Don’t miss NV Feed’s 2nd Annual Customer Appreciation Day Sale June 16-17, 2017!
Equis Golden Senior $14.99 (regular $16.99)
Equis Element $15.99
Equis Performance $18.99
Equis Generation $15.50
Payback Feeds are on sale too! Check em out!
Todd Hovrud on Huntin’ for Success (Turk), a 5 yr old AQHA gelding, winner of the Jr Horse All-Around at the AQHA Spudtacular in Caldwell, Idaho this last weekend- June 10-12th, 2016!
And congratulations to all of his clients who had a spectacular weekend at the Spudtacular. Notable wins include Juliana Lambright who won the Youth All-Around and Claira Bingaman who won the Novice Youth All-Around!
Equis Feed met up with Todd, owner and trainer of Trademark Quarter Horses in Dayton, WA, last week just as his student, Lindsey Newhouse, arrived to tack up Radar for a lesson. Radar is a 22 yr old show horse that lucky Lindsey gets to ride every Wednesday evening on Todd’s youth nights. “I focus on making horses that will last forever,” says Todd as he nods towards Radar.
Trademark Quarter Horses is a blend of Western Pleasure training and teaching built over twenty years in eastern Washington. What I saw in Todd during my visit, was a trainer focused on his clients. A hilarious story of breaking into a locked vehicle to get to show clothes for beloved clients, Charlene and KeithAnn (Butte, MT), showed his dedication and sense of humor. His commitment to amateurs and youth was evident in the number of lesson horses. Hovrud owns just one gelding named Nashville. “I liked his breeding and movements”, said Todd. “He’s a full brother of ‘On A Holiday’.” In Western Pleasure, the judges look for slow-legged Quarter Horses that “look like your Grandmother could get on and go for a lope”.
Todd Hovrud with clients Shelby & Zach Backlin in Las Vegas.
With clients spread out over the Northwest, Todd will even schedule lessons in the middle of show weekends. “I’ll easily fit a lesson in to help clients when we’re showing in the area”. Todd and his clients mostly campaign in WA, OR, ID and MT, but have been seen in Scottsdale, Vegas, and many times at the AQHA Worlds! Connect with Todd and his team at his Facebook page by clicking here.
“The Crew” at Spokane.
Trademark QHs indoor arena- Dayton, WA.
At CHS Nutrition, we hear many wonderful stories of very happy horses sustaining on Equis Golden Senior, but it’s not often that one of them comes by to say hello! I had the opportunity to meet the stallion Si Dude (aka “Duders”) by Rocket Wrangler out of Call me Brite Eyes at Richland Feed & Seed in Klamath Falls, Oregon in April 2016. Now this is what’s exceptional… Si Dude is a 27 year old racing Quarter Horse stallion still collecting with a motility of 70%! He makes frequent visits to the office of Dr. Jon Goodelle, owner of Goodelle Veterinary Clinic in Klamath Falls to collect semen that gets shipped all over North America.
Whe Si Dude came by to visit, he stepped off the trailer in excellent breeding shape expecting to find himself at the veterinary clinic for collection. He is owned by Vince and Terri White of Kiss Kreek Farm who introduced themselves as Equis Feed fans. Duders is fed free-choice on unsoaked Equis Golden Senior and what little hay he quids into balls. White’s daughter, the family expert on predigree, first introduced the couple to Equis Feeds in 2015, and they haven’t looked back. “He wasn’t doing as well on the other senior feeds,” says Terri. “He eats the Equis Golden Senior better, and I don’t even have to soak it!”
Si DuDe’s semen goes all over the US and Canada to sire barrel racers, calf ropers and some racing QHs. His own racing career lasted more than 10 years during which he raced hard and stayed sound! You can find an advertising article in Speed Horse, a national publication for racing Quarter Horses, at www.speedhorse.com. Check out his very own Facebook page by clicking HERE. Or call Jamie 530-828-6483 or Terry 541-331-3903.
