Downeast Medal Finals

August 2017

September 14-17, 2017

Finals are almost here! Are you qualified yet?Visit our website for more information about Downeast Medal Finals. We welcome all questions, suggestions, and sponsorship: please email Ginger at

The Downeast Medal Finals Prizelist has been posted! Go to our website to view the prizelist and send in your entries.

Click here to check out a new Downeast video showing the 2016 Downeast Medal Day. Thank you to Riitta Fortier for putting this together!
Downeast News
Advertisements for the Downeast Medal Finals Program Book: 
  • Do you know someone who has qualified for Downeast Medal Finals?
  • Would you like to advertise your products or services?
  • Or congratulate a rider or trainer for their hard work this season?
Put an advertisement in our program book for everyone to see! Multiple sizes available. Click here for more information!

Meadowview Equestrian Center has generously offered to sponsor the Walk Trot Scholarship this year. No specifics yet, but the lucky winner will get a $250.00 show credit. Please stay tuned for the details and you can also check the website for more information.
We wish to thank Meadowview for this scholarship as well as Seahorse Stables, Seery Hill, Mill Pond, and Lucky Clover for their sponsorship of the medal classes. This horse show is very lucky to have the support of the local horse community.  We are excited to see everyone in September for our 9th year!

New for 2017: Overall High Point Maine rider award, based upon cumulative points throughout the show.

Horsemanship participants, this year's questions will be taken from articles in the newsletter and the USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Study Guide, which can be found at

Did you know...?

By Erica Koch, DVM
Wentworth Equine Veterinary Services

Did you know that the length of the horse’s intestinal tract is about 100 feet long?

Feed material enters the mouth, gets swallowed into the esophagus, travels into the stomach, small intestine, cecum, large intestine (or large colon), small colon, and exits the rectum.  

The horse has one stomach with only one compartment. The function and design are similar to the human stomach. Although there is one major difference, horses cannot vomit as humans can. There is a sphincter muscle at the junction where the esophagus enters the stomach, which only allows feed to go in one direction. The main function of the stomach is to add acid to the feed to help start the digestion process.

The small intestine has three parts: the duodenum, jejunum and ileum. In the small intestine a major portion of digestion occurs. Pancreatic enzymes are mixed with feed material in the small intestine.  Most carbohydrates, proteins, fat soluble vitamins (A, D, E, and K) and some minerals are absorbed into the horse’s blood stream here and carried off to needed locations.      

From here, feed material enters the cecum, which is a fermenting vat where microbes help to breakdown the feed material that the enzymes didn’t. Mainly fibrous feeds are digested here, hay and pasture grasses.  

Feed material then passes into the large intestine, which is composed of multiple sections; right ventral colon, sternal flexure, left ventral colon, pelvic flexure, left dorsal colon, diaphragmatic flexure, right dorsal colon, and transverse colon. There are multiple twists, turns and changes in the diameter of this section of the intestine. In these areas feed can get stuck and impacted, which often can be the location and cause of colic. In the large colon more microbial fermentation occurs. This is also the primary location for water absorption.       

It takes about 36-72 hours for feed to be ingested, passed through the intestinal tract, formed into fecal balls in the small colon and then finally passed out through the rectum.  

Hemphill's Horses, Feed & Saddlery

Written by Emily Mitchell, Owner of Hemphill's Horses, Feed, and Saddlery

Hemphill's in 2017 is an exciting and fun place to be. We had the opportunity to purchase this landmark for Maine horse people in November of 2014 and we have been enjoying the ride ever since. We take pride in being a one-stop-shop for horse people where we truly sell everything from the horse on up. When we arrived in 2014, the once busy stable and tack shop that had been running for over 50 years had been on the decline for several years, so we started with a wish, a prayer, a huge amount of community support, a few leftover items on the shelves, and a load of 9 horses and ponies to sell that we bought from a good friend in southern Maine. Since that time, this now woman owned and operated business has grown exponentially and we are so grateful to our many supporters and patrons.

