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Nick Skelton and Big Star Retire

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It was just announced that at the age of 59, show jumping superstar Nick Skelton will be retiring after more than four decades at the top of the sport.  His horse, Big Star, a two time Olympic gold medal mount, will also be retiring.

http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/news/nick-skelton-big-star-retire-showjumping-616816

Nick’s list of achievements:

  • Olympic Games
    • 2012: London. Team Gold medal with Big Star
    • 2016: Rio. Individual Gold medal with Big Star
  • Alternative Olympic Games
    • 1980: Rotterdam. Team Silver medal with Maybe
  • World championships
    • 1982: Dublin. Team Bronze medal with If Ever
    • 1986: Aachen. Team Silver medal and individual Bronze medal with Apollo
    • 1990: Stockholm. Team Bronze medal with Grand Slam
    • 1998: Rome. Team Bronze medal with Hopes are High
  • European Championships
    • 1985: Dinard. Team Gold medal and individual 4th with St. James
    • 1987: St. Gallen. Team Gold medal and Individual Bronze medal with Apollo
    • 1989: Rotterdam. Team Gold medal with Apollo
    • 1991: La Baule. Team Silver medal with Phoenix Park
    • 1993: Gijon. Team Silver medal with Dollar Girl
    • 1995: St. Gallen. Team Silver medal with Dollar Girl
    • 2011: Madrid. Team Bronze and individual Bronze medal with Carlo 273
  • Junior European Championships
    • 1974: Lucerne. Team Silver medal with Maybe
    • 1975: Dornbirn. Team Silver medal and individual Gold medal with O.K.
  • Volvo World Cup Final
  • Hickstead Derby
    • 1987: Winner with J Nick
    • 1988: Winner with Apollo
    • 1989: Winner with Apollo
  • King George V Gold Cup
    • 1984: Winner with St. James
    • 1993: Winner with Limited Edition
    • 1996: Winner with Cathleen III
    • 1999: Winner with Hopes are High

Skelton currently holds the British Show Jumping High Jump record, at 7 ft 7in 5/16th (2.32m) set at Olympia in 1978 with Lastic.

 

Last time Nick was in Canada was at the Royal Winter Fair Horse Show where he came in a close second to Kent Farrington in the Big Ben Challenge.  See the interview with him after the event here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2nWrNjbZ44&t=7s

April 5, 2017 |

Equine Industry Symposium

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On Saturday November 19, the University of Guelph and Bachelor of Bio-Resource Management – Equine students hosted the inaugural Equine Industry Symposium. Delegates from many different facets of the equine industry were invited to participate in a panel and roundtable discussions to bring to light issues within the equine industry, such as education and training, employment, bringing new people into the industry, and attracting youth, and how to potentially solve these.

The university will be publishing a summary of the proceedings and decisions flowing from the Symposium in the following weeks.

The day culminated with an open to the public talk with Canadian Olympian Ian Millar, who discussed his views on the state of the Canadian equine industry, as well as stories and lessons learned. You can listen below to hear the full discussion with Ian Millar and former CEO of Equine Canada, Akaash Maharaj.

 

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November 25, 2016 |

Interview with Kent Farrington and Nick Skelton

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Kent Farrington

Kent Farrington won the ever popular Big Ben Challenge at the 2016 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. Kent was part of the silver medal winning team for the USA at the 2016 Rio Olympics and has represented the United States at multiple World Equestrian Games and Pan-American Games. He is currently ranked 4th in the world standings and is the highest ranked American. http://kentfarrington.com/show-jumping-home/

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Hot on his heels was Olympic gold medalist Nick Skelton. In 2016, at the age of 58, Skelton won the Individual Olympic gold medal at his seventh Olympic Games riding for team Great Britain. http://www.nickskelton.com/

 

 

November 16, 2016 |

Starting Your Own Business

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Starting Your Own Business

Can’t find the job you want? Create it by starting your own business!

