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Faces at the Races
                                                                                                                                     Copyright:   Paul Bedingfield

So I'm poking around the internet and I find
LuxEquestrian, sister website to the new posh publication 
Equestrian Quarterly.
This is a really nice magazine for people with exquisite taste. On their real estate site is a section for horse communities labeled "America's Best Horse Areas", each rated for their "horsiness."  I am intriqued.  Everyone is represented, plus some - I never really thought of Aspen as being a horse community.  The communities rated the 
highest, a 9 on the scale, include Aiken, Middleburg, Millbrook NY, Southern Pines and Woodside CA. The 8's include Lexington, Santa Ynez CA, Tryon and Wellington. Hmmm. Norco CA, Horse Town USA, doesn't even rate a 1. Camden SC wasn't on the list either and that's a long-established horse community.  I am not sure how the ranking was calculated,  however they do include rideable months, temperature range and average cost of equestrian properties. Just in case you're in need of some cocktail conversation, you might want to know that the highest average (Av-er-age) equestrian property  community ($18.9M) was Aspen. Coming in at the very bottom of the list of 16  is Tryon Horse Country with an average equestrian property value of $785K.  My real estate friends are most likely groaning about now, but I look at it from a "glass half full" perspective. Affordable real estate means you get a much more interesting mix of neighbors. It also means that our farmer friends are not driven out- which we don't want.  I'm not proud.  I'm happy to be at the bottom of the chichi real estate list and slap happy that on the EQ list we rank right up there with Lexington and others. I'm holding my head high.
Libbie Johnson

This Week 

June 24 - 30, 2013   


28-30             Connemara/Dartmoor Open Show

                       @ Windridge Farm

                       Contact:  [email protected]



Speaking of Luxury...

Healthy Stables

One of our good friends, architect John Blackburn, has a new book coming out. Aptly titled Healthy Stables by Design, this book will make horse lovers pant. The books covers some of John's favorite projects and highlights some examples of "healthy and green."
John is now living in Washington DC, but as a Clemson graduate he has a lot of Carolina connections. He has visited Tryon Horse Country and loved it.  This month he is featured in Equestrian Quarterly's in an article called "Let There Be Light."
John will be in Horse Country later this year to talk about healthy stable designs and sign books.Currently, the book is available at a pre-publication price of  $39.95. Order online. We can't wait. Oh, and here's the best part, all of the profits of the book go to equestrian charities. Thank you, John.
Visit John's website.

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                    Straightening The      Crooked Horse                 with 
   Klaus Schöneich

July 20th-23rd, Columbus, NC

Sponsored by the Institute for Equine Therapeutic Options ( For over 25 years, Klaus and Gabriele Schöneich, authors of the book "Correct Movement in Horses", have taught their system of straightness training at the Center for Anatomically Correct Horsemanship in Germany.


In this clinic, the participants will learn to use "straightening" groundwork and gymnastic training as well as lungeing and riding techniques, to counteract the horse's natural inclination to bear more weight on its forehand, and teach the horse to move balanced with an upward swinging back.


Email Christine at [email protected] for more information Or contact Sara Lyter at 828 712 8658 or [email protected].

Attendance is limited ~ Make your reservations NOW ~ Register at Bring your horse or auditors are welcome!

Auditing fees ($65 for June 20th: includes lecture followed by demonstration) All other auditing days will be $45 or $150 for the whole clinic. 

Equitrekking Wins the Daytime Emmy and Here's Why
Equitrekking in Botswana
Our friends at Equitrekking have again taken home television's Big Kahuna award, The Emmy, on their Botswana episode from last season. Look at the photo above and you'll see host Darley Newman on the chestnut horse looking back over her shoulder at a Very Large Elephant. Other trip riders had already been dumped. This is adventure travel at its finest.   Congratulations to show host Darley, producer Chip Ward and their great photographer Greg Barna. 
Visit their WEBSITE

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Save the Date
The Block House Steeplechase is moving to the 1st Saturday in May.

The 68th running of the Block House will be held 
May 3, 2012

Liza Goodlett Meets GM
Ashley Goodlet Betty Oare & GM
 Horse Country native Betty Reynolds  Oare, Liza Goodlet and the Master himself

Liza Goodlett is 17 years old and a rising  Senior at Spartanburg High School. She serves as the junior board member of Blue Ridge Hunter Jumper Association and trains with  Holli Adams at Still Creek Farm.   Her horse is Testarosa (Frisco),  an 18 hh Oldenburg. 

If Liza lives a long happy productive life, most likely one of the hightlights she will reflect on is the rainy June weekend in 2013 when she got to show what's she's made of with George Morris judging.  Hopefully, she will smile to herself at the weekend's results when she and her horse won the 15-17 Equitation over fences and on the flat;  won the ASPCA McClay;  won the Washington Jumper Phase;  was 5th in the Washington Hunter Phase,  was 3rd in the USEF Pessoa Medal, won the EJ Haun Equitation and to top it all off, she won the Betty Oare overall highpoint Junior Equitation Trophy.

