Beautiful Fall Weather Means More Trail Riding!

We’ve been taking full advantage of the great weather we’ve been having in New England this autumn. Not only have we been riding the trails at the EDC, we’ve been traveling to lovely locations like Pawtuckaway State Park for some long rides surrounded by gorgeous scenery!








Where are we going next?

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EDC at the 11th Annual Highnote Festival

On a beautifully sunny September 10th, the EDC was very happy to participate in the 11th Annual Highnote Festival in Epping, NH.   Highnote benefits the Adam McPhee Memorial Foundation, which provides support to many special needs educational programs around the region.  Among the wonderful activities going on at the festival is the 3-day World Championship Blacksmith demonstration — and the EDC proudly “donated” horses to the event. Hundreds of people attended the festival, which also featured music, puppets, children’s games, crafts and more.

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It’s Show Season!

It’s been very busy here on weekends lately as folks are attending shows in the New England region. We want to extend special congratulations to Sylvia & Hercules, and Olivia & Andy — they’ve been doing very well for themselves!

Waiting patiently...

Olivia and Andy looking good!

Sylvia & Hercules ready to go...

Handsome Andy

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EDC and YMCA Partner for Summer Riding Camps

We’re very excited here at the EDC! This summer, we’ll be partnering with our local YMCA camp, Camp Lincoln, to provide horsemanship education to aspiring young riders. These off-site specialty camps run in 2-week sessions throughout the summer starting June 27th and are for kids in grades 5 thru 8. The campers will spend half their day at the EDC and the other half at Camp Lincoln. They’ll be learning about all aspects of horse care, such as tacking up, feeding and grooming, as well as doing some riding. To learn more about Camp Lincoln and details about the program, visit here.

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Highnote Festival: A fun event for a good cause

Tricia was going through photographs the other day from the 2010 Highnote Festival in Epping, NH. This fantastic event is run by the McPhee family as a fundraiser to benefit the Adam McPhee Memorial Foundation, which provides donations to programs and organizations that help those with special needs. 

This year’s festival  is on September 10th, although the info is not yet up on their website. The amount of activities is just incredible, featuring hot air balloons, live music, hay rides, crafts and puppet shows for the kids — it goes on and on.

One of the highlights of the event is that it’s on the circuit for the  World Championship Blacksmith Competition, featuring top blacksmiths from all over the world. In the past, Amir Stable has provided horses for the competing blacksmiths to shoe, so we know first hand what an awesome part of Highnote this is.

So mark your calendars early and don’t miss this terrific festival and fundraiser — here are some photos from last year to whet your appetite.

(All photos taken by Stanley Boduch)

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April 2nd Braiding Clinic Coming Up Soon

"I need my hair done right now!"

On April 2nd, we’ll be hosting a braiding clinic at Amir Stable. This is a great way to get into the swing of things for Spring! Go to our upcoming events page to download the registration form — the deadline is March 30th.

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Body Language…Theirs and Ours

When you’re around horses for any length of time, you learn to pick up clues from their body language about how they’re feeling and what mood they’re in. You can do the same with people — how often have you figured out someone’s mood before they’ve even spoken a word? 

In our winter camp this year, we combined observation with art and came up with a project that’s educational and fun for both kids and adults. Bring your camera to the barn and just spend some time observing. Take pictures of the many moods and attitudes that play out among the horses while you’re watching. The idea is to use the pictures as reference and create a piece of artwork that compares horse and human body language. There are no rules: paint, draw, collage to express yourself. Create self-portraits, use existing photos of friends and family, cut out magazine pictures — anything goes.

Here’s an example from Laura E., one of our campers:

Laura even wrote a poem to go along with her collages:

“The wind blows swiftly
Their hair blowing in the wind
The snow glistening
Shimmering from the sun’s rays

They graze on what they find
Little spots of grass
The snow reflects the sunlight
Causing it to melt
Leaving more spots to grow grass
They neigh happily
Delighted at what they see
Nature growing back”

Try it yourself — go spend some time just watching the horses and getting those creative juices flowing.  You’ll come out of it with a heightened sense of awareness and a deeper understanding of non-verbal communication.