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Tri-City Horse Sports sponsor Lynn Whetham of Stepright Capital (http://stepright.ca/ourteam/lynn-whetham/) interviews equestrian entrepreneur Michelle Carter, who shares her experiences and advice regarding starting your own business and finding your niche. Michelle has started a number of businesses, both equestrian-related and not, and the number just keeps on growing.

Check out a previous interview Tri-City Horses did with Lynn regarding financial planning for equestrians: http://tricity.horseontario.com/financial-planning-for-equestrians/.

More information about Lynn and Stepright Capital can be found on their website (http://stepright.ca/ourteam/lynn-whetham/). If you wish to get in touch with Lynn to discuss your plans, you can contact her at lynn@stepright.ca or 1-866-218-6467.

 

October 24, 2016 |

Linda Finstad – Podcast Episode

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Linda Finstad is a professional photographer and owner of A Sharper Image Photography in Edmonton, Alberta.

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In this episode, Linda tells us how she got into horse show photography and gives her advice for aspiring show photographers.

She also talks about the books she has written, including marketing strategies for horse people trying to gain clients, attendees to clinics, etc. as well as her controversial book “Don’t Shoot the Horses”.

You can find out more about Linda at her two websites, www.thehorsewatcher.com, where you can read more about her books and workshops, and www.asharperimage.photostockplus.com, where you can see her horse show photographs.

A big thanks to our sponsors for this episode of The Horse Show Podcast: Holly Oaks, Darcy Lane, Lynn Whetham of Stepright Capital, and Leg Up Equestrian.

October 5, 2016 |

University of Guelph Equestrian

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Tri-City Horse Sports had the opportunity to chat with the President of the University of Guelph Equestrian Club, Meredith Ferlatte and the University of Guelph’s OUEA team captains,  Morgan Dedato and Carly Peterson.  If you are interested in getting involved with horses and riding while away at school, continue reading to find out more!

  1. Tell us a little about yourself and how your interest in horses started?

My name is Meredith Ferlatte and I am the president of the University of Guelph’s Equestrian Club for the 2016-2017 school year. I’m currently a fourth year student in the Bachelor of Bio-Resource Management program, majoring in Equine Management. My interest in horses started about 10 years ago. Like a lot of kids, I had gone through a bunch of different sports – figure skating, ballet, swimming, gymnastics, badminton – but I never found a sport I really wanted to stick with. Since I had always loved animals, when I started horseback riding it was finally the sport that stuck, and I haven’t stopped riding since. I bought my first horse in 2013 just before I entered first year, and brought him to school with me – back when the BBRM degree was split with year 1 & 2 at the Kemptville campus and year 3 & 4 at the Guelph campuses. The Kemptville campus had a barn for students to board at on the property.

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  1. What made you want to get involved with the equestrian club at the University of Guelph?

Apart from the main reason that I am in an equine program academically, I sold my horse just before I came to the Guelph campus for third year. I saw the equestrian club had some competitive riding teams, including some that show in the United States, and I thought I definitely wanted to get in on that. I started on the IHSA Hunt seat Equitation team in 2015 and absolutely love it. It has been a great way to improve my equitation on a ton of different horses, and meet a bunch of girls that now I am good friends with. Although IHSA is run as a Gryphons Varsity Sports club and not technically affiliated with the UGEC, my teammates and I enjoyed attending many of the Equestrian Clubs events to show our support – which is how I gained interest in the club. Last year’s Equestrian Club President (Aly Raschkowan) was also on the IHSA team with me so that’s how I met her.

  1. How many members does the club have, roughly?

This year it is looking like the equestrian club will have approximately 100 members.

  1. What is the cost to join?

The cost to join is $20 for the year. Costs after that vary based on if you join a competitive team, a lesson program, or are simply attending our equine-themed events.

  1. Do you have to have your own horse to be a member?

You do not need your own horse to be a member! All the teams compete in a catch-riding format on horses drawn at random. These horses are supplied by the host school of that particular show, which means our riders become super versatile riding so many different horses a season. Our lesson programs also have horses provided by the barns they run out of. So no horse, no problem!

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  1. What comes along with being a member of the club?

