Show season is in full swing and the Matlock Crew has much to brag about! At the first show of the season, we brought 4 horses and 4 riders. We ventured down to Wild Aire Farm in Southbridge, MA on April 19th for a fun filled day. Anna Kjems rode Nate in their first show together. The team brought home many ribbons including Reserve Champion in the Walk Trot division. In the Adult Walk Trot, Becca Fasciano returned to the ring after several years. She and B were almost undefeated in all their classes and ended up Champions for the division. Rebecca Thompson brought King to his first show EVER and did amazing! They had wonderful rides and were Reserve Champions. Then it was time for the walk, trot canter riders...Amanda Fasciano and Calvin raked in the prizes in all their classes and ended up with 2 blue ribbons. Nice start to the show season gang!
A few weeks later, we brought 5 horses and 7 riders to the Hudson Valley Arabian show in West Springfield, MA. We started off the show with hunter/jumper classes and had a very sucessful morning! B and Rebecca Thompson were Champions in the Crossrail division, not far behind were Rebecca and Calvin. In the Hunter Hack classes, Merlin placed 2nd in the open and 1st in the ATR both with Savannah Snell. She went back in the ring with him for the Modified Hunters ATR and came out with excellent rides and lots of ribbons! Savannah went back in the Modified Hunters ATR with B and came out with a Reserve Champion. They both later returned to grab the blue ribbon for Hunt Seat Equitation over Obstacles.
The next stop was the dressage ring where many different horse/rider combinations made their debuts. Sarah and Clark showed for the first time in Intro dressage. They had fun rides and ended up with 2nd and 3rd place. B may be a seasoned dressage horse, but Rebecca had her first ride in a 20x60 meter ring showing off her skills in Training Level. They got an amazing score of 61%, not bad for a first timer :)
Then it was time to head over to the coliseum....In the Hunter Pleasure AATR, Lora Collman rode B (for the first time ever) to a 3rd place finish! Regan hoped on Merlin for the JTR Hunter Pleasure and kept the trend going with another 3rd place. Merlin then switched gears and became a Leadline winner with Madilyn Wooten! She was so excited that she didn't want to get off of Merlin!
Sunday was the day for Sport Horse. The day started off with Lora Collman showing Calvin to a win in his In Hand Geldings ATH class...if that wasn't good enough, he ended up Reserve High Point Purebred of the whole show! Thanks Lora for showing off his talents. Then it was time to put saddles and rders on the horses backs. In the Sport Horse JTR class, the kids had a clean sweep. B and Rebecca were 2nd, followed by Calvin and Savannah and then Merlin and Regan. In the ATR class, Savannah and Calvin returned to get yet another 3rd place ribbon. But in the Sport Horse Show Hack, they thought a 2nd place would be better :)
This was a great start to the Arabian Shows. It was great to see old friends, make new friends and spend 5 days surrounded by beautiful horses!
She's Back.....Sarah's first horse, WA Margaritorr, has returned to Matlock Farm! In 1991 Sarah fell in love with a horse who lived at Paula Paglia's stable. This rose grey mare became Sarah's new friend the day she laid eyes on her. Sarah and Marg would practice setting up for halter several times a day - of course, no one knew about this at the time. Soon after Sarah introduced Marg to her mother, she became a member of the family. Margaret showed no concern that Marg had never been ridden before and trusted Paula and Sarah to teach her how. It was a fun experience for everyone involved. Sarah and Marg ended up showing on the Arabian circuit in Hunter Pleasure, Equitation, Walk-Trot, Dressage, Hunter Over Fences, Halter, Showmanship and Western. In 1995 it was time for Sarah to move up to a more competitive show horse. Much to Sarah and her family's dismay, Marg had to be sold. Twelve years went by and every day Sarah, her mother and sister, thought about Marg. Sarah was searching for horses for sale on the internet one day and came across an ad for a free Arabian mare. She, of course, clicked on it for more information. The horse's name was Margie, her sire was Tikvah Orr and dam was Magda Bi Bask....hmmm...this all sounded too familiar. A month later Marg was back home in Lincoln. The best part was that Marg and Foxy remembered each other...calling all night long until they could be together again in the morning. Marg is so happy here, doing lessons, being spoiled.... She will be Anna Kjems' Walk-Trot horse for 2009, so keep your eyes out! We are all so grateful to have such a wonderful horse back in our lives.
