Summer’s First Show

Here is a video of Summer’s first show. courtesy of Mary’s blog

We chose a local schooling show for Summer’s first outing. The venue and weather were perfect. Callie competed first and Summer was upset to be left alone in the trailer but that is all part of the learning process and she finally settled down. Callie tried hard but Mary felt that she didn’t like the deep footing in the indoor arena but still managed to pick up a 2nd and 3rd place ribbons. The show had suddenly been moved inside when a local farmer started making hay next to the outdoor arena. Now Summer wouldn’t have been too upset with a tractor but had only been ridden in an indoor once before but being the super star that she is, managed to hold it all together. As Mary finished her first test I could hear Dona Ruth, the judge say ‘what a lovely young horse’. The second test was even better and Summer scored a 74.8%. She won both classes and left Mary and myself with silly grins on our faces!

Thank you Mary for all your hard work. This would not be possible without you.

Did I mention that Summer is only three!

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I think it is time for me to find a new home for Millie. I love this pony and have owned her for 9 years but I think she would benefit from her own family or one special rider. She has had enough of being a lesson pony even though my small program is not very demanding.
Millie - 13.3 hh 13 years old Hafflinger no papers. Goes barefoot and has never been lame all the time I have owned her. Brave not spooky, great on trails, loves to jump. Perfect on the lead line but best for an intermediate rider off line. Great for a smaller adult too. I love to trail ride her and at 5 ft 6 ins feel very comfortable on her.
Sold with first refusal to buy back/ no auction contract.
Price $1200

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The last week of summer camp for 2016 is over and what a great summer we have had! From our experienced, competitive riders to those who had never sat on a horse before coming to Darenth Farm, all had a great time. New skills were learnt and old ones polished while making friends and learning to work as a team. It always amazes and delights me to see how strangers at the beginning of the week come together and work as one unit by the end of the week.
Thanks to Elizabeth and Grace and all the volunteers for a job well done.
I have been approached by several adults who think a camp for adults might be fun, so yes, let's do it next year!

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You might have noticed that it has been a little warm this past week but campers at Darenth Farm found ways to cool down. From swimming in the lake at Cordorus State Park, to dallying in the water at Woodstock while cross country schooling to hosing the ponies off after a fun session of mounted games, if we didn't beat the heat we at least made it bearable! Thanks girls for a great week. ...

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