Essex Equestrian Center realizes riding is not only a passion but a way to introduce the youth of tomorrow to responsibility, team work and a strong work ethic. Our mission is to give your children a diverse experience that will allow them to show in local and national competitions and develop new friendships that will last a life time.
In January, Jessie Hall, along with her family and trainer Tim Leuzarder, traveled to Florida to compete in the College Preparatory Invitational Horse Show. The competition attracts thousands of riders grades 8th - 12th from around the county. Jessie earned Reserve Champion in the hunt seat equitation out of 160 riders!
In October 2012, four of the EEC show team members finished in the top 10 in the Bit O' Straw and Marshall Sterling Finals. Jessie Hall riding Nelissa and trained by Tim Leuzarder jumped her way into 8th in the Marshall and Sterling Children's Medal Finals. That was no easy task since Jessie competed against 90 other riders. Sammi Mazzella riding Cadillac Jack trained by Samantha Gardner captured 8th out of 60 in the Bit O' Straw Classic! Also, competing in the Bit O' Straw Classic Christian Amoye on Scirocco rode into 5th place and Lara Hendrian on Rumors earned 10th place . Both train with Vanessa Trzesinski.
"Jessie Hall on Nelissa with trainer Tim Leuzarder"
Sammi Mazzella on Cadillac Jack with trainer Samantha Gardner.
8th out of 60 in Bit O' Straw Classic!
Christian Amoye on Scirocco 5th in the Bit O' Straw Classic!
Lara Hendrian on Rumors, 10th in the Bit O' Straw Classic.
Both trained by Vanessa Trzesinski!
Essex Equestrian Center has started an IEA Team where middle schoolers and high schoolers compete against other barns. There will be more information coming soon.
"5 Tips to Keep Your Horse Healthy This Winter"
Caring for horses during the winter can be a challenging endeavor in it's own right. Here, Michelle D. Harris, VMD, Dipl. ACVIM, lecturer in the Section of Emergency and Critical Care at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine New Bolton Center, shares some tips for keeping horses healthy during the winter.
1. People sometimes joke about "bulking up for winter," but for horses that live outside, increasing calories is a very real need as it takes more calories to keep warm. A high-quality hay should be the foundation of any healthy diet, and increasing calories through increasing the hay ration rather than grain is a healthier option. Older horses that are unable to consume their calories from hay due to dental disease might need another calorie source such as corn oil. Please consult your veterinarian about dietary management during the cold winter months.
2. Your horse needs abundant, fresh water, even when it is cold outside. Check several times daily to make sure that his water source is not frozen. There are numerous types of heating units to ensure that your horse has fresh, unfrozen water available at all times, made specifically for this purpose.
3. Keeping your horse in a warm, tightly shut barn is not necessarily a good thing, as a closed up barn increases your horse's exposure to airborne dust and allergens. A well-ventilated barn, even if it means a drop of a few degrees, will keep the air fresher, and healthier for your horse. If your horse has a non-infectious respiratory disease such as recurrent airway obstruction (commonly known as "heaves") or inflammatory airway disease, being inside the barn is a particularly unhealthy option since exposure to the high levels of particles in the air can trigger a flare-up of respiratory signs. In most cases like this, it's advisable to invest in a warm, weatherproof blanket and leave a horse with airway disease turned out with access to a run-in shed for shelter whenever possible.
4. Some of our horses that live outside year-round have their blanket on all winter. While blankets are sometimes necessary to keep your horse warm, they can sometimes hide problems lurking beneath. This can also be true of horses and ponies that are not blanketed but grow a very thick hair coat. Bring the horse in and remove the blanket at least once weekly so that you can check for any new lumps, bumps, or changes in body condition. Remember that a long hair coat can hide a lot, so be sure to touch your horse to get a better idea of his or her condition. A good grooming session will provide the opportunity to check the horse out thoroughly, and provide some valuable bonding time when the weather is not conducive to riding.
5. Keep in mind that blanket management can impact the growth of your horse's coat. Blanketing a horse will encourage less growth of the hair coat, so if you are going to blanket, be consistent.
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