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Holiday Party Has Something for Everyone!

Posted on December 17, 2014

Another cold day outside, but nice and warm with good wishes for all inside! An opportunity for the kids to show in Versatility, Cross Rails, Games, Musical Freestyles and the ever-popular Costume Parade! Highlights of the classes:

Olivia & Bandit freestyleParis 3 ribbonsAmelie & BanditLula wins weaving raceImogen & Ricky musical ride

Toreador & ToroErin & Jacky-Team Noodles 1stPaddyGrab Bag

Adults enjoyed watching with a glass of the traditional mulled wine and their own grab bag!

Josh, Sharon & SethSecret Santa deliverySecret SantaBecca’s pony

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Shelly Francis back for her 3rd Clinic at Cricket Hill!

Posted on November 16, 2014

Shelly Francis & DoktorShelly was back at Cricket Hill November 15 and 16 for a full clinic, 10 rides each day. It was rewarding to see the progress many had made since May and fun to welcome some new horse-rider combinations to the event. Everybody enjoyed the Riders’ Dinner at Sue and Art’s house and Shelly’s stories of the competitions in Europe this past summer. She was the U.S. Team alternate for WEG 2014. Shelly’s logical, patient approach to training gives us all plenty to work on, and we’re already looking forward to her return in April!

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Drill Team Headlines our 28th Annual BBQ!

Posted on August 30, 2014

Drill Team pinwheelDrill Team’14 at BBQIt was an amazing close order drill this year, with many intricate patterns. The seven riders voted to decide when they would walk or trot, and always with a mind to making the patterns work! The Drill Team, shown L to R, Mia Emy, Imogen Mewha, Lulu Levy, Coaches Jami and Kira, Lula Langdon, Erin Feiner, Sophia Emy, and Paris Levy presented to an appreciative crowd!

BBQ’14The food was delicious as always, and Linda Goldstein introduced her wonderful cheesecake to the Mia gets Golden Fork Awardcrowd. The annual awards included the passing of the Golden Fork to Mia Emy, the youngest recipient ever, for her unflagging energy and good nature as Super Groom at the Youth Dressage Festival! The award was passed on by Tasha Mitchell, who received it last year from John Langdon for her efforts at Youth Dressage Festival too!

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LYDF Ribbons for all Six Cricket Hill Youth!

Posted on August 10, 2014

Cricket Hill Team 20142014 saw our largest Youth Dressage Team contingent ever! L to R: Mia Emy-Super Groom, riders Paris Levy, Lulu Levy, Erin Feiner, Lyla Andrick, Sophia Emy, and Lula Langdon. Coaches standing behind: Jami Wallace & Kira Steines.

Returning from last year were Lula and Lulu, riding their own horses. The other four made their first trip to this prestigious show on our Academy steeds!

Lula & Maddie

Sophia & RascalRiders have been preparing for months, for the most part with the horses they took to the show. But two changes came in the last few weeks: Lulu brought her new horse Madison, and Lyla switched to Ricky.

Erin & Sunshine

Paris & BanditLulu & MadisonLyla & Ricky

Everybody was finished with the three parts of the competition by late Saturday afternoon, ready for pizza and the parade and placing of the teams. Cricket Hill’s two teams marched in together. After much suspense, the Courageous Crickets were named to a 2nd place finish in Division D!

2 Cricket Hill Teams parade inCourageous Crickets take second

Everybody got a ribbon! But more importantly, everybody did the best they could and learned something to boot! Some closeups of the award ceremony on Sunday below. Special thanks are due to Kira and Jami for all their hard work preparing and coaching the team both at home and at the show, and to all the parents who pitched in to help clean the stalls at the end! And Mia Emy, Super Groom, was there through it all!

Erin Intro C ChampLula & Lulu Training LevelSophia places in Walk TrotParis Intro C Bronze

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Welcome Madison & Congratulations Lulu!

Posted on July 10, 2014

Lulu unloading Madison with Kira’s helpCongratulations to Lulu and the whole Levy family and a warm welcome to Madison, as he arrived at Cricket Hill today to start the next chapter of his life as Super Pony! Madison, a Welsh 14 hand gelding, took his first owner from lead line to FEI, and is ready to help Lulu move up, too!

Madison was the High Scoring FEI Pony at last year’s Youth Dressage Festival and went on to win Top 10 in the USA in the FEI Pony Division in 2013. He’s also won the high score trophies jumping in the Prix caprilli last year.

Lulu was on Cricket Hill’s 2nd place winning team in last year’s Youth Dressage Festival, and is moving up to Training Level this year. Even though it’s only a few weeks away, we’re guessing Madison will be Lulu’s mount! Best wishes to all!

Madison arrives 7-10-14Madison’s family portrait

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Welcome Drum Major and Rebecca Saunders!

