With a degree in journalism from Colorado State University, Kathleen’s published articles have been in Dressage Today, USDF Connection, and The Horse Connection. She has written weekly agriculture related and general interest articles for The Berthoud Weekly Surveyor. Kathleen won a Colorado Press Association Award in 2012. In 2011, Kathleen was the runner-up for the Loveland Loves to Read Writing Contest.
Article Clips written by Kathleen
"THE VERSATILE HANOVERIAN"
PUBLISHED IN THE HORSE CONNECTION APRIL 2005
Analyzing the history of the Hanoverian in international -competition is like reading a who's who list of equestrian greats. Flamboyant horses such as Flim Flam and Gifted, along with the rhythmical and brilliant Brentina are just a few of the Hanoverian superstars who have drawn crowds. In the Athen Olympic Games, 23 Hanoverians competed in all three disciplines. Hanoverians dominated the dressage competition with Salinero and Beauvalais claiming the gold and bronze medal along with Brentina who carried the fourth place spot.
European History of the Hanoverian
Refinement and the Future
Hanoverian breeders have continued to refine the breed. This trend can be seen in recent competitions as Hanoverians have been highly recognized in all disciplines, including eventing, which requires a lighter framed horse with stamina.
For Fischer, this is what attracted her to Regazzoni. "I saw a need for refinement in the Hanoverians. There is still a lot of heavier, old style Hanoverians which Regazzoni crosses well with," said Fischer. "At the same time Regazzoni crosses well with thoroughbred mares and will add bone to a lighter mare."
Whitten chose Pik L for many reasons, but the thoroughbred breeding on his dam's side was a factor in her decision. "Pik L is a refining stallion. He has not only produced dressage horses, but fantastic hunters as well," said Whitten who also has been selective with her broodmares. "I am looking for movement, correct conformation, and beauty in a mare. I want the mare to also have three correct gaits," said Whitten.
With many breeders following the same philosophies as Whitten, Hage, and Fischer, the evolution of the Hanoverian will only continue to be outstanding. This breed promises to have continued success and an enormous impact on the performance horse industry. HC
"RESCUED DOG PAYS IT FORWARD WITH SEARCH AND RESCUE"
PUBLISHED IN THE BERTHOUD WEEKLY SURVEYOR 2011
A yellow lab with caramel colored eyes caught the attention of Sarah Clusman, the behaviorist at the Longmont Humane Society. He was full of energy, fun-loving, but a little too out of control to be the perfect pet for most homes. Clusman called her Mom who volunteers for the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation (NDSDF). After evaluating the yellow lab, now known as Joe, they agreed that he would be a perfect search and rescue dog. Joe found his way to California and a new home with his permanent handler, Linda Tacconelli, in June of 2008. Both were new to their line of work.
“I was a donor for the NDSDF, but didn’t want to be a handler,” said Tacconelli. “I had always been involved in NDSDF by raising funds, but I went and watched a K-9 evaluation for FEMA certification and thought to myself, ‘I can do that.’ Usually its First Responders or Firefighters that become dog handlers, but I wanted a way to give back to my Country and decided to become a handler.”
Together Joe and Tacconelli completed a rigorous training program and became FEMA certified. FEMA certification includes demonstrating more than the ability to find a person. Joe had to pass an obedience tests, agility skills, and two different tests to find a person lost in rubble.
“The dogs have to show they have the skills to handle a teeter-totter and obstacles like climbing a ladder. The teeter-totter mimics what an earthquake might feel like,” explained Tacconelli. “They must follow voice control commands and whistle commands. We then complete two different tests where a dog is sent into a pile of rubble to find a victim with the handler staying behind to show that the dog can successfully range out from the handler. Then we complete another test where the handler can walk with the dog. During these tests items such as dead animals or clothing is hidden so that we know the dogs will only alert on live victims.”
Joe and Tacconelli completed their testing and worked their first job together in 2010 in their home state of California.
“In 2009 there were fires in the L.A. Station area. That January some teams were deployed to Haiti to help there, but we stayed here because there were mudslides that we helped with,” said Tacconelli. “Then the earthquake and tsunami happened in Japan this March. That was our first huge assignment.”
The NDSDF had hooked up Tacconelli and Joe with the L.A. County Fire Task Force-2. The Task Force-2 deployed to Japan along with another Task Force from Fairfax, Virginia at the request of the Japanese government.
“We left on March 12th and when we arrived we searched the Tsunami area in very cold weather,” said Tacconelli. “The weather helped Joe though as cold weather is easier on a dog than hot weather. We could do more and our mission was accomplished. As we flew home with Joe stretched out asleep on my lap I realized that thanks to the training, there was no situation that we couldn’t handle. Joe did a great job and is a top-notch dog.”
Joe has come a long way from being a rescue at the Longmont Humane Society and along with Tacconelli will be on call when needed. Tacconelli encourages everyone to support the Longmont Humane Society and the NDSDF. For more information on the NDSDF visit www.searchdogfoundation.org.