Riding Lessons and More in Central Virginia

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!  Out here in rural Virginia, fall means the start of hunting season...but for Team EKF, that doesn't mean trying to bag a buck.  Instead, we clean ourselves up and head out to chase Monsieur Reynard, the fox.  Last week near Free Union, Dr. Martha and Kelly enjoyed the meet on Henry and Chubbs.  The weather was beautiful, and we had a perfect mixture of hair-raising up- and downhill gallops and creek crossings, combined with checks in lovely spots with gorgeous views of Buck Mountain.
Apres hunt, the horses were snugged up to stay comfortable, while the two-leggeds enjoyed a bountiful buffet breakfast.  Kelly noticed that her picture accurately captures each horse's personality:  Henry smiles for the camera, while Chubbs keeps his muzzle buried in the alfalfa!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Let's Get Thankful

...I'm thankful for all the amazing opportunities here in central Virginia to enjoy friendly horses and horsey friends.  Fall is such a great time of year for riding because the bugs have died down, it's not yet too cold, but it's not sweaty hot either.  Pictured above, Henry and Chubbs enjoyed the Farmington Hunter Pace near Earlysville the weekend before last.  Zender and I drove "over the mountain" last Sunday to participate with some buddies in the Rockbridge Hunter Pace in the Shenandoah Valley, and this weekend, our veterinarian Dr. Martha and another student will represent EKF in the hunt field.

The Election Day Mini-Camp was a total blast.  We admired the gigantic beaver dam on Duckinghole Creek (including the heron who was snacking in the beaver pond), rode bareback and tried but ultimately failed to start a campfire and make smores (so we just ate cold marshmallows, chocolate and graham crackers, which wasn't too bad!).  The highlight of the day was the campaign between Ginger and Pungo for President of the Horses (these candidates were selected by the campers).  Ginger made a strong appeal to the geldings' vote by offering Chubbs any position he'd like in the Cabinet, but Pungo's promise of more grain and oat bars for all proved the winning platform.  Please check out the campaign posters in the top barn, they are very cute and surprisingly realistic (complete with negative comments about the opposing candidate and the statements "I am Ginger, and I approve this message").

Many asked about the next Mini-Camp dates.  Let me know your plans for the day after Thanksgiving; and December 26, 28, and January 31, 2 and 4.  Each of these is a one-day session, so you may sign up for as many or as few days as you like (though I need at least three participants to run a session).