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The options are seemingly endless when shopping
for horses in PA. Do you buy from a trainer, breeder, dealer, or auction?
Riders with plenty of experience who want an
athletic, versatile partner might opt to purchase a Thoroughbred racehorse from
off the track. These horses are intelligent, trainable, and able to compete in
any discipline. While they do require careful training to learn a new job,
off-track Thoroughbreds (OTTB’s) make wonderful riding horses after their
racing careers are over.
If an OTTB from a Pennsylvania racetrack is on your
radar, the folks at CANTER can help you find the perfect one!
CANTER stands for the Communication Alliance to
Network Thoroughbred Ex-Racehorses. This program started as a way to connect
Thoroughbred trainers with prospective buyers in an effort to help
ex-racehorses find new homes. Today the website serves as a successful hub for those who
want to sell OTTB’s to good homes, and those who are looking for their next
If you’re shopping for an OTTB in PA, make the CANTER website your first stop! The website lists dozens of horses available for sale,
from seasoned racers to horses who just didn’t make the cut. If what you’re
looking for isn’t advertised on the PA site, check out the Mid-Atlantic pages
too. Whether you are looking for a mare, gelding, or stallion, a show hosre or
a trail buddy, you’re likely to find the PA horse you’re looking for on CANTER.
Looking for something fun and educational to do this weekend? Head out to the Pennsylvania Horse World Expo in Harrisburg, PA. All weekend long you can listen in on clinics and seminars given by top trainers, watch trail and carriage driving competitions, learn about different breeds of horses, and shop to your heart's content. For a $12 admission fee and $8 parking fee, you will gain access to the Expo and all it offers. There's something for everyone, from western riders and natural horsemanship enthusiasts to dressage competitors and hunter/jumper riders. Even if you can't ride in this nasty winter weather, you can get your horse fix at the PA Horse Expo! In addition to the clinics, lectures, and shopping available during the day, you can also purchase tickets to see a performance of Theatre Equus in the evening. In this inventive show, horses and humans perform together in a musical experience unlike any other.
For more information on the PA Horse World Expo, visit their website: http://horseworldexpo.com/PAmain.shtml
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Earlier this month, President Obama arrived at the Mary Anne
McPhail Equine Performance Center at Michigan State University’s College of
Veterinary Medicine. In the center’s dressage arena, the President
signed the long-awaited 2014 Farm Bill; a bit of legislation that will bring
several benefits to the Pennsylvania agricultural community.
The Farm Bill will provide funding for vital research. The National
Animal Health Laboratory Network will be receiving grant money, as well as the Agriculture
and Food Research Initiative. A new grant program, named the Veterinary
Services Grant Program, will also be established. This program aims to provide
assistance for veterinary practices in rural and under-served areas of the
country. In addition, the Farm Bill will enact several more programs to benefit agriculture in the US.
While many of these programs don’t directly affect PA horse owners or
the equine industry, they will play an important role in supporting American
agriculture and the open space required for livestock – which includes horses. The
bill will also help provide assistance to farms damaged in natural disasters.
We’re glad to hear that the President’s first appearance in a riding
arena was a successful one, and are looking forward to the positive changes for PA equestrians that the
Farm Bill will bring in 2014.
Here’s your chance to help animals in need at a fabulous benefit
event being held at the Vision Bar in the Sands Event Center in Bethlehem, PA.
Join other animal lovers on March 22, 2014 for an evening of music, cocktails,
and live and silent auctions. All proceeds from the event will go to Last
Chance Ranch Animal Rescue in Quakertown, PA. For more information, ticket purchases,
and sponsor registration, visit the LCR website: http://www.lastchanceranch.org/lcranch/events.ashx#Tails
It seems like this winter will never end, doesn’t it?! We’ve ALL got
cabin fever – including our horses – and being cooped up inside is driving
everyone nuts! Here are some ideas for keeping you and your horses from going
off the deep end while you wait for spring.
