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

CN-MR-41-3-UCon1n1by George Looby, DVM

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…]

Plow Match and Obstacle Competition

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The Eastern CT Draft Horse Association held its Annual Plow Match and Obstacle Competition on April 23, 2016 at the UConn Lee Farm in Coventry, CT. The plowing judge was Wes Hopkins and the Obstacle judge was Gene Swistowich.

During the plowing competition each teamster was assigned a plot to plow of equal size. The scores achieved were based on several factors including if the plowing was done without help, the straightness of the furrows, the ends or headlands, and how well the cover crop was covered. [Read more…]