Thank you, everyone, for making 2015 a fantastic Foxwood year!
We are now into the final weeks of our fall 2015 riding session and what a fantastic year we have had at Foxwood!! 2 fun schooling shows at Foxwood, an amazing season for our ShowTeam, a great float in the Bradford Santa Claus parade, and not to mention our OEF horsemanship classes, a visit from the Candlelighters and finally, our decorating day for the holidays this past weekend.
So, how are we going to top that off for 2016?!
Winter Riding Session
Our winter session starts the week of January 4th, 2016 and runs for 10 weeks. The cost is $375/session plus hst (payments can be made in 2 installments – payable the first week of January and then the 1st of February). As with last winter, if we need to cancel due to the weather, I will post no later than 2pm that day on my Foxwood Facebook page and send out an email. Makeups will be given in the case of cancellations due to bad weather.
As I have already started scheduling our winter classes, please let me know by December 18th, if you or your child/ren WILL be riding in the winter session. Please note that priority for our 2016 Show Team will be given to those riders who continue throughout the winter.
Foxwood Farm ShowTeam
Our first information meeting will be held on Saturday, January 9th at 1:30 pm. This meeting is for students/parents who would like more information on what is involved with showing on our team. The signup sheet for the 2016 Foxwood Farm ShowTeam will then be posted. There will be a few changes this year to our signup procedure, which will be explained at the meeting on January 9th. If you are unable to attend, but still would like some information, I will gladly email out the agenda and notes from the day if you let me know.
NEW! Foxwood polar fleece zip sweatshirts! Black with silver Foxwood logo. Only $50/including hst. Check out the latest Foxwood SWAG order sheet in the tack room for more items
The last order will be submitted on December 17th!
We also now have a local embroidery company who is able to do saddlepads! Order sheets are available in the tack room.
OEF Rider Level Classes
We will be continuing with our Ontario Equestrian Federation classes in 2016 in preparation for testing sometime in April (once date is confirmed, I will let everyone know). The cost for the winter classes is $30/level 3 riders and $20/level 1 and 2 riders. The classes will be held on the following Saturdays from 1:30pm – 3:30 pm. Please let me know if you/your rider will be attending:
Saturday, January 9th *LEVEL 3 ONLY
Saturday, February 6th – *LEVELS 1, 2 and 3
Saturday, March 26th – *LEVELS 1, 2 and 3
IMPORTANT 2016 Foxwood Dates
January 5th – Winter Session begins
February 23rd – Registration for Summer Camp and Spring Session
March 21st– Spring Session begins
June 12th – Foxwood Farm Schooling Show
Mon. June 27- Wed. June 29 – Foxwood C.I.T. Training Camp
Looking forward to another great year with my #FoxwoodFamily !
All the best to everyone for a very Merry Christmas and happy holiday season!
It never seems to amaze me how my ponies always seem to get into some sort of mischief either right when I am either leaving the farm for errands or before lessons. Even more interesting, is how their escapades lead them to more trouble over the holidays! Perhaps they sense all the excitement of the season or it could be that they are starting to get bored with the winter weather and are simply looking for some fun!
Yesterday morning, I went out to the barn to start my daily horse chore routine. First, I go into the new barn to feed then turnout the 6 horses that are stalled in that barn for the night. I usually hear a few soft nickers before the morning greet from Salty (a BIG, loud whinny), but for some reason, yesterday, all was silent. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I walked in and part of me was worried…until I saw George out of his stall! Manure dropped in multiple spots in the barn aisle, a hay bale demolished, and a very sheepish look on his face. It wasn’t until I looked down in front of his hooves until I noticed the unwrapped and uneaten (strangely enough) “LickIt bar” and some remnants of what appeared to be horse treats. As I slowly approached George, I then saw the Christmas stocking on the ground! He had taken not his, but Jane’s from her stall hook, and had devoured most of the goodies that had started to fill her stocking. I didn’t get angry at George – even though the barn was a disaster and the cleanup was going to add to my list of morning chores – but slipped his halter over his head, attached his lead rope, put on his turnout blanket and lead him outside to the paddock.
When I came back into the barn, the nickers started and Salty gave me his morning whinny. I think they were shocked that George, the “spooky pony” of the barn, had managed not only to escape from his stall, but was also bold enough to steal Jane’s goodies! Needless to say, we have many more treat bags in the barn and Jane’s stocking won’t be empty come Christmas. And as for George? He’ll get some, too:)
After I turned out all of the horses, I started thinking about some of the other “fun” times my ponies have had over the holidays. Of course, mischief and Feisty go together quite easily and although I have many stories to share about Feisty, one in particular took place Christmas morning about 6 years ago. We had Feisty only for a few weeks at this time (I should have known by his name…who DOES buy a pony with the name Feisty?;) and he was just settling into his new Foxwood family.
It was Christmas morning and as usual, I was the first one up and was out to the barn with my morning coffee. As I approached the barnyard and started counting, I realized that I was missing a horse. We had a few horses living out that winter and Feisty, with his thick, fluffy, pony fur, was one of them. It became pretty clear that the one who was missing was the one who could squeeze through the fence – as a centre rail in the barnyard had obviously been pushed out and something small would be the only thing to get through.
Luckily, with lots of snow on the ground, I could see the small, pony hoof prints and they lead across our neighbour’s hay field in the direction of our neighbour’s who also have horses. I ran into the barn, grabbed a bucket of grain, along with Feisty’s halter and lead rope then woke up my husband who drove me down to the neighbour’s place. Shaking the bucket of grain by the fence, I was expecting him to come galloping up to me; however, I had no such luck. Feisty had found a nice, cozy place in the tree line and was “socializing” with the other horses. Of course, the snow along the fence was thigh high so I trudged through it, shaking the bucket as I moved and as I got a little bit closer, Feisty charged towards me. He dove into the bucket, grabbed a mouthful then tried to turn and run. Luckily, my quick “pony wrangling” skills came into action as I quickly slipped the lead rope around his neck, got his halter on and had to pull, with full force, Feisty’s muzzle from the bucket. We trudged across the field, through the deep snowdrifts – me, angry with Feisty for creating all of this extra work and Feisty, angry with me for not letting him finish the bucket of grain!
So, with 5 more days left until Christmas and a barn full of treats for all of my horses and ponies, I can only assume that there will be a little more mischief on the farm before 2014 comes to an end;)
Happy holidays to all,
Until next time,
“Twas the last week of lessons,
And all through the barn,
Every creature was stirring,
Zoom, playing with her yarn.
The stockings were hung,
For each gelding and mare,
With the hopes Foxwood riders,
Would fill them with care.
I, in my barn coat,
Emi in her new cap (Charles Owen, of course;),
Minnie in the house,
With Kiera taking a nap.
Were finishing lessons,
And saying goodnight,
When a loud, crashing noise,
Gave us a good fright.
From out in the paddock,
There arose such a clatter,
We sprang from the barn,
To see what was the matter.
And there, with a twinkling,
We heard on the roof,
The prancing and pawing,
Of each Feisty hoof!
(because we all know when Feisty wants to do something,
he’ll do it;)
Dressed up like Santa,
All he wanted to cheer,
Happy Holidays to all,
and a very prosperous and healthy