The most common reason for menopause is the natural decline in a female's reproductive hormones. However, menopause can also result from the following situations:
Oophorectomy: This surgery, which removes a woman's ovaries, causes immediate menopause. Symptoms and signs of menopause in this situation can be severe, as the hormonal changes happen abruptly.
Chemotherapy: Cancer treatments like chemotherapy can induce menopause quickly, causing symptoms to appear shortly after or even during treatment.
Ovarian Insufficiency: Also called premature ovarian failure, this condition is essentially premature menopause. It happens when a woman's ovaries quit functioning before the age of 40 and can stem from genetic factors and disease. Only 1% of women suffer from premature menopause, but HRT can help protect the heart, brain, and bones.
If you're a woman going through menopause and find that you have become increasingly depressed, you're not alone. It's estimated that 15% of women experience depression to some degree while going through menopause. What many women don't know is that depression can start during perimenopause, or the years leading up to menopause.
Depression can be hard to diagnose, especially during perimenopause and menopause. However, if you notice the following signs, it might be time to speak with a physician:
Remember, if you're experiencing depression, you're not weak or broken - you're going through a very regular emotional experience. The good news is that with proper treatment from your doctor, depression isn't a death sentence. And with HRT and anti-aging treatment for women, depression could be the catalyst you need to enjoy a new lease on life.
Hot flashes - they're one of the most well-known symptoms of menopause. Hot flashes are intense, sudden feelings of heat across a woman's upper body. Some last second, while others last minutes, making them incredibly inconvenient and uncomfortable for most women.
Symptoms of hot flashes include:
Typically, hot flashes are caused by a lack of estrogen. Low estrogen levels negatively affect a woman's hypothalamus, the part of the brain that controls body temperature and appetite. Low estrogen levels cause the hypothalamus to incorrectly assume the body is too hot, dilating blood vessels to increase blood flow. Luckily, most women don't have to settle for the uncomfortable feelings that hot flashes cause. HRT treatments for women often stabilize hormones, lessening the effects of hot flashes and menopause in general.
Mood swings are common occurrences for most people - quick shifts from happy to angry and back again, triggered by a specific event. And while many people experience mood swings, they are particularly common for women going through menopause. That's because, during menopause, the female's hormones are often imbalanced. Hormone imbalances and mood swings go hand-in-hand, resulting in frequent mood changes and even symptoms like insomnia.
The rate of production of estrogen, a hormone that fluctuates during menopause, largely determines the rate of production the hormone serotonin, which regulates mood, causing mood swings.
Luckily, HRT and anti-aging treatments in Upper Stewartsville, NJ for women work wonders for mood swings by regulating hormone levels like estrogen. With normal hormone levels, women around the world are now learning that they don't have to settle for mood swings during menopause.
Staying fit and healthy is hard for anyone living in modern America. However, for women with hormone imbalances during perimenopause or menopause, weight gain is even more serious. Luckily, HRT treatments for women coupled with a physician-led diet can help keep weight in check. But which hormones need to be regulated?
Lowered sexual desire - three words most men and women hate to hear. Unfortunately, for many women in perimenopausal and menopausal states, it's just a reality of life. Thankfully, today, HRT and anti-aging treatments Upper Stewartsville, NJ can help women maintain a normal, healthy sex drive. But what causes low libido in women, especially as they get older?
The hormones responsible for low libido in women are progesterone, estrogen, and testosterone.
Progesterone production decreases during perimenopause, causing low sex drive in women. Lower progesterone production can also cause chronic fatigue, weight gain, and other symptoms. On the other hand, lower estrogen levels during menopause lead to vaginal dryness and even vaginal atrophy or loss of muscle tension.
Lastly, testosterone plays a role in lowered libido. And while testosterone is often grouped as a male hormone, it contributes to important health and regulatory functionality in women. A woman's testosterone serves to heighten sexual responses and enhances orgasms. When the ovaries are unable to produce sufficient levels of testosterone, it often results in a lowered sex drive.
