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Bits and Tales    

January 2014



- LEASING AVAILABLE: 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 Karat, a compact Quarter Horse cross gelding who came to Blackhorse from the Governor's Horse Guard.  See Melissa for details.


- DRESSAGE CLINIC with Vicki Hammers-O'Neil is scheduled for Saturday, February 22.  There is a sign-up sheet in the viewing room to reserve a spot.

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Featured Profile: Jet

Jet comes to us from a summer camp.  An off-the-track Thoroughbred, she sports the tattooed lip that identifies her as a racehorse.  Thoroughbred racehorses are given identification numbers that are inked onto the inside of their upper lip to protect against fraud in racing.  Each tattoo begins with a letter that indicates the horse's birth year, and ends with 4 or 5 numbers that are part of the horse's registration number.  Jet's tattoo identifies her as "Watrals Soft Shoes," born on March 26, 1996 in New York.  She had a short career racing in Massachusetts at tracks in Northampton and Rockingham, and in New Jersey at Monmouth Park.  Although she did win and place ("place" is the racing term for "came in second" - coming in third place is called "show"), her real skills lay elsewhere and she found her current career - as a well-loved lesson horse.

Jet's father, Dixie Brass, was a well-known and very successful race horse and sire, winning over $630,000 in 15 starts before retiring from racing to become the leading sire standing in New York in 2001.  Jet traces her bloodlines back to Northern Dancer, Bold Ruler, and Traffic Judge, making her (distantly!) related to her stablemates Max, Mara and Aerie.  


IEA: Riding to Regionals!  

Once again, Blackhorse's Interscholastic Equestrian Association Team is sending riders to the Regional competition: High School riders Lucy Andersen in Varsity Open Equitation on the Flat and Sasha Cabin in Junior Varsity Beginner Equitation on the Flat, and Middle School rider Klee Hellerman in Future Intermediate Equitation Over Fences.
The Regionals for our area will be held on March 6th at Folly Farm in Simsbury. 


IEA riders compete in classes on the flat and over fences, and do not need to own a horse.  In order to qualify for Regionals, riders must earn at least 15 points in their allotted five shows during the season.  A first place gives a rider 7 points, 2nd earns them 5 points, 3rd place is 4 points, 4th place is 3 points, 5th place is worth 2 points and 6th place gives 1 point.
In May, Zone 1 (our zone) will host the National Hunt Seat Final at the Big E Fairgrounds in Massachusetts.  It promises to be an exciting show, with the best student-riders competing from across North America!
A non-profit organization, the IEA has grown each year since it began in 2001 with just 200 student-riders and 62 finalists participating in the first Nationals. This year, the IEA has over 8,000 student-riders on hundreds of teams across North America. 


Congratulations and good luck to our Regional Riders!



Valentine's Day Show


Our annual Halloween show was a big hit, with lots of games, lots of competitors, lots of ribbons, and - lots of candy!  So we're continuing the fun with a Valentine's Day Show, scheduled for Sunday, February 23rd.  More information will be available in the viewing room.
Summer Program: Register Now!
It will be warm and sunny before we know it - 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.
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