One performance only! Ride of the Valkyries at BBQ!

Posted on August 26, 2017

Watch the eight riders in full battle dress help celebrate Cricket Hill’s 30th year!

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Jumping added to the Egg Hunt & Races!

Posted on April 15, 2017

Once again the weather smiled on us for the Egg Hunt!

After collecting the goodies, contestants filled a plastic egg with sand and lined up for the races.

Then came jumping – it was Show Jumping, not Hunters -  speed and faults!

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Lulu awarded Goldstar V – 1st in program’s 11 year history

Posted on March 10, 2017

Congratulations to Lulu on achieving GoldStar V, working with her fabulous pony Madison and Kira! This module has also been newly revised and covers much more than the previous edition. We wish you well on GoldStar VI and this year at the Youth Dressage Festival!

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Deb and Courante return to Cricket Hill

Posted on March 1, 2017

Courante and Deb are pictured here at our Spring Show last year. We were happy to learn they were coming back, but unfortunately, Courante sustained a tendon injury a week before he was due to arrive. So sadly, he is here now on rehabilitation. He’s getting lots of TLC from Deb and staff, and Delilah, his next door neighbor, provides good company.

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Riders “Find Their Seat” at Unmounted Clinic

Posted on February 18, 2017

It was a packed house tonight at Cricket Hill’s unmounted Centered Riding clinic! Thirteen riders – some on their annual return, others for the first time – came for the start of their Spring Tune-up! Cricket Hill’s own Jami Wallace, Level III Instructor, introduced the group to the four basic principles of Centered Riding. Everyone celebrated each person’s “aha” moment. Sign up for “Finding Your Seat II” March 11. Clinics may be scheduled with Jami at Cricket Hill throughout the year.

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Three Saddle Clubbers awarded four GoldStar Certificates!

Posted on January 15, 2017

Saddle Clubbers took a moment this busy afternoon to recognize the achievements of three chums! Amel and Amelie were awarded certificates and patches for GoldStar I. Claire was awarded both GoldStar I and II, completed over the past few months. Congratulations! GoldStar provides a firm foundation for all types of riding, and is a great way to watch a rider’s progress.

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Holiday Party

Posted on December 11, 2016

Musical rides & games, youth grab bag, Secret Santa for adults, fabulous pot-luck lunch, traditional mulled wine, yummy desserts, renowned Farmer’s Wife horse cookies, Happy Holidays to all!

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Buddy comes to spend the winter

Posted on November 28, 2016

This year, Thoroughbred Buddy went East for the winter – from Thompson-Finch Farm to Cricket Hill! Marnie MacLean – Buddy’s devoted Mom – went South to Puerto Rico with husband Don to harvest their citrus crop. Buddy is perfectly happy making friends with all his neighbors; here, it’s Tate. The photographer had to be quick as Buddy is so friendly, he walks right up…. the next picture was a nose! Welcome Buddy!


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Wonderful color and form even when the leaves fall!

Posted on November 27, 2016

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Bella and Neo come to Cricket Hill!

Posted on November 25, 2016

Please join me in welcoming Brian and Izumi Shepard to Cricket Hill! Both are devoted riders, interested in Dressage, Jumping, Eventing, and Hunter Pacing, and looking forward to improving themselves and their wonderful horses! Brian’s Bella is a 14-year-old Oldenberg mare that’s always ready to go. Neo, an 8-year-old warmblood-Morgan cross, is smart, a wonderful gentleman, and oh so well-loved by Izumi!

“We’ve been driving by and admiring Cricket Hill for years. We’re so happy to be here now!” says Brian. Brian told us he actually started his riding career years ago at Cricket Hill. Well, we are thrilled to have both pairs join the Cricket Hill family, in training with Kira, assisted by Becca.brianizumi-long-web

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Imaginative Costumes highlight the Halloween Show!

Posted on October 30, 2016

Dressage, Jumping, Horsemanship, Leadline – all the basics, but all in costume! A dry run for trick or treating and lots of fun at our fall show!

Five of our six Horsemanship students who competed at the FFA fair earlier this month were back to show their new skills. Bravo to the moms and grandmoms and their extraordinary costumes!

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Fall colors were beautiful, muted by warmth and dryness…

Posted on October 1, 2016

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Regional Championships

Posted on September 21, 2016

Delilah CH and Kira competed in I-1 and PSG at this year’s Regional Championships. It was a tough field of international horses. Happily Delilah’s I-1 go was the pair’s best ride this season!

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Sarika joins the Academy

Posted on September 8, 2016

Please welcome Sarika, a beautiful, black, sweet and perky Andalusion-Friesian who has joined the Academy school horses! Generously donated by Bernadette Szost, Sarika is a quality, show-worthy mare available for intermediate dressage riders. She continues her training with Kira and Becca.


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Shelly Francis Back at Cricket Hill

Posted on September 3, 2016

Just back from Rio, where she was the Alternate to the bronze medal U.S. Olympic Dressage team, Shelly was greeted by old friends and mostly good weather! A great clinic and wonderful stories!

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Cricket Hill BBQ: is it the 29th already?!

Posted on August 27, 2016

Once again, the weather smiled on us. And now, since we put the tents up on the hill for the shade of the black walnut trees, nothing and no one melts! This year’s Drill Team was a first – beginner riders from age 5 to 8 – an introduction to figures they’ll ride on their own next time! Another musical treat, Kira and Delilah performed Intermediaire I!

The Golden Fork Award went to Lyla Andrick this year, recognizing her outstanding volunteer work for Cricket Hill! Lyla is not only quick with the ideas but hard-working and dependable on the follow through. She created and runs the Saddle Club Gazette, a monthly publication filled with imaginary and fanciful stories contributed by kids, adults, and their four-footed friends at Cricket Hill! Lyla also spearheaded the award winning Cricket Hill stall decoration at YDF this year. And with the other two Student Assistants, Lula and Lulu, was Camp Counselor for a session. The tasty horse cookies were also baked and decorated by Lyla – just another great idea shared with all of us!

Of course, the food is always an attraction and a good reason to take a few minutes at the end of the summer to enjoy a day at the farm.

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Cricket Hill Wins for Originality at the 18th Youth Dressage Festival!

Posted on August 14, 2016

While this marked our 18th trip to this wonderful show – we’ve been there since the beginning – it was the first time we went as the Cricket Hill Correctional and Training Facility!

The four hardened criminals were locked up ….. most of the time.

Let out only to ride into the sunset!

Everybody moved up a level and got a ribbon in their new division! Bravo, and thanks Kira & Jami!

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Congratulations! Sharon brings Enna to Cricket Hill!

Posted on July 8, 2016


Sharon and Kira had been looking for a horse for Sharon for about a year. Several super mounts were found but, as is unfortunately sometimes the case, none passed the vet check. Happily, as part of the process, they found Enna, at home with owner Bernadette, and available for lease!

Enna settled in right away and began her conditioning and schooling with Kira. A lovely, black Irish Sporthorse, Enna is experienced, kind, and is a wonderful schoolmaster for Sharon. A former eventer, Enna enjoys her refreshing trail rides with Kira, especially the jumping!

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