Exciting barn build update...

The Old Barn Tack Room is finally done!!!  Well, not completely but it's up and running waiting for some final touches...  But in the meantime, it's home to our tack and houses other amenities for rider comfort!  A couple of simple but vital rules apply for usage, CLEAN UP AFTER YOURSELF and DO NOT BRING/STORE/HANG ANY SADDLE PADS OF ANY KIND INTO THIS SACRED free of saddle pads AREA!  Enjoy :)

Fall Vaccination Day...

Dr. Herrmann will be at SHi Tuesday, October 17th 2017 to complete the required fall flu/rhino booster and fecals.   Optional services are available to be included at that time, please make us aware of your requests (if any) by Monday, October 9th.

If you are planning to haul off the property to use a different veterinarian please provide proof of such services having been completed by Sunday, October 15th or your horse will be included in the required October 17th vaccination day.  Thank you.

Important upcoming changes...

With the most stressful and time consuming move we've EVER taken on, we are finally able to bask in the glorious victory of having survived it all!  We are so excited to start this new chapter of our lives with ya'll, stick around for the organizing, scrubbing, fixing and mowing which are in full swing.  The new barn roof install is tentatively scheduled to begin after Labor Day weekend and estimates for new fencing are being acquired as we speak.  In keeping up with higher mortgage payments and tremendous improvement expenses, boarding rates will increase by $50 per horse per month as of October 1, 2017.  New boarding contracts will be emailed out in the near future reflecting this increase along with the updated Fee Schedule and Barn Rules.  Please return the contracts either electronically (scanned signature is acceptable) or in original form via the barn office mailbox by October 1, 2017.  We appreciate your understanding and hope to continue to be able to share our equestrian lives with you!

Vaccination Compliance Update...

Yes, it appears that we've survived another winter and spring is finally here!!!  With that being said, Dr. Herrmann is scheduled to visit Sport Horse the week of April 17th for all spring vaccinations and worming compliance.

IF YOU DO NOT WANT YOUR HORSES INCLUDED IN THIS SPRING COMPLIANCE VISIT, PLEASE FORWARD A COPY OF A VET CERTIFICATE INCLUDING QUARTERLY FLU/RHINO VACCINE,  ANNUAL STRANGLES VACCINE AND A NEGATIVE FECAL WORM COUNT prior to April 17th to SHiEvents@me.com.

Any billing or rate questions should be addressed to Herrmann Veterinarian Clinic directly at 317-313-8760.  Happy Spring everyone!

Spring is here????

Well, not sure about that, after all it's only mid February!  But, with the predicted 10 day forecast in mind we are scheduling a 11 o'clock lesson this Saturday morning to celebrate Mother Nature's graciousness.  Anyone wanting to join us by riding outside and jumping courses, be there or be square!

Saturday.  February 18th.  11 o'clock.  Hunter Ring.  See y'all then!  :)

Vaccination Compliance Update...

It's that time, AGAIN.  We've scheduled the quarterly Flu/Rhino booster to be performed Friday, February 3rd, by Dr. Herrmann.

If we do not receive communication by Tuesday, January 31st letting us know that these services are being performed by another vet or during another scheduling, your horse WILL BE INCLUDED in the mandatory flu/rhino booster.

If any additional services are wanted please complete the "Veterinarian Request Form" found here:

Winter Show Schedule Update...

We are planning on returning to the World Equestrian Center in Wilmington OH, the third week of January, specifically the 18th through the 21st.  This particular show will apparently only run from Wednesday through Saturday because they are hosting their annual OHJA banquet on Sunday.  We have enclosed the most current schedule posted for everyone's review, please check it and let us know if you're joining us.  Stalls are free and reservations are due Tuesday, January 10th.  Happy showing everyone!!!

A few IMPORTANT Barn Updates...

With all the new faces at the barn and the care being offered ranging from self care to full board we wanted to make everyone aware of a few vitals in which we ask everyone's cooperation to run this ship smoothly!

First, please be aware of the barn hours as referenced in the Barn Rules!  They are as follows:

November 1st through March 31st, Monday CLOSED, Tuesday through Friday 9:00 to 21:00, Saturday & Sunday 9:00 to 19:00

All self care boarders are asked to take care of their Monday feeding, cleaning and turn out ONLY.  No riding, lunging or indoor usage on MONDAYS, no exceptions outside of EQUINE MEDICAL EMERGENCIES.

Secondly, full care horses will be turned out daily with the following exceptions:  Day temperature of 20 below with wind chills and freezing rain or ice sheets making for dangerous slips.  The current turn out schedule is posted in the entry by the glass front door and is kept current on a daily basis.  Turn out is based on matching gender as well as personalities to ensure the minimum amount of drama and trauma.

Thirdly, any messaging/texting communication with SHi Management staff of Brian, Alex or Shayna (please specify which) should be addressed to 317-804-1645.  We will make every effort to respond promptly during SHi barn hours.  Any previous numbers utilized now have privacy settings in place allowing for communication deliveries within the business hours of Tue-Sun 9 am to 18:00 only.

And lastly, with bitter winter temperatures having arrived early this year some of the water troughs have already frozen solid and cracked the plastic.   We believe to have repaired all of them, replaced any non-working heaters and reset the electrical breakers so all should be in good working order.  We are checking them daily, if you find any either leaking or frozen please notify management immediately.

Happy New Year to all and looking forward to our first "real" snow of the year!  Only 77 more days until the official arrival of spring...  Is it here yet????  

Winter Show Schedule Update...

