Putnam County, NY - Equestrian and Horse Links and Information

Putnam County is a small community in New York State, with a large equestrian following.

Putnam County Horse Council is a chapter of the New York State Horse Council.   They host hunter paces typically twice
a year and maintain 8 miles of trails (Map:
http://www.putnamhorsecouncil.com/MAP-NEW-2.htm), that are available to
the public (adjacent to the Putnam County Park).  In addition, there are over 30 miles of trails at Clarence Fahenstock
Memorial State Park,

Some useful local links:  

Putnam County horse boarding facilities:
Putnam County Polo Facility:  http://www.ny-equestrian.com/index.html
Putnam County Horse Council:   http://www.putnamhorsecouncil.com/
New York State Horse Council:  http://www.nyshc.org/
American Horse Council:  http://www.horsecouncil.org/
Putnam County Land Trust:  http://www.pclt.net/
Fairfield Westchester Professional Horsemen's Association:  www.fwpha.com
Mid Hudson Horse Trails Association:  www.midhudsonhorsetrails.org
Horsecents calendar of local events:   http://www.horsecents.org/calendar/month.php
Southern Dutchess Horse & Pony Association:  www.sdhpa.com
Westchester Horse Council:   www.westchesterhorsecouncil.org
Eastern New York Dressage and Combined Training Association:  www.enydcta.org
United States Equestrian Federation:  www.usef.org
United States Dressage Association:  www.usdf.org
United States Eventing Association Area I:  www.area1usea.org
Westchester County Parks Department:  www.co.westchester.ny.us/parks/

If you aren't already convinced that Putnam County's Equestrian Community is one of the best in the area.  Olympic gold
medalist McClain Ward and his father who also competed, are natives of Putnam County and grew up training at Castle
Hill Farm in Brewster, NY.  Keep up the awesome work McClain and Sapphire!
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Holmes, NY Information

Holmes is a small hamlet in the southwest portion of the Town of Pawling.  It is located in Dutchess County, just north of
the Putnam County border in the lower Hudson River Valley.  It is surrounded by Stormville to its west and Pawling to its
east, just north of Patterson and just south of Beekman.

Those who are familiar with Holmes are most familiar with Whaley Lake, which is popular for its summer recreation.  Did
you know that Whaley Lake is partially man-made and it is controlled by a dam at its northern end?  Also, it flows into the
Fishkill Creek which empties into the Hudson River at Beacon, New York.

Many are not aware that the Holmes post office actually services families located within the Pawling School District, as
well as those within the Carmel School District.

Following are some useful links to local Holmes organizations:

Whaley Lake, Route 292  (845) 855-9352  
Holmes Whaley Lake Civic Association  http://pawlingny.virtualtownhall.net/pages/PawlingNY_Recreation/Holmes
Pawling School District:   http://www.pawlingschools.org/
Carmel School District:  http://ccsd.k12.ny.us/
Caterinas Market & Deli, 414 Route 292  (845) 878-1010
The Presbyterian Center, Denton Lake Road    
United State Postal Service:  www.usps.com

If you are interested in additional information about real estate in Holmes, NY as well as the surrounding area, please feel
free to e-mail me:
Upcoming Clinic featuring Rex Peterson - the Hollywood Horse Trainer

I am excited to say that Rex Peterson is offering clinics in NY again...

Rex Peterson has over 50 years of experience and has trained horses for film - often sought after in Hollywood as the
horse wrangler.  His best known work includes Black Beauty, The Horse Whisperer, Hidalgo, Flicka, Dreamer,
Appaloosa, All the Pretty Horses, The Ring, The Patriot, Buddy, Crazy Horse, Far and Away, Sylvester, Three Amigos,
Runaway Bride and The Black Stallion.

Rex Peterson will be at Cari Swanson's Windrock Farm in the Millbrook area several times throughout the year.  Rex is
an amazing horse trainer who, within the course of a 3-day clinic, can be observed starting young/unbroke horses (as
he did with my tempermental 3 year old filly), as well as working with "problem" horses and their people.  I've witnessed
him teach people how to break horse's bad habits (like rearing), and show people what to do to ensure they earn their
horse's respect from the ground or under saddle.

I am proud to say that I have attended several of Rex's clinics between 2007 and now and my horse has changed
dramatically!  She was a very difficult unbroke filly in 2007, but what a difference good training, practice and time

In addition to helping you with your own horse, Rex can be seen demonstrating some of his famous Hollywood tricks by
working with RJ Masterbug, a trick horse from the movie Hidalgo, or with his horse Tuff, who starred in Flicka.  See Rex
& RJ video at Equine Affair in MA on YouTube:  

A list of upcoming clinics is found on the website: http://swansonpetersonproductions.com/news-events  For additional
details, contact Cari Swanson at:

Rex Peterson is truly an exceptional and talented horse trainer.
Diana Hershchuk Murphy
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