Northington Stud and Stables needs you!

Northington Stud and Stables is currently looking at applying for funding to help us to improve our facilities.  One of the things we’d like to do is to create proper stables within our special poly tunnel to provide further opportunities for our riders to learn more about stable management under cover from the elements as well as learn how to tack up and lead out their ponies safely ready for their lesson. This will also enhance the quality of our everyday lessons but also when we teach at pony club training days and pony camps.

In light of our application, the funding body have asked us to gather support from our clients to enhance our bid.  If possible, we’d really like to ask you for a sentence or two to support our bid about how you think it would be of benefit to you, our clients, and aid us as a riding school in our ability to teach these skills to our riders in a safe environment that is not weather dependent. Your opinions matter hugely to us and we want to provide the best opportunities we can as a riding school.  This funding would really help us to improve the quality of our lessons and help our riders to learn more about horse husbandry.

If you’d like to support our application and have a few minutes to jot a line or two then please contact Fran at northingtonstudandstables@gmail.com

Thank you!

 

Northington Stud and Stables Newsletter – May 2017

We’ve got lots to share with you in this newsletter.  Make sure you’ve got your diary at the ready so you can join us for our various events down at the yard.

Pony Club Training Day

Have you booked your space on our first Pony Club Training Day on Thursday 1st  June?  All welcome for a day of Pony Club fun from 10am – 4pm – bring a packed lunch and swot up on Native pony breeds and Parts of the pony to earn a Pony Club badge.

Thursday 1st June – 10am until 4pm

£30 for the day

PACKED LUNCH REQUIRED

SIGN UP TO PONY CLUB MEMBERSHIP HERE OR GRAB A FORM FROM FRAN

PONY CAMP DATES

Our Summer Pony Camps are now available for booking.  The camps are a great way to have fun with horsey friends, practise your riding skills, play games and learn new things.

Places go very quickly so if you’re keen to join us on the following dates then let Fran know and secure your place with a deposit.

SUMMER PONY CAMPS

11th – 14th July

1st – 4th August

Contact Fran on 07970 717093

or email: Northingtonstudandstables@gmail.com for more details.

OUR FUTURE

Some of you will know that we are hoping to transform Northington Stud and Stables.  We hope that our proposed new venue, which is currently in the planning stages, will enable us to offer a full range of services as a riding school and equestrian centre.  We believe that riding should be a sport that is open to everyone – we’ve seen so many young people and adults come through our yard over the years and we want to see many more get involved with horses and ponies.  We’d love you to help us realise our dream.  You can see what we are planning here.  As clients and friends of Northington Stud and Stables, we’d be delighted if you’d like to add your support to our application.

Anyone wishing to make representations about this application should do so online, or by email: planning@southdowns.gov.uk or in writing to South Downs National Park Authority, South Downs Centre, Midhurst, GU29 9DH, quoting the case reference SDNP/16/05360/FUL by 30th May 2017.

We’re hiring

We’re looking for another member to join our team.  We’re looking for someone who will be able to help us with maintenance of the yard – job description includes driving a tractor, poo picking and mending fences. Salary offered – £10 per hour.

All enquiries to Fran on 07970 717093 or email Northingtonstudandstables@gmail.com for more details.

Looking for ponies

Fran is looking for ponies to loan who are between 13hh and 15hh.  If you have a pony who you would be looking to loan out or know someone who might be able to help, then please get in touch with Fran on 07970 717093 or email Northingtonstudandstables@gmail.com

And finally

We have some sad news to share with you.  Our gorgeous boy, Eddie, passed away sadly over the weekend.  We are devastated at his loss and hope that he is jumping clouds up there in the sky. With his pink eyes, pink nose and squeaky neigh, we shall all miss him terribly.  RIP lovely Eddie.

 

Become a Pony Club Member

We’re now a Pony Club Centre!

Being a member of the Pony Club isn’t just for those who own or loan a pony.  Anyone can take part  – all you need is a love of all things horsey and get ready to enjoy the fun!

 

There are plenty of activities to join in with and you can complete a range of Pony Club Tests and Achievement Badges.  It’s all about improving your riding, taking care of ponies, learning more about them and having fun with your friends.

 

BECOME A MEMBER

We’ve been really looking forward to becoming a Pony Club Centre.  It’s a great way for us as a riding school to get more young people involved with horses and ponies, without them needing to own their own pony.  Pony Club Membership works out at £29 per year and with so many fun activities on offer, it’s well worth it!

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From Mini Achievement Badges for Horse Clothing, Beach Riding, Camping, Pony Behaviour, Points of the Pony and many more for younger riders, all the way through to Progressive Tests and Competition Badges for those who are a little more advanced, there are plenty of badges to work towards.

Our first Pony Club Training day will be on 1st June 

We’ll be holding our first Pony Club Training Day on 1st June and we’re keen to share the fun with you all.

So download a Pony Club application form by clicking on the link or grab a form from Fran to sign up for our training day to find out more about being in the Pony Club!

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

thank you

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.