A Welcoming Place to Ride
Dressage, Jumping, & Cross-Country
Boarding & Training
All Ages & Abilities
Head Instructor Hollie McNeil
When? Lessons available six days a week, including evenings and early mornings.
Who? Our youngest riders are age six. Our olders are senior citizens.
Where? South Cambridge, NY. Convenient to Greenwich NY, Saratoga Springs NY, Bennington VT, Williamstown MA, Albany NY, etc.
My Valentine’s Day blog is coming a day late. Any guesses why? Yeah, I’m sure getting sick of talking, writing, complaining, and dealing with the weather. The snow and moving tons of it around the farm just swallowed my day yesterday. I never even got to my second cup of coffee. On the tractor from 5:30 am until 5:00 last night with various interuptions to fix broken things. Enough.
My intended Valentine’s Day blog is about love, not surprisingly. But not romantic love rather love as passion, love as life.
I didn’t pick horses or the farm life. I really didn’t. Horses and doing what I do picked me. I firmly believe that.
I love horses and I mean LOVE horses. The smell, the feel, their eyes, their personality, the everything.
My first horse come into my life at age 4. Oh, how I fell in love. It’s almost like that’s when life began for me. This is a love that will not let up. It drives me, feeds me, inspires me. With that love I’ve found other loves. Like
teaching- sharing my love with others.
The pure joy that comes onto a person’s face when they are on a horse is like sharing the best love in the world. This week, a rider came in and told me that they’d just experienced one of the worst days of their life. Just a very trying and difficult time for this person. They looked emotionally shattered and in so much pain. However, one hour later, this same person was not only smiling but actually laughing. Imagine what it could feel like for me to watch this transformation, this therapy so to speak, brought about by time with a horse. And then there’s the student who routinely says after a lesson that they’ve got happiness now to last the whole day. Ah, the power of horses, the power of love.
My love and passion gives back in so many ways. See the photo on my desk in the barn office? Flowers and candy for Valentine’s Day from my students. Thank you everyone for sharing with me the love of the horse.
As many of you know, we’ve spent a lot of time here at the farm developing videos for both educating the rider, as well as documenting the various happenings going on around here. Looks like our videos haven’t gone unnoticed either. Just a day or so ago we crossed the 100,000 viewer mark on YouTube. Now that’s a lot of viewing!
If you haven’t checked out our videos here’s a link:
2013 is now in the rear view mirror. But what a year it was! Here’s a fun look back.
Christmas at the farm is still a working day. Thanks to all who keep the farm going, day after day.
I do tend to blog a bit about Nicole. She competed in the regional Dressage Equitation competition at the big NEDA show this year, along with doing the Youth Dressage Festival, Dressage at Saratoga (in the pelting rain) and the recognized shows at Stockade. She’s been bringing her horse, Montie along through Training level and First Level and is now solidly schooling at second level. Montie is not an easy horse. He can be unpredictable. For example, he refused to enter the dressage arena at Dressage at Saratoga (hard to compete when you can’t get into the arena!).
When you look at all Nicole has done -really what an accomplishment for a 17 year old! We wish her the very best and know that there are big things ahead for this rider.
More blog entries are on the blog page