Wow what a winter! I have to commend all our dedicated riders who have braved the cold and continued to develop their horse riding skills. Good job all of you! You have been rewarded with quite a few above ‘0’ days but that cold after Christmas was legendary. I especially have to commend Nicole and all of you here at the farm who held the fort during that terrible cold while I was away. What an awesome job you all did and with good spirits and attitudes to boot! So typical of this great farm where everyone steps up as needed to keep things running smoothly. A big ThankYou to everyone!!
So even though it is the dead of winter, things are hopping at the farm. Read on for our winter activities and spring plans!
Rider Level Prep
Nicole is offering a Rider Level Prep course. This course will cover the practical criteria riders will need to pass the National Rider Level testing. The riding skills are developed during lessons so it is great to be able to focus on the practical side of horsemanship.
Friend Day is fast approaching on Feb. 18. Be sure that your friend contacts me and confirms their spot at least 1 week before the 18th. You have to come as well to help your friend – you will be leading the horse and reinforcing what the coach has to say. It is a fun day so I am looking forward to seeing you all then!
Our Pegasus Program is starting up in March. This program helps Special Needs kids learn to ride and interact with horses. The success of the program is largely due to our wonderful volunteers. If you can commit to Sunday afternoons from 12 – 4, we would love to have you join us. There is nothing as satisfying as helping these riders learn about horses and the joy they give. Let us know if you can contribute your time. Your hours will count towards volunteer high school requirements.
We are planning on offering a couple of clinics in the next couple of months. On Sunday, Feb 25th there will be a clinic on holistic treatment for horse health and we have plans for a jumping clinic later in the spring. Watch the bulletin boards for sign ups and information. Our clinics are always interesting and a great opportunity to learn more about horses.
It is that time of year to think about our horse show season. Are you interested in joining us this year? As long as you are ready to start over fences, you are welcome to be a part of our team It is a wonderful experience and I have to say we have a fantastic group of kids. There are 6 shows – 2 a month from June to August. Lots and lots of fun!!
Our Spring Show date is June 17. Mark your calendars and be sure to attend. It is a great way to show your family and friends what you have worked on all winter
Farmversary!! 40 Years!!
Another important date to mark is July 28th. We will be holding our 40th anniversary party and it will be a very big party. I want all my students to come of course. The band is booked and the potluck list will be up to bring all your favourite dishes. Plus a few little horsey demos are being planned – so be sure to come!!
Because you do know this school would not exist without the help and support of the wonderful riders, parents, and coaches who truly make it possible!2018 will be a great year and I look forward to sharing it with all of you!