-Groom your horse until he shines. Grooming not only cleans your
horse’s coat, it also stimulates blood flow in the skin and muscles, making it
an important part of keeping your horse healthy. And with shedding season on
its way, there’s no such thing as too much brushing.
-Try clicker training. Teach your horse some new tricks or refine
known behaviors using a clicker & treats to motivate your horse. Most
horses respond very positively to this training method, and it’s fun for you,
-Improve your braiding skills. If you compete in a discipline that
requires you to braid your horse’s mane or tail, use the winter down-time to
practice your technique. You’ll learn a valuable skill that can save you money
at show time.
-Practice groundwork. During good weather, it’s easy to focus soley
on riding and let our horses’ groundwork fall to the wayside. When your arena
is covered in snow and ice, take the time to perfect moves like backing up,
pivots, and even lateral work on the ground.
-Get your horse a small-hole haynet. These nets encourage slow
eating, make hay last longer, and keep horses busy!
-Try boredom-buster treats & toys. Some horses enjoy having a
toy to play with in their stall or paddock, and most will get very excited over
a hanging edible treat!
-Do some stretches. “Carrot stretches” are a great way to keep
horses flexible, and are made fun with treats. Lure your horse into a neck
stretch using a carrot or other tasty tidbit, and see how far he can reach to
each side and between his front legs.
Hang in there, spring is coming soon!
The real estate experts at Keeping Current Matters have put together
a few excellent reasons to use a licensed real estate agent to sell your home
instead of trying to sell it yourself. Take these points into consideration if
you’re trying to decide whether or not to hire a real estate agent to sell your
In every real estate transaction, there are a LOT of parties to
communicate with. From the buyer, to the buyer’s agent, inspectors, appraisers,
and attorneys, it can be tough to tackle all of these negotiations! A licensed
real estate agent works in YOUR best interest, and can navigate these
conversations while making sure you are getting the best price possible for
Most buyers these days search for homes online, and the days of
selling your house simply by putting up a yard sign and an ad in the paper are
over. While there are sites where you can advertise your FSBO, many real estate
agents have proven, targeted online marketing plans that expose your listing to
more potential buyers and real estate agents than the average homeowner has
Selling a home also involves a lot of paperwork, making selling your
own home a difficult task. Enlisting the help of a licensed agent makes wading
through the sea of forms a lot easier.
And though it may sound surprising, you can actually make MORE money
when you hire an agent instead of selling your house yourself. Many sellers choose
to FSBO because they think they’ll make a bigger profit by avoiding paying a
commission fee. However, the typical home sells for nearly $50,000 more when
sold by a real estate agent as opposed to being FSBO.
All in all, it’s in your best interest to hire a licensed real
estate agent when beginning the daunting task of selling your home. Their
experience, expertise, and training will save you time and stress, and maybe
even get you a higher price for your property. For the full article, click the
$525,000, 3Bd/2Ba Single Family House, 2288 sqft.
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Cindy Stys | Cindy Stys Equestrian & Country Properties, Ltd | 610-849-1790
3113 E Walker Rd, Bath, PA 18014
Huge Price Reduction On Turn-Key Horse Farm!
3Bd/2Ba Single Family House
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|Turn-key horse farm on 31.5 acres set back from road. Excellent facility for either the serious or recreational equestrian. |
2 barns equipped w/ fire alarms & 15 (12x12) stalls with rubber mats, foaling stall included in this count
Wash stall & tack room in each barn. Warm water in lower barn.
Indoor & outdoor riding rings.
Lower barn has convenient restroom for boarders & apartment for live-in manager.
5 pastures each with run-in shed plus 1 paddock.
3 hydrants supply water to each pasture.
Solid & consistent boarding history
14 boarders create instant income (not expected but # subject to change)
Electric meter for barns separate from house.
Either use both barns or rent one out.
The farmhouse has been lovingly restored and features a handsome addition with a brick hearth to house an efficient wood stove. Windows have been replaced, wiring, plumbing & roof were all redone during restoration.
