1 month ago
We were singing without the rain!! The fancy footwork of the Eye/Hoof Clinic horses and riders this morning would have impressed Gene Kelly! As the quality of their connection and the float to their hoofbeats developed, so did the smiles! With poles galore, the horses and riders worked on three configurations to gymnastically challenge their muscles and mutual trust. Some of the poles were outlining the straightness of movement, while others were placed to encourage forward, balanced power. Transitions between gaits became seamless as the horses stepped under themselves and the riders were able to “listen and whisper” with their aids. It was an amazing morning with no rain/hail or wind and delightful, happy pairs of horses and riders discovering their gymnastic power and grace. Thank you to all who participated for sharing such beautiful talent! ... See MoreSee Less
2 months ago
Springtime in the Rockies: sunshine, baby bunnies and New Dressage Tests! On last Saturday's beautiful, crisp April morning, enthusiastic, talented riders and horses gathered at Avery Ranch to unravel the Dressage Magic of tests! The “Anatomy of a Dressage Test” Clinic started with team building fun of placing letters and pacing out the elusive center circle of the ring. Then we looked at the flow of several tests and discussed how they related to the Training Pyramid development of horse and rider. Focusing on the two key elements of quality (of movement) & precision (of performance), we rode through two tests for each horse and rider team.
Success! Every horse and rider found the magic of “Dancing with Geometry”! Congratulations to all! ... See MoreSee Less
6 months ago
It's true! Neither rain, sleet, wind nor snow shall stop Santa as he delivers good cheer!! We had all those things at Holiday Horses 2018 last week and he still “made it to town”!!
The head Elf guided the show with North Pole Magic and got the crowd cheering. Three marvelous performances set the stage in sun and fun until the big man himself came to dance! As we all “Needed a Little Christmas” two elves who “found a little Christmas” were the first to twirl in their handmade quarter sheets sparkling with Christmas cheer! Next, two Christmas Minions were “Happy”to dance and stir up more joy of the season! What's Christmas without a dancing tree? The next pair had a decorated tree dancing with snow! They swirled around as they “rocked” the stage! Then, what to our wondering eyes should appear, but Santa, himself, and Mrs. Clause near! As they boogied and landed their sleigh, there was no doubt, the season of Caring and Sharing was here to stay! THEN THE CLOUDS ROLLED IN!
DONATIONS were brought by the crowd for SISTER CARMEN COMMUNITY CENTER:
Over 100 pounds of Food
Furniture (including a playpen and bassinet)
Clothes, Coats and Shoes
Even though the weather tried to to dampen the festive mood, it didn't have a chance as the elves scampered and laughs echoed with the warm glow of the season. We would like to send a BIG THANK YOU to the hard working elves and the generous crowd for getting all the donations to shelter in the pelting hail!
This Holiday Horses was memorable!
We wish you a warm and less eventful start to your Christmas Season that is filled with loads of love and laughter!
MERRY CHRISTMAS from Avery Ranch! ... See MoreSee Less
What could be more fun than dancing with your horse?
Dancing with with your horse AND another horse and rider in a Musical Freestyle!!
Dancing Dressage 2 was filled with smiles of fun and smiles of accomplishment! With 2 routines and the accompanying music of Pharrell Williams and Marvin Gaye, pairs of horses and riders rode together and then switched partners! “Happy” was one of the songs and it expressed the mood of all the riders. Everyone then agreed that the second song and routine, “It Takes Two”truly was twice as much fun! Congrats to all the “dancers”! Spoiler alert: the dances were so good that we think they may be awesome choices for the Holiday Horses* We'll wait with anticipation to see what those beautiful horses and riders have to show us at the end of November.
Remember... Keep dancing like no one is watching!
*Holiday Horses is our traditional charity show that brings in the Christmas Season! ... See MoreSee Less
The Red Horse team is at it again! Creating expressive patterns and practicing signature moves, the Red Horse Society convened to try a 5 horse routine. With laughs and giggles, the 5 horses and their riders, circled and wove shapes that resembled a kaleidoscope! The theme of the day (Circles of Energy) came in handy as the Red Horse Troupe danced their way to a diamond halt. During the dance, there was even a “leg yield weave”! With moves like those, the Holiday Horses Charity Event in November will be spectacular! Keep twirling! ... See MoreSee Less
The equine challenge is on! As we celebrate the pinnacle of equine accomplishment at the World Equestrian Games in Tryon, North Carolina, we, at Avery Ranch, experienced a slightly different challenge this past weekend as we ventured to the Boulder County Fairgrounds here in Colorado. The joint was HUMMING! ... Amid battling robots, barrel races, puppy sales and a goat show, the Avery Ranch team prevailed with Dressage tests that attempted to present the calm, regal image of Dressage. Magic was stellar with a First and a Second, Bravo was awesome with two Seconds (one was only 0.8 off first place) & Peek-a-Boo two Thirds! Though our haven of a trailer was “miles” from the competition arena, awesome Avery Ranch helpers were there to save the day. We raise a toast to Equine Competitors everywhere and wish them joy, thrills and success! ... See MoreSee Less
Walk, Trot and Canter like a horse? Why? 'Cause I'm happy! At the end of July, Pony Pals Camp with six eager equestriannes came to Avery Ranch for 4 days to learn to handle, groom, tack, feed and ride their own horses. They “spoke horse words” and learned a dance routine with their horse. As they rode to “Happy” by Pharrell Williams, they displayed that mood everyday. Their synchronized circles and dance moves were accompanied with giggles and grins. Artistic talent flowed as the girls decorated their own personal T-shirts, grooming tools and groom buckets. As a special “thank you” to their horses, they fed them “lunch” everyday and had a picnic themselves in the hay shed. With smiles of confidence and heads full of respect and love, the girls shared the magical world of horses and left us all at Avery Ranch with our own special smile. ... See MoreSee Less