Monthly update June 19, 2012
Monthly update May 22, 2012
School is out and morning riding lessons are in! Our annual summer specials have also been announced, contact me for details. Copper attended his yearly spring festival this past Saturday, and was once again a star! The warm weather has been wonderful and we have even had some rain showers here and there. It's going to be a wonderful summer!
Weekly Update April 30, 2012
Weekly Update April 24, 2012
Monthly Update April 11, 2012
This weekend Kristina is taking Ben to the show, to compete in 2'6" hunters. Winnie will also be showing, she will be in pre-beginners. Parker learned to canter on Spencer this week, and both were super stars! Everyone is working hard on shedding their winter coats and turning nice and slick. We all love the sunshine and warm weather!
Weekly Update March 18, 2012
Daily Update March 8, 2012
Today was wonderful with 70 degree weather and sunshine. Beautiful Day! Which brought out many people to the barn, like Winnie, Me, Nancy, Alexandra, Katie, Kristina, and Parker. Awesome day!
Daily Update March 5, 2012
Looks like we have another great week ahead of us. 70 degrees on Thursday!
Few Weeks Update March 2, 2012
Yesterday was an awesome 77 degrees on the outside thermometer. I love this kind of weather!
Weekly Update February 12, 2012
But tomorrow will get back to the 50's. YAY!!!
Weekly Update February 4, 2012
Horses, ponies, and riders have been fantastic too!
Weekly update January 22, 2012
Weekly Update January 16, 2012
Weekly Update December 29, 2011
Weekly Update December 26, 2011
The ponies had a very nice Christmas, and the Epps family did too. THANK YOU to Andrea for feeding breakfast Christmas morning! We hope all of you had a wonderful day as well.
Weekly Update December 21, 2011
We've had really warm weather here lately (65 degrees), but it's also been raining. And raining. So riding has been put on hold this week. But the ponies are happy to be able to go without their sheets, and they have been taking full advantage of it. Instead of a gray, Spencer is rolling and rolling and trying his best to be black! Tomorrow will be in the 70's, but thunderstorms are quite possible.
Enjoy your holidays! Another update coming soon!
Few weeks update December 12, 2011
Thank you to Kristina for helping us warm up Spencer on Saturday morning, thank you to the mom's for bringing the girls out at 6:00 am on a cold morning, thank you to Janet of Athens Tack Exchange for her help in outfitting the girls', thank you to my wonderful husband Tommy, and son West for driving the trailer, thank you to Katie's mom for the chic-fil-a breakfast, thank you to Four Seasons for a fun show, thank you to Natalie for feeding the barn horses' breakfast, and thank you to my riders and their equines!
Lessons for the past few weeks have been awesome too. Neely is getting on a more consistent schedule, Victoria is finally able to commit to weekly lessons, Andrea's jumping Ben, Natalie is jumping Wendy, Kristina is jumping Copper, Nancy has been riding weekly with us, Leila has ridden a few times, etc. We've been busy, but we are enjoying ourselves! We even put Wendy in the western saddle last week, just for fun.
Daily Update November 26, 2011
Neely started the week off with a excellent lesson on Fly. Victoria had a wonderful lesson on Fly on Wednesday, while Andrea & Ben had a great jumping lesson on Thanksgiving day. On Friday, we met 2 new friends; Shelby & Izzie. Shelby jumped Spencer around 2'3", 2'6"; Izzie rode Fly and cantered around even though she's more tuned up in saddle seat rather than hunter/ jumpers. Nancy came for a ride on Ben, after returning from a 6 month visit to 25 countries in Europe. Leila had a relaxing rideon Copper, and Kristina put Wendy through her paces. Today, Kristina had a fabulous jumping lesson on Ben. It's been a super week!
Weekly update November 24, 2011
We hope everyone has a wonderful day and we hope everyone remembers to give thanks for all the awesome blessings in their lives. Around here, we are very blessed! Two days ago it was 77 degrees, and 3 nights ago it was warm enough for the horses to go naked at night. Lessons have been fantastic, and we are even teaching today on the holiday. Everyone had fall vaccinations last week and received a great report on their check-ups. Everyone had their feet done this week, and we were blessed with rain to keep the grass growing.
Have a great day and come visit us!