After paying the membership fee, members get to attend most of our events such as guest speaker nights, trail ride campfires, and tack store shopping parties for free. Members are also eligible to tryout for our OUEA (hunt seat equitation) team and IDA (dressage) team. If they do not wish to compete actively, we also have lesson programs in hunter, western, dressage and eventing disciplines they can be apart of. In addition, we run both hunter and western interclub horse shows which any member of the club can do regardless if they are in a lesson program or on a team.

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  1. Do members have to join the show team?

Members do not have to be on one of the show teams. We have created lesson programs so that students are able to ride while they are at school, even if they aren’t big on competing and they just ride for fun. We also run these programs as space on the competitive teams is very limited, but we still want students to have the option of riding while at school even if they don’t make it on one of the teams.

The English and Western IHSA teams run separately from the club since they are a Guelph Gryphons varsity sports club, but a lot of their members join our club just because they love horses. We also have members that don’t ride at all and are just interested in horses. This is where you sometimes see a few animal biology and pre-vet students that enjoy our guest speaker talks equine surgeons, or reproductive specialists for example.

  1. Where would you like to see the club go, say 5-10 years from now?

5 – 10 years from now I would like to see the club still running, and on a much larger scale. It would be great to see a lot more members, and a different equine event running every week.

It would also be nice if anyone who wanted to ride could. Hopefully with more students involved that would mean more drivers for lessons, and therefore more people being able to ride. It would be awesome to see how riders could progress if they were a beginner in first year and see how much they could accomplish if they rode with the club all 4 years.

Of course I would like to see Guelph’s equestrian teams ranked #1 on all the different circuits, but I think we keep getting closer to that, as last year all our teams had incredible seasons. For example, our OUEA team ranked 1st in their region last year! What is also cool is seeing the teams that show in the USA (that are student run & self- funded teams) out their holding their own against super competitive American universities that have varsity riding teams fully funded by their school. Just goes to show what a lot of hard work and dedication can do! Long-term, I think it would be great for Guelph to be the best Canadian university for students that want to ride post-secondary.

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  1. If people wanted to find out more information about the club, how can they do that?

There are so many ways to do this! Below are the three main ways to message us:

  1. Our website http://www.uoguelphequestrian.com/ has lots of info about us. General inquiries can be sent to equest@uoguelph.ca. The executive page also has the contact info for everyone on the executive if people have specific questions about teams or lessons.
  2. Our Facebook page is University of Guelph Equestrian Club (https://www.facebook.com/guelphequestrianclub/)
  3. Our Instagram is guelph_equestrian

(https://www.instagram.com/guelph_equestrian/)

Who knows, perhaps in the future you’ll find us on Twitter or Snapchat!

 

 

  1. Tell us a little about yourselves.

My name is Carly Peterson and I am the co-captain for the University of Guelph OUEA team. I am in my final year of Child, Youth and Family BASc, and considering law school after I graduate. I have been riding since I was about 8 years old and have been riding ever since. When I was 12 years old I got my first pony named Delilah. All throughout high school I rode nearly everyday. Now that I am in university I cannot fit it in as much, which is why I am so grateful for the OUEA and our coach Linda Hale for the opportunity to stay involved in the equestrian community throughout my undergrad.

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My name is Morgan Dedato and I am the other co-captain for the University of Guelph OUEA team. I am 21 years old and in my third year of the Biological Science program and am hoping to be accepted into the DVM program in the near future. I started riding horses when I was 9 and have been very dedicated to the sport ever since. When I was 14 I leased my first pony, Sabrina, and then when I was 17 I got my first horse, Chanel. I started competing at unrecognized schooling shows when I was about 11 years old. The past 4 years I have been competing on the Trillium circuit on and off. Horses are my passion and I have a lot of love for this sport which is why I decided to join the OUEA team and run as captain. The team is an amazing way to stay involved with horses and get to know people who have similar interests throughout university.

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  1. What is the Ontario University Equestrian Association (OUEA)?

The OUEA is for all Universities and Colleges in Ontario (and McGill). The organization is run solely by hard working students, and we rely on donors to help supply our shows with horses. It is an excellent way for students of many horse experience levels to continue riding and competing throughout post-secondary education. It is also financially affordable as you do not have to have your own horse to compete.

