Markel Monday - Safety Guidelines to Follow, When You Own Or Operate A Farm. Part Five: Heating Systems Maintenance

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Written by Tracey Scharf

For every threat of a mishap, there’s usually a simple safety measure that you can apply to eliminate or drastically reduce the possibility of an accident. However, you have to make sure you are looking in all the right places for possible pitfalls. Providing a safe home for your family and comfortable shelter for horses is very satisfying for the dedicated farm owner. While it is true that horses can survive well enough without the comforts of man-made heating and cooling, in the case of show horses or animals that need special care, the proper maintenance of an even temperature may be necessary.

The following safety tips can help you to reduce accidents and even save lives, but their effectiveness will depend on how frequently you use them – and on how well you communicate to others on your premises the importance of using them too. A successful safety program requires consistent supervision and planning. While these checklists do not take the place of the advice given by fire and police departments, utility specialists, and other trained professionals, they will provide suggestions for what to look for and how to establish your own safety program.

1. Wood burning stoves and flues should be professionally installed and cleaned annually. Chimneys and flues should be replaced as needed. All should meet code requirements.

2. Regular heating system in home and barn should be cleaned and checked by a professional every year. Any problems or failure of the system should be given immediate attention.

3. Portable heaters should be used only as a temporary source of heat and checked for proper maintenance. Portable heaters should not be used in barns near animals or combustibles, and should be vented properly. Older models should not be used. Newer brand name versions with instruction manuals are recommended. Instructions should be kept in an easily accessible place. Never use "homemade" heaters.

4. Woodstoves should be checked for creosote build-up and cleaned annually.

5. All combustibles should have at least 36 inch clearance from stoves and portable heaters.

6. Confirm any professional contractor you use has proper insurance coverage before using them

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, “Many fires can be prevented through proper maintenance and proper use of heating equipment.”  If you take care of your furnace, boiler, and chimney yearly you shouldn’t encounter a problem. How do you go about doing this? Schedule your yearly maintenance on the furnace or boiler with a certified HVAC company. Over time, dust, debris, and other combustibles build up inside your furnace or boiler. Have you ever noticed a burning smell when you first start up the heating system? That is the smell of these combustibles burning up. The longer your system goes without proper maintenance, the harder it has to work. This can take a toll on your system, and it is what often leads to a malfunction in the system.
 
In regards to the chimney, many people assume that all is working well. However, over time the constant heating up and cooling down causes the inside of the chimney to degrade, and the bricks and mortar can easily catch fire. A technician will do an inspection of the chimney or flue.

Besides saving lives and protecting property, using these guidelines can help you qualify for lower insurance premiums. Insurance costs less for people who use safety guidelines because they have fewer losses. While safety can help you save money on your premium, insurance remains a necessity for every farm and business. Liability and property coverage help to protect your assets and keep you in business in the event of a loss. Markel can provide this protection.

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World Equestrian Games 2014

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 13:23
FEI Communications
Italy’s Sara Morganti has been voted the International Paralympic Committee’s best female Allianz Athlete of the Month for August following her incredible performance at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy (FRA).
 
The Tuscany-born Para-Equestrian Dressage rider scored an outstanding Freestyle Grade 1a gold medal...
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 11:36
Grand prix show jumper Danielle Goldstein has represented Israel in major international competitions in 2014, from Spruce Meadows and Thunderbird Horsepark in Canada to the World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France.  Upon returning to the United States, the dual US and Israeli citizen has been invited to compete in the Central Park Horse Show,...
Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 12:20
Alltech Media
[CAEN, France] – After a successful 15 days of competition and celebration, the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy have come to a close this evening with a farewell ceremony in the Michel d’Ornano Stadium in Caen. A cast of close to 2,000 of the world’s best equine and human athletes, more than 570,000 on-site spectators and 3,...
Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 11:18
Diana DeRosa
Where to begin. I’m on the journey home with memories of Beezie Madden claiming the Individual Bronze Medal and Cortes C claiming the Best Horse title in the Final Four phase of Show Jumping at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy. Chester Weber did us proud as well claiming an Individual Silver in Driving and his team was...
Sunday, September 7, 2014 - 21:54
FEI Press Release
FEI President HRH Princess Haya officially closed the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy at the D’Ornano Stadium this evening, bringing to an end two weeks of incredible sport.  The final medals of the Games were presented by IOC Member, Tsunekazu Takeda, Vice-President of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee and Member of the...
Sunday, September 7, 2014 - 21:47
Louise Parkes
 made it double-gold at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy today when adding the individual title to last Thursday’s team victory for The Netherlands. He made his way into this afternoon’s top-four Jumping final thanks to a horse that he admitted was inexperienced at this level of the sport and which clearly surprised him...
Sunday, September 7, 2014 - 21:30
In sport, time is often the difference between victory and defeat, and in a display of supreme individual horsemanship, the Netherlands Jeroen Dubbeldam today sealed a growing reputation within the sport of Show Jumping by claiming the Individual World Champion title at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy by less than half a...

