Photo credit Brandon Amos, Low Light 摄影
Every time of year is a great time to be a rider at Oldfields, but there is something special about the fall. Maybe it is the chill in the air that allows the horse’s breath to be seen as the rider makes their way up the hill to the indoor arena for an early morning lesson, possibly it is warm afternoon sun on their shoulders as they take a jump in the Lana duPont Wright ‘57 lower ring, or it might just be the fact that now our riders have had a little over a month to settle into the friendships and rhythm of life at the barn. 不管什么原因, 25 young riders are having the experience of a lifetime as part of one of the largest groups of riders Oldfields program has seen in recent years.
No worries if your student is not a rider--they can still benefit from the magic of the 骑项目. All are welcome to stop by the barn to pet the horses or play with the barn pups and cats. 此外, the barn regularly hosts “Welcome to the Nay-borhood,” an opportunity for non-riders to hop on the back of a horse under the eye of trained professionals and ride around the courtyard. These popular events are incredibly rewarding as you see students get over their fear and try a new experience on the back of one of these gorgeous, 但有时令人生畏, 生物.
Oldfields was thrilled to be able to host the Baltimore County Horse Show Association horse show on September 25. The entire Oldfields community turned out to support our 19 riders who were competing. From students volunteering to help set up the jumps, to families (special shout out to 安德鲁和莎拉·哈尔福德 的父母 苏菲海尔的24) providing an impressive menu at the concession stand to others taking beautiful photos (梁柱式设计斯奈德 的母公司 佩顿斯奈德的22 and our farrier Brandon Amos--Low Light 摄影), it was all hands on deck. 历史老师 辛西娅Krohn even got in on the action as the show announcer and “Voice of Oldfields”--she may have found a second career.
此外, it was wonderful to have alumna 安Garnett-Wheeler 97 判断事件. Ann currently instructs at Rose Mount Farm, providing leading instruction for riders and horses aiming to compete at the premier levels of hunter-jumper competition. She also specializes in producing college athletes for both NCAA and IHSA Equestrian teams. Ann shared that it was wonderful to come full circle and be back on campus judging the show.
Of course, the real stars of the day were the students. All of our students earned a ribbon at the show, with several earning Champion or Reserve Champion of their division.
Part of the magic of the barn this fall is having what 骑术部主任艾米·菲利普斯 称她为“梦之队”."归来的 Associate Director of Riding Ann Thal after a leave of absence is cause for celebration. 此外, Associate Director of Staff Development and Barn Management Irene Reed brings tremendous expertise to the program. 骑项目 Intern Morgan Guiliano was a welcome addition last year and continues to be a strong contributor to the riding program. 蕾切尔哈米尔 is the resident groom whose years in the horse world and as a veterinary tech are an asset to the health and care of our horses. 布丽姬特诺顿 balances working at the barn on the weekends while in nursing school and 雨果冰镇 keeps the whole machine moving with his watchful eye and ability to do so many things to help the barn. Rounding out the team is the latest addition, former Oldfields rider 伯尼尔加贝的16 who recently graduated from the College of Charleston and is joining us as a Riding Intern this year.
So next time you are on campus--be sure to swing by the barn and see why everyone loves being a part of the 奥德凯发体育官方骑项目!