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dressage horse  Linda Kriegle  
                                                                                                                      Copyright:   Linda Kriegel

  It's interesting to see what gets readers' attention. Writing an opening blurb every week, I never know what's going to hit a nerve, spark an outrage, garner a tear or invoke a smile. Or, to be honest....a yawn.  
However, I do know this--the story of Sgt. Reckless, the Korean War hero who was bought off the racetrack for $250 and put into service on the front lines, has generated more discussion, more forwards and more repeated interest than almost any other TWITHC topic. Almost a week doesn't go by that someone doesn't send me an email asking if I've heard this story.  
Now, with volunteer-generated funding, Washington state wildlife sculptor Jocelyn Russell is working on a life-size bronze sculpture of Sgt. Reckless. It will be dedicated at the Marine headquarters in Quantico, Virgina in July
26, 2013.  I'm happy to see this horse honored because she represents all the war time horses that have served us faithfully.  Fortunately,  she came through harrowing battles in one piece and lived out a long happy retirement at Camp Pendleton--one of the lucky ones.   
Semper Fi!
Libbie Johnson

This Week 

Feb 18 - 24, 2013  


19            Pisgah Trailblazers Monthly Meeting

                @ Calvert's, Columbus  

                6pm eat, 7pm meet

                Contact: Michael Atkins                 



22-23     Kick Off Show Season Dressage Clinic

                w/ Jane Savoie and Nicole Watts

                @ Brown Bear Farm, Flat Rock, NC

                Contact: Nicole Watts 864-276-8536


23            Tryon Hounds Hunt Ball

                 Contact: Roberta McKinney



23             CCC Pleasure Drive/Trace Pace

                 @FoxBriar Farm, Laurens, SC

                 Contact:  Carol Ann Burns          



24             Janelle Marshall Clinic

                 @ Fox Briar Farm, Laurens, SC

                  Contact:  Shannon Fanning          



Sgt Reckless and artist Jocelyn Russell
    Photo credit: Jocelyn Russell

War Hero Sgt. Reckless to be honored with memorial
Contacted this weekend, Jocelyn Russell is hard at work getting Sgt. Reckless ready to go.  Comments Russell, " I am in a headlong marathon to get Reckless finished and crated by Wednesday night. This is the last photo of her assembled in clay, Valentines Day. I have since taken her apart and lowered her body to finish the tack/ammo without standing on a ladder.  Not quite as 'aesthetic'. This also allows me to finish many details on the face, legs, hooves and tail from all angles."
Want to know more about Sgt. Reckless' amazing story? Want to donate to the project? Click Here.
Want to know more about  artist Jocelyn Russell?
NY Times story about the men who loved Reckless.

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Job Opportunity at FENCE

 If you love horses and horse people, here's the job for you:  FENCE has announced a new position-- Horse Show Facility Events Coordinator.  It will be a contracted position and the contractor selected must provide proof of liability insurance and workman's compensation insurance. Payment for services rendered will be negotiated based on qualifications. The position is for March - October, 2013 with other hours as needed to cover all shows and related tasks. The Facility Events Coordinator must be able to work a split shift in coordination with other FENCE staff to ensure adequate staff coverage during horse shows.


The successful candidate will: 

Prepare, with the help of FENCE staff, the show grounds for each show as required

Establish a job schedule for the FENCE maintenance staff  before each show              

Be available while show is in progress for additional services and emergency repairs

Maintain grounds during shows, i.e. trash, toilet facilities, buildings

Perform a daily count of & record stalls in use

Record hours of ring lights used, if applicable

Insure proper clean-up of facility after each show

Perform general maintenance of FENCE equipment in coordination with FENCE maintenance staff

Maintain show facilities as needed.


