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.
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.
Yes indeed, that’s our very own Chadwick and Sarah C.
The story behind the photo is that several years ago Sarah C. was riding Chadwick (our own little full-spirited Exmoor) at the Youth Dressage Festival. In the Dressage Trail Class, the idea was that Sarah should pick up the bundle of carrots at one place and then deposit the bundle at another spot. Too bad Chadwick beat her to the punch. Once he grabbed the bundle there was no way he was going to give up his prize. Quite literally, Andrea had to intervene and retrieve the snatched carrots because Chadwick wasn’t going anywhere. The photographer at the show caught the whole scene and since that time has had nothing but exclamations from everyone who sees it.
Now the USDF has decided that the photo is a perfect attention getter for its campaign for donations. The words, For the Love of the Horse… For the Love of Dressage…
Leave it to Chadwick to become famous for his antics. Next, we’ll send the Coke company a picture of him downing a can of Soda. That aught to solidify his place in Madison Avenue advertising.
The barn was buzzing yesterday with the first of two clinic days with fantastic instructor Gail Kapiloff. The clinic is set up as a reward for our Youth Dressage Team. They work all year, involved with all sorts of fundraising for the team. The main point of the fundraising is to help off set the cost of attending the Lendon Gray Youth Dressage Festival. But the team is about more than just “competition.” Being a part of the team is really about education and becoming a better, more skilled, and knowledgeable horse person.
We invited Gail in for a clinic and the response from the team was so great that we actually had to book her in for two days to cover demand. That’s a real pat on the back for Gail and tells you what our riders think of her. She’s tough but in just the right amount. She’s a deeply compassionate person and has a great depth of understanding for the horse and the rider. She’s also an incredibly skilled and educated rider, achieving her USDF Bronze, Silver and Gold Medals on a horse she trained from a youngster right up through to Grand Prix. Impressive to say the least.
Her costume was part of our Halloween Fun Day at the farm. We had some fun, make your own dressage tests and pick your own line jump courses, a scavenger hunt, a horse sense sensory test, and of course the costume class.
The highlight, at least in my mind, was the adult lead line. Think peer pressure doesn’t work by the time you’re out of high school? Wrong! What started with three entries turned into eleven. I saw some people on a horse that I never, ever thought I’d see. Truly some great stuff.
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We’ve posted lots of photos from the fun Halloween event, visible via our photos page. Hope you like them!
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