Often uncomfortable and even painful, vaginal dryness is a serious problem for sexually active women. However, like hair loss in males, vaginal dryness is very common - almost 50% of women suffer from it during menopause.
Getting older is just a part of life, but that doesn't mean you have to settle for the side effects. HRT and anti-aging treatments for women correct vaginal dryness by re-balancing estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. When supplemented with diet and healthy living, your vagina's secretions are normalized, causing discomfort to recede.
Uterine fibroids - they're perhaps the least-known symptom of menopause and hormone imbalances in women. That's because these growths on the uterus are often symptom-free. Unfortunately, these growths can be cancerous, presenting a danger for women as they age.
Many women will have fibroids at some point. Because they're symptomless, they're usually found during routine doctor exams. Some women only get one or two, while others may have large clusters of fibroids. Because fibroids are usually caused by hormone imbalances, hysterectomies have been used as a solution, forcing women into early menopause.
Advances in HRT and anti-aging medicine for women give females a safer, non-surgical option without having to experience menopause early. At Global Life Rejuvenation, our expert physicians will implement a customized HRT program to stabilize your hormones and reduce the risk of cancerous fibroid growth.
Endometriosis symptoms are much like the effects of PMS, and include pelvic pain, fatigue, cramping, and bloating. While doctors aren't entirely sure what causes this painful, uncomfortable condition, most agree that hormones - particularly xenoestrogens - play a factor.
Endometriosis symptoms are much like the effects of PMS and include pelvic pain, fatigue, cramping, and bloating. While doctors aren't entirely sure what causes this painful, uncomfortable condition, most agree that hormones - particularly xenoestrogens - play a factor.
Xenoestrogen is a hormone that is very similar to estrogen. Too much xenoestrogen is thought to stimulate endometrial tissue growth. HRT for women helps balance these hormones and, when used with a custom nutrition program, can provide relief for women across the U.S.
Sermorelin is a synthetic hormone peptide, like GHRH, which triggers the release of growth hormones. When used under the care of a qualified physician, Sermorelin can help you lose weight, increase your energy levels, and help you feel much younger.
Human growth hormone (HGH) therapy has been used for years to treat hormone deficiencies. Unlike HGH, which directly replaces declining human growth hormone levels, Sermorelin addresses the underlying cause of decreased HGH, stimulating the pituitary gland naturally. This approach keeps the mechanisms of growth hormone production active.
Ipamorelin helps to release growth hormones in a person's body by mimicking a peptide called ghrelin. Ghrelin is one of three hormones which work together to regulate the growth hormone levels released by the pituitary gland. Because Ipamorelin stimulates the body to produce growth hormone, your body won't stop its natural growth hormone production, which occurs with synthetic HGH.
Ipamorelin causes growth hormone secretion that resembles natural release patterns rather than being constantly elevated from HGH. Because ipamorelin stimulates the natural production of growth hormone, our patients can use this treatment long-term with fewer health risks.
One of the biggest benefits of Ipamorelin is that it provides significant short and long-term benefits in age management therapies. Ipamorelin can boost a patient's overall health, wellbeing, and outlook on life.
When there is an increased concentration of growth hormone by the pituitary gland, there are positive benefits to the body. Some benefits include:
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By Danielle DeGerolamoPublishedApril 27, 2023 at 6:14 PMBasking Ridge, NJ – The Pingry School has welcomed 28 members of the Class of 2023 into The Cum Laude Society. Established in 1906 as the secondary school equivalent of Phi Beta Kappa, the country’s oldest collegiate honor society, The Cum Laude Society honors academic excellence and superior scholarship. Membership in this prestigious academic organization is limited to 20 percent of the Senior class....
