Cricket Hill July Show – Dressage, Ride-Critique-Ride, Equitation, Leadline for Cricket Hill riders only. Bring a picnic lunch; we’ll set up tables outside and provide drinks and dessert. Special Adult Big Horse Equitation Class for all to see!
Despite the snow outside, it was warm in the arena, and riders were back to build on what they’d learned in the first clinic. Everyone is starting to think about the Spring Show on April 22.
Palmer starts without reins and drops her stirrups after warming up. Meg, a new rider, had a great time on Sunny for her first Lunge lesson. Sarah started on the lunge and finished off the line.
We set aside three Sunday afternoons for this year’s Winter “Pick-me-up”, a clinic series lungeing the rider. The goal is always to improve both the rider and the horse’s balance with a focus on straightness. Working without reins and/or stirrups helps the rider focus on their seat and body alignment. During the course of each ride, we could see adjustments being made. We worked the horses starting a month ahead to get them fit for the first clinic on February 18.
Lulu, a.k.a. Lighthouse, a.k.a. Lost Letters, happily joined our band of trusty school horses! A beautiful 11-year-old, 16.1 hand Thoroughbred, Lulu was a generous donation to Cricket Hill Academy by Drs. Woody and Saida Baxt, Beckenrah Farm. Lulu is a very calm, honest mare.
Lulu is a valuable addition to our riding program for adults, especially those who enjoy jumping. Very show-worthy, Lulu has taken adult amateurs to the ribbons at Hunter Jumper A-shows! Kira will brush up her basic dressage so she can be shown in both Dressage and Jumping, as well as go to some hunter paces. Like many Thoroughbreds, Lulu started her career as a race horse (Lost Letters is her Jockey Club registered name), actually won one of a handful of starts, and spent a few years as a brood mare. We can only imagine how cute her babies were!