Last Friday, we snuggled in for our second Pizza and Movie Night at the barn. We took a vote on what to watch, and "Wild Hearts Can't be Broken" was the winner. We ordered a sound bar for the TV, so for our next Movie Night on February 15th, we should have improved acoustics! Here's a photo of our intrepid gang of horse movie enthusiasts:
L to R: Anna, Sierra, Erin, Bea, Zoe, Elise, Kinsey, Tilda
The following Monday, it was super cold, but we bundled up and held our Martin Luther King Day Riding Academy and had fun doing obstacle courses on horseback...bareback! Riders learned about using their leg and hand aids to navigate various challenges, and when we were finished, we warmed up with hot chocolate in the tack room. We also had a scavenger hunt and learned how to use the weight and height tape for measuring the ponies. Our next Riding Academy session is set for Presidents' Day, February 18th. Registration information is on the Events Page of our website, and a deposit is required to reserve your space. (Below see Zoe and Cheer and Teagan and Fynn trotting cavaletti bareback.)
Friday evening we held our first Frostbite Fun Show of the season. The temperatures were not terrible brutal, but the competition was ferocious! Nine riders competed in five different games, including some new ones like Scramble, Book & Hook and Reverse Keyhole. The tried and true Circular Scurry and Ride & Run were in the mix as well. Here are the points after the first show. Teagan was high-point rider for January...congratulations, Teagan! (If you have difficulty viewing the document, please select web view vs. mobile view.)
On Sunday, we attended our first away show of the year, traveling to Molasses Creek Farm for the Cross Road Winter Hunter Show. Anna and Brownie were Pleasure Champions and won one of her Equitation over fences classes. Sierra and Shorty were Pleasure Reserve Champions, and won Equitation on the flat and placed seventh in the Medal class. Erin and Truffles won lots of ribbons in both Pleasure and Equitation and were very happy with their first outing. Although our ponies were a little wild and wooly looking, we were very happy with their behavior and with the girls' riding. Here is a video of Anna and Brownie's winning ride in the Equitation division:
Erin and Truffles, Cindy, Anna and Brownie, Sierra and Shorty PC: Patrick Long
Next up on our agenda is a Long-Lining Clinic with Jenn Hoffman this coming Friday, followed by a clinic with event rider Melissa Hunsberger the following Friday. Visit us on Facebook, and check our Events page regularly to stay up to date with what's happening at Harvest View!