For information about this job contact FENCE at 828-859-9021 or

Submit proposals/resumes to or mail to 3381 Hunting Country Rd. Tryon, NC 28782


Farm Tours logo Horse Country Farm Tours Return for 2013 Season

 Self directed working horse farm tours have returned for 2013.  Showcasing commercial farms, the once monthly event allows visitors to visit horse farms in the area on the 3rd Saturday of each month, 10 am til 5 pm. 
March 16 the tour will feature Hunting Country and surrounding area:
Amy Barrington Training Center
2420 River Road, Tryon
 training, sales, boarding, lessons
Barking Fox Farm
890 Greenwood Rd, Landrum
self care boarding facility and B&B
Cherokee Hill Farm
460 Cherokee Hill Lane (off Hunting Cntry Rd)
lessons, training, sales, boarding, 
Green Gate Farm
291 Dark Horse Lane,  Tryon
Paso Fino sales and training
Lone Oak at Finally Farm
999 Carriage Row, Tryon
training,lessons,  sales, boarding and home to the Converse Equestrian Team
Smokey Hollow Farm (tentative)
810 Greenwood Rd Landrum
training, lessons, boarding, sales

2013 Horse Country Farm Tours Schedule 

Mar 16         Hunting Country

Apr 20          Landrum

May 18         Mill Spring

Jun 15          Campobello

July 20         Greer

Aug 17         Rutherford

Sep 21         Collinsville

Oct 19          Green Creek


Farewell, Valerie
Valerie Black2

 Valerie Black
1949 - 2013

Brookfield Award Cup
Greenville Foothills Pony Club Awarded Conservation Award
 Pony Clubbers with GFPC have been awarded the prestigous USPC Brookfield Conservation Award,  proving that this young generation of riders is giving the serious issue of land use more than the usual lip service.             Photo credit: Carolyn Culbertson

It's Show Time
FRC Dressage

                                                              photo credit:  Erik Olsen 

FRC Schooling Dressage  

and Stadium Show 

Saturday March 2nd

Held at FENCE

Contact Margo Savage at 

or FRC website for more details.


Come back on Sunday March 3 

for FENCE's XC Schooling

DEnnis Reis
Dennis Reis to Present Clinic on Behavior Challenges at Garrison Arena 
Mar 2 & 3
                                                                              Photo Credit:  Reis Ranch


Have a nagging problem you'd like to get fixed?  Internationally acclaimed horseman Dennis Reis will solve behavior challenges of two horses  

March 2 and 3, 9am to 5pm  

in Pendleton, South Carolina.  And you are invited to the T. Ed Garrison Arena at Clemson University to watch.

Dennis Reis founded the Reis Ranch School of Universal Horsemanship in 1988, has appeared on RFD TV as a featured clinician since 2002, and has been the subject of many national equine publications. His wisdom and methods have inspired horse lovers and students from all over the world.   

On Sat &  Sun March 2 and 3,  Reis will answer questions from the audience about his Universal Horsemanship training system as he works with a problem horse. Reis Ranch will also be filming for their television show on RFD TV.

If you would like free tickets to join the audience in Pendleton, South Carolina on March 2 and 3, or for more information, call 1-800-732-8220 or visit their  WEBSITE.



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PEER SEEKS VOLUNTEERS Volunteers needed for local, non-profit, equine ambulance.  Will train and certify qualified candidates in large animal rescue.  If interested, send
appropriate contact information, including all equine and large animal experience to:  PEER, P.O. Box 1237, Tryon, NC 28782  or email .   

feb 2013 calendar
On the Horizon  
March   2013 


1-3          Dennis Reis Horsemanship Clinic

                @ Garrison Arena, Clemson

                 Contact: Reis Ranch 800-732-8220

1-3           Paul Belasik Clinic @ Blue Moon Farm

                 Contact: Sophie Clifton


2               RVPC Mounted Meeting

                 Contact: Denise Ritacco           


2               FRC Dressage & Stadium Show 

                 @ FENCE

                 Contact: Margo Savage  828-863-4924

3              Hunter Pace: Clemson Eventing Team

                Contact: :

3              Cross Country Schooling @ FENCE

                Contact: Pat Salomon 828-863-2422                 

4              Start of TROT Spring Session

                Contact: Robbie Hambright           


7              Rutherford Outdoor Coalition-Eq Div Mtg.


8              RVPC Unmounted Meeting

                 Contact: Denise Ritacco 


8-9           Carolina Carriage Club Amy Neary 

                 Hazard Clinic @ Windridge Farm, Ruthft

                 Contact: Price Story        


9               Dressage Scribe Forum @ FENCE


9               Harmon Hopefuls @ Harmon Field

                 Contact:  Lauren Allen  828-506-2335

9               Greenville Foothills Pony Club Mtg.

                 Contact: Carolyn Culbertson


15-17       Sandra Beaulieu Dressage Clinic

                 @ Brown Bear Farm,  Flat Rock, NC

                  Contact: Nicole Watts  864-276-8536

16             Horse Country Farm Tours

                 Contact: :