Posted on July 7, 2014

Rebecca & Drum Major with GabrielDrum Major & RebeccaDrum Major is Rebecca’s young Hanoverian gelding. “We’re taking our time with him,” says Rebecca, “because we think he’ll go all the way!”

Drum Major was shown last season in Florida at Second and Third Level with trainer Gabriel Meyer, shown on the right with Rebecca and Drum Major. Rebecca plans to show him this coming year. Best wishes to all!

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Lulu Levy Named Student Assistant at Cricket Hill!

Posted on June 20, 2014

Lulu & RickyCongratulations to Lulu Levy, Hillsdale, who has achieved the designation of Student Assistant! Lulu, 11, has been riding at Cricket Hill now for three years. She enjoys her lessons and Saddle Club, as well as her practice rides on Ricky, getting ready for her second trip to Lendon’s Youth Dressage Festival in August. Lulu was part of last year’s very successful team that placed 5th out of 57! Lulu also took the Centered Riding Clinic last April.

The Student Assistant Program at Cricket Hill recognizes the progress our young riders make as they develop their horse handling skills and safe practices. This is an elective program for students who volunteer to take on more responsibility in caring for horses and helping younger riders. It is a wonderful opportunity to give back to the Academy and prepare for horse ownership. Applicants are checked out on a series of skill and knowledge areas by Kira, our Head Trainer, and are tested on their understanding of the Cricket Hill Safety Workbook. When they pass, they sign an agreement along with their parents and Kira.

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Second Unmounted Centered Riding Mini-Clinic Enjoyed by All!

Posted on March 15, 2014

With everyone caught up to date on the first session, the group progressed to a new set of exercises, illustrated below. Slide your mouse over the picture to learn the name of the exercise.

Kristin floats her headPaddy canters in saddlelearning what the bridle feels like to the horseJason’s unbendable arm

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Mini-Clinic Make-up Session

Posted on March 8, 2014

Finding your centerKira, Palmer, Kristin and Paddy joined Jami for their first Centered Riding Mini-Clinic. They also learned about the four basics – centering, soft eyes, building blocks and breathing. Each enjoyed her own “ah-ha” moment, nice and warm in the Cricket Hill Lounge!

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Introduction to Centered Riding at Cricket Hill

Posted on February 22, 2014

Here’s the newest, fun way to kick off your Saturday night! Twelve riders, ages 11 to we’re-not-telling, gathered in the lounge 5:30- 7:00 pm for the first of two unmounted mini clinics introducing Centered Riding at Cricket Hill.

Jami Wallace, Senior Instructor and Level III Centered Riding Instructor, led the session introducing the Four Basics – centering, soft eyes, building blocks and breathing. Some highlights below:

 

Susan finding centerLindsay discovering the heavy foot

Sarah allowing upLila Fremont-Smith, where are your hips?

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Big Cricket Hill Contingent goes to D4K Educational Program!

Posted on February 2, 2014

Academy Education Trip 2-2-14Eleven assembled at the barn this morning and were off by 7 am to Woodbury CT for the 12th annual Dressage4Kids Weekend Educational Program for kids, their parents and trainers. Ours was an enthusiastic group – 8 kids and 3 instructors. Our contingent pictured from top to bottom: Instructor Anna Bloxsum, Lyla Andrick, Mia and Sophia Emy, Erin Feiner, Paris Levy, Lula Langdon, Head Trainer Kira Steines, Senior Instructor Jami Wallace, Lulu Levy, and Tasha Mitchell. Mia tries trampoline with Laurie Inglis

Jami was a presenter at the workshop for the sixth year in a row, giving participants a fun intoduction to Centered Riding.  She is a certified Level III Centered Riding Instructor and Clinician. Everybody got the chance to try the exercises to help balance. Here’s Mia Emy on the right working with Laurie Inglis, also a certified Centered Riding Instructor and judge at our Holiday Show. Jami is offering Centered Riding Clinics at Cricket Hill. See Upcoming Events. Today was a great start for the Youth Dressage Festival July 11-13, 2014!

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Lyla Andrick is named Student Assistant at Cricket Hill

Posted on January 25, 2014

Lyla & Ricky canteringCongratulations to Lyla Andrick, Staatsburg, who has achieved the designation of Student Assistant! Lyla, now 11, started riding hunters at 6, but decided last year that she wanted to pursue dressage, and so joined Cricket Hill. Lyla enjoys her lessons and Saddle Club. She audited one day of the Shelly Francis Clinic last November. We’re looking forward to Lyla’s making her first trip to the Youth Dressage Festival next July!Ricky & Lyla

The Student Assistant Program at Cricket Hill recognizes the progress our young riders make as they develop their horse handling skills and safe practices. This is an elective program for students who volunteer to take on more responsibility in caring for horses and helping younger riders. Applicants are checked out on a series of skill and knowledge areas by Kira, our Head Trainer, and are tested on their understanding of the Cricket Hill Safety Workbook. When they pass, they sign an agreement along with their parents and Kira.

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