Happy Halloween from all of us at Clearview Horse Farm! October has been a great time of year for fun weekend trips, trail rides with farm guests, and even celebrating a marriage! Keep on reading for all the details!
Special Feature: Honeymoon Horses!
If you’ve been following us on Facebook and reading these monthly newsletters, then you’ve indirectly met Carly, our social media director and blogger. She and her then-boyfriend Philip started riding at Clearview just over a year ago, and back in January Philip planned and executed an amazingly romantic proposal on horseback, right here in our indoor arena. And best of all, the proposal was recorded on video.
We are delighted to announce that this horse-loving couple recently tied the knot on October 10th. Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs. Hylen!
Since horses have played such an integral role in their relationship, Carly and Philip made sure to plan a horseback riding excursion during their honeymoon in Jamaica. And since we know a lot of our farm visitors love to travel, we try to point out when we come across reputable horse-related tourist businesses.
Hooves Horseback Riding is one of several businesses in Jamaica advertising guided trail rides, where people ride through a historical plantation up to a private beach to ride in the ocean. Read Carly’s review below:
“Hooves was one of our favorite excursions in Jamaica, mainly because Philip proposed on horseback and we ride together at Clearview now. We talked to other couples at our resort who wanted to make sure they were supporting a reputable company, and Hooves takes excellent care of their horses. The horses are rescued racehorses and polo ponies who are retrained for trail riding. Hooves only books two tours per day and gives the horses plenty of downtime in the shade between rides, and we saw firsthand that they were well-fed, had healthy coats and hooves, and were extremely athletic in the water. Hooves uses English tack to minimize the weight on the horses’ back, and Philip loved getting to ride English again! I had never ridden English until then, but the horses were so well trained that it was no issue.
We booked a private ride with just the two of us and a guide, and it was well worth the money. They fed us authentic Jamaican jerk chicken for lunch with champagne, and we got to spend more time in the water with the horses and ride back to our starting point along a private beach. We also got photo CD included with pictures of us riding in the ocean. Overall, we had a wonderful experience and would recommend Hooves to anyone, no matter their experience level.”
Looks like it was a great time! We look forward to seeing them back on the farm soon!
Word in the Herd
Fall isn’t just a great time of year for riding. We have also been taking part in some additional extracurricular activities off the farm, from checking out state parks to enjoying some local BBQ.
Trail of Tears and Longhunter State Park Pow-Wow
On October 10th, while Carly was busy getting married, we were walking the Trail of Tears and admiring the work of artist Bernice Davidson.
Tennessee contains a wealth of history surrounding the Native Americans, and the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail provides a permanent reminder of the paths that 17 Cherokee detachments followed to reservations in the west.
On October 17th, we attended a pow-wow at Long Hunter State Park and had a great time enjoying the dances and learning more about Native American traditions.
Long Hunter State Park makes a fantastic day trip for history buffs, and the Sellar’s Farm State Archaeological Area is one of the few government-protected Native American mounds in Tennessee.
Jack Daniel’s BBQ
For anyone who loves Jack Daniel’s whiskey, good barbecue, or both, then the annual Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue is always a popular fall event. We made the quick trip over to Lynchburg on October 23rd to see the teams preparing for the famous cook-off.
Fun and Furry Farm Guests
October has been a fantastic month for farm visitors, trail riding, and training for upcoming shows. We’ve had some fun groups come to the farm for trail rides:
For people who love traveling with their animals, Clearview’s bed and board is as pet-friendly as you can find and often a cheaper alternative to hotels and motels. The horses and mules see our farm dogs on a daily basis, and any visiting dogs often love staying on such a large piece of land. We even played host to some four-legged celebrities this month!
Michael and Kelli stayed at the farm while competing in the Australian Shepherd Club of America Nationals here in Shelbyville, and we loved having their championship dogs as guests!
Australian Shepherds are herding dogs well known for their intelligence and friendliness, and these dogs were model canine citizens. We loved having them on the farm, and hopefully they will come back for a visit!