By Danielle DeGerolamo
PublishedApril 27, 2023 at 6:14 PM
Basking Ridge, NJ – The Pingry School has welcomed 28 members of the Class of 2023 into The Cum Laude Society. Established in 1906 as the secondary school equivalent of Phi Beta Kappa, the country’s oldest collegiate honor society, The Cum Laude Society honors academic excellence and superior scholarship. Membership in this prestigious academic organization is limited to 20 percent of the Senior class.
Cayden Barrison (Watchung) Adam Bauhs (Summit) Ella Budenbender (New Vernon) Julia Flood (Fanwood) Nubia Gooding (Bridgewater) John Grissinger (Summit) Mirika Jambudi (Edison) Meher Khan (Warren) Lauren Kim (Warren) Sydney Langer (Short Hills) Katie Lin (Basking Ridge) Maximus Liu (Warren) Alexander Massey (Far Hills) Morgan McDonald (Maplewood) Milenka Men (Colonia) Gordon Oatman (Summit) Caleb Park (Westfield) Diego Pasini (Warren) Amanda Pfundstein (Far Hills) George Shavel (Summit) Luca Shum (Morristown) Grace Stowe (Flemington) James Thomas (Chatham) Stephanie Ticas (Bernardsville) Max Watzky (Short Hills) Leo Xu (Basking Ridge) Luis Zavala (Stewartsville) Rachel Zhang (Bridgewater)
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According to The Cum Laude Society, each Chapter may elect students who are enrolled in a college preparatory curriculum and “who have had an honor record up to the time of election andstand in the first fifth of their class…Each Chapter shall determine the method in which an honor record and class standing shall be ascertained…Chapters shall be free to elect members who have demonstrated academic excellence in accordance with the philosophy and policies governing their individual schools.”
Pingry students must meet each of the following criteria to be considered for election: maintain at least an A- grade point average, achieve honor roll status throughout their years in the Upper School, be in good academic standing, and carry a full college preparatory course load.
However, The Cum Laude Society emphasizes more than academic grades. It recognizes individuals who—in all areas of their lives—love to learn, share their knowledge with others, and demonstrate scholarship, honor, integrity, and good character. The Society also hopes that all of its members will continue their cooperative and selfless pursuit of knowledge while serving as lifelong examples of The Cum Laude Society motto: Aréte (Excellence), Diké (Justice), Timé (Honor).
Shown in Photo:
Front row: Rachel Zhang, Stephanie Ticas, James Thomas, Amanda Pfundstein, Luca Shum, Sydney Langer, Maximus Liu, Katie Lin, Milenka Men, and Ella Budenbender.
Back row: Diego Pasini, Luis Zavala, George Shavel, Leo Xu, Grace Stowe, Meher Khan, Caleb Park, Gordon Oatman, Morgan McDonald, John Grissinger, Nubia Gooding, Alexander Massey, Julia Flood, Adam Bauhs, and Cayden Barrison.
Not pictured: Mirika Jambudi, Lauren Kim, and Max Watzky.
About The Pingry School:
The Pingry School, a K-12 coeducational, independent country day school, is recognized throughout the United States for its academic excellence, Honor Code, arts, athletics, and community and civic engagement. The school’s mission is to foster in students a lifelong commitment to intellectual exploration, individual growth, and social responsibility, while preparing them to be global citizens and leaders of the 21st century. Dr. John F. Pingry founded the school in 1861 in Elizabeth, New Jersey, and today there are three campuses: Grades K-5 in Short Hills, Grades 6-12 in Basking Ridge, and a shared campus for Grades K-12 in Pottersville that focuses on experiential education. The diverse student body is composed of more than 1,100 students from nearly 100 towns in New Jersey and New York. For more information, visit the school’s website, pingry.org, or follow The Pingry School on Facebook and Twitter.
