Riding Lessons and More in Central Virginia

Friday, August 17, 2012

How I Spent My Summer Vacation

It's hard to believe the Louisa County kids are already back in school.  But what a terrific summer we had at the farm: over five weeks, I enjoyed hosting THREE TIMES as many campers as last season, including a brother and sister returning for their second year, and a couple of girls who enjoyed the first week so much, they signed up for another week!  Despite some crazy hot weather and the occasional hair-raising thunderstorm, we had all kinds of adventures riding, bumping around in the trailer, helping the equine and sheep vets, exploring the creek, preparing pressed flowers, collecting eggs, checking out snakes, salamanders, herons, hawks.....all kinds of fun farm fare.  

I am already planning several one-day mini-camps during days off from school, so stay posted for that schedule (though an early heads-up will include Election Day, and Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays of holiday vacation in December/January).

EKF also hosted excellent clinics for the Louisa County Agricultural Extension Office Horse Mini-Camp and the Louisa County Young Riders 4H Club; our usual weekly class through the Louisa County Parks & Recreation Department; and a few high-energy birthday parties this summer.  All the while, regular lesson students have been keeping the afternoon schedule busy.  One adult student and I will attend the Farmington Hunt Club Introduction to Foxhunting Clinic this Sunday, another is acquiring the proper clothing to come out with the hounds, and our equine veterinarian, Dr. Martha, and her husband, Virginia Wildlife Center Dr. Dave, are joining me to represent EKF at the end-of-summer trail ride in Keswick next weekend.   

I need to catch you up on the excellent egg-laying skills of the younger hens, Barbara Mandrell Chicken, Anne Murray Chicken, Tammy Wynette Chicken #2 and Loretta Lynn Chicken #2, but for now I'll just leave you with this beautiful picture (from Barbara Mandrell).