Mac, Sarah, Laura and Dre all ventured up to Vermont for the GMHA Fall Driving Classic. This was the first combined driving show for the pair. Saturday started out with a dressage test. Mac did amazingly well...until the back up. He decided it would be more fun to go up rather than go backwards. Regardless, they ended up with a 4th place finish out of 7! Next was the timed obstacles in which he had to fly around a set course and go through a narrow opening of cones with balls on them. He was a powerhouse and ended up 3rd out of 7. The final event on Saturday was the arena obstacles. We were looking at this class as a practice, since he had never even seen arena obstacles before. Well...this seemed to be his favorite event as he ripped around the turns and did the most extended trot ever, to get to the finish line. He did so well that he got a 2nd place! Later that night, we all went to the exhibitors' dinner and had a blast talking with all the driving folks. After dinner was over, they announced the winners of the 3 phase high points. We were thrilled to hear Rebel Rebel (a.k.a. Mac) as Reserve Champion for his division!
Sunday started off with the reinsmanship pattern. Laura and Mac did a set pattern showing off their collected, regular and extended gaits, as well as turns, halts and rein backs. The pattern was flawless...except for that darn back up again! Mac and Laura ended up 5th out of 8. The last class for the team was the working class. This has all the horses and carts in the ring at the same time. It is judged like a pleasure and equitation class in one. With eight entries, it was one of the biggest classes for Mac. It was also the most competitive since some professionals trucked in just for the day. Laura and Mac looked outstanding and had a flawless class. After everyone lined up, it was time for the judge to take one last look and back up. It was gut wrenching, knowing that the back up was Mac's biggest obstacle. Laura asked him gently and he backed right up like a pro! We were extatic when he ended up 2nd! What a huge accomplishment for both Laura and Mac! We can't wait to see what next year brings.
The Matlock crew headed over to Wild Aire Farm in Southbridge, again. This time with three walk- trotters and one leadline rider. Anna Nolden showed B brilliantly to a 4th and 2nd place finish. This was amazing considering it was her first horse show ever! Amanda Fasciano and Calvin did exceptionally well, bringing home many prizes, including the Day End Walk-Trot Championship! Excellent job! Lucie Nolden showed B in walk-trot for the first time as well. They also did amazing, bringing back the Day End Walk-Trot Reserve Championship! Anna Kjems showed Marg for the first time and did phenomenally well, recieving the Day End Walk-Trot Third Place! The show could not have gone any better. How do you top your 3 walk-trot riders coming in 1st, 2nd and 3rd at a show? And having your leadline rider's debut astonishing? It was a magical day for all.
We finally have a new trailer!!!! Sarah has purchased a 2004 4 Star four horse trailer. It has the head to head design which will be very helpful at the day shows to use as standing stalls. For longer trips, the horses will feel much more comfortable with lots of room. They will also be able to see all their friends! This is very exciting news and has been a work in progress for about a year now. Feel free to come by the barn and get a tour of "Twinkle".
For those of you who haven't seen Laura Hipp around, it is because she has taken a maternity leave. I am happy to announce that she has given birth to a healthy baby girl! Alexandra has red hair (wonder where that came from!) and big blue eyes. Laura is doing well and enjoying life as a new mother. Hopefully we'll have pictures soon. Congrats!
More exciting news is in order for BW Distinction+. Why the plus after her name??? She has earned enough points at rated Arabian shows to receive her Legion of Honor! She earned these points in Dressage, Hunter Pleasure, Hunter Over Fences and Sport Horse Under Saddle. Thanks to all her riders that helped her garner this award: Margaret Flint, Rebecca Thompson, Regan Salm, Anna Kjems and Sarah Flint. Due to this accomplishment, her new barn name will be B+. Way to go, Princess :)
We're back from our first Arabian show! It was a lot of fun and the horses were all great! Caitlyn took the wins in 4 out of her 6 classes on Nate! Merlin won his Liberty class with Savannah and Rebecca! Anna had the best rides of her life on B! Laura looked amazing on Merlin! B was so good with me!
