Easter at Northington Stud and Stables

 

Spring has finally sprung and we’ve got plenty planned here at the yard to get you ‘egg’cited. Lately we’ve been busy at shows which we’ll bring you news of shortly as well as welcoming in some new friends and working on some new plans and changes for Northington Stud and Stables.  But first up some dates for your diary.

 

Northington Stud and Stables Quiz Night – 17th March

£10 with fish and chip supper 

Grab a team, it’s Quiz Night!  Why not join us at Northington Village Hall on Friday 17th March?  With fish and chips on the menu and an opportunity for you and your team to prove you’re top of the trivia board, it promises to be a good night.  Everyone welcome so get your quiz hats on!

Contact Fran on 07970 717093 or email NORTHINGTONSTUDANDSTABLES.COM for more details and to register your team.

easter riding clinic – 10th-12th April

10am until 4pm

£80 PER DAY

We’ll be running a 3 day clinic for those looking to improve or perfect a particular riding skill so if you need a bit of advice or help, then don’t forget to book your space for some targeted tuition.

PLACES ARE GOING FAST SO MAKE SURE YOU BOOK BY RINGING FRAN ON
07970 717093 OR EMAIL NORTHINGTONSTUDANDSTABLES@GMAIL.COM

 

EASTER EGG HUNT – 18TH APRIL

10AM UNTIL 1PM

£7 PER CHILD

Come and join us for an Easter ‘egg’stravaganza down at the yard.  Plenty of eggs to find and a chance to paint your pony in Easter colours too.

Rent a Pony

As regulars at the yard, you will know that we are passionate about horses and riding and that our aim is to offer the best experience we can for our clients.  We are currently working hard on developing our facilities further and we hope to be able to give you more news on the plans we have for the future of Northington Stud and Stables shortly.  In light of this, we’ve had to make a few changes to our Pony Rental scheme.

We’ve worked on updating the terms and conditions of our Pony Rental scheme, introducing new fee arrangements which reflect the cost of different types of agreement more fairly as well as fair usage arrangements for our horses.  Our new rates will apply to new renters with immediate effect.  Those of you who have signed an existing agreement will be given a grace period of two months.  In any event, the new fees will be applicable from 1st May 2017.

In addition, we have been required to register for VAT and this means that we are now obliged to charge VAT on loan fees.  As you will know, where VAT is paid, it does not benefit us and all VAT fees go straight to HMRC.  VAT will be added to all fee invoices with immediate effect.

With regards to usage, we have made a few changes to rental arrangements and which days our horses may be used too.  There may well be some restrictions on weekend usage when our horses are more in demand.

As a gentle reminder on existing terms and conditions, we would ask that you adhere to these consistently.  This refers to stable management tasks in particular.  It is unfair both to other clients and to yard staff to have to see to these tasks if they are left undone.  We are pleased to say that the majority of our clients are brilliant at getting these jobs done but we would ask that ALL clients ensure that horses and equipment are left in the condition we would all wish to find them in, without fail.

Lastly we want to thank you all for your support and tell you that we really value all our clients and look forward to our continuing relationship with you.  We hope you agree that these new changes will ensure that our Pony Rental represents fairness and consistency for all.

Those of you wishing to discuss arrangements further or talk to Fran about renting a pony, please email NORTHINGTONSTUDANDSTABLES@GMAIL.COM or call on 07970 717093.

There are many gorgeous faces still looking for a lovely rider to rent them.  Why not check our Our  Ponies page to find your pony?

I’m 12h grey and 14yrs old. I’m a super Pony club pony with cheeky temperament. I jump well and am a good lead-rein or second pony as can be strong. AVAILABLE TO RENT

 

 

 

Christmas Fun at Northington

Frost on the ground and the jingle of bells in the air……Christmas is coming!  We’ll be busy at the yard over Christmas so don’t forget to book your lessons in over the hols.

We’re also expecting a special visitor on 21st December too…….you know, the man in the red suit.

Christmas Pony Day – 21st December

10am until 4pm

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£40 for half day or £80 for full day

Plenty of Christmas fun to be had, a special visit from Father Christmas as well riding, pony management  and heaps of Christmas crafting.  The perfect opportunity to wear your Christmas jumpers!
PLACES ARE GOING FAST SO MAKE SURE YOU BOOK
BY RINGING FRAN ON
07970 717093
OR EMAIL NORTHINGtonSTUDANDSTABLES@GMAIL.COM
DEPOSIT REQUIRED TO SECURE YOUR PLACE

Showjumping Day – 29th December 

£20 – starts from 11:30am

Jump as many times as you like!

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Join us for Halloween fun on Sat 29th October

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We’ll be running a special Halloween Pony day in half term this year

 

Plenty of pumpkins and plenty of ponies guaranteed!

Saturday 29th October from 10am until 4pm

£80 including food
£40 for half day
Throughout the day we’ll be carving pumpkins, making chocolate apples, painting ponies in Halloween colours as well as plenty of gymkhana games and some jumping (little jumps) thrown in.
We’d love to see you all in your Halloween outfits too!
Places are going fast so make sure you book by ringing fran on
07970 717093 or email northingstudandstables@gmail.com
deposit required to secure your place

Pink pink pink

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Our Pink Pony day was a huge success.  We’ve never seen so much pink in the yard!!!  In fact we’re still washing it off some of the ponies!

