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.
Since it’s show season, I had a bit of a flash back the other day when I was walking by Irish’s stall. I thought about getting ready for the 1994 show season with 6-year-old Irish and Lace. This lovely little TB was in training with me for a friend who had race horses and wanted to give Irish a second career.
The picture was taken at GMHA (Green Mountain Horse Association) at the big summer dressage show in July. The fun of the picture for me is that Irish is still around and even still being ridden. Getting to see this girl everyday in my barn is so rewarding. It just shows you that with good care horses can be a part of our lives for a very long time.
Irish also reminds me of just how quickly time zips by. I had just given birth to my daughter Sean (June 3) when Irish and I headed out to show our stuff. Sean is going to be 21 this year!
BTW- if you’re looking to get into the show spirit, our Mother’s Day Dressage Show is fast approaching. Here’s a pdf of the show entry form. Hope to see you on May 10th.
Any questions let us know- Call (518) 677-5148 or email: Hollie@ridingfarm.com
Oh, the things I could write about from the winter of 2015. Why bother? Did we not experience here at the farm exactly what everyone else experienced? Frankly, I haven’t wanted to blog since our first snow in November. I find blogging about the weather tedious and redundant and yet that’s all that comes to mind to even talk about. Can you imagine what my blog would say day after day: cold, snow, cold, snow, tractor problems, cold, snow, tractor problems, cold snow.
However, my blog does reach many people and there are those who wonder if we have survived. The answer is obvious. Yes, Riding Right Farm is still here. We are even making plans for Spring! I went on-line yesterday and spent gobs of money on fencing materials. Guess I could have blogged about the number of times the horses took down fencing this winter. There’s an impressive number of cob-jobs holding the fencing up at the moment. Thick blankets, deep snow and feisty, bored-to-tears- horses are a lethal combination to our fencing.
We’ve also set our first show of the year. Yes indeed, our annual Mother’s Day Dressage Show is back, and guess what day its on? That’s right ladies and gentlemen, it’s on Mother’s Day! See, even my sarcasm (for which I have received copious amounts of complaints about) is still (much like the farm) firmly intact. I have even hired a judge. Spit shine your show boots now, since you’re still in your winter Sorel’s and get ready for May 10th. With any luck at all, the snow will be gone, the sun will be shining, the fences will be fixed and my sarcasm will still be spewing forth.
The photo in this blog was taken about a week ago, when the temperatures were in the 70′s. What a difference a week can make. I’m guessing I’m not the only one who has felt the bone chilling dampness this week. It’s been several days now of rain with temperatures around 45 degrees. You can bet we’ve been hauling out the rain sheets. Getting 40 or so horses dressed for the elements is a sure sign of the change of weather. How quickly the beauty of October can switch.
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