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Hoof Beats The Newsletter of the Montana Hunter Jumper Association

September 2008

Greetings to all!  I certainly hope you all had a grand summer and are looking forward to a long and beautiful Montana fall.  The MHJA show season is rapidly drawing to a close and we on the Board are making the final plans for the annual Year End meeting and awards presentation. 

The show season this year was a bit different than in the past years with some shows taking a hiatus and others with changes in venues but we certainly hope the members had a good time at the shows they attended.  I am sure the show managements would appreciate any comments or suggestions you may have about any of the shows you attended.  As fuel and travel expenses continue to rise, I am quite sure the face of showing will also continue to change.  As most of these shows are benefits for some club or good cause, the management of the shows will be interested to know how to continue to attract competitors to their shows.


As all of you are aware, with the special mailing and Posting on the Website, many of the long time Board members will not be running for reelection at this next term.  We as an organization really needed new people to step up and run for the Board.   Well, MHJA has responded beautifully!...  Please take the time to look over the enclosed ballot, vote for 3 people who you think should represent the organization and mail it back as instructed by October 30th.  I have included as many bios as I was able to obtain from the nominees.  Hopefully you will recognize names and horses and make the connection.  We have many very qualified people running for the Board this time, and remember, if you don’t get elected this year, there is always next year.  There are no incumbent board members running this year, so we will elect 3 brand new members.


This comes from our own Board member, Gayl Russell:
This last June, I went down to the American Paint Horse Association World Show in Fort Worth, Texas. Buzzard did pretty well for his first time to a breed show. The judges for the over-fence classes did hold USEF credentials, so the judging was not too different from our shows. The trip was well worth it as we won Reserve World in the Novice Amateur Working Hunter, placed 5th in Amateur Jumping, 8th in Equitation Over-Fences, 9th in Novice Amateur Hunter Hack, and had two finalist placings in Amateur Working Hunter and Amateur Hunter Hack. I have decided to go back  to Fort Worth in November for the Fall Championship Show. I was the only person from Montana showing at the World Show, but there were people from 45 states and 7 countries. I can only hope to do as well in November!      Thanks, Gayl

We hope Gayl continues to do well, and wish her all the best in the show in November!!!

Congratulations go out to Monika Frame of Polson on the new partnership of her and Wright Now…aka “Farve”.  He was purchased from Kate Templeman and I hear from the show at Dillon that they will be quite a team next year on the MHJA circuit.

I also heard through the grapevine that Jeff Goodwin was injured at Rebecca Farm.  We are all wishing him a speedy recovery and we hope to see him back on horseback soon. And as always, we are looking for his smiling face at the Year End Banquet.

Joanna Shelton sends along this report from Rebecca Farm****

Turnout at the season’s last show at Rebecca Farm, September 6-7, was quite high, considering the number of competing events.  The international horse show at Spruce Meadows drew a number of usual competitors to Canada, and school activities kept some of the younger riders away.  But 80 competitors came and were rewarded with nearly perfect weather (except for a brief rain shower on Saturday) and well-run hunter and jumper rings.  Riders came from as far away as Canada, Idaho, Washington, and Billings.  New bleachers set up outside the show arenas were a welcome addition, giving spectators a ringside seat.  But some traditionalists preferred the shaded berms outside the hunter ring, with its great view of the mountains.  A new Rebecca Farm kiosk has opened, selling items of interest to riders of all ages.  Plan on coming next year to check it out.  Thanks to all who helped make the show a good one.

Following are the bios on all the board nominees who responded to my requests.  My apologies to those who are not included, but I tried to contact all of you.

This is just a short bio on Betsy Cohen as many of you may not know her.  She has been around Missoula for quite some time but has only recently started showing again.  She is running for the MHJA Board so I asked her to send along a little something about herself.

I grew up in Buffalo, New York, where I learned to ride under some of today's top hunter trainers. I have had show hunters most of my life and showed extensively at A shows as a teenager.
After a 10 year sabbatical from horses, I bought Jewel, a Hungarian warmblood. We started showing this summer. We board and train with Malika Coston at Kootenai Creek Equestrian Center.
My goal, providing Jewel is sound, is to next summer compete at in the MHJA shows, and in the Adult Amateur division at A-shows in the Colorado, Oregon area. 

