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Monthly Archives: October 2011

Roeckl: Six Generations of Designing and Making the Finest Gloves


Jakob Roeckl was a master leather tailor. Leather tailors of the time manufactured all sorts of small leather goods, but gloves in particular. After successfully passing his examination in Munich “with much praise and approval” to become a master craftsman, Jakob traveled to Vienna on foot, where he was able to broaden his knowledge and perfect his skills as a tailor and dressmaker at the imperial court. In 1839, Jakob dared to take the leap to found Roeckl and become independent with his small leather tailor business.

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Judge My Ride Premium Evaluations – Ronnie Hodgkinson and Willy Jump the Moon


Ronnie Hodgkinson and Willy Jump the Moon—October 28, 2011 From: Guest Judge Deborah Rosen I know the Woodside event very well, so first, Ronnie, let me congratulate you on your move- up to Training Level on this impressive course! Overall,

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Charles Owen: Three Generations of Making Helmets for a Safer World


World famous for raising the bar in safety, Charles Owen is celebrating its 100 year birthday as a leading British manufacturer of riding helmets.

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Sergio Grasso: Two Generations of Fine Italian Bootmaking


Sergio Grasso was established at the beginning of the 1980’s.The aim was to combine quality with traditional Italian skills to create the ultimate high tech riding boots. The twenty-year experience of the industrialist from Verona is intertwined with his huge passion for horses and riding. The entire Grasso family is involved in the project. Monica Grasso deals with customer relations, both for Italy and abroad, consolidating and expanding the worldwide branding.

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Meet Jenna, Barb and Dude


Name: Dude’s Shadowdancer (Dude) Gender: Gelding Age: 14 Discipline: Eventing and All-Around Owners: Jenna and Barb Hedstrom When we first brought Dude home, he was not in good shape. We took his health and well-being seriously, so we had our

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Transitioning from Pasture: What are the Risks?


I have just moved my horse from Missouri to Oklahoma. He is going from full time, lush pasture that received a great deal of rain to turn out with occasional grain (a scoop 2-3 times per week). Now he is

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London Calling!


Photo credit: Abby Gibbon for Chronicle of the Horse Hi – Shannon Dueck here. Last year I blogged about my experiences as my lovely mare Ayscha and I tried to make it to the WEG in Kentucky – it was

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Gifts that Make Memories


Making Memories The best gifts are so much more than wrapping paper and ribbon. They’re an expression of love that transforms an ordinary moment into a memory that lasts a lifetime. To celebrate the start of the holiday season, we

Posted in Stories & Adventures

Meet Fay and Sovereign


Name: Sovereign Gender: Gelding Breed: Friesian/Percheron Cross Age: 4 Discipline: Dressage Owners: Fay Windsor Shortly after purchasing my young horse, Sovereign, he was diagnosed with a rare type of OCD that required surgery. During the surgery, the vet noticed that

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When Does My Dog Need Senior Food?


When should I switch my adult dog to senior food and which senior food is the best? I’m especially concerned about the different protein levels in the two foods. – SG Dear SG, We’ve all heard that dogs age seven

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Judge My Ride Premium Evaluations – Kendall Bogese and Radiant Sky


Kendall Bogese and Radiant Sky—October 14, 2011 From: Judge Rob Gage I watched this round 3 times Kendall. I thought it was an unusual course. You don’t see too many hunter courses incorporate two triple lines! I liked your opening

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Judge My Ride Premium Evaluations – Molly Basney and Buddy


Molly Basney and Buddy—October 14, 2011 From: Guest Judge Deborah Rosen The first thing I’d like to say to Molly is that if this is Buddy’s first cross country schooling you are a very lucky girl! His expression is one

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Meet Rebecca and Lancelot


Name: Lancelot Gender: Gelding Breed: Percheron Cross Age: 8 Discipline: Hunter/Jumper Owners: Rebecca Adkins Lancelot and I show in low level dressage and hunter/jumper shows. He can be a high-energy horse in general, but his behavior got worse as the

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Is There a ‘Perfect’ Weight For a Horse?


My horse is approx. 15.1 hands, and is 966 lbs. What is the best weight for a horse? I have been told he needs to lose weight. – BS, Alabama Dear BS, Most experts agree that the “best” weight for

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Meet Rebecca and Bourbon


Name: Bourbon-On-Snow Gender: Gelding Breed: Saddlebred Age: 23 Discipline: Retired from pleasure, trail and driving Owners: Rebecca Williams I am a certified veterinary technician and work for an equine veterinarian. My own horse, Bourbon, struggles with metabolic problems related to

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