Shallowbrook Equestrian Center Update – January 2010

Hello from Shallowbrook Equestrian Center (SEC).

We hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and we wish you a terrific new year!


Welcome Cassi

SEC welcomes our newest instructor Cassi Berry.  Cassi has vast experience working with horses and children.   Her energy and kindness is contagious, we are thrilled to have her as part of the team.

Be My Valentine

Valentine’s Week February 8th-14th.  Make a valentine for your favorite horse and we will display it in our lounge.  All valentine’s will be entered to win a prize drawing that will be chosen at random.

SEC Rated Show Schedule

Be a part of the action or come watch and support our SEC riders.

•       February 28th (CHSA, CHJA, NEHC, M&S)
•       March 21st (CHSA, CHJA, NEHC, M&S)
•       June 11th, 12th, and 13th (USEF, CHSA, CHJA, NEHC, M&S)
•       September 25th (CHSA, CHJA, M&S)
•       October 30th (CHSA, CHJA, M&S)
•       November 14th (CHSA, CHJA, NEHC, M&S)
•       November 21st (CHJA, NEHC, M&S)

Horse Lease Expanded for ALL Occasions

With the tremendous interest of the holiday lease we are now expanding the lease program for winter and spring vacation weeks as well as birthday present weeks. A week lease entitles you or your child to be able to ride 4 times a week.  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).  Horses are leased on a first come first serve basis.  Please contact your instructor for more information.

Student Horse Show – SAVE THE DATE

Our Spring student horse will be held on Sunday, May 2nd.  Mark your calendars!

Summer Horsemanship Clinics – SAVE THE DATE

While we are dreaming of warmer weather, we wanted to make you aware our summer horsemanship clinic session dates.  Activities include daily riding lessons, horse and stable care, arts and crafts, introduction to polo, games on horseback, swimming and an end of the week riding demonstration for family and friends to enjoy! Weekly session start July 5th through August 13th.  Pre-School week is July 26th – July 30th.

Whoa Shop – GREAT Gifts

We are in the process of displaying the SEC apparel (jackets, saddle pads, hats and much more) available at the Whoa Shop.  All items make for great Valentine’s or birthday gifts.  Please see your instructor to place an order.

Ladies Night

It’s that time again.  SEC Ladies Night, we will be meeting again at the Black Horse Tavern on Thursday, February 11th at 7pm (trivia starts at 7:30pm).  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.
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.

Y Ride Program

In just a few short weeks our students have achieved their goals of learning how to control their horse (walk, halt, steer) and even have begun to trot.  Congratulations students, keep up the good work.  Check out for updates and photos.  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.

Polo Update

Annual Sweethearts Polo Tournament

Bring your sweetheart, friend, sibling, child or we will pair you up.  No polo experience required.  Sunday, February 21st at 11am.  See Mark or Lucy for more information.

Mike Giordano and Pat Marinelli, both of Sturbridge MA, and Drew Gale, of Somers CT represented the SEC’s boys interscholastic polo team to play Glen Farm Polo Team of Newport Rhode Island on Sunday Dec 12th.  It was a highly competitive match with the score being close throughout the game, but SEC’s boys team impressively finished in the lead, 11 to 12.  GO TEAM!!!

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