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Operating as usual

05/13/2022
Claus 63 LRK3DE Lexington 4*-S XC

Sharon’s 4* ride with Claus 63. Listen to the comments. She is developing him for the 5* and it’s important to him him come away from this run with confidence, which he does, even with some jumping faults.

Rachael leaves Florida with Kalle and Holden. They were down there for the winter; and Kalle is still a ham for treats a...
04/02/2022

Rachael leaves Florida with Kalle and Holden. They were down there for the winter; and Kalle is still a ham for treats apparently 😂

https://www.britishdressage.co.uk/news/ukraine-equestrian-federation-calls-for-urgent-donations-of-feed-and-shavings/?fb...
03/07/2022
Ukraine Equestrian Federation calls for urgent donations of feed and shavings

https://www.britishdressage.co.uk/news/ukraine-equestrian-federation-calls-for-urgent-donations-of-feed-and-shavings/?fbclid=IwAR0OwFfJyXvzcHowRNCnqF28QkEINXnsu5MQoeFptRAlUR25TQIEArKhfvo

Following the devastating invasion by Russia last week, the EEF has been in regular contact with the Ukrainian Equestrian Federation and the FEI to offer assistance and support. The Ukrainian Equestrian Federation has now created a foundation in order to manage offers of accommodation and accept ...

So now it is Monday morning and here is Velvet all nice and cozy. Now begins the four+ hours of barn work. Feeding 20 ho...
01/17/2022

So now it is Monday morning and here is Velvet all nice and cozy. Now begins the four+ hours of barn work. Feeding 20 horses, dumping all their water in a non-walking area because it will turn to ice, putting out all the hay without getting hurt myself means doing it while they are eating, then cleaning all the stalls but only filling the wheelbarrows halfway because I have to push them through the snow. I typically wait until eight or nine because then it’s less icy and I have a better chance of fighting the elements. If I don’t answer your texts concerning how the horses are doing or asking if there are lessons today (yes we are on) etc. it’s because I will do that once I get inside. Stopping to deal with my phone, taking off my gloves etc. just makes it longer and makes me colder lol!

01/17/2022

Facebook won’t let me load more than one video again. Here is Velvet after removing her blanket. Even though she was dry underneath she was shivering like crazy. Not every horse can go without a blanket! I replaced the one she had on with a nice dry one both inside and out.

01/17/2022

9/16/22 Snow started late today and then turned to freezing rain. At 9 pm I went out into the pasture to check the horses to see if they were sharing the sheds, and they weren’t. I brought them in so they can each relax in their own space. Velvet was shivering under her heavy Rambo! I’m so glad I checked them! She was dry under the blanket but I removed it and replaced it with another heavy blanket that was completely dry on the outside as well and she finally stopped shivering. Interestingly this just proves the point that not all horses can be left to fend for themselves in nature. Some will require blankets while others will not.

1/5/22 Sunny, at 30! He really looks good, and still very lively!
01/07/2022

1/5/22 Sunny, at 30! He really looks good, and still very lively!

This is why I struggle selling any of my horses and try to place them instead. And also why I retire my  school horses t...
12/13/2021

This is why I struggle selling any of my horses and try to place them instead. And also why I retire my school horses to fields where they continue to be taken care of until they pass on. The second picture is the first owner getting the poor horse back but unable to save her. I can’t wrap my brain around how anyone with a conscience can let this happen to their animal. What suffering she went through . . .
She was 7 years old and had gone to the APHA World Show and had great bloodlines.

12/01/2021

12/1/21 At a little over three weeks being treated for Lymes, Jewel is
much better!

11/22/2021

11/21/21 I’m excited to show you Jewel’s progress after two weeks of treatment for Lymes. She’s been on doxycycline twice a day and colostrum for the first seven days. In the beginning it was as if her skin was on fire. She was biting the air, pinned her ears flat, and was clearly uncomfortable during grooming. Look at her now!

11/08/2021

Sharing to spread what I learned. Jewel had started being cranky when I was grooming her and I just thought maybe she was in season but it persisted when she should have gone out. Almost daily the crankiness was increasing to the point where I thought she might actually connect and bite me.
I had blood work done and she has Lymes. I had no idea it could look like this. Apparently her skin is so sensitive from this disease that she can’t stand being brushed right now. Lesson learned and she’s begun treatment.

