Monday, October 13, 2014

Upcoming Events and News!

Hello Everyone,

I apologize for the delay in getting this information sent out.   There’s a ton of information below, please take a few minutes to read it through.

If you have not yet seen it, the 2014/2015 Session Calendar is posted on the website,


  1. Belated Welcome to Danielle and Kyleigh!
  2. Make-up Lesson Policies and Procedures
  3. Halloween Schooling Show – Saturday Oct 25th
  4. Royal Winter Fair Tickets
  5. Raynham Holiday Banquet
  6. Session Two Lessons

Welcome Danielle & Kyleigh!

We are very excited to welcome Danielle and Kyleigh to our regular coaching staff here at Raynham Stables.  Both have been riders here are Raynham for many years and are members of our show team.  They have both had a very successful show season this year, qualifying for the Provincial Championships last month and will be traveling to US with Nikki and Lindsay at the end of the month to compete at the Virginia Park Horse Trials.    Danielle and Kyleigh completed a coaching mentorship program with us this past spring and summer and were two of our fabulous instructors at camp this summer.  They will be coaching beginner to novice/intermediate level lessons for us this year.  We are very pleased to have two such enthusiastic, hard-working and talented riders join our coaching team.  As they are just getting to know their students, please feel free to provide them (or Lindsay/Nikki) with any feedback that you feel would be helpful!

Make-up Lesson Policies and Procedures

In case you have not review the make-up lesson policy from the website, I have included it below:  
  • Students may have one make-up lesson per session. Students must provide at least 24 hours notice of cancellation, preferably via email, to receive a make-up lesson.
  • Make-up lessons will be in a group lesson, regardless of the lesson type missed. 
  • Make-up lessons must be scheduled by the end of the session but may be booked for the following session, as long as the student is still enrolled in lessons.
  • Make-up lessons are non-transferable and cannot be deducted off the next session fees. 
  • If you provide at least 7 days notice that you are going to miss a lesson (i.e. for an appointment or vacation), you can reschedule the class and it will not count as your make-up for the session. 
  • Under no circumstances may students receive a make-up lesson for a missed make-up lesson.

To book a make-up lesson, please use the online scheduler, (  Follow the steps listed to book a make-up in an appropriate group lesson.  Enter the code “S1MAKEUP” when booking to the scheduler knows the class has already been paid for.  Please email Nikki if you have any issues.

Halloween Schooling Show – Saturday Oct 25th

All students are welcome to participate in the schooling show.  There are classes available for all levels of riders as well as the always-entertaining Halloween Costume Class! If you are interested in participating, you can enter online,  Please register by Thursday, October 23rd and start times will be posted on the blog on Friday, October24th by 4pm.  Please note that there are no classes this day.

More details on how the schooling shows run are available on the website: Feel free to email or speak with your coach at your lesson if you have any further questions!

Royal Winter Fair Tickets – Saturday, November 8th

We have reserved a group of tickets for the Royal again this year! Includes all day admission as well as admission to the 7:00pm evening show.  There’s always great shopping, interesting exhibits and exciting shows.  If you are interested in joining us, please reserve your ticket by sending an email with Royal Winter Fair in the subject line.   Please specify if you would prefer BLUE or GREEN level tickets (or either if you do not have a preference).

Tickets are $50.75 for GREEN level (Row J) and $47.25 for BLUE (Row K & L) including taxes and fees and MUST be paid by cash or e-Transfer only (NO CHEQUES) by Thursday, October 30th.  Please make sure you pick up your tickets from the farm before the show, as we cannot leave tickets at the Will Call window.

Raynham Holiday Banquet – Friday, November 28th

SAVE THE DATE!  Join us for the 6th Annual Raynham Holiday and Awards Banquet.  We are going to have a terrific silent auction, door prizes, a delicious buffet dinner, music, dancing and our in-house and off-property high-point awards.  We would like to emphasize that the banquet is open to all of our riders and their friends and families.  It's great to see everyone out of your barn grubbies and have a fun evening out together!   We have chosen a new venue this year, Riverstone Golf Club at Hwy 427 & Zenway, and we’re very excited to get to party somewhere new!  Tickets are $60.00/person and can be reserved now.  

Lesson Session Two: Monday, Oct 27th – Sunday, December 21st

Just a reminder to all students that the next lesson session begins on Monday, October 28th.  All students are automatically registered for the following session unless you notify the office at least two-weeks prior to the start of the next session to give us time to adjust the classes if needed.  If you need to make a change to your lesson time, please let us know ASAP!   Invoices for next session will be emailed out this week.

We are very excited about all the upcoming events this fall!  Please let us know if you ever have any questions or concerns as we are always working to make Raynham Stables the best place to ride!

