Issue # 11


September 2000


From the Editor

Summer has ended, much to the dismay of many, but on the plus side, the stiffling hot, buggy weather has left with it.

In late August, Bear, that sweet, caring, thoughtful (ha!) black cat entered the last of his nine lives. He was accidentally hit by a car, probably while plotting his next attack on an innocent visitor. As annoying as he is, we don't want to lose him, so please be extra careful driving, since he often wanders among parked cars.

If you've been to Harrogate in the last month, you'll have noticed the painting of stalls and doors. Many thanks go out to the people who helped with this project.

Finally, I would like to remind you that October is coming, which means it's time for our follow-up to your Most Embarrassing Moments. In spirit with Hallowe'sn, we will publish Scary Moments with Horses in the next edition. Like before, all stories must be submitted by the middle of October to the box in lounge or to Pat.

Michelle Colpitts


Happy Anniversary!

The Mane Bit wishes to extend a happy anniversary to Pat and Jo Gillis. They were surprised on the Rain Day for the first Harrogate Show, when Pat and her sister June presented them with a large cake and two red ribbons. This celebration was suggested by Mary-Christine, and quite a few people pitched in to keep it under wraps. For another special ceremony, see Noddy+Chuckie=Marriage.


Upcoming Clinic

Conrad Schumacher, Dressage trainer and coach from Germany, will be giving a clinic at the York Equestrian Centre from November 3 - 5. Clinicians of Mr. Schumacher's stature are enlightening to watch (as all who attended last year will attest) and the caliber of riding is excellent. Not only do you learn by watching top riders but also from hearing what Mr. Schumacher says and the tips and advice he offers for many of the problems we all have encountered in our riding. I urge all interested students to seriously consider attending this symposium.

If you have any questions, you can talk to me or contact Roz Farber directly at 416- 961-7999. The (preregistered) cost is $125. This includes the two day teaching clinic and the lecture on the Friday night. I hope to see you there.



Noddy + Chuckie=Marriage

Here comes the bride, all dressed in white ......

You probably all know that catchy life song that's played at almost every wedding, right? Well, even if you don't, I'm sure you would've caught on pretty fast. On August 24, it was sung over and over again by this year's Session Four campers. Why, you ask? Noddy and Chuckie's wedding, of course! With Claire as the comical minister and Pat giving Chuckie away, you'll find the following, script very amusing.

Setting: Noddy and Chuckie's stall

Characters: Noddy as the bride (wearing a white fly sheet, a white ear cover and veil covering her mane); Chuckie as the groom (wearing black pants on his front legs with a piece of baling twine as suspenders); Pat as the mother of the groom; Claire as the minister; Sarah and Erin as the flower girls; and Rebecca as the wedding consultant.

(Campers enter wearing their helmets, sit down on rows of hay bales)

Campers: Here comes the bride, all dressed in white .........

(Sarah and Erin enter; Pat follows)

Claire: We are gathered here today to witness the marriage of Noddy and Chuckie in horsimony. (Turns to Chuckie) Chuckie, do you take Noddy to crib and to graze with, for as long as your stalls shall be mucked? If so, take this half a carrot as a sign of your undying love. (Breaks carrot)

Chuckie: munch, gobble, munch.

Claire: (Turns to Noddy) Noddy, do you take Chuckie to crib and to graze with for as long as your stalls shall be mucked? If so, take this carrot as a sign of your love.

Noddy: Oh, a carrot! Yum, munch.

Claire: You may now kiss the bride. Pat - (Brings Chuckie closer to Noddy)

Noddy & Chuckie: What the heck are you wearing? Is that really you?

Claire: Rebecca has a wedding gift for the newlyweds. Rebecca?

Rebecca: (Comes to the front with a bag of mini-carrots) Here Noddy. (Gives carrots to Noddy) Do you want some too, Chuckie?

Chuckie: Oh yes, yes please! (Gives carrots to Chuckie as well)

Claire: Okay, everybody who wants cake can come and line up here.

Rebecca: What? It's finished already?

Pat: I'll put Chuckie back in his stall.


By Krysta Morrissey


Camp Shows 2000

The Camp Shows for Session Three and Four were a bit different from other years at Harrogate. Sarah Mark's more advanced group competed in a timed obstacle course. Now, you may think it wouldn't be too difficult, but some of the horses had a fairly hard time going over or through some of the obstacles.

