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Spring Schooling Horse Show

3 Jun
Our proud riders

Our proud riders

It is the Spring Schooling Horse Show. Excitement hangs in the air. Children, parents, grandparents, uncles, and aunts gather at the fence and watch their riders in the riding ring.

Ribbons adorn the bridles of our ever patient horses and ponies. Parents snap pictures proudly of their child’s accomplishments. Other riders hug each other and high five the winners. It is a moment suspended in time.
The last class of the show is the long awaited, Down and Out. Usually this is jumped by horses, but this is a growing year at Raise Your Dreams Farm and we have chosen to conduct this class on the two feet of our riders. They have been practicing each time they come, especially Timmy. He is up to three feet.

Check out Alena in the Down and Out Competition.  Check out her huge cheering section!

Check out Alena in the Down and Out Competition. Check out her huge cheering section!

Down and Out is when the rider (or in our case, the student) goes over a vertical. Each time they go over the jump, it is raised until it is either touched, falls down, or unable to clear it. In our Down and Out we have increased the incentive by giving half of the purse. There is nothing sweeter in a teenager’s pocket than some cold cash.

It is down to the last four jumpers. Timmy, Jacob, Jenna, and Emily are accomplished jumpers. Jacob and Timmy are best friends. Jenna and Emily are best friends too. They encourage each other. Then Emily falls into the jump. She is down. They pick her up.

Emily being picked up after falling in the Down and Out Class

Emily being picked up after falling in the Down and Out Class

Next up is Timmy, he crashes into it too. Jacob is trying to psyche himself up and he is encouraging the crowd to chant, “Jake! Jake! Jake!” He crashes into it.

Timmy showing his skills!

Timmy showing his skills!



It is down to Jenna. If she jumps this, she will be the winner! She backs up for the final sprint. The crowd starts chanting for Jenna, changing their allegiance.

Jenna and her winning jump!

Jenna and her winning jump!


Jenna flies over it, her blonde hair swinging in the wind. Her beautiful face set in determination. She lands in perfect balance- she is the undisputed winner.

That’s when a parent walks over and tells me what she overheard.

“Timmy threw the competition. He wanted his best friend to win. I overheard him tell the others that he was going to purposely knock it down so that Jacob could win,” she placed her hand on my arm and smiled. “You have amazing students here!”

We have amazing students here. They are only out to do one thing- to make others look better than they do. They don’t want to win if it will help another that deserves a win. What an amazing place Raise Your Dreams Farm has become!

Hey can you help us out? Post your unwanted tack, clothing, riding apparel, etc. on the classified section on http://www.anythingforhorseandrider.com.  Thanks!  This site funds our little farm!

Horse for Sale- It Comes With A Part of My Heart!

14 Dec
Hershey, doing what he does best- jumping

Hershey, doing what he does best- jumping

Lessons are down. Students have gone off to college. Then the Salem County Center for Autism lost all of their funding, which means I just lost 27 special needs students.

At my peak, we were teaching 50-75 students a week. We are at a fraction of this number and that means, I have to cut my herd. Who do I sell?

I try to be objective and look at the horse/s that are used the least. I come up with Hershey. He is talented, handsome, bold, and loves attention. He would do well with just one owner.

I put him up for sale, and the phone starts ringing. I answer the usual questions. They all want to see him, but the weather is not cooperative. This is good, it buys me more time.

Do they know that if I sell this horse, a part of my heart will go with him?


Please help out Raise Your Dreams Farm by posting horses, ponies, tack, clothing, etc. for sale on www.anythingforhorseandrider.com  Thanks!

Milkshake, the Special Pony

4 Jul

“Dan, this pony is so ugly.  I am afraid the kids will get scared,” I complained to my husband on the end of the line.

“I feel that God is impressing to me that you should go ahead and buy him,” he said.

My husband knows nothing about horses, he just puts up with them because he loves me.  I was on a horse hunting spree to help teach riding lessons, and I landed at this farm with one ugly pony.

The woman who was selling him was a horse dealer.  She told me that he did not like to canter and she told me a price I could not refuse.  With that, I took this ugly large pony home with me, unsure of his future.  He certainly was not a horse that I would have chosen, if it had not been my husband insisting that I purchase him.

We always re-name all horses and ponies that come here and there was quite excitement over what his name should be.  The kids, parents, and instructors came up with great names, but one of my autistic children came up with the perfect name- Milkshake.

Milkshake is a Pony of America.  He is white with small black specks throughout his coat.  Hence the name Milkshake was perfect.

Milkshake had a larger than life attitude.  He was strong and he would just bulge at his shoulder and my students were too weak to discipline him.  So all of the instructors and myself were constantly on him and working out his many kinks.

As time went by, he became accustomed to this spoiled life.  Carrots with the tops on, apples drizzled with molasses, warm bran mash in the winter, fans in the stalls in the summer, and a growing fan club that just adored him.  He learned to jump, and he did it quite well.  His trot is so smooth, that a rider can sit or post, either one is comfortable and smooth.  His canter is so slow and rhythmic that he teaches all beginners.  But his most endearing quality is that he is so versatile.  He changes to meet each one of his riders and their needs.  For beginners, he is very slow, waiting for the correct aids to direct him.  For advanced riders, he will jump a course of 2’6″ with a flying lead change.

We took him to a show, and we were uncertain as to how he would act, but he was a professional.  He even lined up to face the judge.  He was smart, capable, and caring.  He was and is the perfect lesson horse.  Though I think he is perfect, I did not know that he was gathering a fan club outside of my farm too.  The show world was noticing him too.  He even won “Horse of the Horse Show” because of his versatility.  That’s when I would hear whisperings from other competitors that Milkshake was here.  Offers for me to sell him to their children started pouring in, but I would tell them that Milkshake was not for sale.

Milkshake is a pony that has too much personality.  Yesterday I was cleaning out the tack room and I had Milkshake in the riding ring, because he is on a diet.  That’s why I was shocked when I turned around and there he was, in the tack room with me.  He kept nudging me to itch his scratchy spot- he has many, and to pay attention to him. 

This sums up Milkshake perfectly, a true people lover because I thinks that he really does believe that he is a person and not a pudgy white pony.

Do you have a pony or horse that has a little too much personality?  Please Share, I LOVE your comments!

Remember, you probably have what others are looking for.  Sell your unused tack, riding apparel, stable equipment, etc. on http://www.anythingforhorseandrider.com and make some money and help out Raise Your Dreams Farm.  Thanks!Image

Really? The Featured Article?

27 Jun

Featured Story in Woodbury and West Deptford Life

Featured Story in Woodbury and West Deptford Life

Featured Article in Woodbury and West Deptford Life Magazine

Featured Article in Woodbury and West Deptford Life Magazine

Feature Story in July edition of Woodbury/West Deptford Life Magazine

Feature Story in July edition of Woodbury/West Deptford Life Magazine

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