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ARCHIVED HORSESENSE NEWS


<<    Dec 2016 - June 2016    >>

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

xmas horseWe hope that our students and their families have a blessed holiday season.



HOLIDAY BARN PARTY

2016 Xmas partyWe had SUCH a good time playing with ponies at our 2016 Christmas party!



EXCLUSIVE OFFER FROM OUR EQUINE ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE

We have a few of Heaven's art projects from the last year posted in our Facebook photo gallery. All these paintings are for sale - proceeds allow us to resupply our artist with paint, canvas and treats! Heaven also takes custom orders, so contact Nikki if you'd like to commission your own design, straight from the horse's mouth!



LEVEL UP CLINIC

Level Up Clinic Fall 2016We're proud of the students who braved cold November winds to earn checkmarks towards new Levels ribbons! Kudos go to Alyssa, Tyler, Grace, Lauren and Katelyn.



CHATT HILLS SCHOOLING SHOW - NOV 2016

Our newly-expanded show team traveled to Chatt Hills for a VERY successful outing. Lots of dressage, stadium jumping, cross-country schooling and riding into the sunset! Massive thanks to our indispensible ground buddies Tyler, Bethany, and Emma... to Rebecca and the Settel family for hauling horses (and delivering coaching coffee!!)... to our wonderful and supportive parents who pitched in all weekend (and learned a lot about eventing scoring in the process)... and to our students for their cheerful teamwork, sportsmanship and all-around awesomeness. (Extra carrots also go to Lyon, Jay, Chase, Romeo, Hitman and Apache for being VERY good boys all weekend. Sadly, no photo album for this one -- but we do have Nikki's video in our Video Gallery.



POWER UP CAMPS: ABI AND ALYSSA

It's been a busy month for a couple of our homeschoolers! Alyssa and Abi both made huge progress in their individual Power Up camps, polishing their dressage, jumping and Horsekeeping skills and learning to adapt to different horses.



TRICK-OR-TREAT GAMES RESULTS

Galloping Marshmallow GhoulsWe had a blast watching our colorful competitors display their mounted games skills at this year's Trick-or-Treat Games Competition! Congrats go to our blue-ribbon Novice team, the Galloping Marshmallow Ghouls (Momo on Indy, Mia on Romeo),  and to the winning Masters team, the Smashing Pumpkins (Nikki on Heaven, Lexi on Apache).



FALL 2016 NEWSLETTER

HorseSense newsletter

Our fall issue of the Leadline News is available to download here, or pick up a printed copy at the barn.



TRICK-OR-TREAT GAMES

2015 Trick-or-Treat GamesGet your costumes ready for some Halloween fun!

Entries are now open for our annual Trick-or-Treat Games Competition. Download information here, then bring us the entry form or sign up online before the closing date of Oct 22.



SHOW RESULTS

2016 NYTSS Champion!

Congratulations to Champion Nancy Parn and Reserve Champion Momo Lee -- and to all of our competitors for a great show. Massive thanks go to our Judge, Brooke Davidson, and to all of the volunteers who pitched in to help. Perfect day!



SHOW SCHEDULE IS AVAILABLE!

It's show time!

Our tentative 2016 NYTSS schedule is now available to download -- but don't forget that shows may run ahead or behind the projected times.



2016 Not-Your-Typical Schooling Show

NYTSS_showbowsEntries are now OPEN for this year's show! Our relaxed, friendly schooling show is open to both our students and to outside riders.  Everyone should download the information here - but HorseSense students should check with Nikki before entering classes. Remember that our school ponies will only be available for a limited number of entries, so get your forms in ASAP!



 

2016 END-OF-SUMMER BARN PARTY

So thankful that Pip Kidd showed up to take photos of our barn party! We made serious progress on our Show Prep To-do List, and we're grateful for all of that hard work from our students and parents -- but as always, it's the camaraderie of our barn family that creates the magic. Look for those photos in this Facebook album.



 

NO-STIRRUP MONTH

Back to school means back to basics, which means it's time for a HorseSense tradition: No-Stirrup Month! We'll be spending the next four weeks developing amazing balance, strong core and leg muscles, and following seats. (All of which make you less likely to fall off, and make your patient school horse very happy!) In addition to becoming stronger, more secure riders, students who successfully complete the month earn certificates and bragging rights. We will make exceptions for assessment lessons and riders working with very green horses! And yes, Nikki and all your favorite ground buddies will also be saying goodbye to their stirrups until Sept 15...



SUMMER 2016 NEWSLETTER

HorseSense newsletterWe had a REALLY busy summer -- read over the Summer 2016 Newsletter for details and new info about our fall events.



2016 SUMMER HORSEKEEPING CHALLENGE WINNERS

Congratulations to Katelyn and Lauren M., joint winners of our Summer Horsekeeping Challenge! Katelyn and Lauren each earned 12 checkmarks towards their Horsekeeping levels in the months of June and July.

Congrats also go to Marissa, who earns a prize for achieving the highest number of points in Blue Level and above. The top participants are listed below, with ties going to the student with the highest Horsekeeping level. We encourage all our students to keep up the good work - horses love knowledgeable equestrians!

1. Katelyn M. (12) Lauren M. (12)
2. Marissa M. (9)
3. Bethany P. (9)
4. Emma P. (9)
5. Ava W. (9)
6. Sarah H. (8)
7. Alyssa P. (7)
8. Mia S. (6)
9. Tyler B. (6)
10. Momo L. (5)



2016 QUADRILLE CAMP

Our biggest and best quadrille camp yet! Thank you to the Silencers, Superheroes, She's a Pirate and Beauty & the Beast teams for reminding us why we love to dance on horseback, to all the friends and family who came out to give our campers a huge audience, and to Delaney and Rebecca for their dedicated photography, which you can see in this Facebook album. Look for all of this year's epic videos in our Video Gallery.



2016 RISING RIDERS CAMP

A hot but joyful week with our youngest riders, ages 4 through 7! Huge thanks to Maura for her behind-the-camera work, and to our wonderful Ground Buddy tribe for making this camp possible. Look for these adorable campers in our Summer Day Camp video and in our Facebook photo album.



POWER UP CAMP: GRACE

Grace and Rosie made huge progress in their flatwork-themed Power Up custom camp on July 13! Check out their photos here, and their video here.



2016 NOVICE CAMP

A great week of Novice Camp with a great group of girls! Photos in our Facebook album are courtesy of Maura; watch our Summer Day Camp video here.



HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!

Have a safe and happy Independence Day!



2016 LEVEL UP CAMP: RED/YELLOW/GREEN LEVELS

We had a fabulous week of flatwork, jumping, bareback games, and Horsekeeping practice with our Red through Green Level Up Camp students. Congratulations to Tyler, Lauren and Katelyn for conquering their bridle assembly and posting diagonals to earn their Yellow ribbons, and huge thanks to Ground Buddies Lexi, Augusta, Sarah and Bethany. The great photos in our Facebook album are courtesy Maura Davis - and these are only a fraction of what she took, so contact her if you'd like a full individualized disc of images. Look for video of this camp in our Video Gallery.



2016 LEVEL UP CAMP: GREEN-TEAL LEVELS

Our advanced Level Up Camp was an action-packed four days of dressage, jumping, cross-country, horsekeeping lessons, tie-dye, horse sports, unmounted games and achieving new Levels! HUGE thanks to Rhonda for enduring the hot arena all week to give us the beautiful photos in our Facebook album. Look for video of this camp in our Video Gallery.



 

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Read more 2016 HorseSense news in our Archives . . . .