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Rocking S Farm

Rocking S Farm Horseback riding lessons for all ages with Tiny Tots starting at age 2. Boarding and training. Day and week long camps. Horse shows.

Rocking S Farm is located in Helena, Alabama and specializes in Saddleseat riding. We offer numerous camps and a lesson program that will allow your child to grow not only as a rider but also become a more confident well rounded person. Camp dates and special events will be posted below. For more information message us! To sign up for camp or lessons contact Suzanne Schnetzler at 205-441-9490.

Operating as usual

01/08/2023

Come spend the day at Rocking S Farm on January 16th as we observe Martin Luther King’s Birthday.
9-3
Ages 5 and up
Learn to groom and tack the horse
Riding lesson
Crafts
Horse knowledge
Feed the horses
Clean stalls
Make new friends and have fun

85.00
205-441-9490

01/06/2023

OUR NEXT WINTER TOURNAMENT (January 14)WILL BE AT HEATHERMOOR FARM IN MOODY, NOT ST CLAIR COUNTY ARENA.

Old Man’s breakfast club meeting 💙
12/31/2022

Old Man’s breakfast club meeting 💙

Friday morning breakfast buddies. 💙
12/30/2022

Friday morning breakfast buddies. 💙

12/28/2022
Great lesson horses are called unicorns for a reason.  We love and appreciate ours very much! 🦄💕
12/15/2022

Great lesson horses are called unicorns for a reason. We love and appreciate ours very much! 🦄💕

Tonight I had someone call about lessons...
We talked some and then I told her my prices and then we talked some more. Then the dreaded question... “do you do a multiple lesson discount?” As I replied “No Ma’am” the tone tone changed. She proceeded to mention “shopping around”. Which I totally believe in, not every program is for every kid. However, in this industry YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR. Your best deal isn’t necessarily the safest for your child. That $25 lesson is most likely from someone who doesn’t know much more than your child on a horse they just picked up from the sale last weekend.
YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR
Safe horses aren’t cheap, well trained horses aren’t cheap, maintenance on that old school horse isn’t cheap, the insurance so your child can ride isn’t cheap, the list can go on and on. Let alone the countless hours your trainer has been gaining and acquiring the knowledge that they’re passing on to your child. When you start adding all that up and multiply it by a few horses that $40-$50 lesson isn’t so bad.
So next time you’re looking for a farm for your precious child, don’t look at the prices look at the community at the barn, and the effort the trainers put into the kids. Because that extra $20 will be 100% worth it in the long run. Your kid will remember having fun instead of a trip to the ER because “sparkles and glitter” broke their arm.
A good lesson horse is worth its weight in gold.

by Julia Beaty

Merry Christmas 🎄
12/12/2022

Merry Christmas 🎄

We only have 3 spots left!  Sign up today!!
12/12/2022

We only have 3 spots left! Sign up today!!

Here are Rocking S Farm’s Christmas Break Camp Dates
December 19,20,21,
December 27,28,29
9-3
Ages 5 and up
Bring lunch and drinks
Wear long pants and tennis shoes

Campers will learn grooming, tacking the horse, riding lessons, safety around horses, feeding and cleaning stalls. They will do crafts and play games. Campers will make new friends and have FUN!

The Holiday season is upon us!

The Rocking S Farm Christmas camp days will be:
December 19, 20, 21
December 27, 28, 29

Prices are as follows:
Non-enrolled students:
6 days: $385
Daily: $75

Enrolled students:
6 days: $285
Daily: $65

Camp will happen rain, shine,snow, sleet, earthquake, landslide etc etc etc!

A non refundable deposit is required to hold your spot:
If your child is attending all 6 days, the deposit is $85.
If your child is attending by day, please pay the entire fee. For example, if you are an enrolled student coming for 2 days of camp, you would pay $130 to hold your spot.

Call to reserve your space. Limited availability.

205-441-9490

We had a wonderful time at the Farnlacher’s yesterday for our Christmas Party.  The kids played lots of games and had lo...
12/12/2022

We had a wonderful time at the Farnlacher’s yesterday for our Christmas Party. The kids played lots of games and had lots of fun!! The food was fabulous, thanks everyone for bringing tasty dishes. Big thank you to the Farnlacher’s for a wonderful time!!

