It’s that time of year again and we’re late getting this out, but Leslie needs to know riders’ days and times of availability to make up the summer schedule. We shift as many lessons as possible to mornings, as children, horses, and instructors are all subject to heat stroke!
Saturdays generally stay the same year round so unless you make a request Saturday assignments stay the same, but we put a little emphasis on trying to make it 9:00 and 10:15!
Weekdays we will do 9 and 10 am, and some 4:30 lessons need to stay as both parents work.
Please email Leslie your rider’s availability and Sunday she will make up summer schedule which should be able to start June 5.
By increasing the number of students we saw each week, we were able to hold close to the same prices for about 18 years- only having to raise lesson prices once! An accomplishment to be sure in such rising and falling economic times.
However, a number of hard, wet, cold winters (the drought is officially over) and a dwindling of students has pushed us to raise our prices again. As of March 1st, lessons will be $35.00 an hour or a 6 lesson plan for $195.00. You may buy up to 2 plans ahead to preserve the old pricing of $165.00 a little longer! Thank you for your understanding and continued support.
In other news, summer live-in camps will not be happening this year. Leslie’s husband Bob is approaching 91 while her mother is turning 100 very soon and lives in Florida. Life is less controllable than it was and, of course, important family requires more time spent in their company. It is a sad development, but one can only be stretched so thin.
HOWEVER, if there is a demand for day camps we will do those! So let Ms. Leslie know if you are interested in day camp this summer. The number of camps will be determined by the amount of interest!
Other dates to be aware of:
FENCE Open Show – April 9th
Scotsgrove Spring Schooling Show – April 16th
Hickory Top – May 7th
Scotsgrove Hunter Pace – May 28th
Let Ms. Leslie know if you are interested in participating, so she can assign horses!
We have our winter theme live and up. (SOOO much easier to update on my end and I’m thrilled!) New colors are in place and new banners are rolling across the top – even some pictures with snow if you can believe it!
We at the barn send our very best wishes for a very Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy, prosperous New Year to all our riders and their families!
We will teach as usual including Christmas Eve (weather permitting!), but be closed for Christmas Day and Boxing Day Dec 26. There is a big holiday hunt on Boxing Day and another on New Year’s Day! So we will closed for New Year’s Day as well.
From Leslie on Sunday: I hope all of you have been warm and dry through this interesting weather! The second run-in barn began flooding Thursday so when all horses came in that night, all 20 were set up in the main barn, with 7 in “Gypsy” stalls in grooming racks and along the main aisle! Jury rigged hay nets and water buckets, so they all are warm, dry, and well fed! They ate as we cleaned stalls this morning, and as we left the barn, several lay down for naps, even in these makeshift circumstances so all is well.
The ring has been under water for so long I’ve forgotten what it looks like, and horses have been standing (or lying!) in without a break since Thursday night, so they will be wild children when I get to release them! I am canceling lessons for Monday as Laurie and I will have our hands full dealing with 20 stalls, and horses will not be themselves! I will see when this gets past us and when I can get horses out to get rid of the “beans and badness”!