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War Horse Event Series, 9/17/17

Permalink 09/18/17 07:14, by Heather, Categories: Background

Castle Farm enjoyed a nice weekend at the Carolina Horse Park.  Ashley rode her horse Annie at the Beginner Novice horse trials, and I rode Butch in the Novice horse trials. We schooled the stadium course on Saturday, and competed on Sunday. Ashley had a lovely dressage test with a score of 30.3! However, stadium and cross country did not go so well. Annie just wasn't feeling it and they had a stop in both phases. Butch and I had one of our best dressage rides at Novice level, earning a 23.5 and starting us out in first place out of 20! However, stadium got the best of us too, and we pulled 2 rails. We did go double clear in cross country, and had a blast doing it. We finished in 8th place overall. Despite our disappointing outcomes, we still had a lot of fun this weekend!  We will be trying something new this coming weekend - a hunter show that we have never been to with the City of Oaks Hunter show series at Hope Farm.  Wish us luck!

Welcome new students and horses!

Permalink 09/02/17 07:01, by Heather, Categories: Background

Another fantastic month for Castle Farm!  We had had eight new students in the past month alone, as well as a new horse, join the family!  We would like to welcome Kennady, Megan, Liz, Rebecca, Christa, Hannah, Noah, Olive and Jasper all to Castle Farm!

Megan, Liz, Rebecca, Christa, Hannah, Noah and Olive are all brand new to horse back riding.  Noah and Olive are elementary school age, and are very excited to get to learn how to ride these awesome animals.  And how lucky they are to be able to start at such a young age!  Megan, Rebecca, Christa and Hannah are all middle school age, and are really looking forward to learning something new.  Castle Farm has a lot of students in this age range, so it's easy to make friends here while you enjoy riding horses too!  Liz is an adult, and a teacher as well.  Liz is having a great time learning something new, and she is not alone.  We have many adult riders here at Castle Farm - some who have been riding a while, but some who are beginners, like Liz.  It's a great way to decompress and get some much needed "me time" while enjoying these beautiful animals.

Kennady is the only non-beginner joining Castle Farm this month.  However, Kennady is new to huntseat riding.  She is a former saddle seat rider, but she's having a great time learning about a different discipline, and is looking forward to getting to jump soon!  Kennady represents our high school age group, which also has several students in attendance.  As you can see, there is a lot of opportunity to make friends at Castle Farm, no matter what your age, while you enjoy the company of the horses.

Finally, we want to welcome Jasper to Castle Farm.  Jasper is a 6 year old, 15.2hh thoroughbred gelding who was recently bought by Emily to be her first horse.  Emily has been riding at Castle Farm for several years, and has watched her sister work with her horses, but now she finally gets a horse of her own!  We are all very excited to see how Emily and Jasper do as they work towards eventing at beginner novice level.  By the way, there are several friends out here for Jasper to make as well :)

Portofino HT/CT/Dressage show, 8/26/17

Permalink 08/26/17 20:10, by Heather, Categories: Background

What a beautiful day in August for a horse show!  We have had some hot days recently, but today was not too bad, and nice and sunny too!  Castle Farm had two horse and rider combinations competing at the Portofino show today.  I rode Butch in the Novice HT, and Catherine rode Sandi in the Green as Grass HT.  I was up first on Butch.  We did fairly well in dressage, and started the day off with a 32%.  Next up was our stadium round, where we only had one rail down on a tight and twisty course.  Finally, we rode cross country, where we went double clear to finish with a 36% and 3rd place out of 11 entries!  Catherine and Sandi followed us in the afternoon.  They had a lovely dressage test, really improving on previous rides, and scoring 33.4%.  The went on to stadium and cross country and jumped double clear in both!  They finished on their dressage score, also in 3rd place out of 11 entries!  We all had a fantastic time and really enjoyed the day!  Keep an eye out for Castle Farm at the War Horse show in September!

Sharon Oaks Hunter Schooling Show, 8/20/17

Permalink 08/20/17 20:41, by Heather, Categories: Background

Castle Farm had a very relaxed day today at the Sharon Oaks show!  Due to so many folks being on vacation, it was just me competing on Butch and Gracie competing on Cisco.  The good news was that we didn't have to get up very early today :).  Gracie started things out for us in the Beginner Hunter division (which jumps 18" crossrails).  She started off with a bang, earning first place in the first class!  She went on to pick up several more ribbons in this division as well.  Then she moved on to try the Hopeful Hunter division, for the first time.  This division jumps 18" verticals.  She again starting things out with a bang, earning first place in her first class.  She went on to pick up another first place in one of her over fences classes, then added two seconds and a third to the mix.  She finished this division as the Reserve Champion as well!  Butch and I were up next, jumping 3' in the Open Hunter division.  Butch needed some practice schooling at this height, so we took some liberties to circle during our courses, which resulted in no ribbons.  However, sometimes the schooling moments are more important than the ribbons, and hopefully this work will pay off down the road :).  Our next outing will be at the Portofino Horse Trials next weekend.  Keep your eye out for us there!

Welcome new students!

Permalink 08/02/17 06:53, by Heather, Categories: Background

Wow!  Castle Farm has just been booming over the past couple of months!  We have had a huge influx of new students, just since the beginning of June!  I would like to take this time to welcome Henry, Lilly and Lori Osborne, Jameson Johnston, Kellie Cochran, Sasha Bigelow, Anna Martens, Addison Hlubosky, Olivia, Evan, Alex and Jaime Mousty, and Janae Petitjean, all to the Castle Farm family, as well as to welcome returning students, Katie and Emily Powell.

I have noticed an increase, lately, in the number of families getting involved with horses.  In the past, it would just be one member of the family that was riding, but, in the last several months, especially, I have seen more WHOLE families start riding together. Lilly came to Castle Farm to go to summer camp with her cousin, Dahlia, who has been riding here for a couple of years.  Once summer camp was over, Lilly's brother Henry, and her mom Lori joined us for lessons as well!  The Mousty family all came at once - Olivia and Evan ride together, while Alex and, mom, Jaime ride together.  It's great to see families enjoying quality time together on a horse!

Our youngest riders to start in the past couple of months are Jameson and Addison.  They are really enjoying getting to know how to brush and care for their ponies, as well as ride them.  Sasha and Anna are both in middle school, and are also new to riding.  They are learning to care for their horses as well as ride, and really seem to enjoy the entire process!  Janae is an adult rider, new-ish to riding.  She had done some riding, but it had been a while.  She is having a great time remembering some stuff she had learned previously, and learning new things along the way.  Kellie is a very experienced adult rider, who has come to Castle Farm to sharpen her skills and compete in eventing.  She has already made it out to one competition with us, and had a blast!  Katie has recently returned, and has been bringing her newst horse, Sully, to her lessons.  He is a young, off-track Thoroughbred that she hopes to eventually compete in eventing.  And finally, Emily has also recently returned to Castle Farm for lessons.  She is working on refreshing her skills to get back into the competition arena as well.

As you can see, Castle Farm is a great fit for ANYONE who wants to learn more about horses or riding or competing - young kids, older kids, adults, families, and experienced riders as well!  Give me a call or send me an email to come and learn more about how you can join the Castle Farm family too!

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