Wednesday, August 3, 2022

2022/2023 Lesson Registration!

Hey Raynham Riders!

It's hard to believe, but September is just around the corner! If you are a current student or rode with us during the past school year, you should have received an email with the password for the form to register for the upcoming school year. If you did not, please let us know! Here is the link to the form: https://www.raynhamstables.com/20222023-lesson-registration.html

If you are not currently riding with us, and have not yet filled out our waiting list form, here is the link: https://forms.gle/ZqojeZSug1hyZefo7. Once we have scheduled our current clients, we will be in touch to let you know what spaces are still available.

Please let us know if you have any questions! We look forward to seeing everyone back at the barn!

Nikki

Monday, June 20, 2022

Horsemanship Course & Equine Canada Rider Level Prep

Hey Raynham Riders!


We are excited to be offering a Horsemanship course & Equine Canada Rider Level Prep course this summer!  Learning about the care of the horse, equipment, basic first aid, lunging, wrapping, etc. is just as important as what you learn in the saddle!   This course will follow the Equine Canada rider level program, details here, and will prepare you to take an EC Rider exam (testing is OPTIONAL).   Rider levels are a requirement to become a certified coach if this is something that you may be interested in for the future, and is a great way to gauge your progress, and an accomplishment to be proud of for ALL riders. 


PLEASE NOTE: These courses are to develop horsemanship skills, so participants will be in the barn and working hands-on with the horses but there is NO riding included in this course.


WHO/WHAT/WHY? 

  • To become are more well-rounded rider and further your education enabling you to be a better partner for your horse.  Everyone should aspire to be a horseperson, not just a rider!

  • This course is open to riders of all ages!  Adults are welcome (and encouraged!) to participate.

  • For the EC Level One rider exam, the mounted portion is walk and trot only, so all of our current students are capable of participating!

  • We will include a practice exam on the last day for riders to test their knowledge to see if they are ready for the EC exam.

  • We will include some study materials/worksheets, but if you are planning to do the EC exams, we recommend purchasing the EC manuals as well (https://ontarioequestrian.ca/product-category/manuals/)

  • We will be offering multiple testing dates HERE at Raynham for those that wish to complete their exams!


WHICH LEVEL: 

  • You can see the outlines of the riding requirements for the levels here.  If you’re not sure which level would be suitable, ask your coach!

  • We will be splitting the material up into two courses, 

    • Horsemanship Course A  (covering EC Level 1 & 2 material)
    • Horsemanship Course B (covering EC Level 3, 4, & 5 material)
    • If there is sufficient interest, we will add a course for levels 6, 7, & 8


WHEN:

We are offering the program in two formats, either four, 2 hr sessions on a consecutive weeknight - (ie. Tuesdays, 4:30 - 6:30 for all of July) OR two, 4 hr sessions over a weekend, Saturday & Sunday.


Horsemanship Course A Dates:

    • Session One: Tues. July 5, 12, 19, 26, 4:30pm - 6:30pm
    • Session Two: Saturday, July 23 & Sunday, July 24, 12:00 - 4:30pm
    • Session Three: Tues. August 2, 9, 16, 23,  4:30pm - 6:30pm
    • Session Four: Saturday, August 6 & Sunday, August 7, 12:00 - 4:30pm
Horsemanship Course B Dates:
    • Session Five: Tues. July 5, 12, 19, 26, 6:30 - 8:30pm
    • Session Six: Tues. August 2, 9, 16, 23, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
    • Session Seven: Saturday, August 13 & Sunday, August 14, 12:00 - 4:30pm

COST:

  • $150.00 plus HST per course, including 8 hours of instruction, study materials, and practice exam

  • Taking the actual exam is OPTIONAL, but the cost will be $150 to Raynham for the testing and $40 to Ontario Equestrian to process the test.  You must also be an OE member.  More details on the exams will be available to those interested.



SEND US AN EMAIL TO REGISTER! info@raynhamstables.com

Monday, June 13, 2022

SUMMER LESSONS - Tues. July 5th - Monday, August 29th

Hey Everyone!

