Thank you to everyone who came out to our first-in-a-very-long-time HVS Schooling Show on Sunday, April 14th. We took a break from our usual games on horseback shows and featured equitation classes, followed by a jumper division. From the pre-show prep to the help the day of the show, everyone joined together to make things run smoothly. We had been watching the forecast all week, and fortunately, aside from sporadic drizzle and misting, the weather was kind to us and allowed us to hold the entire show outdoors. Here are some photos from our fun day, as well as the results. (To view the results, select web view vs. mobile view.)
Say hello to Scooter Bug Blues, aka Cricket, the newest addition to our lesson staff. Cricket is a thirteen-year-old Palomino Quarter Horse. He most recently was in the lesson program at Ramblewood Farm with Cindy's sister, Betsy. He came from the McGuinn family, who also sent Bailey to us. Cricket has lots of experience eventing and Pony Clubbing, and he also has experience doing hunters and jumpers. He'll hack out quietly alone or in company, and he's an all-around good little horse. He and Shorty have swapped places, and Shorty now lives at Ramblewood and is helping out with Betsy's program. We look forward to having lots of fun with this guy, so stop by to say hello.
Anna and Cricket
Cricket at Ramblewood PC: Betsy Klenk
Neo has gone out hunting and trail riding with the Beaufort hunt this season, and he's proven himself to be a level-headed, smart and fun guy. He's happy to lead, follow or go in the middle of the pack, and so far he hasn[t put a foot wrong. He's proving himself to be a worthy understudy for Patrick. Here's a video of when we went out in late March:
Cindy and Neo and Meg and Lariat headed to Watermark Farm for a cavaletti clinic with Ellie Rawle on Sunday, March 17th. It was good to get the horses off the farm, and the exercises were just what we needed to help clear out the winter cobwebs. Both horses really seemed to enjoy the work, which included lots of bending, some transitions and attention to foot work. Lots of fun!
Neo checks out the cavaletti set-up at Watermark Farm
Sierra and Vin had an outing to Mid-Atlantic Horse Rescue where they participated in a jumping clinic with well-known hunter judge, Melvin Dutton. It was a brisk and windy day, and even though she was fighting some nervousness, Sierra did a great job with Vin, who handled the atmosphere like a seasoned professional. We were very proud of both of them.
Sierra and Vin with Melvin Dutton
On Friday, March 29th, we hosted our Frostbite Fun Show Finale, playing a variety of games on horseback and celebrating our riders. We topped it off with a quick game of Chase Me Charlie, where both Erin and Melanie topped off the jump standards and called it a tie. Teagan and Fynn were series champions, and Erin and Truffles were reserve champions. Thank you to everyone who came out and participated...it means a lot to us, and it helps make HVS such a good place to be.
Teagan was our 2019 Frostbite Champion, and she was reserve champ of the March show.
Erin and Truffles were March champions and series Reserve Champions.
We capped off our month with a great afternoon with International Hunter and Equitation judge, Meg Black, who will be heading to Scotland to judge a few shows later this year. Meg worked with 15 riders and gave helpful pointers to each, focusing on proper position and using aids properly in order to get the best from our horses.
Zoe and Cheer
Lauren and Brownie
Nichelle and Vin
Erin and Truffles
Chandra and Mnm
We're looking forward to a busy April, and we'll start out with a Long-Lining Clinic with Jennifer Hoffman on Friday, followed by a clinic with Kim Walnes on Sunday. You can keep up with our activities on the Events page of the HVS website. Stay tuned for the fun!