It is extremely important for the trainer to make expectations of parents and riders very clear from the beginning. Every program is different and every trainer may have different requirements and expectations.
This is why I believe so much in horse showing and the values that it instills in kids. Camaraderie, time spent together, the moments early in the morning before the show starts, late in the evening, long after the show is done, and every bit in between. The responsibility and amazing experience of caring for and performing on a living, breathing animal.
Kathy Simmers recently wrote a book called Jump the Moon that is based on a true story about her daughter’s bond with a pony named Me Too. The beautiful illustrations throughout this hardcover, picture book bring to life an emotional journey that will make readers of all ages cry, smile, and cheer as it reminds us all to follow our dreams.
In this “new normal,” virtual learning at the barn or horse shows has become quite common-place! Corral Riding Academy has taken great steps to keep their students active and working together by forming home-schooling pods and tutoring for students in their riding academy. Check out a great resource that Corral is now offering outside of their academy with “Pandemic Parenting” workshops, available online to provide parents and families virtual support.
We are choosing a few select juniors to become brand ambassadors for Allpony. If you are chosen, you will receive an Allpony Junior Brand Ambassador package filled with Allpony gear and a story about you will be featured on the Allpony website!