On the barn side of things, we love to make matches. Every time we go to a competition or event (from Medal Finals to barrel racing to breed shows or trail rides) and see one of the horses that we have sold having success with his new person, it lets us know that we are on the right track. As we have been working to improve the caliber of equine athlete we bring into the sales barn from day one, we have been able to see some great results with horses sold succeeding out in the wide world. Nearly three years in, this happens more and more frequently and we couldn't be more proud or any happier each time it does!  

In addition to buying and selling, we also run a robust camp leasing program which we have grown back over the past three summers from no camp horses and ponies to nearly 100. We lease lesson safe and suitable horses to summer camps around New England during the summer months and when they return home, we either free lease them to Maine residents from end summer through early spring to keep them available for their summer camp kids the following year or we find them their next careers and new owners. Having run riding camps of her own for over 10 years at Lupine Farm, owner Emily Mitchell has really enjoyed locating and gathering up horses who will work well for campers and be loved dearly by them each summer. It is also a wonderful opportunity for Maine customers to lease a horse before buying in the fall or simply to have the same horse every year to enjoy from August-May without having to purchase.

Then of course, there is the tack shop and feed store to round out the trifecta of our operations. We carry a full line of Blue Seal Feeds and our motto is "if you have it, we can feed it!" Beyond just feed for horses, we also carry a healthy assortment of feed for dogs, cats, chickens, cows, sheep, pigs, goats, birds, guinea pigs, parrots, and more! Our tack shop carries all the basics from barn supplies, halters, leads, and grooming equipment to sheets, blankets, English and Western saddles, bridles, boots, farrier supplies, harnesses, apparel, show clothes, helmets, Breyer horses, and gifts. To showcase our farm and sale horses and promote education for riders in all disciplines, we also host clinics, seminars, and competitions in our store and barn which we advertise on Facebook if you are looking for something fun to do with your horse and horse friends any time soon. From year one in the door, we have been happy to bring a traveling shop to Downeast Medal Finals in Skowhegan where we help some of our favorite customers enjoy the weekend by providing everything from a forgotten girth to a broken peacock to extra Show Sheen or rain sheets and winter jackets depending on the Skowhegan weather pattern for the weekend!

The long and the short of it is that we truly love horses and matchmaking. And one major key to our success is our incredible staff. You will love working with Andi and Beanie in the store and Carley, Bonnie, Lizzie and Kirsten in the barn. Owners Emily and her husband Bill, who also own and operate Lupine Farm, are thrilled to raise their children, Elliott and Willa, surrounded by all of the ponies they can dream of while they learn by example to appreciate the value of working hard and living a life being passionate about what you do.

Come see us soon at our farm and store in Vassalboro or at our booth at Medal Finals in September!  

Hemphill's Horses Feed and Saddlery, 575 Oak Grove Road, Vassalboro, ME 04989 207-872-7964. We are open Mon-Sat every week and Sundays from Thanksgiving through Christmas.  Follow us on Facebook!

Upcoming Shows with Downeast Qualifying Classes

Aug. 5    NHHJATack Shack, Fremont, NH

Aug. 6    Kane Kountry Farm Seacoast ClassicScarborough, ME

Aug. 19  NHHJATack Shack, Fremont, NH

Aug. 20  Cornerstone FarmHaverhill, MA

Aug. 20  Lucky Clover StablesSanford, ME

Aug. 27  NSHASenator Bell, Chester, NH

Sept. 3   Seacoast Hunter JumperGreen Acres Stables, Madbury, NH

Sept. 9   NHHJATack Shack, Fremont, NH

Sept. 10 CK EquestrianScarborough, ME

Sept. 10 Cornerstone FarmHaverhill, MA

Become a Downeast Medal Finals Sponsor for 2017:
All levels accepted and appreciated! 
Visit our website for more information.

For more information, to list your show with Downeast qualifying classes, to be featured as a Downeast spotlight rider, or to become a sponsor, please email Ginger at