Few weeks Update November 4, 2011
Sunday at the farm, Winnie has invited all of her classmates and friends from school, gymnastics, church, and wherever to come join us for some rides. She is very excited to show off her ponies to everyone, even her teachers. We're expecting it to be a fun filled afternoon! And if you can't make Sunday, we are doing a second one on Tuesday, November 15th.
Also................ I found out that the pony that is featured on the home page, Magical Combination "Baby", is looking for a new home. I believe she might be around 14 years old now. Been living in a field, real easy keeper, but needs some attention from a loving person! Anyone want some more information? Please let me know. She's also been added to the sale page.
Monthly update October 13, 2011
I do have some fantastic photos of Magnum to add very soon. I found some old ones of our horse showing days; I just need to find the time to upload them to this website.
Tomorrow we head to our local finals. We'll be back Sunday. Wish us luck!
Monthly update August 18, 2011
My computer was being silly here and there which is why it's been awhile since any photos were posted. But now we have more new photos! Check out the students, 2011 to see pictures from summer lessons and shows. Check out our horses and ponies page for updated pictures at the bottom of the page. Plus, I added our fantastic barn cats to our horse and pony page. We can't leave them out! Next project will be updating the barn page with more recent photos.
Have a great time enjoying the site and pictures!
Weekly Update July 21, 2011
Check out the new photos under students, 2011. I just updated some more from July. Enjoy!!
Weekly Update July 4th, 2011
We've had a wonderful week. Kristina had a fantastic equitation course on Ben in her latest lesson. Really, really, fun and pretty! Leila's been riding and figuring out both Ben and Copper; Katie's been continuing to have great lessons: Elizabeth has really been working hard in group lessons on Fly; and Corey's been jumping Spencer. Amy had a good lesson on Immy, Kristina has been getting some rides on Wendy, and I picked up a ride on Copper today. We're enjoying the summer!
Weekly update June 27, 2011
Horses/ ponies have been great, lessons and exercise rides have been wonderful. Kristina is back from PA and riding with us again, she's gearing up for her jumping lessons on Ben. Amanda came in to visit from Boston last week, but only the ponies we able to see her. She's promising to come visit again in the spring, and she'll be bringing a newborn with her. :-)
Trainer Tonia went to watch part of the Atlanta Classic Horse Show in Conyers this past week, and even took part in a question/ answer clinic while she was there. The clinic was hosted by Practical Horseman magazine, and was titled " Questions for the Judges, What they look for in the show arena". Tonia also re-connected with other trainer friends that she hadn't seen in awhile, and watched lots of beautiful horses make many beautiful rounds in the hunter arena.
Monthly update June 19, 2011
Speaking of lessons, we've added Elizabeth and Amy to the lesson program. They are really enjoying both Immy and Fly. We've added Leila to the worker schedule as well as an extra rider. She'll be boarding her horse nearby since we are full, and she'll be visting both barns a lot this summer. Morgan came for 2 summer lessons while visiting her grandfather for a week, and she stayed for the play/ work days, and her grandfather did too!
To top things off even more, we've enjoyed a few evening rain showers. It's been a fantastic month!
Weekly Update May 25, 2011
Weekly Update May 20, 2011
Come say Hello and pick up your "summer specials" print-out for discounts on lessons!
Extra Update May 10, 2011
Monthly Update May 10, 2011
The weather is great so we've been outside most of our free time. Lessons are going well, shows are going great, and it's almost summer discount time. Summer specials will be posted soon! Pictures of March and April horse shows are posted on the students tab. We aren't showing in May, but come visit us at the Marigold festival in Winterville, on May 21st. We had lots of fun last year.
We also started a monthly newsletter for students/ boarders/ friends at the start of 2011. It contains fun facts, a fun article, a barn dinner night, etc. Let me know if you aren't on our list, and I'll start getting them to you.
A few of our riders our traveling this spring/ summer; so good luck to you. We'll miss you around the farm, and we can't wait for you to return! Happy & safe travels!
