Wits End HT
A great day at Wits End! Congrats to Chelsea with Lissy coming seventh and Rowan with Jack coming eigth. Both girls did an excellent job navigating two challenging courses.
Competition Camp was a blast! Chelsea improved her dressage significantly! Rebecca and Emily both significantly increased their personal best height record - and did so with excellent equitation. And Eve and Olivia rode their first dressage tests and jumped their first XC fences! Woohoo! Great job ladies!
Congrats to Chelsea and Lissy on their second place finish at Glenarden! Not half bad for a second horse trial ever!
Congrats to Olivia and Lissy on their second place finish at Equus and great xc school after!
HUGE thanks to all who came and spent a hot day stacking hay! Alan, Bev, Brena, Chelsea, and Rebecca - REALLY appreciate it!
Congrats to Chelsea with Lissy and Rowan with Jack for both jumping double-clear at their first horse trial! Awesome job girls!
Congrats to all the GRS riders who went to Foxcroft! Caelan on Nick placed 7th; Chelsea on Lissy placed 6th; Emily and Bella were 9th; Olivia and Nick placed 4th; Rowan and Jack unfortunately jumped out of the dressage ring, but otherwise put in a brilliant performance!
Jump Building Day
HUGE thanks to all who helped build our new xc course! Bryn was awesome helping with every aspect of it from planning on! The first to arrive and the last to leave :) Steve made magic happen with the tractor. Frank and Mike built us an awesome coup through their skill with power tools. Rebecca and Brena took care of the barn AND helped build! Aileen, DJ and Paula took care of various chores that needed doing around the farm. My mum managed the bbq and helped with all sorts of odds and ends. Chelsea, Rowan, Steph, Daphne, and Kerri spent all morning with shovels building an amazing bank! Leslie and my dad worked the hole-digger, fighting mountains of rocks for our triple-bar. All in all thanks TONS to everybody who came out and worked hard all day to make this a better place!
Lucinda Green Clinic
Lucinda Green clinic was amazing! Huge focus on control and accuracy -- tons of skinnies in every situation :)
Athena was a superstar at her first HT, placing 7th. Sweet.
GRS riders had a blast at the Caledon Clinic, participating in all three phases of eventing. Chelsea on Lissy, Emily on Bella, Margaret on Louis and Rowan on Jack
Athena's first CT was an interesting adventure, but in the end she finished placing 5th. Not half bad :)
Waylon Roberts Clinic
Waylon returned for a second clinic -- this time we all braved the cold to be outside for a great show-jumping clinic. Everyone did really well and most are now very excited for show season!
GRS spent April Fools day cross-training in a fun and unusual way. The adventurous of the group -- Aileen, Bev, Brena, Chelsea, Demi, Emily, Katlyn, Kerri, Kirby, Mieke, and Rowan -- attended circus school! We learned some of the basics of trapeze and aerial silks. And had a blast doing it! Woohoo!!!
The Graduate Riding School Spring Newsletter is now available. View: http://graduateridingschool.com/news_spring12.html
Weather permitting we'll be stacking hay on March 31 at 2:00. Any/all help would be HUGELY appreciated.
Spring training was an absolute blast! Read the day by day adventures on the blog :)
EC Rider Exams
Congratulations to all the riders who passed their EC Rider Exams!!!
Rebecca passed her level 1 with flying colours :)
Eve, Kassidy, Olivia and Tonya all earned their level 2.
Brena, Caelan, Chelsea, Emily, and Olivia all rode brilliantly for their level 4.
The next exam will be in the fall.
Waylon Roberts Clinic
The clinic was amazing. We had three group lessons and two private lessons run and everybody had an awesome time. Current plan is to do a follow-up clinic in the spring :) Don't miss it!
Upcoming - Waylon Roberts Clinic
Coming on February 15 is an awesome opportunity for GRS students of all levels x-rails + to ride with one of the best Canadian event riders. Don’t miss this chance! If you can’t participate, consider coming to watch. Will be a great day! Cost of the clinic is $75 including hst. More info here: http://graduateridingschool.com/waylon_clinic.html
Our New Home!!!