Nutrena AQHA Level 1 National Championships: Final Results
If you will recall from last month’s newsletter, we had traveled to Lexington, Virginia for the Nutrena AQHA Level 1 National Championships. We are pleased to announce that we have the final results from the show!
First, Reno and Marie won 5th place out of over 30 competitors in Ranch Riding.
And of course they had to pose for a victory photo.
They also placed in the top 10 in reining, and Reno enjoyed sniffing the ribbons.
They didn’t compete in the trail course, but it was still helpful to walk through the course. This pattern is complex enough to scramble anyone’s brain!
Huge thanks to Don Charest for his expert training! We couldn’t have asked for a better trainer to prepare Reno and Marie for this show.
Tennessee Stock Horse Show and Clinic
While the Nutrena AQHA show was happening, Clearview was hosting another hugely popular Tennessee Stock Horse Show and Clinic. Lucas Ayres (pictured left below) taught a fantastic clinic, and everyone had a great time at the stock horse show.
Huge thanks to friends Holly and Jessica for all your hard work and holding down the fort! We hope to see everyone back soon for another show!
Preparing for WDAA World Championships
The Western Dressage Association of America is hosting the WDAA Western Dressage World Championship Show November 7-8th, and we’ve been hard at work training before we hit the road to Tulsa, Oklahoma to compete.
Stay tuned to our Facebook page once the show gets underway, and we’ll keep you updated!
Equines and Services for Sale
Corona Extra Chex Stud Service – $850
Corona Extra Chex, son of Nu Chex to Cash, is standing at stud at Clearview, and you could not ask for a more personable stallion to sire your next foal. He’s extremely “honest,” in that you never have to worry about guessing his moods before a show or change classes at the last minute. And when he’s not cleaning house in the show ring or training, he has a gelding as a pasture buddy, enjoys his leisure time, and gets along just fine with other horses on trail rides.
Pete Snow (“Alias Royal Snow”), 8 Year Old Registered Appaloosa Gelding – $7000
Pete is a delight to ride and as honest as they come. A true gentleman, he is laidback, gentle, and extremely friendly. He would not be suitable for games, barrels, or poles as he is not fast by nature. But for anyone looking for a steady, mature mount, he is well-trained and will take excellent care of his rider on the trails and in trail competitions.
Check out the video link below to see how steady Pete is on Clearview’s trail course and in the show ring.
Tinker Belle – $2500 OBO
Tinker Belle is an 8 year old POA-registered pony, 55 inches, ideal for a child or small adult. She’s got a gentle, patient temperament and is great for games, poles, barrel racing, and trail riding. She shows great potential in pole bending with natural lead changes. Tinker Belle has been ridden by a retired judge on the trails these past 4 years. Consequently she is happy and laid back. With just a bit of games training, she could make some kid a great pony for games or a wonderful trail horse for a small adult. She is steady, easy, broke, sound, and needs a good home. Check out the video below to see her natural talent for pole bending!
Upcoming Shows and Events
Get ready for another Western Mounted Shooters event! Then we’re wrapping up November with another Parelli clinic, and this time we’re bringing in 4-star and 5-star professionals to help you take your horsemanship to the next level. Check the links and contact info listed below each event for more information and to reserve your spots!
Nov 7-8, 2015
Western Mounted Shooters
Phone: (931) 632-0408
Nov 21-22, 2015
Parelli Clinic – Click for more information
John Baar, 5-Star Master Parelli Professional
Kathy Baar, 4-Star Senior Parelli Professional
And that’s a wrap for the month of October! We hope everyone has had a great time enjoying the peak fall colors and spending plenty of time outside with their equines. Continue to follow our website and Facebook page to stay updated on our upcoming shows, clinics, and special events. Thanks for reading!
Comment Questions: Have you ever visited Long Hunter State Park or the Trail of Tears? What has been your favorite trail ride this month? As always, we welcome your comments, stories, and photos in the comments and on our Facebook page.