Eventing

Friday, January 30, 2015 - 11:56
Charlotte Carnot, RB Presse
The history of the Jumping International de Bordeaux is inseparable from that of the Show Jumping World Cup, constituting one of its legs ever since the event’s creation. The sport has never failed to provide striking memories: from Belgium's Christian Huysegoms in 1978 to Germany’s Marcus Ehning – who took first place in style last year with the...
Friday, January 30, 2015 - 05:31
Wellington, FL - The maker of GumBits (Gambit Atlanta, Inc.) is thrilled to announce the newest addition to its talented team of sponsored riders - 2014 USEA Lady Rider of the Year, Eventer Lauren Kieffer. As the first-ever $50,000 Wellington Eventing Showcase approaches, GumBits plans to help Kieffer and her mount Czechmate achieve an...
Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 13:33
Equestrian Sport Productions
Wellington, FL - Equestrian Sport Productions (ESP), announces the rider list for this Friday and Saturday's $50,000 Wellington Eventing Showcase, Presented by Asheville Regional Airport, which will take place at the The Stadium (Adequan® Global Dressage Festival show grounds) at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) on January 30-31...
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 08:59
Jenni Autry for Eventing Nation
Eventing is coming to Wellington thanks to the invitational $50,000 Wellington Eventing Showcase at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center on Jan. 30 and 31. Sponsored by Asheville Regional Airport, the event will dole out a nice chunk of prize money as an exhibition event. A lot of the information floating around online has billed it as a...
Friday, January 23, 2015 - 10:06
Victoria Spicer, Press Officer
Last April, the news that the Eventing Grand Prix was no longer to be held at Hickstead was met by widespread disappointment. Now, the Directors of the All England Jumping Course are delighted to announce a return of the class for this season, with a new and exciting format. The Amlin Plus Eventers’ Challenge will be held on the Thursday of the...
Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 14:49
Equestrian Events, Inc.
The Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, Presented by Land Rover, will be held April 23-26, 2015 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY, along with the Kentucky Reining Cup. The event draws anywhere from 50-100,000 spectators and is seen by millions more on worldwide telecasts including a telecast on NBC in the United States. The Rolex Kentucky...
Monday, January 19, 2015 - 12:31
Jenni Autry for Eventing Nation
Just when horses and riders thought they had a handle on Giuseppe della Chiesa’s new Badminton cross-country course, the track will now run in reverse around the Duke of Beaufort’s Park. While Badminton hasn’t released any further information about 2015′s course beyond the change in direction, it’s safe to assume the switch up won’t do anything...

Reining and Western Riding

Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 13:54
AQHA News
The American Quarter Horse Association, January 27, 2015 - The American Quarter Horse Association Ranching Heritage Young Horse Development Program is proud to announce its 2013-14 scholarship winners: Meagan D’Andrea of Fowler, Ohio, with Jelly Dunnit, a 2013 palomino filly by Ghost Of Hollywood and out of Jae Bar Jealously by Bingos Dually,...
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 05:17
Lisa Coulter
Scottsdale, Arizona - Excitement is mounting for the Arizona Sun Circuit show sponsored by the Arizona American Quarter Horse Association, where the first ever World Para Reining (WPR) approved classes will be held on January 30 and 31, at noon. The WPR is a new organization dedicated to fostering competitive reining events for disabled riders...
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 06:05
The American Quarter Horse Association, January 20, 2015 - The American Quarter Horse Association invites you to celebrate its 75th anniversary by attending the Markel AQHA Cowtown Showdown, presented by the City of Fort Worth, during the 2015 AQHA Convention in Fort Worth. The Markel AQHA Cowtown Showdown, which will start at 5 p.m. on March 7...
Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 15:27
NRHA News
In an effort to make payment deadlines more accommodating, we have adjusted the payment schedule from six payments to five payments throughout the year. The first payment is due no later than February 1! Subsequent payments are due April 1, June 1, August 1, and October 1 respectively. It is our hope that streamlining the payment schedule in this...
Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 14:49
Equestrian Events, Inc.
The Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, Presented by Land Rover, will be held April 23-26, 2015 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY, along with the Kentucky Reining Cup. The event draws anywhere from 50-100,000 spectators and is seen by millions more on worldwide telecasts including a telecast on NBC in the United States. The Rolex Kentucky...
Monday, January 12, 2015 - 11:44
Mary Adelaide Brakenridge for Phelps Media Group, Inc. International
Sarasota, FL - January 11, 2015 - After four fun days of top-quality reined cow horse competition, the Horse Show By Appointment (HSBA) Championship Double C Saddlery Finals came to a conclusion on Sunday. Youth, Level One and Level Two Boxing and Two Rein competitors all came out for their second run at Triple J Ranch in Sarasota, Florida,...
Sunday, January 11, 2015 - 12:08
Mary Adelaide Brakenridge for Phelps Media Group, Inc. International
Sarasota, FL - January 10, 2015 - Being named Horse Show By Appointment's Greatest Caballero requires the complete package: strong performances in multiple events including herd work, reining, fence work and steer stopping. Over the past two days at the Horse Show By Appointment (HSBA) Championship Double C Saddlery Finals, there was no question...

