Sheppard's career includes 14 Eclipse Awards and 25 Trainer titles in six different decades
By SARA CAVANAGH
CHARLESTON, S.C.--Jonathan Sheppard won both the Leading Trainer, Races Won and Money Won titles for 2020 to run his skein of Leading Trainer titles to 25, with at least one title coming in each of the past six decades.
Jonathan Sheppard The Eclipse Award that he won last year with Winston C took his victories there to 14, with two of them coming for flat race horses.
Sheppard is only the second man to win an Eclipse Award with both a flat horse and a steeplechase horse, Sidney Watters Jr. having also accomplished that feat.
While Sheppard has already accumulated an historic number of wins as Leading Trainer and in Eclipse Awards, he may still add to that number, as he says he has no intention of retiring, and his barn is stacked not only with proven major winners like Winston C and Iranistan, but also a large number of young winners this year who look ready to move up to graded stakes company.
"It was a blessed year," said Sheppard. "It's amazing how sometimes things just seem to fall into place, so you'd better enjoy it while you can."
Sheppard said that, for this year, he was most proud of Iranistan's two wins at Saratoga, while overall he was most proud of his record of 47 straight years with a win at Saratoga and of his success with Storm Cat.
Great news for Eventers as Plantation Field will hold 13 Events in 2021
By SARA CAVANAGH
UNIONVILLE, Pa.--Thrilling news for eventers of all levels as Plantation Field Equestrian Events, Inc. has announced that 13 Events of varying levels will be competed on its grounds in Unionville next spring, summer and fall.
Because those at the blog Eventing Nation decided that the word Plantation was racially offensive, that blog, which should support events not tear them down, decided that it would refer to all events held there as P Field.
Eventing Nation also apparently persuaded the U.S.Eventing Association to go along with that decision, despite the fact that the dictionary describes Plantation first as "formerly, a colony" and second as "an area growing cultivated crops."
Cuyler Walker, who owns Plantation Field and leases the land to Plantation Field Equestrian Events, rightly felt that calling all events P. Field gave it a racially offensive overtone that cast aspersions on his family, and he terminated the lease.
Plantation Field acquired its name 80 years ago when a Boy Scout troop asked Walker's grandfather. Plunkett Stewart, if it could plant trees there, which would earn it a badge.
So Eventing Nation turned an act of generosity into a racial slur.
Jonathan Sheppard wins two more at Calloway Gardens and goes four up in Trainer race
By SARA CAVANAGH
COLUMBUS, Ga.--Jonathan Sheppard won two more races, including both the featured $25,000 Ratings Handicap with A Silent Player and the $20,000 4-year-old hurdle with Baltimore Bucko, to go four up in the Trainer, Races Won standings with one meet, at Charleston on Nov. 15, left to compete.
French Light, left, and A Silent Player, right in a race at Saratoga in which they finished one-two (Photo by Tod Marks)Sheppard has 16 wins to Jack Fisher's 12, while Fisher still leads in Trainer, Money Won, but his margin there has been reduced to $25,920.
Fisher holds a strong hand in what appears to be a wide open race for the Eclipse Award
His top horse is Moscato, who won one of the only two G1 races this year, the A.P. Smithwick, and also won the G3 Temple Gwathmey while placing third in the only other G1 race, the New York Turf Writers.
Fisher also trains Snap Decision, who dominated the Novice division with three Stakes win, in the Michael G. Walsh, the Jonathan Kiser and the David Semmes Memorial.
Leslie Young saddled the only other G1 winner, Rashaan, who won the New York Turf Writers and was third in the G3 Temple Gwathmey.
If Sheppard wins a Leading Trainer title, it will mean that he has won a Leading Trainer title in six different decades, an amazing feat of long standing excellence, made even more amazing when it is taken into consideration that he has lost two of his top owners in George Strawbridge and Bill Pape a couple of years ago.
"That just makes me old," joked Sheppard of standing at the top of the game during six decades. "I'm ecstatic. It's not something at the start of the year that you expect to do. When I was younger, I probably was more ambitious. I would try to be Leading Trainer every time. Now I just try to do the best I can. I have good help. I couldn't do it without them."
Can your horse benefit for riding in a Dr. Cook Bitless Bridle?
The Dr. Cook Bitless Bridle was developed after years of research.
The design allows gentle effective control with pressure that is distributed evenly around the horses head.
Sometimes when you just can't find a bit that works, trying the Dr. Cook Bitless Bridle could be the answer to your problems.
Going Bitless, no matter what discipline you are in (English or Western) ,even for a short period of time, can be like hitting the refresh button on your computer.
Its also great to have a bitless bridle on hand for situations such as being able to ride right after having your horses dental work done, or on long trail rides where they can graze and drink without the nuisance of having a bit in their mouth.
