Riding Lessons and More in Central Virginia

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Anniversary!

Today isn't just Halloween -- it's the third anniversary of our arrival at Easy Keeper Farm!  Selecting these photos from the past thirty-six months makes me proud of how far the farm and our programs have come since the early days during the Snowpocalypse....I'm also thankful for wonderful customers, neighbors, friends and family who make all these happy images possible.....It's a little bittersweet, too, remembering some old companions who have left us; though it's fun to include the new ones, furry and feathered, who come along to cheer us back up...

Most of all, I am thrilled to be living in this most beautiful part of the world, and can't wait to see what we'll do together during the next three years!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

The Mini-Camps are Coming!

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, November 6:  all you grownups, be sure to vote; all young riders, be sure to come to the farm for camp.  Just like during the summer, we'll have a lesson, hike around the farm to check out the autumn colors, work on a creative project, and take a bareback ride on the horses' and ponies'  THICK winter coats (you won't recognize Misty if you haven't seen her since August!).  Just like summer, bring a lunch, plan to stay from 9am to 3pm, and the cost is $45.  More mini-camps are planned for the day after Thanksgiving and the Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays of holiday school vacation.

Speaking of Misty, I need to thank her -- and Wizard -- and Chubbs -- AND my wonderful, terrific, cheerful, lifesaving helpers of all ages -- for their fantastic work at the EKF Pony Rides during the Fall Festival at Walton Park.  Two grownup helpers lugged the metal fence panels to Mineral and back, three more assisted at the sign-in table, and seven lesson students led ponies for four hours as we set a new record, providing rides to 155 children!  And somehow even with all those volunteers, I was still tired at the end of the day.  I hope someone took pictures of the ponies with their Halloween headbands fastened to their bridle crownpieces:  Misty the (good) witch, Chubbs the tiger, and Wizard the devil (hmm, sometimes).