January 2019

JANUARY 2019 114 EQUESTRIAN NEWS by Donice Muccio T he Parkland Horseman’s Association is Parkland’s longest running schooling horse show. The non-profit PHA show takes place at the Parkland Equestrian Center in Temple Park. PHA has offered a stress free, fun horse show for beginners and advanced riders since the 1970s. Current PHA president, Suzie Cook, has been a club member since 1988. Suzie, along with other board members, has been instrumental in keeping this show going strong in spite of a recession and changing demographics of horses. The PHA show is a great starter show for new riders as well as advanced riders, and trainers acclimating new horses to the show ring. Riders new to the show world can gain the experience and confidence of horse show competitions in a low-pressure show environment. The tension of going to the world-renowned Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington as a beginner show rider or debuting a newly finished horse, although exciting, can be overwhelming. We have a great show in our backyard. It is the hope of board and club members to continue to grow as they have new classes, in addition to the well-run Dressage Show that includes Western Dressage. PHA show secretary, Mikaela Kursell, said, “We are especially proud of our show this season. We are offering an Obstacle Course show and have reintroduced an Introductory Hunters show for emerging hunter/jumpers.” PHA also offers lead-line classes for ages eight and younger, including unprecedented lead-line dressage tests. If your child is taking riding lessons or you are an adult getting back into horses, check with your instructor to see if they are participating in the Parkland show. If not, maybe they would consider bringing a show team to our community schooling show. Parkland Horseman’s Association has an active Facebook page and website. The website is parklandhorsemans.org . You may get current news, classes, and contact information on both sites. Again, this lovely show venue offers a friendly, stress free, welcoming environment run by volunteers. The organization is always looking for volunteers to help with the many details needed to run a horse show. No equine experience is required to be a volunteer. If you are local business, consider advertising in the PHA annual show book. It’s a great, affordable way to showcase your business to the equine community and show spectators. The upcoming dates for the 2018-2019 season are Jan. 26-27, Feb. 9-10, March 9-10, and April 6-7. It’s a wonderful time of the year to come out and support the beautiful horses and exhibitors. Excellent References Upon Request 954-255-7185 (barn) • 954-464-1239 (mobile) 4701 Godfrey Rd., Coral Springs/Parkland, FL 33067 Located off Wiles Rd. • www.malachiacres.com FB... Malachi Acres Riding Academy and Full Board M alachi Acres Horse Shows • Boarding Horse Leasing Available for Advanced Riders Correct, safe riding lessons in a relaxed, encouraging environment for children and adults, beginner through advanced. aking Horse Dreams Come True Since 1999 M Sign up for Winter Break Camp Now Support the Parkland Horseman’s Association Mikaela Kursell and Frank Babrove