Category Archives: Fun

Lesson Discounts!

Now that the weather is starting to warm up, it’s time to start lessons or get back into a regular routine.  Did you know that we offer discount lesson packages?  11006401_10152624003287051_1949455912891508737_n

  • Bulk Lesson Discount: Purchase 10 lessons and get one free.  This is a great deal for committed students!
  • Gift Package: Purchase 4 lesson gift certificates and receive a free stuffed horse keychain or other horsey-themed prize. This is a fun deal for the younger riders in your life and makes a great birthday gift or reward for good grades!

Even if the weather surprises us, we have a covered arena for rainy days and a lighted arena for evening lessons!

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It might be cold today, but it’s supposed to be nice and warm this weekend!  Come on out to Hillside for a lesson or two.  Come play on the obstacle course–we still have it set up, or just come and give your horse (or one of the school horses) a cuddle.

Valentine and CanMan

Photo Session

It was a beautiful week in the Midsouth and we took the opportunity to take some pictures around the barn.

Open Arena and Trail Challenge Practice and Competition

At Hillside Stables we have been busy planning trail challenge obstacles for our Second Annual Trail Challenge Practice and Competition (with Equine Costume Contest)!  We had so much fun planning, hosting, and participating in this event last year and are please to do it again this fall.

The event will be on Sunday 26 October 2014, so mark your calendars!  We will have registration forms and further details posted to the Trail Challenge page soon, so check back later.

Here are a few pictures of last years obstacles during preparation.  Have you been practicing on the obstacles that were difficult?

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The “Can Man”

Pool Noodles

Pool Noodles

Almost finished teeter totter

Almost finished teeter totter

Perhaps the short lengths of hoses are not as "spooky" as anticipated...

Perhaps the short lengths of hoses are not as “spooky” as anticipated…

Upcoming: Annual Trail Challenge Competition

Michelle and Clipper at the 2013 Trail Challenge

Michelle and Clipper at the 2013 Trail Challenge

The cool weather has everyone at Hillside thinking about fall and the fun that comes with it–particularly our annual trail challenge competition which will be held on 26 October 2014.  We have started planning and assembling obstacles already!

We had a great turn out last year and hope for even more people to join in the fun this year!  While we don’t have all of the details ironed out just yet, we have already planned a couple of changes and have decided on some things that we would like to do the same.  The big changes are that we’ll be starting things much earlier in the day and we would like to have at least two judges and two contestants going at the same time, so we can move everyone through in a timely manner–please let us know if you would like to judge!

Hanging out with the geldings: Geolo, Perry and Fiero

Hanging out with the geldings: Geolo, Perry and Fiero

We will continue to make this event fun and family-friendly, even for non-horsey relations. Last year so many people came just to watch the fun and spend time together and with the horses.  We would love to have that atmosphere again this year.

Registration will open in early September and the forms will be available on our Trail Challenge website.  If you have ideas to share or want to volunteer your time and/or resources to our event, please get in touch with PK Theobald.  We want this year to be even better and more fun than last year–please come join us for a wonderful time!

Trail Riding Lessons and Training

Hillside folks have been exploring new trails lately.  Trail riding is a great way to add some variety to both your and your horse’s routines; it is great mental and physical exercise for your horse.  Trail riding is also a great way to condition your horse as it builds his or her stifles, back end muscles, lungs, etc.  Below are some pictures from our recent excursions.

If you want to go trail riding but your horse is spooky and nervous (and maybe you are a little nervous, too), consider putting your horse in training or taking some trail riding lessons yourself–as your confidence grows, so will your horse’s!