We've had a busy month of lessons, clinics and other fun activities, starting with lessons with our friend, Melissa Hunsberger. Riders navigated challenging grids and practiced balance and straightness, and all came away with new skills and improved riing.
Grids set up for lessons with Melissa.
Jenn Hoffman of Autumn Charm Sport Horses joined us for another long-lining session on February 15th. The horses are really enjoying their work with Jenn, and it's been fun to see their progress from month to month. She will be back for another session on Friday, March 8th, and then again on Friday, April 5th.
That same evening, we had our third Pizza & Movie Night at the barn, this time enjoying a screening of Dreamer. Our next Pizza & Movie Night will be on March 15th, and we'll be setting up a Facebook poll to determine what movie we'll be watching.
Little girls and kitties enjoyed the movies.
On Presidents' Day, we held our second Riding Academy session of the year, and after a barn-wide scavenger hunt, we had a great time negotiating obstacle courses while riding bareback. We had a nice mix of beginner and experienced riders, and they all came away with newfound confidence.
Kenya and Crumpet on the pedestal
Brianna wears the bridle while Anna steer her through the obstacles.
Last Friday we held our second Frostbite Fun Show of our series, and we had two divisions of riders giving the games their all. This time, we started with Scramble, then the Magazine Race, Circular Scurry, Reverse Keyhole and finished with the Sack Race. Chandra hopped to the win, showing the youngsters how it's done! We had a tie for the high-point rider of the day, and our sudden-death game of Around the World. Teagan edged out Erin and took away the prize. All of the riders deserve recognition for being such great sports, cheering for the other riders and helping one another throughout the event.
We wrapped up the month with a two-day clinic with Kim Walnes. Almost every participant was new to lessons with Kim, and they came away thrilled with all of the new information they received. We hope to set up another clinic with Kim in March, and we're looking at the weekend of March 16th and 17th. If you're interested in riding, please get in touch with Cindy for details.
Kim helping Nikki find her center of balance.
Audrey and Neo were quick studies!
Phoebe and Scarlett looked lovely. The pony loved having help from Kim!