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Saturday, November 28, 2020

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15 ACRES OF PRIVATE PASTURE AVAILABLE now for your horses in West Grove/Jennersville area. There is running water in all seasons and run-in shed with storage.
Please contact Twin Elks Farm at 610-869-0775

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NEWLY RENOVATED 3 Bedroom Apartment locatedat Chesterland Farm available to rent. Winter stalls also for rent at Chesterland, with access to an indoor and to the Chester County countryside. Call Bruce Davidson for more information and pricing. 484-431-8262

1993 Sundowner two-horse trailler. Just needs new floor boards. $1,500 or best offer. 610-793-1964.

THE MARYLAND EQUINE Transition Service is a statewide initiative created to ensure that safe options and resources are available to horses when their owners can no longer keep them.Many horses are currently looking for new homes through METS. For more info, go to, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 410-970-6474.

DRY LEASE WANTED wanted (4-6 stalls). Looking in and around Kennett Square to West Chester, PA. Ideal features would include ample pasture, preferably w/option to leave horses out 24/7 when weather is good. Also ideal would be outdoor riding ring and access to hacking. Indoor nice, but not a deal-breaker. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with what you have.

GEYER AUCTION/PRIVATE 20 AC RENOVATED FARMHOUSE PROPERTY, 339 Townshipline, Perkomenville, PA 18074. November 9th (9am-11am) Preview 10/27 (1 - 3pm) Tranquil setting, spring fed pond and stream - all ideal for horses AND YOU! Oversized heated 3 car garage. 3 zones HVAC in home w/upgraded electric , new roof, 2 story bank barn. 800-554-5005

Entries are now being accepted for The Horse's 25th annual Photo Contest (2)

Entries are now being accepted for The Horse of Delaware Valley's 25th Annual Photo Contest.

CONTEST ACTION Pa. 2The deadline is Dec. 30. 2020.

The categories are Action, Candid and Pet/Animal photos.

The three top winners in each category will receive a certificate suitable for framing.

Winners will be announced in January, 2021.

Winning photos and Honorable Mention photos will be published in January of Action photos, in February of Candid photos, and in March of Pet/Animal photos.

All entries must be of subjects from the nine state area served by The Horse, Pennsylvania; New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Ohio, West Virginia and Connecticut, but the photos do not have to be taken in those states.

Action photos should be of a competition; Candid photos should be of a person or persons in a horse setting, such as a show, farm or event; and Pet/Animal photos can be of any animal, domesticated or otherwise. For example, a fox in the wild qualifies as a pet photo.

E-mail photos to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

CONTEST ACTION Pa. 11Ellie Glaccum won the 2020 Action Photo with a series of jumps at the Pennsylvania Hunt CupEach entry must include the full identity and hometown of the subject or subjects with a brief description of the action the photo captures, plus the name, mailing address, e-mail address and telephone number of the photographer.

Entries that are clearly doctored to achieve some artistic effect will be disqualified.

A new USEF Eventing Youth Team Challenge Series to begin in 2021 (2)

LEXINGTON, Ky.--U.S. Equestrian has announced the development of a new youth team competition format for eventing riders competing at the CCI1* through CCI3* levels, set to be introduced during the 2021 competition season.

Eventing genericEventing riders between the FEI ages of 14 and 25 are invited to apply for the USEF Eventing Youth Team Challenge for the upcoming competition season, with competition opportunities spanning from early spring through late fall.

This new concept will serve as an evolution of the North American Youth Championship for eventing and will provide opportunities for more riders to represent their USEA Area in team competition throughout the year, culminating with two bi-coastal championships.

The Challenge will include three levels with the following age requirements:

CCI1* for FEI ages 14-18
CCI2* for FEI ages 14-21
CCI3* for FEI ages 16-25


THE SERIES will consist of four to six CCI-S competitions hosted at locations across the country to make the program accessible to as many qualified youth riders as possible.

It will conclude with two CCI-L competitions, one on the East Coast and one on the West Coast, at the end of the competition year.

The bid process for host competitions is open through Dec. 15, 2020, and locations will be announced at the end of January 2021.

“We are very excited about the increased opportunities this new Youth Team Challenge series will provide to youth athletes. Whereas youth athletes were aiming for one summer team championship with NAYC, athletes will now have the opportunity to compete in a team for the full season leading up to a final team championship on both coasts,” said Leslie Law, USEF Development and Emerging Athlete Coach.

