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Winter has hit us hard at the farm –

 

The horses and people all survived the blizzard at the end of January. Most of us thought we were going to get lucky this winter and not have much for snow…and then February hit! It seemed like 5 feet of snow was dumped on the farm…

Thank goodness for the wonderful hard working helpers that are dedicated to taking care of our farm horses day after day! The month of February has been a tough one with snow storm after snow storm. Maureen Cauvel, Rachel Benoit, Shannon Hunnewell, Kendra and Julianna LeBlanc, Angela Jack, and Michelle Milne.   

PLEASE SHARE YOUR memories of Jelly - the good and the funny ones

Poem in Jelly' s Memory:

If the day should come when I'm in pain,
And you know I won't be well again,
Promise you'll do what must be done,
If this is the battle that can't be won.

It'll break your heart, but please be kind,
Don't let your grieving sway your mind.
For this is when you'll let me see
Just how much you do love me.

Together we've had happy years
The future now can hold no fears.
Please don't let me suffer so
When that days comes, please let me go.

For my usual vet please will you send?
But stay with me until the end.
Hold me steady, speak to me
Till my once bright eyes no longer see.

In time I hope you'll come to see
It's the last kindness you'll do for me
One more time please stroke my mane
And know that I'll have no more pain.

And don't be sad that it was you
Who decided this was what to do.
We've been such buddies through the years
Don't let me be the cause of tears.

You'll always see me graze now,
with the sun upon my back
Painful limbs won't tire me now,
however long the hack.

I live now in your heart and mind,
a lovely place to stay.
And what you have in memories,
no one can take away.

Winter Camp

Contry Hill Farm offered a fun filled winter camp, although it didn’t feel like winter! We had not snow and the weather was warm. Riders enjoyed camp and played mounted games, rode bareback, drove Isaac, and jumped. The learned about winter horse care and blanketing. Thank you to all that participated, hope to see you in the summer for camp!

Versatility

Our Versatility event for 2015 was a huge hit. Our volunteers Lisa Murphy and Mary Dickson designed the course and it was Super Bowl Patriots themed! All riders did a fabulous job and endured the frigid temps to come out the barn for the event. We had a small turnout with riders of all ages – Adults, teens, and kids. We look forward to events to come in March and April. See below for a detailed list of rider’s placings!

Upcoming Events

The farm is proud to announce that we will be hosting a gymkhana event on March 1st and a Jumper show on April 12th.We also have our summer camp registration up for 2015! And our fall shows are on the calendar.

One of our long time students and helper Laura Santer has returned from her working student position at Destination Farm in Maryland. Laura competed the farm’s horse Native Fleet "Phoenix" through USEA training level. She is excited to announce that she will be traveling over to England for opportunities to work under the famous Olympic rider William Foxx-Pitt!  The farm is excited for the opportunities ahead stay tuned for updates on Laura’s progress and accomplishments.

Karen Contryman plans to condition her horse Chispa to compete in the GMHA’s Competitive trail rides (CTR). She aspires to get him fit to do the 3 day 100 mile ride! Other riders at the farm plan to qualify to compete in the Lendon Gray Dressage Festival in Saugerties, NY for 2015. Stay tuned for updates on all riders progress to reach their goals!

Losses

It is with great sadness that I have to post this, Apricot Jelly laid to rest on December 22nd, 2014. The last few months she was not herself and kept having bouts of colic and in her last few days she stopped eating.

Jelly taught so many kids and adults, she was a kind and forgiving, and patient teacher. For many she was their first horse they ever rode. For many she gave them confidence in their first horse show. Jelly was the champion in our versatility obstacle courses and everyone wanted to ride her. She was a special horse to many. We will miss her greatly at the farm and in the lesson program.  No one really knew her age, but she must have been well into her 30’s. The farm would like to thank our vet Maureen Sullivan, DVM from Monadnock Veterinary Services for caring for Jelly and helping us keep her comfortable. Jelly had a wonderful life at the farm and we were lucky to have owned such a special horse.

Contry Hill Versatility Challenge 2/1/2015

Rider

Horse

Division

Placing

Holly Rux

Honey

Junior Walk Trot

1st

Skye Lambert

Truffles

Junior Walk Trot

2nd

Georgia Brooks

Star

Junior Walk Trot

3rd

Lucy Hill

Honey

Junior Walk Trot

4th

Anika Ormsby

Truffles

Junior Walk Trot

5th

Molly Richards

Star

Junior Walk Trot

6th

Elise Kimball

Ozzy

Adult Open

1st

Kendra Faxon

Bravo

Junior Open

2nd

Beth DeCosta

Truffles

Adult Open

3rd

Mary Dickson

Louie

Adult Open

4th

Emily Brown

Louie

Junior Open

5th

Laura Santer

Phoenix

Junior Open

6th

 
 

Local Tack and Riding Clothing Stores

  • The Naked Horse, Amherst, NH

  • Cheshire Horse Visit (Swanzy, NH)

  • Dover Saddlery Visit  (Plaistow, NH)

  • Horseman’s Exchange Visit (Littleton, MA)

  • The Stone Pony Visit (Milford, NH)

  • Pelham Saddlery Visit (Pelham, NH)

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