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Equine Enterprise Profile: Leah Winston and BrookView Dressage by Carol M. Upton

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   December 14, 2013 12:41


“I was born on the back of a horse.” ~ Leah Winston, quoting her mother.

When a child receives a riding helmet for her first birthday, it’s safe to say that those around
her can probably predict where she is headed.

Leah Winston’s dressage training started in the UK at her mother’s riding school, where she
soon developed a passion for eventing.

“I truly believe that growing up on Brook Farm Stables molded me into the person I am today,”      Leah says. “I saw how hard my mother worked to keep the stable functioning, maintain the well-being of all the horses, and create an atmosphere of honesty and customer satisfaction.”

Leah moved to the U.S. and has now operated her own training business for 7 years, where her mission is to help others learn the art and beauty of dressage. Today she serves a wide range of clients at BrookView Dressage  – from the trail rider needing help with how their horse moves to the serious competitor who wants to be tops in the show ring. Leah also works with young horses from the age of 2 on upwards, giving them the correct foundation for their dressage career. She can then train them up through the levels and into competition, depending on what it is their owners are seeking.

Leah’s love for horses and her passion to help others are her primary motivations. She sees her work as a pleasure, even though she puts in long, late hours. Leah highly values the relationships she has with the horses and finds joy in seeing them develop in personality as well as in athletic ability.
 
Leah describes her biggest challenge as never having enough time during the day. Yet, she also knows the importance of taking her time, never pushing ahead faster than either horse or rider can handle.

“When we rush, horses suffer, and that shows up in the results.”

Most equestrians have at least one outstanding horse at some point. For Leah, that special soul was Amintas, the Lusitano stallion she describes as “….a once in a lifetime equine love.” Their connection was so powerful that Leah felt there was nothing the horse wouldn’t do for her. She had high hopes that together they would reach the stars, but at the tender age of six, Amintas foundered in all four hooves due to a medication reaction and had to be put down.

“It was the hardest decision I ever made,” Leah says,” and the saddest day of my life.”

A year later, along came QuaterStern, sired by Quaterback in Germany out of the mare Sandro Fe. He had already been chosen as the top Oldenburg colt of 2013. When Leah first saw QuaterStern online, she felt an inexplicable spark inside.  Her heart was clearly saying that her beloved Amintas had somehow sent this colt to her, even though owning him seemed completely out of reach.

“I knew I had to find a way to get him in my life,” Leah says. “He was well over my budget. He had been bred by Debra McMillan of Ridgefield Farms in Maine and I was in Florida, which made everything seem all the more impossible.”

Some horses are destined to be in our lives and QuaterStern is definitely one of those for Leah. At the age of 6 months, he was weaned from his mother, transported from Maine to Mass where he spent three short weeks training with a handler, and then went on to Devon PA for competition,  which is where Leah met him. As Leah put it, “It was as though we had already met.”

With the help of several people, Leah was able to take QuaterStern, now known as Queue, home to reside at BrookView and enjoy his coltish life to the hilt.

“I plan on taking him to some in hand breed shows and he will be a breeding stallion a few years down the road,” Leah says, “I see a huge future for him and cannot wait to take that journey with him, hopefully into the international arena.”

There is no doubt that for QuaterStern and Leah Winston, the championships have already begun. They are definitely the pair to watch in 2014 and beyond.

Leah Winston is a well-rounded equestrian who gained much of her experience growing up on her mother’s farm in the UK. Now living in the US, she specializes in Dressage and preparing young horses for the FEI arena. Leah loves teaching the art of dressage, not only to accomplished dressage riders, but also to those just starting out and wanting to learn. Visit Leah and QuaterStern on Facebook at:
 https://www.facebook.com/pages/Quaterstern-RF-Queue/658584364152328

Carol Upton (604) 886-8951
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RCMP Musical Ride Gallops Into Gibsons, B.C. By Carol M. Upton

