Friday, October 24, 2014

What have we been doing?

Once again, time has flown by without a blog post. We have had horse show, riding open house, fall break and are gearing up for the next round of shows.  The Hunter Seat team placed third at our home show Oct 3rd behind NC State and Duke but rallied back at UNC Wilmington to win. The dressage team had its first outing at NCSU Oct. 18th finishing with a 3rd place overall. Senior Claire Pollard earned the high point rider ribbon with a score of 76.429% in Training Level Test 2.

While I was traveling with the dressage team, the rest of the equestrian staff worked hard to put on a wonderful riding open house for prospective high school seniors. Friday night we hosted an information session and dinner on campus. Heather led a crew to decorate the patio by the lake which looked amazing. Administrators and members of the Faculty joined us to talk about the program, answer questions and visit with families. Lots of contacts were made with future students and we all came away thinking that the future of St. Andrews looks great. On Saturday, Seniors rode for the Equestrian staff and Juniors joined the staff at the Equestrian Center for tours and information. The feedback we have received from our guests has been fabulous. Several people commented on how our current students genuinely care for the horses.

Looking forward to this weekend, teams will be doing the fall clean up of Hasty Road on Saturday, the IHSA hunter seat team heads out on Sunday for a show hosted by UNC Chapel Hill and Duke and the entire dressage team travels with Liz and I for 2 shows at Averett University, leaving at o’dark thirty tomorrow. Next week, Pebbles and Liz and two students fly to California for the Path Int. conference. At home we are excited to be hosting a clinic with Bernie Traurig next weekend. 

Claire with her High Point Ribbon

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Kris Hamilton Clinic - Sept 27, 2014

Kris Hamilton was here last Saturday to work with the dressage team. 12 riders participated and several other students audited the clinic. The clinic started with a theory session from what Kris is calling “The Toolbox Series”. The balance of the horse was the focus and Kris made it easy and fun to understand by encouraging students to always start with something nice when riding and to seek the horse’s approval in all things. “Simplify” was something that she repeated over and over to encourage rider’s to not complicate their riding technique. She taught the group that balance is a product of a clear, steady rhythm. Using balance at the trot we as an example we discussed how scores of 7 – 10 were earned and how scores of 4 – 6 might be assigned. Kris’s message was one of a simple formula of energy and contact to create suppleness and therefore balance.

When we moved outside to the ring these concepts were put into practice by the riders in 3 mounted sessions at various levels. Riders experimented with their horse’s natural energy before taking up their reins and learning about “neck flip”. Riders in the first group worked on their trot and trot lengthenings to show harmony with the horse. Canter circles were taught to another group and the final group, having switched horses just for fun, ended up riding a drill team style pattern demonstrating how riding with a partner helps to motivate both horse and rider. 

Overall, the clinic was very successful for all participants and for the group of students who came out to learn from the sidelines. 

Claire and JB

Drill Team Group

Riders allowing their horses the freedom to simply walk. Kris is explaining to the auditors what is going on.

Kris showing Liv how to "flip" Frampton's neck

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Ride-Like-A-Knight at Special Olympics

by RLAK Program Director Liz Dulski

This past weekend Ride-Like-Knight headed to Raleigh for the Special Olympics Equestrian Tournament. Rider Josh Dazey and Red Ted represented RLAK in 3 events which included showmanship, western riding, and western equitation.  

This year was a bit different because five other RLAK instructors came along to help work the horse show. The instructors include Hallie Myers, Claire Pollard, Sarah Lishen, Willow Goodman, and Stacy Canty. The instructors helped work the warm-up arena, ring stewards, rider check in and cheer on Josh and Coach Brooke Ellington. Josh and Red Ted had a successful weekend of showing. He took home a bronze medal in showmanship and fourth place in western equitation. Brooke said “Special Olympics gave myself and my student the opportunity to be in competition. Understanding that winning was not the most important aspect of the games.” 

