Monday, November 28, 2016

Raynham's 1st Annual Holiday Fun Day! - Tuesday, December 20th!

Hey Raynham Riders,

I am SO excited to announce that we are going to have our first annual Holiday Fun Day!!   Many of the riders have already begun to plan their routines and come up with costume ideas.  Here are the details:

Who: All of our Raynham riders and their friends and families are invited!
What: An awesome holiday show to holiday music with a pot-luck dinner and pony games too!
Where: Raynham Stables of course :)
When: Tuesday, December 20th, 6:00 - 8:00pm.  It will be an open-house style, riders & their guests do not have to stay for the entire duration.
Why?:  To have a ton of FUN and to celebrate a wonderful year with wonderful people!

Here's the plan!:
- Any rider that wishes to do so can come up with a routine with their coach (and lesson buddies if they ride in a group lesson) to present to their friends and family
- If you ride in a private lesson or the rest of your group isn't able to attend, we can group up riders from different lessons.
- We will start rehearsing in our lessons this week (if you haven't already started).
- Riders are welcome to wear costumes and dress up their ponies if they wish!
- If you do not wish to do a routine, you are still welcome to participate in the pony games :)
- There is no cost to participate, just a fun day for all!

There will be a sign-up sheet in the riding school tack-up area for both the riding portion and the pot luck.  We can't wait to see what everyone come up with for their routines!


North-Country Meat Order!

Hey Raynham Riders! 

Due to popular demand, we are doing a last-minute order for North-Country Meats!  If you haven't had their products before, they are absolutely fantastic!  Fan favourites include the Breaded Chicken Fingers, Slow Cooked Beef Pot Roast and all the steaks are amazing! 

If you are interested in placing an order, orders are DUE Friday, December 2nd and PICK-UP will be at the barn anytime after 4:00pm on Thursday, December 8th. 

To place an order:

1. Fill out the order form (located in the riding school tack room) and leave a cheque (payable to Raynham Show Team) by Friday, Dec 9th. 

2. You can view the products offered (photos below) and email your order to by Friday, Dec 9th.  Payment by cheque (made payable to Raynham Show Team) MUST be dropped off at the barn by Monday, December 5th before we submit the order.

Winter Riding Tips!

Hey Raynham Riders,

I don't think anyone was was prepared for the blast of cold weather last week after it had been 18c the week before! Here are a few tips for staying comfortable and warm in the colder weather:

  • Dress in layers and make sure your base layers are moisture wicking. Thermal long underwear designed for skiing is ideal! Once you are riding you will warm up quickly, so be sure your top layers have zippers so they can easily be removed when mounted.
  • Head, hands and feet lose body heat quickly. Wear winter boots with ski socks, warm gloves or mittens and a hat when tacking up. Snow pants or sweatpants over your breeches is also a good idea for chilly days. You can remove the extra layers and switch to riding boots and gloves right before you get on.
  • When riding, a headband can fit under a helmet or a cozy helmet cover is also a great option. 
  • Winter specific riding boots (options: Greenhawk or Pleasant Ridge) and gloves are awesome for staying comfortable during the winter months. 
  • If you can’t purchase riding-specific gear, your regular winter boots may be fine. They need to have a ½” – 1 ½“ heel, not too chunky treads and the foot needs to be narrow enough to fit into the stirrup. Ask your instructor to check if you are unsure. 
  • For those really cold days, hot packs ( in gloves and boots are a great way to stay warm
Horseback riding is a year-round sport, but we do live in Canada so please remember to dress appropriately so you can enjoy riding throughout the winter :)

Friday, November 25, 2016

8th Annual Raynham Awards Banquet is Tonight!

Hey Raynham Riders! 
Our 8th Annual Raynham Holiday & Awards Banquet is tonight. The reception will begin at 6pm with dinner being served at 7pm. We have a fun-filled evening planned with an awesome silent auction, awards presentations, dancing and slide show.
This years' banquet will be held at Nobleton Lakes Golf Club. The address is 125 Nobleton Lakes Dr, Schomberg, ON L0G 1T0. Can't wait to see you all there!