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While we maintain a very active facebook page we realize that not everyone uses social media, so here are some highlights from our barn activities.

Grazing Pastures

June 15, 2014

We now have three brand new grazing pastures for our horses. While keeping and feeding horses in stalls is safe and efficient, it's nice to be able to let the horses reconnect with their roots and graze. Since the pastures have been put into place, we've found that the horses are calmer and happier.

Airing it Out

May 31, 2014

One of our experienced youngsters showing how it's done at the 1.1m height (3'7") at the June Jamboree horse show.

Spring Break Camp

April 17, 2014

In addition to riding every day, our campers have fun with the many other animals we have at the barn. Here, one of our unsuspecting miniature horses is getting her hair done! This is the first time we had a Spring Break camp, and it is fair to say that it has been a roaring success with everyone commenting on how much fun it has been.

Easter Party

April 6, 2014

What an enchanted day at the barn's Easter party! The weather was excellent, the company superb, the food scrumptious, and everyone had fun watching the games.

The kids enjoyed finding easter eggs hidden around the entire property. But the hunt was really on for the special Silver and Golden eggs which were hidden so well that special clues had to be given to find them.

The horse games followed, all done on bareback only! Dollar bill equitation lasted all the way through the canter. The relay races were exciting - only those who dared, galloped - stopping a gallop with no stirrups isn't for the faint of heart! We finished off the games with a good old fashioned barrel race. I'm sure our tall warmbloods were wondering what the heck is this?

All in all, a great time had by all.

Drinking Fountain

December 1, 2013

I was helping my daughter the other day in the kid's wash rack. At one point, she picked up the hose and started drinking from it. The hose that routinely gets dropped around horse poop. "What are you doing???", I asked as any horrified parent would. "All the kids do it!" she replied.

Well, that night I was on the Internet looking at drinking fountains! Drinking from a garden hose is one thing, but a wash rack hose?? Anyways, I found a nice cast iron hunter green fountain and installed it. And of course, not only kids use it...

Championship Show

November 1, 2013

Most of the barn is participating in the annual Championship Show as I write this. We are having a great show with many 1st place champion ribbons for the barn. There are so many fun classes at this show. The Costume Class. The $1000 Hunter Derby. Hunt Teams of Three. Take Your Own Line Jumpers. Everyone is having fun and having fun competing!

"I Ride Horses"

October 10, 2013

Most people have no clue what you mean when you say you ride horses. It's worse than that, actually, as a lot of people form a mental image of an idyllic trail ride. There is nothing wrong with idyllic trail rides (and we offer them!), but that isn't what sport riding is. Sport riding is very athletic, and can be as an extreme sport as you want it to be. So I made this video to demonstrate and educate what, specifically, sport jumping is all about.

Dog Jumping Show/Party

July 28, 2013

The kids at the barn don't only jump horses of course. They jump rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, and of course, themselves over jumps. And dogs. Lots of dogs. Alex decided there were enough dog jumpers at our barn to organize a full on dog jumping show with multiple height and experience classes culminating in a dog puissance style high jump (show premium preserved for prosperity here). Highlights included the all heights Summertime Jumper Derby won by Sabrina and Apollo clocking in a very fast jumper style course with lots of sliced fences and fast turns. The Double Time jumpers was very fun to watch with teams of two attempting to cross the final jump simultaneously. And the large dog high jump came down to a high stakes jump off between Apollo and Ivy, two dogs who were pretty darn evenly matched. On her last try, Ivy managed to clear the final height that Apollo just missed and set our dog jumping show record of 4'5"! All in all, about 17 dogs participated. After the show, came a spirited BBQ and party. Well done Alex, and people are already asking when the next show will be! (Click here to see a video of the show)

New Jumps

June 10, 2013

Our head trainer, Lisa Halterman, does a great job at making sure we have a constant set of new jumps available. Not only do they look nice, but they train the horses to not spook at new jumps when they see them in competition. Most barns make do with basic white ones. We have a wishing well, british colored ones, a rolltop and many others.

Show Time!

May 21, 2013

The barn is in full swing for the show season. Last week we went to the A level Ranch & Coast show at Showpark in Del Mar; this week, a small one day county show at Rancho Riding club; next week, a large county show at Showpark, and the week after another A level show at Del Mar. The nice thing about our barn is that we have enough trainers to cover going to shows while continuing to give lessons at the barn over the weekends. And we go to a wide variety of shows. If you are just starting out and want to see what showing is all about, the one day county shows are perfect. If you want the best competition, the "A" or "AA" rated USEF shows are the place to be. Shows for every ability and budget, and continuous lesson coverage if you aren't showing. There are darn few lesson barns that give you all that!

Social Gatherings

April 28, 2013

One of the great things about this barn is that we have a very active social group. We often will meet around 5pm on Thursdays and Fridays in the rec room or on the heated patio for drinks, food and good times while the kids are having fun elsewhere at the barn. Usually the men are out numbered by the women, but lately we've had Friday night jacket nights to tease the men out of the woodwork.

Trail Rides

April 17, 2013

We had a lot of people out on trails recently during the various March breaks. A lot of dads and daughters too which is really nice to see. Trail rides are a fun, active activity to enjoy with your child!

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