Volume 1, Issue 2 March 2008

Welcome Spring!
Hello again, and welcome to the second installment of our newsletter! I’m sure you’re all just as ready as we are to see the cold winter fade into the warmth of spring. What a great season for equestrian activities: giving your horse a bath, spring cleaning in the barn, and of course, riding outside. Our indoor is a wonderful addition, but let’s face it, nothing beats riding under the sunshine. We here at West Wind are looking forward to the new season, as well as going forward with all the changes we started in the winter. We still need your help with ideas for our website and the newsletter, so keep us posted if you think of anything. We’d also like to take this time to remind you all of some rules and general courtesies for around the barn. This is all of our spaces, so let’s keep it clean; this includes the lounge and the barn aisle. If you open a door or gate, don’t forget to close it. (If you leave the lounge open, I promise the barn cats will move in and wreck it!) And speaking of the aisle way...if your horse chooses it as his bathroom, remember to pick up that manure. We know you all can handle a pitchfork!! Also, be courteous to others who are riding. If there is a lesson in progress, please quietly and politely ask permission before entering the ring. If there are horses in the ring, please announce your presence by saying “Gate” so no one is surprised when you come in. Above all, come enjoy the nice weather with us. Now’s the time to get out and shake all that winter off!

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Coming Soon: Warmer Weather
Finally we can say goodbye to the snow! Just a few reminders with the upcoming warmer weather. Check with your instructor when your lesson is over if your horse needs his blanket or not. Make sure your pick your horse’s feet before and after your ride, spring is thrush season! If it gets cold, try to take the bulky jacket off before your lesson—it’s hard for us trainers to see your position under all those clothes! (And while you’re at it, why not tuck your hair in to your helmet? That helps us see too!) Make sure you walk your horse until she’s cool, and brush off all the sweat marks. Your horse works hard, and you should make her feel just as good as she makes you feel!

Inside this issue:
Guide to Warmer Weather West Wind Presents Horsemanship Seminars Summer Camp Paddock Pals Getting to know Robin Dressing for Success Contact Info 1 2 2 3 3 5 4

• Beach Ride coming soon • Effective in April: You must clean your tack
after each ride!

• Remember to sign up for seminars and
camp ASAP if you’re interested

• Want your picture with your favorite horse?
Keep your eyes peeled for more info!

West Wind Stable Presents Horsemanship Seminars
Whether you’re a seasoned horseman (or woman), or a beginner just learning the ropes, we all can continue learning about the animals we love so much. Have you ever wondered how to properly lunge a horse, or use training aids? Do you know how to treat a small cut? Would you like to practice your grooming and tacking skills? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then our seminar program is for you! West Wind is lucky to have seasoned veterans of the horse world who would love to share all of their knowledge with you. Our trainers and owners have decades of experience in all aspects of the equestrian world, including training at working barns and even college educations in equine sciences. Come pick their brains! We love to teach, and you should be excited to learn! will be titled “Getting Ready to Ride”, and is free of charge. West Wind encourages all riders, especially lesson students, to attend this informative hands-on program. Topics like proper tacking and grooming, the differences in bits, introduction to Western and English tack, and much, much more. Get more out of your riding by educating yourself. Learn more and, above all, come have fun with us! We’ll be playing with all of your favorite horses all day. If you’re interested, please sign up down at the barn. Also, this seminar will be a pot luck of sorts, so don’t forget something for us to snack on! We hope to see all of you there—and keep your eyes open for new seminars. We hope to present a new one every month.

We’re so excited to introduce to you our Horsemanship Seminars. Over time, we will cover many topics—from riding to horse care and everything in between. Our first seminar will be held on Saturday, March 29th at 2pm. This seminar

Think Summer! Register For Summer Camp
Yes it’s true, summer is just around the corner and it’s time to register for summer camp! Remember, we only run weeks of summer camp that have enough participants, so if you don’t sign up everyone might miss out. Our camp is run in one week sessions throughout the summer—excluding the week of July 4th—and costs $425 per week. The day begins at 9am and ends at 3pm,. Campers ride twice a day, once in the morning and again in the afternoon. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity In between all of that riding, children to learn, make new friends, and hang learn about horse care and play fun around our great group of horses! games, among other activiAnd remember, we offer ties. Crafts are a favorite, Fridays are horse show days at discounts for multiple where you can make horsesessions, as well as sibthemed stuff for yourself or camp, giving everyone an lings who participate in your favorite horse. Also, camp. Don’t miss the opportunity to show off what there are great how-tos fun, sign up as soon as where you can learn how they’ve learned! you see the info in the to groom, give a horse a lounge! bath, and much more!

Come Hang With Us
Just when you thought you only had one day to be around horses, now we tell you to come hang out with us! Looking after an entire farm is hard work, and we always appreciate the extra help. Come be a barn rat and help us take care of the horses, make new friends, and have some fun while you’re at it. All are welcome to come and join in the fun, even if you’re a beginner. All you have to do is let us know if you’re unsure how to do something, and we’ll teach you all we know. As long as there’s a trainer present, we encourage you to come. There’s always sweeping, feeding, grooming, cleaning, and much more to do around a working farm. Just remember, don’t disrupt the lessons, and offer to help in any way you can. We have lessons every night of the week and most of the day on Saturday, but none on Sunday. (Hey, we like a day off and our horses do too!) Please talk to your trainer if there’s a day you’d like to come to help and to learn. See you soon!