  1. How does it differ from the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA)?

We only compete in Ontario against other Canadian schools, where as IHSA competes in New York. At Guelph, the IHSA is considered varsity and it run through Guelph’s sports club, not the University of Guelph Equestrian Club. Shows are run similar to OUEA and based on equitation hunt seat style riding.

  1. What disciplines are offered

OUEA is only English hunt seat. The divisions offered are open, intermediate, novice, and entry. Each division has a jumping class and a flat class, ranging from different heights and difficulty level. Open riders are expected to jump a max of 3’, intermediate riders jump 2’6, novice riders jump 2’3 and entry riders jump 18”. OUEA does not offer a division that has flat classes only.

  1. As team captains, what is your role?

Our role as team captains starts in the summer and continues throughout the school year. Our first big project was organizing tryouts. It was our job to make sure Old Orchard Farm and the horses were prepared, as well as signing everyone up, arranging carpools, organizing tryout fees and running things on the actual day of tryouts. Once we had our team set up we organized our first team meeting and set up all of the memberships and lesson schedules. As the year continues we will be responsible for all entries for each show, collecting any fees, being the main contact for OUEA executive, and addressing any questions or issues a team member may have. We will also work very hard to ensure our team stays spirited and bonded throughout the year

  1. Do people have to try out for the teams? What is required to try out?

Yes people are required to try out for both the OUEA and IHSA teams. OUEA requires in-person tryouts held at Old Orchard Farm. This year we had about 60 people try out for the team and it was one of the most competitive tryouts we have seen. In order to try out, riders must identify which division they qualify for ahead of time. If a rider does not want to compete in the division they qualify for, they are eligible to appeal up or down, but the appeal must be approved by the OUEA executive.

Tryouts run similar to a show where horses are pre-assigned at random. The riders are able to watch the horse go around the course and then they get on and jump the course. They are also able to watch their horse warm up on the flat and then get on and ride. Our coach, Linda Hale judged the tryouts and put together our team.

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  1. What is the approximate cost of being on the team?

In comparison to most equestrian events, our shows are fairly low cost. For entry fees and coaching fees, riders are looking at about 75 dollars per show. On top of that riders pay about 300 dollars per semester for lessons, and then whatever membership fees they do not already have (Guelph Equestrian Club, OUEA and OEF).

  1. What schools do you compete against?

We compete on the central zone of the OUEA throughout the year. The other schools that are on our zone are the University of Toronto, Ryerson University, Laurentian University-Cambrian College, Georgian College, Lakehead University and York University. The other zones of OUEA are West and East.

  1. What is the show format like? How does a normal show day go?

There are four divisions (Open, Intermediate, Novice and Entry). Each division is judged over fences and on the flat so our show days can go pretty long. Shows are usually about 2 hours away for us, so our team often leaves Guelph around 4:30am to be at the show for the 7am. During each warm up, riders have the opportunity to see the horse that they have pulled and watch them jump the course and flat. Open and Intermediate are the first divisions to go. Once they are fully complete (both over fences and flat classes), novice and entry go. The day usually ends with each school showing off their spirit during a cheer-off and then awards and ribbons are distributed. Everyone must stay until the end of the show to receive ribbons and points.

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  1. Is there a year end banquet, like other horse show associations have?

Yes there is an end of the year banquet. It is always held the day after finals. This banquet runs very similar to most horse show association banquets. Ribbons for the top 10 riders are given out, as well as high point and reserve high point teams and riders. Other awards include spirit award, horse of the year and fall of the year.

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  1. What is your favourite part about being involved with OUEA?

Our team is like family. Not only do we lesson and show together but we are almost always together. We attend many dinners as a team, spend countless hours in the library together, and of course spend a lot of time talking about horses! The other amazing thing about OUEA is getting to ride so many different horses that you normally wouldn’t get the opportunity to.