Weekly update April 9, 2011
Weekly update April 1, 2011
Monthly update March 24, 2011
We are enjoying the nicer, warm weather to start with. We added Jenna to our team, she's been doing lessons on Spencer and will try out Copper today. Our county schools and the University had spring break last week, so all the students are now getting back into the swing of things. Rebecca and Winnie started off their horse show season on the 12th, bringing home many ribbons. Winnie continues to show in leadline, while Rebecca has moved up into crossrails. Rebecca has also started showing Boone, or Major Hot Shot, this season. (Winnie borrowed him for leadline too.) The grass is turning greener, the horses have gone to night time turn-out, and the daylight is lasting so much longer! It's been a great month, we show again this Saturday with Rebecca and Winnie. And Nancy is home after spending 18 months across the country, in the land of Austraila and New Zealand.
Weekly Update February 18, 2011
It's been nice having lessons going strong again too, and seeing everyone and visiting with them. Great week!
Weekly Update February 12, 2011
Horses have been great and the dentist and farrier visited on Friday. Lessons have been taught again, we're wonderful here. Come see us!
Weekly Update February 7, 2011
Weekly Update January 31, 2011
Weekly Update January 14, 2011
Weekly Update January 9, 2011
The holidays went by quickly and all the students are returning. Most of the horses had a nice vacation along with all of the riders, only a couple picked up a ride here and there. But with the riders gone, other riders sick, other riders working, and then add rain, snow, mud..........the horses didn't have to do much. But they did all get their manes pulled so that they all look wonderful to start off 2011. :-)
And now that everyone is returning, it's SNOW time again. Probably 2-5 inches tonight, then 2-4 more inches tomorrow. CRAZY!!!! This is so much SNOW!!!! I'll hopefully get some good pictures to share. It'll be COLD too, a high of 27. (This morning, without snow, it was 18 when the horses had breakfast.) Luckily everyone has a stall to keep them cozy, and they'll have to handle limited to no turn-out for a few days.
If you get some snow at your place, have fun!!!!!
Weekly update December 28, 2010
Weekly Update December 17, 2010
We had some really COLD mornings this week, Monday it felt like 5 degrees, and Tuesday it felt like 4 degrees. Tommy did a great job in instructing us on how to keep the pipes warm, so no broken pipes. YAY! We've also had some rain, and the colleges are out for Christmas, so the horses are thinking they are on vacation. They have not been getting their normal work-outs, but I haven't heard them complain.
I've been promising to post some show photos from this fall, and it's finally happening! Check out a few below, and check out some on the students' page. Enjoy!
Weekly Update December 12,2010
Monthly Update November 23, 2010
The horses have been fantastic, the riders have been fabulous, the lessons have been wonderful, and the weather has been awesome!
Our local AAHJA circuit ended a month ago, and both Immy and Wendy were as great as always. Natalie had really good rides on Wendy, filled with many auto changes, stride adjustments, and beautiful flat classes. Winnie and Immy were as precious as ever.
Wendy is still for sale, but now has more show miles and auto changes under her belt. Grab her up before her price increases with more knowledge! See the for sale page for all the info.
Weekly Update October 12, 2010
The grass is growing in the field that we seeded and fertilized. YEA! The horses don't appreciate us resting their field, but they will once they are allowed to go graze it again. Tommy bought us a new hose and a new sprinkler to help water it, which really rocks! Thank You !!!!
Rebecca is now leasing Boone after a couple of months of trying to make it happen. I'm sooooooo glad it's happening, her lesson on Copper this week was fantastic since she's been getting to practice daily on Boone!
Corey brought out 5 of his college students for a class assignment last week, and it was very fun watching them learn about horses and ride for the first time. Next week he brings 4 more. Thanks to Natalie and Kristina for helping with their lessons!
Immy and Wendy head to AAHJA Finals in conyers this weekend. I'll update soon!
Weekly Update September 27, 2010
Yesterday and today we are finally having our much, much, much, needed rain! We are very thankful for the rain. We've been hoping for it for awhile now. Tommy even spent yesterday throwing out seed, hoping the pastures will grow more green. We're keeping our fingers crossed!
We have another show this Saturday, and then 2 weeks later our AAHJA circuit has their finals show. Wish us luck!
Weekly Update September 13, 2010
At the farm it's all going great. Lessons are going well, the horses are happy, we just need rain!
Weekly Update September 2, 2010
We could use more rain, but we're making it. Lessons are going well, the horses are happy, it's all good. Winnie's been great at sharing her pony with the others, and Macie's racking up the babysitting hours. No complaints at the farm!
