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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:

Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
2:00pm: Riders arrive and settle in

Lesson:
Lunge lesson with position analysis through photos and video

DINNER

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

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

LUNCH

Afternoon Activity:  Lecture from Equine Nutritionist, Alfie Budweth

Afternoon Ride:
Gymnastic work focusing on position.

DINNER

Evening Activity:
Reviewing video footage of jumping
BREAKFAST

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

LUNCH

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

DINNER

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

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

LUNCH

Afternoon Activity:
Lecture by Sean Elliot, CJF Farrier.

Afternoon Ride:
TBD based on students/horses needs

DINNER

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

9:00am:
Off-property XC school*(must be approved by Lindsay/Nikki). Riders not going off-property will do an on-property XC lesson.

LUNCH

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

DINNER

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

MINI-SHOW

10:00am
Dressage, judged by an outside judge

LUNCH

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!

Friday, June 20, 2014

HELP!

Raynham is undergoing a face lift next week. One of the major improvements is all new fencing. Before the installers can get to work on Monday, we have to have all of the old fencing totally removed, brush cleared and post holes refilled.  If you have a hour or two to offer this weekend, we would greatly appreciate the help.

Thanks in advance!

Nikki

Monday, June 16, 2014

Volunteer Day - THANK-YOU!

Thank-you to everyone who came out last month for our Annual Spring Volunteer Day on May 18th.  I apologize for the delay in announcing our volunteer raffle.  The following riders have won a FREE private lesson.  CONGRATULATIONS!

- Sarah Ceolin
- Veronica Low
- Jessie Gordon

Thank-you again everyone for your amazing assistance.  We would have been cleaning up tree branched until the snow was flying again without your help!

Many people have mentioned that they wish they could have been here and to let them know if there is anything else they can do.  We still have lots of projects that need to get done so we will post a list in the tack-up area.  If you have an hour here while waiting for your munchkin to ride and would like something to do, feel free to check the list!

Again, we can't thank everyone enough for their support!  It is the wonderful people who ride here that make Raynham so amazing!

Lindsay, Caryn & Nikki

Summer Riding Lessons!

Hello Raynham Riders!

It is hard to believe that the school year is almost over! We hope you have been enjoying your lessons this year and would love any feedback that can help us make Raynham an even better place to ride.

As in past years, we are scheduling July & August lessons separately from the rest of the year as many people have less availability over the summer months. Riders are able to book individual lessons whenever they are available, so you do not have to commit to the same day/time each week if your schedule varies.

Please note that you must pay for your classes at the time of booking.  The scheduler allows you to pay by credit card for the classes you have selected.   If you would like to purchase a package of 8 lessons, you can pay by cash, cheque or e-Transfer instead.  Once I have received your payment, I will issue you a booking code to enter when booking so the scheduler knows you have already paid.

I have (finally!) finished updating the online scheduler with the classes for this summer, here is the link: http://www.raynhamstables.com/lesson-scheduling.html. Please let me know if you have any questions or issues with the scheduler.

Fall lesson registration will be posted on the website August 1st. We hope to see everyone over the summer!

Nikki

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Spring Volunteer Day

Sunday, May 18th
9:00am – 4:00pm
(You don’t have to stay all day, any help is appreciated)

BBQ, Prizes & Challenges!

Calling all Raynham boarders, lesson students, show students & their families! We’re always working to improve the facilities here at Raynham Stables to make it a better place to ride. Here’s your chance to be a part of it! 

After this particularly challenging winter, we have a ton of projects to tackle around the farm!  Normally we reserve the extra Sunday in the May/June session to hold another schooling show but this year we have decided to take advantage of a day without lessons to take on as many spring clean up projects as possible! This means that there will NOT be classes this Sunday, May 18th (if you ride Sundays, as there is 9 Sundays this session, no make-up is required).   The volunteer day will run 9:00am - 4:00pm but you do not need to stay all day, any help is appreciated!    We hope to see many Raynham riders out to lend a hand!  There will be jobs appropriate for younger students as well as parents (Dads - we're looking at you!).

Jobs include:

- Sanding and repainting the wood stadium jumps
- Staining/painting XC jumps
- Re-paint picnic tables
- Staining the wash stalls
- Bag & label winter horse blankets for pick-up to be cleaned
- Clean up gardens and re-plant
- Set up picnic table tent
- Set up camp tents and waterproof
- Clean up branches (everywhere!!!)
- Dig out corners around dressage ring & repair railway ties around perimeter
- Finish railway ties around perimeter of stadium ring
- Rake and pick paddocks
- Trim brush around fence lines
- Fill holes in XC field and along fence lines with screenings
- And more!

We will be holding a raffle for horses prizes and some FREE private lessons (jumping or dressage, your choice!) at the end of the day.  You get a ticket to put into the draw for each hour that you are here helping out!  Also we will be providing a BBQ lunch and refreshments throughout the day.