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When you put your home on the market, you may be reluctant to make repairs or improvements. After all – you’re going to be selling it, why put more money into a house you’ll soon be leaving? But investing some time and money into your home not only makes it more appealing to buyers, it can actually increase the price of your property. Here are a few things you can do that don’t cost a lot compared to the increase in value they’ll provide:


Clean & De-Clutter: This is the simplest, and least expensive, improvement you can make to your home when putting it up for sale. Remove clutter and “stuff” from furniture and countertops, organize your closets, and do a thorough cleaning of every surface in your home. If you have rugs or carpets, get them shampooed or steam cleaned.


Paint the Interior: Painting the interior of your home gives it a fresh, clean look, and using neutral colors can help prospective buyers envision themselves living in your home.


Landscaping: Curb appeal is so, so important when selling your home! The exterior of your yard and house is the first thing buyers will see, so it’s essential to make a good first impression. Keep your lawn mowed, clean up sticks and leaves, and put fresh mulch and new plants in flowerbeds.


Repairing Electrical & Plumbing Problems: If there are known issues with the electrical or plumbing systems in your house, it’s wise to have them repaired when your home goes on the market. This can vastly increase the value of your home.


Staging Your Home: Enlisting the help of a real estate professional to stage your home is a wise investment. They’ll know just how to arrange furniture, which personal items to remove, and which accents to add to make your home look picture perfect.


In the grand scheme of things, these repairs and improvements aren’t all that expensive, and can dramatically increase the value of your home. A little investment up-front can net you significant gains at closing time.

Jimmy Wofford 

The United States Equestrian Team (USET) Headquarters at Gladstone, NJ has long been a mecca for riders of all disciplines. Next month, October 11 and 12, former USET rider Jimmy Wofford will be teaching a clinic there based on his latest book, "Modern Gymnastics."  Riders will be progressively taken through several gymnastic exercises from Wofford's book over the two-day clinic, with the sessions appropriately tailored for the training level of both horses and riders.

The clinic is open to riders of all disciplines - hunters, jumpers, and eventers - who want to learn to improve themselves and their horses through gymnastic jumping. There will be three height sections: 2'6", 3', and 3'6", so riders of every level can participate. Mr. Wofford will also host a Q&A session each morning at 8am, and auditors are very welcome. A portion of the proceeds of the clinic will be donated to the USET Foundation, an organization that helps fund our international-level equestrian teams.

 To learn more about Jimmy Wofford, visit his website: http://jimwofford.blogspot.com/ 

 For more information about the clinic, or to register, contact Vicky Sroka:  srokas1@verizon.net or, jonesie@logansbrook.com

On September 23-28, 2014, the best dressage riders in the country will converge in Devon, Pennsylvania for the annual Dressage at Devon horse show. Dressage horses of all ages from foals to Grand Prix veterans will compete in the legendary Dixon Oval.


The beautiful fall weather in Eastern PA will be the perfect backdrop for this top-quality horse show. Spectators will enjoy in-hand breed classes as well as performance classes, and can even get a behind-the-scenes perspective from a dressage expert by renting a special headset that will allow them to hear commentary during the competition.  Musical freestyle performances will be a part of the show as well, which are always a spectator favorite. And of course, there will be an excellent variety of vendors to shop at, as well as Devon’s legendary concessions.


Dressage at Devon has been an instillation for Chester County equestrians since 1975. The show has benefitted the Children’sHospital of Philadelphia, as well as Thorncroft Therapeutic Horseback Riding, Inc, and continues to be a much-loved autumn tradition for area horse lovers. It is also the largest international-level dressage show in the United States.


For more information on Dressage at Devon, or to purchase tickets, visit the website here: http://dressageatdevon.org/cms2/



The 2014 Normandy World Equestrian Games have come to a close, and American horses and riders have some new hardware to show off for their great efforts over the past two weeks.


In Showjumping, favorite Beezie Madden ended the individual competition in third place, coming home with a bronze medal, a great follow-up to the team bronze medal won earlier in the week.


While the Eventers didn’t bring home any medals, Chester County resident Boyd Martin finished in 8th place overall, making him the highest-placed US event rider at WEG.


The Dressage team was just out of the medals with a fourth-place team finish and top-placed individual rider Laura Graves coming in a respectable 5th. British superstar Charlotte Dujardin and her mount Valegro took gold medal honors with a final score of an unheard-of 92.16% in the freestyle!


The Americans put up quite a fight in the Driving competition, coming in 4th place as a team with veteran driver Chester Weber of NJ scoring the silver medal in the individual competition.


The Endurance competition took its toll on our US team, with only one rider, Jeremy Olson, completing the course.


In the unique sport of Vaulting, our largely California-based team put in a valiant effort and finished in 7th place overall.


It was in the Reining competition that the USA really shone, sweeping the podium with a gold-medal team finish and also claiming the gold, silver, and bronze in the individual competition!


And finally, the Para-Dressage team put in some solid tests with scores in the 60’s but unfortunately came home without a medal.


Congratulations to all riders, drivers, and vaulters who competed in this year’s WEG.

