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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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EAPCers had a great first rally of the year. Natalija and Olivia took Individual High Point Awards for the Classroom Pha...
04/10/2022

EAPCers had a great first rally of the year. Natalija and Olivia took Individual High Point Awards for the Classroom Phase of Quiz Rally in their respective divisions, and Natalija, Carolyn, and Olivia were all Reserve High Point Individual Champs in their divisions. Natalija captained her team (Kate, Sammie, and Mila) into a first place finish despite none of them having competed in quiz before, and the average age of the team being 7 years old. Carolyn, Noelle and Eva, another team of newbies to quiz, finished second in their division despite not having a fourth team member. Olivia, Kali, and a couple of GVPC members finished sixth as a team in their division. Congratulations  to all! Thanks to Heart to Heart for hosting and to the parents who volunteered all day long. #usponyclub #ponyclubproud #ponyclub #quizrally #wnyregion #eastauroraponyclub

Announcing our WGF Day Camps for 2022!Email bethwalkowicz@gmail.com for prices and lengthier descriptions. Limited schoo...
04/06/2022

Announcing our WGF Day Camps for 2022!

Email [email protected] for prices and lengthier descriptions. Limited school horse availability.

Looking forward to a summer of learning and laughs!

#summercamps #haveyouhuggedaschoolhorsetoday #eventing #dressage #optimumtime #musicalfreestyles #quadrille #mockfoxhunts #horsemanship #ponyclub #equitation #infieldjumps #crosscountry #summerwithhorses #brownies

04/05/2022

Moments in Professionalism, brought to you by a ten month old puppy.

#goldenretriever #goldenretrieversofinstagram #nevermore #walnutgrovefarmagilityteam #baysfordays #charlesowen #edgar #draftcross #ariat

On Fridays, we wear grey. I mean train. We train greys. #ottbs #fleabittengrey #notaflatteringnameforacolor #shedddingse...
04/01/2022

On Fridays, we wear grey. I mean train. We train greys.

#ottbs #fleabittengrey #notaflatteringnameforacolor #shedddingseason #greysfordays #walnutgrovefarmdressageteam #usdf #wnyda

After winning Zones, Olivia credited me first and the pony she drew next. Then she tried to insist on doing one round of...
03/29/2022

After winning Zones, Olivia credited me first and the pony she drew next. Then she tried to insist on doing one round of garbage duty before heading home.

Going into Zones, she was starting to lose some of her hunt seat eq mojo, as she became antsy to begin eventing season. In my head, I had started to think out my post-Zones braggy social media post for her (see below), and how I'd highlight what a horsewoman she's become.

But then she won. She won her class at the IEA Zone 2 Championships at the USEF Headquarters in Gladstone, NJ. Zone 2 is all of New York State. These kids go into these high pressure situations, ride a horse they've randomly drawn and never met, and with no warm up, ride it in front of a judge. I was all ready to talk about my little stall mucker and the darn kid won 'states' and qualified for Nationals.

Original Post: Since Christmas, I've had the joy of seeing one of my students take on the responsibility of sole/chief/head person for her lease horse, Danika. She mucks her stall after every ride, thinks out conditioning regimens, contentedly hangs out with her, and has proven to be the young horsewoman every horse deserves.

Thanks so much to the horse providers, hosts, award providers, and fellow competitors who made the weekend complete.

Scroll for a flashback!

#walnutgrovefarmieateam #ieazone2region1 #haveyouhuggedaschoolhorsetoday #maggie #canwepleasedodressageonmonday #younghorsewomen
#rideiea #ieazone2 #rjclassic #thehorseconnection #doversaddlery #theshowtrunkII #hollinsuniversity #louieslipsmackers #judygoldthwait #finedesigns #nutrena #usetfoundation #hamiltonfarm

These distinguished gentlemen are looking for someone to feed them cat food, muck horse stalls, do horse blanket and pas...
03/16/2022

These distinguished gentlemen are looking for someone to feed them cat food, muck horse stalls, do horse blanket and pasture changes, hay, grain, water, sweep, and pet them more than the ponies Sunday mornings from 7:30-10:30ish. Also looking for someone to do 1:00 chores (pasture switcharooni, hay, water, sweep) on Sundays. Money and/or ride time available. If someone wanted both gigs, I could fill the 10:30-12:30 time between shifts with more paid work.

