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Fall and Winter have been VERY busy at the farm, so busy we've barely been able to update our happenings –

Competitions

End of Summer Hunter Seat and Western Show

The end of summer show was a great success! For many riders it was their first time riding in a horse show. The farm was lucky to have this event covered in the Monadnock Ledger by reporter Ashley Sarri. The show was open to the farm's students and outside farms and riders. The show offered seven different levels or "divisions."  This is to keep the competition fair and fun. The youngest rider competing was 4, and the oldest rider was in their 60's. The classes offered included, Western, English flat classes and jumping.

 Small shows like these give family members the chance to watch the skills that riders have been working to acquire. Horseback riding and showing help youths acquire life skills such as hard work, dedication, teamwork, and compassion. A small shows like this allow students of all ages to learn and develop good sportsmanship. This event was run solely on adult, parent and student volunteers. Without the support, events like this would not be possible.

Placing of the riders in the show:

Leadline Division: Emma Harley  was the Grand Champion and Anna Young was Reserve Champion

English Walk Trot Division: Mia was the Grand Champion and Laura Salmi was the Reserve Champion

Western Walk Trot Division: Karin Bump was Grand Champion and Julianna LeBlanc  and Molly Gibner were Reserve Champions

Green Horse Western: Becca Mazza was Grand Chamion and Lynn Fraizer-Hines was Reserve Champion

Begining Canter: Kylie was Grand Champion, and Rowan Bentley-Melle was Reserve Champion

Novice Division: Hannah Riseman was Grand Champion, and Soleil Gookin was Reserve Champion

Pre-Modified Division: Keira Amirault was Grand Champion, and Michelle Milne was Reserve Champion 

Modified Division: Ashley Cauvel was Grand Champion

 

Halloween Show and Haunted Trail

The spectators and competitor had a "spook"tacular time at the farm's fun Halloween show. Riders did not have to dress in any formal attire. In fact, many participated in numerous costume classes. The farm has riders and horses truck in to join in the fun. All those that rode left with big smiles.

After the show, the farm hosted its annual Halloween sleepover party after. Parents and kids got to camp out in the indoor arena. The festivities included trick-or-treating, scavenger hunts, spooky stories, a haunted walk and a pizza party. The adults got to relax by a camp fire into the evening. In the morning, everyone woke up early to help with barn chores and had a delicious big home cooked breakfast complements of Derek Mathieu.

Combined Training Show

Our Combined Training show was a great success. For many riders this was their first time learning how to ride a dressage test and how eventing is scored. Shows such as these are a important for ridrs to develop their skills to learn about the sport of eventing. Every rider that participated had a respectable ride. The farm is very proud the clean jump rounds and great dressage tests! A huge thanks to our guest judge April Alden. April has a very well trained eye, having worked for a top level dressage competitor Sharon McCusker. April had great comments for all those that rode in front of her.

Winter Versatility Series

This winter was very cold and very snowy! To help break up the winter, the farm offered a series of indoor versatility shows. Every horse and rider was presented with 10 obstacles that they had to negotiate their horse through in less than 5 minutes! The farm had an awesome turnout for all three events. Thank you for everyone that participated and helped to volunteer! The results for the events are listed below.


Clinics

During the cold winter months, Contry Hill Farm is offering Free educational lectures open for their students and the public. During the month of January, the farm discussed the topic of different riding disciplines. The majority of those that attended was adults. For February, the farm had a guest speaker DVM Maureen Sullivan presenting on "Equine Emergencies." The presentation was wonderful and very educational. A huge thanks goes out to Dr. Sullivan! Soon to come is a presentation on barn fire prevention, This topic will be discussed on March 1st.

The farm had two guest clinicians visit the farm: Karen Marcotte and Deanna Jackson. Both instructors are very talented, and experienced teachers. All those that rode enjoyed their lessons. We are looking forward to having these talented instructors back. Our favorite dressage instructor Remmy will be returning in the spring too!

New Additions

The farm is excited to announce that they will be adding a new sand arena to their facility! This new arena is HUGE! It will be 200'x130' and will be fenced in. This new arena will allow ample warm up space and a another ring for future events. The farm will also be clearing more space for trailer parking right next to the arenas!

The farm welcomed a new addition -Chispa. Chispa is Karen's new competitive trail riding horse. He is a handsome black Morgan Arab cross. We look forward to seeing Karen and Chispa at all the trail rides in the spring.

The farm welcomed a new boarder Kirby Wycoff and her horse Shady Cat. Shady is a gorgeous four year old, bay, Thoroughbred gelding. Shady is on layup from a previous tendon injury and couldn't have picked a better place to recover. The farm is looking forward to helping him to heal, and wishing for a speedy recovery so his owner can have fun with him under saddle.  