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September 29, 2016 |

Firefly Stables – Podcast Interview

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Jennifer Bruner is the owner and operator of Firefly Stables, located on the outskirts of Kitchener, Ontario. Jenn has completed the University of Guelph Horse Management Certificate as well as the Coaching and Horsemanship program offered through Kemptville Campus.

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Jennifer coaching students at a horse show.

Firefly Stables offers boarding, horse training, camps and lesson programs. Their lesson program is for children and adults alike, and focuses on the English disciplines of dressage and jumping.

In this episode of the podcast, we chat with Jennifer about her business and what she has to offer, show ring successes both Jennifer and her students have had this year, and Jennifer’s internship with a world renowned horse trainer.

September 13, 2016 |

Chloe Boydell

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Chloe Boydell is a rider from Brampton, Ontario who boards her quarter horse, Sysco, near Acton. She currently rides with the Canadian Cowgirls Drill Team and has had the opportunity to do some pretty amazing stuff! Read about her stories and her involvement in horses below.

 

How did you get your start in riding?

My love for horses started at age 7 when my parents sent me off to day-camp at a local riding school.  Following that, they signed me up for a 6 week package of riding lessons for my birthday. I’m sure they believed it would be a “phase” that I’d grow out of (boy, were they ever wrong!!) My passion of the sport grew quickly from there.

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Tell us about your current horse?

My current horse, Sysco, is a 19 year old Quarter Horse gelding. I met Sysco about 9 years ago when I was working at a summer camp and instantly fell in love with his personality. By the end of the summer I was so enamoured that I begged to bring him home.  Since then we’ve been an incredible team.  His athleticism and willingness have taken us into many different rings.  It doesn’t seem to matter what saddle I put on him or what is going on in the ring, he’s there and ready to play.  He’s not a complicated ride but he keeps me on my toes.  He’s honest and brave but he’s not going to let me get away with slacking off in the saddle. To date we’ve tried our hand in the hunter/jumpers, dressage, cross country, western games, trail patterns, team penning, fox hunting, performance drill, parades, trail riding and he’s even learning to drive!

 

How did you get involved in the Canadian Cowgirls?

A friend and fellow boarder was a member of the Canadian Cowgirls drill team and invited me to accompany her to practice. I’d seen the team perform once or twice and I jumped at the opportunity to check it out “behind the scenes”.  After a few practices I was hooked, I brought Sysco out to their annual Drill Clinic to learn the basics and before I knew it I was getting the call to ride in my very first rodeo! Fast forward a few years, many hours in the truck and several “Who gets to do this stuff? This is incredible!” moments and I’m gearing up for my 4th season with the team and looking forward to all the opportunities and adventures we’ll have this year.

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What has been your most memorable show moment?

I’ve had so many memorable moments in the show ring. Some of those clean, perfect rounds (that came along with ribbons) and some not so great rounds (that seemed to come along with embarrassing photographic documentation and a trip to the show’s medic tent.)   That said, my most memorable “show” moment wasn’t a competitive one.  Last November the Canadian Cowgirls were invited to perform at the Royal Winter Fair – Royal Rodeo.  As a kid growing up just outside of Toronto, I spent many hours every year dragging my parents around the horse building of the fair (Did you know there are animals OTHER than horses there?! I sure didn’t!) as well as watching the all of the greats ride in Ricoh Coliseum. These were my idols.  My role models.  I’m not sure I’ll ever forget that moment, getting to ride in that ring, with a sold out crowd, the energy and adrenaline.  I had to stop and remind myself – “This is your life! How cool is this?! Please remember to breathe! Don’t fall off!”

 

What are your future riding goals?

Going forward there are so many things I’d like to try.  Side saddle, reining, roping, extreme cowboy – pretty much any discipline I can get someone to teach me.  I may not be great at it but there’s always a lesson to learn and a few laughs to be had.  I’d also like to continue with the Canadian Cowgirls – travel with my horse, ride in amazing places and take advantage of the many adventures and learning opportunities presented to me through them as well as sharing the things I’ve learned over the past 19 years with others.

 

What are some difficulties you have faced while trying to reach your goals?

