Crane Beach- A Ride of Confidence

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You don’t need to be a competitive rider to still have fun and challenging adventures on a horse. The riders involved in Pompositticut Farm’s Fall Riding program found that out on November 11th.  Having a day off from school, 14 of our riders joined past and present instructors for an equestrian day at Crane Beach.  With 6 ponies in tow, two trucks and several cars, the caravan of eager riders and on-lookers arrived at this gorgeous beach in Ipswich, MA.

Although it was a windswept day, the fairly warm breeze and bright sunshine kept everyone in great spirits. Children, staff and parents assisted in setting up “camp” on the beach.  It was remarkable how cooperative, respectful and fun-loving everyone was!  Riders not only shared the ponies but supportively shared their time riding, along with snacks and laughs too.  In between rides they socialized and played on the beach while patiently awaiting their turn.  Despite the windblown sand there were no complaints and everyone was amazed the day had passed so quickly.

Included in this outing were several of our former and present riding instructors. Previous Riding Directors, Lauren Surowiec and Carolyn Halfpenny gladly joined this amiable group as well as Paris Wilkins who had travelled from the UK and stayed for this particular event.  Day Camp and licensed riding instructor Lisa D’Angelo, now a college student, had had previous riding adventures on Crane Beach and assisted with coaching the novice beach riders throughout the day.  Fall riding instructors Nikki Weynberg and Allison Crouse joined their students in trotting down the flattened beach, with the students displaying their improved riding skills.  What a proud moment for these talented instructors to see first-hand how much the children had learned and could apply their skills on the beach.

From everyone’s reaction, the outing was a huge success. Not only did it allow the children to enjoy a day at the beach, but riding there helped build their confidence. They rode next to and with their instructors, to whom they look up to and respect.  They challenged themselves to be on an equal level as the instructor by proudly and successfully riding in a group.   For all of these young equestrians, this was the first riding outing they had ever done, let alone on a beach!  What a positive impact on their overall growth and maturity!

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“Regular Time” Begins November 6th!

A reminder to everyone, we will need to change our clocks back and gain an extra hour, this coming Sunday morning, (technically at 2am), November 6th!  Although most people say it is the “end of daylight savings time”, I choose to look at it as the beginning of “Regular Time”!

As we head into the cooler months of autumn and the winter ahead, this additional morning hour allows us to awaken to bright, morning sunshine sooner than before.  If you are a morning person like me, seeing the sun at 6:00am is the impetus to start my day.  It allows me to peak through the blinds and catch a glimpse of a tentative doe and her yearlings grazing on the acorns or the wild turkeys shuffling through my compost pile for breakfast!  They don’t realize the clocks have changed and now have an audience!  With the backyard facing east I am eager each morning to see if today’s sunrise is just as colorful and pleasing as yesterdays.  It is a small, momentary and one-of-a-kind blessing that seems to be created just for me!  I’ve given up capturing the moment with a camera, in lieu of just being satiated by watching this amazing display of color with perhaps a warm cup of coffee.

If you really think about it, changing the clock makes very little difference during the day.  It is still sunlit while we are most alert and focused, be it at work, school or, play!  It is not until around 5:00pm when the brightness fades and we are lured inside for the warmth of our homes.  Certainly, the camp ponies and horses seem undisturbed and unaffected by this change in daylight hours;  for them it’s always regular time!

Earlier evenings bring families together sooner and offer time to reacquaint each other with “inside” interests.  It’s an opportunity to reminisce perhaps about summer camp and what activities they will be participating in for the coming summer!  Perhaps it is this “Regular Time” that really is healing:  physically, emotionally, psychologically, spiritually . . . . by allowing us to slow down – regroup – and relax after hectic spring, summer and fall activities. “Regular Time” allows you to exhale really slowly.  After all, there’s always Daylight Savings time to look forward to on March 12, 2017, which means the opening of camp won’t be far behind!