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.
It’s official. Betty Osborne is now a member of the exclusive Century Club. Betty rode her Sammie in our show today and became a member of the select group of people who have achieved the goal of competing in a dressage show when their age and their horse’s age is 100 years or more.
What a thrill. What an achievement. Congrats to Betty.
Enjoy this wonderful youtube put together by Leon Barkley. Thanks Leon.
It’s a busy day, with dressage tests, Prix Caprilli’s and group Equitation classes. And don’t forget about Betty Osborne’s Century Club ride. That will be at approximately 11:15. Going to be a chilly but exciting day. Join us!
All summer long I’ve been making a serious effort to really keep up with the lawns, weed wacking and brush-hogging. Oh, the money and time I’ve spent. Just mowing the multitude of lawns around here takes six hours. Then there’s the trimming and hand mowing on top of that. Don’t even ask what my brush hogging bill was this year. But I did miss a few spots. Some things just got by me. I know, I know. I should have done better. I’ve been told in the past that if I just put a little more “elbow grease” into the place it would look so much better.
But there is a sweet side to missing a few spots. Look at the beautiful black-eyed susans that I found growing in a little growth of weeds that I never got to. I am so glad I missed this spot. If I had been as neat and tidy as I was making my effort to be I would have wacked these babies into oblivion. I LOVE black-eyed susans. My favorite flower. How cool is that?
And FYI- entries closed for our show yesterday (October 14th). However, we are still taking late entries. Get them in!
It was 2008 when my Dad passed away. He was very much a part of this farm. He insisted I come and see it when I told him it was for sale. It was a freezing cold February day back in 1996 when we visited the farm for the first time. The barn was empty, the house had stood empty for months. No heat, no life. Very much the feeling of an abandoned farm.
The rest of the story is pretty much self-explanatory. We bought the farm and Dad couldn’t have been more thrilled. He fixed tractors, he drove the dump truck after dump truck of gravel for preparing our site for the new indoor arena. He helped bring in hay. The list is endless.
The tree you see in the photo is a tree that I call Dad’s Tree. It was planted in memory of Dad by two people who I don’t see much any more, as time has passed and things have changed. The tree has also changed. It’s grown and this year it is particularly beautiful. It makes me both sad and happy when I see it. Sad about the loss and how life and the things that happen in it can seem so beyond our control. Yet, it can also bring a smile to my face as I remember Dad and the people who enriched the life of the farm.
Come see Dad’s Tree at our upcoming Fall Dressage Show. Entries close tomorrow. Fall Dressage Show 2014
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