Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horse
Members of the Month
Shawneen and Bill Magrum of Turning Point Farm,
words energetic and focused are the first two words that come to
mind when you meet the Magrums of Ohio. Bill works in the heating,
conditioning and plumbing industry, while Shawn is a 34 year veteran
of the horse world.
"Bill is my
great supporter in our small business, Turning Point Farm," says
Shawn. " He puts up with having a horse woman for a wife and this
makes him, I think, a saint."
became interested in Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horses after a
diagnosis of fibromyalgia and two herniated discs brought about an
end to her hard trotting days.
involved with Mountain Horses 10 years ago," Shawn says. " The gait
just intrigued me and I thought this would be a chance to broaden my
training skills. Bill fell in love with the gait. Now he will only
ride gaited horses. We both liked the temperament of
Horses as well."
Point Farm is a small, private show facility. Tucked into 8
well maintained acres, the 11 stall barn, includes three large
broodmare stalls. "We have many creature comforts for the
person who likes to show horses," says Shawn. Shawn is
also able to incorporate other skills into her work with horses.
"I am an Internationally Certified Equine Massage Therapist and I
practice 2nd Degree Advanced Reiki, energy body balancing and
healing. I incorporate Reiki into my equine massage. It speeds
healing time and penetrates the muscles better," she said.
to training horses for the show ring, Shawn does ground work,
including round –pen and longe work. A traveling riding instructor,
she teaches Equitation, centered and balanced pleasure seats, hunt
seat, saddleseat and still goes back to the trot with western
people to have a relationship with their horses and I do trouble
shooting," she explained. "Many of the people I instruct are having
problems with their horses, and so learning about horse psychology
ends up being as therapeutic for the rider as it is for the horse."
the days of breaking horses are behind her, Shawn enjoys helping
people who are working their own horses to finish them. She also
evaluates horses for sale and as breeding prospects and acts as an
advisor when clients are intending to purchase an animal. With a
background of eight years as a judge for the state of Ohio in the
4-H program, as well as open programs, Shawn
has developed an "eye" for quality and likes to try to produce it,
as well as ride it.
"We do some
occasional breeding for our own horses at the farm. Every other year
or so, we sell our babies. I hope to produce great temperament in a
show type horse. I want pretty horses that are pleasing to the eye,
but they also have to be structurally sound, square going horses,
with good bone structure. I want to see a natural, smooth gait but
the mountain horses I purchase must trot nicely as well. I
personally will not purchase pacey horses." Shawn should know the
gait; she is a certified KMSHA Examiner.
forward to the 2007 KMSHA Show season, Shawn says that her two
favorite categories are the Conformation classes and the Trail
because it gives me a rush to present a structurally square,
beautiful horse. It’s an honor as well as a performance to stand up
with a horse like that. I am very picky what I take in the ring for
conformation. It has to be darn near close to perfect. If I have a
good horse, I spend hours and hours with the horse practicing halter
work. The horse also has to have the performance attitude for the
class and that means Pizzazz and moxy," Shawn confides.
it has to be trail pleasure for this horsewoman. " Why do I
like Trail Pleasure? Because I can keep the horse structurally
more comfortable; in a more dressage type of frame. These horses can
perform comfortably with good forward motion, head on the vertical,
flexed at the poll, neck well rounded and flexible; back more
rounded and rear tucked nicely and driving forward, while the gait
remains smooth and comfortable. The trail pleasure horses can really
go the long haul too."
It comes as
no surprise that one of the Members of the Month has an ambition to
stand in center ring some day. "Right now I am in the KMSHA
Apprentice Judge program. I plan to work toward my goal as a fully
certified judge for KMSHA. It may be a bit slow but I’m also
methodical; I will reach it but I am in no hurry. I like to make
sure I thoroughly learn," Shawn says.
that she enjoys every moment of every day that has a horse in it. "
One of my favorite sayings is - ‘Show me your horse and I will tell
you something about yourself.’ I believe, for us horse people -
horses are the mirrors into our lives and hearts. Horses teach us to
communicate. Horses have helped me heal and my students will tell
you . they have helped them learn and heal also."