Our new home is amazing. Thanks tons to Paula, Stephy, Hailey, Linda, Jamie, Tonya, and my incredible parents for all the help moving. It was a very long few days, but so worth it now.
Graduate Riding School is Moving!!!!
Yes it's true - we've found a new home! In a significant upgrade, as of December 1, 2011 GRS will be operating out of the stunning Lochland Farm. This move offers us a private facility, large stalls for our horses' comfort, grass turnout paddocks, large indoor arena with good footing and mirrors, heated viewing lounge, outdoor sand dressage ring and grass jump ring, hacking fields, and room to build cross-country. Very exciting!
Come check out the new place and celebrate with us November 13, 2011 at 2:00.
Graduate Riding School Clothing
New clothing order sheets are available. All the items from last time (3 weights of jackets, baseball hats, polo t-shirts, and sport hoodies) as well as winter toques, sweatpants and hoodies, 1/4 zip sweatshirt, and tech pants (think fleece lined yoga pants :)
Orders due November 5 with payment for Christmas delivery.
Equine Canada Rider Testing
Congrats to the following GRS riders for passing their EC Rider Level Exams!!!
Breena - Rider 3
Bryn - Rider 3
Caelan - Rider 3
Chelsea - Rider 3
Kassidy - Rider 1
Maddie - Rider 1
Olivia - Rider 3
Paige - Rider 1
Sarah - Rider 3
Tonya - Rider 1
Awesome job ladies!!!!
Next testing will be end of March :)
We had several competitors out to the juniour lollipop show on Aug 17. Paige, our youngest competitor, on Bella took FIRST in the walk/trot equitation class. Woohoo! Awesome job Paige. Following her, the girls took ribbons in almost every class they entered. Hailey and Bella were 2nd in Eq over fences and 4th in the medal class. Kennedy and Apollo walked away with a number of ribbons - including a 3rd over fences! Calean in her first off-property show did an awesome job with Nick completeing four classes and bringing home ribbons of a variety of colours. Great job girls! The full story is here.
GEC Hunter Show
We had an excellent turnout to the beginner hunter show at GEC this week. In the beginner junior division were:
Caelan and Nick,
Emily and Bella,
Kennedy and Apollo (his first hunter show *ever*!), and Olivia and Lissy. Emily and Nick competed in the beginner senior division. In 2'3" hunters we had Rowan and Jack (his first ever hunter show :) and Alex with Lissy. And in a last second addition, Hailey took Bella in the 2'6" division. All brought home ribbons - I think between them they took every colour out there. The full story is here.
Grandview HT Results
Congratulations to Hailey and Bella for an awesome job at their upgrade to Entry level! Well done.
Equus HT Results
Congratulations to Hailey and Bella for a really good ride at Equus. They jumped double clear and under control :) Really well done.
The third Graduate Riding School Newsletter is now available. View: http://graduateridingschool.com/news_summer11.html
Equus 3D CT Results
Congratulations to Hailey and Bella for their third place finish in PE! Also to Margaret and Nick for placing 6th in their first outting at Intro level. Well done!
Caledon HT Results
Congratulations to Holly and Roxy for their second place finish and to Hailey and Bella for their seventh place finish! First full HT for both pairs. Great job ladies!
GRS welcomes our 8th school horse, Athena! Athena is a 16.1hh Hanovarian who knows everything! She's fairly underweight, but once she gets some groceries and some muscle she'll be the grown-up version of Bella.
Foxcroft CT Results
Congratulations to Rowan and Jack for their FIRST place finish and to Hailey and Lissy for their seventh place finish! Awesome job ladies! Not a bad start to the season :)
The second Graduate Riding School Newsletter is now available. View: http://graduateridingschool.com/news_spring11.html
To all the riders who passed their EC Rider Level exams!
Caelan earned her Rider 2
earned her Rider 2
Hailey earned her Rider 4
Margaret earned her Rider 4
Our latest addition is a not-quite-14hh 11yo welshX pony who will do lunge lessons for beginners and can easily jump around an Entry level xc course!