The warm days are starting to outnumber the cold, and as we start riding again, we start planning our calendars. With those plans, comes the realization that it’s time to schedule spring shots and Coggins tests. We know we must do them, but why is this a tradition in the spring? Why is this a good idea? What are we vaccinating for? Are they really still needed?
NOVAWE built it and you have come and showed up with helping hands and smiles. Collectively we are improving our WE skills, horsemanship and also importantly, we are all benefiting in experiencing amazing sportsmanship and unequal camaraderie, which is a miraculous byproduct of this sport of “all breeds and disciplines.” This sport promotes passion and motivation unequalled. And most importantly, I truly believe our horses enjoy it and are better for it.
Kate Hall is proof positive that a picture is worth a thousand words. Just take a look at her website Aster Equine Photography and you’ll be met by moving images of beautiful moments with horses. Her subjects are captured with an artistic flare that needs no narrative. Yet Kate’s story of how she came to stand behind the camera is unique; Northern Virginia Working Equitation (NOVAWE) proudly Spotlights and welcomes Aster Equine Photography as a NOVAWE Business Member.
Spotlight – Melissa (“Mills”) Smith
NOVAWE volunteers have had the good fortune to experience the super organization skills of Melissa Smith. Melissa, who goes by Mills, is starting her second year as NOVAWE’s Volunteer Coordinator and her second year as a NOVAWE Clinician—she is amazing in both roles.
NOVAWE Business Member Briar Creek Farm and Suzanne Liscouski offer Ace Your Obstacle Clinic and more . . .
Mary Flood of Wildfire Farm in Lovettsville, VA is a NOVAWE Business Member and owner/trainer who has been teaching and training all types of riders, including both dressage enthusiasts and serious dressage competitors, for over 40 years.
NOVAWE Business Member Another Turn Tack and Apparel, known as “The Shop,” has been supporting NOVAWE from its inception, providing NOVAWE support and show sponsorship. The Shop’s owners Karen McCarthy and Adair Soho participate in different disciplines themselves, McCarthy in Hunt Seat and Soho in Western…
VSP Dressage, LLC is a small business that brings classical dressage instruction, performance training and problem-solving sessions directly to clients across the region. VSP founder Michelle von Schmidt-Pauli has trained with American dressage pioneers and has developed and trained young to mature horses.
NOVAWE spotlight this month is on BeBalanced Hormone Weight Loss Center in Leesburg, Virginia owned by NOVAWE member Jan Benjamin. BeBalanced a non-medical, holistic approach to solving stubborn weight gain.