Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Updated Lesson Schedule & Make-up Lesson Policy

Hey Raynham Riders!  

It's been terrific seeing everyone back in the saddle! Below is the updated lesson schedule.  If you still need to make a change or have not yet enrolled in classes, the only available spaces are highlighted in green. 

I also wanted to remind riders of our make-up lesson policy: 

Make-Up Lesson Policy

We realize that students occasionally have to cancel a lesson, so to simplify the process of rescheduling we have set up the online scheduler to book make-up lessons: http://www.raynhamstables.com/online-lesson-scheduling.html.   It is the responsibility of the student to book their make-up lesson by the end of the session.
We are aware that it can be difficult to find a make-up spot, especially during the busy spring and fall months, so please do not cancel unnecessarily.  Spaces to book a make-up are made available by other students canceling, please be courteous and PROVIDE AS MUCH NOTICE AS POSSIBLE IF YOU ARE GOING TO MISS A CLASS so we can open your space on the scheduler.   Also be aware that the opportunity to make-up a class simply may not occur for you, a make-up lesson is something we HOPE will be available; it is not something we can guarantee will happen.
Make-up Lesson Details:

  • We ask that students provide at least one week’s notice if you are going to miss a lesson.  This gives other students enough time to be book your now-open time slot for a make-up lesson.  Please notify the office via email (or cancel through the scheduler) to receive a make-up lesson.
  • We realize sometimes things happen at the last minute – illness, car problems, etc.  As long as you provide at least 24 hours’ notice of cancellation, we will still allow you to schedule a make-up lesson.  Please note – with only 24 hours’ notice, it is virtually impossible that someone will be able to book your time on the scheduler so students may only cancel last-minute ONCE per session.
  • If you cancel a private lesson, we cannot guarantee that there will be a private lesson space available so you may have to do your make-up in a group lesson instead.
  • Make-ups are only available to students currently enrolled in lessons.  If you stop taking lessons for a session, any missed classes are no longer available to be made up.
  • Make-up lessons are nontransferable and cannot be deducted from the next session fees.  
We're looking forward to a fantastic session!  Feel free to speak with your instructor or send me an email if you have any other questions,


Updated Lesson Schedule

Group Class Times
8:00pm - Intermediate/Advanced, Teen & Adult - RING ONE

5:30pm - Intermediate, Youth/Teen - RING TWO
6:00pm - Advanced, Teen - RING ONE
7:00pm - Novice/Intermediate, Teen - RING TWO

6:00pm - Novice+ - Teen - RING TWO
7:00pm - Advanced Beginner/Novice, Youth - RING TWO

6:00pm - Beginner/Advanced Beginner, Youth - RING TWO
7:00pm - Novice/Intermediate - Teen - RING ONE
7:00pm - Novice, Youth/Teen- RING TWO
8:00pm - Advanced, Teen - RING ONE

10:30am - Intermediate, Adult - RING ONE
10:30am - Novice - Youth/Teen - RING TWO
11:30am - Beginner/Advanced Beginner - Child/Youth - RING TWO
12:30am - Intermediate/Advanced - Teen - RING ONE
12:30pm - Advanced Beginner/Novice - Youth/Teen - RING TWO

10:30am - Novice - Youth/Teen - RING TWO
11:30am - Intermediate - Teen - RING ONE
11:30pm - Beginner/Advanced Beginner - Child/Youth - RING TWO
1:30pm - Intermediate - Teen - RING ONE
1:30pm - Novice - Youth/Teen - RING TWO

Friday, September 1, 2017

TENTATIVE Fall Schedule

Hey Raynham Riders!

I hope everyone is excited as I am for the fall lesson to begin! It sure feels like fall is coming this week with the cooler weather.  The school horses are enjoying their vacation this week but I'm sure they are looking forward to lessons (and treats!) again too!

Here is the TENTATIVE schedule for this session. If you are missing from the schedule or are scheduled for a time that you cannot ride at, don't panic! Just send me an email and I will sort it out :) I did my very best with the schedule, it was challenging this year, as usual! I am very appreciative to everyone that helped me figure it out - Amy, Lindsay, and Caryn! I am still missing a few rider's forms and I had to schedule a few riders for times that they did not list as available so I am anticipating that there WILL be changes. Please check back here Sunday for any revisions. When you arrive for your first lesson of the session next week, please head over to the camp trailer to check in (new rider forms & waivers, payment, etc.)

Thank-you to everyone for your patience and support, it is much appreciated! Just a reminder that classes resume TUESDAY, SEPT 5th!