Driving

Friday, January 30, 2015 - 11:56
Charlotte Carnot, RB Presse
The history of the Jumping International de Bordeaux is inseparable from that of the Show Jumping World Cup, constituting one of its legs ever since the event’s creation. The sport has never failed to provide striking memories: from Belgium's Christian Huysegoms in 1978 to Germany’s Marcus Ehning – who took first place in style last year with the...
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 07:14
The fastest Florida Horse Park event on wheels! The Sunshine State Combined Driving Event begins Thursday at 8:30 a.m. and continues through Sunday. Three phases of competition including dressage, cones and marathon to be featured. Drivers from across the country come to the Ocala area to train and compete for the winter. International trainers,...
Friday, January 23, 2015 - 10:16
Rebecca Walton for Phelps Media Group
Weirsdale, FL - January 22, 2015 - Tickets for the Driving Derby Hoedown Saturday February 28, and Sunday March 1, 2015 are now available online http://www.uset.org/Driving-Derby-Hoedown.php or through Katie Whaley who will be attending Sunshine States and Kingdom of the Sun driving shows. driv he Driving Derby Hoedown is a special fundraising...
Sunday, January 18, 2015 - 12:39
Cindy Timmer, FEI Communications
Koos de Ronde (NED) flew to victory in the super exciting winning round of the last FEI World Cup™ Driving qualifier of the 2014/15 season held in Leipzig (GER) over the weekend. His compatriot IJsbrand Chardon was the last in the arena and was well on his way to victory when his carriage tipped over in the last part of the course which resulted...
Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 07:03
Thursday, January 15, FEI Driving Committee member Ed Young and members of the USEF Driving Technical Committee will offer a presentation on understand and implementing the new Star System for events/organizers, officials, and athletes (drivers). They have created a brief handbook that explains the system step by step; it will be available for...
Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 11:08
Rebecca Walton USET Foundation
Weirsdale, FL - January 12, 2015 - Mark your calendars today to help support the U.S. Pony Team! Saturday, February 28, and Sunday March 1, 2015, Katie Whaley and Jennifer Matheson, in conjunction with the United States Equestrian Team Foundation, will be hosting a special fundraiser at the Grand Oaks Resort in Weirsdale, Florida. This exciting...

Show Jumping

Friday, January 30, 2015 - 12:04
Jennifer Ward, Starting Gate Communications
Wellington, Florida – 2008 Canadian Olympic Champion Eric Lamaze won his fourth straight WEF Challenge Cup, and also received a $3,000 bonus for the fourth consecutive week for wearing SSG ‘Digital’ riding gloves on his way to victory.  The SSG Gloves “Go Clean for the Green” promotion runs throughout the duration of the 12-week Winter Equestrian...
Friday, January 30, 2015 - 11:56
Charlotte Carnot, RB Presse
The history of the Jumping International de Bordeaux is inseparable from that of the Show Jumping World Cup, constituting one of its legs ever since the event’s creation. The sport has never failed to provide striking memories: from Belgium's Christian Huysegoms in 1978 to Germany’s Marcus Ehning – who took first place in style last year with the...
Friday, January 30, 2015 - 11:50
Jennifer Ward, Starting Gate Communications
Wellington, Florida – Canada’s Eric Lamaze is on a winning streak, and shows no sign of stopping anytime soon.  For the fourth consecutive week, the 2008 Olympic Gold medalist claimed victory in the Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Series at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL. Held each Thursday, Lamaze of Schomberg, ON, won the...
Friday, January 30, 2015 - 11:46
HITS E-News
Ocala, Florida: Amanda Steege of Bedminster, New Jersey, topped the HITS Ocala January Festival $5,000 Devoucoux Hunter Prix on Dutch Warmblood Zidane, owned by Susan Darragh of Orefield, Pennsylvania. The consistent jumping by Zidane put him at the top of the leader board with matching first and second round scores of 85, after the previous...
Friday, January 30, 2015 - 11:25
Rod Kohler, Revolution Sports
Wellington, USA 29 January 2015: From racing ponies as a youngster to claiming international Grand Prix victories around the world, newest Rolex Testimonee Kent Farrington has worked his way to the top echelons of show jumping sport.  Currently the top-ranked American in the world, Farrington invited guests to his Wellington stables on Thursday...
Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 14:06
Phelps Media Group, Inc. International
Blackburn Architects, P.C., will join Animal Planet, Ariat, Fairfield Equine Associates and the Split Rock Jumping Tour as team sponsors of the first Best Performance Team Invitational on Friday evening, February 20, at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, Florida. Team captains Derek Braun, Darragh Kenny, Laura Kraut,...
Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 13:41
Emily Riden, Phelps Media Group, Inc.
Ocala, FL - January 28, 2015 - Capturing the win in Sunday's $50,000 Equine Couture/TuffRider Grand Prix at HITS Ocala meant besting an impressive lineup of riders the likes of McLain Ward, Margie Engle, Charlie Jayne, Candice King and Ian Millar. After a quick, double clear effort, Aaron Vale did just that aboard Quidam's Good Luck, taking home...

