Horse reining season kicks off in New England with the Northeast Spring Spin

CN-MR-3-Reining-horse44104by Paul Burdziakowski

The Northeast Reining Horse Association (NERHA) kicked off their first show of the season April 15-17 at the Eastern States Exposition Fairgrounds in West Springfield, MA. Admission was free to watch the premier reining horse competition in Massachusetts known as the Northeast Spring Spin Banquet of Champions & Pro-Am Event. There were a total of 118 horses, primarily of the American Quarter Horse breed, displaying how responsive and in tune they were with the rider by performing precise patterns of circles, spins and stops. The top performers earned cash purses of up to $500 or points towards an end of season total to earn the right to be called a champion. [Read more…]

Preparing the pasture puff for the trail

CM-MS-50-3-Trail-ri1de2by Sally Colby

It’s spring, and many riders anticipate the first trail ride of the season. While some riders make it a point to keep both themselves and their horses in shape year-round, many haven’t been on a trail ride since last fall.

Riders expect that they might be a little stiff or sore after the first ride of the season, but what about the horse? [Read more…]

In memoriam of Tina Marie (Acker) Giangiacom

Tina Marie (Acker) Giangiacomo, 58, of Reading, PA passed away April 7 in Lancaster General Hospital. She was the wife of Michael Giangiacomo.

Born in Chester Springs, PA she was the daughter of the late Sam and Charlotte Acker.

Tina was a graduate of Downingtown High School and West Chester University. She was a member of West Wyomissing Chapel. Tina enjoyed fishing, gardening and cooking. [Read more…]

Bovine fatty acids

by Katie Navarra

Organic dairies and conventional dairies that maximize grazing are at an advantage in the marketplace. Consumers are willing to pay more for products identified as been grass fed and rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Both are natural benefits for milk and meat cattle largely raised on pasture and forage.

A two-year study by Cargill reported that 98 percent of consumers understand what omega-3 fatty acids are and they will pay more and choose omega-3 products over others,” said Melissa Bainbridge, a Ph.D. student at the University of Vermont. [Read more…]