the Neck, and persons, most all being residents of Fairfax County, who board their horses on the Neck, and those horsemen who trailer their horses to ride the trails in the area. For many months now, MNHC has worked diligently to research the issues concerning horses on Mason Neck. We have consulted with civic groups, environmental groups, and sport and hobby groups to ascertain what part the horse plays in this unique corner of Fairfax County, and what positive and negative effects their presence has on this environment.
Each and every member of this growing organization recognizes the horse as an integral part of the community - historically, aesthetically, and environmentally. Meadowood Farm has been the centerpiece of the horse population here, both because of its size (800 acres) and as a result of excellent management over the years. This is one of the few land treasures left in Fairfax County for the simple reason that it has escaped development and has maintained its environmental integrity.
If you would like to receive further information on Management Objectives, Land-Use Allocations and Management Actions, I would be happy to email you the documents that were submitted to TROT regarding Meadowood for publication in our newsletter. The document was fairly lengthy but is available at your request, especially if you want to get involved! No email? I could also print it and mail it to you. Contact the editor: DSPSFARM@aol.com or 301-854-9763.
A complete count of equine animals in the State of Maryland has never been conducted. That is about to change. The first official horse census is slated to begin in August and all horse owners and stable operators are urged to respond to the questionnaire when it arrived.
The statistics service is currently testing the questionnaire and will mail the final version to 21,000 horse owners in August. "Anyone concerned about submitting personal or financial information, requested in the questionnaire, should know that by law, all such information is strictly confidential", said Gregory W. Gingery, chairman of the Maryland Horse Industry Board.
The reason for gathering and developing accurate equine statistics is to measure the size and impact of the industry for public and private decision-making purposes, not to be part of any licensing, testing, or other regulatory activity. The final report will be available in November. Anyone who owns a horse or pony of any breed, mule, donkey or burro should receive a questionnaire. Anyone who does not receive a survey should request one from the Maryland Agricultural Statistics Service at 410/841-5740 or 800/675-0295.
For more information about the MASS, log on the www.nass.usda.gov/md. The purpose of the Maryland Horse Industry Board is to promote the horse industry in Maryland and to license boarding and rental facilities in the state. To learn more about the organization and its activities, visit www.marylandhorseindustry.org
This year, Montgomery County voters have the opportunity to elect a County Council that will be far more responsive to the public's desire to slow development and preserve green space than the current Council.
The opportunity is unprecedented and should not be missed by any Montgomery County voter. Why? Because communities all across the County have organized to help elect qualified slow-growth candidates and in unity there is strength. I have the honor of being one of the At-Large Candidates endorsed by Neighbors for a Better Montgomery (www.NeighborsPAC.org) and the only horse person running for election in Montgomery County. I am a long-time member of TROT and a member of the USEA and the Potomac Hunt. Because I am running At-Large, anyone in Montgomery County can vote for me no matter where you live. I am writing today to ask for your support on September 10.
I am currently a City Councilwoman in Gaithersburg, the largest municipality in Montgomery County. My platform includes as its foundation the necessity to slow growth to stop the deterioration of our schools, roads and quality of life. Please check my web site at www.annsomerset.com and participate actively in this critical election. Your contributions and votes are essential to help maintain open space in Montgomery County.
Because of the lack of Republican candidates, the election will effectively be decided in the Democratic Primary on September 10th!!! If you are a Democrat, please come out to vote in the Primary. If you are a Republican or Independent, please alert your Democratic friends to vote in the Primary. Your e-mail lists can be a force for change!
The time to help is TODAY! County Council members are elected every four years. There are no staggered terms. Think of the harm that can be done in four years with the fast growth team in place!
Thanks to all of you for your work to preserve trails and open space!Ann Somerset
August 11 Sun Savage Mill Park, Howard Co. These trails have a little bit of everything. Ride along the Little and Middle Patuxant Rivers on wide converted railroad beds, wood chipped with nice canter stretches. There will be some road crossings, some wilder and less groomed trails, along with nice breaks where the horses can splash and cool off in the river. Contact Mary Prowell at 301-607-8061 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
August 13 Tues TROT Board Meeting at Gale Monahan's house! 7:30 pm
August 18 Sun Catoctin Mountains, Frederick Watershed, Frederick Co. This ride will climb the
mountain ridge north of Frederick and head eastward. This area will give you a good idea of
what mountain riding is all about. Shoes are strongly recommended and the pace will mostly
be at a walk. Ride time will be 4 to 6 hours. Contact Doris Kulp at 301-271-0226.