12/11/2022

We had an amazing Alabama Winter Tournament! Thank you to all the Rockstar parents who helped fill all of the volunteer spots. Each and every one of our riders made us so incredibly proud today! Share your pictures in the comments!

12/08/2022

Justin says to hurry up if you want a spot in either of our holiday camps!!! Both are nearly to the max!

Makes a great gift for your horse lover!

December 19, 20, 21
December 27, 28, 29

Justin says to hurry up if you want a spot in either of our holiday camps!!! Both are nearly to the max!  Makes a great ...
12/08/2022

Justin says to hurry up if you want a spot in either of our holiday camps!!! Both are nearly to the max!

Makes a great gift for your horse lover!

December 19, 20, 21
December 27, 28, 29

12/08/2022
Congratulations to all of our amazing riders!  Special thank you to all of the support given by their families throughou...
12/03/2022

Congratulations to all of our amazing riders! Special thank you to all of the support given by their families throughout the show season to get them there. No rest though, 2023 here we come!

Check out our Christmas Camp dates and sing up your horse lover now. We’d love to have them on our show team one day!

Here are Rocking S Farm’s Christmas Break Camp DatesDecember 19,20,21,December 27,28,299-3Ages 5 and upBring lunch and d...
11/30/2022

Here are Rocking S Farm’s Christmas Break Camp Dates
December 19,20,21,
December 27,28,29
9-3
Ages 5 and up
Bring lunch and drinks
Wear long pants and tennis shoes

Campers will learn grooming, tacking the horse, riding lessons, safety around horses, feeding and cleaning stalls. They will do crafts and play games. Campers will make new friends and have FUN!

The Holiday season is upon us!

The Rocking S Farm Christmas camp days will be:
December 19, 20, 21
December 27, 28, 29

Prices are as follows:
Non-enrolled students:
6 days: $385
Daily: $75

Enrolled students:
6 days: $285
Daily: $65

Camp will happen rain, shine,snow, sleet, earthquake, landslide etc etc etc!

A non refundable deposit is required to hold your spot:
If your child is attending all 6 days, the deposit is $85.
If your child is attending by day, please pay the entire fee. For example, if you are an enrolled student coming for 2 days of camp, you would pay $130 to hold your spot.

Call to reserve your space. Limited availability.

205-441-9490

10/31/2022
09/30/2022

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“Let the coaches coach and the player play” …or let the rider ride!😜As we approach a very busy conclusion to our show se...
09/19/2022

“Let the coaches coach and the player play” …or let the rider ride!😜

As we approach a very busy conclusion to our show season please consider your job as a rider’s parent. Always give your rider a wish of good luck 🍀, remind them to have fun 🤩 and even if the ride doesn’t go as they hope make sure they thank their horse 🐴!



It was HER that said it.

On the way home from the soccer field, my goalie daughter said:

“Mom, I should have turned my wrists down on that last goal they scored instead of keeping my hands flat. It would have made the ball go to the ground like Coach Erik teaches me instead of it going up and over me like it did. I’m gonna get better at that.”

I glanced in the rearview mirror to see if her face showed the excitement I thought I heard in her voice.

“That’s so cool you noticed that,” I said. “You’ve been working hard on your technique and it’s so fun to watch you play.”

As I continued down the road, she and her little sister were already discussing what slushie flavor they were going to get — but I kept thinking about what she said.

Instead of beating herself up for a mistake, you could tell she felt empowered that she knew what she did — without anyone else having to point it out — and could adjust next time.

This was different from other rides home where — before we got out of the parking lot — I’d suggest something she could have done better or ask her why she didn’t do something a certain way — not to be hard on her, but (in my mind) to “help” her.

But those conversations never went the way this one did.

Those left her feeling frustrated. You would see on her face she felt attacked and like she was letting me down. I’d remind her I was “just trying to help” and she’d ask to change the subject.

But in that recent moment, I realized how powerful it can be when you let coaches coach, and let kids find the answers within themselves.

How powerful it is when you accept your job as a parent is to support their growth, and not always point out where it needs to happen.