One of our long time students and helper Laura Santer is excited to announce that she will be taking a working student intern position at Destination Farm in Maryland. Laura is leasing the farm horse Native Fleet "Phoenix" and she will be taking him south to compete during this time. The farm is excited for the opportunities ahead for both horse and rider. Stay tuned for updates on their progress and accomplishments.


Looking forward to warmer days of spring!

 

-Staff at Contry Hill Farm

2014 Show Results
 
 

Contry Hill Versatility Challenge 1/19/2014

Rider

Horse

Division

Placing

Cassidy Exner

Honey

Open Junior

1st

Faith Hines

Truffles

Open Junior

2nd

Laura Santer

China

Open Junior

3rd

Elizabeth DeCosta

Truffles

Adult

5th

Kathy Mercurio

Lacey

Adult

4th

Mary Dickson

St. Louie

Adult

7th

Lisa Murphy

China

Adult

3rd

Jeff Santer

China

Adult

5th

Helen Cheney

 

Adult

6th

Carolyn Weeks

Angel

Adult

1st

Alana Hoskins

Celeste the Rock Star

In Hand

2nd

Kirby Wycoff

Shady Cat

In Hand

1st

Jocelyn Gillespie

Star

Lead Line

1st

Georgia Brooks

Star

Lead line

5th

Anna Young

Jelly

Lead Line

4th

Naia

Jelly

Lead Line

2nd

Lucy Hill

Peanuts

Lead Line

3rd

Holly Rux

Honey

Walk Trot

2nd

Lucinda Exner

Star

Walk Trot

3rd

Rachael Brown

Jelly

Walk Trot

1st

Annamaria Paul

 

Adult

2nd

Annika Ormsby

Cosmo

Lead Line

6th

 

Contry Hill Versatility Challenge 2/16/2014

Rider

Horse

Division

Placing

Cassidy Exner

Honey

Open Junior

1st

Amy Lavoie

Peanuts

Open Junior

2nd

Kathy Mercurio

Lacey

Adult

2nd

Kristine Keith

 

Adult

4th

Chad

 

Adult

3rd

Jeff Santer

China

Adult

1st

Jocelyn Gillespie

Star

Lead Line

1st

Georgia Brooks

Star

Lead line

4th

Anna Young

Jelly

Lead Line

3rd

Naia Hicks

Jelly

Lead Line

2nd

Lucy Hill

Peanuts

Lead Line

6th

Holly Rux

Honey

Walk Trot

3rd

Lucinda Exner

Star

Walk Trot

4th

Rachael Brown

Jelly

Walk Trot

1st

Juliana LeBlanc

Jelly

Walk Trot

2nd

Annika Ormsby

Cosmo

Lead Line

5th

 

Contry Hill Versatility Challenge FINAL PLACING

Rider

Horse

Division

Placing

Cassidy Exner

Honey

Open Junior

1st

Faith Hines

Truffles

Open Junior

3rd

Laura Santer

China

Open Junior

5rd

Ashley Cauvel

Bravo

Open Junior

2nd

Amy Lavoie

Peanuts

Open Junior

4th

Hannah Riseman

Honey

Open Junior

6th

Elizabeth DeCosta

Truffles

Adult

7th

Kathy Mercurio

Lacey

Adult

2nd

Mary Dickson

St. Louie

Adult

9th

Lisa Murphy

China

Adult

5th

Jeff Santer

China

Adult

1st

Helen Cheney

 

Adult

8th

Carolyn Weeks

Angel

Adult

3rd

Chad

 

Adult

5th

Kristine Keith

 

Adult

6th

Annamaria Paul

 

Adult

4th

Kirby Wycoff

Shady Cat

In Hand

1st

Jocelyn Gillespie

Star

Lead Line

2nd

Georgia Brooks

Star

Lead line

5th

Anna Young

Jelly

Lead Line

3rd

Naia Hicks

Jelly

Lead Line

1st

Lucy Hill

Peanuts

Lead Line

4th

Annika Ormsby

Cosmo

Lead Line

6th

Lucinda Exner

Star

Walk Trot

3rd

Rachael Brown

Jelly

Walk Trot

2nd

Molly Gibney

Duke

Walk Trot

5th

Rachel Kenny

Star

Walk Trot

6th

Julianna LeBlanc

Jelly

Walk Trot

4th

Holly Rux

Honey

Walk Trot

1st

Alana Hoskins

Celeste the Rock Star

In Hand

2nd

 


 

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