After the weekend was over we asked the other instructors what they thought about the weekend. Claire Pollard said “Special Olympics gave me the opportunity to see the competition aspect of therapeutic riding and enabled me to see where I could take riders as an instructor in the future.” Claire was lucky to get to ring steward with a judge all day on Saturday. Sarah Lishen said “Over the weekend at Special Olympics I got the opportunity to make sure all riders where present for their classes. I got to meet the coaches one on one and gained knowledge as to why certain equipment was used.”  Overall it was a great weekend and learning experience for everyone involved. We will be back next year going for gold.

Monday, September 22, 2014

IHSA Results

The IHSA teams started off the season with a bang! The Western Team was Champion both Saturday and Sunday at our first home shows. They lead the region with 68 pts; Reserve Champion on both days was NCSU who have 62 pts. The Hunter Seat team earned 4th place at the Tournament of Champions at Goucher College in MD – a very respectable placing in a competitive tourney.

Josh and Red Ted had an excellent showing at Special Olympics in Raleigh – more on that in a future post.

Go Knights!

Results from Western Shows
Champion St. Andrews 34 pts.
Reserve Champion NCSU 30 pts.

Open Horsemanship A
2nd Becca Alden
3rd Kara Copeland

Intermediate Horsemanship II A
1st Jarret Vaughn

Open Horsemanship B
2nd Katie Mosca

Intermediate Horsemanship II B
2nd Sarah Murvin

Advanced Horsemanship A
2nd Phillip Alden

Intermediate Horsemanship II C
1st Cailey Culp
5th Samantha Bollinger

Advanced Horsemanship B
4th Mark Mowbray

Intermediate Horsemanship II D
1st Connor Smith

Reining A
2nd Katie Mosca

Novice Horsemanship
1st Logan Teeter – Section A
3rd Erica LeSeur – Section A
2nd Michelle Eld – Section B
1st Natasha Worker – Section C

Beginning Horsemanship B
1st Austin Trockenbrot

Champion Team - St. Andrews - 34 points
Reserve Ch Team - NCSU - 32 points

Open Horsemanship
Becca Alden - 3rd - Section A
Kara Copeland - 3rd - Section B
Katie Mosca - 1st -Section B

Advanced Horsemanship
Phillip Alden - 3rd - Section A
Mark Mowbray- 2nd - Section B

Novice Horsemanship
Natasha Worker - 1st -Section A
Michelle Eld - 1st - Section B
Erica LeSeur - 5th -Section B
Logan Teeter Carter - 2nd - Section C

Intermediate Horsemanship
Dillon Vaughn - 1st - Section A
Alysse Lemme - 3rd - Section B
Cailey Culp - 2nd - Section C
Jarret Vaughn - 1st - Section D
Austin Trockenbrot - 1st - Intermediate I

Beginner Horsemanship
Danielle Eads - 1st - Section A
Tiffany Burch - 1st - Section C

Katie Mosca - 2nd and Reserve High Point Rider for the day

Tournament of Champions – Goucher College, MD
1st - Goucher College - 41 points
2nd - Savannah College of Art & Design - 36 points
3rd - Mt. Holyoke College - 34 points
4th - St. Andrews University - 30 points
5th - Randolph College - 28 points
6th - Bridgewater College - 27 points

Also competing - Virginia Tech, Lafayette College, West Virginia University, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, University of Mary Washington, University of Wisconsin, University of Delaware, Rutgers University, Virginia Commonwealth University, Villanova, and Otterbein. Thanks to Goucher College for hosting such a great show!
All of our riders contributed points to the team total. Sabrina Vlacich won Intermediate Fences and Jessica Story won Walk, Trot, Canter. Cami Glaff was second in Intermediate Flat and Briley Branden was second in Novice Flat. Kelsey Kocher was fifth in Open Flat and Katie Thomas was fifth in Novice Fences. Paola Sierra-Danielsen was sixth in Walk, Trot and Kelsey Kocher was sixth in Open Fences. Congratulations riders and coaches Matt Arrigon and Tara Algieri!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Our Upcoming Weekend

Ride-Like-A-Knight is heading to Special Olympics today! Josh Dazey and Red Ted will be competing in several classes with Brooke Ellington as their coach. Liz Dulski and 5 students are travelling to help organize and staff the horse show. At home we are preparing for back to back western shows Saturday and Sunday to kick off the horse show season. The western team has some new riders, the region is growing so will some exciting competition at the barn this weekend!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Fall 2014 Begins!