Modesty is one of the rarer commodities on the Munchmobile. We don't mean our Munchers, but rather restaurant owners and employees, who often brag that their sandwich/salad/burger/pizza/pasta/steak/whatever is the best we'll ever have.Pat Tirotta took bragging to Olympian -- or is that Promethean? -- heights. At Pat's Lunch in Middle Township, where you can buy both bisque and frozen bait, a sign advertises "World Famous Cheesesteaks." Inside the seafood diner/shack, the 88-year-old Tirotta will inform you his soups are &quo...
Modesty is one of the rarer commodities on the Munchmobile. We don't mean our Munchers, but rather restaurant owners and employees, who often brag that their sandwich/salad/burger/pizza/pasta/steak/whatever is the best we'll ever have.
Pat Tirotta took bragging to Olympian -- or is that Promethean? -- heights. At Pat's Lunch in Middle Township, where you can buy both bisque and frozen bait, a sign advertises "World Famous Cheesesteaks." Inside the seafood diner/shack, the 88-year-old Tirotta will inform you his soups are "unbelievable," and his lobster bisque is "the best soup in the country."
"If you don't like it," he says, smiling, "walk out the door. I don't care."
Tirotta may have been the most memorable -- and brazen -- owner of this or any other Munch summer, but he wasn't the only one singing chowder's praises. Every Jersey Shore restaurant, or so it seems, claims its New England or Manhattan clam chowder is either "award-winning" or "world famous." World famous? Wait. Are people in Copenhagen and Kuala Lumpur really talking about it?
Maybe all the hyperbole is just a way of making up for the chowder's humble beginnings. Clams, for one, were not exactly prized by the Pilgrims, who called them "the meanest of God's blessings," according into one account.
The earliest chowders were a dizzyingly democratic hodgepodge of ingredients -- anything that swam, flew or grew in the garden was likely to end up in the pot, according to whatscookingamerica.net. In fact, "chowder" -- which may have derived from the Old English word "jowter" or fish peddler -- came to describe any fish or vegetables cooked in a cauldron.
We didn't spot any witches on our journey, although we did encounter some rather glum employees (smile, the summer's almost over!), one great bartender (April at the Gateway in Ship Bottom) and at least one feeding frenzy.
"Crabby patty was OK but we were there for chowda," Maria Brennan of Clark wrote in her report.
Let the record show there was no one named Patty on this trip; Brennan was referring to the crab cake sandwich at Sharky's Feeding Frenzy in Lower Township.
We tried chowders of all kinds and colors, and fished for words to describe them. But this is one soup that's always been tough to pin down and reel in.
We drove through Upper, stopped in Middle and Lower, cruised down the boulevard on LBI, and ended the day spreading a dozen takeout containers and one Key lime pie on a picnic bench in Point Pleasant Beach.
Key lime pie? How did that end up on this trip? You probably could live on chowder alone, but our Munchers deserved some sugary reward.
"I feel like this was an Olympic event that I had been training for all my life," Allison Rebenack of Hillsborough said.
Were any of our 20-plus chowders and bisques gold medal-worthy? The modest report can be found below.
MEET THE MUNCHERS:
Sharky's Feeding Frenzy, 997 Ocean Drive, Lower Township; (609) 898-3377
Definitely a Big Dog kind of place -- backroad location, a dozen tables spread under a tent. Thyme has come today -- the New England clam is loaded with the herb. Some found it overpowering; others liked the soup's aggressiveness. The jury was less divided on the spinach, corn, tomato and crab soup. "At first taste, it was too sweet, but the flavor grew on me," Allison Rebenack reported. The crab cake could have used seasoning or spice, but it's an honest, bountiful one. Excellent, crisp fries; Bob Kivetz rated them the day's best side.
Pat's Lunch, 1105 Stone Harbor Boulevard, Middle Township; (609) 368-6379
There is only one Pat's Lunch, and only one Pat Tirotta. Fortunately. The proprietor is far from modest, and his soups are expensive, but he's a character. His "world famous" chowders are famous somewhere, but not on the Big Dog. Maria Brennan called them "egg-drop soupy," while Katie Henry likened the New England clam chowder to "oatmeal." The Maryland crab was the best of the bunch. Nick Giaquinto definitely was Pat's biggest booster; he gave the bisque, Maryland crab and the she-crab each 9[?] stars out of 10. Catherine Ambos' summary: "Beautiful blue skies, breeze across the marsh, great blue heron, lumpy chowder. Come for the stories."
