We were happy to learn Deb and Courante were coming back, but unfortunately, Courante sustained a serious tendon injury a week before he was due to arrive. So sadly, he came to be on rehabilitation. He’s getting his laser treatments, lots of TLC from Deb and staff, and Delilah, his next door neighbor, provides good company.
It was a packed house tonight at an unmounted Centered Riding clinic held in Cricket Hill’s Great Room. Thirteen riders – some on their annual return, others for the first time – came for the start of their Spring Tune-up! Jami introduced the group to the four basic principles of Centered Riding. Everyone celebrated each person’s “aha” moment!
Saddle Clubbers took a moment this busy afternoon to recognize the achievements of three chums! Amel and Amelie were awarded certificates and patches for GoldStar I. Claire was awarded both GoldStar I and II, completed over the past few months. Congratulations! GoldStar provides a firm foundation for all types of riding, and is a great way to watch a rider’s progress.
This year, Thoroughbred Buddy went East for the winter – from Thompson-Finch Farm to Cricket Hill! Marnie MacLean – Buddy’s devoted Mom – went South to Puerto Rico with husband Don to harvest their citrus crop. Buddy is perfectly happy making friends with all his neighbors; here, it’s Tate. The photographer had to be quick as Buddy is so friendly, he walks right up…. the next picture was a nose! Welcome Buddy!
Please join me in welcoming Brian and Izumi Shepard to Cricket Hill! Both are devoted riders, interested in Dressage, Jumping, Eventing, and Hunter Pacing, and looking forward to improving themselves and their wonderful horses! Brian’s Bella is a 14-year-old Oldenberg mare that’s always ready to go. Neo, an 8-year-old warmblood-Morgan cross, is smart, a wonderful gentleman, and oh so well-loved by Izumi!
“We’ve been driving by and admiring Cricket Hill for years. We’re so happy to be here now!” says Brian. Brian told us he actually started his riding career years ago at Cricket Hill. Well, we are thrilled to have both pairs join the Cricket Hill family, in training with Kira, assisted by Becca.