Master suite includes a bright bathroom with deep soaking tub & separate shower plus a spacious walk-in closet.
2nd bedroom has a walk-in closet too.
water supply is spring fed
1 year old pole building used as 4 car garage.
Stream near front of property.
Do not enter premises without an appointment!
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|- Stove / Oven||- Refrigerator||- Microwave|
|- Balcony, Deck, or Patio||- Yard||- Lawn|
Cindy Stys Equestrian & Country Properties, Ltd
For sale by Agent/Broker
Posted: Feb 7, 2014, 11:20am EST
Hollywood, Charlie, and Dino are ready for turnout!
Winter brings many challenges to equestrians in Eastern PA, and
among them is the tricky choice of whether or not to turn our horses out when
the conditions are less than ideal.
Frozen, rutted ground, mud, ice, and snow transform once-green
pastures and paddocks into what looks like an inhospitable lunar landscape. For
owners of much-loved – and expensive – competition horses, these adverse
conditions can incite the desire to keep our horses bundled up and safe inside
the barn lest they stumble and hurt themselves on uneven, slippery ground. But
is this really the best choice for our equine charges?
International-level eventer Kate Samuels thinks not!
In her opinion, horses fare better when allowed to spend most of
their time outside, even when the ground is frozen, muddy, or full of
hoof-sized holes. Even though it may be hard to let our precious competition
partners loose on ground that looks hazardous, living life outside promotes
good physical and mental health. Horses are biologically designed to move and
graze constantly, and being turned out on uneven ground can help them learn to
balance their bodies without the hindrance of a rider, helping produce a more
self-sufficient athlete. Horses who are allowed to run and play outside feel
better, stay sounder, and are less stressed than stall-kept horses.
So when you’re wondering whether or not to turn your horses out this
winter, consider the benefits of turnout even in bad weather!
You can read Kate’s full article here: http://www.horsenation.com/2014/02/04/eventing-nation-turn-em-out-turn-em-out/
We often hear stories of retired racehorses becoming successful show and pleasure horses after their racing days are over, but rarely does a high-profile racehorse like Icabad Crane make the switch from racing to eventing.
If you follow Thoroughbred racing, you’ve probably heard of Icabad Crane. In his former career this talented TB placed third in the 2008 Preakness, and won many other races before and after that. Icabad ended his racing stint with 33 starts and $585,980 in winnings.
After recovering from an injury and coming back to work sound but without the desire to race, Icabad’s trainers – and now owners - Graham and Anita Motion decided to retire him.
But Icabad just wasn’t happy sitting in a paddock; he needed a job. That’s when the Motions called Pennsylvania-based eventer Phillip Dutton. Icabad joined the crew at Dutton’s West Grove, PA farm and began his training as an eventer.
To everyone’s delight, Icabad has taken well to his lessons so far. Dutton has taught him to jump, begun training him in dressage, and taken him cross-country schooling. Icabad is currently in Aiken, SC with Dutton and the rest of his string of horses, and will continue his education through the winter, attending events to watch experienced horses compete and get a feel for the busy atmosphere of a competition.
Dutton is pleased with Icabad’s natural balance and willingness to learn, and time will tell if he will join the ranks of other racetrack retirees who went on to eventing greatness.
Despite the recent ups and downs of the economy, 2014 is looking like a great year for real estate, and a good year to buy a horse farm in PA
One of the most promising factors in the improving economy is the fact that there has been an increase in the employment rate in both the construction industry and among young adults.
According to a recent article put out by realtor.com, the economy saw a rise in construction jobs by 8,400 jobs this past November. While the total is still below what it was during the housing boom, this is an encouraging number.
While the residential construction industry experienced a strong recovery, young adults between the ages of 25-34 also saw an increase in employment. The jobs rate was up to 75.2% in November, an increase from the previous rate of 75%. This statistic is hugely significant, as people in this age bracket are often looking to purchase their first home, and this improvement in their employment situation will enable more potential buyers to purchase horse farms in PA in 2014.
