These four women just finished their third year medical school exams and then came out for a ride with us. Thanks for making Glen Valley Stables part of your summer joy! That's Freckles in the lead, followed by Dodge, Summer and Jiggers.
And here they are again during a short break for a snack (for the horses, that is...) and photos. Horses, from left to right, are Dodge, Jiggers, Freckles and Summer
It was a hot one today but not bad at all in the trees. And even in the open, sunny spaces, there was a soft breeze blowing. It was a perfect day for a birthday ride! Thanks for riding with us, girls!
Here the girls are, all gathered up at the end of the ride. Check out those smiles! Horses, from left to right, are Traveller, Freckles, Stella, Dodge, Summer (hard to see...), Jiggers, Annie and Pilgrim
Whenever we have a the time, we try to stop for a little while to give our riders a short break and our horses a little snack. It's also the perfect place to take a few photos. Here we are yesterday in the freshly mowed hay field on the south side of the park. You can see the big, round bales in the field, waiting to be picked up. What a beautiful weekend! Thanks, Cammie, for booking your ride with Glen Valley Stables
The only horse whose face you can see is Freckles. That's Pilgrim's spotted rump and Dodge with his head in the grass.
You know summer has officially started when Gene's Halifax granddaughters, the Gallagher girls, show up on the farm. It's their first evening here and already they're out riding horses after dinner. Julia is on Shine and Kassidy is smiling away on Freckles. Kansas was somewhere else - but she'll be riding soon, we're sure. Great to see you, girls!
It's the last stretch of today's 2-hour ride around Campbell Valley Park. That's Freckles up ahead, Dodge following shortly behind, and Summer's ear's in the foreground. Oh, and that's Mount Baker peaking up over the horizon - perfect!
The perfect gift: the sister on the left (riding Freckles) bought a trail ride for the sister on the right (on Traveller) for a birthday present. It seems it was the perfect gift!
Here are a couple of visitors from south of the border. Nat bought his wife, Margo, a gift certificate for her birthday (I'm sensing a theme here...) and they came up from their home just a little south of the border just to go for a ride. We hope to see you in the saddle again some time! Nat is on Traveller and Margo is enjoying Freckles.
Here's a quiet moment at the snack spot where we stop to give both the horses and riders a short break, and to take photos. Yet another beautiful day on the trails. That's Pilgrim in the foreground and Freckles tucked in behind him
Thanks for riding with us, Anthony and Helen! You guys were great. That's Freckles on the left and Dodge on the right
Every now and then, we book a 1.5 hour ride at sunset and this time, we brought our dog, Pepper, with us to greet the guests. She didn't get to go on the ride (leashed pets only in the park) but she was very happy to be there (heck, she's always happy, no matter where she is!)
Chloe hadn't been on a horse before but a 2-hour trail ride around the park got her hooked. I think riding lessons are in this little girl's future! Thanks, Jay and Kerry, for riding with us. And thanks also to Jag, the horse that almost didn't make it - we're so grateful to have him back in the pink and giving kids a great, positive start to their riding life!
There's nothing better than celebrating your birthday with your best friends and some great horses. Giddy up, girls!
Here's where we share photos and memories of some of our guests and the horses they get to call their own for an hour or two. Saddle up!