Hermes and RU Sergent Pepper meeting for the first time, RU
JennyAnyDots at Ag Field Day with student Kristen McGuinness, Tory
Hanke settin RU Shivna at auction, RU Tinman at Ag Field Day with
student Kate Entwistle
Photos By: Sarah Ralston and Tory Hanke
2008 - 2009 Horse News
September 7, 2008
SIX RU horses were certified at the AWS inspection September 7, 2008 and 4
got Preferred (Red) status!!
- Uberzaun (Formerly Poco
Bueno-class of 2000 (The year he was sold-he is now 9 Years old), Bred by
Rod Hiatt, Julia Petersen owner)-68.15: RED!
- Prince Phillip (AKA: Lars or
Skeeter, class of 2006, Bred By Rod Hiatt, Susan and Ole Forsberg owners)
69.3: RED!. His Full Brother, RU Prodigal Son, is in the class of
- Black Magic (Class 0f 2006,
Bred by Ravine Ranch, Liz Durkin owner) 72.77: RED!
- Mackenzie (Class of 2008, Bred
by Rod Hiatt, Chelsea Bullock owner) 69.? RED!
- Cluedo (Class of 2006, Bred by
Rod Hiatt, Liz Durkin owner) 66: Certified
seeing the yearlings go, so did not catch their exact scores. But they ALL
looked fabulous-I was extremely proud of them all.
- Aurora (Class of 2008, Bred by
Rod Hiatt, Patricia Demond owner): 67.? Certified. Her Full
Brother, RU Firedance, is in the class of 2009.
Congratulations to their owners!
March 29, 2009
RU Graduates Excel!
RU Sir Galahad (class of 2001),
owned and ridden by Bill Kaminski and RU Tootsiepop (Class of 2003), owned and
ridden by Liz Turrin, competed successfully in the Bunny Hop 25 mile
Competitive trail ride. It was Tootsie's first ride and she won 4th place in
her division, edging out the more experienced Galahad by only a point or two.
He got 5th in the division. Congratulations!
April 28, 2009
Written By:Sarah Ralston
Rutgers Day/Ag Field Day and Auction report
The Annual Horse show on Saturday went well. The horses
behaved beautifully for the grooming class and there was only one brief moment
of excitement when a filly (Jenny) objected to having a chain put over her nose
in the handling classes. Unlike previous years where the young horses got a bit
too reactive, the biggest problem with some of the horses this year was
getting them to move-not stand still! Several also got distracted by watching
the masses of people along the outer fence and needed some extra encouragement
to listen to their handlers. The judge, Art Taylor, who has been doing this for
the past 6 years, said it was the best and most determined group of students he
had seen. The horses all looked fabulous, with completely shed out, shiny
coats. Check out the photos that Tory Hanke put up over the weekend!. The
students had worked really hard and the results showed. I credit Joanne Powell,
our senior Horse Supervisor, with the overall success of the Ag Field Day horse
show. She filled in for me daily since I had increased teaching duties and gave
the students more guidance than I could have done!
Due to fears regarding diarrhea in a few of the pigs and three of the yearling
horses (it turned out to be Cryptosporidia, a bug that only really affects
neonates), the University restricted access to the animals for Ag Field
day, which drastically reduced the public exposure to the horses. It was also
excruciatingly HOT this year, so the horses did not show off much by running
around the paddocks after they were turned out, being content to just graze and
look pretty. Unfortunately the restricted contact reduced the opportunity to
attract new buyers, which in previous years had been a major benefit to the
overall success of the event.
Sunday dawned sunny and hot too. We had only 10 registered bidders for the
auction. We did sell 10 horses to good homes-all for only their minimum
bids or less, 4 to repeat buyers! Sir Lionel did not go through the auction due
to a leg injury but was sold to his very dedicated student, Kim Ward. The 4
horses thatwere not sold were Pardner, Firedance, Shivna, and The Good
Witch (Glinda). I will keep the yearlings that are not sold here for the
next year to do further comparative nutrition studies and let the
students do more advanced ground training exercises (round penning, ground
driving, etc) in addition to training the new crop of
The students did their usual fabulous job on the yearlings and I think got a
lot out of the experience. How to deal with lack of success due to
circumstances beyond your control, despite your best efforts, is an important
life lesson too!
Click to see photos from Ag Field Day & the Auction!
May 17, 2009
certified/approved RU graduates!
RU Bo Derek (Cadillac Coyjack x
Belgian cross #10, Class of 2003) received Red (Preferred status)
approval at the American Warmblood Society Inspection in Flemington, NJ
yesterday. RU Hermes (Moon Hippie x Belgian #48, Class of 2005) and RU Sergeant
Pepper, (Cadillac Coyjack X Belgian cross #18, Class of 2008) were also
certified. Congratulations to their owners! See them in the graduate section.
RU Hermes with owner, Mary Kleinelp saying hello to
Sargeant Pepper, held by owner, Tory Hanke.
Equine Science Center
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