Riding Lessons and More in Central Virginia

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.