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   August 14, 2013 12:14

Musical Ride entering Dempster Field at Brothers Park in Gibsons

taken by Duane Burnett of Duane’s World

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I first had the privilege of seeing our RCMP Musical Ride when Expo 86 was held in Vancouver. I watched that performance, beautifully backlit by the sunset over the city, and was awestruck at the incredible precision of these horses and riders. When I heard that the Musical Ride was going to visit our small town of Gibsons on the Sunshine Coast of B.C., I was thrilled to find out that the horses were going to be stabled in our neighbourhood and that I would have an opportunity to meet them individually.
As beautiful as the polished performances are, behind the scenes is often where we learn the most. When I asked about the history of the Musical Ride, I found out that it originally evolved from the North West Mounted Police. Uniforms were worn, lances were carried, horses wore ceremonial white head ropes, and were taught to carry out traditional military drill movements, just as they are today. The first Musical Ride performance was held at the Regina barracks in 1887 and regular public performances started in 1904, carrying on across the country ever since. Thirty-five riders, thirty-six horses, a farrier, a technical production manager and three Non-Commissioned Officers travel with the Musical Ride. The tour takes place between May and October, and includes Canada, the United States, and select International venues.
I was interested to hear that the horses are all bred by the RCMP themselves, rather than bought from other sources, and that the first breeding farm was at Fort Walsh, Saskatchewan. In 1968, breeding was moved to the detachment near Pakenham, Ontario, because the larger Saskatchewan facilities were no longer needed.

New foal and future Musical Ride member photo taken at the RCMP Breeding Farm in Pakenham, Ontario

The photo of the new foal came from the RCMP Media Center at:

http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/mr-ce/photos-eng.htm

 


Thoroughbreds were originally used, but in 1989, the force purchased Hanoverian mares and stallions to cross-breed with existing Thoroughbreds. The horses I met at Chaster Creek Stables on July 30 were of this mixed bloodline, all black and approximately the same height, 16 – 17 hands. Their intelligence and gentle temperament was evident, as crowds ranging from babies to the elderly walked through the stables, stopping to pet them freely. Even though these horses are naturally agile and athletic, their training is never rushed. General training starts at age 3 and takes approximately 3 more years. Many of the horses continue with the Musical Ride past the age of 20.

Casey could be as sweet as he was cheeky. Moments after this photo was taken he grabbed his feed pail and flung it into the alleyway, demanding supper!

Photo Carol M. Upton

 

The Gibsons performance included the iconic British Columbia Regiment Irish Pipes and our very own Coast Cow Girls Drill Team. Proceeds from the show were donated to our local Hospital Foundation. Annually, the Musical Ride helps approximately 40 communities raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for a number of excellent causes. What a gift to all of us!

Several of these giant trailers were needed to transport all the equine members of the Musical Ride and their equipment.

Photo Carol M. Upton

RCMP Musical Ride Equine Members at rest on the day of their Gibsons performance.

Photo Carol M. Upton.

The Ride is touring British Columbia at the moment and will perform in High River, Alberta on September 9. If you have a chance to see this living example of our country’s history and national identity, you won’t want to miss it! For more information and a tour schedule, please visit the RCMP website at www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca

Carol Upton (604) 886-8951
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Show Trail: Canadian Nationals Arabian and Half Arabian 2012 -Manitoba By Carol M. Upton

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   November 23, 2012 09:39

“He has the flanks of an antelope, the legs of an ostrich, the trot of a wolf and the gallop of a young fox.” ~ Edouard al-Dahdah, a breeder and lover of Desert Arabian Horses
Although summer has long fled, even here in B.C., I greatly want to share my experience this August at the 2nd Annual Canadian National Arab and Half-Arab Championships in Brandon, Manitoba. I don’t often attend major horse shows focusing on one breed, so this opportunity could only be described as a thrill for me.

The show, a flagship event for the Arabian Horse Association (AHA), hauled in for a week at the Keystone Center in mid-August. My first surprise was to hear how much revenue this generated within Brandon over that week - 8 to 10 million dollars overall. Show exhibitors arrived from 40 states and 6 provinces with roughly 750 horses to compete in 187 classes – and downtown Brandon was abuzz with retail activity from morning until night as classes proceeded.
The atmosphere was extraordinarily friendly in the barns and the spectacular Trade Show. There was ample opportunity to say hello to breeders and competitors, or relax in front of their viewing areas, watching dvds of the horses in show and available for sale. It was evident everywhere we went that education and training in responsible horsemanship and horse welfare is paramount to these individuals and organizations. What an incredible level of involvement, especially for our young folks!
Being new to it all, I was particularly enamoured of the special evening performances like the Best of Breeding Mares and Stallions, and the purebred Native Costume and Park Championships. I could not do these performances justice with my small digital, but you can see it all for yourself next year!

