Stable calls are a long tradition

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Abby Revoir of Swainton spends time Poco, an American Paint Horse. Abby Revoir of Swainton spends time Poco, an American Paint Horse.

Horse health clinic sees a decline in participation in the county

DENNIS TOWNSHIP – House calls aren’t a thing of the past.

On Saturday, doctors visited 40 patients throughout Cape May County.

They went to farms and stables, and the veterinarians administered vaccines and deworming to horses.

The Cape May County 4-H Equine Health Clinic has been taking place for more than 30 years. This fall’s program saw a major decline in the number of equine deworming and vaccinations given, officials say.

Volunteer clinic coordinator Nancy Rothenbiller of Lower Township said part of the decrease is likely because of the economy. She also indicated that the popularity of riding seems to have declined.

The on-the-road clinic, popular in the Woodbine area last weekend, is held twice a year.

Linda Horner, 4-H program associate, said the clinic’s participation ebbs and flows. The count is usually 65-70 horses but on Dec. 8 it was 40, she said.

The clinic brings significant savings, including people not having to pay farm call fee, she said. Among vaccines given were for West Nile virus and rabies. The fall health clinic highlighted parasite control.

It is difficult for local horse owners to get their animals to a vet.

“There’s no one here [in Cape May County]. You can’t take your horse to a doctor’s office,” Horner said.

The veterinarians visited from South Jersey Equine Associates of Vineland, Cumberland County.

One of the stops was at a business run by 24-year-old Abby Revoir of Swainton.

Star Hollow Stables on an eight-acre farm in Clermont, Dennis Township, offers boarding, lessons and a summer camp. Her business also has a riding team that shows at the English Circuit of South Jersey.

Revoir was brought up with horses and began taking riding lessons when she was 5. She became involved in 4-H. She also competed in many horse shows in high school and college.

After graduating from Centenary College in Warren County with a degree in equine studies in 2011, she decided to go into the equestrian business.

Star Hollow Stables has 10 horses, two of which are hers.

She has an off-track thoroughbred, Guinness, rescued this year from South Jersey Thoroughbred Rescue & Adoption Inc., and Poco, an American Paint Horse.

Also at the facility, there are two therapy horses used by two children who have autism and Down syndrome, respectively.

Revoir also heads a 4-H group called Star Hollow Riders. The club meets at Star Hollow Stables.

“I wanted to get involved in the community,” she said.

When she first started the club, it had eight children; the next year there were 18, Revoir said.

She also serves on the board of The English Circuit of South Jersey.

Revoir said she feels the equestrian industry is at a standstill.

“I just involve myself in any way I can,” she said.

Revoir said she has an affinity for the sport. It also shows children responsibility, she said

She has been in several horse shows while at Wildwood Catholic High School and in college. She has many ribbons, and she hands them out to kids at the stables, she said. Children also receive horseshoes.

Many children who come to Star Hollow Stables want to be in shows, Revoir said.

Horner said she enjoys seeing Revoir still involved with horses so many years later and how being involved with 4-H and animals has shaped her life.

“It’s never a dull moment at a horse farm,” Revoir said.

Whether that is with kids, alone with horses or sharing horse stories with others, Revoir said.

On Saturday, Revoir told the veterinarians and others that Superstorm Sandy caused some of the wood to break off of the facility and land in the stables with the horses. The horses were fine, she said.

Another clinic health clinic in Cape May County is planned for March, which is the more popular event than in the fall, Horner said.

Dr. Beth Hirsch of South Jersey Equine Associates said it is important that the animals receive the preventive care vaccinations.

She said the equine health clinics are more popular in Cape May and Cumberland counties than in Atlantic.

For more information on 4-H, call Horner at 465-5115, ext. 606.

Star Hollow Stables is on Landing Road in Clermont. Additional information is available by contacting Revoir at 425-9055 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or shsequestrian.com.


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