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Equine Canada Level 2 Coach, Ally Sillers, is now coaching at Foxwood!

With the change in seasons (even though it is still feeling like winter!), comes a change in the barn with the arrival of an amazing new instructor! As many of you know, I am currently working on obtaining my Equine Canada coaching certification and I met with Ally Sillers last year to discuss the steps I needed to take in order to accomplish this. At the time, I asked Ally if she would be available and interested in doing the EC Rider level evaluations for my students who were taking part in our monthly OEF horsemanship program. We have been keeping in touch over the winter to determine some testing times for both me and my students and I was elated to learn that she was available this spring to coach here. What an incredible opportunity, not only for me to learn from her, but also for all of my students – not just the ones who are testing for their Equine Canada Rider levels.

Ally Sillers is an Equine Canada certified Level 2 Coach, with over 40yrs teaching experience. While living in New Brunswick, Ally ran the Rothesay, Kennebecasis and Fredericton Pony Clubs from 1985 until 2000 before starting her own riding school, Callander Hall. She has taught beginner to advanced students, who have ranged in age from 4 to 70 years old. Ally has had students win provincial championships in dressage, hunter/jumper and eventing – and one of her students, Kara Grant from Prince Edward Island, took part in 2 Olympic Games, competing in pentathalon. In addition to great riding accomplishments, many of Ally’s students have gone on to become veterinarians, farriers and part-time coaches.

Ally is a National Evaluator for the Equine Canada Coaching program and also tests for the EC Learn to Ride program for Rider Levels 1-8. She is a facilitator for the Equestrian Theory Course and has prepared over 20 successful candidates for the Instructor of Beginner Coaching Evaluation. She has a love and interest to pass on her extensive knowledge and to promote the coaching program and was the coaching coordinator for the province of New Brunswick for 5 years.

In 2014, Ally moved back to Toronto for family reasons and currently coaches at the following barns in Ontario: York Equestrian, Waterstone Estates , Gimcrack and now Foxwood Farm:)

“I have been lucky enough to make a career out of my passion” –
and Foxwood is very lucky to have you, Ally! We’re looking forward to the great lessons and the learning opportunities!

Until next time,
Robyn

Check out the latest video of Ally teaching at Foxwood:

We are thrilled to have Ally and her incredible knowledge at Foxwood!

We are thrilled to have Ally and her incredible knowledge at Foxwood!

Foxwood November 2014 Newsletter

It’s hard to believe that we are now into November and more than ½ way through our fall riding session. We just had our junior/intermediate horseshow and what an amazing job everyone did with their costumes! Check out the photos and write up in the Bradford Times:

http://www.bradfordtimes.ca/2014/10/30/a-horse-y-halloween-at-foxwood-farm

Winter Riding Session

Many of you have been inquiring about the winter session, which starts the week of January 5th, 2015. The winter session runs for 10 weeks and the cost is $350/session plus hst (payments can be made in 2 installments). 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.

Winter riding, if dressed correctly, can be fun. Check out my latest blog posting to see what I suggest for winter riding:

http://foxwoodfarm.ca/blog/fending-off-frosty-for-winter-riding-fun/

We will be hosting several clinics at the farm over the course of the winter: Natural Horsemanship, dressage and hunter/jumper with some wonderful horse people. More information and dates will be posted in December.

If you can let me know by December 1st, if you or your child/ren WILL be riding in the winter session, it would be appreciated so I can schedule class days/times.

Christmas ideas
We DO have gift certificates for those interested and don’t forget about our Foxwood Swag! The last order will be submitted the week of December 16
Here’s a reminder of some important dates coming up:

Saturday, November 8 – The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair
42 riders/parents/friends of Foxwood will be venturing to the city to watch the Royal Winter Fair. It’s going to be an exciting night of Canadian showjumping, indoor eventing and the extremely fun Shetland pony races (I am sure that Feisty would be a great competitor!). For those of you with tickets, if you wish to join our group for dinner, reservations have been made for 5pm and I need to know by Wednesday, November 5, if you wish to join us.

Saturday, November 15 – Bradford Santa Claus Parade
We’ve got our theme, our parent committee, our participants and now it’s time to start decorating and getting our float ready. I will be sending out an email later this week to all Foxwood riders who have signed up to be in the parade with information on what to wear and what time/location to meet at on the 15th. Parents who signed up to help, we are now collecting items for the float (the list is posted in the barn) and we will plan to meet within the next week and early next week to get it done.

Friday, November 21 – Advanced/Adult Horse show at 5pm.
The signup sheet is posted and I am hoping that many of my Adult riders will be there to challenge the younger students to a fast, Handy Pony race;)

Sunday, December 7 – Foxwood Kids Christmas party 2-4pm
All Foxwood young riders are welcome to celebrate the season at the farm with a Secret Santa gift exchange and snacks. There is a signup sheet posted in the tack room.

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