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.
A big congrats goes out to Nicole Wilbur for making the dressage team at Johnson and Wales University. Nicole just started her first semester at J&W. She joins Madison Keys (another RR Farm fantastic dressage rider) on the team at Johnson and Wales that competes in the IDA (Intercollegiate Dressage Association). Talk about reaping the rewards! Makes you think we might be doing a thing or two right around here. Riding Right? Yup. I do believe we do.
The blog is back- and with a bang! I’ll start my return to the world of blog with news that the Perkins’ sisters took the show at Stockade yesterday by storm. Both Hadley and Merritt came home with a blue ribbon in their hands. Hadley and our rising star, Lear won Training 1 and Merritt and our spunky but dear little Laura Lee won Intro C. Congrats to team Perkins.
It was the last show of the year for the great folks at the Stockade Polo show grounds. Anita and Stan really know how to put together a show. Lovely footing, atmosphere and these guys know how to play the good weather card. Perfect (as has been the case in all of the other shows that we’ve attended there this year).
News of our fall show coming soon. Stay tuned.
Here’s the link for the prize list and entry form. http://ridingfarm.com/shows
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:
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