Sunday December 14, 2014
A day of light refreshments, camaraderie, and a chance to meet the owners, staff, and outside instructors. White Stables enjoyed sharing the day with our clients, neighbors, friends, and family to celebrate our new venture in Vonore. Today's line-up:
free pony rides and driving lessons with Performance Horse Trainer, Mike Wahl.
our instructors: Pat Sandlin-Bloom (currently also an instructor and trail guide at Blackberry Farm) was available to answer questions about her beginner classes starting after the new year.
TEE middle and high school equine studies students and their friends sold baked goods to raise funds for Horse Haven, a local equine rescue. $50 raised- thanks everyone for helping!
We will be offering educational classes at the barn for the community. A couple of our upcoming class instructors were at the open house: Ruth Shelton, the Empirical Herbalist, will be offering various herbal classes such as her late winter workshop, Herbal Beverages. She served some of her delicious blends at the Open House. Photographer, Jessica Weltner, will also be at the barn for the open house.
Sunday December 7, 2014
Danny Thompson, well known Arabian trainer and owner of Bella Vista Equestrian Center, stopped by to say hello and demo all about bits and bridles for our Horse Club youths from 2-4pm. And local hay aficionado, Curtis Yates, brought some bales of assorted hay to demo for a discussion on forage. Top it off with rides in the round pen for the younger set and a late afternoon trail ride for the more experienced riders and we had a full day of horse fun and learning!
Sunday November 7, 2014
The meet-up started with a meet & greet with some of the horses at the barn, as well as an instructional period in which Jenny and the kids discussed the topic of equine color genetics. Buddy Brewer, Gold Certified Chris Irwin trainer and coach, visited White Stables and taught the Horse Club about natural horsemanship. Then the group was shown how to tack up their horses and participated in some led rides around the arena.
Check out some of the fun we've been having at White Stables!
Sunday January 4, 2015
Based on number of participants, we'll be dividing the horse club into two age groups: ages 11-18, & ages 11 and younger.
The older group will learn about lunging and round pen techniques used to properly work horses in a productive manner, as well as identifying body language cues that are important to recognize in groundwork and when riding. Youths will try out their newly learned round penning with horses and aid of instructor. They will also learn about trimming and how to keep horses looking their best even when it's cold!
Sunday March 8, 2015
This month's activities: There will be cowboy mounted shooting for both age groups (age 11 and younger, and age 11-18), horse anatomy for the young group and obstacle course riding for the older group. Yee-hah!
Sunday February 1, 2015
This month's activity: Ages 11+ will be learning about Equine First Aid. Ages 11 and younger will be all about horse anatomy, colors, markings and breeds.
Sunday January 4, 2015
Does your child dream of riding a pony? Have you had a life-long desire to ride, but are worried that health issues or age may make that difficult now? Do you want to ride a horse, but are having trouble getting over your own fears of getting started? Have you been riding for years and want to try something new? Or do you want to share your love of horses with your grandkids?
Driving ponies or mini horses may be right for you! Come to the White Stables Open House on Friday, February 6 from 5:00-6:00 to find out all about DRIVING. This free event is open to the public and hosted by Mike Wahl. Come meet his equine team, Danny (mini gelding and top 3 at Nationals in Western Pleasure Driving), Lovey (10 year miniature mare), and Ken Mar’s Special Addition aka Andy (American Show Pony National Champion Pleasure Driving and 5x National Champion in Halter).
Driving is for all ages and skill levels. It can be very slow-paced which is great for younger or more cautious riders, or lively and exciting for thrill-seeking or competitive riders. It is also an excellent way for accomplished equestrians to share their love of horses with their friends and family. Don’t miss out on this free and fun intro to the World of Driving. Mike Wahl is available for lessons at White Stables if you would can’t get enough at the Open House and wish to follow through with additional instruction.
March 20-22 2015
3 day clinic with Jennie Jackson, pioneer of Dressage en Gaite, applying dressage to the gaited horse. Each enrolled rider will get a private 1 hour lesson with Jennie on Day 1 and again on Day 2. Participants will be able to enroll in the time slot that works best for their schedule. You may bring more than one horse and swap one out for the other within your one hour lesson. You are welcome to watch and ask questions before and after your one-on-one for the duration of the day (approximately a 10 hour+ day). Day 3 will be real life application! Riders will go out singly or in twos with Jennie and hit the trails to put their new found skills into motion under Jennie's expert supervision. The day will end with a group trail ride! The improvements made on riding skills at this 3 day clinic, need not be an isolated experience. Because of our proximity to the Jackson's ranch, it is possible to get follow up instruction on a return visit in the future. Jennie is happy to give you homework to work on so you can reach all your goals!
Driving Open House!
Tuesday May 5, 2015
White Stables will be hosting a Head-to-Toe Chiropractic Clinic on Tuesday, May 5 starting at 2pm. Sign-ups are in 45 minute increments per horse. Max of 10 horses. All horses must have current Coggins and be visibly healthy. Clinician is Gretchen Laws, highly regarded Veterinarian and Chiropractor from Friendsville, TN. Price is $85/horse plus additional service call fee that will be calculated and communicated before clinic date. (It will be $70/divided between horses).
Dressage En Gaite Clinic!
Jennie Jackson Lessons!
Saturday May 9, 2015
Starting at 10 am
Jennie Jackson will be back at White Stables and offering private one hour lessons. Jennie is nationally recognized as a pioneer of Gaited Dressage and is a renowned instructor and trainer specializing in Naturally Gaited Horses and humane treatment of equines, in and out of the show ring. Jennie's specialty is gaited dressage, but her expertise encompasses dressage for non-gaited horses as well as more balanced riding and tips for improved attitude, behavior, and athleticism for horse and rider alike! Lessons are this Saturday, May 8 starting at 10 am. (Would make a special Mother's Day gift for a horse-loving mom, friend, or yourself!) Click link to sign up!