“The U.S. does not currently have the opportunity to compete in FEI Pony, Junior and Young Rider Championships like in Europe, so we must continue to seek new ways to give our youth athletes more opportunities to compete in a team," said Law. "The Youth Team Challenge will also give athletes up to the age of 25 the opportunity to gain this valuable team experience. This is an exciting and critical new initiative in further strengthening the Eventing Pathway, which aims to develop athletes to one day represent the U.S. on the world stage.”

Each team will consist of three to four horse/rider combinations to be chosen from qualified applicants by the USEA Area Selectors based on performance, soundness, experience, and suitability for the competition.

All interested riders must submit an area declaration and a one-time application for the upcoming competition year.

The deadline for area declarations and team applications is Jan. 29, 2021.

Log in to your athlete dashboard to access the application.

Note to applicants*: FEI age is defined as the age the athlete will turn during the calendar year of the competition.

Riders born between Jan.1 and Dec. 31, 2017, will be considered FEI age 14 for the entire 2021 competition year.

Additionally, athletes who intend to move up to the CCI1* level in the upcoming season are invited to apply, even if they have not yet competed at the level.

For More Information: Adequan® USEF Eventing Youth Team Challenge FAQ

For questions regarding the USEF Eventing Youth Team Challenge, contact Christina Vaughn, USEF Director, Eventing Performance and Program Support, at (859) 225-6917 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Kent Farrington won again in Wellington, this time on Orafina (2)

WELLINGTON, Fla.--Kent Farrington on his own Orafina jwon the $50,000 Grand Prix on Saturday, Nov. 21 at he 70th Annual South Florida Hunter Jumper Association Charity Horse Show.

Kent Farrington on Orafina Anne GittinsKent Farrington on Orafina (Photo by Anne Gittins)The 16-effort course set by Eric Hasbrouck had 53 competitors contest the track, with nine riders going clean to advance to the jump-off.

Canadian Mario Deslauriers led the way, followed by Ilan Bluman of Columia, Santiago Lambre of Mexico, Schuyler Riley, Erynn Ballard of Canada, Willie Tynan of Ireland, Farrington, Ashley Vogel and Ashley Fleischhacker.

Following faults from the first five riders, Tynan on Fancy Girl finally turned in the first clear round in the jump-off in a time of 41.51 seconds.

But Farrington on Orafina was the next to go and and quickly moved into the lead in a time of 40.58 seconds.

Tynan on Fancy Girl placed second spot, with Fleischhacker on Quadros 3, clear in 44.817 seconds, placing third.

"Orafina is a great young talent,"said Farrington of the 8-year-old KWPN mare by For Fashion x Canturo. "She doesn't have a lot of experience, certainly not like this. Really hats off to the team here that keeps these shows going for us and allows us to keep doing our job and our sport. Early in the season like this, it's great for these young horses to get into the main ring. Tonight they even got a little taste of going under the lights. All in all, even besides the win, this was a great experience for my horse."


SATURDAY'S victory was the second major win for Farrington and Orafina of the week, after also topping the $15,000 Welcome Stake on Thursday as the quickest clear pair from the 14-horse jump-off. and his second in a Grand Prix, following his victory in the Nov. 15 $137,000 Grand Prix.

Jessica Springsteen of Colts Neck, N.J., on Hungry Heart was second, clean in 39.81 seconds, and Jonathon Millar of Canada was third on Shadow De Shalimar.

"Somebody that I work with in Europe, Leon Thijssen, said he had a horse that he thought I would like and would work for me because it's extremely careful," said Farrington of this new relationship with Orafina. "The plans are to build her up, just like always. Keep doing what we are doing by giving her positive experiences and time to mature. We will let her grow into herself. It was a great first step tonight."

Catherin Wachtell on CoverboyCatherin Wachtell on CoverboyCatherine Wachtell of Long Valley, N.J., on Indy Van De Roten won the $10,000 High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classicon Sunday.

A field of 24 competed over the first-round course, with seven going clean.

As one of only two double-clear pairs, Wachtell was the clear winner, tripping the timers in 32.81 seconds, more than three seconds ahead of the next-closest rider, Liza Finsness of Wellington, Fla., on Shiver who finished in 36.16 seconds, and third went to Audrey Schulze of Saddle River, N.J., on Mr. Cash, the fastest four-faulters in a time of 36.18 seconds

The week’s highlight hunter class, the $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby,was held Friday.

