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September 18, 2015

Horseback Riding in Autumn

A hunter pace rider enjoying herself in Connecticut
A rider enjoying the day.
by Toni Leland

A sharp edge to the air, the soft thump of hooves on pine needles. What could be more invigorating than trotting through the forest or cantering over a rolling countryside in the fall? Organized for exactly that experience, hunter paces and turkey trots are the darlings of avid horse folk everywhere, but especially here in Connecticut...

A pretty chestnut mare looks out of the horse trailer
Pretty chestnut, just waiting...
One of the great things about writing for Connecticut Horse magazine is that I can write about what I love. Horses have been my passion since I was a little girl, and to now be able to share that love with others is amazing.

Enjoy my article about hunter paces and turkey trots, a piece beautifully designed by the magazine for your reading pleasure. 

July 7, 2015

Mystic Valley Hunt Club – A Treasure in Southeastern Connecticut

by Toni Leland

Imagine riding your horse in a beautiful setting on 172 acres in Southeastern Connecticut. Better still, imagine taking lessons from Connecticut Hunter/Jumper Association’s 2014 High Point Hunter Trainer, Sally Hinkle Russell. These dreams can come true at Mystic Valley Hunt Club in Gales Ferry, a premier training facility owned and cherished by Sally.
Nice view of the riding ring at Mystic Valley Hunt Club in Mystic, CT
My very first assignment for Connecticut Horse magazine! Wow, a chance to meet this charming and caring horsewoman, and see the dream she made come true.

Join me as we talk with Sally, and walk her beautiful property. Happy horses and happy riders are everywhere, and that makes Sally happy!

A young rider and her horse sail over a jump at Mystic Valley Hunt Club in Mystic, CT
Connecticut Horse makes its debut with this issue. Look forward to many more issues packed with interesting and informative articles and details about horses in Connecticut.