Our next adventure is Carriage Town this Sunday. It will be Mac's first driving show! Laura Wiper will be at the reins. After that we are off to the Hudson Valley Arabian Show on Wednesday. If you have free time and want to come watch, it will be held at the Big E in West Springfield, MA.
Wow, it's almost Christmas! Happy Delayed Hanukkah! Happy Early New Year! We have so many things to be grateful for this year! We couldn't have had a better year with 2 new horses (Sierra and Mac), an unbelieveable show season and the best families and helpers ever!
I would like to congratulate the following horses and riders on their year end awards:
Catherine Krupka- CHAMPION Leadline at Wild Aire Farm!
Lucie Nolden-8TH Place Leadline at Wild Aire Farm!
Anna Kjems- CHAMPION Walk Trot at Wild Aire Farm!
Rebecca Thompson- RESERVE CHAMPION Walk Trot at Wild Aire Farm!
Sky Murray- 5TH Place Walk Trot at Wild Aire Farm!
Sarah Lindeman- CHAMPION Adult Walk Trot at Wild Aire Farm!
Savannah Snell- 3RD Place Short Stirrup at Wild Aire Farm (after 2 shows)!
BW Distinction: CHAMPION Dressage at AHAM, AHANE, AHCC and USEF!
RESERVE CHAMPION Dressage and Trail at NHAHA!
RESERVE CHAMPION Sport Horse Under Saddle at AHCC!
Dreams Shazzon: CHAMPION Native Costume at AHCC!
The Terminator: RESERVE CHAMPION Sport Horse and 3RD Place Show Horse at NSH-NE!
Well, I'm back from Equine Affaire!! It was great this year. I even got to see Savannah, Sky and John Snell there!!
So, now that daylight savings time is in effect, I will be looking into lighting for the ring. It may not happen for awhile, or at all, but hopefully it will happen soon. For those of you that have a lesson during the dark hours, I will be emailing you about temporary changes in scheduling.
My mom has drawn lines to help everyone with parking. Please park ONLY where the lines are. They are located in front of the bushes facing my grandmothers house and in front of the barn. You WILL be asked to move if you park elsewhere.
I also need to inform everyone that my aunt and uncle have moved into my grandmothers house. They would like to have some privacy in their backyard. Please DO NOT go beyond the raspberry bushes. Only helpers and family members are allowed past the garden. This will go into effect immediately and will be extremely enforced! I do want everyone to be able to enjoy the farm still. It will just need to be within a smaller area. Thank you for complying with this.
I have all the horse gear and riding clothes ready and priced in "The Ghetto". Please let me know if you want to come and take a look.
I hope everyone has their winter clothes ready!
Wow, it's been awhile since I've added any news! I am happy to announce that Matlock Farm has a new instructor/barn helper. Her name is Caitlyn! She will be teaching on Tuesdays and Thursdays and helping in the barn on Wednesdays and Fridays! I am still looking for another barn helper for Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Laura will be teaching on just Fridays. I will continue to teach Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Sundays will be reserved for shows!
The outdoor ring is FINALLY done!!! It looks amazing! We will be adding a sprinkler system and lighting shortly. I have gotten some fancy decorations for the jumps, so when the horses go to shows they won't be too surprised.
We have 2 new sets of crossties outside, to get horses ready...no more crowding in the barn :)
We will be welcoming a few new students this fall, so keep your eyes out for new faces :)
Don't forget, there still are plenty of shows to attend. Please let me know if you are interested.
On another note, if anyone is interested, my grandmother (Margaret Flint Sr.)'s Memorial Service will be at the White Church in Lincoln on September 15 at 2:00.
New horses galore!! We have yet another new member of the Matlock Farm family. Mac is a coming 6 year old half arabian half paint pony. He is about 12 hands tall and is black with a bald face and 4 white socks. What makes this pony really stand out is that he has one brown eye and one blue eye. Mac has settled in nicely, made new friends (both equine and human) and LOVES the attention he gets as a lesson pony. Sarah hopes to take him to his first arabian show in August!! Meanwhile he'll start out at schooling shows.