And being able to take the bit away makes sure your horses bad behavior is not related to the bit you are using.
Older horses with severe tooth loss will be much more comfortable bitless.
Going bitless is great for lesson & therapeutic ridding programs where the rider has not yet developed the skills necessary to ride in a bit.
Transitioning to bitless requires a surprisingly small amount of effort and time, sometimes even in the first ride.
We suggest you start in a small enclosed area (round pen,indoor arena etc).
The Dr. Cook Bitless Bridle is marketed all over the world and used in all disciplines.
Available in English & Western styles starting at $69.95, its easier than ever to go bitless.
It's made in the USA out of premium American materials.
The Devon Horse Show Gears Up to Celebrate 125 Years
By SARA CAVANAGH
DEVON, Pa.--While the showgrounds may have been empty for the 2020 Devon Horse Show & Country Fair, the first ever Virtual Devon was an overwhelming success.
Now as 2021 is quickly approaching, everyone at Devon is working their hardest to get ready to celebrate the Show’s 125th Anniversary.
Founded in 1896, the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair is the oldest and largest outdoor multi-breed show in the country, which today draws fans and competitors from around the globe.
More than 2000 hard-working volunteers come together every year to bring Devon to life; without their help and continued patronage Devon simply could not exist.
In light of the events of 2020, the Devon community has set its sights on fundraising for the upcoming year so they can bring you the most quintessentially-Devon anniversary celebration: they’ve introduced the Devon Discount Card, which offers a year of exclusive discounts at 21 different local partners, such as Malvern Saddlery and Vineyard Vines; they’re also working on a yearly giving campaign which will offer exclusive access to the world of Devon; and, of course, the Devon Souvenirs Online Shop is always overflowing with fabulous finds and gifts for the whole family.
For all of Devon’s equestrian fans, the Souvenirs committee has put together a list of their favorite New Arrivals for the Fall/Winter 20/21 season.
First, there’s the Rider Lounge Hoodie ($90, right): You’ll want to live in this equestrian version of the classic hoodie!
Made with a hyper-cozy technical performance fabric and designed in an easy pull-over style, you’ll love the relaxed fit, longer length for extra coverage, and elegant suede details for extra rider inspiration.
Features include front hand-warmer pockets to hold your important stuff, a soft and feminine hood that frames the face, and a hint of metallic shine in “Lucky Shoes” print.
Next, the Champion Hooded Sherpa Fleece ($65, left) is perfect for fall days on the farm.
Made out of a moisture-wicking Sherpa fabric, this new-to-Devon style packs both comfort and performance; plus, its sizing is unisex so everyone can find their fit!
Now that barns are opening again, stay safe with the Devon Face Masks ($22 for a 2-pack, right): these non-medical masks are made of 100% cotton jersey with adjustable straps.
They’re double layered, fully reversible, machine washable, and have a small logo in the classic Devon Blue.
And if you’re looking to add a little bit of Devon to your home, check out the Champion Reverse Weave Blanket ($60, below): made of the same great reverse weave material that Champion uses for its iconic college sweatshirts, this über-cozy blanket is customized for Devon and comes in the same silver-grey colorway as the beloved Classic Devon Sweatshirt that you’ll find every year at the Souvenirs booth.
To check out all of the items listed above (and so many more New Arrivals like the Dixon Oval Toile Bowtie, League Camo Crew, Blue 84 Fleece Joggers, and Legacy Tye Dye Hat) visit the Devon Souvenirs Online Shop at store.devonhorseshow.net.
Shop Eleanor Russell for Exceptional Gifts & Décor with Chester County Flair!
By Staff Writers
This holiday season, experience shopping like it should be at Eleanor Russell, where you’ll find exceptional gifts and décor for everyone on your list, including your favorite fox lover!
In addition to offering the area’s most vast and handsome selection of equestrian-themed gifts & décor, you’ll find exceptional items for entertaining, accents for the home, and more, all with Chester County flair!
Whimsical fox creamer pitchers from England, Jack Russell bookends, equestrian-themed pillows, satchels adorned with foxes, and standout hunt-themed barware are just a sliver of the great holiday gifts you’ll find at Eleanor Russell.
Our shop is also a-glow with other great gift-giving items such as Frasier Fir candles, Scottish fudge, artisan teas and bourbon honey, Caswell-Massey artisan soaps & colognes, and a plethora of unique gifts for dog lovers.
This holiday season, shop small, shop extraordinary, shop Eleanor Russell.
Visit us online at www.Eleanor-Russell.com or stop by our shop, which is nestled in the quaint shopping village located immediately behind Ludwig’s Inn at the intersection of PA Routes 100 and 401.
Complimentary gift wrapping is provided with any purchase.