Monthly Update August 22, 2010
Daily Update July 27, 2010
Anyone want to do another one this Sunday a.m. ?
Weekly Update July 24, 2010
We have returned from vacation, where we had a wonderful 3 days in Biloxi. Thanks to Rachel, Kristina, and Natalie for doing the barn work while I was away. The horses have enjoyed the lighter work schedule due to the heat, and I think the riders have too. Tomorrow morning is another fun group lesson. Since it's a Sunday, it's another games day. I'm thinking some "simon says" and "musical chairs", or "red light/ green light" type stuff. Last Saturday only Andrea could come, so she got the fun all to herself. She did a cool lead change/ turning exercise, a high jump, and a wide jump game.
Have a great week!
Weekly Update July 15, 2010
Hopefully I'll update the other student pages soon. I'll also be updating the 'for sale' page and all the others. I'm off to teach a lesson now, so check back soon!
Daily Update June 26, 2010
Tonight we're off as a big group to go watch the equitation musical classic at the horse park. We are all very excited to see it! A big Thank you to Rachel for filling in to feed our horses dinner, on short notice.
Weekly Update June 25, 2010
To keep lessons fun in the heat, I added in the Egg & Spoon race during the group lesson this a.m. Natalie riding Wendy was the big winner! not only did she do the w/t/c (and pole surpentine pattern!) with the egg, but she realized she needed to lighten up on the reins like I'd been trying to teach her in normal lessons!
We have another group scheduled in the a.m., so we'll give it another go at the egg and spoon race. Then next week we'll change games. It's always fun at our place!
Weekly Update June 17, 2010
Weekly Update May 31, 2010
I finally have more horse show pictures to share. Some are from Rebecca's very first show in March at the Horse Park. The others are more from the April Hawkes Creek show, where both Rebecca and Winnie competed. Check them out below, and enjoy!
Weekly Update May 17, 2010
Weekly Update April 27, 2010
Weekly update April 20, 2010
Rebecca and Copper tied for Champion by winning a 1st, 2nd, and 5th in their division. At this was only their second show together! They looked fantastic!! Winnie and Immy looked precious in the leadline division. Winnie had a huge fan club to support her and she had a blast showing off for everyone and waving to them. Beautiful weather, beautiful day!
Check out Winnie's photos below. THANKS CHRISTIE for taking them!
Weekly Update April 9, 2010
Weekly Update April 1, 2010
I've been working on the website, re-wording some of the photos, moving photos around, etc. I still haven't gotten very far with the subpages, but I did update our For sale and lease information. If you haven't read the pages lately, please do! I wrote bio's on all the previous horses and ponies as well.
Around the farm, it has been beautiful, actually HOT, weather and fantastic riding. Lessons have been great!
Weekly update March 21, 2010
On the 13th, Rebecca competed in her very first show. She competed in the covered arena at Conyers in the beginner division. She rode Copper, and it was only his second show, and his first time being in that arena. They took 3rd in their first class, 2nd in their second class, and 4th in their third class. GO REBECCA! GO COPPER! They both looked fantastic and made a beautiful team together. Rebecca would have won the second class, because she was the ONLY one to do the judge's test correctly. However, she didn't trust herself, so she went back and joined the group. But not bad for her very first time!
The next day, Winnie celebrated her birthday with a gymnastics party that many of the Making Strides crew attended. It was awesome!
The following week brought beautiful 70 degree weather, so all the ponies have been getting worked and the rides have been great. I even managed to fit in 2 rides on Ben, and jumped him too. Have a great day until we update again!
Daily Update MARCH 7, 2010 MAGNUM'S 31st BIRTHDAY
Lessons were fantastic too. Andrea started the day off with a great jumping lesson on Ben, followed by Victoria doing a super lunge line lesson on Immy. After that, Rebecca rode Copper and had a perfect canter, and Andrea rode again for a jumping lesson on Wendy. Wonderful day!!
Weekly Update March 5, 2010
ANYWAY..........Copper was a total rockstar in Conyers. He loaded decently, and arrived in Conyers like a horse show pro! He acted like it was something he does every day. He schooled flawlessly, not bothered by a thing. Wendy was also good, just her usual self. We were so shocked with Copper, that we brought him back on Sunday to show. He was PERFECT! This time, he came all by himself. And again, he acted like a pro. He did two flat classes and was WONDERFUL! THANKS to Kristina for being his rider!
