The sun was a welcome guest at Cricket Hillâ€™s â€œHappy Springâ€ Open Barn last Friday, April 22. We opened our doors and gardens toÂ over 125 visitors from Ancram and surrounding towns. Pony rides and kidsâ€™ games ran continuously from 11-2:30.Â Riders of all ages showed the audience their progress in demonstrations of both dressage and jumping. Everyone enjoyed the staff costume ride to the music from â€œJungle Bookâ€. Cricket Hillâ€™s Youth Dressage Team organized the sales table and BBQ hotdogs and hamburgers to raise money for expenses for the big east coast competition they are attending in July.
In a special presentation, Lula Langdon, 7, was awarded her achievement certificate and pin for completing GoldStar 1,Â Cricket Hillâ€™s program for riding and related horse care. Â The youngest rider in the demonstration, Lula also holds the barn record for â€œAround the Worldâ€, 13 revolutions on top of the horse in 1 minute!Â Congratulating Lula are Jazz McClure, left, Lulaâ€™s Instructor, and Jane Rodd, Director of Training and Instruction, on the right. Lula and her parents, Nell and John Langdon, live in Copake.