Barbara Newtown

Barbara Newtown's Equine Blog


Barbara Newtown thought she wanted to ski and sail and write about music for the rest of her life, but at Yale Graduate School she met horse-crazy George. Within nine months (with four months off for a fractured hip) she was eventing Pre Training. (She hasn’t stopped shaking in terror yet.) Barbara and George raise Oldenburg warmbloods for dressage and jumping at Newtown Farm in northwestern Louisiana. 

UPDATE: Hurricanes Harvey & Irma – Help for People and Animals

Update by Barbara Newtown. If you don’t live close enough to a disaster area to participate in rescuing or care-giving, the most useful thing you can do is donate.  But -- is your money being spent wisely?  The organization Charity Navigator ( ) rates charities on their effective and principled use of donations. Here are excellent Florida charities helping with animal rescue and animal…

From Here to There:  Stiles & Gaps

  By Barbara Newtown. Farmers and ranchers have been building stiles and squeezing through gaps for as long as they’ve been putting up fences.  Gates – especially gates that are big enough to let equipment through – sag and drag.  And, if a gate gets used often enough, someday someone will forget to fasten the latch or chain.  The stile is an attractive solution. A…

Guns, Horses, and … Balloons: The Sport of Mounted Shooting

By Barbara Newtown. Mounted shooting involves galloping at top speed, flying changes of lead, hand gun or long gun marksmanship, and partnership with a literally bomb-proof horse. The Mounted Shooters of America and the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association are the main national organizations.  Other groups include the Single Action Shooting Society and the Cowboy Sports Association. [The following descriptions follow the Mounted Shooters of America…

Jumonville Farms: Taking Quarter Horse Breeding into the Future

  By Barbara Newtown. J. E. Jumonville, Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred racehorse owner and breeder, lives with his wife Bunny on their farm in Ventress, Louisiana, 30 miles northwest of Baton Rouge. Jumonville Farms covers over 1,000 acres; about 200 acres are dedicated to horses and hay, and the rest is leased out for sugar cane cultivation. The land is lush and flat and located…