I would like to introduce the newest member to the Matlock Farm family, Sierra! Sierra is a 12 year old Arabian mare. She has already done a few lessons and is loving life as a lesson pony.
The new lesson schedule is in effect. You can view it on the "Horseback Riding Lessons" page. I also want to remind everyone that there has been a change in rates. Please see the "Lesson and Show Fees" page. Fot those of you who would like your child to stay at the barn past her lesson time, I am offering Extra Barn Hours. The kids will be supervised by one of my helpers and will learn all about horse care. The fee is $10 per hour.
I would like to introduce the new Matlock Farm helpers! Sarah Lindeman is now working Mondays and Thursdays. She has taken Repo on as a project and hopes to buy him soon. Laura Hipp is now working on Wednesdays. She has taken B on as a project and hopes to show her this year. Martha Campbell is now working on Saturdays. She has taken Nate and Merlin on as projects and hopes to show Nate this year.
I would like to remind everyone that the deposit for all camp sessions is due April 1. You can download all the information on the "Summer Camp" page. I would like to invite anyone to sign up for the last slots for camp. Available is one Group D slot(7/30-8/3) and three Group B slots (8/20-24).
Please take a few minutes to read the barn rules and sign the general waiver. Both are located on the "Forms" page. Everyone who comes onto Matlock Farm property must have a signed waiver on file (Including riders, parents, family, friends, etc.).
Coming soon..... Two new ponies!! Second instructor!! New grooming area!! Fundraiser!! Ring dedication!! Show season!!....More on these soon.
Happy New Year to all!!
I am happy to announce the following year end award winners:
Arabian Horse Association of Massachusetts-
B- Champion Adult Beginner Open Fun Show w/ Margaret Flint
Reserve Champion PB Open Performance w/ Sarah
3rd PB Open Performance w/ Laura Wiper
NATE- 4th HA Hunter/Show Hack ATR w/ Laura Wiper
6th Open Sport Horse w/ Laura Wiper
5th HA Open Performance w/ Sarah
CALVIN- Reserve Champion Arabian Open Fun Show w/ Sarah
5th Open Sport Horse w/ Sarah
3rd Open Junior Rider w/ Regan Salm
4th Open Junior Rider w/ Savannah Snell
REPO- Reserve Champion Open Dressage w/ Sarah
5th Open Sport Horse w/ Sarah
Arabian Horse Club of Connecticut-
B- Champion PB Sport Horse Under Saddle
Champion PB Sport Horse In Hand
Reserve Champion PB Open Competition Out of State
5th PB Halter
5th PB Hunter Pleasure
NATE- 3rd HA Native Costume
4th HA Show Hack
6th HA Trail
7th HA Halter
8th HA Hunter Pleasure
8th HA Sport Horse In Hand
11th HA Sport Horse Under Saddle
CALVIN- 3rd PB Open Competition Out of State
REPO- Reserve Champion PB Dressage
Reserve Champion PB Sport Horse In Hand
4th PB Halter
9th PB Hunter Pleasure
National Show Horse Registry-
NATE- 3rd NSH Hunter Pleasure
United States Equestrian Federation-
B- 3rd Region 16 PB Sport Horse
4th Region 16 PB Hunter Pleasure JTR
7th Region 16 PB Hunter Pleasure Open
7th Region 16 PB Hunter Pleasure ATR
NATE- National Champion NSH Hunter Pleasure
Champion District 2 NSH Hunter Pleasure
5th Region 16 HA Specialty
7th Region 16 HA Hunter Pleasure
8th Region 16 HA Hunter Pleasure ATR
REPO- 5th Region 16 PB Halter
7th Region 16 PB Sport Horse
Wild Aire Farm-
Savannah Snell- 3rd Walk-Trot w/ B and Nate
Anna Kjems- 4th Leadline w/ Calvin
CONGRATULATIONS TO ONE AND ALL!!!
