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Bits and Tales    

April 2014
Issue XXX
- Some horses are available for lease at Blackhorse for those who want to build a partnership but aren't ready to purchase.   Our featured Pony Without a Partner this month is Sporty, an Arabian gelding of singular beauty and charm. 
See Melissa for details.
Don't forget - we love to hear from you, and will include your show results or news whenever we can, so drop us a line at Blackhorseequestriancenter@ .  More information on Blackhorse Equestrian Center is available on our website at   or by visiting us!
Featured EVENT: Happy Birthday, Tempy!

Our favorite chestnut Morgan gelding, Tempy, turns 30 in May.  Help us celebrate by joining us for cake and punch on Saturday, May 3rd at 6:30. He's a special guy, with a big fan club and more photos in magazines and newspapers than many (other) celebrities...!
All Tempy's many admirers (or potential admirers) are welcome!  
(Tempy is shown here with Katie Ewen, a long term admirer, who teamed with him a couple years ago to win a series of blue ribbons.)
Summer Program: Register Now!
It will be warm and sunny before we know it - that mid-April snow was (probably) our last of the season....and that means now is the time to register for the Summer Program!  More information is available in the viewing room and on the website - or by responding to this email.
D4K: It's Time to Qualify 
It's Dressage 4 Kids season, and the Youth Dressage Festival is coming up fast.
The Youth Dressage Festival is the flagship event of Dressage4Kids, Inc. and is held annually in July or August. Instituted in 1999, the festival offers individual and team competition for riders from ages 4 through 21. Division championships feature a three-phased competition: a written test, an individual dressage test, and a group equitation ride.
D4K's Youth Dressage Festival in Saugerties, NY, has been moved from July 11-13 to August 8-10 this year.  All other dates regarding deadlines remain the same, and riders are required to qualify to participate.  Plan accordingly!
Congratulations go out to several of our riders who have already qualified - more on that to come!
Dressage 4 Kids Art Contest 
A drawing or photo by anyone under 21 will be chosen for the cover of the Youth Festival Show Program.  The artist does not have to be entered in the show.  Other artwork submitted but not chosen for the cover will also be included inside the Program.  Drawings may be mailed or sent electronically.  All drawings should be no larger than 8" x 11", must be vertical (the the front of a book) and in black/white.  Color photots may be submitted but will be printed in black/white. Photos must be vertical and sent electronically at 300dpi at 100% of the size; if it is a smaller photo, the resolution needs to be higher.  Do not include words or numbers in drawings, but do sign them at the bottom.  Include you name, hometown and age written on the back of the drawings or in the email.  Snail mail to: Margaret Freeman, 200 Aurora Lane, Tryon, NC 28782 or
Send your entries in NOW! 
Show Season  
Show season is upon us, and we'd love to hear about your accomplishments. Let us know, if you're not too modest, so we can share your news with everyone!
Joke of the Month

This month we are substituting a Public Service Announcement for the Joke of the Month.  Please take proper precautions.
Horse Hair Warning
Horse Hair: Potentially Dangerous!
 In a press release today, the National Institute of Health has announced the discovery of a potentially dangerous substance in the hair of horses. This substance, called "amo-bacter equuii" has been linked with the following symptoms in female humans:

- Reluctance to cook
- Reluctance to perform housework
- Reluctance to wear anything but boots
- Reluctance to work except in support of a horse
- Physical craving for contact with horses (may be an addiction)

Beware: If you come in contact with a female human affected by this substance, be prepared to talk about horses for hours on end. 
This has been a public service announcement.
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