2 weeks ago
No TRICKS! Just TREATS!
Holiday Horses came early this year to Avery Ranch. Partnering with Sister Carmen Community Center as they prepare for the Holiday season, Avery Ranch collected money, clothes, shoes, coats, household goods(even ironing boards) and 141 pounds of food! Last Saturday in the beautiful Colorado sunshine, we all celebrated life with song, dance and donations. The performance was orchestrated by a dynamic M.C. who started the show with a duet of bays dancing to “Walk of Life” by Dire Straits. As they circled in tandem, all the smiles were as bright as the sun. In the spirit of Halloween, the next performance was a treat with a small trick! Well trained spiders rode on the shoulders of the pumpkin headed riders with matching pumpkin colored horses. The “Monster Mash” was scary good fun! Then a small change in focus brought thoughts of friendship, loyalty and love. Our magical M.C. transported us to Rydell High School to join in the excitement and fun of friends reuniting after Summer break. Loyalty and dreams of love were celebrated by the “boys and girls” of Rydell. But, the story had only begun. Advice from a “Teen Angel” set the stage for the next performance. Pinky (complete with pink hair and rollers in her horse's mane and tail) was lost & flunking out of Beauty School. Her Teen Angel came to her rescue with clear advice to join her friends and go back to high school As he “flies” back to the malt shop in the sky, the Pink Ladies canter in to join her as proof that true friendship never ends! Then they all headed for the Homecoming Dance and swept the audience through “Those Magic Changes” that love brings with a Doo-Wop classic. Lastly, the whole gang is united for a swirling Ding Dee Ding Ding , Shoo Bop De Bop. With their dips and swirls, they proved that friends “Go Together” forever and always!
We celebrate our special friendship and the joy of sharing here at Avery Ranch. Thank you to all who donated their time, creative efforts, food, clothes and money to make this year's Holiday Horses exceptional!!
Happy Halloween and may the Spirit of Caring and Sharing be with you throughout the Holiday Season! ... See MoreSee Less
2 months ago
Shooo-bop, Shoo-bop... Ramma Lamma Ding Dong! It's “Back to School” and the 4th 2019 Dancing Dressage Clinic Avery Ranch celebrated the moment with the music of Rydell High's ”Grease”. Summer love was in bloom with the memories of “Summer Nights”. Then, a trip to the Beauty School with “Pinky” and her “Teen Angel” had floating “Pink Ladies” dancing around them. As she decided to “go back to High School”, the circling “Pink Ladies” rode in to include her in their group. Then, a true “Sock Hop” with spins and dips came to life with “Those Magic Changes”. Finally, we all celebrated that “We Go Together” forever with the complete ensemble rocking and rolling and verifying that friendship is forever.
If you want to see some of these amazing dance moves, “Holiday Horses” has a new date this year, but the same Charity effort of caring and sharing will come a bit earlier. October is the new “Holiday Horses” month for 2019. Avery Ranch will partnering with Sister Carmen's Community Center. So, mark your calendars and donate food, clothes and “green stuff”($) in October. The Elves and Angels of Avery Ranch will collect the “treats”, so families in need will have “eats”. ... See MoreSee Less
3 months 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
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
6 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