November/December hours: Mon–Fri, 10-6, Sat, 10-5:30, Sun 12-4. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
Bucks County Saddlery features a November sale of Eastern & Western saddles & bridles
By Staff Writers
Bucks County Saddlery carries a full line of english tack and apparel and western equipment and boots.
All throughout the month of November, shop the fantastic sale on new english and western saddles and bridles.
We have Saddles for all levels of riders including lots of used saddles on consignment.
Our new English saddles include Antares, Toulouse, Pessoa, Prestige, HDR, Wintec, Ovation & Bates. For Western Shopper we have Circle Y, Martin, High Horse, Wintec and Silver Royal.
If you have started to shop for the Holidays, we have great gifts include leather purses, belts, winter schooling tights, gloves, jewelry, helmet, winter vests and jackets as well as Breyer Horse Christmas Ornaments and Breyer Collectible models.
We will also be running in store specials through out the holiday season.
Shop early for lay away convenience
Our Hours: Tuesday to Friday 12-6 and Saturday 10-5 .
Gifts for Bold, Badass Equestrians!
By Staff Writers
MARE is a celebration of the horse in our modern lives and a destination for well-designed, thoughtfully curated, witty, bold and modern products that reflect our love of, commitment to and respect for horses.
Our products feature original artwork and patterns with bold, bright colors, inspired by horses and riders in the equestrian community.
Whether you are a rider or simply a lover of horses, MARE products are a way to show the world your love and respect for these incredible animals.
We celebrate the many ways these animals can transform our human lives by sharing powerful stories of the human-horse connection and we live these values by giving back to our community by supporting numerous non-profit organizations and therapeutic riding programs.
WEST CHESTER, Pa.--This delightful book written for children of all ages tells the story, in his own words, of a racehorse from his birth.
Avilord tells how he was raised from a foal to a racehorse.
Born on a farm in southern Chester County, Avilord tells of how much he loved his mother and how nervous he was when he was separated from her when he was a weanling.
Avilord says he soon learns to love the man that feeds him and begins to teach him to lead, breaks him to a saddle and first gets on him.
The he is suddenly torn from all he knows and finds himself at a big barn with lots of other horses.
But the man he knows and has learned to trust is still there, so he settles in to learn his new job.
The book carries him through training to his first race.
Avilord is available on Amazon as a Kindle and will soon be available in paperback.
A great stocking stuffer and something for kids to read after all the toys are ripped open.
Nancy Baldwin has a new line of great gifts for Holiday giving
By SARA CAVANAGH
DALTON, Pa.--Windland Farm, Art and Antiques, was born from a childhood self-taught hobby of painting.
I have had a lifelong involvement with animals; horse showing, foxhunting, breeding and racing thoroughbreds and having rescued donkeys and pot belly pigs as part of the family has given me a wonderful array of subjects.
Lately, I have done a spin off - A NEW GIFT LINE OF SUEDE PILLOWS AND TOTES, LEATHER CHECKBOOK/WALLET COVER, AND FLOOR CLOTHS ETC - by utilizing some of my favorite artwork.
Wait until you see!!
During college I supplied Bonwit Tellers in New Y0rk City with my wildlife custom needlepoint canvases.
Shortly after, I created my own “Foxpoint “needlepoint shop.
Simultaneously, I was doing custom art and antiques for M.J. Knoud on Madison Avenue and the Paolo Gucci Haberdashery, both in New York City, to accentuate their window displays.
My professional life course changed when I was offered a position for the administrator of the criminal court for my county.
Because animals and art were always a constant and compelling force, I decided to “take the leap” and turn my pastime and passion into a full time business from my farm in Pennsylvania.
I have been shown wonderful support from my loyal friends and customers.
My participation at the Devon and Pennsylvania National Horse Shows for the past 30 years has been a joy.
I would love to do custom work of your dog, horse, sporting scene, or portrait of your favorite person, etc.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me and we can discuss any other ideas you might have.
My new gift line of suede totes and pillows make great gifts too!
There are many more designs - Jack Russells, Corgi's, Bits/Stirrup Surcingles Design, Donkey and Pony and PonyTotes.
Hope to hear from you.
Delightful children's books and illustrated notes and greeting cards by Mollie Eckelberry
By SARA CAVANAGH
Youngsters on your list will love MOLLIE ECKELBERRY'S "The Planting Fields Fox, a beautifully illustrated book that introduces children to some of the beauties of Planting Fields Arboretum on Long Island as told by the antics of a fox family.
Available on Amazon.com are other favorties by Eckelberry, including "The Foxes of Kirby Hill," "Vest Pocket Farm," "The Cat Burgler of Castor Bay" and "Willa."
For the adults on your list, there are many wonderful illustrations.
