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 Dates to mark on your equine calendar

Cold weather pursuits ...

Now through Feb. 2: The Haven at Skanda’s annual Horses for the Holidays

campaign collects new and used supplies to support horses and owners

across Central New York. For more information on making a donation, or to

receive assistance, go to:

Dec.  2, 9 and 16 --  Have lunch with Santa at the Herschell Carrousel Museum

and stay for an afternoon of activities, including games, crafts, snacks,

merry-go-round rides and the brand new Candy Cane Carnival. Registration is

required. For more information, email:

Dec. 3 -- Begin Again Horse Rescue annual fundraising brunch and silent auction,

10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Lima Golf and Country Club. More information:

Dec. 3 -- Holiday with the Horses fundraiser, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to benefit

Finger Lakes Thoroughbred Adoption Program. Baked goods and gift items

for sale; take a picture with Santa and an equine elf.  FLTAP Purple Haze

Center, Farmington. More information:

Dec 13 -- Celebrate National Day of the Horse! Established to commemorate

the contribution of horses to the economy, history and character of the United

States, we say it’s also an excuse to give your favorite equine a pat on the neck

and an extra peppermint (or two).

Dec. 30 Say Happy Birthday to loveable loser Zippy Chippy and his retired

racehorse friends, at a party from noon-3 p.m., Old Friends at Cabin Creek,

483 Sand Hill Road, Greenfield Center. More information:

Jan. 13 “Being Present With Our Horses: Using meditation to enhance our enjoyment, improve our focus, and get the most of our barn time,” clinic by Cornell professor Jane Marie Law. Proceeds from the clinic support Root Farm. Voltra Farm, 6000 Rock Road, Verona. More information:

Jan. 27 Clinic series on “Developing Your Eye,” with FEI dressage trainer and judge Carel Eijkenaar starts with “Rhythm, Balance & Conformation.” Voltra Farm, 6000 Rock Road Verona. More information

about the series, which continues Feb. 17 and March 10, at:

 Feb. 1-14 -- CNY Reining Horse Association annual stallion auction. Proceeds 

from this auction are placed in the New England Breeders Trust Fall Futurity

held at the CNYRHA Fall Classic in Syracuse. More info:

3 Genesee Valley Equine Clinic, Winter Horse Health Seminar, 8 a.m.-noon, Wheatland-Chili High School, 940 North Road, Scottsville. More information: