Ashford Farm

P.O Box 586 / Lafayette Hill, PA 19444

Our Favorite Saddleshop

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We get asked everyday by our customers "Where should I go to buy a...... saddle, helmet, boots, etc?"

And every time, we recommend Bucks County Saddlery.  For all of your riding equipment needs, we highly recommend Bucks County Saddlery.  We have been loyal customers of this family run business for many years.  They have a knowledgeable staff who are involved in all aspects of the equine industry.  Please take your business to them first!

It's worth the trip, click here for a link to their website BuckCountySaddlery.com

Make sure to let them know you are riding at Ashford Farm.  If you are just starting out we recommend these purchases:

  • A Good Helmet, it's protecting you head, so make sure you get a good one!  Avoid the dial adjust fit helmets, and buy one that is fitted to your head by size.  Tipperary makes a good inexpensive one.  Other brands we like are IRH, Charles Owens, and GPA.
  • Riding Gloves, they are inexpensive and nice to have! (SSG and Roeckl are great!)
  • Riding Boots, make sure they fit well and are comfortable.  Our favorite brand is Ariat.

Here are two other items that aren't required, but are fairly inexpensive and nice to have!

  • Half Chaps, help your legs grip the saddle and stop them from swinging around.  They also look nice and keep your pants from bunching up or getting a sore on your leg from the stirrup leathers.
  • Riding Breeches, many have suede on them (full seat or knee patch) which help with grip and they are also better for the saddles (jeans rub the leather)

Happy shopping everyone!!!!

Winter Pony Club

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2017 Pony Club Application

During the winter months the instructors at Ashford like to take advantage of the cold weather by offering pony club classes. These classes give the children the opportunity to spend time with horses, learning grooming, tacking, studying colors and breeds, first aid, conformation, proper feeding and general care. They experience the true meaning of horsemanship, continue their barn friendships, and expand their equine skills.  We will not be riding during these classes.

 

We all know that there is much more to horses than just riding.  We hope to see all of our young students so they can continue learning about horses regardless of the weather!

 

·   The program runs for 7 weeks and meets on Saturday or Sunday for 2 hours.

·   Hot chocolate and snacks provided.

·   Classes begin January 21 & 22. Snow day rescheduling as necessary.    

·   Enrollment is limited to 6 students per class.   

·   Classes are open to children of all ages and riding levels.

·   Please sign up by Sunday, January 8th.                

 

Class requirements

 

·   1st and 2nd year students: The United States Pony Club Manual of Horsemanship -“D-level” by Susan E. Harris

·   Advanced students: The United States Pony Club Manual of Horsemanship -“C-level” by Susan E. Harris

·   Folder to store handouts

·   Tuition is $350, checks should be made payable to “Ashford Farm”, 

Summer Break

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We will be giving our horses and instructors a break from the heat from August 21 through September 5.

Please give us a call or email to set your Fall lessons up, Jess Kulp will be in the office at the end of August to schedule lessons!

Horse Show this weekend

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Remember that the Spring Student horse show is this Saturday, June 4th!

Entries were due today, but if you are interested, give Jess Kulp a call or email to see if there are any spots open to compete!

No riding lessons on Saturday, but there will be regular lessons on Sunday, June 5th!

Yoga

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Thank you to everyone that participated in the Winter Yoga series at Ashford Farm.  Gabi was an awesome instructor and I know all the students enjoyed her classes.  I think it really helped their balance in riding and life!

We plan to host another series in the Fall of 2016.  Keep in touch with us on Social Media for all upcoming events!

Spring Break Mini Camp

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Looking for something for your horse crazy child to do over Spring Break?  Consider sending them to Ashford for our mini-camp.  Choose 1 day or all 4, March 22-25.  Camp runs Tuesday through Friday from 10 to 3.  We'll do daily riding lessons, barn activities, and have a ton of fun!  It's only $95/day per child, lunch is not included.  Forms here, call or email with any questions!

Holiday Hours

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We hope all of our Ashford fans have a wonderful and safe holiday.  We will be closed on Thursday December 24 through Sunday December 27, so no lessons!

There will be lessons on Tuesday and Wednesday December 29 and 30, call or email to schedule! 

We will also be closed on New Years Eve and New Years Day. But will be open for lessons the weekend of January 2 & 3! Hope to see you then!

Happy Holidays! 

Nan Scholarship Fund raffle

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Only 100 tickets will be sold for 4 fabulous prizes. 

First prize: 10 group riding lessons

Second prize: Valley Green ride for 2

Third prize: a Private lesson with Megan

Fourth prize: a Private dressage lesson with Doreen

You have a 1 in 25 chance of winning an awesome prize. Perfect for holiday giving! And much better than the 1 in a million chance of winning the Powerball! 

Drawing held on December 5, 2015 and tickets are $30 each. Available in the office for purchase, and over the phone or email ask for Jessica or Caroline! 

Quadrille

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Thanks for the awesome and entertaining Quadrille performance on Halloween! Our lovely group of ladies spent a lot of extra time on their own and with Doreen practicing for the performance.

Rider horse teams: 

Puck ridden by the Lone Ranger, Rachel.  Webster ridden by Edna. Hank ridden by Julie. Fargo ridden by Brooke. And Spud ridden by Laura. Thanks to Doreen for the choreography!

Enjoy:  https://youtu.be/ZHQS2PRjb60

Halloween Gymkhana and Prix Caprilli

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We had a fantastic turnout for both of our special Halloween events last Saturday. A big thank you to our judge, Doreen Inella for scoring all the tests! Also to our volunteers, scribes Carolyn Pearson and Vicky Funari, couldn't have done it without you! And our lovely gatekeeper, Susan Hager Golden, thank you!  

Also a big thank you to all of our participants who dressed for the occasion, everyone's costumes looked great and made it so much fun.  Enjoy the pictures on Flickr here: 

Yoga Classes this Fall

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Balance and core stability are some of the building blocks of a good rider.  

We encourage our students to enroll in our rider Yoga classes, offered on Sundays at 3:00 starting mid-October.  You will notice an improvement in your riding by the third class!  Sign up in the office today and get all the details. 

Transform into a longer, leaner, more supple and stable self! This class embodies postures and inspiration from yoga, functional training, and pilates that focuses on the powerhouse muscles of the core. This class will tone thighs, hips, and glutes, while strengthening the back, arms, and abdominal muscles.

Upcoming Fall Events

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Save these dates on your calendar for all the exciting Fall events at Ashford:

Saturday, October 17th: Camp Reunion at the PA National Horse Show Grand Prix night
click here for permission slip

Friday October 23 - Sunday October 25: Weekend Trip to New Meadow with Jess Kulp

Saturday, October 31 - Student Prix Caprilli competition, costumes welcome!
Walk/Trot only division: Intro Test
Walk/Trot/Canter division: Training Test
Tests found at: http://midilsporthorseorg.com/uploads/Prix_Caprilli.pdf

Saturday, November 7 - Fall Student Hunter/Jumper competition

Summer Camp Week 8

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Our last week of camp has come to an end. Parents day went great with lots of happy campers and parents!  There were lots of delicious treats at our picnic (thank you parents and campers!). 

We want to thank everyone who attended camp in 2015 and their families. We hope everyone had a great time and grew as riders and horsemen and women. Fall riding lessons start on September 1, give us a call or email to set up your lessons. 

Check out this weeks pictures here:  

 

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Summer camp week 7

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We had a great weather week at camp, beautiful 80 degree days all week! The horses are staying energetic and we had a great group of newbie campers join us at Ashford Farm. We hope this is their first summer of many more to come. Lots of firsts for many of the campers this week.... First time cantering, first time bareback riding, lots of great milestones.  

Next week is our last week of 2015 summer camp, parents day is on Friday and then the staff and horses are taking a little vacation before fall lessons start up!  

Enjoy the pictures of week 7 here:  

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Summer camp week 6

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We can't believe that 6 weeks have already gone by. We had a great group of campers during the past 2 weeks and we were sorry to see some of them leave on Friday. Hopefully everyone will be back for lessons this Fall! 

Mr. Bill and Megan took a few campers to the Thursday morning show series at Bucks County Horse Park. Savannah on Toby, Lily W. On Fleur, and Emma on Rocky represented Ashford Farm and took home some ribbons! 

We had a super fun day at camp on Thursday. Riding lessons and art in the morning, kickball, Bingo, giant slip n slide, pizza party, horseshoe art, giant bouncy house, ice cream party and a sleep out with movie on a beautiful full (almost) moon evening.  

Friday brought a great gymkhana! One of the best ever in my opinion. Enjoy the pictures and think happy thoughts for us during our last two weeks of summer camp. 

 

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Summer Camp week 5

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We started off our fifth week of camp with a bit of a heatwave. Temperatures were in the mid 90s on Monday and Tuesday, thankfully we had some cloud cover and breezes that made lessons bearable! 

Some of the lessons worked on riding in the fields, while others learned to canter and jump for the first time ever! Our ponies and horses are the absolute best, thank goodness for great lesson horses! They are worth their weight in gold to their instructors. 

Enjoy the pictures from this week of day camp awesomeness here:  

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Summer Camp week 4

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The fourth week of day camp this summer brought our first rainy camp day.  With riding impossible we decided to host our grooming and tacking class for the horse show a few days early.  Everyone was assigned a partner and a horse and they had 2 hours to fully show groom, braid, and clean their tack for presentation. Mr. Bill judged our advanced group and chose Clint's team of Audrey and Gabby as the winners. He was beautifully turned out and braided. Megan judged the beginner and intermediate group in which Blue's team of Lydia and Nora won! Congrats to everyone. 

Friday brought the camp horse show where all of our campers were able to show off the skills they have been working on all summer to their family and friends. We will miss all of our campers who are done for the summer and are looking forward to having a new group of campers join us this Monday! 

Enjoy the pictures from week 4 and don't forget to follow us on socia media!

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