Busy days at Hope Farm
Life is getting busy down at the Farm! We have exciting plans for the summer ahead including Own-A-Pony-Days, Junior and Summer Pony Camps and Show Jumping days, plus some of the home team competing at British Eventing and local dressage.
We have also welcomed some new arrivals! Lily, a beautiful black ex-racehorse, gave birth to Kanga on 12th March, a cheeky big bay colt whose future is already mapped out as Daisy’s event horse. He just loves people and, as you can see from his photograph, he is a real poser!
Dennis, a 16h 1” thoroughbred, joined our team of riding school horses and will soon be available to clients for lessons. Presently he is walking out on the roads to strengthen his legs before starting school work.
Also, Maddy, a 13h skewbald pony and Kenny, a pretty 11h Welsh pony, arrived this week to help Digga provide lessons and games for children on the Own-A-Pony-Days and become models for all the grooming and loving that they will receive.
On the adult front; Oscar, Bailey, Dennis and Dusty are all looking shiny and well and are providing lessons and hacking for our clients.
They are all well schooled and so we are able to offer in-depth training to those who seriously want to improve their riding and knowledge, as well as fun lessons to those who ride purely for pleasure as a leisure activity. Our livery client lessons are also going well, with regular jumping lessons and flat work training included in the livery package.
After much thought and deliberation all on our committed staff team have opted to join the British Eventing apprenticeship training programme which means that our already rigorous standards of riding and horse care will be stepping up another notch!
Lyndsey Phillips will be training the students and British Eventing assessors will appraise them bi-monthly. This is in addition to the BHS exams that they will take on the way.
And Daisy, our stable manager, has just embarked on her British Eventing career and rode a double clear round at Richmond. She will be competing at Kirkley Hall and Burgham Park this summer so she is going to be extra busy!!
So there is a lot going on at Hope just now. Kanga, the foal, and Kim and Aggie our pygmy goats are always around seeking praise and attention so please come and see us if you would like to. Just make sure you bring some biscuits for Kim and Aggie and chopped apple for Kanga!!
For more information go to our website www.hopehouseequestrian.co.uk or you can find us on Facebook. Or younger people might want to think about joining our ‘Kids for Kanga’ club – information on the website.