August 24 Sat Sandy Spring/Ashton/Brookeville, Mont. Co. The Sandy Spring riders are going out for a trail ride...come & experience our lovely trails. Contact Kyle Jossi at 301-570-3860. Rain date Sunday, August 25.
Sept 10 Tues TROT Board Meeting at Gale Monahan's house! 7:30 pm
Sept 14 Sat W & OD Rails to Trails, Leesburg, Virginia This ride will follow the old rail bed in Virginia toward Leesburg. You will ride from developing suburbia into the country on the converted rail bed of the Washington and Old Dominion Rail Way. There is a paved hiker-biker trail with a parallel stone dust bridge trail. This ride should last about 2 hours with a stop at a small store for a snack or sandwich midway. Plan to be ready to ride at 11 AM. Contact Ardell Kidd at 703/777-1598 for details.
Sept 28 Sat Great Falls Park, Virginia Come ride along the Potomac River with a view of Great Falls in this suburban wooded park. There is the possibility of riding on up to River Bend Park as well. There will likely be two groups to accommodate those that like a more leisurely ace as well as riders that prefer to go a bit faster. Contact Wilma Kime at 703/222-8253 for more information. Rain date Sunday, September 30.
Oct 8 Tues TROT Board Meeting at Gale Monahan's house! 7:30 pm
Oct 12 Sat Rock Creek Park, Washington DC Come and explore the trails of Rock Creek Park with Laury Lobel. Enjoy the woodland trails and Rock Creek, located in the heart of the Nation's Capital. This ride plans to leave at 11 AM. Laury asks that you call about this ride no later than Thursday, October 10 so she can be sure about the number of riders coming. Contact Laury Lobel at her Email address, Laurylobel@ix.netcom.com (If you need a phone number, she can also be reached at 301/774-9595). Rain date Sunday, October 13.
Oct 19 Sat This ride will either be in Rachel Carson Regional Park or on trails in the adjacent area in Montgomery County. The park has lovely trails that take you along the Hawlings River; the alternative ride will consist of both woods and fields. Call Rona Bloom at 301/622-7662 for more details.
Oct 26 Sat N.E. Branch Anacostia River, P.G. Co. These trails are a tribute to trail preservation and Mary and John Angevine's efforts. They wind through parks and playgrounds, tunnels, bridges, and wide open levees. Contact John Angevine at 301/937-0014.
Nov 10 Sun Camp Waredaca, Patuxant River State Park, Mont. Co. This ride was rescheduled from June due to a conflict with the TROT judged pleasure ride. These great trails traverse farmland fields into the Patuxant River Park. These trails may overlap and eventually connect with the Upper Patuxant River trails you can explore on a future ride. You may have the interesting experience of riding by some of the cross-country jumps at Waredaca. This is a fun trot/canter ride with a few small log jumps on some of the trails. Contact Gayle Ford at 410/552-5372.
Nov 12 Tues TROT Board Meeting at Gale Monahan's house! 7:30 pm
This is a story about four people, Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody.
There was an important job to be done (Trail Ride Coordinator) and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it.
Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did (which is what will happen when Mary Prowell's term is over).
Somebody got angry about this, because it was Everybody's job (where is the entire TROT membership when they are needed?).
Everybody thought Anybody could do it (and they could, it just takes a few phone calls, some coordinating, a love of horses and a desire to help riders get together to enjoy our WONDERFUL trails!), but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn't do it (which, unfortunately is what is happening because NOBODY is volunteering for this position!).
It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done!
And, next year we will be without any coordinated rides unless somebody volunteers NOW...take advantage of working with Mary for a few months before she hands the reins over...PLEASE, we need you now!
Contact Gale Monahan (301/854-3852) or Mary Prowell (301/607-8061) right away if you are interested in taking over this position. It would be a shame not to have any organized rides next year!
A message from the President
Did you know we have lost trails in our area because of the lack of respect?
People think that since there is a trail and people allow us to ride on their land that we can do what we want (mark trail, have organized rides, bring in large groups, etc.).
We can not do that without the specific permission from the landowners. If anyone tells you that they have permission to do such things, tell them you need to see it in writing or contact me with each landowner's phone name and phone number and I will check to see if it is ok.
It is important to maintain the position that we are "guests" on peoples land and respect that fact.
Help TROT so we do not lose any more trails.
Are you and your horse not quite ready for a TROT ride? Do you need a buddy to "practice" with or "tune-up" with out on the trail? This column is a way for you to find a riding buddy. Let us know where you ride, where you'd like to ride, when you ride and what you're looking for. Your information will be included in this column! This column has generated lots of interest from riders looking for riding buddies as well as those wonderful horse people offering their experience to help out riders new to trails.
