11-12 Lessons with Candice King and Cliff Schadt Jr. at Big Easy Stables, 2799 State Route 215, Cortland. Candice will offer jumping lessons. Cliff will be available for colt starting, problem solving and ground work through advance work under saddle. Call: 607-745-8075
17 CNY Dressage and Combined Training Association annual banquet, with guest speaker Carol Kozlowski, president of US Eventing. At the Lincklaen House, Cazenovia. For more information and to reserve a space go to: cnydcta.org
All month: Lift a glass to legendary racehorse Zippy Chippy, who devoured junk food, went 0-100, and turned losing into a fine art including a second-place finish to a minor league ballplayer in a 40-yard dash. Zippy retired in December 2004 and is now a happy pensioner at Old Friends at Cabin Creek in Greenfield Center. Can’t decide on an appropriate toasting beverage? Make it a beer – Zippy’s choice to wash down a bag of Doritos.
1 Holiday Open House, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, Union Avenue, Saratoga Springs.
2 Holiday With the Horses fundraiser at Finger Lakes Thoroughbred Adoption Center, Purple Haze Center, Farmington. More info: fltap.org/events
7-9 Dressage clinic with Felicitas von Neumann-Cosel at Canterbury Stables, Roberts Road, Cazenovia. Auditors welcome. More information at: canterburystables.com
8 Seminar: "Focus on Nutrition Feeding to Raise an Athlete." Free to attend. Fasig-Tipton Sales Pavilion, 415 Easte Ave., Saratoga Springs. RSVP at email@example.com.
13 Celebrate the National Day of the Horse! Established by Congress in 2004, this is one government proclamation everyone can support. We say it’s an excellent reason to give your favorite equine a pat on the neck and an extra apple (or two).
5-6 Clinic with William Tubman, USDF gold medalist , FEI champion and dressage judge at Canterbury Stables, Roberts Road, Cazenovia. More information at: canterburystables.com
27 Developing Your Feel: The Leg Aids, a seminar by dressage trainer Michelle LaBarre at Voltra Farm, 6000 Rock Road, Verona. More info at: voltrafarm.com
LOOKING AHEAD ...
March 23-24 WNY Equifest at the Showplex, Erie County Fairgrounds, Hamburg. Two days of clinics and demonstrations, with 100-plus vendors.
March 24 Developing Your Feel: The Rein Aids, a seminar by dressage trainer Michelle LaBarre at Voltra Farm, 6000 Rock Road, Verona. More info at: voltrafarm.com
April 27 Brookfield Competitive Trail Riding Clinic by the New York State Horse Council and Pure Country Campground. At the campground on Kelly Road, New Berlin. More info on the Horse Council's Facebook page
May 2-5 Interscholastic Horse Shows Association National Finals at the NYS Fairgrounds Toyota Coliseum, Syracuse. More info at: ihsainc.com
June 21-22 New York State Horse Council's Brookfield Competitive Trail Ride 50/25/15 at Pure Country Campground, Kelly Road, New Berlin. More info on the Horse Council's Facebook page
July 19-21 Lorenzo Driving Competition, three days of driven dressage and classic pleasure driving at the Lorenzo State Historic Site, Cazenovia. More info at: C
August 16 Gary Lane Gaited Horse Clinic, Pure Country Campground, Kelly Road, New Berlin. More info at: purecountrycampground.com
August 21-Sept. 2 New York State Fair Horse Show at the Toyota Coliseum.More information at: nysfair.ny.gov
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