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Two March Clinics: Jumping and Dressage

We have two clinics coming up in March to get you ready to begin the Spring season. Be sure to sign up soon!

Jumping Clinic, March 12th
Register by March 10th  Jumping_Clinic_Form

Beginner Jumper, 10:00 am: This portion of the clinic is beneficial for the person new to jumping as well as the recreational rider who may encounter obstacles on the trails, such as small logs. The instruction is designed to help the rider understand the foundation to becoming an excellent jumper. We’ll cover exercises that build upon each other to add increasing challenges and provide clear information on fundamentals such as strides, seat position and jump placement.

Advanced Beginner, 12:00 pm: This session adds more complex jump Q&A and requires some canter work. We’ll focus on enhancing problem solving skills that will help make immediate and imperceptible transitions possible. These skills are beneficial to both the hunter and jumper, making the jumps faster and smoother.

Novice, 2:00 pm: Designed for the rider who is confidant in their abilities to transition from a trot jump to a canter jump, knows their horse’s natural stride and can adjust the horse by lengthening their horse or compressing their horse. This is a great session to refresh your skills and possibly get ready for the next level.

Challenging, 4:00 pm: For this session, both horse and rider should have been riding throughout the winter. Typical questions answered will include why your horse is “chipping” at fences, how to maintain impulsion before and after a jump, and how to develop better timing and finesse.

All sessions will be given a handout that shows the jump course and gives information to be able to bring the lesson home to be practiced.

Dressage Clinic, March 27th
Register by March 23rd – Ride_Review_Clinic_Form
Rides start at 9:00 am. All participants will send the request for the test or tests they wish to ride along with the entry fees.

Ride Review Ride is the perfect opportunity to get ready for the upcoming show season. The feedback from the judge will help highlight areas that need strengthening and help focus training efforts with you and your trainer.

Riders that are considering showing or those who have no interest in formal showing yet but want to gauge their progress will love this clinic as well.

Judging the tests will be Judy Mason.
Judy Mason started her career in Europe, where she competed successfully on her talented jumper, Shamar, in Holland, France, Britain and Belgium for 6 years in Open Jumping competition. She has the BHS (Britian) and the SECB (Belgium).
In the US, she ran, taught and trained at the Equine Boarding & Competition Barn at the Mount Vernon homestead, Washington D.C.

Eventing became her area of competition as she moved to the Northeast while designing and implementing the Equine Studies Program at Johnson & Wales University in Rhode Island. She established her own business in Rhode Island and ran her 35-horse, event barn, Tower Hill Farm, for 18 years. During this time she pursued a successful dressage career. She competed to and trained several horses to Grand Prix.

Of note: Welkin 1st place 3rd level North East Division Year End; Capriola 1st nationwide at Fourth Level in the Year End All Breeds Division; Apollinaris 1st place Year End North East Division at Intermediare II; Timothy Tuppence at Intermediare I. Most of her students and horses in training have successfully competed above Third Level.

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Welcome to Our Redesigned Website

Is It Spring Yet?

While waiting for Spring to arrive, we decided to overhaul our website. Our purpose with the redesign is to make it easier to find information about EDC educational and recreational “adventures” as well as to share news about events taking place at Amir Stable. A couple of weeks ago, we had a barn meeting and came up with a schedule for clinics, talks, demonstrations and other activities that we’d like to have in 2011. We’ve added the first of these to our “Upcoming Events” page: a jumping clinic on March 12th and a braiding clinic on April 2nd.  We’ll have more information coming along soon. In the meantime, please let us know what you think of the new look!

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Getting Ready for Winter Adventures at the EDC!

Winter’s here and February vacation is right around the corner. If you think you’ll be hearing cries of “I’m bored!” and “There’s nothing to do!” then we have an idea for you: why not sign the kids up for an EDC Winter Adventure Program?

During the weeks of February 21-25 and February 28-March 4, we’ll be holding “winter adventures” at Amir Stable, home of the EDC. The fee for each child is $290 and covers Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  There are also add-ons such as extended stay and horseback riding for additional fees.

Kids will have a blast participating in activities like arts & crafts, outdoor scavenger hunts, nature walks, cooking, and more.  Contact us at 603-548-1752 for more details or to reserve a space.

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