Sweet Summertime

I would like to thank everyone who has read my blog, even if it was just once. As the semester comes to an end, so will my blog in a formal way. I expect to keep posting, especially about Paisley. Also, I will try to incorporate some other horse related things I learn along the way. I have learned that Journalism is NOT my thing, and that I will be leaving Rowan so I can switch my major back to Animal Science. However, I did learn a lot about writing for my readers and I hope that I did well in that sense.

Some of my better posts include:

Straight from 2011’s Youth World Champ

My Search for the Wild Ponies on Chincoteague Island

Horses & People Working Together at Shadow Equestrian

Map of “Must Know” Equine Locations in South Jersey

and Progress With Paisley

Also, if anyone is interested: this Friday, May 10, the Eastern Pennsylvania Reining Horse Association is having a spring show at the Dream Park. I plan to go as long as I don’t have to work. Reining is amazing, don’t miss out on this opportunity! That’s all for now. Thanks again.

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Map of “Must Know” Equine Locations in South Jersey

Hey guys, I have put together a map of the places I like to go or have been that I think are important to know as a horse owner, or I like. When you click on the map, be sure to click on each individual point for a more detailed description.

The Gloucester County Dream Park is on the map because, for those of you following along, this is where the Extreme Mustang Makeover competition will be held August 2-4, 2013. You are welcome to come out and show your support! Also, the horses trained over these 100 days are auctioned off on the last day to promote the breed and The Mustang Heritage Foundation.

I wanted to put Shadow Equestrian on the map for any of you that would like to visit, or more importantly, volunteer. If you listened to my interview with President Kay Drissel, you heard her say “volunteers are the backbone of what goes on” there at Shadow.

If anyone has a horse, or horses, or are thinking about getting into riding, you will need to hit the best tack shops around. On the map, you will find three- KC Stables Tack & Supply, Lisa’s Tack Shack, and Circle 40 Tack. KC is a great place to go if you have a lot of questions, Lisa’s is best for tack with bling, and Circle 40 is best when you’re looking for things no one else has. Another place to go is Garoppo’s. They have a large selection of feed, and I sometimes find good barn supplies there.

I put Liberty Bell Farm on the map because without that place, I wouldn’t have the riding experience I do. It’s special to me. I have also mentioned it in a previous post because that is where Rowan University’s Equestrian Team rides. If you are looking to take lessons, visit Liberty Bell Farm and see if you like it there.They also have a really fun summer camp program if you know of any kids that are interested!

Don’t be shy! Let me know if you have any questions or would like more information. Thanks everyone.

Horses and People Working Together at Shadow Equestrian

Kay Drissel is the President of Shadow Equestrian, a therapeutic riding facility, located in Monroeville, New Jersey. Here, SHADOW stands for “Special Horses And Disabled Overcome Weakness.” Therapeutic riding is working with disabled people (in Kay’s case, children) to help cope or even heal a mental, physical, or emotional disability by working with horses to perform activities and play games. In this interview, Kay talks about how she got involved with therapeutic riding and how things work at Shadow Equestrian.

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Kay & her noble friend, Snickers.

My Search for the Wild Ponies on Chincoteague Island

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For an adventure, I thought it would be fun to travel to Cincoteague Island, Virginia to see the wild ponies. Knowing it was a four-hour drive, I called the day before to guarantee I would be able to see the ponies. I guess the lady over the phone had a different idea in mind than I did because I expected to see them up close. There were to places called “Pony Overlooks” and as you can see, the first was a bust. I parked my truck and walked about a mile on a trail through the woods, hoping I’d see more ponies. It turns out, the trail came to a large deck that overlooked the fielded area where the first ponies could be spotted, except now I was on the side of them- still not much closer.

Disappointed, I moseyed around the island some more. I found the park ranger and asked, “Do you know what happened to all of the ponies?” He smiled. I didn’t catch his name but he said as a result of Hurricane Sandy, a lot of gates were damaged, so most of the ponies have been moved up the island.” He could tell I had a disappointed expression on my face. “Do you like to walk?” he asked, and at the time, I knew exactly where this was going.

I walked a little more than halfway up a seven and a half mile service road to find more ponies, just as far away. The walk took about three and a half hours. (Good thing I wore my sneakers) Now extremely let down, I decided to check the first place I spotted the ponies again, just in case. Off to the distance, on the other side of the road, I could see cars parked. At this point, I didn’t care if they were looking at ducks, so I drove over there.

This part of the refuge happened to be “The Loop.” (The service road actually goes off the loop in one direction) The loop is about three miles all the way around. After 3 o’clock, visitors are allowed to drive The Loop.

Jackpot! There were the ponies standing right on the side of the road. Of course, I could have patiently waited until 3 o’clock and saved myself three and a half hours of walking, but where’s the fun in that right?

The moral of this adventure: Hard walking pays off; don’t give up when your feet hurt.