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What's Going on at Babcock Hill!

 

What is Versatility? Taking your horse through a series of obstacles and challenges. It may be done mounted or in hand. Fun for horse and rider! (Photos from previous competitions)

Calendar of Clinics, Competitions and Special Events

Visit the calendar page for complete
information on all 2016 events!

February
Sunday, February 7: Ground Poles JumpingPattern

12pm - 1pm.  Ground poles will be arranged in a pattern similar to a jumping competition. All level of riders and seat (English or Western) are encouraged to participate. All patterns will be at walk/trot. Limited to walk/trot only. Cost is $30.To sign up for classes, contact: Kristine Mika  860-798-7588 (cell) or kristinemika@yahoo.com.

March

Sunday, March 6: Riding in Pairs

12pm - 1:30pm. Paired riding pattern will be taught using basic drill team movements including goggles (circles), thread the needle (diagonals), and serpentine (curves and straight lines). Pattern requires two riders. If you do not have a partner, you will be provided with one. Pattern will be completed at walk and trot; however, if the riding pair chooses and has the skill to do so, canter is allowed only in identified areas of the pattern. All level of riders and seat (English or Western) are encouraged to participate. Cost is $45. To sign up for classes, contact:
Kristine Mika  860-798-7588 (cell) or kristinemika@yahoo.com.

Sunday 3/20 12-3pm- Versatility Clinic

Learn to ride obstacles with ease.  Lesson horses can be available if you do not have a horse. Limited to 5 horse/rider combos per level.  Sign up early. Cost is $30.
 
12:00 Beginner Open to riders or horses newly started under saddle.  This is also open to horses in hand.  Lead line helpers welcome. 
1:00 Intermediate Open to horses and riders at an intermediate skill level, and looking to improve or learn versatility skills. 
2:00 Advanced Open to horses and riders that  are confident in their abilities and have some trail or obstacle experience

Contact Dawn Bonin to sign up or for more info naturalhorse80@yahoo.com or 860-985-7611

Versatility Clinic Entry Form

Saturday 3/12 9am -12pm Kids Day - Saint Patrick Day Parade

Saturday 3/26- Kids Day - Easter Egg Hunt

Both Kids Days' activities:

Introducing a fun program for kids who love animals and want to learn about farm life. Babcock Hill features a heated activity room in the barn for arts and crafts, outdoor picnic tables and indoor arena so we'll have plenty to do, rain or shine. Craft projects and activities will vary depending on the days theme but may include any of the following:

  • Hands on experience with small animals such as rabbits and chickens
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Pictures with your favorite farm friend
  • Nature walk
  • Tractor/Hay Wagon Ride
  • Horse riding demonstration
  • Pony Ride

Open to all ages.

Price is $30 for the whole day or $10 for Pony Ride Only

April

Saturday 4/2-Centered Riding Clinic with Deb Moynihan

Cost $100 for the day (lunch included)-limit 12 riders
Audit $25/day (lunch included)-unlimited

Deb has been riding for over 50 years and teaching for over 35 years.  She has done Centered Riding clinics and instructor courses throughout the US and Europe.
Deb is a USDF Certified Dressage Instructor/Trainer(Training-2nd)
USEA Certified Eventing Instructor (Level I-Training)
Level IV Centered Riding Instructor/Clinician.
USDF "L" Graduate w/Distinction
USDF Bronze Medal
USEF Western Dressage Judge Candidate

English and western riders welcome. 

Schedule:
8am-10am- whole group unmounted work
10am-12pm- first 2 groups ride
12pm-1pm-lunch
1pm-5pm- last 4 groups ride
-maximum 2 riders per group- will be placed in groups based on similar riding level

Sunday 4/10- Versatility Clinic 12-3

Learn to ride obstacles with ease.  Lesson horses can be available if you do not have a horse. Limited to 5 horse/rider combos per level.  Sign up early. Cost is $30.
 
12:00 Beginner Open to riders or horses newly started under saddle.  This is also open to horses in hand.  Lead line helpers welcome. 
1:00 Intermediate Open to horses and riders at an intermediate skill level, and looking to improve or learn versatility skills. 
2:00 Advanced Open to horses and riders that  are confident in their abilities and have some trail or obstacle experience

Contact Dawn Bonin to sign up or for more info naturalhorse80@yahoo.com or 860-985-7611

Versatility Clinic Entry Form

May

Sunday 5/8- Versatility Clinic 12-3

Learn to ride obstacles with ease.  Lesson horses can be available if you do not have a horse. Limited to 5 horse/rider combos per level.  Sign up early. Cost is $30.
 
12:00 Beginner Open to riders or horses newly started under saddle.  This is also open to horses in hand.  Lead line helpers welcome. 
1:00 Intermediate Open to horses and riders at an intermediate skill level, and looking to improve or learn versatility skills. 
2:00 Advanced Open to horses and riders that  are confident in their abilities and have some trail or obstacle experience

Contact Dawn Bonin to sign up or for more info naturalhorse80@yahoo.com or 860-985-7611

Versatility Clinic Entry Form

June

Sunday 6/12- Versatility Clinic 9-12

Learn to ride obstacles with ease.  Lesson horses can be available if you do not have a horse. Limited to 5 horse/rider combos per level.  Sign up early. Cost is $30.
 