It’s been a great week for the United States Showjumping team at the World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France. The team triumphed over a very difficult track to claim the bronze medal, just behind silver-medal winning France and gold-medal winning Netherlands.


The American team consisted of veteran riders McLain Ward, Beezie Madden, and Kent Farrington, and newcomer Lucy Davis. Madden is currently the top-ranked individual in the competition, and the individual rounds will be ridden this weekend, with medals awarded on Sunday.


Congratulations and best of luck to our showjumping riders in the individual competition this weekend!


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All of the United States Eventing horses passed the first veterinary inspection today, and are ready to begin competing in the dressage phase on Thursday and Friday. Team riders include:


Phillip Dutton and Trading Aces (PA)

Buck Davidson and Ballynoecastle CM (PA)

Boyd Martin and Shamwari 4 (PA)

Lynn Symansky and Donner (VA)


Individual competitors are:


Sinead Halpin and Manoir de Carneville (NJ)

Kim Severson and Fernhill Fearless (VA)


We wish all horses and riders the best of luck!

WEG is well under way, and the USA has put in some great performances in Dressage, Reining, and Para-Equestrian. In Team Dressage, the Americans just missed a medal and finished in fourth place behind bronze-medal Netherlands, silver-medal Great Britain, and gold medal Germany. The individual dressage competition will conclude on Friday with the Grand Prix Freestyle. US riders Laura Graves and Steffen Peters are currently in the top 10 individual riders, and we wish them the best of luck later this week!


Reining is a sport developed here in the United States, and the USA’s team of horses and riders absolutely dominated the competition. The American reiners claimed the gold medal, with Belgium winning silver and Austria capturing bronze. Way to go, team!


Para-Dressage riders have made a good effort, but the competition in this discipline is stiff and our riders are just making it into the top ten in each grade. Time will tell whether or not the US Para-Dressage riders will come home with any medals.


The Eventing competition starts tomorrow with the first day of Dressage. Go Team USA!



If you own a PA horse farm, it’s likely that you also own some valuable tack and equipment. There has been a rash of tack thefts lately, but there are things you can do to help prevent your tack from being stolen.


One of the simplest ways to prevent theft is to lock up your gear! Install locks on tack room doors, tack trunks, and lockers, and be sure to lock everything up when you leave the barn. If you keep gear in your trailer, be sure to lock your trailer doors as well.


Installing motion-activated lights can also be a good deterrent against thieves, and a security system adapted for barn use is a good option for those willing to spare no expense.


Another, more basic, security measure is simply to own a dog. Your barn buddy doesn’t need to be a vicious guard dog – any dog who is attentive to strangers and has a loud bark can act as an excellent theft prevention system.


Do you have any other creative ways to help keep your tack and equipment from being stolen?



Did you know that riding arena footing eventually wears out and needs to be replaced? Through normal use and weather, footing materials eventually break down. Look for these signs to see if your footing needs to be replaced:


-If the base of your arena is starting to show through, it means the top layer has broken down and is too thin. More material should be added.


-If puddles form and remain in your arena, it means that the drainage isn’t what it used to be. You may need to re-grade the footing so that water doesn’t accumulate after it rains.


-Overly dusty footing may need to be replaced. As the material breaks down over time, it forms smaller and smaller particles which get kicked up into the air as horses work on it, turning your arena into a dust cloud. Frequent watering can help this problem, but at some point the footing will need to be replaced.


-If you can hear your horse’s footfalls distinctly, your footing either needs to be dragged so that it’s more even, or more material needs to be added.


-And lastly, if the sub-surface of your arena starts to develop a depressed ‘track’ along the rail where horses work most often, it probably needs to be re-graded.


Contact a Pennsylvania equestrian footing professional to upgrade your arena footing as needed, and you’ll have a safe, quality riding surface for years to come.



The biggest equestrian event on the globe is set to begin this Saturday, August 23, 2014. After the opening ceremonies this weekend, competition will start on Monday with Dressage, Reining, and Para-Equestrian. WEG will continue for the next two weeks, with riders from across the world also competing for the gold in Eventing, Show Jumping, Vaulting, Endurance, and Combined Driving. Be sure to pay special attention to the Eventing competition, as PA-based riders Boyd Martin, Phillip Dutton, Buck Davidson, and New Jersey neighbor Sinead Halpin represent Team USA.


If you’re unable to be in Normandy, France to catch the action in person, you can subscribe to FEItv.org and watch the live stream of every event.  You can also keep up with the events on usefnetwork.org, and cheer on the USA!





Last summer Monroe County, PA became home to the Pocono Rodeo making the dreams of local bull riders come true each Saturday night at Memory Town, in Mt Pocono.  One of my friend’s husband decided to get an adrenaline rush and ride a bull at 60+ years of age no less without any practice during the competition!  Thankfully he managed to have a more than respectable ride and got bucked off without incident.  He was flying high for several months after that stunt.


Having the pleasure of meeting the co-founder and organizer, Shawn Zrowka  recently on a real estate appointment I decided it was time to make my way to the local rodeo once again to see what this summer’s edition had to offer.   Last year’s rodeo had already proven itself as a successful event that was here to stay. The 2014 series though was definitely ramped up with the addition of team roping, calf wrangling and other fun exhibitions in between the bull riding and barrel racing classes.  The current music was very fitting for the NY/NJ audience.   