That same weekend Kristina had her jumping lesson on Ben which was loads of fun, and Andrea had a fantastic jumping lesson on Wendy! Monday, Rebecca tried on her horse show outfit and made sure she had all the correct pieces. Copper and Rebecca are going to be stars! Tuesday brought us BEAUTIFUL snow. Just beautiful. It snowed all day long, with huge flakes a good bit of the time. It was so Pretty! Yesterday Corey had a great lesson on Ben, and today Andrea had a great flat lesson on him.
It's sunny warm weather for the next 3 days, so we'll be in the arena. Come visit or come ride!!! And to all of our friends on Spring Break this week, have a fabulous time!
Weekly Update February 24, 2010
Monthly Update February 17, 2010
Little Victoria (who isn't so little anymore) has started lessons again, and her mom really wants to start up too! Rebecca cantered on Copper for the first time, and did it 3-4 times, and it went GREAT! Mr. Corey did the circle exercise on Spencer at the W/T and CANTER, and the following week cantered him over the gymnastic poles many times!
The weather hasn't been super though. We've seen RAIN, SNOW, WIND, and a little sunshine mixed in. The snow was beautiful, I must admit. I'll try to get photos on here, but it hasn't happened yet. Seems like we get one decent day, then rain for 2, then a windy day, then the cycle starts over again. I sure hope all the wetness brings tons and tons of grass, I hope it hasn't washed it all away!
Have a wonderful day and happy Ash Wednesday!
Daily Update January 20, 2010
Daily Update January 17, 2010
And.........I'm now adding subpages to the orginal pages on this site. Now I can organize photos better so that they are grouped more by time period, and everything will load quicker. Check it out!
Daily Update January 12, 2010
I have photos posted on my Facebook page, but I don't think I can get them on here. Luckily my husband PLUMBER saved the day and it all was fixed before watering time at dinner. YEA!!!! Thanks TOMMY!!!! And THANKS especially for knowing where the main water cut off is!!!!
Besides the scare of flooding water, yesterday was beautiful again at the farm. The horses enjoyed more hours of turn-out and playing in the sun.
Daily Update January 9, 2010
I tried to update yesterday but the website was moving slow. It is COLD !!!!! We saw our first dusting of snow Thursday night. Friday morning at feeding time I took some photos of the farm, showing off the snow. I'll try to post them on this website, but they'll also be on my facebook page. It was so pretty!!
Riding has been happening, so come on out! Today it reached 40-41 in the sunshine, I think we were warmer than most everywhere else. The horses even had their heavy blankets off for awhile so they could play in the sunshine. Come on out and ride!
Thanks to ANNE, KRISTINA, and RAUL for working the shifts this weekend. You guys ROCK!!
Daily Update January 5, 2010
We are getting off to a COLD start this new year. The ponies are all getting spoiled by staying inside the warmth of the barn, except for a few hours each day. Everyone is now getting warm grain and warm alfalfa cubes!!! They are loving it!!
Even though it's been 20's in the a.m.'s, the barn has been holding at 32. No ice in their water buckets yet, YEA!
Sunday and Monday were actually good riding days in the sunshine, and the arena isn't crunchy. It got a good drag on Sunday and looks great!
Daily Update December 27, 2009
We hope all of you are having fantastic holidays!
The arena should be drug today, so that we can ride this afternoon. Call or text me before you head out.
Monthly Update December 23, 2009
This month has been really, really, really, wet! We have had rain, rain, and even more rain. But inbetween the rain, we have been having wonderful rides and good lessons. Hopefully the New Year will bring less rain. Keep your fingers crossed!
HAY BARN December 18, 2009
Monthly Update November 28, 2009
New Hay Barn November 25, 2009
Daily Update September 30, 2009
Daily Update September 28, 2009
Completed inside September 15, 2009
We now have our two new stalls completed, to total us at 6 stalls.
We are MOVED in!!! September 5, 2009
We have 4 stalls and we have a temporary pony stall too. Magnum, Copper, Wendy, Immy, and Fly made the trip with no problems and they LOVE their new stalls and new home! Magnum has his own personal paddock which makes the others jealous. But when you are 30, you deserve special perks!