Thank you to all who came down to The Woolpack in Totford to support us.  Northington Stud and Stables even featured in both The Daily Echo and Hampshire Chronicle.

Tommy and Lucy are thrilled to have been able to raise such a significant amount in memory of their mum, Sue.  We are incredibly grateful and bowled over by your generosity – so far funds of over £1300 have been raised and will be presented to Breast  Cancer Haven next month.

Thanks to the following big donors – we couldn’t have done it without you.  You made sure that plenty of ponies in the yard were adorned with plenty of glitter and paint for such a good cause.

Kim Rutherford

Mr and Mrs R Baring

Mrs Annette Gibson

Kings Bounty Equine

Tim Dunning, our farrier

Martin Walls EDT

Mr and Mrs Young

Mr and Mrs J Arney

The Krone Family

Raychel Williams

Sarah Lavers

Andy Bason

Dennis Chambers

The Fletcher family

Huge thanks to Meg and the team at The Woolpack Inn, Totford for laying on coffee and letting us take up the car park with ponies and people, to all our wonderful helpers at Northington Stud and Stables for cakes, helping hands and getting their hands dirty and also thanks to Forest Holidays Blackwood, Micheldever.

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Northington Stud and Stables Newsletter – July 2016

It’s been a busy summer so far at northington stud and stables……

So much has been going on down at the yard – Pony Camps are in full swing, we’ve been to shows, taken our ponies to local events and run pony rides down at Forest Holidays at Blackwood Forest.  All that plus the arrival of some new faces at the yard too – phew!  First things first though, we’ve got an announcement!

PINK PONY DAY

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Freddie was a good sport! Doesn’t he make the perfect model?!!

We are delighted to tell you that we will be running PINK PONY DAY on Monday 22nd August from 10am – 1pm at The Woolpack Inn, Totford Bring everyone you know!  We’ll be doing pony rides (£2), painting handprints on ponies (from £1) and there’ll be cakes for sale too.  We’d love to see plenty of friendly faces so please spread the word!

All proceeds will go towards the wonderful work of The Haven.  Click PINK PONY DAY for more info.

Breast Cancer Haven  supports anyone who has ever received a breast cancer diagnosis, offering a FREE personalised programme of therapy to help the physical and emotional side effects of a diagnosis.  Haven Logo

Their 4th centre, in Titchfield, Hampshire opened in October 2015 and is supporting local people with the disease in Hampshire, Dorset, South Wiltshire, West Sussex, Isle of Wight and Channel Islands.  You can join their Facebook group here.

This is SUCH a worthwhile cause and one that is very dear to us at Northington Stud and Stables so we hope you’ll all come out to support us.  IMG_2636

So far we have received pledges of over £350 for painting ponies PINK!  Freddie was our first model.  For every £50 we receive we’ll paint another pony in the yard PINK.

However, there are plenty more ponies to paint and we’re determined to get as many ponies painted up as we can.

So if you’d like to donate to see your favourite pony in the yard painted PINK then let Fran know, send us an email at northingtonstudandstables@gmail.com or turn up at The Woolpack on Monday 22nd August between 10am and 1pm.

PONY CAMP

Our first Pony Camp of the summer proved to be a huge success.  Plenty of laughs, learning and riding!  Don’t believe us?  Just take a look at the pictures!

Lucy and Rufus’ Stable Life

LucyblogHello again!  This month I am going to tell you all about my day at Sparsholt Horse show. I was a groom for Fran who was riding May and Harriet who was on Sid. It’s hard work being a groom because you do quite a lot of going backwards and forwards getting things, but it is fun.
To get ready for a show, first you have groom the horse.  I had to take the travel boots and tail bandage off and put them safely out of the way, brush the tail through and go over their body with a body brush. Then I tacked up the horses whilst the rider got changed.  Once the riders and horses were ready, then it was time to go down to the ring to watch, making sure to take the grooming bag down too.
Considering it was May and Sid’s first show, they were brilliant!  We came home with lots of rosettes- mostly firsts and seconds.  May even came home with Reserve Champion!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
For those of you who might not know, each show has a championship and at the end, there is a Champion and Reserve Champion.  The reserve is the second best horse and rider so Fran and May did REALLY well.
Thanks for reading!

Northington Stud and Stables Newsletter – May 2016

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Well May got off to a rather busy start with the launch of our new website www.northingtonstudandstables.com Since then we’ve been up to all sorts with our half term Pony day another roaring success too.

Out and About

We’ll be out and about in June at various events so do come and say hello.  We’re at the Avington Fete on 26th June and one of our gift vouchers for both a child and adult lesson will be auctioned off as part of Micheldever Fete’s silent auction on 17th June.  Make sure you enter if you’re local to Micheldever!  You may have seen us on The Grange Estate’s website too.

LIVERY

We currently have 2 full liveries available.  Please let Fran know if you might be interested or think you might know anyone who is.  All details about livery costs can be found on our Livery page.