If you had submitted a form for regular, weekly lessons for the summer, I emailed out (or posted in the Boarder/Part Board FB group) the schedule last night. Please review and either confirm your time or let us know if there is an issue ASAP so we can get it entered into the online scheduler.
Once we have everything entered, we will open the scheduler for pay-as-you-go bookings for CURRENT students first. If there are spots remaining after 7 days, we will open the scheduler to those on the waitlist.
Please let us know if you have any questions! We're looking forward to a fantastic summer!
Nikki

Monday, May 2, 2022

Raynham Gear

Raynham Team Gear is Back! Order by Sunday, May 8th.

The online store is open! There are tonnes of options -- and some new pieces too. (Show jackets, new half zips, new raincoat, hoodies, vests, sweatpants, new hats and saddle pads...)
Order by Sunday May 8th to be part of the bulk order and avoid all shipping charges. This order will be shipped to the barn.
How to Order:
  • Under the 'Barn Web Shops' tab, select Raynham
  • Passcode is: RSEventing21
  • For free shipping at checkout, enter code: RaynhamSpring22 (valid until May 8th)
A Couple of Details:
  • For many of the items, there are lots of options (colours, sizes, styles, and options like adding your name or wording down the sleeve) -- So, please be sure that you click on all the menu items for each item so that you get what you want!
  • For sizing, older show team riders are a great resource. The show jackets run a bit large.
  • Delivery of some items, given supply issues, may take a bit longer than others, but we will get everything!

Happy shopping! 



Raynham Stables 2022 Fundraiser

THE MOMENT YOU’VE BEEN WAITING FOR!!!

THE RAYNHAM STABLES SHOW TEAM SPRING FUNDRAISER!

This year, the Show Team is hoping to raise money to purchase lights for the outdoor rings. This addition will benefit not only Show Team riders, but all Raynham students, as we will all be able to enjoy riding outdoors longer on warm summer nights and through the fall, as the days grow shorter.

Sticking with a successful tradition, we are once again fundraising through North Country Meat and Seafood Ltd. You can look forward to being able to choose from a delicious selection of top-quality meat and seafood products.

The product info can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/592561784214244/posts/2425626287574442/

The order form can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/592561784214244/posts/2425626864241051/

We hope everyone will be eager to participate. BBQ season is beginning, and Mother’s Day is right around the corner. What better time to stock up! I know my freezer is empty and I am looking forward to filling it up again!

TIMELINE:

Place your orders by Friday May 6th. (Please do not leave ordering until the last minute!)

Send completed order forms to RaynhamStablesFundraising@gmail.com. Please do not send payment to this address.

Send payment via e-transfer to Raynham Stables at info@raynhamstables.com, just as you would do for lesson payments. Please put North Country in the subject line. If you absolutely cannot pay by e-transfer, please contact Louise at RaynhamStablesFundraising@gmail.com so we can arrange for you to pay by cash or cheque.

Order pick-up will be Friday May 13th, around 5:00pm. As the food is frozen and we have no means of storing it long-term, it is imperative that you be available to pick-up that evening. (Details on pick up procedures to follow at a later date.)

If you have any questions, please feel free to drop us a line at RaynhamStablesFundraising@gmail.com.

We’ll be happy to help.