How powerful it is when you see your kids gain the tools to self evaluate… and you start to do some of your own about your role in their sports journey.

I’m not always going to get it right.

But just like my goalie plans to tighten up her technique the next game, on the drive home after it — I’ll tighten up mine, too.

By letting the coaches coach and my player play.

And staying in MY lane where my job is to give her space to grow, and keep reminding her I’m here for her along the way.




(Writers note/edited to add: for all the goalie parents who are reading this one - Coach Erik is part of United Goalkeeping Alliance which offers some great support for keepers and parents ❤️)

This sums up our last ASHAA Summer Fun Show.  It was FABULOUS ❣️
09/10/2022

This sums up our last ASHAA Summer Fun Show. It was FABULOUS ❣️

09/09/2022

Lessons are cancelled this afternoon due to weather. 🌧 ☔️ We hope to see everyone at the final Summer Fun Show tomorrow at Heathermoor.

We are looking to hire one additional team member.  The open position is for morning caretaker for 3 or 4 mornings a wee...
09/07/2022

We are looking to hire one additional team member. The open position is for morning caretaker for 3 or 4 mornings a week and as backup as needed. Shift begins at 6 am and can be completed by 9 or 10 am. Duties will include feeding, watering, mucking, turn in/out, empty the manure spreader.

Ideal for a self starter with impeccable work ethic. Must have horse experience and ability to work independently. Must be able to lift 50 lbs. Summers are HOT and winters are COLD. The horses still eat on holidays. Please only serious applicants respond. You may call 205-441-9490 to schedule an interview.

Pancakes 🥞 for the Saturday morning crew! Thanks Rose’s Dad! 💕🐴
09/03/2022

Pancakes 🥞 for the Saturday morning crew! Thanks Rose’s Dad! 💕🐴

08/31/2022

Working Student Position Available

MUST HAVE HORSE EXPERIENCE - no exceptions

Hours are Tuesday-Friday 3-7 pm and Saturday 8:30-2 pm (must commit to two shifts weekly minimum)

Perfect for high school/college students. Must have reliable transportation.

Working student positions are not paid positions. For each 2 shifts the student works they will receive one riding lesson. The position allows the student to see all sides of the sport and work with all of the little pieces that create the big picture.

A working student’s priorities will be:
Tacking/untacking lesson horses
Escorting riders/horses to and from the arena
Assisting in beginner lessons as a leader or side walker
Camp assistance

In “down time” you will be expected to help the staff with their chores including feeding, mucking, water.

If you can already:
Lead
Groom
Tack/untack
Turn in/out
and would like to learn to ride American Saddlebred show horses give us a call at 205-441-9490.

08/15/2022

Thank you Stepping Stone Farm for hosting today’s ASHAA’s Fun Show! It was a nice day!

08/14/2022

ISO someone to work feeding and cleaning stalls. 6 am mornings and 2:00 on the afternoon. Call or txt

205-441-9490

08/12/2022

I hope all of my Rockstars big and small had a great first day of school❣️📚🎓🚌✏️🖍

🔊 👏 🔈 👏
07/30/2022

🔊 👏 🔈 👏

A “BIT” of INSIGHT
HORSE & RIDER ASSIGNMENTS

Wondering about horse assignment in shows and lessons? Here’s the scoop.

Almost every rider has a favorite horse. It becomes inevitable. Sometimes that horse is suitable for your lessons, sometimes it may not be. Every horse will teach a different lesson or some may boldly reinforce the necessity of a skill. Some may challenge you more than others. This is a necessary dynamic to learning.
Here is what you need to know before you decide to request a horse for lessons (or request to not ride a horse). 😅 (here’s a hint, don’t do it)

We give hundreds of lessons each week with our team of horses. We get to know the strengths and weaknesses of our riders and our horses through these lessons but also through countless hours spent caring for them. It is our job to know if a horse has a sore leg, a saddle sore, heat exhaustion, dehydration, a cold, a weight limitation to riders, a feeling of being burnt out, a skill or rider that they are frustrated with, etc. Those are constantly changing factors. Beyond that, we strive to make sure that hundreds of riders each week have a safe horse that is suitable to their skill level, whether is is beginner, advanced or somewhere in the middle 🙂

When a rider does not receive their favorite horse in a lesson, please remember that we are responsible for the health, wellbeing and happiness of all our horses.
Often, a single horse will shine as the favorite to several riders. Sometimes there will be a person that chooses to lease that horse and financially care for them in exchange for 1st rights to that horse. But often, as trainers and instructors, we need to use our discretion. We do not have favorite riders, but we do have riders who follow instructions better than others. We have riders that excel under pressure and we have riders that struggle with keeping cool when challenged. Good riders emerge from a combination of challenge and confidence. Your instructors strive to create this balance because we care about making better riders and stronger individuals.

