Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Welcome to the first official blog post for Course Brook Farm. This is also my first experience with blogging at all, so be prepared! I’m hoping to use this space to keep the boarders, friends, and fans of CBF up to date on everything that’s going on at the farm, and to share a little bit of what’s happening behind the scenes.

It was great looking out the window yesterday afternoon and seeing the horses enjoying the spring grass, and the boarders using the outdoor arenas, fields, and trails. It seems like so long ago that there was snow everywhere, especially since there are so many springtime activities going on around here.

Erika, Laura, Nici, and Matt have been working for months on planning our first USEA recognized horse trials, scheduled for October 9. If they aren’t hunched over a computer ordering dressage arenas, they’re tramping through the back fields, deciding where the new cross country fences are going to go. At this rate, they’re going to be qualified to organize any and all events, including large outdoor weddings! Their plans for the new cross country jumps look amazing; be on the lookout for photos soon. The closing date is a long way off, but be sure to put October 9 on your calendar, because if you’re not planning on competing, we’d love to have your help as a volunteer, and we promise you’ll have a good time.

You can expect a glimpse of the big time at our two-phase horse show on June 20th. We’re offering pre-elementary through preliminary dressage and show jumping, so bring your babies and your upper level horses for a tune-up before the summer horse trials season. There will be a beautiful new dressage arena, as well as some fantastic show jumping questions, so don’t miss it!

Another sign that spring is here is the fact that no one has had to wear their neck-to-toe snowsuits for at least three weeks. I moved up here this year from Maryland, and was prepared for the worst, but now that spring is here I’ve almost forgotten about my Carhartt coveralls. Almost. In light of the beautiful weather, we’re going to be offering some short-sleeved polos and baseball caps with the Course Brook Farm logo so our biggest fans can show their support, and work on their farmer’s tans at the same time. What could be better? More on how to order these soon.

I think that’s enough for today. Remember to look us up on Facebook and Twitter, and to check our website for the latest and greatest announcements, like our Jim Wofford clinic coming up in July.

In the meantime, remember that Stephie Baer is holding her annual CBF cross country clinic on Memorial Day. She’ll be teaching small groups from elementary level through training/prelim. As usual, the barbeque will be fired up, so those who are not riding can expect to eat some good food while they watch the clinic (or when they’re finished riding!). There are still a few spaces left, so contact Laura at to register. This event is always a lot of fun and it has become one of our favorite annual traditions, so I hope you’ll come and join us.


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