I would say that I’ve faced the same difficulties as many in the horse industry.  Financial and time commitments have kept me from competing at anything more than a recreational level. Injuries (horse and human) have caused training setbacks or cancelled entire seasons. Sysco isn’t young and finding the limits of his capabilities have occasionally caused us to adjust our plans and goals.

 

What is the one item in your tack collection you can’t live without?

This is a difficult question to ask a self-proclaimed “Tack Hoarder”. I have a tack collection to go along with every possible discipline, colour combination, and trend.  It’s a problem (or so I’m told). If I had to choose a favourite – my western saddle.  I bought it a few years ago and it was my first ever brand new saddle.  It fits both me and my horse well. It’s beautiful and I can sit in it for hours.

 

What words of advice do you have for young riders out there?

Don’t pass up the chance to try something you’ve never done before.  Be confident in the skills you have as well as your ability to learn something from everyone you meet.  Go into everything with an open mind.  With a little patience, practice and determination the sky’s the limit.

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Are you a rider, coach, barn owner, or service provider who would like to be featured? Send us an email at tricityhorsesports@outlook.com.

June 22, 2016 |

Harmony with Horses

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Harmony with Horses is an Experiential Learning Centre that offers Facilitated Equine Experiential Learning (FEEL), but also provides an environment that nurtures your spirit.  A place to leave behind your cell phones, social media, video and online games, sports and news feeds, and recharge your own batteries surrounded by pastures, forests, ponds, streams and all the healing gifts of nature.  No noise pollution.  No air pollution.  No light pollution.  Facilities can be booked for day-excursions with or without FEEL sessions, for groups of up to 10 people.   Bring your Yoga class, your Meditation group,  your book club, church group or other spiritual or support group and spend the day communing with nature and your friends.

In this interview, Tricia Rudy, owner and operator of Harmony with Horses discusses FEEL and what Harmony with Horses has to offer.

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When did you fall in love with horses?

I’ve been drawn to horses all my life. I feel more at home around them than anywhere else I’ve ever been. It’s never been about the sport of horses, the competition or the athletics. It’s always been about the way they make me feel when I’m with them.

What is FEEL?

FEEL stands for Facilitated Equine Experiential Learning. It is a method of learning based on the principle that horses can teach us about ourselves, our gifts, our strengths, and where we are out of balance or out of touch with our true purpose. They do that by connecting to our experiential being, our body, our heart and showing us who we really are.

What made you decide to want to start Harmony with Horses?

It started as a dream of mine years ago when I read a book called the Tao of Equus by Linda Kohanov. At the time, it was only that: a dream. About 4 years ago, working as a Court Reporter in Newmarket for 6 years it dawned on me how horses and the FEEL method could help so many of the people that walked the halls of the courthouse. The victims of crime, especially domestic abuse, the accused persons, dealing with addictions and other mental health issues, and our youth, acting out through criminality, when they really were just trying to cope with their own emotional turmoil. I also witnessed the toll it takes on the people who work within the justice system: police, EMS, lawyers, judges, Court staff, and how vicarious trauma can impact those people’s lives as well. At the time, I had just purchased a farm and brought my own horses home to live with me. The rest, as they say, is history.

What sort of programming do you offer?

I’ve created three distinct branches using FEEL principles to target those areas identified in the courthouse.

HAY – Horses and Youth – violence prevention, victim awareness, emotional integrity et cetera.

HELP – Personal development, self help, addiction recovery, healthy relationships, et cetera.

HOPE – Professional development for anyone working in high stress environments, dealing with vicarious trauma, post traumatic stress, burnout et cetera.

Tell us about the horses used in the program.

I currently have 10 horses here. They range in age from 5 to 25. There are multiple breeds, sizes and colours and come from completely different backgrounds: dressage, school horse, trail horse, racehorse. Some of them came here as rescues; starving or sick or abandoned (or all three!). Some of them have known nothing but the most loving and kind homes and owners. I don’t want to give away too much about them. Part of the fun of FEEL activities is the process of learning about them, and what they can teach you about yourself.

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What are your goals for this year?