And this from Claudia Thorsrud from Bigfork

I have been showing horses off/on since I was 12 years old and have competed in many different disciplines.  Jumpers remain my favorite and I now own and show a young horse I bought from fellow member Nancy Miller, named "Flying Knight" AKA "Radar".

Members during the founding years of MHJA may remember me on my horse, Traveler (also from Nancy's herd).  He was a wonderful horse and we won many year end awards in hunters and jumpers during the mid-1990's. Later, Traveler competed with a couple of Nancy's "kids" at the MHJA shows.  In the early 2000's I competed in the lower level jumpers on a horse named Austin Powers, who is now a lawn ornament.

When not showing horses I am busy on our hay farm in Bigfork or helping my dad, who also lives on our family farm.

And this from Nancy Hemphill in Polson:   
Hi!  My name is Nancy Hemphill.  I live in Polson with my husband, Rob, my 17 year old son, Chris, my 15 year old son, Jesse, and my 12 year old daughter, Erica.  I have lived in Montana for 8 years, having moved here from Rhode Island.  I have been involved with horses all my life, but just started riding competitively 4 years ago when my daughter started riding and showing.  We both ride with Wanda Rosatti here in Polson.  My horse’s name is Ziggy Stardust, aka Beau.  We mostly compete in jumper classes.  My daughter, Erica, competes in hunter and jumper classes on her pony, Fairy Dust aka Sprite, and in jumpers on her horse Sexy Beast aka Bashful.  

I am running for the board because I appreciate the hard work of the current board members and understand their need to step down and take a breather.  MHJA is a great organization, and those that benefit from its existence, such as myself, have an obligation to do their share of the work at some point.  I am a busy person, but organized, and feel that I have the time to take on the duties of a board member.  

Thank you for your time.
And this from Julie Goodwin,,,,,,,

Well, here is some information about me -

I currently ride "Bar Tab" 7 year old Grey TB in the jumper ring.  I made
the transition from Hunters to Jumpers last year and really enjoy it.
Started to dabble in eventing last year as well and thoroughly enjoy it.
Bar Tab - "Bart" -  was hurt this year so I showed another 7 year old Grey
TB - "On The Rocks" in Hunters.  My husband - Jeff - got roped into going
to shows with me and now he is riding - if you want to call it that -
showing Wild Turkey in the jumpers.  I started riding ponies as a kid
living in California, joined the local 4-H club and was hooked.  I took a
break from riding in high school and college and about 10 years started
riding again and I am hooked again.  Besides showing and jumping, I also
enjoy team penning, trail riding and pulling the dummy steer around the
arena for Jeff when he practices team roping.  We do not have children but
2 dogs and 8 horses - 3 TB's, 3 Quarter horses, 1 Appendix and 1 TB/WB.  In
order to pay for all the animals I work for Farmers Insurance as a Claims
Representative and have done so for 14 years.  I look forward to being on
the board and maybe giving back to the group all of the wonderful benefits
and support that I have received.


The Year End Banquet will be held again this year at the Warbonnet Inn in Butte.  This is for a variety of reasons.  Being centrally located in the state, the Warbonnet continues to welcome us with reasonable rates and a very accommodating staff.  The date is November 8th so mark your calenders.  The general meeting starts around 1  in the afternoon and the banquet usually starts at 6 PM.  The cost is $15.00 per plate.  The rooms are available for $79.00 single and $89.00 for double…don’t forget to bring your swimsuit.  The number at the Warbonnet is 1-800-443-1806- and don’t forget to mention you are with MHJA. You have until October 26th to lock in these rates so make your reservations early.  We will have a table available for used tack for sale, please have tack marked with price and your name and number.  All members will be responsible for their own sales as it was last year.

Cliff Noonan will offer a Hunter Jumper Clinic at Rebel Sky Farm in Billings October 18-19.  Rebel Sky is Ashley Wren’s farm.  Please refer to the MHJA website –MHJAnews.com--for more information and a link to flyer and registration forms.  Please contact Liz Brown at 406-672-7585 with questions.  Her email is wolf4_ua@yahoo.com



UPDATED September 24, 2008