The show schedule at the Wilmington Equestrian Center, aka WEC, is BUSY!  Other than the week before and the week of Christmas, there are shows booked EVERY WEEK from now through the end of April!  So many shows, so little time...

Well, as has been the case with previous scheduling dilemmas, popular demand prevailed.  We are scheduled to attend the December 7-11 week as well as December 28-January 1.   Plans have been solidified for the upcoming week of the 7th with our departing of Tuesday, December 6th.  Please let us know if you'd like to attend the December 28-January 1 week so that we may finalize reservations by early December.  Beyond that, our next venture will take us into the week of January 18-22 or January 26-29, popular vote will again decide.

Feel free to either comment or email me directly if you're in need of further information or details about any of the upcoming shows!  The prize list is enclosed below for viewing pleasure.  Happy showing everyone!

 

 

Be there or be square...

What do you get when you combine great riders in search of a good time, expending a bit of sweat with a little grease all within minutes of the Monon?  What else but The Sport Horse Petal to Brunch Sundays!   Join us for this inaugural event next Sunday, November 13th.  Bring your steel or aluminum or space age metal horse (the unmotorized kind) for a Riders Meeting in the Sport Horse parking lot at 9:30 a.m. to be followed by a group ride through the Grand Park to the Monon Trail into Carmel's Matt the Miller for their 10 a.m. Brunch!  The current forecast calls for dry but cool conditions, dress appropriately and be ready for a social petal :)

Winter Show Schedule...

FREE Stalls?!  What?  

Yap, you saw that just fine!  The World Equestrian Center (formerly Roberts Arena) in Wilmington OH has informed the horse world in a recent press release of their free stall shenanigans for the 2016/2017 Winter Season.  Needless to say such an opportunity doesn't present itself every day, so happy reading and planning.  They will obviously give preference to winter series participants but before they sell out complete, please check over the numerous available show dates and let us know of your preferences!  Thank you and happy showing :)

Exciting Scheduling Updates...

We are SUPER excited to announce the resuming of the normal lesson schedule with Brian starting this week, October 17th.  If you are unsure of your normal time, please email for details.

Also wanted to remind everyone of the upcoming Equitation Clinic with Holly this Saturday, the 22nd, commencing at noon!  Please let us know of your intention to participate so that we may plan groups accordingly.

Happy riding everyone!

Brian Update

As per doctors' orders today, it appears as if we're stuck with another week of pretty much doing "nothing" other than healing by elevation.  Well, the show must go on as they say so tomorrow (Wednesday) and Thursday Brian will be seated by the side of the Hunter Ring teaching from 17:30 to 19:00.  To summarize, anyone wanting to lesson with Brian this week, he will be teaching from 5:30 until 7 pm Wednesday and Thursday this week.  Schooling Friday afternoon will be open to anyone showing this weekend, stay tuned for available times.  Thank you :)

Upcoming Brian time...

After the initial surgery follow up yesterday, it was clear that Brian will not be going back to his regular lesson schedule for at least another week or two.  So, in an effort to keep everyone on track we are offering a Mini Clinic with Brian this coming Saturday the 1st of October.  All interested participants are required to be here at 10 am to assist in setting a full Hunter Course with related distances and be ready to ride by 11 am.  Pending the number of participants we will ride for either 1.5 or 2 hours during which time Brian will remain seated at the side of the ring.  A jump crew of 1-2 volunteers will be needed for the duration of the clinic.   Please let us know of your intentions to participate so that we may finalize plans!  Thank you and happy riding everyone :)

Autumn Vaccines, Wormings and Dental Floats, oh my....

Yes, it's that time of year, AGAIN.  We've scheduled fall work to be performed Friday, October 14th by Dr. Herrmann which includes the mandatory flu/rhino booster ($34), worming program ($51) and the optional Dental Floats ($97).

If we do not receive communication by October 7th, letting us know that these services are being performed by another vet or during another scheduling, your horse WILL BE INCLUDED in the mandatory flu/rhino booster and worming program.

If any additional services are wanted please complete the "Veterinarian Request Form" found here:

Brian Update...

Thank you everyone for your thoughts and well wishes!  Brian has made it through his foot surgery and is comfortably resting, doped up on drugs in our wonderful box!  The true challenge will lie ahead in the 3 weeks to come during which time his recovery will be painfully slow, as is usually the case for someone who is as active as he is.  Lessons will resume once he has been cleared by the doctor, hopefully by next or the following week.  We will obviously keep you posted and hope everyone will have the opportunity to take advantage of riding with Holly this coming Saturday the 24th for a low key Equitation Clinic/Session.

Thank you again for your thoughts and continued support, and here's to a uneventful and speedy recovery!

 

Equitation (continued)...


I’ve heard slightly disparaging comments about someone as “just an equitation” teacher.
So wrong in every way “Equitation” is just basic correct riding. Not posed riding, not stylized riding for the sake of style, but basic, balanced, effective riding.
Anyone who teaches riding needs to be first and foremost “just an equitation” teacher. It begins with good basics, profoundly understood, and thoroughly installed.
Learn to ride. Seek equitation teachers. Comprehend what the holy living hell you are doing on the back of that horse. Do it better for his sake, if not for your own.
— Tamarack Hill Farm (Facebook Page)

So...  Holly Whitaker will be visiting Sport Horse on a monthly basis to assist in continuing our Equitation Education.  Saturday, September 24th and October 15th are scheduled thus far, please let us know of your participation intentions so final preparations may be taken.  Thank you and happy "equitating"   :)