Walnut Grove Farm

Walnut Grove Farm We are a boarding and training facility located outside of Buffalo, NY, specializing in eventing, dressage, and hunter/jumpers. We're home to the East Aurora Pony Club and have an IEA team.

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Walnut Grove Farm is looking for someone to help with morning chores Thursday mornings, a substitute chore doer, and Thu...
01/11/2022

Walnut Grove Farm is looking for someone to help with morning chores Thursday mornings, a substitute chore doer, and Thursday evening worker. Mornings take approximately three hours and responsibilities include handling horses, water buckets and hay bales, blanketing and unblanketing horses, haying, graining, mucking and sweeping. Evening chores include all of the above except for mucking and take anywhere from 1-2 hours depending on your hustle.

Please PM if interested!

Walnut Grove Farm is looking for someone to help with morning chores Thursday mornings, a substitute chore doer, and Thursday evening worker. Mornings take approximately three hours and responsibilities include handling horses, water buckets and hay bales, blanketing and unblanketing horses, haying, graining, mucking and sweeping. Evening chores include all of the above except for mucking and take anywhere from 1-2 hours depending on your hustle.

Please PM if interested!

Happy Birthday to our three newest seven year olds: Kate and Vator (pictured here) and Ever, as well as the rest of the ...
01/02/2022

Happy Birthday to our three newest seven year olds: Kate and Vator (pictured here) and Ever, as well as the rest of the Thoroughbreds at WGF: Rumi, Micah, Ruby, Stoney, Coleman, Radar, Dillon, and Ruben.

If they were all magically four years old and in a race against each other, how do you think they'd place?

Second Pic: Kate's first Lehman show and her most recent Lehman show.

#ottbsofinstagram #ottb #happybirthday #howiskateseven #baysfordays #greysfordays #notachestnutinthebunch #LoveyouVatorbutImputtingyoulast #hesbeenahuntersincebirth #thoroughbreds #walnutgrovefarm

12/12/2021

ISO chore help Thursday mornings, mid-day Sundays and mid-day Tuesdays. Yeeeeeehah!

Woahwoahwoah. Did I not post a big, braggy post about our last IEA Show? Our middle schoolers earned their final points ...
12/07/2021

Woahwoahwoah. Did I not post a big, braggy post about our last IEA Show? Our middle schoolers earned their final points to solidify qualifying for regionals! Individually, they didn't have their best day, but as a team, they got the job done.

Our high schoolers had their best show as a team and tied-ish for third. Highlights included that and Lucy earning two blue ribbons (refer to hug picture post-pinning 🥺). Please note Kaleb piggy-backing his teammate, Alexis, to the prep ring so she wouldn't get her boots dirty.

There was snow. There were ribbons. There were saintly horses. And there was this team, who teams hard, and teams passionately, all while figuring out this whole crazy sport and their whole crazy lives. I admire each and every one of them.

#rideiea #walnutgrovefarmieateam #haveyouhuggedaschoolhorsetoday #officialieazone2 #whatsafutureschooler #zonesorbust #teammates

This Thanksgiving, we are grateful as always for our barn family, our farrier, Josh Hornquist, Dr. Katie, Dr. Bentley, a...
11/25/2021

This Thanksgiving, we are grateful as always for our barn family, our farrier, Josh Hornquist, Dr. Katie, Dr. Bentley, and the other vets who keep our creatures ticking, our hay farmer, Cal Schilling and his wife, Brenda, Genesee Feeds, and for Kevin who brings our shavings.

We are beyond grateful for our helpers Chelcie, Nancy, Christina, Max, Nikki, Kelsey, Maddie, Ava, Lucy, the Schabers, and Rory.

We are indebted beyond all reason to these sweet little horse faces who give so much of themselves for our enjoyment.

#happyhorseythanksgiving #haveyouhuggedaschoolhorsetoday #thehorsesofwalnutgrove #greys #spottedcreatures #thoroughbreds #andadaschundclydesdale

East Aurora Pony Club
11/15/2021
East Aurora Pony Club

East Aurora Pony Club

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This is the first time I've looked at a fundraiser/shopping website and thought, "Oh! We need that!" about more than a d...
11/15/2021
East Aurora Pony Club

This is the first time I've looked at a fundraiser/shopping website and thought, "Oh! We need that!" about more than a dozen items.

East Aurora Pony Club is raising funds for their many activities. This past year, most of the club members attended three rallies, qualified for, attended, and won national champs for dressage at the Kentucky Horse Park!