Para Dressage

Friday, January 16, 2015 - 05:20
Written By: Lindsay Y. McCall
Kjell Myhre talks to riders at the 2015 USEF High Performance Southeast Para Equestrian Dressage Symposium in Wellington, FL, January 12-13. (Photo: (C) Lindsay Y. McCall) Wellington, FL - Following the 2015 Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3* select U.S. Para-Dressage athletes and coaches had an opportunity to attend the USEF High Performance Southeast Para-Equestrian Dressage Symposium. This symposium took place January 12-13, 2014, at the Global Dressage Festival show grounds in Wellington, Florida. Over two days U.S. High Performance and developing Para-Dressage coaches and riders were immersed in the international equestrian discipline of Para-Dressage. Topics included Para-Dressage theory, scales of training, para-dressage test riding, quality of horse, freestyles, preparation...
Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 04:46
Written By: Lindsay Y. McCall
USA Team (Left to right): Sydney Collier, Annie Peavy, Rebecca Hart, U.S. Chef D' Equipe Kai Handt, and Roxanne Trunnell (Photo: (C) Lindsay Y. McCall) Wellington, FL - Thirteen Para-Dressage horse and rider combinations made their way to Wellington, Florida, this January for the first CPEDI3* of the 2015 show season. Para-Equestrians from Canada and the United States in Grades Ia, Ib, II, III, and IV, competed at the spectacular Global Dressage venue in the Van Kampen Arena. FEI Ground Jury members Mr. Freddy Leyman (BEL), Mr. Kjell Myhre (NOR), and Ms. Kristi Wysocki (USA) were on hand to offer their expertise for each Para-Dressage duo. This CPEDI3* is one of the qualifiers for the 2015 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championships, 2016 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National C...
Monday, January 12, 2015 - 09:29
Robyn Andrews and Fancianna (Photo: SusanJStickle.com) Ottawa, ON. - On the final day of competition at CPEDI3* Global Dressage Festival I presented by Adequan, Robyn Andrews won her test for the second day in a row for Canada. The competition was held at The Stadium at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, Fla., Jan. 9-11, 2015. Andrews of St. Johns, N.L. secured the victory in the Grade Ia Freestyle test riding her 2014 World Equestrian Games mare 14-year-old Fancianna, a Friesian-Andalusian cross, to a score of 67.917%. "I was pleased with Fancy today," said Andrews. "I was a bit tired, but we pulled it off. Many thanks must go to the Global Dressage Festival for putting on a great show. Special thanks to my coach, Amanda Kalvoda; chef d'équipe, Elizabeth Quigg; Pa...
Friday, January 9, 2015 - 05:31
Written By: Lindsay Y. McCall
U.S. Chef D' Equipe Kai Handt jogs Rubicon 75, ridden by Mary Jordan, owned by Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center (Photo (c) Lindsay Y. McCall) Wellington, FL - Para-Equestrian Dressage athletes from around the North American continent have landed in Wellington, Florida, for the 2015 Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3*. This is the first CPEDI3* event for the 2015 calendar year. Thirteen horse and rider combinations presented their mounts in front of FEI Ground Jury members Mr. Freddy Leyman (BEL), Mr. Kjell Myhre (NOR), and Ms. Kristi Wysocki (USA). Para-Equestrians from Canada and the United States will compete January 9-11, in The Van Kampen covered arena at the Global Dressage Festival. Friday, January 9, is the FEI Para-Equestrian Dressage Team Test, followed by Saturday's FE...
Thursday, January 8, 2015 - 07:52
Kai Handt and Wes Dunham showcase collaborative coaching at the Northeast Symposium in 2013. Rider Sydney Collier aboard her own Wentworth works on gaits. (Photo (C) Lindsay Y. McCall) Wellington, FL - The United States Equestrian Federation, Inc. (USEF), is excited to announce a two-day Para Equestrian Dressage Symposium to be held at Global Dressage, Wellington, Florida, January 12 & 13, 2015, 8 AM-4 PM. Select U.S. High Performance and developing Para- Equestrian Dressage riders and coaches will be attending the symposium. Auditors are welcome to attend for $75. Pre-registering as an auditor is not required. Please contact Laureen Johnson at USEF at lkjohnson@usef.org if you are interested in audit...
Wednesday, December 24, 2014 - 05:00