Country Kettle Chowda, Bay Village, Beach Haven; (609) 492-2858
Little more than a hole in the wall, but they do chowda right. Jeff Kaminski found the day's top four chowders here. We'll take this Manhattan; Maria Brennan admired its "perfect texture" and "great aftertaste." But Rick Lewinski said the potatoes "needed to be more uniformly cut." Different: the Rhode Island red, half Manhattan, half New England. "I like the creaminess of the New England swimming with the flavor of the tomato-based Manhattan," Allison Rebenack said. Katie Henry loved the lobster bisque. "It was buttery and almost floated on my tongue," she said. The girl behind the counter was as friendly as a nor'easter, but we really liked the soups.
Bistro 14, Ninth and Bay, Beach Haven; (609) 492-6100
Casual, attractive second-floor restaurant in Bay Village in the heart of Beach Haven. The Breton Clam Chowder, the 2007 ChowderFest grand prize winner for red, is daringly different. It's a thick, almost salsa-like concoction, with tomatoes, vegetables, fresh herbs and potatoes, but the "lots of tender clams" didn't materialize. The Munch driver liked it, but Joe Jewell called it "a minestrone," awarding it a mere one star. Our grand prize winner? The crab and corn bisque, which Katie Henry described as "velvety." Catherine Ambos called it "a silky, gentle soup whose sweet opening notes segued into a dance of rich crab, fresh corn and sherry."
The Gateway, Outbound Causeway, Ship Bottom; (609) 494-1661.
"Gateway on LBI. Contest over," wrote "loyal reader" Mark Murray. The Munchers largely disagreed. "Tastes like store bought," Joe Jewell said. "A little plebeian; standard comfort food," added Catherine Ambos. Biggest fan was Debbie Schluter, who said the New England happily reminded her of the Howard Johnson's clam chowders of her youth. Raves for the mussels. "Some of the best I've had in New Jersey," Allison Rebeneck said. Skip the wings, though.
Spike's Fish Market Restaurant, 415 Broadway, Point Pleasant Beach, (732) 295-9400.
Don't feel like waiting an hour or more for a table? Do takeout; our order was ready in 20 minutes, as promised. The Manhattan better than the New England; Joe Jewell called the former "great," although Allison Rebenack was "concerned/confused" by the piece of chicken in hers. Katie Henry said the New England tasted "a lot like Thanksgiving gravy," which didn't sound like a good thing. Most of our entrees top-notch. Maria Brennan loved the stuffed shrimp, with its "sublime" crab stuffing. The red snapper New Orleans style, a special, was spicy and seductive. Flounder francaise a group fave. Great pies at a seafood joint? The Swedish apple pie is fine, the Key lime outstanding.
Morgan Fishery, 1812 Route 35 north, Sayreville; (732) 721-9100.
Blue-awninged, tile-floored seafood shack on Route 35 across from the old Club Bene. "Funkytown" plays on the radio, cook Mateo Martinez is behind the grill, and owner Joe Rescinti is out back, prepping. Check out the immense hanging lures, big enough to nab "Jaws." The Maine lobster, clam and corn chowder is terrific; it may have been the best single soup sampled on this trip. The lobster bisque is almost as good. The New England clam chowder is tasty enough, but may be a turnoff to those expecting something thicker and more substantial. The Manhattan, weak and watery, seemed to come from another kitchen, or port. The soft shell crab sandwich and the fried calamari Morgan Fishery style are both first-rate. The latter, enlivened with Pecorino Romano, extra virgin olive oil and fresh tomatoes, will make you forget every sports-bar calamari you've ever known.