The rodeo invested an impressive monetary figure in purchasing bulls which had toured with the PBR.  They were down right feisty this year not showing any mercy to the contenders.  One of the riders had shattered his pelvis a few weeks ago during the competition. We witnessed the “nastiest” bull owned by the rodeo charging a few of the ring crew members and dislocating the shoulder of one unfortunate Pennsylvania cowboy.



Shawn’s bio is quite unique.  He left home at age 17 after his father had passed away.  He headed west wanting to be a bull rider since the young age of 15 years.  After spending 13 years, 8 of which were on the bull riding circuit, Shawn decided to head back to PA to start a new life.  That was 5 years ago.  Hooking up with a local investor who purchased Memory Town a few years ago Shawn took his drive, business savvy and 13 year rodeo experience and poured it into this young rodeo which from all indications is here to stay. 


Visit the Pocono Rodeo’s website at


$695,000, 4Bd/3Ba Single Family House, 3400 sqft.

Cindy Stys | Cindy Stys Equestrian & Country Properties, Ltd | 610-849-1790
4648 Curly Hill Rd, Doylestown, PA 18902
Custom Home on 6.5 Acres
4Bd/3Ba Single Family House

Year Built 2002
Sq Footage 3400 sqft.
Bedrooms 4 Beds
Bathrooms 3 Baths
Floors 2
Parking 4+ Garage
Laundry In Unit
Lot Size 6.5 Acres
Website www.cshorseproper...


A long paved, level & lighted drive lead back to this private equestrian estate. Impressive brick front colonial with exceptional traditional floor plan combined with open concept of family room with marble wood burning fireplace & wood floors, lovely gourmet kitchen & bright morning room. Romantic master suite offers double doors, cathedral ceiling, master bath with jacuzzi tub & shower plus walk-in closet.

Acreage is flat and mostly open with a few trails meandering through woods. Amish built 2 stall barn on cement piers equipped with electric, feed/tack area & frost free hydrant - it's attached to the smallest of 3 fenced paddocks. Another barn with 1 large stall is located in 2nd pasture. A 2nd frost free hydrant can be found here. Front field begs for large riding arena and strategically has 5 electrical outlets in place. Pear, Apple & Mulberry trees on property. Security system & carbon monoxide detector.

Impeccable condition

$50,000 worth of extras in home including:

in kitchen:
exotic granite counter tops
travertine tile back-splash
stainless steel appliances
pull out cabinets in center island
pewter knobs on cabinetry
Elegant corbel ends under center island
deep stainless steel sink
recessed lighting

crown molding throughout
french doors lead to parlor
tray ceiling & walk-in bay window in formal dining room
upgraded lighting & outlets
handsome fully insulated finished basement with tile floors, 6 inch base molding & Mercer inserts

Buyers must submit proof of financial qualifications prior to all showings.

see additional photos below
Unit Features

- Living room- Dining room- Master bath
- Family room- Storage space- Breakfast nook
- Pantry- Basement- Sun room
- Mud room- Range / Oven- Refrigerator
- Dishwasher- Microwave- Trash compactor
- Balcony, Deck, or Patio- Yard- Lawn
- Central A/C- Granite countertop- Fireplace
- Jacuzzi / Whirlpool
Community Features

- Off-street parking- Garage - Attached


Contact info:
Cindy Stys
Cindy Stys Equestrian & Country Properties, Ltd
For sale by Agent/Broker

Posted: Aug 7, 2014, 11:07am EDT


Looking for a place to board your horse near Honey Brook, PA? Why not visit Ivory Palace Stables at their Open House this Saturday, August 9th. This beautiful facility is under new management and is now accepting boarders. Both full and self care options are available, and there is plenty of space to ride in the indoor and outdoor arenas. From 10am to 4pm this Saturday, you can tour the barn and see all of the amenities.  If you can't make the Open House, call to make an appointment to tour the barn: 610-547-6860.

Stable complex

• 2,655 sq. ft., 2 bath, 3 bdrm other - $2,750.00 Monthly

 -  Stalls & 3 bedroom Farmhouse available for lease at this Fascinating 15 acre Equestrian Center!

For $2,750 per month lease 15 box stalls with indoor arena, paddocks & renovated 3 bedroom farmhouse. Use of the conference facility can be added on for an additional fee. Lease of additional stalls can also be negotiated - lots of room for growth at this facility. Perfect place to grow your equestrian business. Stable is in move-in condition - footing in indoor ring needs to be refurbished - thus the under market value rate of $100 per dry stall.

Farmhouse Details:
Renovated in 2007
charming country kitchen
3 bedrooms
Sitting room adjoins master bedroom
Vinyl siding
Beautiful large wrap around porch in rear
Recessed windows
Wood stove in living room
Brick hearth in place for pellet stove in kitchen
Nice landscaping & lawn

Tenant pays for utilities at farmhouse plus $200/month for electric in stable

Rental of 1-bedroom Studio Apartment may be available for $900/month plus utilities in addition to or instead of farmhouse.

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