Our July trip to the Connemara and Irish Draft show in Santa Rosa was fun and successful. Alicia and Delta were the champions in the Prospect Division. This was a lovely send off for her as she has now disappeared to university. Anja was Junior Champion. Our two Connemaras did us proud, again, so well behaved and versatile and nice to be around.
If you are interested in riding lessons during the school year please let us know. The covered arena will ensure that we can teach even during the rainy season. We teach seven days a week, happy to start early and provided we have a lunch break, happy to teach after school or work!
The new facility is called South Bay Horse Ranch and the address is 1290 Masten Avenue. It's just off 101, east on Masten and you are there. It's going to be an adventure. It's a large facility, it has a polo field, an enormous covered arena plus a lovely track and trails. There is a club house with a large screen tv so perfect for presentations, lectures, camp and birthday parties! The newly matted barn aisle
The sign is up on the office.
We had an incredibly busy last week of camp. I dont know what I was thinking. This week was for the intermediate campers. They did the badges from Skilled Beginner week and the trail and combined test from advanced week. They pulled shoes with Nick on Monday and helped Tracy with her chiropractic work on Wednesday. There were not enough hours in the week. They had a blast. I want to give a shout out to Rachel, the most wonderful craft person a camp director could ask for. These horse heads are made from glass that the kids cut themselves. They picked the colors and the size of the glass and did it themselves. Brilliant
We had such a fun third week of camp. It started hot but the weather at the end could not have been better. We had a nice mix of ages with the oldest kids being so sweet and considerate to the younger ones. Also the kids that had attended camp before and knew the drill were happy to explain to the newbies. Parents really appreciated that the kids were asleep early!
Our Advanced Camp kids on their final day. We hosted a Combined Test. It was so fun, lots of nervous kids batheing and braiding their horses before their dressage tests. Then the stadium course had to be walked and studied. A busy fun day with new skills conquered.
The first week of summer camp is well underway. We have been so lucky with the weather, it has been perfect! We are calling this week Skilled Beginner week, the kids are comfortable around the horses and have all ridden before. Two kids jumped for the first time today, super exciting for them. We of course played pony club games. As everyone knows its one of my favorite activities to teach kids how to use their legs and eyes as their hands are busy holding sacks, batons, cups or tennis balls. Here are the three teams with their trusty steeds.
We had a fun weekend at the JK show in Woodside. Friday it was hot but the weekend got better from there. Heather did very well in her large flat classes with Delta, Julia took Splash to her first show as a Sugarloaf Farm horse and did so well. They placed in both their enormous jumping classes. Anja rode Delta on the first day and was successful with clear rounds in the 2' and 2'3" classes. We are looking forward to the next show.
Please welcome Splash to Sugarloaf Farm's lesson program. She is wonderful addition and is already a kid favorite.
The tent is up! Thank you to Perry, Ian, Lynn, Beth and Bekka for spending Mother's day with me to do this. Camp will be centered here! its 20 x 20 so nice and roomy, we can open or close the front and the back depending on weather conditions.
We had a great Sunday clinic. The goal was to make taking our horses out on trail less of an adventure and more fun. The horses met kids on bikes, strollers, balloons, bags of trash and no bombproofing clinic would be complete without walking over the mattress! All 15 horses made it safely over the mattress. The valentine heart balloons were probably the scariest of all the obstacles. Horses and riders came away more confident that they could manage scary things met on the trail.
2016 is upon us and its going to be a fun year with lots of activities. Camp dates have been set, please check out the camp page for dates and forms.
Golden Hills Pony Club will be starting a HorseMasters Group in association with the US Pony Club. Members need to be 25 or older and we will be learning about horses, how to care for them as well as how to ride them.
Woody and Evie have been best buds since 2007, Woody went away for a little bit but now he is back and everyone at Sugarloaf Farm is thrilled! He will be used in the lesson program so thank you Caroline and Aurelia for allowing us to do that.
Please welcome Lulu to our program. She is a darling 13.2 , 9 year old mare that loves to be groomed and loves to canter. She is teaching the kids how to do just that. She even wears her own special Lulu pad!
Dougal and Delta went to Paso Robles on Saturday for their Connemara inspection. The inspectors were in from the East Coast and were impressed by our ponies temperments, way of going and their conformation. They were awarded gold stars.
Camps for the summer of 2015 are complete. The counsellors all enjoyed sharing their love of horses with some wonderful kids. We were lucky enough in our last week to have Wilbur O'Ferrall of the Polo Training Foundation come and share his expertise with us.
Buffy and Mac have left Sugarloaf Farm for a new life in Florida. They will be missed and we wish them a good life with lots of treats. Buffy was an awesome addition to the lesson program and Mac was loved.
We had a fun second week of camp. Our tremendously popular reptile show reappeared to the delight of the kids. Pony Up's Jen Van Deren introduced all the campers to snakes, spiders and lizards. I know that's not so horse focused but the goal was to have the kids meet creatures outside their comfort zone and appreciate them. The rest of the week was more horsey with daily private lessons, lots of horse care instruction, pony and cart rides, games and pony painting.
Happy New Year!
Our Summer Camps dates have been set. We will be hosting two beginner camps in 2015, June 15 and June 22. Our advanced camp is July 6 and the intermediate camp is July 13.