I realise that the future of Harmony with Horses will depend on creating a strong and loyal support network of strategic partners to deliver the best outcome for the most people. I need resources in the justice system – lawyer referrals, victim witness endorsement, probation officers and police. I also need resources in the community and charity organisations such as rehabilitation centres, women’s shelters, fund raising initiatives, and raising awareness. Guidance counsellors, therapists and HR professionals need to understand how work with the horses can augment and enhance their hard work to help people through their difficulties. This year my focus is on developing those relationships and delivering the work to the people they bring out to the farm.

Next 5 years?

I have one big project left to do so that I can deliver programs throughout the year, and not just when the sun is shining. I need a covered space to do the work. That’s an expense of $150,000 to $250,000. I would like to see this becoming my full time job in 5 years, which in effect, would be my retirement.

What are you struggling with?

There are two things I think most of us struggle with when we’re trying to manifest our dreams: Time and money. I have a great job now that I work from home which is perfect for allowing me develop and deliver Harmony with Horses at the same time. Right now it pays all the bills and I’m very grateful for that. But every hour that I’m working, my attention is diverted from taking Harmony with Horses to the next level, and while it is a great job, my hourly income is modest at best. I created Harmony with Horses as a non-profit because I truly believe that the people who need it most may not be in a position to pay the prescribed fees for service. Horses are expensive. They each require at least $200 a month just to feed them and tend to their basic care, (vet, farrier). That’s $2,000 a month right there in expenses ongoing each and every month whether they’re working or not. Four of the horses I use are owned by other people who of course contribute to these expenses but it’s an ongoing balance between earning enough to pay the bills and taking the much needed time out of my day to develop partnerships and deliver the work to the people that need it.

Is there anything else you would like others to know?

The hardest journey anyone can take is the journey within. Horses have been our companions on so many journeys historically, going into battle with us, seeking out new frontiers with us, plowing our fields, carrying our belongings, sharing our homes and our families. That relationship goes back thousands of years. To me it makes perfect sense that they should be with us as our guides as we take that journey within to find peace and purpose and connection to a power greater than ourselves.

For more information, check out their website at www.harmonywithhorses.ca or find them on Facebook.

Harmony with Horses is also hosting an open house Thursday June 9 from 2-5pm. You can find out more on our events page.

An open house focussing on their youth programming is on Wednesday June 8 from 1-4pm. Again, you can find more information here.

May 26, 2016 |

Interview with Renee Fukumoto

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In this blog post, we sit down with Renee Fukumoto, an artist in Georgetown, Ontario who has a passion for capturing the beauty that is horses, as well as other animals, in her work.

A little bit about Renee Fukumoto.

I am a Calgary-born Canadian artist, currently living in Georgetown, Ontario with my husband and four now adult children, as well as a collection of cats, a dog and a horse (although he is boarded out!)
Inspired to capture the natural world and my passion for animals from the time I could grasp a pencil, I find myself continuing to express this fascination through a variety of media.

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“Move Along”

What sort of mediums do you work in?

Working in acrylic, charcoal, graphite, ink, oils, watercolour, photography and sculpture engages my desire for experimentation and exploration of the power and beauty of our world. I have also just begun to explore jewellery creation, using silver metal clay.

What are your favourite things to paint and photograph?

After working to commission for many years, painting and drawing portraits of people’s pets, children and homes, I began exploring my first passion: horses. I have also begun exploring the use of colour after working primarily in monochrome (graphite, charcoal and ink) for so long. The adventure of exploring these two passions, horses and colour, is very refreshing and exciting. I am also planning a collection of paintings inspired by my own children, now grown up, as well as other children. So many ideas, so many paintings in my head, so little time!

Where can people go to view some of your art?

You can see some of my work in Georgetown, Ontario at The Artisans’ Attic Gallery and Gifts, on Main Street.
* You can also find me online at:
* – www.theartfulhorse.com
* – www.facebook.com/ReneeForthFukumoto.Artist
* – www.instagram.com/theartfulhorse

renee fukumoto

“Getting Reacquainted”

May 17, 2016 |
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