Pony of the month

We’re going to be sharing some of our ponies in a new Pony of the Month slot each newsletter.

This month is Jess’ turn.  She’s a gorgeous girl who is looking for someone to rent her.  Jess is a 14hh bay mare, 7 yrs old and has a kind temperament. Although she’s not suitable for beginners, she would make a cracking pony for a competent child.

If you’re looking to rent a pony, don’t forget to take a look at Our Ponies page to see which ponies are available to rent.

PONY NEWS

Two of our lovely ponies are looking for a new permanent home, Blueberry and Ebony May.

Blueberry isn’t rideable but could be a project for someone who has the time to give her.  She has been to shows, led by hand, and placed in the first six so she has plenty of potential.  She is good with children and a doddle to lead and handle.  She’d make a great companion pony too.
EbonEbonyy May is a beautifully bred Dartmoor 11.2hh black mare.  She is 9 yrs broken and needs a competent rider to take her to shows and have fun with her.  In truth, Ebony is rather too good for the riding school environment and needs an owner who can maximise her potential.  Bred by Queenie Padwick, Ebony is looking for a 5* home.
All enquiries regarding Blueberry and Ebony should be addressed to  Fran.

Scotty is back from pony bootcamp and going well.  It’s lovely to have him back at the yard and we look forward to seeing him go from strength to strength.

Get the kit

You may well have seen our Northington Stud and Stables branded clothing.  We have a range of items for sale regularly so do ask Fran if you’d like to take a look in the office or purchase.

HOODIES £22

POLO SHIRTS £18

OUTDOOR COATS from £45 depending on the design

Pink Ponies

HavenWe’re going to be running a PINK DAY fundraiser at Northington Stud and Stables in aid of The Haven which offers care and support to those with and affected by breast cancer.  Lucy is determined to paint all our ponies PINK but we need your help.  So we’re thinking that for every £75 raised, we’ll paint one of our ponies pink, from head to foot.  We’re keen to get you involved too, taking pictures of the yard all decked out in pink, pink ponies, pink riders – the lot – and sharing on social media.  There’ll be plenty of glitter involved too.  The more money we raise, the more ponies we can paint pink for the day!  Please let Fran know if you’d like to get involved.  We’ll be sharing the date for our PINK DAY shortly.

Gorgeous Freddie doing his best unicorn impression.

Gorgeous Freddie doing his best unicorn impression.

Introducing Lucy and Rufus’ Stable Life

Hi!  My name is Lucy.  You might well have seen me at Northington Stud and Stables.  Francesca (riding instructor and owner of the yard) is my mum so I’m there quite often!

I have a pony called Rufus who I keep at the yard.  He is super sweet and even though he is mine, people still ride him because I don’t mind.

Rufus is 12.hh so quite small but some big people have ridden him.  He used to be a livery owned by a very tall girl called Ruby but she got too big for him and so he was passed on to me.

I love spending time with the stable girls, practising for shows in spring and summer, learning to ride side-saddle, jumping, and lots, lots more!  Fran is AMAZING – she helps me with all my riding.  She sometimes even pays me for helping out!

Pony gossip, showing you how to pick out hooves or groom your pony, plaiting, more about how to look after your pony and telling what I’ve been up to with Rufus, I’ll be sharing lots of things that we do at the yard on here so stay tuned!

Lucy and Rufus x

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Northington Stud and Stables Newsletter – April 2016

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Welcome to our first Northington Stud and Stables Newsletter!  We’ve been working really hard on launching a new website which will keep you up to date with all that’s going on here, whether it’s upcoming events, updates on our lovely ponies or just letting you know all our news.

NEW PONY DAY DATES

May half term is just around the corner and we’ll be running one of our legendary Pony Days in half term week so make sure you have the date in your diary and ring Fran to book your place as spaces are limited.

THURSDAY 2nd JUNE –  £70 per rider

This Pony Day will run from 10am until 4pm.  Bring a packed lunch and wet weather gear.  We’ll have a fun filled day in store for you!

PONY NEWS

We’re all looking forward to sunnier, warmer weather!

This month, Scotty has gone off to pony bootcamp to further his education.  Out in the fields, Smudge, our foal, is getting leggier and more grown up as time goes on and the ponies are looking forward to getting out and about!

We’ve still got a few ponies who are looking for someone to spend some more time with them so why not consider Renting a Pony from us?  Check out Our Ponies page to see which ponies are currently available to rent.  It’s a great way to ‘own’ your own pony.

LIVERY

We currently have 2 spaces for Livery available – please contact Fran if you are interested or know anyone who is looking for livery on a full or part livery basis.

LESSONS

We’ve got some slots in our regular Saturday Group lessons at 11am and 12pm for Novice riders – get in touch with Fran on 07970 717093 if you’d like to book. 

Don’t forget that you can still book lessons on our special offer – pay for 9 lessons and get your 10th one free!

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Here's lovely May in the yard, enjoying a bit of grooming in the sunshine!

Here’s lovely May in the yard, enjoying a bit of grooming in the sunshine!

 

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