Skeeter’s passing leaves a huge hole in our horse community. He was a self-taught, extremely knowledgeable horse person....
11/05/2021

Skeeter’s passing leaves a huge hole in our horse community. He was a self-taught, extremely knowledgeable horse person. I first met him when he had his shop in the Dart Chantilly mall on 50, next to my Dad’s Real estate office. They used to “shoot the bull” when things were quiet in their respective businesses. Who knew that years later I’d be into horses and doing business with him! He always turned things around fast and had nothing but kind words to say. He built his business, bought his farm, built his house and stable, everything, never afraid of hard work, loved his horses and his customers, and had a lot to show for it. You’ll be missed Skeeter ❤️

Rest In Peace Skeeter. You will be dearly missed by our entire horse community.

Scamper, ever vigilant, while Béla has her opinion about things!
10/30/2021

Scamper, ever vigilant, while Béla has her opinion about things!

Photos from Sharon White's post
10/28/2021

Photos from Sharon White's post

10/14/21 Hi everyone, I’m currently in Portugal doing a riding tour. To see what it’s like, please go to my personal FB ...
10/14/2021

10/14/21 Hi everyone, I’m currently in Portugal doing a riding tour. To see what it’s like, please go to my personal FB page as I’m recording it all there with what little time I have left at the end of each day!
Lucia Di Benedetto.

09/25/2021

9/25/21 Santana did his very first trail ride, out in open fields and with cattle. Cassidy said he was a champ! He actually liked leading almost the whole way!

09/24/2021

9/24/21 wow, now Cassidy has Santana jumping at the canter! Once things made sense to him he just keeps moving forward in his learning!

09/20/2021

9/20/21 Santana gets his first set of four shoes and he was super!

09/08/2021

Cassidy Cain has done a beautiful job with Santana’s training these last 30 days! You saw the video of the first canter she did with him under saddle when he was so unbalanced at the beginning of the month and now look at him, impressive! He is confident, balanced, and most of all, happy! He really trusts her and it makes my heart happy! He is definitely a people horse. He has bonded with her but he also clearly remembered me when I showed up! If you know anyone who needs to have a horse trained, I highly recommend her! She’s working under Olin Armstrong in Verona, VA, and beginning to take outside horses herself. She has such a wonderful foundation for doing this because of the years she has spent working under this iconic horseman!

Since I was still on the waiting list for Petey Wright to get Santana back in there, and he and Brooke knew how badly I ...
08/20/2021

Since I was still on the waiting list for Petey Wright to get Santana back in there, and he and Brooke knew how badly I wanted him back in training, Brooke recommended fellow trainer Cassidy Cain, who works with Olin Armstrong in Staunton, VA. Santana is relaxed and happy and only thinks about doing his job. These photos are of him going around the outside track of their convoluted training ring. They have a lot of stuff in the middle of it and it serves to desensitize the horses. Then they have the horses go around the outside edge. He did that for a couple of weeks and then today she added the barrels for him to figure out how to place his weight for jumping without the weight of her being on him. Look at those knees!
Previously, she used this to help him learn how to balance in a much smaller area while cantering. Then she cantered him in the outside ring for the first time. It is very large and he was good, carrying her weight, but he doesn’t turn very well! Anybody who rides here and has seen the younger horses go, and hear me tell them that if they want to turn at the bottom or top of the ring they need to start their aids at B or E, know what I’m talking about!

Photos from MissDi Kreations's post
08/16/2021

Photos from MissDi Kreations's post

Here it is again, in a nutshell, with great commentary.
08/11/2021
The Modern Pentathlon Debacle

Here it is again, in a nutshell, with great commentary.

Ok, let’s talk about this whole modern pentathlon thing shall we? This Olympics was not my first introduction to it. I remember watching parts of it during the London coverage and cringing th…

I am sad to announce the recent loss of our cherished Adara (aka, Doodle). She came from my friend Tonya Withers, who en...
08/09/2021

I am sad to announce the recent loss of our cherished Adara (aka, Doodle). She came from my friend Tonya Withers, who entrusted her care to me 6 years ago. Over all those years Adara taught many riders with her perfectly cadenced canter, and careful precision in jumping grids, combinations or single fences, always going over, even if the rider was struggling for balance or timing. In the language of a school program, she was a “saint”. Thankfully, all my students who had the opportunity to ride her truly valued her and spoiled her with treats, hugs, love, and extra grooming, especially after a good roll. Sometimes she’d come in looking like she knew she was supposed to be gray, so did some special, extra rolling just to get that extra grooming time!
It was obvious that she died peacefully, just laying in the field. A student saw her alive, and 15 minutes later she didn’t come in with the rest of the group for feeding and that’s when we found her, just asleep on the ground.
All of us at Stonelea Farm miss her terribly. She was a very special mare!

