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Happy Mare Equine Sports Massage Therapy

Employment History

  • Operator
    Happy Mare Equine Sports Massage Therapy
  • Boating Safety Instructor
    the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary
  • Chairperson
    Sussex County Democratic Committee
  • State Music Co-Chair
    Delta Kappa Gamma

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member
    the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary
  • Member of the Preservation Action Committee
    The Preservation Trust
  • Member
    Hardyston Township Board of Education
  • Board Member
    Sussex Symphony


  • M.Ed , elementary education
    The College Of New Jersey
  • bachelor of science degrees , music education and music therapy
    Elizabethtown College
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Web References
Volunteer of the Year recognitions went ..., 20 Mar 2014 [cached]
Volunteer of the Year recognitions went to Danielle Keperling and Cindy McVey - Keperling for her work on special events and McVey for her work on architectural survey updates.
Volunteer of the Year recognitions went to Danielle Keperling and Cindy McVey - Keperling for her work on special events and McVey for her work on architectural survey updates.
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Cindy McVey
A member of the Preservation Trust's Preservation Action Committee, McVey has been active in organizing surveys that will eventually update information on historical properties across Lancaster County. The Preservation Trust has more than 10,000 properties documented in its archives. McVey holds bachelor of science degrees in music education and music therapy from Elizabethtown College and a M.Ed in elementary education from The College Of New Jersey. As a professional violinist, she has performed with the Lancaster Symphony, York Symphony and Schuylkill Symphony Orchestras and currently performs with the Hershey Symphony Orchestra. She also is a boating safety instructor for the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary. McVey is the owner and operator of Happy Mare Equine Sports Massage Therapy where she specializes in the in the treatment of the thoroughbred race horse. In 2007 she had the distinction of treating and traveling with Triple Crown Contender, Hard Spun.
Cindy ..., 22 Dec 2011 [cached]
Cindy McVey
SCDC Chairperson
Cindy McVey is a violinist with the New Sussex Symphony, the Metropolitan Orchestra of New Jersey, the Essex County Community Players Orchestra, and the Society of Musical Arts Orchestra. She is a member of the Hardyston Township Board of Education, the New Sussex Symphony Board of Directors, and is the New Jersey State Music Co-Chair of Delta Kappa Gamma. She is also a member of the American Association of University Women and the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary. Cindy holds a Bachelors of Science degrees in Music Education and Music Therapy and a Masters Degree in Elementary Education.
Arch04H, 10 Feb 2006 [cached]
by Cindy McVey of Happy Mare Equine Sports Massage Therapy. Cindy
Our day campers observe equine sports massage therapist, Cindy McVey, treat Lux
Scranton Times Tribune, 1 Sept 2004 [cached]
"He's telling me, 'Ouch,'" said Cindy McVey, the equine sports massage therapist of Happy Mare Equine Sports Massage Therapy of Lancaster, who was massaging the show horse's muscles.
She went back to the sore spot on his trapezius muscle and loosened it up with some palpation.Then she provided direct pressure to the knot she felt in the muscle.
Delight tried to walk away from her, but he couldn't because of the guide ropes connecting his bridle to the stall walls.Soon, though, Delight stood still.He let her massage the same muscle again, this time without flinching.
McVey keeps an eye on Delight's face while she is working, adjusting her therapy to what the horse "tells" her about his body.If the horse extends its neck, closes its eyes, smacks its lips or just stands calmly, McVey knows the horse is enjoying the massage.
Animal owners can do some of their own basic massage, said McVey and Ovensen.
McVey attended Equissage School of Equine Sports Massage Therapy in Virginia, where she learned how to identify and treat each individual muscle, but she teaches horse owners how to massage the muscles that are most likely to be strained.
To the cynics who think massage is a waste of time and money for animals, McVey says, "Let me show you."If a horse owner allows her to massage his or her horse and then ride him the next day, "... they will see a lasting effect."
Equine massage therapist Cindy ..., 3 May 2007 [cached]
Equine massage therapist Cindy McVey prepares to work on Hard Spun.
Cindy McVey, an equine sports massage therapist from Pennsylvania, made a special trip to Kentucky to help get Hard Spun ready for his run for the roses. following victories this year in the Lane's End (gr. II) and LeComte (gr. III) Stakes.
"A small percentage of horses, two or three percent, will get stiff the day after a massage, so it's best to massage a horse 48 hours before a race," said McVey of the timing of Hard Spun's treatment.
She (McVey) makes notes, and she can remember what he was like before his other races.If she finds something different from what he normally has, we can pay attention to it and see if things are changing."
McVey arrived at Churchill Thursday morning around 10 and got started after Hard Spun finished his morning meal and settled down.She started on the colt's left side at the neck and worked her way down his body to his hind left hind leg before moving to his right side.
At times, Hard Spun became restless, tossing his head and raising one of his hind feet to kick.
"Easy, boy, easy; no, no, no," said nightwatchman Jeff Poindexter, who was holding Hard Spun's shank and soothing the colt while McVey worked.
"It's not a loosey-goosey, feel-good Swedish massage," McVey said."It's grueling; it's hard work; and it's tough.I'm pushing very, very hard, and a tremendous amount of toxins will be excreted through his skin."
McVey, who uses only her hands, starts with a series of "opening" strokes to warm up a horse's muscles and prepare them for treatment.Next she performs a series of "locating" strokes to find places where the horse is sore.
"You may call it poking and prodding; I call it palpating," McVey said.
McVey treats each sore spot with direct pressure.
"I use light pressure for 10 seconds, moderate pressure for 15 seconds, and very heavy pressure for 20 seconds," she said, "The last treatment stroke I use is called cross fiber friction, which is what it sounds like.It's a very small, tiny stroke back and forth, back and forth over the muscle."
According to McVey, equine sports massage therapy has numerous benefits.
"It stimulates circulation, and it increases the production of synovial fluid, a natural lubricant, in the joints," McVey said."Massage also increases the range of motion, and it reduces inflammation and swelling in the joints.It relieves tension and eases muscle spasms."
McVey, who has been an equine sports massage therapist for three years, has approximately 100 equine clients, and they are involved in variety of sports in addition to racing.They include hunter-jumpers, barrel racers, and Western Pleasure horses.
"This is a second career," said McVey, who completed an equine sports massage therapy certification program at Equissage in Round Hill, Va. "For 20 years or so, I was a professional violinist, so this is a quite a change of pace.
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