Summer Guest Instructor Sarah Vernlund

Sarah was Ali’s eventing trainer for 8 years, and her employer for 4 years. She took Ali from her very first jump, all the way to preliminary level eventing. She has competed internationally in eventing and was long listed for the Olympics in 1984…on a 15.2h Quarter Horse. She has brought several of her home-bred horses from foals to Intermediate level eventing, and she has coached riders from beginners to advanced level competitors, B level pony clubbers, and 4′ A circuit jumping champions. Sarah is a USEA certified instructor through preliminary level.

Ali credits Sarah for being responsible for her affinity for crossbreds, as she works well with all breeds and combinations there of!

Check our calendar for lesson dates with Sarah.

While Ali is on maternity leave, Sarah Vernlund is stepping in to keep the jumping riders sharp. Thanks, Sarah!
While Ali is on maternity leave, Sarah Vernlund is stepping in to keep the jumping riders sharp. Thanks, Sarah!

 

 

International Helmet Awareness Day

Callan and Pixie

Today marks the 5th annual Riders4Helmets International Helmet Awareness today.  At HC Equestrian, each of us agrees to wear appropriate safety apparel, including a helmet, every time we take a lesson, and we encourage each other to wear one every time we ride.

Having the right gear has been made even easier today because many helmet manufacturers are offering discounts on their products. To find out where to purchase a helmet, please visit riders4helmets.com/ihad/ for a list of retailers participating in this discount program.

Dressage Camp at The Monkey Tail Ranch

Getting ready to embark on an orchard trail ride at HC Equestrian's dressage camp at Monkey Tail Ranch
Getting ready to embark on an orchard trail ride.

This year’s HC Equestrian camp deviated from the usual eventing format to focus on dressage.  The Monkey Tail Ranch in Hollister graciously hosted our campers for 3 days of riding, including private lessons with Ellen Eckstein, obstacle course training, trail rides, and an introduction to equine bodywork.

Carla and Feety practice lateral cervical flexion.
Carla and Feety practice lateral cervical flexion.

Campers also were able to enjoy puppy socialization with Monkey Tail’s young service dog hopefuls. A continental breakfast was provided each morning, and teams of campers worked together in the kitchen to provide some scrumptious home-cooked meals.

We asked our campers to share some of their favorite parts of dressage camp:

Having three lessons in a row with Ellen; stuff was really staring to click. Hanging out with a really nice and nonjudgmental group of Horse People.”  –Kathie

Getting to see Elise, finally taking a lesson with the amazing Ellen, getting to ride Boo, and of course the puppies!”  — Annalisa

Everything! Horses, puppies, spending time with great people! Can’t wait to do it again!”  –Erica

 

Erica tacking up Blackberry
Erica tacking up Blackberry
Carla and Feety taking a lesson from Ellen Eckstein
Carla and Feety taking a lesson from Ellen Eckstein

 

 

 

 

 

 

Belle's tarp training goes easily
Belle’s tarp training goes easily

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ellen gives Shayanna some pointers
Ellen gives Shayanna some pointers