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!
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!
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!
We welcomed in the new year with a long-lining clinic with Jennifer Hoffman of Autumn Charm Sporthorses in York County. Jenn has been working with our horses for the past few months, and we are seeing nice improvements in their way of going...it feels good! Here is a video of her working with Delight last Friday:
We have a few fun events coming up this month. This Saturday afternoon, Melissa Hunsberger will be joining us for an eventing clinic. There's still time to register, so if you'd like a lesson, please get in touch with Cindy by Wednesday evening.
Melissa teaching Taylor and Karri.
A fun time at our first Pizza & Movie Night at the barn. The kitties enjoyed it as much as the kids!
We'll hold our second Pizza & Movie night in the tack room next Friday, January 18th from 6:00 till 8:30 p.m. $10/person includes pizza and drinks. Bring pillows, blankets and any other snacks you'd like, and plan to curl up with a kitty and watch a horse movie. Last month we watched "War Horse", and this time we'll opt for something a little less intense!
We also have our annual Martin Luther King Riding Academy scheduled for Monday, January 21st. Information and registration forms are available on our Events page.
Lots of fall fun stuff is happening at Harvest View. This past weekend, we hosted our annual Halloween Fun Show and Costume class, and as always, the gang went above and beyond in the creativity department. Take a look at the great costumes.
We've been busy with all sorts of fun things, and I've been a bit remiss about updating our blog, so I'll post a few highlights.
This spring we improved the footing in our outdoor by adding some masonry sand to the existing base. This has made it much cushier for the ponies, and the next step will be to add some magnesium chloride to help with the dust. We've opened up the jump field for lessons and schooling, and the next thing on the agenda will be to arrange for a get-together for some jump painting. Some of the fences need some small repairs, and others just need a coat of paint, so stay tuned for the plan.
We've had some outings to some new-to-us horse shows, the first one being a jumper show at EZGO Stables. We liked it so much that we're going back for an event derby this weekend. We also did jumpers at Windswept Stables in Oley, and we'll definitely add them to our list of must-go-to shows.
Well, technically, our 17th anniversary was yesterday, but December 1st marked our first full day of owning and operating Harvest View Stables, known at the time as Barkay Stables.
It's been an adventure, and we've loved meeting so many wonderful people and horses along the way. Little Kish, a discarded Amish cart horse, moved in two weeks before we did. Rescued from slaughter, Kish became one of our most beloved lesson horses, learning to jump, and participating in shows, paper chases (his favorite) and even fox hunting and eventing.
Emily and Kish
Emily and Kish at Passport Farm paper chase
Buccaneer joined us shortly after we got settled. A retired fox hunter, Buck is the horse who taught me to ride again after years away from the sport. We showed, did paper chases and fox hunted, and he was truly my first heart horse. He was a huge personality in the barn, and I miss him every day.
Since that time, so many great horses have touched our lives, but these were the two who started the journey with us. We look forward to many more years of doing the fun stuff with special horses and the people who love them!