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Paddock Pals
The Ocean County 4H equestrian club, Paddock Pals, is proud to call West Wind Stable our host farm. Paddock Pal members are involved in community service, state qualifying 4H horse shows, county and state level 4h knowledge based competitions, and the Ocean County Fair. Paddock Pals started the new year with fabulous flair as members Samantha Mayer and Ellyn Bissey captured 1st place in the senior division when their team competed in the Ocean County Animalology contest in January. This is an especially great win as both girls are only junior division level competitors. Sam finished with 6th place overall in high points and Ellyn finished with 2nd place overall high points. Just a few weeks later, Ellyn Bissey earned 2nd place in the state with the Ocean County Junior Horsebowl team at the state level Horsebowl competition. This is the highest placing ever earned by an Ocean County team. Last year, together with Ken and West Wind, we proudly raised over $300 for the Pleasant Plains Fire Department by assisting the fire department with their annual Bar-B-Que. Two of our members, Nikki Coscia and Ellen Rauchbach, qualified to compete at the 4H state level presentations last year held at Rutgers University. Four of our members, Stephanie Dournakis, Alyssa Kovacs, Ellen Rauchbach, and Nikki Cosica earned positions to represent Ocean County at the 4H State competition last summer. Members Ellyn Bissey and Tracy Mandrona represented Ocean County in the state horsebowl competition and the team took home 4th place in the state. Ellyn continued on to earn 4th place in the state with the Jr. Horse Judging and Hippology team. Member Stephanie Dournakis earned the Ocean County Sportsmanship award, Alyssa Kovacs, the Make the Best Better award, and Ellyn Bissey, the Horse of the Year award, and Ellen Rauchbach earned the title of "Ocean County Equestrian of the Year.” Continued on Page 4….

2008 Show Season, Here We Come!
This year West Wind will be making a big effort to attend many shows of different disciplines and ratings. There’s something for everyone...novice riders can try their luck at a local schooling show with one of their favorite lesson horses. More seasoned riders can take on the challenge of a C or B rated show. Horse showing is a rewarding experience where you can demonstrate what you’ve learned in your lessons, as well as how far you’ve come as a rider. Shows are relatively inexpensive , and the knowledge gained is irreplaceable.

You don’t have to ride in a show; grooms are always needed to

wow you with their amazing indoor ring.

Keep on the lookout for a list of shows we plan on keep things running smoothly! attending and riding in. If you are interested in either This year, we also plan watching or riding in a on attending many shows as spectators as show, please let your trainer know. well. One on our list is the Centenary There’s lots to do to prepare to show off College show, which is sure to at least your best.

Get to Know Robin
Robin has been the stable manager and trainer/instructor at West Wind for the past three and a half years. She has been in the equine industry for over 18 years. Robin’s love of horses started at a young age as this became the foundation for her to devote her life to their care and wellbeing. She attended the State University of New York at Morrisville where she received and Associates Degree in Equine Science and Stable management.

Robin had been trained in two disciplines, hunter/jumper and western. She was a member of the Intercollegiate Equestrian Team and was Regional Grand Champion. After college, Robin continued her education while apprenticing with a farrier, which increased her working knowledge in caring for horses. At West Wind, Robin teaches both disciplines as well as training horses. In October, Robin gave birth to a daughter,

Leanna. Presently she is working parttime taking care of the horses at West Wind and giving lessons, while enjoying being a new mom. Robin is available for lessons on Tuesday and Thursday after 3pm and on Friday before 2pm. In January, Robin participated in the jumper show ring with her horse, Shannon, who was recovering from an injury. We continue to wish Robin and her new family well.
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Paddock Pals
Continued from previous page Our own Barbara Frayman (HorseTracs) earned the businessperson award for her generous contribution of horse supplies to each rider at the Ocean County Fair. 1270 Cox Cro Road Toms River, New Jersey 08755 Phone: 732-557-5533 We have many new members this year and we look forward to including everyone in our plans for community service, the upcoming qualifying shows, and the Ocean County Fair. The Ocean County Fair is our largest production of our year. Many members will spend an entire week with their horse at the Fair. The Fair is a time when members who do not own horses can really help out and make a difference. Any member who is interested in assisting please contact Judy. Paddock Pals members meet at the farm approximately once a month. Check the bulletin board for meeting dates. Contact Judy Bissey for more information 732-216-4899 (after 3:30pm, please).

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Dress For Success!
Here at West Wind, we cater to all sorts of riders. We understand that each rider’s goals are different, and each and every one of you have different ideas for your riding goals. We take our job of helping you achieve those goals very seriously, so we’ve given you a guide as to how better prepare yourself for success. Dressing the part is as important as showing up and riding. Let’s start from the top: your noggin. Your brain is pretty important, so we put a protective helmet on top of it. We provide hard shell helmets for every rider, but strongly recommend having one of your own to ensure a perfect fit for your head. There are hard shell helmets, velveteen helmets, and carbon fiber helmets. Choose one that FITS you, and one in your price range. Remember, if you plan on showing, you won’t be able to do so in a hard shell helmet. Next there’s your feet. Sneakers are never allowed on horseback, simply because of safety rules. Remember, you need a shoe with a heel, a shoe that is narrow through the length of the foot, and a sole that allows you to pull your foot out of the stirrup quickly but prevents you from sliding your foot too far in to the stirrup. The only 100% proper footwear out there are boots specifically designed for riding. Equestrian boots come in leather and synthetic material, and again vary greatly in price. If that isn’t enough for you, there are many other good additions to your attire. Gloves add grip to the reins as well as keep fingers warm in the winter. Breeches (riding pants) prevent rubs on your legs, and chaps give you good grip. After a few lessons, if you decide that riding is for you, we urge you to at least own a helmet and a pair of boots. Remember, this is for your own safety! If you need help finding the right apparel, go visit Horsetracs in Toms River for everything you’ll need.

And Remember: Our Website and newsletter are works in progress. Please share with us ideas, stories, and pictures to help us make these new additions shine! Please send all submissions to Gloria: gwitterschein@gmail.com