Nikki, Lindsay & Caryn

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Fall Lesson Schedule

Hello Everyone!

I apologize for the delay in getting this out, it was much trickier than usual this year.  I have already thought of a few plans to improve the process in the future!  Below is the tentative schedule, please click on the photos to enlarge.  I am still missing forms from approx. 20 riders so we may have to tweak it slightly.

If you are missing from the schedule or are scheduled for a time that does not work - please don't panic, just send me an email, and I will sort it out.

Thank you to everyone for their support and patience!


- Classes start tomorrow, Monday, September 1st
- Please come into the NEW office at your first class for registration (payment & new rider forms)
- Have a fantastic first day of school for those heading back this week :)

Click to enlarge!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Fall Schedule is Coming!

Hi Everyone!

I am still working out the fall schedule as I received quite a few more forms last night and this morning.  I promise I will have it posted ASAP!  Thanks for your understanding.


Monday, August 25, 2014

Fall Lesson Registration

Happy Monday Everyone!

The beautiful new fencing!
It’s hard to believe that school starts again next week, the summer has flown by much to fast!  It’s been very busy with our fun-filled camps running for the past 8 weeks, lessons in the evenings and shows every weekend.    If you haven’t been here since June, a lot has happened around the barn as well in the past two months.  We have lovely brand-new fencing in the front paddocks and each paddock also has a year-round automatic waterer.   We have also fenced in the outdoor jumping ring to prevent any escaping ponies, which means more beginners will have the opportunity to ride outdoors.  We have improved the footing in both indoor arenas by adding sand and re-oiling so they are wonderfully dust-free!  Lastly, we have a terrific new heated/air-conditioned office unit which was amazing for camp this summer and will be the office for lesson registration and during schooling shows and clinics.   We still have more work on the go as we are hoping to build a catch paddock area for the school ponies closer to the barn before the snow flies.  There is never a dull moment at the barn!

The NEW drinking post waterers work year-round!

The Fall Lesson Registration Form was posted on the website August 1st.  As in previous years, the form gathers client availability and based on this information, we create a schedule that best meets everyone’s needs.  Please provide as many options for time slots as possible, especially if you are requesting a group class or a lesson at the same time as a sibling/family member.  If you have not yet submitted your form, please do so by Wednesday, August 27th so that we can have the schedule finalized by this Friday as lessons begin next Monday.

We can’t wait to see everyone back at the barn!

Nikki, Lindsay and Caryn
Our terrific new office!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Raynham Boot Camp Clinic

There is still space in our AWESOME boot camp clinic that we are running starting TOMORROW.  I realize this isn't much notice, but if anyone is interested in participating, we would still love to have you!  The week is jam-packed full of fantastic lessons, each with a different focus, awesome guest speakers, field trips plus a mini show on the last day!  Don't miss out! Below are the details for each day:

2:00pm: Riders arrive and settle in

Lunge lesson with position analysis through photos and video


Evening Activity:
Review video footage with discussion of correct position.

Private/Semi-Private dressage lessons


Afternoon Activity:  Lecture from Equine Nutritionist, Alfie Budweth

Afternoon Ride:
Gymnastic work focusing on position.


Evening Activity:
Reviewing video footage of jumping

9:00am:  Small group jumping lesson focusing on course work


Afternoon Activity:
Auditing the Phillip Dutton Clinic! Lindsay will be riding Barbie in the afternoon.


Evening Activity:
Lecture on how to ride a dressage test and learning a test to ride in the Wed. morning lesson.

9:00am:  Private/Semi-Private dressage lesson


Afternoon Activity:
Lecture by Sean Elliot, CJF Farrier.

Afternoon Ride:
TBD based on students/horses needs


Evening Activity:
Setting and walking the XC course for the mini-show on Friday.

Off-property XC school*(must be approved by Lindsay/Nikki). Riders not going off-property will do an on-property XC lesson.


Afternoon Activity:
Lecture by Dr. Daryl Bonder from Toronto Equine Hospital.


Evening Activity:
Show Prep with tips and tricks on how to make you and horse look terrific!


Dressage, judged by an outside judge


1:00pm - Show Jumping, including course walk

2:30pm: Mini-XC Course!


COST:  $800 + HST for the full week of terrific lessons and activities, including staying overnight and all meals.  (If you are available for some of the days and would like to stay overnight, just email Nikki and we can make it work!)

Daytime Only Rate: 
Sunday:  2:00pm – 8pm, includes dinner and video analysis lesson - $50.00 + HST
Monday – Friday: 9:00am – 4:00pm (Does not including staying over, breakfast, dinner or evening activity) - $100 + HST/day
*$40 additional fee on Thursday for off property school if not attending the full session

Note: If you have already paid for evening lessons next week, we will deduct it off your fee!