Weather was balmy and spirits were high for the first meeting of the ’13-’14 season. Mounted lessons were great for the 11 Saddle Clubbers who attended September 28. But the unmounted lesson was a big hit too – how to read a horse’s vital signs! Below, Kira helps one student distinguish between a heart sound and a gut sound. The Syllabus for the year was handed out, interesting to parents too! (Click to enlarge.)
Cricket Hill Youth Dressage Team Makes a Strong Showing!
Cricket Hill came back victorious from its twelfth annual trip to Lendon”™s Youth Dressage Festival held in Saugerties, NY, July 12-14, 2013. Our team placed fifth out of 57 teams! This was our youngest team ever, and among the youngest in the competition. What a great accomplishment for the team and for Kira Steines, our head trainer/instructor! “Everyone worked really hard, both students and horses!” said Kira. “It’s great to work with such a fun group of dedicated and talented girls, and very gratifying to help them succeed by riding correctly, with solid basics that can carry them for a lifetime.”
Lula Langdon, 9, in her second trip to the show, won the equitation section with a 98% and placed fourth overall in her division. This was the first time competing at this show for Lulu Levy, 10, who got an 8th place ribbon out of nearly 20 in her division. Cameron Kohls, Stanfordville, was a Silver Medalist in her division. Cricket Hill Academy has competed at every one of Lendon’s Youth Dressage Festivals since its inception 12 years ago. Cricket Hill Youth Dressage Team, all riding Academy Schoolmasters, L to R: Tasha on Truffles, Cameron on Sunshine, Brenna Carlson, Lulu on Ray, Kira Steines, Lula on Bandit, Paris Levy.
Erin completes GoldStar II
With Sunshine’s invaluable help, Erin finished GoldStar II shortly after Kira’s arrival! Erin enjoys all the horse activities and is an active member of Saddle Club. Erin is looking forward to the summer, camp, and more time at the farm. Erin is the first to ride in her family and parents Cathy and Seth are learning about it all right along with her!