The overall national unemployment rate is showing improvement as well, and was down to 7% at the time of the article.
So what does this mean for equestrian real estate? It means more potential buyers, for one thing! With employment on the rise, more people who are thinking about buying a horse farm in PA will be able to achieve that goal, and will be able to afford a farm. Sellers can also rest in the confidence that they’re more likely to receive a fair price for their property. Property owners who were previously underwater in their mortgages might also see the chance to improve their financial situation and allow themselves to sell their farms.
2014 is looking like it’s going to be a great year for the economy – and for buyers and sellers of PA horse properties and PA horse farms
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After the holidays have died down, it’s time to get back to work for both humans and horses. For a fresh perspective on riding and training, check out the USHJA George Morris Horsemastership Training Sessions online. If you’ve got a computer and an internet connection, you can reap the benefits of auditing a five-day clinic with George Morris without the cost of a plane ticket to Florida or a hefty audit fee.
During the clinic, legendary rider, trainer, and coach George Morris will teach twelve of the best up-and-coming young riders in the hunter/jumper discipline. The riding sessions will be available to view on usefnetwork.com, and will feature lessons in flatwork, jumping grids, jumping courses, and working without stirrups. Olympian Anne Kursinski will also be teaching some of the riding sessions. The full schedule is available here: http://usefnetwork.s3.amazonaws.com/pdfs/00/00/00/11/63/2014+auditor+schedule.pdf
So if you find yourself snowbound from December 31 – January 4, log on to www.usefnetwork.com and soak up the knowledge and insight of George Morris, the legend himself.
Chester County, PA is one of the most beautiful spots in the state,
and it is a mecca for equestrians of all disciplines. From the famed Devon
Horse Show grounds to the Plantation Field Horse Trials, Chester County is
brimming with all things equestrian.
Iron Spring Farm is a name well-known to sport horse enthusiasts.
Iron Spring specializes in breeding, training, and competing Fresian and
Warmblood horses, and has produced some of the best jumping and dressage horses
in the country. Riders can find European-quality sport horses right in their
own backyard at this Chester County farm.
Eventing enthusiasts will appreciate the acres of open land in
Chester County, as well as the iconic Plantation Field Horse Trials. Once a
year the top-class eventing facilty in Unionville, PA hosts a CIC*** event,
featuring international-level horses and riders. Plantation is also the place
to go for recognized events and starter trials in Chester County.
Devon, however, is the place people most often think of when the
subject of horses in Chester County comes up. The Dixon Oval, with its
signature blue grandstand, is the site of the annual Devon Horse Show, as well
as Dressage at Devon.
With the plethora of competition venues and horse farms in Chester
County comes several tack stores! While riders may avoid the local mall like
the plague, we all know that tack shopping is akin to an addiction for horse
lovers. Thankfully for Chester County residents, shops like Malvern Saddlery
are there to fuel our habit. Equine Exchange, Rick’s Heritage Saddlery, and Bit
of Britain are among the quality tack shops in the area.
For the trail rider, Chester County abounds in opportunities for
horseback exploration. Valley Forge Park welcomes horses and riders on its acres
of fields and trails, and riders can also explore Marsh Creek State Park, as
well as many areas of the Brandywine Valley.
Horse lovers seeking a community rich in equestrian tradition and
top-class farms and competition venues need look no further than Chester
County, PA. Contact a real estate professional today to learn more about horse
farms in Chester County!
All of us at Cindy Stys Equestrian & Country Properties, Ltd. wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas! We look forward to working with you in the new year!
His name is well-known among show jumping fans and thoroughbred racing aficionados, but many don’t know the humble beginnings of this international equestrian superstar.
Shillington, PA is a small town in Berks County, and the hometown of Michael Matz. He was born to Lester and Irene Matz, parents who had no experience or interest in horses at all. Horses may not have been in Matz’s genes, but they were certainly in his future.