Louise


Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Schooling Show Start Times

 Hey Raynham Riders,


A huge thanks to Gabby for all her work putting them together!  We are still hoping we will be able to run the show outdoors (with the warm-ups in the indoors), but we will post an update Friday. 
For the combined test divisions, riders should be in the warm-ups 20 min early for dressage, and 10 min before show jumping (since your horse will already be warmed up from dressage).   For the equitation divisions (Grasshopper & Smurf), there are warm-up times included in the start times.
Here were the details I sent out on Monday again:
  • Payment: Cash or cheque to the secretary on the morning of the show, or e-transfer.
  • Attire: Show Team Riders should *ideally* dress/prepare their horse as if it were a regular off-property show (full show attire & braid). New show riders may not have all their show gear yet - that's totally fine, just dress neatly!
  • Spectators: This will depend on whether or not we are able to run the show classes outdoors. If we are, there will not be a limit on spectators, but if we are stuck indoors the limit will be 2 per rider.
  • Dogs: Please don't bring dogs Saturday, it will be hectic enough as is!
  • Food: We will have food available for purchase - coffee, tea, hot chocolate, water pop, muffins, cookies, chips, and pizza (from Nobleton Pizza & Wings - yum!) for lunch! Concessions will be CASH only.
Please let us know if you have any other questions!  We are looking forward to a fun show on Saturday!
Nikki

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Spring Session Updates & Reminders!

Hey Raynham Riders, 


Here are a few reminders/updates as the spring session gets underway!


UPCOMING DATES

  • Sunday, April 17th - Closed for Easter

  • Saturday, April 30th - Spring Schooling Show (no lessons)

  • Monday, May 9th - Second Installment due for Spring Lesson Fees

  • Sunday, June 26th - Last day of the Spring Session



BILLING

We have switched accounting software and are now using QuickBooks. If you have any questions or concerns about your Spring Invoice, please let us know! It was a tricky process this session as we had to go through everyone’s account to see who we owed or who owed us after the cold winter session. 


And since this is a longer session, you have the option to pay in two installments. The first is due IMMEDIATELY, and the second is due May 9.  Thank you to everyone that has already sent us their payment. 


VOLUNTEERS 

If you are 12 or older and would like to help out at the barn and spend more time with the horses, then we’d love the help!! We greatly appreciate having extra helpers. Please send us an email if you are interested and we will send you the information to sign up. 


SPRING SCHOOLING SHOW

We are VERY excited that we are finally able to run a schooling show again! The Spring Schooling Show is scheduled for Saturday, April 30th, and is open to Raynham riders of all levels. Students should speak with their instructors at their next lesson to see which division to enter at the show.  You can see further details on the schooling show and enter online HERE!  Just a reminder that there are NO lessons on schooling show days and make-up lessons are not required as the date was not included in the session.  


SUMMER CLASSES

With our very busy lesson and show program, we are no longer able to offer summer camps.  We will continue to offer regular lessons throughout the summer this year instead.  We may offer a limited program for new students, and we are also looking into offering a Rider Level prep course over the summer, details are to be announced shortly!  Please let us know if you have any questions!


MAKE-UP LESSON POLICY REMINDER

If you know you will be missing a class, please let us know as soon as possible!   As we are fully booked, spaces to schedule a make-up lesson are created by other riders cancelling with sufficient notice. It is virtually impossible for us to fill your spot with only 24 hours' notice.  A reminder that we accommodate TWO make-up lessons per session. If you provide more than two weeks' notice, then we can extend more make-up lessons. However, NO make-up lesson is provided with less than 24 hours' notice. Below is our make-up lesson policy for further details: 


Make-Up Lesson Policy:

Students may have TWO make-up lessons per session, as long as you provide at least 24 hours' notice via email.  We will reply to your email with a code to book a make-up lesson using our online scheduler.   With less than 24 hours' notice, unfortunately, no make-up lessons can be provided.   The only exception to this rule is a pre-planned absence (i.e. vacation, family event, etc.);  you may reschedule more than two lessons if you provide at least TWO-WEEKS advance notice.

  • If you cancel a private lesson, you may not be able to find an opening for a private make-up lesson and may have to do a group lesson instead.

  • Make-up lessons are only available to students currently enrolled in lessons and must be made up prior to the end of the session.

  • Make-up lessons are non-transferable and cannot be deducted from the next session fees.

  • Make-up lessons cannot be rescheduled once booked. 

  • In the event  Raynham Stables has to cancel a class, we will ensure that you are able to reschedule the lesson or we will deduct it off the next session's fees.  



As always, we are constantly working to make Raynham the BEST place to ride.  Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns!

Nikki & the Raynham Team