TELL US WHERE TO GO
Baby, baby, where did our love -- and the summer -- go? The Munchers hit the road one last time tomorrow on our annual readers' choice trip. Which means anything is in play -- breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, you name it. Where should we go? Call the Munchmobile Hotline or e-mail [email protected].
What better title for the ultimate guide to roadside food and casual eating in New Jersey? The Munchmobile's first 10 years are vividly captured in this 220-page book, including capsule reviews of every Big Dog stop since the beginning, plus excerpts, photos, behind-the-scenes stories, best-of lists and more. It's a must for any Munch follower. The book is almost ready to be shipped! For information, visit munchmobilebook.com.
CRAB CAKE CONTEST
Jersey restaurant owners: Think you make a great crab cake? Now's your chance to prove it! The 2008 Crab Cake Festival will be held Saturday, Sept. 20, at Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport, concurrent with the New Jersey Thoroughbred Festival. The Munchmobile will be there, along with our costumed superhero, Mighty Munch. You don't have to be a Shore restaurant to qualify for the contest, as long as you're located in New Jersey. For participation forms and information, visit sparkmybiz.com or call the Munchmobile Hotline.
Can't wait for the weekly Munch installments? Read Pete Genovese's on-the-scene blog of each trip by visiting the Munchmobile Blog at nj.com/munchmobile. For full field reports from each Muncher, visit the Big Dog Blog at blog.nj.com/bigdog.
Each week, we give away limited-edition T-shirts to the first two people who guess our trivia answer correctly. Last week's question: At what Munch stop can you find a sign that says, "Please abduct me"? The answer: Shut Up and Eat! in Toms River. The winners: Jeanine Berg of Millburn and Mike Dowd of Belleville.
This week's question: What's in bear tracks? Call the Munchmobile Hotline; you must leave your name and number.
LETTER OF THE WEEK
I am a special education teacher. Let me quickly explain why I should be on this year's Munchmobile. I am a food lover. I'm probably the only 24-year-old who cooks dinner from scratch six days a week, makes hand-made lunches every day and aligns her treadmill to the Food Network schedule. When I eat breakfast, I am thinking about lunch; when I eat lunch, I am looking forward to my afternoon snack, and this cycle continues all day, so much that I go to bed looking forward to breakfast.
I am currently working on a cookbook. I'm thinking something along the lines of "Living Without the Rock: A Couple's Guide to Quick, Cheap and Delicious Recipes," or maybe "Untie the Knot and Turn Up the Flame."
I feel that being on the Munchmobile would be a great experience for me and fulfill a part of me that is screaming to come out. Pleeeease choose me.
-- Gina Bruno, South Amboy
The annual "School Performance Reports" are out. Patch has a list of schools with the best and worst teacher attendance. |Updated Mon, Apr 10, 2017 at 2:27 pm ETThe annual "School Performance Reports" are out, and Patch has a list of schools with the best and worst teacher attendance.Generally, faculty attendance was solid, with most schools showing attendance in the 96 percentile range. Nearly 80 schools, however, have teachers who don't show up at least 10 percent of the time.The state Depa...
|Updated Mon, Apr 10, 2017 at 2:27 pm ET
The annual "School Performance Reports" are out, and Patch has a list of schools with the best and worst teacher attendance.
Generally, faculty attendance was solid, with most schools showing attendance in the 96 percentile range. Nearly 80 schools, however, have teachers who don't show up at least 10 percent of the time.
The state Department of Education released the performance reports last week but did not offer a quality comparison as it has done in previous years. The department, however, did offer teacher attendance statistics for the first time.
The data is self-reported, so Patch eliminated schools — and there were a number of them — that listed "0" for teacher attendance.
At the same time, district-reported data that shows 100 percent faculty attendance means that they submitted data showing that all faculty were present for all contracted days, according to the DOE. Sixty-three districts reported perfect teacher attendance.
