Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Spring Boot Camp!

Spring Boot-Camp

Monday – Friday, March 11th – 15th

Winter will be over before we know it so it’s time to plan ahead for the spring! This program will be hugely beneficial for those competing this season or in the future but would also be appropriate for anyone who is very committed to their riding.  The dressage lessons will be ½ hour semi-private lessons to maximize individual focus (+ 15 min. warm-up & cool down after).  Jumping lessons will be group classes and will be 1hr.   Unmounted training sessions will be after lunch daily, 1 hr in length. The camp will conclude with a mini-competition on Friday at 2:00pm, parents/friends are welcome to come watch and cheer!
  • Hours: 9:00am – 4:00pm  
  • Age: 10+
  • Rider Level: Minimum requirement is able to ride an Entry level dressage test and canter a 2’4” course.  If you are unsure if you meet the requirement, please ask your instructor.
  • Max. Participants: 12 – We can only accommodate 12 riders for this program so spaces are LIMITED.  Register now!
  • Cost: $425 + HST = $480.25 

Unmounted Training
Lunge Lesson w/ Video Analysis of Position
Dressage Lesson – Focus on Basics
Goal Setting: immediate, short & long term goals
Dressage Lesson – Work on Test Movements
Jumping Lesson – Grid work w/ Video Analysis
Create training plan for next 6 months
Dressage Lesson – Dressage test run-through (written comments)
Jumping Lesson – Connecting Fences
How to optimize your dressage score
Dressage Lesson – Individualized focus on areas that need improvement
Jumping Lesson – Riding a Course
How to analyze and walk a show jumping course
Dressage & Jumping: Run-through for mini-show – focus on how to warm-up effectively
Mini-competition with combined dressage & stadium course
Focus on show prep including braiding, grooming and tack-cleaning.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

NEW! Follow our Blog!

Thanks to a suggestion (by Denise, Julia's Mom) we have added the option to receive blog updates via email!  Easily sign-up by entering your email in the gadget on the top right and never miss an upcoming event again!

Keep letting me know what we can do to improve your Raynham experience!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Extreme Cold Weather - Sunday, Feb 17th

Good Morning Sunday Riders!

It is currently a very chilly -18c before the windchill although it is supposed to "warm-up" to a more reasonable -10c by around noon.   Unfortunately I think we need to cancel all classes 9:30am-12:30pm today, please email me to schedule a make-up.  Afternoon riders, I am going to allow you to make your own decision.  Please email me to let me know if you are coming today or would like to schedule a make-up.

Stay warm today!


Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Spring into Lessons!

 It may not look like it after this weekends’ storm, but spring is coming!   Our next session of lesson begins on Feb 24th and runs until April 28th (closed for March break, March 11th-15th).  We are hoping that riders who took last session off are keen to get back in the saddle!  Nikki is working to put together the schedule now, please contact her to book a time.   We are running another GroupOn this spring and want to ensure that we reserve enough spaces for our returning regular clients. Even if you are unable to start right at the beginning of the session, we can accommodate a partial session - just let us know!   

We have had a terrific winter here at Raynham so far.  There have only been a few really cold days and almost no snow (until this past weekend!).  Before Christmas we had Olympian and Pan Am Gold Medalist Jessica Phoenix out to do a clinic.  Everyone had a fabulous time and it was very educational.   We had a terrific time with our in house dressage & show jumping clinics as well in January and the level of riding at the show team try-outs this year was very impressive.  Over the break, we also got our lovely new doors installed on the front of the tack-up area – no more sliding door stuck in the snow! 

We are excited to announce that we have two new school horses, Apple Pie and Dudley!  They are both terrific additions to our riding school.  Apple Pie is a 13 yr. old, 15.1hh quarter horse that has competed up to Pre-Training.  He is very well schooled and loves to jump!  If you like Rumba or Denver, you may like Apple!   Dudley joined our riding school more recently; he is a 17hh buckskin draft-hackney cross with a rock-star forelock!  He is only 5 years old and is still is a little a green in the steering department but is very level-headed and tries his best.  If you like Snoopy or Cinder, you might like Dudley!

Camp planning is already well underway and this year will be better than ever!  The 2013 summer camp dates and themes are already posted (http://www.raynhamstables.com/day-camp.html) and registration is available online! 

We hope to see you back at the barn soon!

Nikki, Lindsay & Caryn

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Session Calendar Updated

We had to make a few changes to the session calendar as we moved the date of our Show Team Try-outs & Winter Schooling Show.  We are also excited to announce that we will be hosting the OUEA show for Windsor University on Sunday, March 3rd!  If you are interested in volunteering  there will be a sign-up sheet posted shortly.  Please take a look at the updated session calendar below, or larger on our website.