Friday, April 10, 2009

April Ladies Night: matah ball soup & massage = FUN

Get down here for the next one- TBA on a Thursday Night in May!

I was happy to sit down and enjoy a steaming bowl of Annie's matzah ball soup! The soupmaker sits down with Jessie for a well deserved and wonderful hand massage. We all enjoyed Jessie's array of professional treatments.
Susan did such a GREAT job in her lesson that we won't scold her about sitting up for the picture. LOL
Gretchen is always a lot of fun and Ladies Night is par for the course.
These lovely and enthusiastic participants relax after their ride.
Wende wins the door prize with these answers, we laughed so hard!
Jessie our massage therapist gets her turn from Sam...

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Please Vote! Please RSVP!

2 quick items for this morning...

1) The Saddle Horse Report has a poll up measuring interest in the National UPHA Convention being held in Boston! If you would attend, PLEASE go to and on the upper right hand corner, VOTE YES!

2) Ladies Night is tomorrow night, and today is the last day to RSVP. I have a massage therapist lined up, as well as some fun riding exercises and informational topics for Spring. Ladies Night is FUN! And EDUCATIONAL!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Stray Cat Rides on the jog cart with Nicholas today at NVS!

Well, now that I have your attention, Happy April Fool's Day!

I do have big stray cat news, though! The update on my feline friend is that when I call her as I put out her feed she comes running to me eagerly and lets me pet her while she eats. She is definately a tortie in color and therefore female, and has a swing to her belly which I am certain is not the rations I've been putting out. It's probably kittens..... And she's "my" cat, she runs away from everyone else who ventures out that way. I'll try to take some more pictures on a nice day.

Oh and she has a name: Perry. The real Perry, is a friend of a friend and wrote the movie Mystic Pizza (filmed just down the road!).

Speaking of kittens, June will be busting out all over, because *both* of our minis are in foal! Nicholas and I took the winter blanket off one of them for a driving lesson and WHAMO she was weeble shaped- we both were like "Uhhh oooh". Bobette, and Patti and I all bought minis in October and at the time we knew the 2 mares had been with a stallion for 30 days but had no idea if they were in foal. Well. It looks like they are.

Bobette's mini, Pumpkin an adorable adolescent colt that's pinto in color is in therapy training! While we work the show horses we often see Bobette teaching Pumpkin tricks and working on the clicker training- and hear the pitter patter of little teeny hooves in the lounge as he learns about furniture, and carpet. Nicholas gives the eye roll and shakes his head but we all know he secretly thinks it is a hoot! Nicholas, ya softie!

Congratulations are in order to Patti Shanafelt on her acquisition of Amber One Up for the American Saddlebred Hunter Country Pleasure Division. Cater Stables assisted as the agent. Amber is a huge gorgeous chestnut mare with a white face, and she's a joy to have around.

Kimberly Martin of Warwick, RI is joining our show string and leasing the gorgeous campaigner Hero's Legend of the Knight. Kim is fun to have with us and a joy to watch spending time with this great gelding.


Summer Camp dates are up on the website- I can't wait for all of the fun we are going to have with the mini foals, the kittens, horse shows, riding, going on the trails and enjoying the farm- please inquire with Sharon for details at 860-535-1038.

April Vacation Day Camp is available this year by the DAY or the full week. Dates are April 13-17. Enrollment is limited so sign up today!

The UPHA Chapter 14 Spring Premiere Horse Show is coming fast! We are bringing 10 horses and have heard that turnout and entries are up and very promising. Can't wait to be back in show season again. Good times, great rides, great friends! It's been an especially long winter!

Ladies Night this month is April 9th, next Thursday. The last one was a complete success- we sent out two trail rides of ladies over to the vineyard. The farm borders the Jonathan Edwards Winery, ( whose property used to be part of this farm, so we have an easement and permission to ride there. It is so beautiful and more than once after the ride we have packed up and driven over (with a designated driver!) by auto for a glass of their finest chardonnay, such fun! They make Napa Valley wines here in CT. We always meet the most interesting people there and they love the horses.

If you're reading this, please come to Ladies Night! We would love to see you- new faces and old friends are welcomed. The cost is $40 and includes a riding lesson as well as a light supper and beverages. If you choose not to ride, we ask for a $10 donation of which a portion goes to Saddlebred Rescue, Inc. Give so they Live!!!!

Those are the updates, thank you for reading and see you soon!