Olivia B. - if you can't do Monday at 5:30 pm, you could do the group Wednesday @ 7:00 pm
Lauren C., Maija K. & Sarah J. - Did you guys want to do a 3p semi on Mondays @ 6 pm?
James M. you are at 5:00 pm right now because there was no early lesson but I am happy to move you to earlier if we can fill the spots
Paeten C. - I know you didn't really want Thursdays - there will be a space Tuesday @ 7 pm as of November or you could also do the Sunday @ 10:30 am or 12:30 pm classes. 
Ashley K. - Are you able to ride Wednesday's at 5:00 pm?

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Fall Lesson Registration

Hey Raynham Riders!  

It's hard to believe that we're more than halfway through August already.  While I'm not nearly ready for the summer to be over, I can't wait to see everyone back in the saddle!  I'm sorry for the delay in getting this posted, life here at Raynham has been busy (as usual!) but this summer we had some extra excitement. Last weekend we celebrated the wedding of my brother, Ryan and Cristina!  Despite a crazy thunderstorm the night before (causing a challenging power outage!), it was a beautiful day.  Many of our riders and staff helped make it possible so we wanted to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone involved. I know Ryan and Cristina were touched by the kindness and generosity of the wonderful group of people we have here at Raynham.

Below is the link for the fall lesson registration form.  I have split the registration form up by group lessons and private lessons again this year in an attempt to simplify creating the schedule.  Please let me know if you have any questions about how to submit your form.

As in previous years, please provide me with AS MANY OPTIONS as possible.  Making the schedule work for all of our riders, horses, and instructors is incredibly difficult and having flexibility for times is the only thing that makes it a bit easier!  If you have preferred times, please let me know in the comments sections and I will do my absolute best.

Again, we are looking forward to seeing everyone back at the barn soon!

Nikki, Lindsay & Caryn

Sunday, July 30, 2017

In Memoriam - Abby "Abracadabra"

It is with great sadness that we have to announce the passing of our homebred mare Abby aka Abracadabra who was euthanized after an accident on cross country at Glenarden Horse Trials yesterday.  We are very thankful that her rider, Bianca Iddiols, appears to be okay other than a possible wrist fracture and concussion.  She was taken to Headwaters Health Care Center to be checked out and was released late last night.  

Abby and Bianca were having a fantastic day, in 4th place after dressage and stadium with their best dressage score to date. They were more than half way around cross-country when Abby just stumbled slightly on takeoff to a fence and was unable to recover, causing her to fall on her shoulder on landing. Bianca was thrown clear but tragically Abby’s upper front leg fractured from the impact of her fall. Abby was quickly and humanely euthanized on course.

We are thankful to the team at Glenarden for their fast response and compassionate care of Abby and Bianca. We would like to especially thank Jay & Pippa Hambly, TD Peggy, the medics, jump judges and vet on call, Dr. Allan Macleod, who is also our barn vet.  We would also like to thank our wonderful group of riders here at Raynham Stables for their outpouring of love and support; immediately jumping to action, helping wherever needed and banding together during such a difficult time. 

Abby was our second homebred foal and was born in 2007 from Havana, one of Lindsay’s top event horses.   Bianca began working with Abby two years ago and we couldn’t have asked for a more wonderful rider for her.   They had become a capable and confident team and we are very proud of their successes and were excited for their future together.  Our hearts go out to Bianca, who is devastated by the loss of her partner.

We are all broken-hearted but feel fortunate to have such a wonderful, supportive barn family to help us heal.   Thank you again to everyone for your support during this difficult time.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Summer Camps, Lessons & Volunteer Day!

Hey Raynham Riders!

It’s hard to believe but the spring session will be over in less than a month!  We’d like to thank all of our terrific students and staff for a fantastic year.  We hope we will see everyone at the barn this summer; details on summer lesson 
scheduling are below.  All the classes are individual bookings so even if you can only come for a few classes, you won’t be as rusty in September!   Don’t forget fall lesson registration opens August 1st on the website!

See you in the barn!

Nikki, Lindsay & Caryn!
Painted ponies is a favourite camp activity!  Look how young Ally is in this photo, we clearly need to get some new painted pony photos this summer!
Have you registered for summer camp yet?  We still have spaces available for all sessions but sessions are filling fast so don’t miss out!  REGISTER ONLINE NOW!  Our fabulous summer camps are appropriate for riders ages 7 – 16 and feature TWO rides daily, fun program options, late-night BBQ and always-fantastic parent show on the last day!