The Pony Club gets 40% of any of your purchases from this link. The Pony Clubbers are also willing to clean your tack for any donation.

Thanks in advance!

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Could we have just a couple more months of this weather, please?#fall #ottb #sunnybuffalo #coolingout #autumnalbackdrop ...
11/08/2021

Could we have just a couple more months of this weather, please?

#fall #ottb #sunnybuffalo #coolingout #autumnalbackdrop #shadows #ponyclubproud #eastauroraponyclub #rideiea

I was spoiled to spend seven months of my life riding 1-3 times a day under the tutelage of Christopher, his sister, Jan...
11/02/2021
Chris Bartle: the Markington man who led Team GB to Olympic gold - The Stray Ferret

I was spoiled to spend seven months of my life riding 1-3 times a day under the tutelage of Christopher, his sister, Jane, Moray, and other great teachers. The lessons out of the saddle were just as valuable as the ones in it, and I still treasure the friendships that came from living at the YRC.

Think of an England sports coach in the Harrogate district who enjoyed a remarkable summer, and chances are Gareth Southgate comes to mind.

I really like these people. They're very human. They win some. They lose some. They cheer each other on in good times. T...
10/24/2021

I really like these people. They're very human. They win some. They lose some. They cheer each other on in good times. They cheer each other on in bad times. They laugh too much (and remind me of @darbybook and my IHSA days). They cry (but WAY less than I ever did). They're hard on themselves but so kind to each other in the moment.

Congrats to all of them. There was so much learning, today. Congrats to Olivia and Bella for qualifying for Regionals. Congrats to Clare for winning Reserve High Point Middle School Rider (and thank you #uspc), and the Middle School Team for taking their second Grand Champion of the season. Congrats to Kaleb for his double second placings. Thanks to Lucy for being the team, and the coach's, mom.

No sum of money could entice me to host an IEA show in my backyard. Congrats to @hunters_ridge for their first IEA show at home. What a feat! Thanks to Daryl and High Times and Skib and Dunham for hosting.

#rideiea #ieazone2 #uspc #ponyclub #eastauroraponyclub #haveyouhuggedaschoolhorsetoday #winnerwinnerchickendinner #mymotleycrew #safesport #futureschool #iwaswarmlastweek #charlesowen #mips #ponies #horses #eventers #eventersequitate #buffalove

Walnut Grover, Mary, participated in the Santa Barbara County CDS Virtual Autumn Show. Results to follow. These virtual ...
10/22/2021

Walnut Grover, Mary, participated in the Santa Barbara County CDS Virtual Autumn Show. Results to follow. These virtual shows are a great opportunity to have some light show nerves, and get judge's feedback. Results to come!

#walnutgrovefarmdressageteam #ottb #newvocations #usdf #dressage #baysfordays #santabarbaracountycds

Walnut Grover, Mary, participated in the Santa Barbara County CDS Virtual Autumn Show. Results to follow. These virtual shows are a great opportunity to have some light show nerves, and get judge's feedback. Results to come!

#walnutgrovefarmdressageteam #ottb #newvocations #usdf #dressage #baysfordays #santabarbaracountycds

Walnut Grovers enjoyed a rare weekend of spectating (instead of competing). The GVH Hunt Races served as the perfect bac...
10/17/2021

Walnut Grovers enjoyed a rare weekend of spectating (instead of competing). The GVH Hunt Races served as the perfect backdrop to Jayne's Belated Birthday Party. Several of our East Aurora Junior Pony Clubbers participated in the stick horse races, and some of our favorite 'big kids' joined in, too. We were grateful to our tailgating neighbors for their show jumping course which occupied said junior PCers when they weren't eating cupcakes and walking tacos. The adults enjoyed deliciously crafted cider mimosas thanks to @sarahlorax

#gvhhuntraces #eastauroraponyclub #wgffutureeventteam #stickhorses #cupcakes #walkingtacos #partyhats #unitedstatesponyclub

Walnut Grove Farm loves Stone Gate Farm's Fall Horse Trials, and this year was no exception. Clare climbed her way up af...
10/12/2021

Walnut Grove Farm loves Stone Gate Farm's Fall Horse Trials, and this year was no exception. Clare climbed her way up after dressage, ending on her dressage score to land in the ribbons. Kaitlyn and Goldie racked up an impressive 13 speed faults at Intro, moving down a few placings as a result. Allison piloted Ever around her third event beautifully, really improving a bit in each phase. Rumi showed great progress since our creative dance moves in the same ring in May, landing her in second after dressage, but a rail in SJ knocked us down to 5th, where we remained after a clean XC. She won Reserve High Point TIP.