.....now to the other news....
Effective 2/5/07 there will be a change in lesson rates to help pay for some new helpers at Matlock Farm.
30 min. group- $25
30 min. private- $40
1 hour group- $50
1 hour private- $70
Because of these very important helpers, I will be offering an "extra barn hours" program at $10 per hour for up to 4 kids at a time. Kids who have lessons on specific days will have first dibs at the EBH program for those days. Kids who are interested in the EBH program can contact Sarah via email.
If anyone has been thinking ahead to show season and is interested in showing at either the Arabian or Open shows, please let me know so I can schedule accordingly.
Both the fencing and the gates on the new ring are finally finished!! Footing will be done in the spring. If you want to stay and watch a lesson, please stay either near the new gate or in your car to stay warm.
On a last note, please read the revised barn rules and sign and give to Sarah a copy of the general waiver for her to have on file. Please be advised that everyone who comes onto Matlock Farm property must have a signed copy of this waiver on file.
Thank you for your time.
The 2007 camp dates are being okayed as we speak!!! I am hoping to have 5 sessions this year, but only 4 may get permission. The camp rates will also be raised to $550 per week, to help pay for another employee. The camp counselors this year are: Sarah Flint, Sue Flint (Sarah's sister) and Sarah Lindeman (a friend of both Sarah and Sue).
All the Matlock Farm clothing is in!!! If you ordered something and have not yet picked it up you can come by Sarah's parents' house.
It is with pleasure that I announce Nate has won the USEF Horse of the Year National Championship in National Show Horse Hunter Pleasure!!
....More year end award results coming soon....
Hello, It's almost time for school to begin for most kids, maybe some have already started? Due to this huge change, I will be re-working my lesson schedule. I will be emailing or calling all my current students to see where I can fit you in. Many of you will be placed into groups, based on your abilities and also to squeeze in as many students as I can! This new schedule will start 9/11. Please expect to be at your regular lessons until then, unless you talk to me and can't make it.
For students who are scheduled to have lesson on Sundays, as you can see I have many horse shows coming up. If you would like to reschedule for Saturday on those particular days, please let me know.
For those of you who have asked to be on the wait list, can you please email me one more time, so I can confirm that I have you on my list?
I would like to thank everyone for being so patient as I regroup myself and my business after a very exciting, yet hectic summer. I apologize to the people who have not gotten return emails and phone calls. I'm still working on catching up on everything.
I would like to take this time to let everyone know that I am starting a 24 hour cancellation policy. With lessons in high demand, empty slots can be easily filled up. Please let me know 24 hours in advance if you will not be able to make it to your scheduled lesson, or you will be sent an invoice for the full price of the missed lesson. Of course, sometimes occurences happen that we cannot predict, so certain exceptions may be made. I will do my best to give you as much notice as possible for my cancelling lessons. Unfortunately, I cannot control the weather, which is a major factor with riding outdoors. If you have any comments on concearns, please let me know.
On a lighter note, jackets and t-shirts with the Matlock Farm logo will be available for purchase. Please contact Sarah if you are interested. Prices will be available shortly.
I have purchased many new items for the horses with either the horses' names or "Matlock Farm" labels on them. Please feel free to use any of these items, but be sure to put everything away. If you are unsure if a certain piece of equipment belongs to Sarah, please ask permission to use it.
I would like to let everyone know that during my 3 camp weeks, I will not be giving lessons. This has changed since what everyone was told earlier. If you have lessons scheduled for these weeks, they can be cancelled or rescheduled. The 3 camp weeks are: July 10-14; July 24-28 and August 21-25.
Please keep in mind that Matlock Farm is a working farm and many different activities go on during the day. Be aware of big machinery, loud noises, sharp objects, weird smells, etc. Many different people work and play on the farm. Please keep in mind that you are a guest at Matlock Farm and although we love to have everyone watch the lessons, some of these occurences may be offensive to you and/or others.
Since the farm machinery and people are around the farm constantly, we would appreciate it if you could park along the brush line facing my grandmothers house. If you could park at an angle to leave room for others, it would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you for your time and understanding,