Written By: Lindsay Y. McCall
Nora Grassmyer, Mibis, Barbara Grassmyer, and Bob Grassmyer. (Photo: (c) Lindsay Y. McCall) El Dorado Hills, CA - On December 19, 2014, the Dressage Community lost friend, volunteer, and parent Nora Grassmyer after a three year battle with bladder cancer. Nora was heavily involved with the Dressage and Para-Dressage disciplines both internationally and at the national level. She was also a longtime volunteer at the California Dressage shows managed by Connie Davenport. Nora was a driving force behind her daughter and Paralympian Barbara Grassmyer. She was there at every moment for Barbara including when Barbara served as an alternate for the U.S. Paralympic Team in 2000, competing in Sydney, Australia; in 2001 and 2002 when Barbara was the USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Champion;...
Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 06:30
Rebecca Hart and Schroeters Romani rode to the high score of 78.382% during the Polar Express Show at White Fences. Wellington, FL - Rebecca Hart and Schroeters Romani shined Saturday afternoon during the Polar Express show held at the White Fences Equestrian Center in Loxahatchee, Florida. The talented duo rode to the score of 78.382 percent for the FEI Para Team Grade II test during the national show, kick starting their season as they prepare for the Adequan Global Dressage Festival in CPEDI3* in January 2015.Hart traveled to Florida in early December to work with Wellington-based international dressage trainer Todd Flettrich out of Cherry Knoll Farm, which is also a partial owner of Romani. Hart and Flettrich have worked consistently on warm-up and preparation with Romani after takin...
Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 17:41
Sydney Collier riding Willi Wesley (Photo: SusanjStickle.com) Lexington, Ky. - The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is pleased to announce Sydney Collier as the 2014 Junior Equestrian of the Year. Seventeen-year-old Collier is a talented Para-Equestrian who competed at the international level in 2014, including the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. A native of Ann Arbor, Mich., she was diagnosed at the age of seven with a rare congenital birth defect called Wyburn-Mason Syndrome. In spite of this challenge, Collier pursued her love of riding and has become a top equestrian athlete. A prime example of courage, sportsmanship, and dedication, Collier will be awarded the Ruth O'Keefe Meredith Memorial Trophy as the 2014 Junior Equestrian of the Year. Having her biggest year to da...
Sunday, November 30, 2014 - 06:53
Trainer Wes Dunham and WEG athletes Sydney Collier's mount Willi Wesley at the 2014 Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3* horse inspection . (Photo: Lindsay McCall) Wellington, Florida - November 26, 2014 - Entries are now being accepted at www.equestrianentries.com through December 22, 2014, for the 2015 Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3*. Para-Equestrian Dressage athletes kick-off the show season with their their first international show of the year January 7-11, 2015, in Wellington, FL, in the Van Kampen covered arena. This show will include FEI Para-Equestrian Dressage athletes in Grades Ia, Ib, II, III, and IV. Thursday, January 8, is the Horse inspection at approximately 5:30 PM. Friday, January 9, is the FEI Para-Equestrian Dressage Team Test, followed by Saturday's FEI P...
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 06:18
  We salute our veterans this Veterans Day. Thank you for protecting our freedoms. On this day we ask you to take a moment to think about those that have served our country. We would like to salute our disabled veterans who are part of not only the equestrian sport but all Paralympic sports. Thank you, - USPEA. We too, at DressageDaily, would like to take a moment to thank all veterans who have served our country to protect our liberties and rights. We truly appreciate all past and current members of our military for all that you do! History of Veterans Day - From the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: World War I - known at the time as "The Great War" - officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versaille...
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