12:00 Beginner Open to riders or horses newly started under saddle.  This is also open to horses in hand.  Lead line helpers welcome. 
1:00 Intermediate Open to horses and riders at an intermediate skill level, and looking to improve or learn versatility skills. 
2:00 Advanced Open to horses and riders that  are confident in their abilities and have some trail or obstacle experience

Contact Dawn Bonin to sign up or for more info naturalhorse80@yahoo.com or 860-985-7611

Versatility Clinic Entry Form

Saturday 6/18-Versatility Competition- Starts at 9am

Something for all levels.    Entry fee $40. ($30 if preregistered by 10/5)  This will be a judged event with in-hand, beginner, intermediate, and advanced entries. An obstacle course is created to test communication between horse and rider as well as each competitor's horsemanship skills and athletic ability.  If you don't have your own horse but still want to participate, most of the lesson horses are available by request and availability. Versatility Competition Entry Form

In Hand Open to all levels and breeds to compete unmounted.
 Beginner Open to riders or horses newly started under saddle.  Lead line helpers or coaches welcome. 
 Novice Open to horses and riders at a novice skill level, and looking to improve versatility skills. 
 Intermediate Open to horses and riders at a intermediate skill level and are confident in their abilities. Must have some trail or obstacle experience
Advanced Open to horses and riders at an advanced skill level, and have experience with trail and obstacles.  Competing for cash prize (1/2 of every advanced entry goes to winner, prize money depends on amount of entries)

 

October

Sunday 10/9- Versatility Clinic 12-3

Learn to ride obstacles with ease.  Lesson horses can be available if you do not have a horse. Limited to 5 horse/rider combos per level.  Sign up early. Cost is $30.
 
12:00 Beginner Open to riders or horses newly started under saddle.  This is also open to horses in hand.  Lead line helpers welcome. 
1:00 Intermediate Open to horses and riders at an intermediate skill level, and looking to improve or learn versatility skills. 
2:00 Advanced Open to horses and riders that  are confident in their abilities and have some trail or obstacle experience

Contact Dawn Bonin to sign up or for more info naturalhorse80@yahoo.com or 860-985-7611

Versatility Clinic Entry Form

Saturday 10/15- Versatility Competition- Starts at 10am

Something for all levels.    Entry fee $40. ($30 if preregistered by 10/5)  This will be a judged event with in-hand, beginner, intermediate, and advanced entries. An obstacle course is created to test communication between horse and rider as well as each competitor's horsemanship skills and athletic ability.  If you don't have your own horse but still want to participate, most of the lesson horses are available by request and availability.  Versatility Competition Entry Form

In Hand Open to all levels and breeds to compete unmounted.
Beginner Open to riders or horses newly started under saddle.  Lead line helpers or coaches welcome. 
 Novice Open to horses and riders at a novice skill level, and looking to improve versatility skills. 
 Intermediate Open to horses and riders at a intermediate skill level and are confident in their abilities. Must have some trail or obstacle experience
Advanced Open to horses and riders at an advanced skill level, and have experience with trail and obstacles.  Competing for cash prize (1/2 of every advanced entry goes to winner, prize money depends on amount of entries)

 

You may purchase a dvd of Dawn giving instructions on Leading, Disengaging Hindquarters, Riding and Backing Up. This dvd is available for only $10. Contact Dawn for information on how to get yours today!
email: naturalhorse80@yahoo.com
860-985-7611


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Babcock Hill

Now offering boarding with 25 stalls, 30+ acres, 2 outdoor rings, an indoor ring, and miles of trails. Come join us where fun and horses goes together.

577 Babcock Hill Road, Coventry, CT 06238

email: naturalhorse80@yahoo.com
cell: 860-985-7611
barn: 860-742-2667

Natural Horsemanship is a method of relating to and communicating with horses. Communicating using pressure and the release of pressure. Learning how to understand the horse's body language. Working, training and riding in a way that complements the horse's personality and instincts.
As a horse trainer and instructor I teach horses and people in a way they can understand and help them communicate better with each other.

Please contact me for more information about training your horse and you!

Prices:
$10 for pony rides ~10min (10yrs and under)
$50 for private lesson.
$150 for beginner starter lesson package (3 private lessons plus Dawn's instructional video).
$180 for package of four lessons (4 lessons).
Training: $340/month 2 days per week. $580 month 4 days per week.
Clinics (off property) $55/person (minimum of 3 people for 2 hours).
Also offering demos and training, please contact for prices.

Have Dawn give a clinic at your barn!

Training at your barn - Get 3 riders together and we will work horses for 2hrs. $55/person.  (3 hrs if 5 or more riders). You decide how you would like to split the time.  Group lesson, individuals, or combination.  Call for price/time quote if you have group larger than 6 people.  Travel charge will apply if further than 20 miles. 

"Dawn has a great gift of seeing through the eyes of a horse. She understands their behavior and how to work with them on their terms instead of using dominance, intimidation or force." Leslie Wolf ESMT

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