Winter Riding is lots of fun at Foxwood!

Well, here we are at the end of 2013 and our website is finally getting an update!  I apologize for the tardiness; however, there have been a few glitches over the year but I promise that for 2014, our Foxwood website will be current.

The ponies and horses are going to be enjoying some R&R time over the holidays; however, we will be back to lessons starting the week of January 6th and still have some spaces available on the following days:

Mondays – 4 pm. Novice class

Tuesdays – 4 pm. Beginner class

Wednesdays – 4pm. Novice class

Saturdays – 9 am. – Beginner class

The winter session runs for 9 weeks at a cost of  $315.  

For more information, or to reserve a spot, please call 905-775-0155.


March Break Pony Days – we are offering 2 days over the March Break for riders to come ride, do horse crafts, stable management, etc.: Tuesday, March 13 and Thursday, March 15 – Cost is $40/half day or $55/full day (9-12 or 9-3). You can sign up for one or both days! If interested, email me ASAP. A deposit of $20 is required by February 21, 2012 to reserve your spot. Space is limited to 8 riders only.

Happy holidays and Merry Christmas everyone!  It doesn’t look like we are going to have a white Christmas this year but the horses are still looking forward to the holidays (with lots of carrots and apples coming their way on Christmas Day).

 
2011 was a very busy year at Foxwood Farm:
 
We hosted a fantastic spring horse show in June and another one in October.  The costume class was especially popular and I would love to hear from you all to see if you would like to do it again next year!
 
Summer time was busy with 5 weeks of camp with riders ranging in age from 4 1/2 – 14.  Our counsellors, Kaleigh and Lindsay were fantastic and I think that all of the kids had fun with them and our C.I.T’s, Kaitlin, Makayla, Emily and Maddi.  Some of the highlights from the camp weeks included: 2 trips to the Palgrave horse show grounds – 1 trip to watch the dressage show and the other to watch a hunter/jumper show;  a trip to Peter vanderPost’s farm to play with the miniature horses; and several pool days at the Weber’s pool to help cool off when it was so hot!  Plans for summer 2012 have started and I will be posting the camp dates in February.  Make sure to sign up early if you are interested in a specific week.
 
Pony parties were a huge hit this fall and we are planning to keep them going year round.  If you know of anyone who might be interested in a happy, horsey party, pass the word on!  
 
The ladies Hags evening on Thursdays has been lots of fun and I was really happy that many of you participated in the spring show.  Unfortunately, there was no Hags division in the fall show but that gives you all time to practice up for the spring;)  In July, we had a Hags BBQ and sleepover night which I think we will continue to do and just last week, we celebrated the holiday season with a party and gift exchange – a great way to end the year….and we will all be back in the saddle in January!
 
We added a few new boarders to our stable this year, along with some new school horses.  Peanut came from the Ruhl family and he has been a great addition.  I know many of you, including Emily, are really enjoying riding him.  Monty joined us in September and he has been great for the intermediate riders as he certainly knows his job!  Another recent four legged addition is our new puppy, Stix.  He is now 13 weeks old and he is a super friendly puppy….cuddle him up now as I am sure by spring, he will be the size of Feisty!   
 
With the happy times, also comes some sad times:  in May, we had to say goodbye to Princess, the Hartley’s lovely bay mare and in September, we lost our Madrid.  We also lost Tony, the cat we had for a short time:(  I know that they are in horse/cat heaven with all of the others that we have lost over the years.
 
For 2012, I am already starting to plan:
 
- a spring and fall horse show
- the weeks for summer camp
 
AND, for next November, a float in the Bradford Santa Claus parade.  We will be forming a “committee” to help with ideas so please let me know if the creative side of you wishes to help. 
 
I will be sending out a reminder email to those of you who are riding all winter as to your start date.  To those of you who are stopping until spring, I will look forward to seeing you soon:)  You are welcome to pop by for a visit if you need a horsey fix over the winter;)
 
A big thank you to all of my volunteers over the year: Annie, Alana, Taylor, Maddi, Kaitlin, Natalie – I couldn’t do it without you:) 
 
I would also like to thank all of you for making my job so wonderful.  I feel truly blessed to be surrounded by such amazing adults and children doing what I love to do.  
 
Wishing you peace, joy and happiness,
love Robyn
 

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Seasons Greetings everyone! It is hard to believe that Christmas will soon be here and that 2011 is nearing an end.

I am very happy with the progress that every rider has made this year. We have had lots of new beginner riders and many of our other riders have started cantering and jumping! 

There are only a few lessons left for the session; however, I will be doing some lessons over the holidays on December 28 and 30 starting at 10 am. If interested in a lesson over the holidays, please let me know.

For those of you continuing on over the winter, our next session begins the week of January 9th and I will be sending out a reminder email a week prior to let you know about days/times. The winter session runs until the week before March break. Our early spring session will start the week after March Break.

Some of the fun things we have planned for 2012 include:

- March Break camp days (days to be announced by the middle of January)
- late spring horse show
- summer Foxwood riding camp

(those interested in applying for counsellor/C.I.T. positions, please submit your resumes by February 27, 2012).

Wishing you and your families a wonderful holiday season and all the best for the New Year.

Love Robyn and all of the animals

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