The course consisted of two vertical jumps, a theory question, pole bending, dropping a brush into a bucket, and a pathway of pine branches lined with flowers. Most of the horses refused to go over the pine branches the first time, but as the second time came around, they were okay. Most of the competitors seemed to be going more for speed, instead of accuracy, and ended up having to redo a few of the obstacles! But they won ribbons, and, most importantly, had fun!


Did you know?

The tallest an heaviest horse recorded to this date was a shire gelding, Sampson, who was born in 1846. He was 21.25 h and said to have been 3360 lbs. The smallest horse was Little Pumpkin at 35.5 cm and 20 lbs.


Harrogate Horses

Lucky Galore (Lugor)

Lugor is owned by Vuokko, and often used as a lesson horse in the busy summer months. He is an ex-racehorse, age 18, acquired by Vuokko in 1988.

Every horse is a teacher in his own way, and Lugor is no exception. Vuokko has learned two very important lessons from Lugor: (1) Never take a horse away from his grain and expect him to be happy (2) Be wary about running a horse towards home.

The bell rang for the start of this particular lesson a few years ago when Vuokko and Donna decided to go for a hack just as the horses were coming in for their grain. So instead of settling down for dinner, Lugor found himself being tacked up and heading out for a hack. Needless to say, he did not agree with these plans. But Vuokko and Donna had some nice canters before they turned and headed for home.

Vuokko suggested they have one last canter before getting too close to home. Unfortunately, they were close enough to the barn for Lugor to decide it was the homestretch and Cheyanne was blocking his way. Vuokko tried to slow him down every way she could including bridging her reins but his grain was calling to him. Two or three bucks later Vuokko was sailing through the air thinking about how much the ground was going to hurt. Although it has taken a few years, Vuokko can laugh about the broken collar bone and the cracked ribs, and still love Lugor!


Duchess is owned and dearly loved by Donna Van Brugge, who is the ringmaster at the Harrogate Shows. As you know, Lugor and Duchess are "an item" in the field, so we have to tell a story about Duchess just like we did about Lugor. This is a more recent story, that happened a few months ago. Nadine, Erin and Pat were working in the hayloft one day when Nadine and Erin noticed that Duchess was bleeding. They alerted Pat, and headed out to the big field of bring her in. Blood was spurting about three feet into the air, apparently from severed arteries in her foot right around the coronet.

Pat applied a sponge and several cloths but the blood kept coming. No vets could be immediately reached by phone, so it was two hours before Dr. Woodley arrived, all the way from Sutton, and they got the bleeding under control. After a very strong anesthetic and over fifty stitches (while Nadine practically lay on Duchess to keep her still), Duchess struggled back up to her feet. She required constant care over the next month. Fortunately, she was a very calm horse to work around, once the overall shock wore off.

Now, she seems to have recovered completely from her injury. If we could just get her mild cases of Aztoria (also called Monday Morning disease) sorted out, she'd be great.

(If you want to know more about this muscle spasm, use the Internet or wait until you take Level Four Stable Management.)


Horses in Literature

The first column has clues, the second has the title of the book, movie or TV series and you must fill in the third column of blanks with the author of the title in the second. For added fun, get a friend to time you, then check your answers and score below. If you get the bonus, subtract 30 seconds from your final time.

Characters/Clues Title Author
1) an islandpony Born to Trot  
2) breed facts King of the Wind  
3) vet with a sense of humor Brighty of the Grand Canyon  
4) book, movie and TV series Album of Horses  
5) Merrylegs Pony Tails  
6) The Hambletonian The Black Stallion  
7) Sham Misty of Chincoteague  
8) soon-to-be TV series All Creatures Great and Small  
9) May Grover Black Beauty  
10) famous donkey The Saddle Club  

Bonus: What colour were the giant horses in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire?


6 min or more You're missing out on some great horse-related entertainment! Get to the closest bookstore and movie outlet as fast as you can!
3-5min Well, you've read a few books, but there's room for more horse-knowledge.
2 min 50 sec or less Congratulations! You are well aware of the many different horses and riders created by famous authors! (and you write very quickly)