Plow Day in Northfield, MA

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The Lord blessed this year’s annual Plow Day with sunshine and balmy weather. The sun shone bright and a gentle breeze wafted across the 150-acre cornfield on Bill LLewellen’s Five Point Farm in Northfield, MA. The event was organized by Tony Amato and Paul Morehouse, members of the International Harvester Collector’s Club, New England Chapter 18. The Franklin County 4-H Club ran a food concession stand. Sixty-two tractors, 20 horses and their enthusiastic owners took part plowing, showing and socializing with the large friendly crowd that turned out. [Read more…]

From Ireland to America, a dynasty built on horses

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by Hope Holland

A long time ago, people used to go looking in the Sunday papers for their horses. Now that many states have local horse magazines there are printed ads for horses in them and, of course, there are ads on the internet. It seems that every farm has a website which might mention that there are horses for sale.

The Strain Family Horse Farm in Granby, CT, also has a website: www.strainfamilyhorsefarm.com and they don’t hint about having horses for sale. Selling horses is their business. Each of the Strain brothers has his own farm within a relatively short distance of the other and handle very different aspects of the horse business. [Read more…]

UConn Awards Ceremony

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Each spring the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources and the Ratcliffe Hicks School of Agriculture (UConn) hosts an Awards Ceremony to honor distinguished alumni, faculty, staff and supporters. Members of the Alumni Association together the UConn’s Committee on Excellence join forces in selecting honorees.

This year the event was held at the Lewis B. Rome Complex on the Storrs campus. Dean Weidemann hosted the Awards Ceremony. [Read more…]

Success rings its bell loudly

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Change is constant. Come summer, Dr. Hess Veterinary Service’s office in South Hadley will be operating under its new name. On April 27, papers were signed making it Hess McWilliams Veterinary Services, as Dr. Frederick Hess and Dr. Rose McWilliams became partners.

Their extern is set to graduate from Cornell University in May. Her name is Caroline Barstow, wife of Steven Barstow, 7th generation farmer at Longview Farm in Hadley, MA. [Read more…]

Spring Premiere Horse Show highlighted by first chapter fundraiser for neglected horses

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The United Professional Horseman’s Association Chapter 14 (UPHA-14) held their first show of the season April 20-23 at the Eastern States Exposition Fairgrounds in West Springfield, MA. Admission was free to watch the Spring Premiere Horse Show, which was also the kickoff event for the New England horse show season.

According to UPHA-14 officials, nearly 2,500 people were in attendance during the four-day event. The Spring Premiere Horse Show is considered to be one of the most prestigious nationally recognized horse shows in the country due to the high level of competitiveness and it regularly draws national champions and equestrians. [Read more…]