Longwood Equestrian Center is a jumper barn which caters to Grand prix riders, but also has programs for pleasure and beginner riders. And it's just 5 minutes from Haley's home. Seems like the perfect place for her needs right now. She had a great time riding and couldn't wait to get on the phone to her Mom to tell her all about it. She was all smiles all the way home from the barn and can't wait for her lessons to begin. She comes by her love for horses honestly. Gets it from her Mom and her Nana. It was meant to be.
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Haley had a really nice ride today on Velvet, a sweet gray QH mare. This ride was for an evaluation for her riding skills and she rated a 6 on a scale of 1-8 for novice riders. The trainer was quite pleased with her "natural" ability and felt like she would progress quite nicely.She began with getting the feel of the horse then did some trotting circles and changing diagonals. It had been several months since Haley had ridden, but it was like riding a bicycle. She's a natural for sure.Velvet was a little strong at the canter, but Haley shortened her reins and sat back a little to settle her into a nicer slower canter. It was all starting to come back to her. There is a lot to think about when you're up there trying to get it all right.Martin, the trainer asked her if she wanted to jump. I missed getting a shot of the good jump, but this trot over was cute. Haley admits that she has lots to learn, but who doesn't. Riding is a continual learning process even for the experts. She has lots of time to grow and improve.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Today is Haley and Kierstin's Thirteenth birthday. It's hard to believe that our sweet little girls are now teenagers. They are still our sweet girls. Kierstin wanted money for her present so she could go clothes shopping. I'm anxious to see what she buys. She has very good taste in clothes. We also gave the girls initial lockets with pictures inside and Brighton charm bracelets figuring that they are now young ladies and it's time they had some nice jewelry.
Haley was thrilled to get a gift certificate for riding lessons at Longwood Equestrian Center where she will be riding a lovely gray quarter horse mare. She will have her evaluation lesson tomorrow afternoon. Sherry can't be there, but I will pick her up and take her with camera in hand.
We gathered here at our home at 3:00 in the afternoon and enjoyed a chocolate chip cookie cake with ice cream. Cindy stopped by and Memaw was there too. Haley had to leave for soccer practice so the gathering had to break up early, but it was nice to have everyone together for this special birthday. They are having parties this weekend with some of their friends.