From the Horse’s Mouth NEWS FROM THE OLD 82 TO HIGH-TECH ARENA NOW. Date AUGUST 2010 EDITOR: Jane Hardy ’12 THE SUMMER HEAT CAN’T SCARE US INSIDE! What the FVS English team has been up to… Arizona must be similar to living in an oven because the thermometer has read 95 degrees or higher almost every day in Colorado for weeks it seems. Somehow, the Fountain Valley Riding Team hasn’t even been intimidated by the scorching heat. All the girls have been saddling up on their own, keeping their skills in tune, and looking to the school year ahead with dread for upcoming homework, but excitement for the riding season. There were a lucky seven girls who rode last year throughout all three seasons and will be returning to FVS riding. Each had her own agenda over the summer. Hannah Neuman ’12, Jane Hardy ’12 and Katie Gilbert ’11 have been riding on campus with their school horses and have squeezed in lessons with Ms. Hanna’s ever-demanding schedule (clean stalls, whistle for beloved dog Augy, run a ranch and school program, whistle again, deal with the hundreds of questions from students, clean wounds, whistle more, feed horses, look for Augy…) In the midst of that, Ms. Hanna recently took Maya Kobacker, a native of Arizona who came to ride in Colorado for the summer, to show at High Prairie (An “A Rated” or high-end show in Parker, Colo.). Maya went for three weeks where she and her new horse, Moose, rocked the show. They proudly came out with a blue ribbon from one of her classes. She’s been all over with Moose, including riding at Strang Ranch and Crystal Ranch in Carbondale, and they headed up to Estes Park for two weeks of showing where she won a place in the September Colorado Hunter Jumper Association Medal Finals. Photo (left to right): Hannah Neuman, Jane Hardy and Katie Gilbert at M&M schooling. Summer heat (continued) While Maya and Ms. Hanna were gallivanting around High Prairie, Jane, Hannah and Katie went to the M&M schooling show and cleaned up. Hannah, riding Teddy, won reserved champion in both 2 foot and 2’3”-2’6.” Katie, on Connie, the Lovelace horse that comes with a scholarship, came in as champion of the 2’ division. Jane rode in 2’ and 2’6”-2’9,” which is the highest she’s shown at, and had a solid ride. They were accompanied by new assistant trainer Ally Mavelil (see article “Say Hello to My Little Friend”). RECENTLY AT THE BARN… Excuse me, is that a mini fridge? White pants, loud music and a mini fridge? At a barn more than one of these things doesn’t belong and YET… In the world of dressage riding, this is far from the absurd. FVS barn halls were flooded with fridges, chairs, tack trunks, a TV, dogs, you name it during the summer. It looked almost like the riders had moved in permanently for the one, weekend long USDA dressage show, a first for Fountain Valley. On July 12-14, more than 50 horses came to compete, filling every stall, wash rack and run. Despite the somewhat cramped conditions, the horses still received a primping celebrities would be jealous of. Baths, braiding, clipping, another bath, hoof polish… Jayne Elis 11’ has come home with more then a few ribbons, too, from the CHJA beginner division at “Hobby Horse.” With tallied points she currently stands first in the division for equitation, seventh in hunter, and more impressively stands fourth in the “A” circuit prechildren’s division with her matching redhaired horse, “Ever After,” or “George” for short. Tagging along to Estes with Ms. Hannah and Maya, Jayne won her spot for medal finals in September in the Colonel Medal. Kristen Jacobson (Horseman of 20102011) has been taking a less stress-filled competing approach to summer. Kristen and PJ, her horse are looking for a new little girl to love PJ. Regardless of showing PJ off, Kristen as been riding everyday. She’s also been riding western, her original riding style, and taking a breather from the hectic life at FVS. Every one is… By the end, each horse looked something like a wanna-be Edward Cullen from Twilight, as they glittered in the sunlight. To complete the picture, they were led by their almost angelic riders. For the many who have never seen a classic dressage costume, here’s a glance: The classic dressage wardrobe consists of leather tall boots, white breeches, a white button down top and a white necktie known as a stock tie, and commonly a black coat and top hat. Spared by the gracious judge, no coats were required. Each rider in the boiling heat was very thankful. Back to the top and breeches, it doesn’t take an Ivy League graduate to guess that a barn is usually, well, pretty dirty; so this white and fine apparel isn’t for the wary at heart—neither is the sport. What makes dressage so amazing and different from the typical hunter shows, where horses jump over fences, is that these horses DANCE around the arena. If you’ve never seen a horse “skip” then you need to come down for the next dressage show. Say hello to my little friend… So maybe Scarface doesn’t come to mind when meeting the new assistant coach, but it doesn’t take long to figure out that she’s got a special spark to her. Say hello to Ally Mavelil, 24. Originally from Connecticut, Ally came to Colorado to finish up grad school after receiving a degree in history. When Ally moved out to the Springs, she brought her horse “Will You Dance” or “Willy” for short too. Willy is boarding at M&M Ranch. Long story short, Ms. Hanna found Ally through Tracey Powers, head trainer of M&M Ranch. Ms. Hanna was becoming frantic to find someone for this upcoming year after she learned that about 13 student swould be joining the team this upcoming year. Ally was like a ray of sunshine in the middle of a storm (course Ms. Hanna’s schedule should be compared more to a small hurricane then a storm.) Everyone at the barn is thankful for her presence for this upcoming year and through this summer as well. To some students she has already proven herself capable. Ally escorted Hannah, Katie and Jane to a schooling show, only meeting them the day before. The trip was uneventful, always something worth a sigh of relief in the horse world, and more so a success. One thing does fit Ally with the Scarface quote…her 5’3” stature. But don’t push it. She has spurs, and she knows how to use them. Bucking Broncos Bums and Bruises Photo by Hannah Neuman For those who say horses are for prissy, nonathletic people who don’t like to get dirty, your opinion is far from fact. Riders have the same dedication, deal with dirt, and, of course, experience pain as any other athlete. But no quarterback is off the field for being catapulted 15 feet in the air by two-ton linebackers. So here’s to the riders who rub a little dirt in it and get back on. Finally, we also wish a speedy recovery to Julie Phillips ’10! Photo by John L. Moore HORSE LATIN??? (for those of us who wished we had a translator for horse speech to English) Types of English horse shows Hunter—where the horse’s or rider’s body is judged or jumps Jumper—jump course where fastest time wins Dressage—work on flat where rider demonstrates control and gaits of horse–speeds of horse determined by speed and number of feet on the ground at once (from slowest to fastest) Halt=stop Walk Trot=comparable to human jog, looks like a skip Lope=same motion as canter, just very slower Canter=run Gallop=dead run Still sounds like gibberish? Still have some gray areas that need some clarifying? E-mail Jane at [email protected] and look for your questions answered in the next newsletter. Upcoming Events: August 31- last day of add/drop sports Beyond that…. Survive the mass of new coming riders and the new year Next “From The Horse’s Mouth” Back to the Old 82, interviews from alumni West Side Story, no Maria, but a total western view (riding we mean) THINK YOUR HORSE RELATED PHOTO IS BETTER???? SUBMIT IT to Jane at [email protected] YOUR WORK COULD BE HERE!
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