Split between professional and non-professional competitors, 47competitors tackled the classic round designed by Danny Moore, with 24, 12 from each section, contesting the handy phase of competition.

Jimmy Torano of Mohrville, Pa. on Laskano,won the Derby Open class after receiving high scores of 90 and 94.

The victory was especially sweet for Torano and Laskano’s owner Daryl Portela, who sponsored the trophy awarded to the winner of the class in honor of her father, James B. Pirtle.

Correction - Sheppard has 15 Eclipse Awards (2)

WEST GROVE, Pa.--Jonathan Sheppard had 15 Eclipse Awards, not 14 as previously stated in an article posted Nov. 16.

jonathan sheppard w. a horseJonathan Sheppard And, to make his career even more amazing, the Eclipse Award missed in the previous article came with steeplechaser Mixed Up in 2009, the same year that Informed Decision won an Eclipse Award as the Top Turf Female.

Never before and perhaps never again has any trainer won both a flat and a steeplechase Eclipse in the same year.

Only one trainer, Sidney Watters Jr., has won even one Eclipse Award on the flat as well as over fences.

Danielle Hodsdon, who rode many of Sheppard's top steeplechase horses, including Mixed Up, for a number of years emailed The Horse to bring Mixed Up's Award to our attention.

Monmouth at the Team's support of the Nature Conservancy impacts Bobcat Alley (2)

GLADSTONE, N.J.--Even though the hunter/jumper competition at Monmouth at the Team had to be cancelled this year, the generous Monmouth at the Team family is still having an impact on The Nature Conservancy and all they do to protect the animals, plants and landscapes in New Jersey.

Bobcat Alley Tyler ChristensenBobcat (Photo by Tyler Christensen)The Monmouth at the Team hunter/jumper competition, held at Hamilton Farm, home of the USET Foundation Headquarters, will be held next Aug. 16-23, 2021.

Officials said plans are moving forward for an amazing show and the best Bobcat Derby yet.

Due to the generosity of the Monmouth at the Team family, The Nature Conservancy is on track to reach 50 percent of the 3,500-acre goal for protected Bobcat Alley habitat in northwestern New Jersey by 2021.

There is much more work to be done, but we should celebrate together the funding and awareness we have raised so far for the project through the Bobcat Derby at Monmouth at the Team, said show officials.


THE NATURE Conservancy invites you to hear the latest Bobcat Alley updates by joining two free virtual sessions exclusive to project donors and friends of Monmouth at the Team.

Google The Nature Conservancy to learn how to be a project donor.

The Appalachian Super Range will be  on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020 at 1 p.m.

The Appalachian Mountains connect wildlife habitat at a continental scale, from the Blue Ridge Mountains in Alabama to the forests of Maine.

As the climate changes, this 2,000-mile long pathway for nature is irreplaceable to allow wildlife movement.

At the same time, Appalachian forests are also a hidden-in-plain-sight solution to climate change.

In this presentation, Nature Conservancy experts will discuss the urgency of connectivity within the Appalachians, and how New Jersey’s own Bobcat Alley is a critical land link for animals moving along the range. Bring your questions!

Then Cookies, Cocoa and Wildcats will be held Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021 at 1 p.m.

The Nature Conservancy will share results from wildlife road crossing studies, check in with local landowners and virtually tour of some iconic Bobcat Alley sites, including the region’s rich forests, sweeping overlooks, rocky outcroppings and rippling riverbanks that are so vital for the survival of this species (and many others!) in New Jersey.

*Register for this event by Jan. 4 and they will send you a bobcat paw print cookie and hot cocoa packet by mail in advance to enjoy during the session.

Friends at Strouds (2)

This is riding in Stroud preserve. THere is a trio of friends - Debra, Jackie, Vickie. Photos by Debra Malinics.

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Pa. and Md. have increase in mares bred (2)

The Jockey Club Report of Mares Bred showed that of the top 10 states and provinces ranked by number of mares bred, Pennsylvania and Maryland were two of only four states with an increase in 2020.

Pennsylvania is up 7 percent, and Maryland is up 3.3 percent while most of the rest of the country is down.

In addition, Pennsylvania is up 32.1 percent in number of stallions standing in the state and is one of only two states where the number of stallions standing has increased.


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Chesterland (2)

Love this view at Chesterland Farm on Rt 82.  It was a lovely Sat morning to shoot pictures. This is what I call my "Magic Tree." sent by Ginny Jenkins

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