Infinity Farm in Columbia, CT hosted an engaging clinic on Sunday for CDCTA. Barbara ‘Bobbi’ Archambault taught riders and auditors alike about PEMF technology. First, she had clinicians either lunge or ride their horses. While riding, Bobbi pointed out areas that she noticed were uneven or seemed to be sore. She then followed this up with an unmounted portion where she used her experience as massage therapist to pick out areas of need on the horse’s body. This is when the horse was introduced to the PEMF technology. The PEMF machine uses a magnetic pulse to delve deep into the circulatory and muscular system to alleviate pain and increase blood supply. The horses were certainly sold! While a little wary of the device to begin, once the therapy session began the horses clearly relaxed and relished the experience. Bobbi informed the audience that the best results are typically seen after 3 days, but you could ride your horse right after treatment. A day later, a difference could already be seen in my lesson horse, Billy as he picked up his gaits quicker and was much more responsive to his rider. I am looking forward to what day three brings! It was a fun, informative day that the horses clearly benefitted from.
Mystic Valley Hunt Club
October 14, 15, and 16, 2016
by Karen Norton
The 2016 NRADC Team was a product of creative thinking for both the CT Dressage Association and the CT Dressage and Combined Training Association. Each Association had two members that wanted to ride on the team, so it was decided to have a combined team called the CDA/CDCTA Team. The team members were laughing that we should have been called the “Come-Back Kids” because each and every one of us had dealt with human and/or horse related issues during the past year!
Members from the CDA Association included Sherri Pasquale riding Zalani and Nicole Boutot riding Linus. Members of the CDCTA were Emily Wilson Garbo riding Moose on the Loose and Karen Norton riding Mystique! A special thank you to Linda Roche, who organized the team this year, for providing all the team members with a beautiful embroidered pad sporting the CDA/CDCTA Team logo! The team finished in a closely contested 3rd place. 2nd and 3rd place teams were very close and separated by a mere .05.
The 1st place team was ahead by about 1 point! All Teams were awarded two beautiful ribbons corresponding with the finish, one ribbon for the brow band and one ribbon to go around the horse's neck. Of course our ribbons were glorious yellow! In addition, we were awarded a beautiful embroidered wool quarter sheet for placing third.
All CDA/CDCTA Team members chose to do a Musical Freestyle, and all team members pinned individually. Additionally, Emily Wilson Garbo and Moose on the Loose finished in first place in the First Level Musical Freestyle on Sunday. Individually in the NRADC competition, Sherri finished in 3rd place, Emily finished in 4th place, Nicole finished in 9th place, and Karen finished in 10th place. Each individual was awarded an embroidered saddle pad, along with another set of two beautiful ribbons in the color appropriate to the finish. For the victory trot the CDA/CDCTA team each sported a 3rd place ribbon and individual placing ribbon on the brow band and matching ribbons around the horse's neck. We were a very festive and happy team. I highly recommend if you are an Adult Amateur that you consider riding on next year's team!
On October 23rd 2016 CDCTA, and Oak Wood Farm held a clinic with Ann Guptill, generously hosted by CDCTA President Ann Bowie at Horse Power Farm in Canterbury CT. Originally the location for the clinic was at Oak Wood Farm, located in Preston CT, however due to heavy rains that weekend we had to put an emergency plan together. With quick thinking we were able to switch locations to Horse Power Farm, whose lovely ring was in perfect condition.
Our volunteers were awesome, and participants were very flexible and cooperative with the snap location change, and even having their ride times altered. The day was rather brisk and breezy, occasionally we lost a Dressage letter hostage to the wind, and the horses behaved rather well considering the challenges that a windy day represents! Overall it was a great success; we had 8 riders of all different levels, with all different types of horses and ponies. The clinic was titled Prescriptions for Higher Scores, and was designed to focus on common errors the judge sees in the show ring, and provide a solution to improve the movement. Riders had the option to ride a test of their choice, and have Ann Guptill score it for them to take home and continue to work from, or they could just use the time to lesson. Ann gave wonderful instruction to everyone on a wide array of topics. Everyone walked away with new ideas to troubleshoot problems they had been facing. One family quoted, “We got so much out of this! It was a huge help!”.
In addition to riding or auditing with Ann Guptill, two lessons with her were donated to the club by Oak Wood Farm, to be raffled off, and raffled off they were! Congratulations to Suzanne Weed and Ashley McCullough! Although there were a number of challenges we faced at the last minute to get this clinic off the ground, we pulled together as a team and made it happen. In the end the day itself rolled along quite smoothly! Great job everyone! Stay tuned for more exciting opportunities and learning experiences with our great club!
By, Chrissy Capacchione
Clinic and Event Participants.