Shallowbrook Equestrian Center Update – December

Hello from Shallowbrook Equestrian Center (SEC).


Y Ride Program

We are thrilled to announce that SEC has Shallowbrook has partnered with the YMCA of Greater Springfield to develop the Y Ride program.  The Y Ride offers a unique equine experience for underserved youths and teens allowing for the opportunity to develop personal growth of spirit, mind, and body through exposure to horseback-riding and horse care.  Students apply for a 10-week session that includes a one hour class (riding or horse care) each week. We had our first lesson with four students on Wednesday, November 18th and it was fantastic. Each rider achieved their goal of being able to walk and halt a horse on their own! Congratulations students and welcome again to Shallowbrook! For additional Y Ride program information or how to place a tax-deductable donation towards the program (which is fully funded through donations and grants), please see your instructor or contact Julie Costello (Executive Director of the Greater Springfield YMCA) at 413-739-6951, ext. 181.

Holiday Horse Lease

SEC is offering a Holiday Horse Lease to all of our students. The lease would take place from December 26th to Jan. 3rd and entitles you or your child to be able to ride 4 times a week, one of those days would be their lesson. They would also be allowed to groom the horse everyday as well as feed the horse two times during that week (Shallowbrook provides the feed). The lease fee varies depending on the horse you choose to lease for you or your child (horses are leased on a first come first served basis). We are also offering a longer lease of two weeks or a full month lease. Please contact you instructor for more information.

Whoa Shop – GREAT Holiday Gifts

The SEC Whoa Shop is currently taking orders for a variety of SEC apparel including jackets, saddle pads, hats and much more. Please see your instructor to place an order.

Ladies Night

Because SEC Ladies Night was such a blast, we will be meeting again at the Black Horse Tavern on Wednesday, December 2nd at 7pm (trivia starts at 7:30pm). A $10 entrance fee will be required. All students, boarders, and mother’s and grandmother’s of students come join us for another fun night out. Must be 21 years old to attend.

Student Horse Show

Congratulations to all of our riders for and amazing student horse show. Everyone had a HUGE smile on their face and the impressive riding made our instructors VERY proud. A special congratulations to Cheyenne Cohagen, Shallowbrook Equestrian Center’s 2009 Invitational Champion. Also, a reminder if you have any pictures from the show we would love to share them on our website. Please place them on a CD and give them to your instructor.

Hunt Seat Horse Shows

The SEC rated horse show season concluded on Sunday, November 15th. Congratulations to all of our Shallowbrook riders for an amazing show season. And a special congratulations to Shallowbrook’s Five Star Series Champions:

Baby Green Jumper

Champion: The MerryMaker and Laura Peteros

Reserve Champion: Irish Mist and Elyse Dunbar

Walk/Trot Over 11

Champion: Lindsey Taft

Reserve Champion: Kim Ouimet

Pre-Children’s Hunter

Champion: Abercrombie and Karlan St. Germain

Pre-Children’s Equitation

Reserve Champion: Karlan St. Germain

Walk Trot Equitation

Honorable Mention: Mirjim Sinchler

Birthday Party

Many students and non-students have enjoyed the fun birthday parties at SEC in recent months. See your instructor for available dates and more information.

SEC’s Riding Apparel Exchange

There are several items listed on the new apparel exchange sign located on SEC’s Information Board located between the two indoor rings. Reminder if you have a riding item that you would like to sell or donate or are looking for used riding apparel check the list. Note, SEC recommends receiving your instructor’s approval before making riding apparel purchases to confirm proper fit.


After all the holiday goodies will you be looking for an invigorating workout that will also help your riding? Julie Costello (Executive Director of the YMCA of Greater Springfield) will leverage her personal training and riding expertise to provide exercises for strength training, cardiovascular endurance, flexibility, and core strength. Mats provided. The first class will be held in the Chukker room mid-January. Sign-up on SEC’s Information Board located between the two indoor rings.

SEC Instructor Education Seminars

As head instructor, Sally believes that a good instructor never stops learning. To support this she actively works with SEC’s instructors to build upon their riding and teaching knowledge. One tool that is extremely useful is reviewing a lesson an instructor has taught, via video-tape. Some students/parents of students will be asked to provide their permission to video tape a lesson involving you or your child to provide additional guidance and growth of our instructors and students. The video will be for teaching purposes only and will not be used for promotion. Thank you in advance for your assistance.

Say Cheese!

D. John McCarthy of Long Leash LLC Pet Photography is available for pet portraits and will be at SEC for a photo shoot on Decmeber 6th from 9-1. For more information visit

In addition, we are always looking for pictures to add to our website. If you have any lesson or show images you would like to share, please place them on a CD and give it to your instructor, thanks!

February Schooling Show

SEC will host our first schooling show of the 2010 season in February. It is a great opportunity to get show experience and for those outside our stable to work in our impressive indoor rings.

Polo Update

Congratulations to the SEC polo team for being highlighted in the November issue of US Polo Players Magazine. Also, check the polo board for our upcoming matches (Club Tournament December 18th-20th, Sweethearts Tournament in February, and Frankie Vita Women’s Tournament in April). Also, congrats to our new Adult Polo night on Wednesday’s.

Have a wonderful holiday,

Shallowbrook Equestrian Center


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