New Ranger Barn in North Royalton, Ohio to hold future horsemanship clinics and equestrian events
Cuyahoga Chapter Ohio Horseman’s Council (OHC) members were guests at the Cleveland Metroparks Mounted Ranger Barn for their monthly meeting on Monday October 24, 2016. The facility is located on 9650 Boston Rd., North Royalton, OH 44133.
McNally talked of the conditioning program the officers went through with their equine partners to be able to withstand sitting in the saddle for over 12 hours during the events. She emphasized the importance of coordinating her unit and the downtown Cleveland Police Mounted Unit (CPMU) and how communication between her and CPMU Sergeant Mark Medwid was a major key to success. The departments are anticipating working the Cleveland Indians World Series and Celebration festivities soon!
Established in 1921, the Ranger Department of Cleveland Metroparks is the oldest consecutively running mounted force. McNally and her staff are dedicated to continue that legacy and have developed a program to raise funds. All 9 horses are available for “adoption” through an annual donation of $2500 in the Adopt-A-Horse program. The donation will go towards providing the Mounted Unit specialized healthcare, equipment, and training. In exchange, the “adopted parent” will receive several points of recognition, please see the flyer below and visit www.clevelandmetroparks.com for more details.
This past Sunday on July 10, friends of mine, Emma and Kelsey Parrish, were participating in something called Mini-Trials with their equine partners at Hackamore Farm in North Jackson, Ohio.
I highly recommend if you are looking for something exciting and different to do with your horse or pony, give Mini-Trials a try! For 2016, there is no membership fee to participate in the NEOMTA series, and you do not have to commit to each event. You DO need to register for your choice date during the opening and closing period. Entries are received about 6 weeks prior to scheduled date and the deadline is about two weeks prior to the event. For example, the registration closes for the August 7 Rolling Rock Hunt Pony Club on July 20th, which comes up quickly! Check out the links provided for more information and feel free to reach out to the contact person listed for each hosting stable.
On Saturdays prior to the scheduled event, mounts are welcome, sometimes for a fee, to run through their paces for XC schooling. In some locations, stalls for your horsey comfort are available on a daily or weekend rental.
Having three different phases in one day offers variety to you and your equine partner. Each hosting stable has unique stadium jumps and challenges on the cross country course. At Hackamore Farm, I became aware owners and hosts Mr. and Mrs. Milliner built all of the colorful jumps themselves, you can see more on their website, http://www.millinerconcepts.com/#!horse-jumps/ahkms. The Milliners were gracious hosts of the event, providing strategically placed porta-potties and water for your horse near the trailer parking. An added touch was an escort to my parking spot, which is a small thing but just made me feel so much more welcome!
2016 NEOMTA Summer Series Schedule
Stone Gate Farm • June 26
Hackamore Farm • July 10
North Jackson, OH
South Farm • July 17
Stone Gate Farm • July 31
Rolling Rock Hunt PC • Aug 7
Bath Pony Club • Aug 21
Erie • Aug 28
South Farm • Sept 4
Sweetwater • Sept 11
Tri-State Region PC • Oct 2
Two testimonials in
Three years ago this month I completed my first official step towards my certification in becoming a bodywork practitioner, the Beyond Horse Massage Weekend Seminar. I flew to Seattle, Washington and met Coralie Hughes, my first and most profound instructor of The Masterson Method. Coralie, who has co-authored The Dressage Horse Optimized with Jim Masterson, was instrumental throughout my field work training, thank you Coralie! While in Seattle, I also completed the 5-Day Advanced Course to further my knowledge of releasing tension and stress in harder to reach (sometimes unreachable) areas of the horse's body. Shortly after my cross country trip, I enrolled in the Field Work program and completed the Coaching Courses in about 2 years time.
One year ago this month I obtained my Masterson Method Practitioner Certification. I drove down to Loxahatchee, Florida to take my final course with Jim, I was so nervous it was absurd...even more nervous than taking my college graduation comprehensive exams! I tried to hide it from Jim, but for someone who reads the body language of horses every day, it was a lost cause. What a tremendous experience, he put me right at ease and I only have one regret, and that is not spending more time with him.
Seattle, Washington 2013
Sunny Florida 2015
The picture above was taken in the 1980's. I began my journey in horse massage for the love of my childhood Morgan mare, Taffy, who passed away in March 2013 at the age of 32. I continue to practice bodywork for the love of all horses.
AGile Equine Bodywork
Masterson Method Certified Practitioner