As a young teenager, Matz got a job at a local horse farm cutting the grass, helping around the farm, and cleaning stalls, never thinking that this would be the beginning of his incredible equestrian career. When the farm owner asked if Matz would like to ride a horse one day, he said “Sure,” and it was clear from that moment on that Michael Matz from Shillington had great things ahead of him. His unusual natural talent as a rider was recognized immediately, and from that first ride he was introduced to Pony Club where he learned the basics of riding and stable management.
Wherever he went, Matz was recognized as a natural, and had the good fortune to be passed on to great horsemen with great horses; people who cultivated his talent and gave him the education he needed to rise to the top ranks of the sport of show jumping. Over his career, Matz accumulated five gold Pan-Am medals, won the USET Show Jumping Championship six times, and represented the USA in three Olympic Games.
In 2000, Matz retired from the jumper ring and turned his focus towards training thoroughbred racehorses, and still trains today at his Chester County, PA facility. In 2006 his most famous racehorse, Barbaro, made history. After winning the Kentucky Derby, Barbaro was a Triple Crown hopeful. The next time the horse stepped onto the track at the Preakness, one of his hind legs shattered mid-stride. After nearly 8 months of painful surgery, treatment, and setbacks, Barbaro was euthanized. The ordeal highlighted Matz’s incredible compassion for the horse, and his desire to give his animals the best possible care in every circumstance.
Michael Matz’s brave and caring soul also extends to his fellow human beings, as demonstrated on a fateful day in 1989 when the plane he was on crashed onto the Sioux City, Iowa runway. Matz, with the help of another passenger, led three children and an infant to safety.
Despite his achievements in the equestrian industry, Michael Matz is still just a small-town guy from Shillington, PA. He never seeks out media attention, and remains a quiet, stable presence in the sport of racing. We could all learn a little something about hard work and humility from Michael Matz.
Equestrians all over the globe are waiting with great anticipation for the 2014 World Equestrian Games, scheduled to take place in Normandy, France August 23-September 7, 2014. Riders, drivers, and vaulters from across the world will be competing at this huge equestrian event, which features all 8 FEI-sanctioned disciplines. In the world of equestrian sport, this event iseven bigger, more important, and more competitive than the Olympics. August may seem like a long way off, but for the riders hoping to secure a spot on team USA, preparations have already begun.
This year, the selection trials for theUS Dressage Team will be hosted once again at the historic United States Equestrian Team headquarters in bucolic Gladstone, NJ on June 5-8, 2014. Grand Prix dressage riders will becompeting not only for the national champion title, but also for a ticket to France. Each rider will complete a Grand Prix, Grand Prix Special, and Freestyle test, and the top-placed combinations will be named to the Team. Horse and rider combinations must first qualify at Gladstone by achieving severalhigh scores at international-level competitions, ensuring that those who make it to the Selection Trials are the United States’ best and brightest. It’s sure to be a thrilling weekend of dressage!
The best part of this exciting event is that it’s also open to spectators. Dressage enthusiasts can come for one day, or all four days of competition and enjoy watching the best horses and riders our country has to offer. It’s a fantastic educational opportunity for the amateur dressage rider, horse-crazy kid, or anyone who enjoys learning something new about horses and horse sport. The beautiful grounds at Gladstone are sure to be decorated to the hilt, and the atmosphere at the historic equestrian mecca is something thatsimply has to be experienced. In between rides, spectators can browse the vendor area and pick up a souvenir of their time at the USET, or purchase some new riding breeches or tack.
The Gladstone, NJ facility has been home to several Selection Trials in the past, and has become known for putting on a fantastic dressage show.Competitors and spectators alike look forward to travelling to the beautifulNew Jersey countryside for this special event. After the Trials, those who make the cut will be able to train at Gladstone until departing for France.
For more information, parking prices, etc, stay tuned to www.uset.org as the event approaches.
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