Moral of the story; if you want size, speed and longevity, breed to Si Dude. If you want a smart senior horse feed, feed Equis Golden Senior.
Equis Feed Intern, Katie Uetz, takes on OHSET state…
Oregon High School Equestrian Teams (OHSET) is a unique high school sports program allowing athletes to compete with their equine partners across a diversity of disciplines. OHSET is unlike any other high school sport, and The athletes not only compete individually, but the team members gather points to compete against other schools in Oregon.
Between June 24-28th, the OHSET State Championships in Redmond, Oregon filled four fun days with competition from performance events like hunt seat, horsemanship, timed events, to cow events like penning, daubing, break away roping, and much more. High school athletes must compete at 3 different district meets and place within the top 10% of their event to qualify for the state competition. Over the Championship weekend there were 306 qualified athletes from all over Oregon representing 70 different schools.
There have been many setbacks for OHSET this year starting with the EVH-1 break-out in May. The OHSET state board made the very difficult decision that all horses who attended the Willamette district event would be at risk of exposing other horses around the state. Athletes were told that all horses who competed at the 3rd Willamette district meet would not be allowed to attend state. This is when the true power of sportsmanship shined as athletes from all over the state stepped up to the plate and offered their own horses for their hardworking teammates.
As the EVH-1 outbreak spread, the OHSET board of directors made the call to cancel the state competition all together with the option of rescheduling. The OHSET community pulled together and decided on the dates of June 24-27th. However, some barns where athletes boarded or rode were still under quarantine, and their dreams of competing at the state championships seemed out of reach for some. But, once again, in the name of great sportsmanship, athletes offered horses to other athletes in need. Like Cascade High School Senior, Madelen Dewar, stated “the EHV1 virus affected me a lot this year, due to it being my senior year. I had worked really hard to make it to state in all of my events and to be the district performance champion. When I found out I would not be able to take any of my horses to the state meet due to the virus, I was devastated to think that I would not have that opportunity. But then I had numerous kind people offer to lend me there horses”. Luckily, quarantines lifted and Madelen WAS able to take her mounts- mini included.
Senior Dewar with her mini In-Hand Trail
Spending my time at OHSET State representing Equis Feeds, I witnessed with my own eyes what horse showing is truly about. So many riders were willing to sacrifice to help out other athletes in need. Blain Wheeler from the Scappoose High School team went over and above to help out Melissa Crippen from the St Helens team. He offered his horse when hers came up lame last minute and stayed by her side to help her all while competing himself.
Great sportsmanship made for great competition. The dedication and commitment these athletes have is outstanding. “It was very rewarding winning all 5 of my events”, says Madelen. “Winning the performance buckle, getting a scholarship, and having four years of hard work pay off was very exciting.”
Madelen won Saddle Seat, Horsemanship, Showmanship, Trail, and In-Hand Trail giving her a perfect 100 score to win the OHSET State Champion Performance Buckle.
Another notable athlete and a familiar pony face is Equis sponsored Smokin Double Dutch of Rainy Day Ponies who recently got selected to be a Breyer horse (see blog post about Dutch’s accomplishments). Dutch and rider, Colleen Franny, competed at state in dressage, driving, and trail. Colleen, a senior from Tualatin High School, will be accompanying Dutch to Breyerfest and showing off her talents in riding and driving. Colleen told Equis what she loves about OHSET the most “ was being able to accomplish my goal of competing in dressage at state”. “The best part about the OHSET program”, she added “is the fact that one day I can go from doing dressage and driving to the next day competing in barrels and other gaming events. It gives athletes the opportunity to try events they would not have otherwise been able to.”
Senior Collen Franny competing at state in dressage and flags and barrels at a District meet.
Written by Katie Uetz and edited by Natalie Shaw for Equis Feed, a brand of CHS Inc.
Thank you Katie!!!