When attending a horse show, we have these factors to consider along with others such as:
*Is this horse consistent at at a horse show (most horses become nervous and stronger to handle in a new environment.) Is the rider equipped to handle this?
*What show experience does the rider have? The horse? A less experienced rider needs a more experienced horse.
*What is the workload each horse can comfortably handle at a specific show? This depends on weather and footing also.
*Does the horse have the necessary paperwork needed to attend that show? (Registration papers, coggins ect.)
*Is the horse sound and healthy enough to handle the physical stress of attending a show? (Trailering, standing on concrete, ect)
*Is the horse and rider comfortable and competent using the tack necessary in the show rules. (this can be different than the work tack used at home.)

The list goes on…

Please trust the experience of your instructors when selecting a horse for you to ride in lessons and/or horse shows. We have awareness over a greater scheme than a rider achieves in their limited hours spent at the farm.
Please respect your Instructor’s opinion and keep in mind that these are all horses that are owned by the farm and are being shared with you in our program. We pride ourselves on finding awesome lesson horses and we love teaching you guys to ride.

So there you have it, insight into our thought process as planners and trainers. We hope you enjoy your lesson.

07/27/2022




07/04/2022
When you’re the Best Girl you get AC!
06/17/2022

When you’re the Best Girl you get AC!

06/15/2022
We have a jam packed summer filled with lots of fun.  Be sure to pay close attention to the dates listed below so you ar...
06/15/2022

We have a jam packed summer filled with lots of fun. Be sure to pay close attention to the dates listed below so you are aware of days where lessons aren’t being held.

Also, if you are new to the barn please see the new student information sheet.

Ranger is enjoying his morning on the cold tile floor.
06/15/2022

Ranger is enjoying his morning on the cold tile floor.

Work hard, play hard. Fun afternoon ride for the camp workers.
06/14/2022

Work hard, play hard. Fun afternoon ride for the camp workers.

Day 2 is underway. Time to ride!
06/14/2022

Day 2 is underway. Time to ride!

Lunch time.
06/13/2022

Lunch time.

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06/13/2022

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06/13/2022

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06/13/2022

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Address

4141 Highway 93 North
Helena, AL
35080

Opening Hours

Monday 8am - 5pm
Tuesday 8am - 5pm
Wednesday 8am - 5pm
Thursday 8am - 5pm
Friday 8am - 5pm
Saturday 8am - 7pm

Telephone

(205) 441-9490

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I understand that tomorrow is your Birthday.
How old will you be? Wait!! What!!! Can't be.
I wouldn't tell anyone, they'll start planning for your nursing home.
Add my wishes to the list. You made it thru another one. Congrats!!
Praying you all are safe!
Looking for a unique gift to give for Christmas? Give the gift of Riding Lessons at Rocking S Farm. Contact us today to schedule your lessons for ages 5 & up.
I took the girls along for my story today at Rocking S Farm in Helena! A big thank you to Suzanne Dennis Schnetzler for letting them ride some of the horses. They loved it ❤️❤️. You can check out my story on WBRC FOX6 News!!
We love this farm! My daughter looks forward to coming every week!! 5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Exchange Student that loves horseback riding. We have several exchange students who share the love of horses and riding. If anyone would be interested in hosting an exchange student that shares your passion, please let me k ow. We have kids for the 2019/2020 school year needing host families. Please PM me. I’m the local coordinator for EF High School Exchange. Thanks so much.
i gave riding lessons for years and years,western ,English,dressage,driving,i love seeing the light in the eyes of my students as they accomplished a task with the horse,i don't give lessions any more ,but i do miss it,
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