Felice loves animals so her husband, Cyrus, booked a 2-hour trail ride this Saturday morning. They were brand-new riders - they'd both been on a camel once, which I thought was pretty impressive, even if they'd only ridden around for 5 minutes or so - and they did really well with their horses. After this morning's ride, they were heading to Domaine de Chaberton, a winery less than a kilometre or so from our place, for a little wine tasting and, if the bistro would accept them in their casual, horse-riding clothes (which I'm sure they did!), a bite of lunch. Thanks for a relaxing morning, Cyrus and Felice. We hope to see you in the saddle again some time soon
It was a beautiful day for a group of friends to go for a ride. It was a nice mix of experienced riders along with first-timers. Thanks for bringing everyone out, Catherine! We sure hope to see you guys again some time. Cheers! (That's my horse, Shine, missing her rider - someone has to take the group shot!)
That's what Charlotte had to say about her ride this Friday: "This is AWESOME!" She said it a lot during her one hour ride (not nearly long enough, according to the 7-year-old) and her constant smile backed the sentiment up. Mom Suzanne did well, too, though it was really Charlotte's day to shine. She sat on Freckles really nicely for her first ride on a horse, and Suzanne got along really well with Pilgrim. Thanks for choosing Glen Valley Stables for your ride, Suzanne and Charlotte!
This is the second year that Sonny has brought his church's youth group out to ride. We split the 18 riders up into three separate groups - these pictures are of one group of the guys. Thanks for riding with us, Sonny - you've got a great bunch of kids!
This is Andrea. She came for a 2-hour ride with us yesterday and had a great time on Dodge. See you again in the saddle, Andrea! And good luck with your riding adventures
This is a pretty shot from last week of our horses waiting quietly in the shade for the next group of guests to saddle up. It's a very peaceful place where we ride. What a wonderful life it is!
Mae just started riding horses and she's never ridden a horse by herself - so far, the horses she's ridden have always been lead by someone else. Well, this weekend, she got her wish - Pilgrim took great care of her on her first solo, 2-hour ride in beautiful Campbell Valley Park. She was over the moon! Her mother, Melanie, invited her lifelong friend, Carol, along for the ride. Carol has ridden quite a bit but Melanie hadn't been on a horse since she and Carol went on a trail ride back when they were little kids. Freckles helped calm Melanie's worries (there was a reason she hadn't gone riding since she was a little girl - she admitted she's afraid of horses!) and Traveller was pleased to have a nice rider on him. Thanks, all! And good luck in your riding adventures, Mae - you're a quick learner and should do very well
It was her first real ride on a horse and she had a great time! Thanks, Pilgrim, for taking such great care of this happy little girl. And thanks also to Freckles and Traveller for making the ride a success all-round. Cheers!
This is a picture of Karen's birthday present to Billy. Billy had never ridden a horse before and he and Traveller had a great time - I don't think it will be his last ride! Thanks for booking with us, Karen. We look forward to seeing you both in the saddle again!
The phone rang at 7:30 Sunday morning. "Can you help?" the man asked. "My brother is getting married this morning. We had a horse lined up well in advance but at at 6:30 this morning, I got a text from the lady saying she wasn't coming. No reason - just that the horse wasn't going to be here. I don't know if you know how important a horse is in an Indian wedding but I've phoned everywhere and we're desperate."
It sounded like a job for Jag! Jag is a white horse and he's calm as can be. We quickly made arrangements to get all our other horses to the park for a busy day on the trail so Jag and I could get to Richmond at the last minute for the big event.
And he was perfect! He didn't mind all the drumming and dancing and excitement going on around him, not one bit. He'd never been anywhere like that before but we know Jag - we've had him for over 15 years - and were sure he'd do the right thing.
So now he's getting outfitted for a proper Indian wedding costume. Look for Jag's Indian Wedding website soon!
And congratulations to the bride and groom - may you have many, many happy years together!
Visit this YouTube link to see Jag in action - he's such a cool horse!
Here's where we share photos and memories of some of our guests and the horses they get to call their own for an hour or two. Saddle up!