Riding Lessons and More in Central Virginia

Friday, February 1, 2013

Busy As . . .

 . . . a beaver!  That describes the scene at the farm recently, when our summer camp program put on its long underwear and down vest to turn into winter pony camp.  Just behind my right shoulder, above, you can make out the top of the incredible dam built by wet brown paws down on Duckinghole Creek.  It's holding the water level several feet above the creek in a giant pond -- definitely worth the campers hiking down to check it out.

We also made horsey ornaments, prepared special New Year's treats for the critters, and built a campfire right in the riding ring to make smores.  That's a fun way to warm up on a cold winter afternoon (and how many people can say they've roasted marshmallows in their riding ring?).  Some campers are cantering now, and on bareback day, one rider even switched from Wizard to Chubbs without touching the ground in between!

The first few weeks of this year also saw three older students make their debuts in the hunt field.  Two of these have already come out a second time, and the third -- with beautiful new tall black boots -- is checking the calendar for the next opportunity.  And I am looking forward to the end of this cold, icy weather!

Here's a picture of my blog editor, Dolly Parton Chicken, reviewing today's post: