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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Here Comes Summer Camp

The first week of EKF summer camp gets underway Monday!  I am in busy busy mode, swinging by the crafts store to pick up materials, ordering special items from Hodges Badge Company for each camper, taking note of where the wildlife is most active (TONS of baby frogs out by the far pasture waterer), and planning some rainy day programs too.  So far, four solid weeks are enrolled, with just a couple of spots left for next week, only one spot July 2, two left for July 16, and still five open places the week of August 6.  I can also run a session the week of July 30, a very special date, but I'll need at least three campers to pre-register.  Please let me know soon if you are interested.

The action doesn't stop with camp.  Two birthday parties are already on the calendar for July, a very special month, and the More Than a Pony Riders have come out of the woodwork -- I think lots of grandparents around Lake Anna are treating their grandchildren to a visit to the farm.  The regular lessons are continuing too, including the Parks & Rec sessions (now on Tuesday afternoons), and for the most advanced students, there's a few chances to participate in the scenic trail rides offered by area hunt clubs.

Looking back at my last post . . . oh, dear!  It was disappointing that I'll Have Another strained his tendon and couldn't run in the Belmont Stakes.  Good for his connections for doing the right thing and not letting him race-- he could have badly hurt himself.  And the winner, Union Rags, is a Virginia-bred horse, so we're happy to cheer for his terrific down-to-the-wire victory.  His trainer, Michael Matz, was also the trainer for the beloved Barbaro, and before that, he was an Olympic medalist showjumper who rode one of my favorite celebrity horses, Jet Run.  There was even a Breyer model horse made of Jet Run, a beautiful American Thoroughbred.  Michael Matz even once helped save four children from a crashed airplane, so he has had some interesting experiences -- you can look it up!