Another View on GM's Visit
Editor's Note:  Sammi Messamer was one of the young jump crew working  the George Morris clinic last weekend. Here she shares her experience.
"I was privileged to be one of four Greenville Foothills Pony Clubbers selected to be jump crew for George Morris. This was an expensive clinic and I probably wouldn't have been able to go otherwise. We spent two ten hour days on our feet running to quickly put up jumps or do whatever was asked of us.  We were expected to read his mind a bit! 

Sammi Messamer I really appreciated seeing a different style of teaching. It also made me appreciate how great my trainer is when I hear her say a lot of the same things George Morris does. The work was hard but the rewards were great. I got to listen up close to everything he said to these talented riders. Overall it was a great experience and I am really happy to have been able to do this."

Sidelines July
 In this month's Sidelines Magazine, eventer Eric Dierks shares his story of  childhood riding enhanced by Pony Club. Eric has always been a strong supporter of Pony Club and credits the organization for a foundation that served him well as a professional. Locally, he is a frequent and generous instructor and nationally he serves on the Board of Governors.  

Renovatio Farm Hosts 
Clinic with Ilse Schwarz
Ilse Swartz

Ilse Schwarz Dressage Clinic 
July 5-7      8am --5pm. 

Where: Cross Creek Farms Covered Arena
Stabling and Bed & Breakfast provided by Cross Creek Farms & Katherine Pfaff 
Call to reserve room and stalls: 
Contact person for Clinic:
Trayce Doubek-Dierks. 864 325 5684
Cost: $125.00 per rider/day inc lunch.
Daily Audit fee with Lunch $25.00

READ MORE about Ilse Schwarz
Cross Creek Farm website

Found Feather filly 2013

Found Feather Farm of Mill Spring welcomes their first foal of the 2013 season. Lioness Dahlia gave birth to  a spectacular filly, born June 9th, that has been named Found Feather Farm's Lyrical Song. "Lyric" is her barn name.  She has been purchased by a N.H. woman who has given her the lovely name. She is healthy and robust and very tall.    She is by the FFF stallion Esperanzo who, to date, has only thrown fillies. 
                                                                     Photo credit: Terry Kirkland Cook

On the Horizon  

       July calendar 2013


 July 2013


4                  Equestrian Trails Coalition of WNC

                     Contact:  [email protected]

4-6               Blue Ridge Independence Classic Show

                     @WNC Ag Center, Fletcher

                     Contact:  Liz Holmes 919-672-3741

4-7               TRHC Charity Horse Show II @ FENCE

                     Contact: Laura Weicker 828-863-0480

5-7               Paul Belasik Clinic @ Blue Moon Farm

                     Contact: [email protected]

8                   Artists Reception 

                     at Horse and Home,  Landrum

                     Contact: Lisa Otto 864-457-2102

9-12             Robert Zandvoort Dressage Clinic

                     Contact:  Joy Baker 828-817-0315

11-14           TRHC Charity Horse Show III @ FENCE

                      Contact: Laura Weicker 828-863-0480

13                  Gallery Trot in Tryon

                      Contact: [email protected]

16                  Pisgah Trailblazers Monthly Meeting

                      @ Brick's Pizza Kitchen, 

                      Columbus 6pm eat, 7pm meet

                      Contact: [email protected]

17-20           TRHC Charity Horse Show IV @ FENCE

                      Contact: Laura Weicker 828-863-0480

18-20            National Equestrian Trail Conference


19-20            Asheville Invitational Horse Show

                      @WNC Ag Center, Fletcher

                      Contact:  Joyce Wilson  919-365-5149

20-23            Straightening the Crooked Horse clinic

                       Contact: Sara Lyter 828-712-8658

23                  New to the Foothills Equine Workshop

                      @ Derbyshire, Green Creek, NC

                       Contact: Jennifer Dennis

23-27            Blue Ridge Classic Horse Show

                      @WNC Ag Center, Fletcher

                       Contact: Liz Holmes 919-672-3741

27                   Harmon Hopefuls @ Harmon Field

                      Contact:  Lauren Allen  828-506-2335

29-30            Biltmore  Mini Riding Camp 

                      @ Biltmore Eq Ctr

                      Contact: [email protected]




 Check out the new 2013 Horse Country Calendar of Events 

In This Issue
This Week
Speaking of Luxury
Straightening the Crooked Horse
Equitrekking Wins Again
Save the Date
LIza Goodlett
Another View of the GM Visit
Eric Dierks in Sidelines
Renovatio Farm Hosts Clinic
New Sprout at Found Feather Farm
On the Horizon
Visiting Horse Country?
Up Top

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Faces at the Races  "Faces at the Races" 

by  Paul Bedingfield


Paul Bedingfield is a professional artist based in Essex. His natural artistic ability was soon recognised from a very early age and encouraged by his tutors throughout his student years. Although he paints many subjects,he is best known for his work in the equine art world for which he has received many awards. Paul always strives to bring something new and fresh to the portrayal of his subjects and has a very distinctive approach to his work. Paul is also a skilled sculptor and is currently working on some new and exciting projects. Visit his WEBSITE


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