16-17       BRHJA Spring Premiere Show @          

                  Harmon Field

                  Contact: Lewis Pack  828-894-2721

16-17       Carolyn Resnick Method Clinic

                 with Instructor Linda Salinas

                 @ Gastonia, NC

                 Contact: Linda Salinas 704-674-4085                  

16-17       Sandy Siegrist Nutrition Workshop

                 @ Sumrell Farm, Columbus

                  Contact:  Ivey Sumrell

17             Hunter Pace: Green Creek Hounds

                 Contact: :

19             Pisgah Trailblazers Monthly Meeting

                 @ Calvert's Kitchen, Columbus

                 6pm eat, 7pm meet

                 Contact: Michael Atkins                               


20            TROT Workshop                

                 Contact: Robbie Hambright


23           CCC Beginner Driving Clinic 

                w/ Paul Nordan

               Contact: Kristina Nordan 828-891-4777

23           FRC Dressage / Stadium Show 

               @ Harmon Field

               Contact:  Margo Savage  828-863-4924

23          Greenville Foothills Pony Club Mtg.

               Contact: Carolyn Culbertson          


23           RVPC Mounted Meeting

               Contact: Denise Ritacco        


30           Harmon Hopeful @ Harmon Field

               Contact: :  Lauren Allen  828-506-2335

30-31     Borderline Dressage @ FENCE

               Contact: Kay Whitlock 910-692-3504





 Check out the new 2013 Horse Country Calendar of Events 

In This Issue
This Week
Sgt .Reckless Memorial
Job Opportunity at FENCE
Horse Country Farm Tours
Farewell Valerie Black
GRPC Wins Award
FRC Dressage Stadium show
Dennis Reis at Clemson
PEER Seeks Volunteers
On the Horizon
Featured Article
Visiting Horse Country?
Up Top
Lingerfelt ad

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hound dog ad FHS
TTS Valentine ad
"Beautiful New York hay available all winter"Hay Lady and customer
Pull up a chair and visit us across the road & one door down from our previous location at Pierce Plaza.
  The Hay Lady

828 289-4230

Take Advantage of the best....
cross creek barn
Three well-appointed barns w/23 stalls
Training for all   levels
Full size covered arena
Outdoor arena
CETA trail access
Cross fenced pastures
Bed, Barn & Breakfast with luxurious, well priced accommodations
Pets welcome
Property lease options 
Waiting list for winter or reserve now for spring

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1906 Landrum Rd
Columbus, NC

Sandy Seigrist Clinic
March 16 - 17
  Sandy Siegrist
Natural Horsekeeping & Hands-On Healing
Ivey Sumrell Farm 
2235 Collinsville Rd Columbus, NC
$99 includes lunch/snacks
Workshop to cover:  Equine Nutrition, Natural Parasite Management, Natural Approach to Vaccinations, Basic Acupuncture and more
Email or call 704-516-6518 for more info 
Tip o' the Week
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When the old ones wear out, attach new  leg straps to the blanket.  If the leg straps
are snap on, you can just snap the new straps on to the D rings. If the leg straps have to be sewn on, you can sew them to the blanket yourself, use a blanket adhesive or you can take the blanket to  EquiDress & have the straps professionally attached. 

Swedish Solutions
For Rent
  Llyn Josef house

FOR RENT  Quiet 1400 sq. ft. house, on a small horse farm in Green Creek area.  This charming house has 2 bdrms.,  large.lving rm w/ a WBFP, 1 / 1/2 baths, wash. & dry (in mud rm.), newer heat pump, all elec., patio, car port and shared storage shed.  There is a rental application, sec. dep., and lease. $800. monthly.   Call for appt.
 716 698-9859 

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Artist: Linda Kriegel


Linda Kriegel is a resident of Easley, SC. Linda has been casually painting for the past 20 years but just recently began painting in earnest.  She paints portraits of horses, pets, children, adults mostly in pastel but also paints in acrylics, and recently oils and watercolors.  She is available to do commisioned works.  Feel free to contact her at 864/324-1632.

All work is used by permission and is subject to copyright laws.