Nobody sent any information in this month for this column...but we do know that those of you have participated have not only found new riding partners, but made new friends as well.
I, myself, met two nice people, Barbara and Lee and their horses Missy and Misty! We met at Greenbelt Park. The trails at Greenbelt Park are surprisingly secluded for being in the middle of Greenbelt! In the woods, out of sight, out of mind of the rest of the world. Just us and our horses. The bridges there, however, were another story. TROT was actually the "builder" of these bridges at Greenbelt Park years ago...and they are awesome but in need of some repairs in order to remain safe. Once TROT's P.G. County Coordinator, Mary Angevine, learned of the disrepair, she contacted the park's management and we understand repairs underway! Way to go Mary!
Also, "Dawn"...people are trying to contact you from the last ad you ran...your email address is returning mail!
This Month's Recipe
Birthday Cake4 cups of oats
1 cup of molasses or honey
2 carrots, cut into carrot sticks
1 apple, cut into slices
Mix the honey and sweet feed or oats together in a big bowl. When fully mixed, place the mixture on a plate and shape into the form of a birthday cake. Use the carrots as candles and apple slices as decorations.
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WHO'S WHO IN TROT
Gale Monahan, President (301/854-3852); Tim McGrath, Vice President (301/428-8216); Pat Merson, Secretary (301/898-3251); Anne Bennof, Treasurer (301/829-0949)
Kathy Dobson (410/747-2015); Angela Klinger (301/898-9133); Marilyn Miller (301/898-7274); Jack Monahan (301/854-3852); Deneen Martin; Michelle Rich (301-482-2526)
Membership: Linda Eminizer (410-661-0176)
Trail Ride Coordinator: Mary Prowell (301/607-8061)
Mapping Project: Tim McGrath (301/428-8216)
Search & Rescue Team: Suzanne Anderson (301/829-3881)
Archivist: Karen Alexander (301-774-4499)
Web Page Master: George Graff and Lisa GraffCounty Coordinators: Carroll - Anne Bennof (301-829-0949); Howard - Gale Monahan; (301-854-3852)Frederick - Angela Klinger (301-898-9133) & Pat Merson (301-898-3251); Montgomery - Tim McGrath (301-428-8216); Prince George's - Mary Angevine (301-937-0014)
The following article is reprinted, with permission from The Clifton Horse Society and Juliet Hedge, DVM, Fairfax Equine ServiceHealthy Horsekeeping Protocols
After the recent episode with the Neurological Rhinopneumonitis panic, I thought it might be a good idea to review some housekeeping and maintenance protocols that will minimize the risk of disease transmission in your horses. Whether you are traveling with your horse to shows or trail rides or staying in your local area, healthy horsekeeping habits should always be on your agenda and practiced on a daily basis.
The first consideration is vaccination status. Your horses need to have all their vaccinations current. While most vaccinations need only be given once yearly (EWE, Tetanus, Strangles, Rabies), some need to be given more frequently. Potomac Horse Fever Vaccine is recommended twice yearly. Rhino/Flu should be given at least twice yearly and quarterly if you are showing or traveling frequently with your horse. West Nile Virus Vaccine and EPM vaccine require an initial series of two injections followed by annual revaccination. Vaccinations will minimize the risk of your horse contracting serious diseases. A Coggins test is required for all show and sanctioned trail rides. While backyard horses are not required by law to have a current Coggins test if they are not leaving the property, I recommend that all your horses be tested annually.
When traveling with your horses, you should bring your own supplies of water, feed and hay. This will minimize your contact with outside contaminating sources. Each horse should have his own grooming box, tack, halter and lead, feed and water buckets, that are used only on him. At the show is not the time to be sharing equipment. You could be risking your horse's health. At the showgrounds, horses should be maintained at or in the trailer or their assigned stall when not working. Contact with other horses should be minimized especially the nose-to-nose kind. They do not need to know their neighbors that well. Do not graze your horse on grass areas that other horses are using. You don't know who or what has been there. Keep your horses on the hay you brought with you. Traveling with your horse can be great fun but don't forget the essentials of good healthy habits.
In large boarding barns the exposure risks are a little different. Generally horses are kept together as a herd. Whatever one horse has he shares with the rest of the herd. Ideally, to minimize risk exposure, traveling horses should be maintained in a separate barn or barn area from the stay-at-home horses. Herds should be kept separate on the same basis. Maintenance of individual stalls, equipment, grooming supplies, water and feed buckets is key to decreasing risk. No sharing. New horses coming into a barn should arrive with all shots current, current Coggins, and health certificate issued within 30 days. Isolation of these newcomers for 30 days before placing them in the barn or herd will protect the herd from unnecessary exposure to disease.
