Author: Valerie Mellema

In Remembrance of Judy Limsky

It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I report the passing of Judy Limsky. I met Judy two years ago at a Western Dressage clinic held by Angie Peters-Hughes at Windhaven Ranch in Sulphur Springs. She was riding her Paint gelding Picasso. After the clinic, we became friends on Facebook and she also contributed to the Summer 2017 issue after riding in a clinic with the legendary Jack Brainard. Judy was a horsewoman who had a special bond with her horse. Picasso was brave and willing because he trusted Judy. They rode in competitive trail events,...

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Stable View Cottages – Lake Fork, TX

Stable View Cottages is a new horse motel and vacation rental spot near Lake Fork in Yantis, Texas. Located just 16 miles South of Sulphur Springs and I-30, Stable View Cottages offers horse boarding/layups for travelers passing through, as well as those looking to bring their horses to the East Texas/Lake Fork area. The cottages are conveniently located to not only the horse showing opportunities in Sulphur Springs, but also Winnsboro’s rodeo and Autumn Trails and Mineola’s Nature Preserve Equestrian Trails. Guests have the option of overnight boarding or weekly boarding, with rates running $25-$35 per night depending on...

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Hoof Care in the Rainy Season

February in East Texas and West/Central Louisiana is tough on horses and farriers! It’s cold. It’s raining daily and everything is drenched in sloppy, gooey mud. So, your Thunder’s feet out there are growing softer with each rain drop and by Spring they will be mushy and crumbly. Soft and crumbly encourages splits and cracks. Trimming hooves will be like grating cheese. A client messaged me and asked, “Ralph, do you have any advice about how to manage feet during the monsoon season?” For years I’ve given much the same advice. Keep feet as dry as possible in the...

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Northeast Texas Dressage Club Releases 2018 Clinic & Show Schedule

The Northeast Texas Dressage Club has released their 2018 Clinic and Show Scheduled. March 31- clinic with Mary Mahler in Royse City, TX May 5- Schooling show at Cross Trails Cowboy Church, Fairlie, TX July 28-29 Shadow Ranch Therapeutic Riding Benefit Show, Sulphur Springs, TX October 20- Schooling show at Cross Trails Cowboy Church, Fairlie, TX December 1- Clinic – TBD Sign up...

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Retired Racehorse Project Announces Texas Trainer Acceptees

Congratulations to the following trainers who have been accepted into the 2018 Retired Racehorse Project (RRP)! Ali Hamann – Professional – Show Jumper Kimberly Gardner Taylor – Professional – Eventing Alicyn Liquori – Amateur – Working Ranch Michelle Patterson – Amateur – Show Hunter Marcella Norman – Amateur – Field Hunter Marni Steckmann – Amateur – Show Jumper Cristie Palmer – Professional – Eventing Nikki Littrell – Professional – Eventing Lynn Reardon – Amateur – Dressage Lauryn Tevenbaugh – Professional – Show Jumper Hilary Hatfield – Professional – Dressage Victoria Smith – Professional – Show Hunter Stephanie Potter –...

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