📸 Mr Howard

#princessfiona #heartofgold #hereswattever #rubyone #rumiandbeth #haveyouhuggedaschoolhorsetoday #slooowandsteady #hitairvest #stonegatefarm #belatedposts

A Small Portion of my Pep Talk to the IEA team at their first show of the season, today: "You people had a great year la...
09/25/2021

A Small Portion of my Pep Talk to the IEA team at their first show of the season, today: "You people had a great year last year, and that's a tough act to follow. This year is what we call a rebuilding year. We have so many new teammates, and people who haven't jumped competitively before who are jumping today. But my goal isn't winning, my goal is to create a team of kind people who can go to Pony Club Champs and hold their own in dressage, they can go on Hunter Paces, and XC School up hill and dale. We're creating well-rounded, kind horsemen..."

Team to Me: 🥇 🏆 🥇

I have a lot to say about the community of kids and parents who comprise this team. I noticed and appreciated each and every one of you who mucked, watered, hayed, pet, groomed, tacked etc etc. Thank you. I have a lot of warm fuzzies about getting to have all these kids and spectators around all day at shows this year, as opposed to last year. I have lots of gratitudiness for the horses who competed today and my boarders who shared their lovely creatures. And a special shout out to #unitedstatesponyclub, without whom Clare and Olivia may not have wowed the judge and steward in their question-off tie breaker for Grand and Reserve Individual High Point Riders. (Soooo proud.) Another post, another time.

Thanks to you all, and to Fuller and Company and Hunter's Ridge for being so bloody organized and cheerful. What a show!

Day 2, tomorrow. Get some sleep, Walnut Grovers.

#haveyouhuggedaschoolhorsetoday #worththeirweightingold #lovethisteam #walnutgrovefarmieateam #rideiea #unitedstatesponyclub #eastauroraponyclub #proudmomma

Saddle Up for Roswell was a beautiful day for Walnut Grovers large and small. Olivia and Fiona did the full shebang, fin...
09/24/2021

Saddle Up for Roswell was a beautiful day for Walnut Grovers large and small. Olivia and Fiona did the full shebang, finishing on her dressage score. The xc was especially impressive, considering she didn't get the opportunity to practice and Fiona is very different out of the start box than she is at home!

Carlie and Boston and Lucy and Edgar performed beautifully in their Training Level tests, with Lucy taking the blue in both classes!

Clare and Fiona, and Kaitlyn and Goldie took the opportunity to practice their eventing tests before Stone Gate and came away with pretty ribbons and great, helpful comments from the judge.

Kate and Fiona performed Intro Level Test A, which was well-memorized, and Arlo abs Boston and Lainey and Scotchie rocked the leadline division.

I was so proud of East Aurora Pony Club's volunteerism with this great event for a great cause. Thanks, team!

#eastauroraponyclub #walnutgrovefarmeventteam #haveyouhuggedaschoolhorsetoday #majorleague #princessfiona #ponylove #eventing #dressage #SUFR

Here's a belated braggy post about WGF's excursion to Dressage at Wine Country:Jayne and I joined our usual Dressagers, ...
09/20/2021

Here's a belated braggy post about WGF's excursion to Dressage at Wine Country:

Jayne and I joined our usual Dressagers, Sarah and Jen for a fun-filled weekend in Elmira. Jayne put in four great opportunity tests, bringing home a myriad of ribbons including a blue for T-2.

Rumi's dressage has been steadily improving all season, but having this opportunity to ride four tests in a competition atmosphere really helped her find her footing, literally and figuratively. By Sunday's end she won the TIP Award for highest scoring OTTB and Reserve High Point at Training Level. Thanks to Cayuga Dressage and Combined Training Club for sponsoring the basket Rumi and I won for highest scoring New York Bred Horse and Rider on Saturday. (This show has such fun awards.)

Jen and Kip won High Point Quarter Horse on Saturday and showed steady improvement in lengthenings and in scores since the beginning of the season. Kip even almost convinced Jen that cross country might be fun, jumping a mud puddle clearly and correctly.