Oh the sport we love! These ladies work hard all week, juggling jobs, kids, and general family life and come here for th...
07/18/2021

Oh the sport we love! These ladies work hard all week, juggling jobs, kids, and general family life and come here for that special time and connection to their favorite horse. They groom them, stroke them, talk to them, spoil them with treats and make these lucky horses feel loved ❤️. Stonelea school horses have a very nice life!

Beating the summer heat. They are walking out after a 7:30 AM lesson😜
07/17/2021

Beating the summer heat. They are walking out after a 7:30 AM lesson
😜

07/15/2021

Working Students do it all! They are 11-15 years old. Farm life, farm responsibilities! Good job Lucca!

07/15/2021

Look at the tiny (42”) pony leading the big guys! 😂

6/26 & 27, 2021.  Hey, look at these talented riders! Kat/Kyrie, Lucca/Worthy, Carolyn/Roman participated in the team ch...
06/27/2021

6/26 & 27, 2021. Hey, look at these talented riders! Kat/Kyrie, Lucca/Worthy, Carolyn/Roman participated in the team challenge in Dressage in Culpepper this past weekend. They came home with ribbons in their classes both days and finished as champions in the team challenge. On top of that, Kyrie was the highest scoring Thoroughbred both days! You can see in the second picture how surprised Kat was, LOL!
(this is pretty exciting to see how well-rounded thoroughbreds can be. So far Kat has done the following activities or competitions and placed well with Kyrie: Dressage, Hunters, Show Jumpers, riding bridleless, and trails. She competed in Florida with her for a month (thanks to Michelle Mahoney and Dorna Taintor) and she placed with her at Upperville. I’m so excited for Kat since this was on her bucket list and she’s doing it all this year before she moves to Kentucky in October!)
Way to go everyone! Great job!

06/18/2021

Some jumping fun with Lucca on Worthy and Kat on Gracie!

Jewel and I finally did an official 25 mile race at the Old Dominion, and my training with her paid off. It was a fun, y...
06/12/2021

Jewel and I finally did an official 25 mile race at the Old Dominion, and my training with her paid off. It was a fun, yet challenging experience and it wouldn’t have gone nearly as smoothly if I hadn’t had my last minute “pit crew“ of Cat and Lucca Reese, who were quick to learn what the job required but also were so efficient with helping in the care of Jewel and the general runnings of the day while at the trailer. We came in tied for third and I still had energy left over. We also won our weight division.  This little paint/quarter horse kept up with the two Arabs on the way out to the vet check and led them most of the way back to base camp. I figured that since she has her breed going against her in the sport, the best thing I could do for her was to get her as fit as possible. She’s got a big heart and a lot of try! Thank you to Jeannie Waldron, Jessica Pully, Sarah Fletcher, and Trisha Juerling for all the coaching and encouragement, and for embracing me and my pit crew as we enter the sport. You all make it so fun!

Congratulations to Kat Donnelly on her fifth place at the prestigious Upperville Horse show on her favorite mare, Kyrie!...
06/09/2021

Congratulations to Kat Donnelly on her fifth place at the prestigious Upperville Horse show on her favorite mare, Kyrie! The two have formed such a bond, and it’s only because Kyrie trusts Kat so much that she keeps her head together when there’s so much going on around her. Like so many horse and rider teams, there’s a lot of work, worry, aggravation, disappointment, then highs when Kyrie puts all the many lesson pieces together and gives an outstanding ride! I’m so happy to not only be able to see all the steady and hard work behind the scenes, but to witness the accomplishments this pair has achieved! Congratulations Kat!

05/13/2021

5/12/21 A good foundation is just that. Once you have it, even if you take a break from riding, you will always have it! That’s what I strive to teach here and it’s been proven again and again. This is John, on Darby ba****ck, after about a year not riding. 😜

Address

39953 New Rd
Aldie, VA
20105

Opening Hours

Monday 9am - 5pm
Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm
Saturday 9am - 12pm

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(703) 475-8711

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Every year we do Lia's birthday portraits somewhere special and representative of her passions. This year we were lucky enough to be able to be in a place that brings her so much joy - with the ponies at Stonelea Farm. She's been riding there for the last few years and these ponies have taught her so much. Soda and Luna are the two she rides the most but little Tater tot (the tiny 42" black thing) has a special place in her heart as she was one of the first few people to really get to ride him and teach him what it was to be a working pony at the barn. This is actually a small fraction of what we took that evening. As we were shooting they all kept coming over to see what was going on. I had one trying to pick my pockets for treats and another nosing the cameras. Such curious and sweet little things. Thank you Lucia for letting us hang with them for the evening:)