Videos, live feeds and results can be found at the Arabian Horse Association link: http://www.arabianhorses.org/competitions/nationalevents/canadiannationals/2012/
There are exhibitors from all across North America designated as “Discovery Farms”, a designation that indicates their willingness to introduce visitors in-person to this incredible athletic and romantic breed in a non-sales atmosphere. The purebred Arabian is today virtually the same as that ridden in the ancient Middle East. More information on Discovery Farms can be found at this link:
http://www.arabianhorses.org/activities/discoveryfarms.asp

Carol Upton (604) 886-8951
Dreams Aloud Promotions
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Equine Enterprise Profile: Prue Critchley and Empres

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   September 21, 2012 07:38

 

 

 

Prue Critchley's horse breeding business began with the purchase of a Morgan mare in 1987.  We had emigrated from the UK in 1982 and I was finally able to fulfill my dream of owning horses.  Shortly after Prue purchased an Arabian gelding, Keylyn TH Censor,  for endurance and competitive trail.  He completed 4500 miles in competition including the Tevis - one day 100 mile ride in Calfornia.   She enjoyed the characteristics so much that she decided to breed her mare to his sire.  This produced Prue's next Endurance and CTR horse, Fort William+/ who has completed over 5000 miles in competition.
 
2002 brought a major purchase to Prue's farm,  a beautiful Arabian stallion, Perdition VF (Probat x Peleryna by Algomej.)  He died very unexpectedly in 2010 - Prue was devastated to lose her special stallion. 
When *Empres became available on the sale market, Prue's thoughts were "  Here is another beautiful stallion with a very similar pedigree, A few months later, he was mine!"
 
*Empres is a son of the legendary horse Monogramm, his dam, Empressa, a Polish National Champion mare is by Probat.  Empressa is from Michalow's famous "E" line and includes the stallions Eukaliptus, Bandos and Celebes.
 
*Empres was born at Michalow State Stud, Poland in 1995 under the direction of Ignacy Jaworowski. He was Top Five colt at the Polish National Junior Show in 1996.  He successfully raced in Warsaw as a three year old and then stood at stud at various farms in Poland until he was sold through the Polish sale in 2002.  Empres relocated to the Netherlands and was shown at the Dutch National Stallion Show where he earned First Premium in 2003 and the Belgian Stallion Licencing, Gold Certification also in 2003.
 
Empres was exported to the US in 2008 where he was shown at several shows including Scottsdale where he achieved Top Fives and Top Tens in halter and sport horse classes. 
 
On arriving in Canada, Empres was shown in Sport Horse and in Main Ring Halter.  Empres finished the year top ten in Stallion Breeding.
 
2012 saw Empres winning Championship in Sport Horse In Hand at this year's Canadian National show. Empres went on to Top Ten in the large Sport Horse Under Saddle, placing 4th.
 
"September 2012,  Empres will be coming home to spend the winter relaxing and being ridden by myself." says Prue
 
Empres has sired 25 foals in Poland, several have been successful race horses, one has excelled in dressage and was named the Top Arabian Horse Under Saddle in 2009.  He has 2 foals in the US and one in Australia.  
Empres was CA and SCIDs tested upon entry into Canada.  He is SCIDs clear but a CA carrier.  We ask all mare owners to test their mares prior to breeding and only negative mares will be bred to ensure that no CA foals are ever produced.  So many of the great horses of the past have been carriers for both genetic diseases and it is fortunate now that testing is available so that potential disaster can be avoided.
 
"Empres' future looks very rosy!  He is enjoying the dressage and shows well in hand - with his wonderful disposition he has a lot to offer the Arabian horse world and we are so enjoying being a part of his success both in the ring and the breeding shed.  He will return to DJ Cairns next year for further training and showing."

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