Riding Lessons and More in Central Virginia

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Boys Ride Too


Some people think of horsebackriding, especially hunt seat, as a girls-only activity -- but they couldn't be more wrong. I always enjoy a number of gentleman students, of all ages. Last week a new little fellow joined us, and at just THREE years old, he was able to steer Misty in and out of the buckets all by himself without me even holding a leadrope! A couple of husbands, from forty to sixtysomething, have tagged along with their wives' lessons and quickly picked up trotting over poles (not to mention the benefits for me: one came back later with his wife to chainsaw a fallen tree into a beautiful cross-country jump, and the other couple offered to take me out on their boat on Lake Anna). Yes! Plus our regular riders, such as the future foxhunter pictured at left and above, gamely tackling Pungo's hooves and keeping her out on the rail, heels down.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Summertime

The schedule for EKF summer camps is posted on the Details, Please page of the website -- and registrations have already started coming in, so don't delay! There is an absolute maximum of eight children per week, so there's plenty of riding instruction and attention for all. Plus fun time learning about horse breeds and colors, skills like lunging and riding bareback, helping out around the farm, creative activities, "Big Horse Day," cross-country practice, and more. Recruit a couple of pals or team up with other EKF riders to plan a week with all your friends, two- and four-legged.

What's with the snapping turtle? And what is a "Code Toad?" Check out the nature blog!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

In the Homestretch


My New England followers will be surprised to learn that our local children have only three more weeks of school until summer vacation! They finish before Memorial Day, and then it's straight into several weeks of fun programs here at the farm. I am busy setting up the schedule, from the first week of June with Parks & Rec campers, through celebrating my birthday at the county fair at the end of July. In between we'll be starting new riders, getting the hunt horses out trail riding to maintain fitness (hopefully including my young horse, Clio, who's been hacking quietly through the fields at home), attending a horse show or two, and participating in the fundraising ride at the Trevilian Station Civil War battlefield site here in Louisa. So the schoolkids are in the homestretch, but the horses and I are taking a deep breath before we leap out of the starting gate into summer!

Yes, I had to slip in a racetrack reference there - it is Kentucky Derby week, after all. If you enjoy watching and learning about Thoroughbreds, check out PBS this Thursday night. They're showing a documentary called "Thoroughbred" about the entire industry, from breeding to the backstretch to the sales to the races. I attended a recent screening in Charlottesville, and there are some great interviews with celebrities and characters from all corners of the horseracing world.