We also still have a few positions available for CREW campers, if you are interested, details can be found here.   Crew acceptance emails were sent out today, if you applied but did not receive an email, please email Nikki and we'll sort it out!
Spring Volunteer Day - Saturday, June 10th:
We'd like to say a HUGE thanks to everyone that came out to help this past Saturday, we knocked a bunch of stuff off the list!  If you weren’t able to come last weekend, we are having a second volunteer day Saturday, June 10th
We will have jobs for all ages (Moms and Dads – your help is much appreciated too!) or this is a great opportunity to get volunteer hours if you’re in high school.  We will provide a BBQ lunch and we have PRIZES for participants!  We hope to see you all there!

Summer Lesson Scheduling Details!
As in past years, we book summer lessons separately from the September – June schedule as everyone’s lives are so hectic in the summer!  We will be using the online scheduler again this summer to make scheduling easier and more flexible for everyone.   Simply pick the dates and times that work for you on the online scheduler and pay only for the classes you can attend.  The scheduler also allows you to book recurring lessons so you do not have to schedule each class individually if you are able to come the same time each week.   The scheduler does not allow bookings less than 24 hours out so don’t forget to book in advance.  We are closed Sundays during July & August so that the school horses still get a day off each week.  The scheduler will be available for current students starting this Friday, June 2nd. If you are not already taking lessons here at Raynham, please wait until Friday, June 9th to book as we give priority to our current students. If you have any issues, please let me know!

Group Lesson Schedule:

7:00pm –
8:00pm –
7:00pm –
 6:00pm –
10:30am – Novice/
1:30pm –
Adv. Beginner/

Private Lessons:
There are openings Mondays – Thursdays and Saturdays for private lessons, please select the appropriate calendar for your level.  For Saturdays, only the Beginner/Novice/Intermediate calendar as Lindsay and Nikki will not be available to coach regularly on weekends but Helen, Amy and Alex will be teaching Saturdays and are able to teach intermediate riders as well.

There are two options for payments:
  1. Credit Card - Pay for lessons online through the scheduler when booking
  • Group Lessons = $55.00
  • Private Lessons = $70.00
  1. Cash, Cheque or e-Transfer – If you prefer to pay by cash, cheque or e-Transfer, let me know BEFORE booking.  I will invoice you for a package and send you a coupon code to enter so the scheduler knows you have already paid. 
  • Package of 8 Group Lessons = $420.00
  • Package of 8 Private Lessons = $540.00


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Spring Volunteer Days!

Saturday, May 27th
& Saturday, June 10th
9:00am – 4:00pm
(You don’t have to stay all day, any help is appreciated)

BBQ, Prizes & Challenges!

Calling all Raynham boarders, lesson students, show students & their families! We’re always working to improve the facilities here at Raynham Stables to make it a better place to ride. Here’s your chance to be a part of it! 

As always, we have a ton of projects to tackle around the farm!  There are so many things to do this year that we are planning TWO volunteer days!   The volunteer days will run 9:00am - 4:00pm but you do not need to stay all day, any help is appreciated!    We hope to see many Raynham riders out to lend a hand!  There will be jobs appropriate for younger students as well as parents (Dads - we're looking at you!).

Jobs include:

- Finish fencing in back field
- Clean/organise loft
- Take down old swing set
- Sanding and repainting the wood stadium jumps
- Staining/painting XC jumps
- Building new picnic tables
- Painting new picnic tables and re-paint old tables
- Repairing and staining the wash stalls
- Sanding and staining doors to tack-up area
- Bag & label winter horse blankets for pick-up to be cleaned
- Clean up gardens and re-plant
- Disassemble camp tent decks
- Clean up branches (everywhere!!!)
- Dig out corners around dressage ring & repair railway ties around perimeter
- Rake and pick paddocks
- Trim brush around fence lines
- And more!

We will be holding a raffle for horses prizes and some FREE private lessons (jumping or dressage, your choice!) at the end of the day.  You get a ticket to put into the draw for each hour that you are here helping out!  Also we will be providing a BBQ lunch and refreshments throughout the day.

Thanks in advance for your support!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Friday, May 5th - Jumping Clinic with Marika VanHoogenhuize

Hey Raynham Riders!

Sorry for the short notice.  We are planning to run a jumping clinic with Marika VanHoogenhuize this Friday.  She was our fantastic judge at the schooling show last weekend and spent many years training under Eric Lamaze.  She also coaches Lindsay occasionally and has a fantastic eye and is very clear and specific in her coaching.

We are planning to run four, 1 1/2-hour groups if interest demands, starting at 1pm and running until 7pm.  The cost will be $60.00 if you own/lease/show board (since you will not do a practice ride Friday if you ride in the clinic).  The cost for riding school students is $80.00.  

If you are interested, please email Nikki ASAP and we will put a schedule together.  I hope many of you are able to take advantage of this fantastic opportunity!