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.

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.

A “Bit” About Rowan University’s Equestrian Team

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Rowan University is located in Glassboro, New Jersey. If you have seen Glassboro, you wouldn’t exactly call that horse country. Numerous students at Rowan share their passions for horses through Rowan University’s Equestrian Team.

The team meets for lessons on Fridays at Liberty Bell Farm, which is located in Elmer, New Jersey and run by Denise Bell. I actually got into horses and took lessons there for years. It’s funny how small this world actually is. From campus, it is about a 15 minute drive. The team also meets to complete service projects such as, bake sales, volunteering at horse shows and making canned food donations.

Also, I’ve done a brief question and answer with Rowan Equestrian Team’s president, Sarah Gemmell! Above is a photo of the team’s logo, designed by Sarah. Please, it is only used for Rowan University Equestrian’s Team.

Q. What is your favorite part about being the president of Rowan’s Equestrian Team?
A. My favorite part of being president is getting to know everyone and working with each person to fit their needs. I am learning a lot about myself and other people through this process. Also, I think the experience of leadership will continue to benefit me for the team’s sake and even outside the team.

Q. How long have you been around/familiar with horses?
A. I have been around horses my whole life (20 yrs) and been riding for about 17 of those years.

Q. How many horses do you have? Where is/are they kept at home? What’s is/are their name(s)?
A. I only have one horse, Missy. She is not kept on my property. I pay to board her in Franklinville while I am at school. Otherwise, I keep her at my Aunt’s farm in Doylestown, PA when I go home for long breaks (i.e. summer break).

Q. What’s your favorite type of riding and why?
A. I absolutely love barrel racing. I like the adrenaline rush, and I love the fact that is all about fun. Also, it is way more casual than most English disciplines.

Q. What advice would you give to a younger person interested in riding and showing?
A.The advice that I would give someone interested in riding and showing is start small and work your way up. The only way you can get into the horse world is by jumping in with both feet. You have to go to a farm that is around you and see what they have to offer. Take a few lessons in every discipline and figure out what you like best, and never stop absorbing information. In my eyes, the greatest horseman is never done learning. Take any chance you can to pick someone else’s brain for what they know about horses. The people who think they know it all are the ones that do not make it very far.

Welcome to Chomping At The Bit!

Hi. Welcome to my blog! My name is Chaeli. I live in New Jersey and attend Rowan University. I’ve been involved with horses for about eight years and I don’t plan on changing that anytime soon. I started by taking lessons that eventually changed into leasing. For almost two years, I worked as a stable hand in exchange for my lessons and it was a great learning experience. After years of begging my parents, I got a horse to call my own that I keep in my backyard. She is an eight year old, bay roan, Quarter Horse named Capri. I’m sure I will be posting pictures soon! In this blog, I intend to provide you with tips and advice for owning or caring for horses. If you ever have ANY topics specifically you’d like me to write about, send me an email or contact me through Twitter and I’ll gladly consider it! You’re probably wondering why I named my blog “Chomping At The Bit.” Well, I wanted the name to be a horse phrase that is somewhat common and easy for non-horse people to recognize. The phrase is used to describe the situation when a horse is constantly biting on the bit. So I figured, readers checking my blog for new information is kind of the same thing. If you aren’t familiar with horses, don’t worry, this blog is for you too! Hopefully, I will familiarize you and ignite your curiosity for horses. In the meantime, feel free to check out the sites I’ve listed in my Blogroll. We’ll talk again soon!