Items include a line of note and greeting cards, illustrated in her distinctive style with steeplechasers, farm animal, domestic animals, horses, wildlife, birds and even a mouse.
Mollie Eckelberry Eckelberry also has shopping lists available with various illustrations, including one with a delightful picture of a fox.
Her animal illustrations are particularly enchanting with wonderful expressiveness.
She has wonderful note and greeting cards illustrated with kittens and cats, a Christmas "deer" dog, owls, mice and other enchanting animals, and all of them come with envelopes.
MistyMints - "The Peppermint infused Sugar Treat" - the perfect gift for your horse this holiday season!!
Handcrafted with love and careful attention to quality ingredients with every handmade treat we produce for that special horse and their horse-loving friends.
Choose from our regular varieties of Peppermint, Sweet Apple, Krazy for Karrots, or our sweet and salty, Dani's Delights.....and now we also have our holiday flavors of "Candy Cane" and "Gingerbread" during this special time of year.
All are sold in our 100 percent recyclable containers too.
Learn about the Original Misty on our website - our inspiration and face of MistyMints!!
Order online now for the holidays for ease and convenience.
Pughtown Agway has it all for the Holidays and every day
By SARA CAVANAGH
SPRING CITY, Pa.--Pughtown Agway is a farm, feed, and garden center, located in Spring City, Pa.
Our farm store and garden center covers all of your holiday needs.
We carry all of the essentials including wreaths, roping, poinsettias, as well as Christmas trees in over 10 different varieties including Frazier-Douglas firs.
We also offer a large assortment of holiday gifts including many handcrafted pieces by local artisans right here in Chester County.
There is something unique for everyone from your equine, bird, and pet enthusiasts to your avid gardeners.
In addition to our gift selection, we carry a vast assortment of locally sourced food, perfect for the holidays.
All of the food products sold in our store are supplied by local businesses, all within half an hour of our store’s location.
We stock products from the following local businesses; Conebella Farm Cheese, Why Not Farm’s beef, Eden Valley Farm’s beef, Kolbs Dairy, San Marco’s Pasta, Nancy’s Heavenly Treat’s nut rolls, Julia’s Tamales, and more!
Pughtown Agway has deep roots in its community being the local feed mill and general store for over 100 years.
We are proud to support our local farms and businesses through our store and look forward to serving you and your family through this holiday season.
Give the holiday gift that keeps on giving…hay! From Hay Pillow
By Staff Writers
Hay Pillow® slow feed hay bags are available in a variety of models for use on the ground, hanging & horse trailer mangers.
The perfect slow feed solution for horses, donkeys, mules, goats, alpacas and other barnyard buddies.
What makes Hay Pillows so unique?
Offering 4 mesh sizes (3/4”, 1”, 1 1/4” and 1 1 3/4”) depending on your companion’s patience level.
Hay Pillows® are easy to load and our closures do not allow ANY access to hay other than the netting.
Perfect for at home use and travel.
Proudly made in the USA.
Our netting is custom made and mounted on the square, so the opening size stays consistent regardless of how full the bag is.
Featuring a solid back: minimizing wasted hay and prevents it from blowing away.
Heads down, the best slow feed choice...the Standard and Mini Hay Pillows® are the only slow feed hay bags designed for use on the ground with a solid back (for barefoot individuals); allowing your barnyard buddies to eat in a natural grazing position and encourage movement!
Order your New Horse & Donk Coloring Book now for holiday gift giving
By SARA CAVANAGH
DOWNINGTOWN, Pa.--Attention all Horse and Donkey lovers!!
Get ready to have some fun and allow your creativity to flow with this new coloring book, created by our own Ginny Jenkins and Heather Mullen.
These artistic ladies pooled their resources – Ginny by taking the photography of horses and donks and Heather recreating them with layouts for people of all ages to color in.
It’s their HORSES AND DONKS Coloring Book, and the First Edition will be available mid-November for holiday gift giving.
Pony clubbers on up thru adults alike will love it!
There are all kinds of fun pages of horses and donks up close or doing what they do best in different situations with hidden fun little messages on each page.
Color them all “just for the fun of it!” Any horse or donkey lover (teen to adult) will thoroughly enjoy these 31 pages to color.
.The Limited first edition book retails for $7.95 for local pick up’s (+ tx & S/H = $10 total for mail in orders).
Last year Ginny also introduced a fun book of photos and quips and quotes from Mother Nature and the animals called ‘THE WORLD IS JUST NUTS!”
How appropriate is this title?
This book retails for $14.95 to pick up or ($17.95 with tax and S/H for mail orders).
The inspirational messages inside are also meant for Pony Clubbers on up.
Both are great stocking stuffers for any animal lover on your list!