2 weeks ago
Summer's here and the time is right for DANCIN' IN THE STREET!! Or arena... The riders and horses have been dancin' up a storm. Literally! The first Dancing Dressage in June was stretched over two weeks because of the unusual rain, hail and tornado activity! Each horse and rider built their own program with music variations floated through with walk, trot and canter swirls and turns. One rider agreed with Whitney Houston and twirled and dipped to “I Wanna Dance With Somebody”. Another rider found a beautiful connection with her horse to Walk The Moon's “Shut Up And Dance”. A little cajun spice was found by another horse and rider with Dire Straights ' “Walk of Life”. July brought the group dancing challenge. Dancing Dressage 2 had a Reggae number as two almost matching bays danced to Johnny Nash's “I Can See Clearly Now”. The chestnut pair boogied to Elton John and Kiki Dee's “Don't Go Breakin' My Heart”. Then a salsa brought Santana and Rob Thomas's “Smooth” to life. The grand finale featured two iconic voices with a routine for four horses as the bays and chestnuts were DANCIN' IN THE STREET to David Bowie and Mick Jagger!
But wait! There's more! Due to popular demand, there will be one more Dancing Dressage in August and a full blown “Holiday Horses” in October! Wheeeee! Stay Tuned! We're excited to see what dance moves will appear! ... See MoreSee Less
Who wants their own perfect horse? The girls at the Avery Ranch Pony Pals Camp (6/10-6/13) said they did!! Each was gifted a beautiful “pony” that had it's own box “stall”. Over the four fun filled days, the girls painted, attached pictures and drawings to decorate their “pony's” stall and to describe their “pony”. They made collages on the walls of the “stall” with what they learned about breeds, colors, tack, conformation and health care for their “ponies”. They met and talked with a real Farrier while he worked and received their own magic horseshoe ring that he made for them. Each day they handled, groomed and rode (often two of the three horses) with an emphasis on learning about jumps and courses. With the hot sun, after each ride they gave their horses baths. On the last day, they even had a “Gambler's Choice” jump off in pairs! The transformation in four days of the girls while they lived and breathed horses was amazing! (I think some of them actually became horses for a little while!) Horse facts and fun outshone the sun in the beautiful blue sky! We look forward to more horse adventures with all the “Pony Pal” girls!! ... See MoreSee Less
2 months ago
Flying Horses – Smiling Riders! The month of June at Avery Ranch started with the Clinic to “Exercise Your Inner Jump”. With a group of ambitious riders and a beautiful Colorado day, we started by discussing the mechanics and mental leap (pun intended) that our horses so cleverly do when they jump. Emphasizing suppleness and rhythm, we then entered our horses' world of “lines and turns” (the basics of coursework) and how different jumps and their placement create different questions for our horses to answer. Presentation to a jump and how the horse perceives it are enhanced by our communication with our horses and create the success we feel over different types of fences: verticals, oxers, coops and rolltops. With a series of gymnastic efforts, our beautiful partners found their wings and flew! Congratulations to all who came and found the thrill of “touching the sky”! ... See MoreSee Less
3 months 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
4 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
8 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