What a brilliant weekend we have all just had! Three days of total horsey immersion with many different treks through some of NZ's most beautiful countryside.
The Friday was a long and fairly challenging trek heading up over the Tararua ranges at the back of Levin. We headed out at 10am and returned after 4pm...needless to say we all slept well Friday night.
Saturday we all headed up to Waikawa beach for a bar-b-q lunch and a glass of wine in the sun
Sundays trek we went for a nice wander along the Otaki River from the beach to the mountains. It is a really pretty trek and we met alot of dogs, bikes and people along the way, all of whom were VERY courteous and held their dogs or got of their bikes whilst we passed by.
I met some beautiful horses and made some lovely new friends..........The weather could not have been kinder to us with three stunning days in a row!
We are running an Adults 'Ginkhana' to encourage those more nervous riders to relax and have fun with their horses in a non competitive environment.
It is taking place on March 24th at 10am. Please feel free to bring along the family to support you and join us for a bar-b-q at the end of the day :-)
There are ribbons and a trophy to be won and a fancy dress competition at lunchtime!
Otago Polytechnic is offering a short course (approx 3 hours) on Basic Equine First Aid, on July 28th, (Saturday), 10am and 2pm at Beachbrook Stables, 98 Rangiuru Road, Otaki.
The course is aimed at adults that are involved with horses and would suit anyone who rides or has horses, including parents of children who ride or have horses. The course lasts approximately 3 hours, and participants are eligible for a Certificate of Attendance from Otago Polytechnic. The cost of the course is $50 per person.
The last time this course was offered, places filled quickly. Please email me if you are interested in attending at firstname.lastname@example.org
I have just come back from one of the most incredible experiences of my life. I was selected to ride for the El Caballo Blanco tour of NZ. I got to perform some amazing moves on some incredibly well schooled and well bred horses. I met some lovely people with some incredible backgrounds.
The riders recently came to Beachbrook Stables for a beach ride on our horses. Some of them had never ridden on the beach and were overwhlemed by its beauty. It certainly helped that we had the most stuning day to take them out!
Beachbrook are organisng an adults camping weekend on horseback. Bring your friends and come trekking and camping with three full days of beach treks, farm rides, river swims and instruction it is sure to be a fun filled weekend.
The weekend will be fully catered including breakfast, lunch and dinner wine and cheese tasting and marshmallows for the fire. We will have as many as 20 riders and horses attending over the weekend, some will be staying, others coming just for the treks.
All aspects of the weekend are optional. Riders can choose which of the treks/instruction sessions they wish to attend. Accomodation will be in tents......you can choose to BYO tent/float/truck or share the communal tent that we provide.
You must bring hay for your horse and hard feed if required. You can elect to have your horse in a small paddock or in larger paddocks shared with other horses.
Prices start at $75 per day.
Ben Longwell Clinic
Ben Longwell from True West Horsemanship is coming to us to give a clinic in the second week of February 2012. If you would like to know more about the upcoming clinic here is some more info:
About the Clinic:
Our clinic would be aق day practical, hands on clinic - participants are limited to 10 so that everyone can get some one-on-one attention. We will have some spots open for 'viewer only' (auditors) guests as well, but they need to remember Ben will progress with training based on how fast/slow the hands-on participants pick up each lesson.
We'll start on the ground, working with some basic techniques that Ben uses on all the horses he starts and trains. Some folks may be a little more familiar with the ideas and we'll try to progress accordingly. The importance of good groundwork can't be overemphasized. While it is called "basic", Ben has found most people have a very limited comprehension of the reasoning behind it and it's purpose and function in horsemanship - even experienced horse people. This is where a person establishes 'good leadership' with their horse.
The focus will be on communicating through "feel" and learning to read your horse and understand the purposes of the training techniques from his perspective (basically learning 'horse language'). We will progress to get some riding during day two and we'll take what we (and the horses!) learned on the ground and apply it while on their back. There will be plenty of time for questions and answers and breaks can be taken if needed (for both the human & horse brains involved). The whole goal and purpose is to take each participant to a new level in their understanding and application of true horsemanship.
Instruction will commence at 10am - 3pm. Please aim to arrive by 9.30am so the instructor is not kept waiting.
On the day, you will need to bring:
Halter - rope halter if at all possible, rather than flat lead Rope - must be at least 14ft/3m long
Your horse and yourself if you are participating
Appropriate Riding Shoes/Boots
Helmet - recommended but not required
Saddle - Western or English
Water Bucket for horse
No treats are necessary for your horse - as we do not like to train with this as the reward - feel free to bring some hay to feed your horse during our lunch break.
Another New Addition
Beachbrook Stables are proud to announce the birth of a gorgeous filly foal out of Moose's sister "Tinks" and by the stallion 'Bold as Brass".
This filly is incredibly special to me as she contains breeding from two lines of insanely LOVELY natured horses. This filly will be one I will keep to break in and compete. It is difficult to tell what colour she will end up although at this early stage she is looking like going bay.
The birth went well and was very straight forward for a maiden foaling. Tinks is proving to be a wonderful affectionate and doting mum.
All weather sand arena goes in
Work has commenced on a brand new all weather arena for use by our students. It will be an oversized standard dressage arena approx 47x26. This will be fully fenced and eventually be floodlit for night riding. Once complete this will be available to hire at $5 per horse.
Heidi the Clydey has had a foal
A new colt foal arrived at 2am on 12/11/10. Delivered without hardly a push and was up and feeding within an hour. He is by the Perlino stallion she was running with and has lovely long legs. Two white sox at the back and a big white blaze :-)
I have gone mad and have a stallion arriving in the next few days. He is called "Bold as Brass" and is a part QH buckskin stallion that stands at 15.1hh. I am planning on putting him over my little clydey filly, Tinks. He will also be offered out to stud and will then be gelded to become my next pleasure horse champion
"Heidy the Clydey" has also come to live with us. She has also got a foal due sometime in early December. She is currently very skinny and needs a bit of TLC.