Low-quality photo of high-quality WGF boarders (past and present) enjoying a dinner out at The Humbert House, last night...
03/11/2022

Low-quality photo of high-quality WGF boarders (past and present) enjoying a dinner out at The Humbert House, last night.

As a business-owner, mom of young ones, riding instructor and horse trainer, it can be scary to ask your clients what more they need from you and the business. In a recent conversation, though, the answer was "more outings with the adults of the farm." Easily done, and mutually beneficial. 💕

Love my barn family.

#boarderappreciation #walnutgrovefarmdinnerclub #walnutgrovefarmdressageteam #wouldyouliketohavesomeentreestonight 😐 #namethatpickledthing

My Wednesday IEA crew (also pictured: future IEA rider, Allie) has improved leaps and bounds, lately, and I'm just so pr...
03/10/2022

My Wednesday IEA crew (also pictured: future IEA rider, Allie) has improved leaps and bounds, lately, and I'm just so proud of them. They've been putting courses together, nailing their leads, and equitating their hearts out. We lose one of them (cough @alejandra.bielat) to Mercyhurst's IHSA team, but have Bella moving up to High School and Camryn ready to rock another year in Middle School. #rideiea #haveyouhuggedaschoolhorsetoday #princessfiona #majorleague #tank #spots #ariat #charlesowen #tipperary #buffalony #716 #crossrails #kindnessmatters

By popular demand, here's a third draft of our show season calendar for 2022! It is incomplete, ever changing, already f...
02/24/2022

By popular demand, here's a third draft of our show season calendar for 2022! It is incomplete, ever changing, already full, but malleable. Also, there are some leases available on a few of our beloved Walnut Grove horses. Inquire within! 😀 #showseason2022 #walnutgrovefarmeventteam #walnutgrovefarmdressageteam #walnutgrovefarmieateam #haveyouhuggedaschoolhorsetoday #ottb

Walnut Grove's IEA team had a record number of students qualify for Regionals, which took place at SUNY Morrisville Sund...
02/22/2022

Walnut Grove's IEA team had a record number of students qualify for Regionals, which took place at SUNY Morrisville Sunday. Our Middle School Team was one of four to qualify from the region: It was too exciting: Skib, Hunters Ridge, Fuller, and WGF were neck in neck all day. Congrats to Hunters Ridge for winning! As a team, we had some really stellar moments and some less than stellar moments peppered throughout the day. What struck me the most was how grown up these kids were about their placings, happy or not. Congrats to Clare for a great season, and taking a first and second over fences, and a second and fifth on the flat. Congrats to Addison for a second and third, Kaleb for a quartet of fourths and overcoming a broken boot zipper, Lucy for a third on the flat, and Alexis for an amazing round and a fifth. So many congratulations to Olivia for her fifth and first on Moose, which qualified her for Zones at Gladstone next month!

I cannot say enough about the quality of horses and riding I saw from SUNY Morrisville. The facility was great, and it was solidly outshone by gorgeous horses being ridden by very polished riders. I was so impressed.

Thanks to all the coaches and parents who worked to make Regionals the success it was. Thanks to Kaitlyn for being my right hand girl all weekend. Thanks to Ryan Seacrest and Maeven the dog for being the team mascots.

