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GoldStar awards to Paris and Lulu

Posted on December 31, 2012

Big congratulations to two of our Saddle Clubbers, Paris and Lulu, who just completed their GoldStar II!  Looks like all that hard work paid off.  They finished just in time for the New Year and a new GoldStar module!  GoldStar III, here they come! Click for more on our Goldstar program.

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GoldStar I awarded to Sophia

Posted on December 22, 2012

Sophia 12-22-12Special congratulations to Sophia, who just completed her GoldStar I!  Sophia is a member of Saddle Club and is looking forward to the challenge of GoldStar II.  We wish her lots of success in this next module! Click for more on our GoldStar program.

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Posted on December 17, 2012

On Sunday, Cricket Hill held its annual Holiday Extravaganza, a fun and festive show for our riders here at the farm.  This year, we invited our friends from Sky Farm to join us!  Everyone enjoyed the day with each other and brought plenty of goodies to share for the pot luck.  We began at 9:30 with the cross rails class.  Everyone rode very well, and we ended with Mia DiPeri of Sky Farm, riding Prestige, in fourth place, Marie Devecchio of Sky Farm, also riding Prestige, in third, and Lulu Levy on Ray in second place.  The winner of the cross rails class was Cameron Kohls riding Sunshine!

The 2 foot course ended up being very exciting, with three bareback riders tying for fourth place!  Jazz McClure was on Simon, Brenna Foley on Beau, and Lily Becker of Sky Farm riding Spot.  In third place, we had Cameron Kohls on Sunshine.  In second was Kaya Oner of Sky Farm on Lefty, and the winner was Chelsea Navudo of Sky Farm riding Chance!

Sophia, Lula, and MiaSophia and Mickey

The trot poles course was a tricky one, but all of the riders were successful and had excellent rides!  In fourth place, we had Mia Emy riding Ray, followed by Michael DiPeri of Sky Farm, riding Peanut Butter, in third place.  In second place, we had Dean Warfield of Sky Farm on Peanut Butter.  The first prize ribbon was awarded to Paris Levy riding Mickey Blue Eyes!

Some of our jumpers participated in a fun game called Block Elimination, which ended with Lily Becker of Sky Farm in first place!  She was able to jump one block on her horse, Spot, and she was bareback!

The show continued with a few rounds of pony games, which brought out the competitive side of the kids and ponies.  They had a blast racing through weaving blocks and playing around-the-world.  Games ended with a race to get carrot presents, which was the ponies’ favorite game.

Our fabulous Holiday Extravaganza ended with a festive costume parade, and musical freestyle performances to songs like Let It Snow, Dominic the Donkey, and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.  Everyone had a great time, and we, at Cricket Hill, would like to thank everyone for coming to celebrate and for all the help in running the event!

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Posted on December 14, 2012

The staff and clients of Cricket Hill participated in an annual tradition of Adopt-A-Family a Adopt-A-Familyprogram organized by Louise Merriman of Treeline Farm, where we support local families in need by providing items from their Christmas Wish-list.  These are sent to the parents who have the fun of wrapping and giving the gifts.  This year, we provided Christmas gifts for three families with a total of seven children ranging from 3 to 7 years old.  We are proud to say our clients were amazingly generous and we were able to spend a total of $1,250 in providing for these families.  Pam, Jazz, Brenna, and Tasha spent a fun evening shopping for the children, purchasing clothes, footwear, books, and toys.  We would like to say a huge thank-you to the wonderful Cricket Hill Clients, Staff, and to Louise Merriman.

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Posted on October 6, 2012

Future Farmers of AmericaThe Showmanship Class at the Future Farmers of America Annual Fall Festival… the culmination of weeks of work for Keara Nielsen, Samantha Spizouco, and Meghan DiBernadino … was held at the Pine Plains School today. The three girls came to Cricket Hill after school the last few months to learn how to present their horses and practice with Robin, Simon, and Bailey. Trainers Jazz McClure and Brenna Foley trucked the 3 ponies over and cheered their students on. Meaghan placed first with Bailey in the Beginner Division. In the Advanced Division, Samantha & Simon were First and Keara and Robin were Third. Congratulations to all! 

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GOLDSTAR I awarded to Paris

Posted on September 15, 2012

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Congratulations to Paris, who has completed her first module in GoldStar!  All that extra practice over the summer really paid off!  She worked very hard and is excited for the challenges GoldStar II will bring!  Click for more on our GoldStar program.

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GOLDSTAR I awarded to Lulu

Posted on September 5, 2012

 Lulu 9-5-12Congratulations to Lulu for successfully completing GoldStar I!  With Saddle Club beginning, she’ll have plenty of time to practice all the new GoldStar II skills!  Good luck Lulu! Click for more on our GoldStar program.

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GOLDSTAR II awarded to Lula

Posted on June 5, 2012

Lula 6-5-12Big congratulations our newest GoldStar III rider, Lula!  She has officially completed her GoldStar II module, and excited for the challenges the next module will bring.  Keep up the good work, Lula! Click for more on our GoldStar program.

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Posted on April 29, 2012

Horses, riders and spectators all enjoyed the beautiful day and our brand-new, state-of-the-art outdoor arena! The show had something for everybody – Dressage, Hunt Seat, Dressage-Trail, and the ever popular Egg-Bobbing class on foot. Congratulations to all!  

Lula Langdon won the Trail Children’s Division on Bailey. Ella Seymour and Mia Emy made their showing debuts on lead, and Katia Shevloff won her Walk/Trot over Ground-Poles Class! Katia’s older sister Alexandra had a great 2’3″ jumping round on Mickey. 

Walking the Course with ErinMorgan & Mickey Blue EyesEmy family celebration

Cricket Hill welcomed Saddle Clubbers Morgan Antalek and Fiona Sankey, the first time at one of our shows. Fiona and Ray sailed around the ground-pole course with ease. Morgan competed over ground-poles and was second in the Dressage Trail class, both on Mickey. She served as an excellent ring assistant! 

Other highlights include Nikoline’s stunning score of 91% in Dressage-Trail with owner Wendy Luscombe. Octane, the youngest of Wendy’s Fjords, isn’t far behind with scores of 73% (Training 1) and 81% (Training 2). Well done Octane! Camille Reppert is building a great partnership with Beau with an eye toward LYDF. A special mention to Sarah Morgan riding Ricky, scoring a “best ever” 70% at Training 3! Working student Allison Reding capped her last week at Cricket Hill with a 65% at Training level on Charlie. As she goes back to college, we wish her all the happiness and success that she greatly deserves.   

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GOLDSTAR I awarded to Erin

Posted on February 25, 2012

Erin 2-25-12Congrats to Erin, who has officially completed GoldStar I!  Erin is a member of Saddle Club, and worked really hard to use that extra riding time to master those skills!  Great job, Erin!  On to GoldStar II! Click for more on our GoldStar program.

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