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GoldStar Awards to Lyla, Lulu and Erin at Holiday Party – congratulations!

Posted on December 13, 2015

We had a great opportunity to recognize these accomplishments at our annual Holiday Party and Show! Left to right below: Erin & Tate – GoldStar III, Lyla & Sunny – GoldStar II, Lulu & Madison – GoldStar III. These three girls worked through the summer and finished up the final bits this fall. They are the first to complete these modules in the newly revised GoldStar program!

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Over the past 18 months, Kira and Jami have been revising both GoldStar for dressage and ShootingStar for jumping. In addition to adding a module to each program, making 7 in GoldStar and 3 in ShootingStar, the revisions improve these programs in important ways: added sections on contact, coming round, and “on the bit”; new discussion of straightness; whole new sections on horse behavior and veterinary topics; careful development of lateral work over the last three modules of GoldStar. Click here to learn more about this unique Cricket Hill program!

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Shelly Francis Clinic Oct 10-11, 2015

Posted on October 11, 2015

Shelly was back at Cricket Hill for her third time this year.  It may be a little while before Shelly returns as she has a heavy competition schedule planned for the upcoming season and 2016 Olympic Team selection. She is on the short list with two horses, Doktor and Danilo, both trained by Shelly from youngsters. Shelly remains one of the few U.S. international riders who compete on horses they have trained themselves, yielding a training and instruction approach which is understandable to both the horse and the rider.

Riders enjoyed another great Saturday evening to commemorate not only the great rides, but also the abundant apple harvest! Click here for the the menu and story of the Wolf River Apple!


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Deb & Courante named Second Level AA Gold medalists at NEDA!

Posted on September 20, 2015

“I was surprised and thrilled,” announced Deb Marsden after receiving the Gold Medal for Second Level AA at the prestigious NEDA Fall Festival. “It was only our third show this year!”

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Deb brought Courante to Cricket Hill to work with Kira on May 1st after Courante had had a vacation over the winter! So it was really hard work for the both of them and they were improving every week the whole summer. Congratulations on your achievement! On to Third Level!

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Youth Dressage Festival -17th Annual Show

Posted on August 9, 2015

Cricket Hill sent seven competitors off to this premier show, the 17th time we have participated and our largest contingent! Five rode Academy Schoolmasters, two their own horses. L to R: Lyla & Sunny, Erin & Tate, Lulu & Madison, Lula & Maddie, Paris & Ricky, Mia & Bandit, Sophia & Rascal.


Cricket Hill competed two teams of three, both winning team medals! This is very difficult to do as most teams have four members and may drop the lowest score. Hats off to our very young group, ages 9 to 13, shown in the parade cemetery! The Levy sisters, Lulu & Paris, were our secret weapons – both were Champions in their divisions, Lulu at Training Level and Paris at Intro C! Each spearheaded her team to victory, but each score by everyone contributed! Congratulations!


Very special thanks to Head Trainer Kira Steines and Senior Instructor Jami Wallace, shown below, who along with help from Krys Schrom, coached Cricket Hill’s riders to success. All seven riders are enrolled in Cricket Hill’s unique GoldStar Program for Dressage & Related Horse Care.


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Dressage Day 2015 at Cricket Hill Farm

Posted on June 14, 2015

This schooling show is a dry run for the open show season and the Youth Dressage Festival! Everyone suited up for Judge Corinna Scheller-Fleming and did very well!

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2015 Spring Show Attracts YDF Hopefuls

Posted on May 3, 2015

A beautiful day at Cricket Hill greeted Judge Lisa Lewis and a host of competitors, both youth and adults, to our first-of-the-year Schooling Show.

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Cricket Hill’s YDF hopefuls showed their intended mounts for that prestigious show this summer.

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Congratulations to all, but best of all, everyone got their qualifying score!

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Welcome Courante and Deb!

Posted on May 1, 2015

Deb Marsden has brought her very handsome 16.3 H Swedish Warmblood gelding to work with Kira at Cricket Hill! Welcome to both of you! Deb is aiming at Regionals at Second Level; the pair has shown at First Level there but never Second. Courante had some time off this winter and spring so the pair will be working hard to regain fitness and transition to a new way of going. Good luck and watch this space for progress reports!

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Alexander Technique – Good for Riders and for Living!

Posted on April 18, 2015

Joan ArnoldJoan Arnold introduced the Alexander Technique to a packed crowd in the spacious clinic room at 67 Snyder. Limited to 10 participants, the others observed.

Joan, a New York and Ancram resident, is a certified practitioner of both the Alexander Technique and Yoga. She had many suggestions and exercises for using the body in a more healthy way for everyday living. Joan did her homework well and was able to draw parallels for the dressage riders in the group to develop their own “throughness” as they strive to develop this in their horses.

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Jami presents at Pine Plains FFA Meeting

Posted on April 13, 2015

Jami Wallace, Director Academy Programs, Senior InstructorFuture Farmers of AmericaCricket Hill has embarked upon a new educational program in cooperation with Stephanie Rhoades, the Agriculture and Animal Science teacher in the Pine Plains Central School District. Stephanie also runs the Pine Plains chapter of FFA (Future Farmers of America), the last chapter still operating in the area.

Jami was featured speaker at the April 13 FFA meeting talking about the special student programs offered by Cricket Hill.

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Shelly Francis Returns to Cricket Hill!

Posted on April 12, 2015

Shelly Francis & DoktorShelly was back to check on our progress, fitting her regular spring clinic at Cricket Hill in between the busy CDI Florida show circuit and her trip to Europe representing the U.S. Shelly is competing 4 FEI horses, two in Grand Prix and two on the Small Tour.

Three new horses and two new riders, Susan Boardman and Liz Call, joined us for the first time. Everybody had an “aha” to take away with them, and prodded Shelly to squeeze in a third clinic this year! Kira was able to arrange a session in August as well as October. See Upcoming Events for the dates.

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Lula Langdon Becomes Student Assistant!

Posted on February 10, 2015

Lula & MaddieToreador & ToroCongratulations to Lula, our newest Student Assistant! A three-time member of Cricket Hill’s Youth Dressage Team, Lula has been riding for 6 years and now has her own sport horse Maddie. Lula is a very creative gal, whether for a costume class or Saddle Club project. This summer, Lula has volunteered to be the primary assistant for beginner rider camps. Thanks Lula!

The Student Assistant Program, a volunteer activity for students who want to take on more responsibility in caring for horses and helping younger riders, recognizes the progress our young riders make in developing horse handling skills and safe practices. It is a wonderful opportunity to give back to the Academy. Interested students should contact Jami or Kira.

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Jami Wallace presents at Dressage4Kids Education Weekend

Posted on February 1, 2015

Jami was a featured presenter at the D4K education weekend for the 7th year in a row! In addition to her regular sessions introducing the kids to Centered Riding concepts, Jami gave a workshop – as much for parents as for the kids – on how to prepare for the Youth Dressage Festival.

Cricket Hill sent our regular contingent of Youth Dressage Team members: Lula Langdon, Lulu and Paris Levy, Erin Feiner, Sophia and Mia Emy. Everybody’s eager and off to a good start!

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