Sarah performed a 1st Level Freestyle that drew quite an audience between the choice of music, adorableness of Samwise, the partnership between Sarah and Sam, and the quality of the dressage. Despite it being the debut of her freestyle, she qualified for Regionals.

The Jen photo is by Moonlight Photography.

#belatedbraggypost #dressageinwinecountry #usdf #ottb #ImpressiveGrace #TrulyALuckyLad #RumiandBeth #RubyOne #Samwise #musicalfreestyle

I had a recurring nightmare that I'd get to a show, and the secretary would tell me, "New Rule: Jump the standards, not ...
09/03/2021

I had a recurring nightmare that I'd get to a show, and the secretary would tell me, "New Rule: Jump the standards, not the rails." Then I met Tweeds and realized that that's a fun way to go about it...

Let me preface all this nostalgia by saying that Tweeds is happy and thriving. For years, I've promised him his own person, all to himself, to love and spoil him. This summer, he started telling me that it was time. The stars aligned, and one of his favorite former UBET riders is now a 'real adult' wanting a horse to play with, hunter pace on, and love. He moved closer to her home September 1st.

The first time I rode Tweeds was in a field at his house, at dusk, just a few miles from the Erie Hunt and Saddle Club. I was totally smitten, and fancied that while I competed him in eventing, he'd also make a great school horse for my dressage riders. What I couldn't have predicted was that he would be my buddy, and tolerate my competing him, then not riding him for months while pregnant, intermittently riding between nursing and teaching, then sticking him in another few shows, having another baby, then taking him on the North Carolina trip. I was often disappointed with our results, we'd have an occasional stop at white jumps or ditches, but now looking back in time, I see a horse who kept me happy, healthy, and entertained while I was navigating one of the busiest times of my life and career.

For a few years, he was also the 'catch ride' for students who were between horses, or whose horses would come up lame before an event, taking people who hadn't had much time with him around Intro, Beginner Novice and Novice tracks, and to a C2 rating.

The pictures and videos are truly worth a thousand words. His knees are a great visual for his heart and his 'try.' He gave my students and me so very much, and I'm so, so happy to give him a person for his golden years.

#barontweedmouth #haveyouhuggedaschoolhorsetoday #walnutgrovefarmeventteam #kneesfordays #nothingbutheart #paints #sbrspeedydoesit #theblacklabofthefarm

Let's get ready to Tailgate!
08/25/2021

Let's get ready to Tailgate!

We're only 6 weeks away!

Twilight Dressage threatened to be another rainy one on Rumi's resume, but proved gorgeous and lived up to its name with...
08/18/2021

Twilight Dressage threatened to be another rainy one on Rumi's resume, but proved gorgeous and lived up to its name with a gloooorious sunset. Amanda cranked out a couple nice 1st Level Tests, and Lucy and Edgar performed Training Level. In preparation for Rumi's USDF debut at Wine Country later this month, we did our Training Level tests and she scored a 74% in her debut T-3. Carolyn proved a worthy groom and @pavedape was our token, and appreciated, show dad.

Also pictured, 3/10 of our campers (it's day 1 of Pony Club Camp 2), surprised by Radar.

#twilightdressage #ottb #andedgar #baysfordays #hitair #wnyda #sunset #spectacular #rumiandbeth #walnutgrovefarmdressageteam #gvrdc #hideawayfarm

While Rumi and I were just in it for the schooling and couch-coaching, the other three Walnut Grovers in attendance at t...
08/17/2021

While Rumi and I were just in it for the schooling and couch-coaching, the other three Walnut Grovers in attendance at the Exmoor Eventing Derby put in a fine show. In a class of at least 20, Allison and her new mare, Ever, won first place, and Clare and Princess Fiona placed fifth. Radar was surprised Aili didn't know how dangerous wood wrapped in astroturf is, and tried to save her life multiple times. After a wee reschool, they sailed over it in a near-flawless second round.

Thanks to @exmooreventing for the great show. Thanks to Piglet for babysitting Arlo. Thanks to the weather being perfect. Thanks to the show parents for show-parenting not just their children, but mine as well.

First two photos are thanks to Allison's dad, Dave. 📷

#haveyouhuggedaschoolhorsetoday #walnutgrovefarmeventteam #hitair #fleecesfromhighschooltennis #ottb #derby #greymare #whattrackisfionafrom #barndogsforthewin #eventing #nextupGVRDC

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Great job riding IEA team! I took far too many pictures of you all on Saturday and you can see them now on my website laurebphoto.com Here is the free picture I promised you!