#rideiea #ieazone2 #officialieazone2 #ponyclub #walnutgrovefarmieateam #haveyouhuggedaschoolhorsetoday #charlesowen #samshield #ariat #regionals #warmbloods #baysfordays #thoroughbreds #sevendegrees #handwarmers #morrisvilleequestrian #headedtozones

I can always tell my orange tabby twins, Fred and George Weasley, apart, but Penelope Clearwater and Dobby Hufflepuff ar...
02/03/2022

I can always tell my orange tabby twins, Fred and George Weasley, apart, but Penelope Clearwater and Dobby Hufflepuff are IMPOSSIBLE unless they're sitting directly next to one another. Has anyone managed to find a distinguishing feature besides the fact that one is female? #twinsies #billgamblephoto #blackcats #hunterextraordinaire #barncatsofinstagram #barncats

01/30/2022

I could just write, "At the final regular season show in Alfred last weekend, our Middle School Team won Grand Champion for their third time out of five shows. Clare won double blues and brought home Middle School Reserve Champ Rider, Rory and Alexis put all the pieces of their season together and won their classes, Alejandra had personal best rides, Addison, Olivia, and Kaleb took home seconds, Lucy and Bella took fourths in large classes, and everyone who could qualify for Regionals (even if it was a long shot), qualified! What a day! We couldn't have done it without our perfect draws. Thanks to Alfred U and High Times for hosting." But then I wouldn't be me, would I?

December saw one of our toughest moments as a team. I didn't think that those it affected would have the mental toughness to have recent troubles on their minds, ride well, and support one another, but they really did. They did all that, and they did it with determination, visible nerves, grace, maturity beyond their years, humor, and the beginnings of forgiveness. They did it because they love horses and riding; and because they want to do right by each other.

They're probably not going to grow up and be axe murderers, after all.

#butlockyourdoorsjustincase #notabouttheribbons #rideiea #zone2region1 #canwecallfutureschoolmiddleschool #haveyouhuggedaschoolhorsetoday #winnerwinnerchickendinner #mentaltoughness #ponyclubproud #charlesowen #ariat #tipperary #samshield #lookoutregionalsherewecome #walnutgrovefarm #walnutgrovefarmieateam

I'm woefully far behind on my braggy IEA posts! (How many times have I started a post with the word woefully? LOTS!)We u...
01/28/2022

I'm woefully far behind on my braggy IEA posts! (How many times have I started a post with the word woefully? LOTS!)

We used the December 11th Hunter's Ridge IEA Show as a make up for kids who couldn't attend the five shows we planned to attend as a team. Somehow, by the time the show rolled up, that meant just Clare competed for WGF! With the weight of the entire team on her shoulders (just kidding...sort of) Clare's first and second places, along with winning a question off, won her Grand Champion Middle Schooler. She also placed third as a team 😀 .

Thanks to Hunter's Ridge for hosting, Clare's teammates who helped her and/or me with Boston, Kate for horse handling, and Mother Nature for the unseasonably warm temps.

#rideiea #walnutgrovefarmieateam #samshield #paint #majorleague #zone2region1 #huntersridge #questionoff #winnerwinnerchickendinner #grandchampion #regionalsherewecome

01/27/2022

Looking forward to this Horse Show Series this summer! The shows are affordable, nearby, and run by one of the most organized women I know. Can't wait!

01/20/2022

Mini Cooper is looking for an intermediate rider to dote on him and take him to all the things. He is easy enough on the ground for my five year old to lead, bathe, and tack up, and he's great for trailering, the farrier and vet. During the summer, he was a solid citizen for my young Pony Clubbers and walk-trotters, and was simultaneously being leased by a petite 18 year old who kept him tuned up. In early fall, he was an asset at the IEA Show that we co-hosted. After a lengthy warm-up by one of my more advanced kids, he went on to earn many ribbons for the Future School flat classes. The weather turned cold, his leaser went to college, and we have a slightly different Mini Cooper: Still adorable. Still cuddly and safe for my little people on the ground, but Winter Mini Cooper is frisky (some bucking in which his front end seems to disappear). I told him I'd find him a kid with a great leg and seat to spoil him rotten in the manner to which he'd like to grow accustomed. Please email [email protected] for more information.

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!

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

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11564 Genesee St
Alden, NY
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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!