Summer 2012
photos by Pashaa and www.dreamlinephotos.com Like a character straight out of Chaucer's, "The Knight's Tale," Charlie Andrews charges boldly down the lyst (a roped-off enclosure where medieval knights jousted) on his Belgian warhorse, Jäegermeister. Andrews, also known as the “Angel of Death,” is the six-time World Champion of full-contact jousting. The hard-hitting sport of full-contact jousting has exploded onto the scene with the Knights of Mayhem putting the “real” back in “reality” TV. In 2011, the National Geographic Channel produced a six-part series on the original extreme sport of full-contact jousting and the Knights of Mayhem. The series highlights Andrews’…
Shaping the Future of Our Youth in the Draft Horse Industry "We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future." —Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945) Where would we be today without yesterday's leaders, doers and thinkers? And more importantly, where will we be tomorrow without today's up-and-comers? Our industry isn't automatically self-sustaining. This is a great topic and, no doubt, an important one. That's why we decided to do a Roundtable on the subject, and involve some of the industry's most qualified in the conversation. They are not difficult to identify–You've seen…
It all started with hooks, in the barn. You may have seen it before, maybe you've done it yourself; made a hook out of a nailed up horseshoe to help you organize your barn space a little bit better. Nailed up horseshoes, fastened on one side to a post, make great places to hang baler twine, or halters, or bridles, maybe collars and other things. Did it ever occur to you that this kind of low level innovation could lead to birthday, Christmas, anniversary and wedding gifts? Roger Thoms, a native of Iowa, transplanted to Aaronsburg, Pennsylvania, some 36 years…
DOC, HE’S GOT “LOCKJAW!” – A CASE REPORT reprinted from the Spring 2010 issue of The Draft Horse Journal Lockjaw is the common name used by many people to identify a case of tetanus. Tetanus can affect a whole host of mammals–almost all of which may be found on a farm. Different species have varying degrees of susceptibility to the organism and its toxin. For instance, horses, sheep and goats are often known to get the disease, while it is rarely seen in cattle, swine, dogs or cats. The human can contract lockjaw and his susceptibility to the disease probably…
HORSES AND THE MEDIA Disclaimer–This article is intended as general discussion and information on the topic covered, and is not to be construed as rendering legal advice. If legal advice is needed, you should contact an attorney. This article may not be reprinted or reproduced in any manner without prior written permission of the author. Horse cases have been in the spotlight recently, even making it to the “Judge Judy” television show aired before a national audience. On February 3, 2012, CBS aired a dispute between horse owner, Deborah Dobbs, and horse trainer, Sharon Jeffco. The lawsuit was for injuries…
Men and women who buy, sell, breed and/or show horses have been looked upon with suspicion for centuries. Horsemen whose ethics were questionable built this negative reputation. Sadly, this brush continues to tar horsemen in the industry. Men and women who engage themselves in the industry today need to take special care. They too, can easily be tarred by this brush. Horsemen build their own reputations, through their actions with fellow horsemen. Honesty is key to a horseman's success. His horses must be represented correctly. Before concluding a sale, inform the buyers all you can about the horse in question.…

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