We have had so many fun events this month! We kicked off December with a Christmas Party with Santa as our special guest! Over 50 families came through the farm and enjoyed horseback rides, meeting all of our animals including Trevor the goat and Gypsy the sheep, and sipped hot chocolate and cider.
On Sunday, December 19 we held our 2nd ever SpiritHorse Rider Showcase. Our horses were feeling fresh from days and days of rain, but the rain held off and our families shook through the cold weather to support their students as they took to the arena. Santa returned back to SpiritHorse to act as our announcer.
Riders were judged in showmanship classes as they demonstrated their learned skills on the ground; including walking, stopping, turning, and trotting. Then they saddled up and were divided up by age, skill level, and riding style (Western, English, Therapeutic) as they walked and trotted on the rail for our judge, Dana Azevedo. We also held trail classes where the students had to lead their horse through obstacles such as weaving poles, crossing over ground polls, and trotting around barrels.
Ms. Donkey and her friends wanted to get in on all of this seasonal fun. So they held Story Time with Ms. Donkey and Friends. Kiddos were welcomed, given a tour of the farm, splashed in mud puddles and settled down for a reading of "The Night Before Christmas at the Farm." After the story we delivered horse safe Christmas Cookies to each of our horses stall. We had about 10 families attend the event.
Our horses, instructors, and riders are now enjoying some time off and are preparing for our Winter Session to begin in mid-January. If you are interested in joining our lesson program and taking an Empowerment Class, you can find all available classes by clicking here or logging into the portal.
Halloween is the spookiest holiday we celebrate in the United States, but not for SpiritHorse! It was all treats during our Community Halloween Party.
Once the horses were all groomed up, the paired up partners took turns learning to lead their equine partner and ride them. Our next Day Camp is our Halloween Trail Trick or Treat on October30th from 12-2pm and registration is through our Participant Portal. If you have registered in the portal before, you can register here for the camp. If you are new, please complete this registration form here, and there you will be prompted to create a portal login.
I can not express the gratitude and love that I have for our volunteers, families, horses, animals and all our supporters. All my family & friends that make this possible for me to create and run SpiritHorse. Thank You!! I Wish You and Your Families the Happiest New Year 2019.
Thank you to The City of American Canyon, SpiritHorse Vineyards, Long Meadow Ranch Farm to Table, Syar Industries, Transport Products Unlimited, Vallejo Recology, Napa Recology, Please remember if I was not able to get you on here everything you do makes an impact on an animal or humans life. Many Blessings 2019 <3 <3 <3
Thank you to those who donated their time, money, and other resources so that we could put on this event. Your support helps us to be able to offer these services to those in need in our community. Check out this wonderful article by Noel Brinkerhoff of the American Canyon Eagle! We couldn't have said it any better!
Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Napa joined us for a mini day camp today! The Littles got to learn about each horse at our program, as well as the basics of grooming, roping, and leading.
We finished off the day with Leading Games. Our instructors handed the reins over to the Little's, who in turn were able to teach their Bigs about everything that they learned during the camp. The Little's introduced their Big's to their horses and instructed them on how to properly lead and care for their horses. Great Job, Cowboys and Cowgirls!