Small barns are usually a little less risky. These are generally maintained as a closed herd. Exposure from outside is minimized. All the same health protocols should be maintained, however, as anywhere else. Individual equipment, grooming supplies and water and feed buckets. Current vaccinations and current Coggins test. Traveling horses should be herded and stabled separately from non-traveling horses. Use diligence in barn cleanliness and hygiene.
Both large and small barns need to make every effort to minimize mosquito breeding grounds. Eliminate standing water it only takes 4 days for mosquitoes to start a breeding center. Remove cat and dog food from open areas at night or larger predators and rats will think you are inviting them in. Monitor grazing areas for the presence of dead birds as indicators of West Nile Virus and for opossums as carriers of EPM.
HEALTHY HORSES ARE HAPPY HORSES.
Do our best to take care of your equine friends.
For questions or comments visit our web site fairfaxequine.com or e-mail email@example.com
From Our Members!THE INFORMATION EXCHANGE
Who uses em? Our readers want to know! Do they really keep the flies off? Do they really protect against UV rays? Do they protect the horse's coat from fading out during the summer? What brand or line do you prefer and why? Any other fly control methods you want to pass along to other TROT members?
I have been congratulating myself on always carrying a cell phone on my person when riding alone...just in case! Well, something I hadn't thought about was reception...until a time when I needed to use it out in the woods and discovered there was no service in that area! Something to think about!
Banff with Warner
If you are interested in an organized group of TROT members going on this Warner Guided ride in Banff...contact Laura Guerra 301/972-4599.
Have You Heard of the Online Radio for America's Horse Lovers?
The Horse Show with Rick Lamb is kind of neat if you haven't listened to it yet. Go to www.thehorseshow.com
My gelding is on full board, but he's at pasture 22/7 in other words, all the time except for twice-daily meals in his stall or in case of really bad winter weather. There is a white salt brick in his stall and he's given supplementary salt mixed in with his feed.
I also give him additional electrolytes in these situations: every so often in the winter to make sure he's drinking enough; after strenuous exercise in warm weather; and before and after strenuous exercise in hot weather, and during the ride itself if it's a long one.
My gelding is generally a good drinker, and he's not fussy about strange water or buckets. But I can, guaranteed, get him to drink a bucketful of water if I make up his electrolyte "lemonade" seven or eight scoops of Perform N Win (from Buckeye) in a full bucket of water. On the trail I use Lyte Now.
Some horses don't want to eat after being electrolyted, but this has never happened after giving him P'NW but then, that could be because he'll generally eat anything in sight! Cindy Eylerand, the following is offered by Judy Lorimer, newsletter editor for the Eastern Competitive Trail Ride Association
I agree that most horses with an adequate diet and light to moderate work do NOT need extensive electrolyte supplementation. Any company that tells you that you need to give daily electrolytes during hot weather is just trying to fatten the company's bottom line.
Every horse is different, of course, but when I was actively competing I only gave electrolytes before, during, and after a ride. On a 25 mile ride in weather that wasn't too hot and humid, I wouldn't even bother giving them at the mid-point hold. On a 3-day 100 miler in July, yes, I'd carry some with me and give them at mid-point on 40 mile days, and a couple extra times on a 50-mile endurance ride.
Fussy drinkers can be enticed with a little cider vinegar in the water at home and then the same with water at a new location, but sometimes a horse just won't drink much on trail when you think they need to. You can lead a horse to water, etc. etc.
If you're a serious endurance rider, most of the research shows you need to supplement electrolytes every hour during a ride, but most pleasure trail riders don't stress our horses anywhere near that much. If you're going to do a fairly long ride in hot weather (15 miles or more at walk-trot), it certainly doesn't hurt to give some the night before, morning of, and after the ride, but even that is no guarantee your horse will drink as much as you think he ought to.
You CAN get into trouble, though, if you give electrolytes every day, because a horse's body gets lazy about extracting and utilizing these chemicals from his daily diet. If he's given more than he really needs then, under stress, his body is slower and less efficient at mobilizing them from his reserves. A horse that was developing muscle tremors after rides had been given electrolytes EVERY DAY; and when daily does of electrolytes was discontinued, the tremors stopped.
Bottom line is "know your horse." Know how to check vital signs so you can monitor closely and avoid dehydration colic...which IV fluids may be necessary for (mineral oil is NOT an appropriate treatment for dehydration colic)!Have a happy summer of trail riding. Sincerely, Judy Lorimer
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