Anna and Neo competed successfully in 2'6" and 3' jumper divisions.
We're halfway through July, and we feel like our season is just getting started. Last weekend, Anna, Erin and Meg took Neo, Truffles and Lariat to the Windswept Jumper Show in Boyertown, and had a great time, bringing home some good ribbons and even better experience.
Erin and Truffles tooled around the Puddle Jumpers and came home with some good ribbons.
Meg and Lariat enjoyed the 2'6" and 3' divisions for their first outing of the year.
This past week we held our first Riding Academy session of the summer, and it went really well. One bonus was the berry picking...the woods is teeming with raspberries, so our after-lunch activity was a trip to forage for dessert!
Masked up we climbed in the Gator and headed out to the woods for berries!
Our activities included our traditional first-day scavenger hunt--a great ice-breaker to get everyone familiar with one another and with the barn and the horses. We had bareback obstacle courses, visits from the equine dentist and the farrier, games on horseback, equitation demonstrations, trail rides and a craft, just to name a few things. We had such a good time, and we're looking forward to our second summer session the first week in August. Here are some photos from the past week:
We finished up our week with a clinic with Missy Ransehausen. Missy usually starts coming to us in May, but due to COVID, she remained in Florida for a bit longer. Eleven riders enjoyed lessons with her, and we look forward to having her back. In the meantime, we'll try to schedule a cross-country schooling outing. Also on our agenda: dressage with Ashley Minea this Friday, and a clinic with Kim Walnes on Sunday. Ashley has room for a few more riders, and we have a waiting list for lessons with Kim. If you're interested in either, please let us know. You can always check the calendar on our Events Page to see what's coming up.
The jump field is open, and we have a few new options to play with!
Well, we're into the summer, and we've added a day of lessons as the ponies have gotten fitter, so we're teaching Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. As has been our history, we have reserved Fridays for clinics with outside professionals. This month, Jenn Hoffman came for a long-lining clinic on July 3rd, and Missy Ransehausen will be joining us on Friday, July 17th. We also have Kim Walnes slated for Sunday, July 26th.
We'll also be moving forward with our two summer Riding Academy sessions. You can click here for more information, or you may pick up a registration form at the barn.
Sierra and Sprite pop over the Flower Power fence.
Anna and Bailey jump the adorable saw.
Sierra and Sprite, Anna and Neo and Rachel and Cricket pose with the new Wagon Wheel fence.
We've added some fun, new jumps to our collection, purchased from our friend, Lauren, who runs the EZGO show series. The flowers, the saw and the wagon wheel fences have really perked up our outdoor arena. We've also added some fun options to the jump field, and we've been enjoying some shady hacks through the woods. This is especially welcome with the current heat wave.
Last week, a few riders participated in the Cross Road jumper show at Twin Brooks and had a great time. Anna and Neo, Chandra and Mnm, Erin and Truffles and Carly and Annie all came home with some good ribbons, and we're looking forward to getting out to some more shows in the near future.
Anna and Neo, Erin and Truffles, Chandra and Mnm
We've been happy to see everyone, and so far, our new social distancing, masking, separate grooming supplies, bit dunks and tack wipes have been working well to keep everyone as safe as possible. Thanks to everyone for helping with this!
Separate grooming totes for each horse
Tack wipe - Murphy's oil soap and water for wiping off saddles and bridles; Bit dunk is mouth wash and water for bits.