"School Performance Reports are designed to be conversation starters by informing parents, educators and communities about how well a school is performing and preparing its students for college and careers," David Saenz Jr., press secretary for the state Department of Education.
In addition to the attendance statistics, the reports also offered statistics on SAT, ACT and PARCC scores, which can be accessed by clicking here. New Jersey Spotlight also offers a searchable data base for student and teacher attendance, which can be found by clicking here.
Here is the complete list of schools, their town, county and percentage of teacher attendance:
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Brynne McIntrye, left is Reserve Champion IEA Dressage Rider and USEA High Point Champion. Lindsay Shaw, right, is Champion IEA Dressage Rider and USDF High Point Champion.Photo Credit: Jump Media/USHJAPhoto Credit: Montana McKnightUSHJA Varsity Intermediate on the Flat Champion Sophia Olivero celebrates with ringmaster Ed Nowak and USHJA Sport Coordinator Danae Fryman. Photo Credit: Jump Media/USHJA By TAPinto Horses StaffHARRISBURG, Pa. —The Intersc...
Brynne McIntrye, left is Reserve Champion IEA Dressage Rider and USEA High Point Champion. Lindsay Shaw, right, is Champion IEA Dressage Rider and USDF High Point Champion.
Photo Credit: Jump Media/USHJA
Photo Credit: Montana McKnight
USHJA Varsity Intermediate on the Flat Champion Sophia Olivero celebrates with ringmaster Ed Nowak and USHJA Sport Coordinator Danae Fryman. Photo Credit: Jump Media/USHJA
By TAPinto Horses Staff
HARRISBURG, Pa. —The Interscholastic Equestrian Association named 12 new U.S. Hunter Jumper Association individual champions, two team national champions, and the 2019 Leading Hunt Seat Rider during the IEA Hunt Seat National Finals, held April 26-28, at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center in Harrisburg, Pa.
Among those trophy winners were Sophia Olivero of Katonah, N.Y. She earned the USHJA Varsity Intermediate on the Flat championship.
“It feels so amazing [to have won],” said Olivero, who rides with the Grier School and coach Chrystal Wood in IEA Zone 11. “The horses I drew, I was so lucky to have ridden. They were such great horses, and it was so great of the barns today that provided horses. Everyone in my class did so well. I’m so honored to have won because everyone was such an amazing rider.
“I love that [the IEA] teaches you to be able to get on a horse and to find out quickly how to ride that horse to the best of your ability. It really teaches you good lessons,” said, Olivero, 15.
The additional USHJA individual championship winners include:
Matthew Tracy, Briarwood Farm Equestrian Team, Ringoes, N.J., IEA Zone 11 – Varsity Open Over Fences
Sadie Koresh, Top Notch Equestrian Team, Stewartsville, N.J., IEA Zone 11 – Future Novice Over Fences
These riders, made up from 10 Zones across the country, vied for national titles and to be among the top eight riders in their classes. The finalists represented 191 teams from a total of 10,567 eligible hunt seat riders and 1,382 teams. Individuals and teams participated in multiple competitions during regular season shows, regional finals and zone finals to qualify for the National Finals competition.
The IEA utilizes a draw-based format that requires riders to compete in unfamiliar tack on unfamiliar mounts: therefore, they draw their horses the day of competition and enter the arena after a brief, if any, warm up.
Each year at IEA National Finals, the United States Pony Clubs, Inc. (USPC) presents a non-riding competition in the form of a written test and a hands-on practicum for a select group of finalists. The Holy Innocents Episcopal School Horsemanship Test Upper School winner was Claire Livingston of Lake Effect Equestrian Team in McKean, Pa. (Zone 11).
Dressage Finale Held in Ohio
The Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) hosted a two-day Dressage Finale (Horse Show) on April 13-14, at the Otterbein University Equestrian Center in Westerville, Ohio.
