Well, it has been a very long and exciting first summer at Stoney Acres. We purchased and moved into the farm this past April and it has been alot of work, but rewarding as well.
Our first priority was setting up pastures for the horses. We have been able to get four pastures up and running so this has been wonderful for rotating. We have been very lucky and all the horses are still on pasture, even through the drought, and we have not had to feed hay.
Speaking of hay, that has been a chore. Moving to a new neighborhood with already spoken for hay sales in the area did prove challenging. I have made about 20 phone calls and have made some great contacts in the area. Networking at it’s finest. We were able to secure hay for the winter from a neighbor and at a really good rate yet.
Outside at Stoney Acres we have been busy. The arena has been tilled and taken care of by Rob and “Drippy” the Tractor every couple of weeks and the footing is wonderful. Great for jumping and also not too deep for dressage. The lawns have been cut and we are starting to tame down some of the overgrowth and weeds. Six years of neglect takes alot of elbow grease.
We were blessed to have Nicki Butler offer clinics at the farm this past year. She has been really great for not only my personal horses but also our boarders and several trailer ins. Clinics offered this year included flat/jumping, cross country, a mock mini, and our upcoming jump show.
Cross Country. The art of galloping through fields and jumping large, unmovable objects. This has been the largest project this summer. We were fortunate to receive free timbers and poles from a local sawmill as well as our great friend April. It has been a labor of love, and I believe that it has turned out great. It’s a chance to school for those upcoming events or train young/new horses. There are a total of 19 jumps including standard logs and coops. There are also tires, barrels and tables. There are also less seen jumps like tiger traps, trakehners and a ditch. More plans on the table for next year too. This has proven to be a great course as there are jumps for beginners as low as 1 foot through Novice with jumps to 3 foot. It is also full length for Novice, so even if you don’t jump, it’s a great exercise track.
Our August 25 mock mini/clinic was small but a hit. One horse was a first level dressage horse and did wonderful on cross country. Getting outside and trying something new is always exciting.
Stoney Acres is not only home to four personal horses, but also has two boarders. We are very fortunate to have two great horses and families to share and grow both the company but also their experiences.
Here’s to a great beginning!