IT’S TIME TO RIDE
2017 marks the fourth year of the Time to Ride
Challenge, an initiative designed to get more
newcomers into the world of horses and riding.
Stables, lesson programs and horse-related
organizations can join the challenge by running
outreach events during Phase I, which
continues through August 31.
In Phase II, which runs through September
30, participating organizations are tasked with
helping the new riders from Phase I to come back
for ongoing equestrian experiences.
Participating programs will be eligible for
cash and prizes totaling $100,000 based on
the number of new riders they bring in and keep
Entering the Time to Ride Challenge is free.
Find out more at www.timetoride.com.
Did you upgrade your show duds for this season? Need to clean the old stuff out of your closet? If
you’ve got horse show clothes, boots and accessories that you no longer wear, consider helping
someone else get in the ring by donating your used items. Here are a few options:
LEPTOSPIROSIS is an infection caused by
Leptospira bacteria that can affect horses, humans, pets and
wildlife. It’s most common in warm, humid climates, but
is found worldwide. Whathorseowners needtoknow:
| It’s estimated that as many as 70 percent of
uveitis (moon blindness) cases in horses are
associated with Leptospira.
| The other clinical effects of leptospirosis
in horses are abortion in pregnant mares
and kidney failure.
| Standing water and flooded pastures can
lead to an increase in Leptospira exposure
in horses. Horses are often infected through
contact with hay, grain, water or bedding
that has been contaminated by infected
urine from wildlife.
| Appaloosas, draft horses and
warmbloods are believed to be
at greater risk of Leptospira-
| College Equestrian Teams
Intercollegiate Horse Show
Association teams don’t typically
provide uniforms. Donating your
clothes for hunt seat, western
horsemanship or reining can help a
college rider get in the show ring.
| Therapeutic Riding Programs
Many programs participate in
Special Olympics Equestrian.
Donated attire can help these
riders look great without adding
a financial burden. This is a good
option if your kids have show
clothes that they’ve outgrown, but
some programs may need adult-sized clothing as well.
| The Rider’s Closet
This was created by grand prix show
jumper Georgina Bloomberg and
currently operates out of Pegasus
Therapeutic Riding in Brewster, N. Y.
The Rider’s Closet aims to
help make riding and showing
more accessible to everyone by
collecting donations of gently used
show and schooling apparel—
primarily for English disciplines—
then providing them to any rider
in the U.S. who submits a request.
Note: For safety reasons, most
organizations won’t take used
BY LESLIE POTTER