The Finale was an opportunity for riders in grades 6-12, parents and equine professionals to come together to celebrate the culmination of a three-year Dressage Pilot Program of Dressage scrimmages held throughout the United States. In addition to the competition, the weekend included a United States Pony Clubs (USPC) sponsored Horsemanship Test and college fair. Nearly 150 young riders from across the nation participated.
Dressage will become a permanent IEA program beginning with the 2019-2020 season.
Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio played host to the IEA Dressage Finale for the second year in a row and supplied the riders with quality horses for the weekend. There were both Team and Individual riders competing in the Finale, with many riders competing in both qualifications. The Grier School, from Tyrone, Pa., took the Upper School Team Championship. RGB Equestrian, from Skaneateles, N.Y., was Reserve Champion. RGB Equestrian took the lead and won the Middle School Team Championship, with Standing Ovation, from Port Matilda, Pa., as Reserve.
The 2019 Champion IEA Dressage Rider was Lindsay Shaw from Grier School. Brynne McIntyre from Linden Hall took Reserve Champion. The weekend also saw Shaw win USDF High Point Champion and Brynne McIntyre win USEA High Point Champion. The Sportsmanship award was presented to Makayla Brooks from Three Rivers for her outstanding attitude and volunteerism, along with her standout leadership at the show.
Otterbein University’s Flynn was awarded Horse of the Show.
In addition to riding classes, IEA members also had the opportunity to take a written Horsemanship Test hosted by USPC. The top placing written exam takers moved on to a hands-on Practicum Horsemanship Exam where they had to point out and explain the workings of a horse and its tack. Awards were given to the top eight Middle School and Upper School participants.
A complete list of results can be found at: https://wwwrideiea.org/national-finals/
Membership Expanded to 4th and 5th Graders
The Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) Board of Directors recently voted to expand membership to include 4th and 5th grade riders in the middle-school division of Hunt Seat, Western and Dressage. For the past 17 seasons, IEA has been offered only to riders in grades 6 through 12.
The recently adopted rule change which will take effect beginning with the 2019-2020 Season reads as follows: Any full-time student enrolled in grades 4 through 12 during the application year is eligible to be a rider member provided they are less than 20 years of age on Sept. 1.
With the addition of younger aged riders, the Board of Directors is also considering some changes to class offerings, but those are not yet finalized and will be released at a later date
“We are thrilled to add 4th and 5th graders into our riding programs for next year!” said IEA Executive Director, Roxane Durant. “We started with an educational horsemanship program for these younger riders a few years ago, and there is so much demand that we are now opening our teams and competitions to them also. Giving students an earlier start to equine athletics is a great addition on every level. The earlier you find horses, the more years you will have to enjoy them!”
The 2019-2020 IEA season membership application process for new and returning teams will open in early June with competitions beginning Sept. 1.
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When it rains, it pours. And pour it did. From Friday afternoon through early Monday morning, New Jersey was saturated as two back-to-back storm systems dumped ...
Many areas of New Jersey ended up with 3 to 5 inches of rain before it finally tapered off — and some places got drenched with as much as 6 to 7 inches, according to the latest reports from the National Weather Service.
Eatontown in Monmouth County seemed to be the target zone for the nasty storms, with a total of 7.85 inches of rain falling during the past four days. In nearby Tinton Falls, a whopping 6.34 inches of rain was measured, followed by 6.29 inches in Oceanport.
Farther north, In Union County, 6.46 inches of rain fell in Springfield and 6.10 inches fell in Westfield, the weather service’s New York regional office reported.
Those higher amounts represent a month and a half to almost two months’ worth of of rain — falling in just a few days.
How much rain fell in your area of the state? Here’s a look at the latest rainfall totals reported by the National Weather Service, the Rutgers NJ Weather Network and the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network, known as CoCoRaHS.
These numbers include the rain from both storms. (Note: Some of the totals listed below were updated at 2:15 p.m. Monday, after new numbers came in.)
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