Trick riding expert demonstrates skills at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show

CE-MR-1-PA-Horse-Show73941by Sally Colby

Many who attend the annual Pennsylvania National Horse Show in Harrisburg, PA, go for the thrill of watching hunters and jumpers. On one night, the audience had an opportunity to watch a skilled trick rider demonstrate what it takes to ride a horse full-speed around an arena with no hands or legs for control.

Ashley Pletcher didn’t grow up in a horsey family, but received a pony by the name of Sugar when she was eight years old. “She came from the local amusement park, but she could run,” said Ashley. “She didn’t like to leave the barn, so I rode far away from the barn, turned around and ran full-speed back to the stall. I know now that that’s not a good idea.” [Read more…]

Sustainability was invented here


People who believe in the precepts of organic and biodynamic gardening journey to a farm just outside the village of Marksboro in Frelinghuysen Township, NJ to study, to work, to visit with kindred spirits and to breathe some fresh air.

In 1980, a group of Dominican Sisters, nuns whose mission was education, brought the vision of Thomas Berry, a Passionist monk and cultural historian, to rural Warren County. Berry proposed that a deep understanding of the universe is essential to functioning in the world, according to his biography. [Read more…]

Gala of the Royal Horses

CN-MR-3-GALA-HORSES-15161by Laura Rodley

Rene Gasser is the seventh generation to work with horses, and not just any horses — Friesians — the Spanish Andalusians, Lipizzaners and Carthusians. Living part time in Australia and Switzerland, he has been touring for the last 10 years in Australia and abroad his productions, including Gala of the Royal Horses, Lipizzaner’s With the Stars and Equestra. [Read more…]

Training real estate agents to better serve their farm clients

by George Looby, DVM

As has been stated many times in recent years, the services, facilities and support programs available to new, young and start up farmers has expanded remarkably, making career transitions into agriculture far smoother than they would have encountered not that many years ago. The mindset of those closely involved at the support level has done an almost complete turn around in the last decade to one that finds itself eager to provide assistance in a wide variety of ways to those in the start-up mode. [Read more…]

Johnson named 2015 A.C. “Whitie” Thomson Memorial Award winner

CN-MR-1-Johnson-Whitie49261The 2015 A.C. “Whitie” Thomson Memorial Award was presented to Jason Johnson of Woodstock, VT, during the Supreme Champion Ceremony at World Dairy Expo on Saturday, Oct. 3. This annual award is presented by the “Whitie” Thomson family to a herdsman or showman who exhibits exemplary leadership and sportsmanship throughout World Dairy Expo. [Read more…]