As I’ve been promising on Facebook, there are a lot of new changes coming to Open Gate Ranch. At the beginning of the year I was told my lease of Open Gate would end March 1. The farm owners Jim and Ginny are taking over the barn and plan to continue boarding and run some cattle events. They also have several new trainers coming in. I’ve been thinking hard as to what this will mean for my business and what my options are. I’ve come up with the following plan.
I will happily continue teaching boarders or students leasing boarder horses at Open Gate as you want me. You are responsible for making sure a ring is available and for any fees involved with having an outside instructor come in, if there are any.
For those of you riding lesson horses or trailering in, the primary lesson hub will move back to Hillside Equestrian Center in New Tripoli where I was a few years ago. It is a beautiful farm only about 20 minutes from Open Gate. Cheryl has several horses I can use for lessons, and that is also going to be Stanley’s new home! Down side, as of right now I can not do western lessons unless you have your own horse. But I’ll work on that, so let me know if that’s something you’re interested in. Cheryl is very nice, and I think you’ll all love the place. And yes, it has an indoor!
For right now, shows and birthday parties are on hold. I have to wait for a couple more of my “options” to pan out before I commit to these events. I’ll let you know if and when we have some bigger events.
Anyone who has a horse they would like to send for training, please talk to me. I’d like to continue training but we may have to be a bit creative as to where your horse is boarded.
I’d like to thank you all in advance for your patience and loyalty in the next few months as I look for a long term situation. I have thoroughly enjoyed taking care of your horses and watching you improve through your lessons, and I’m not ready to quit that just yet. Stay tuned for future developments. Feel free to talk to me if you have any questions.