So as always the beginning of the semester has been a whirlwind at the Equestrian Center! Lessons started on September 1st (yes we have school on Labor day, but get the Wed. before Thanksgiving off) and from all accounts have been going well. The hunter seat coaches adopted the motto, “Stirrup free September” so all riders that are able have been riding without stirrups. Those that are not quite ready for that have been in 2 point for extended periods to get their legs deep and secure. Dressage has done some no stirrup work on and off the lunge finding muscles that these riders had forgotten about. Western riders have had equally demanding lessons with Carla and Lindsey.

Last weekend Matt did a teaching marathon for the IEA boot camp. Hunter seat riders volunteered to get the horses ready and on Sunday we held an IHSA style show with a beach themed draw table. Ride-Like-A-Knight started up on Sept 8. The program has a couple of new horses that are being eased into the program, Nora a Norwegian Fjord and Cooper an adorable paint pony. Riding Council has had its first general meeting with info on work study, what to wear, TH volunteering, plans for our 5k in Oct, team tryouts, the eventing club, up-coming western shows and a reminder from Peggy to do well in all things academic.

So this weekend is tryouts for IHSA, IDA and the hunter seat show team. Next weekend RLAK heads to Special Olympics in Raleigh, we have our first western shows of the year and a few students are going to Pinehurst to work the dressage shows at the Harness Track. 

Friday, August 22, 2014

Tentative Schedule of Events - Fall 2014

            20                     Rider Placement for New Students
            24                     Barn Orientation for New Students
            25-29                Team Practices for returning Team Members
            29                     Equestrian Fair

1                                             Lessons Begin!
5-7                    IEA Prep Clinic and Tournament
8                      RLAK Lessons Begin!
12-13                Team Tryouts
18-21                Special Olympics, Raleigh, NC
19-20                Tournament of Champions, Goucher College, Towson MD
20-21                IHSA Western Horse Show
26-28                Triangle Farms ‘C’ Show , Raleigh, NC  (Boarders Only)
27                     Kris Hamilton clinic for Eventing & Dressage teams

4                      IHSA Hunter Seat Horse Show
8-12                  CHA Instructor Certification Clinic
9-12                  Fall Break
17-18                Riding Admissions Open House for High School Seniors
18                     IDA Dressage Show NCSU
19                     IHSA Hunter Seat Horse Show, UNC Wilmington, Rocky Point, NC
25 – 26             IDA Dressage Show Averett University
26                     IHSA Hunter Seat Horse Show, UNC Chapel Hill / Duke, Hillsborough, NC
26                     St. Andrews Equestrian Field Frolic 5k & 1 Mile Fun Run
26                     Showing Under The Stars - Halloween Edition
29 – 2               PATH Conference, San Diego, CA

29 – 2               PATH Conference, San Diego, CA
1-2                    Triangle Farms ‘C’ Medal Finals, Raleigh, NC
1-2                    Hunter Seat Clinic with Bernie Traurig
4-9                    Duke Classic ‘AA’, Raleigh, NC
7-9                    Equestrian Talent Search
8                      Chamber of Commerce Oyster Roast
8-9                    IHSA Western Horse Shows, Martin Community College, Williamston, NC
15                     IHSA Hunter Seat Horse Show
15                     Admissions Open House
21                     RLAK Lessons End
22                     IDA Dressage Show
22                     IHSA Hunter Seat Horse Show, East Carolina University, Vanceboro, NC
23                     Showing Under The Stars – Holiday Edition
26-30                Thanksgiving Break

5                      Classes end
5                      Riding Council Christmas Party
8-12                  Exam Week
***Events listed in italics are events that are not hosted at the Equestrian Center**