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Friday Night Fun at Valley View Riding Stables in Dayville CT

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Valley View Riding Stables

91 Lake Road

Dayville, CT 06241

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Apple Jack

Valley View Riding Stables is a full service equestrian center offering:   Full Care Board, Partial and Rough Board, English,Western, Jumping and Dressage  Lessons, Horsemanship Classes, Training,  Leasing, Summer Camps, Horses For Sale, Hay For Sale, Pony Parties, Arena Rentals, Winter Board, Temporary Board, Lay-ups, and More.

 

Heading Out to the Arena

They have much to offer the Quiet Corner of Connecticut. They provide a family friendly atmosphere that everyone can enjoy. Parents and children take lessons together, working students relax together on trail rides, and the staff works to form relationships with each and every person. They encourage students to be involved, even if it doesn’t include riding. They are a safe and caring environment for all people, young and old, to learn and have fun.

 

Come on boy

Since  early 1900’s the facility was a fully operating dairy farm, known as Quinniquack farm, situated on more than 250 acres. Today it has been renovated to a equestrian facility that is home to more than 50 horses.

 

The lower barn now includes a 120’x 60′ indoor riding arena, 25 matted box stalls, grain, feed, and a tack room with individual locking closets, grooming stalls and a heated washstall with hot and cold water. They also have an area with a fridge and microwave along with a heated bathroom.  They offer grass turn out on more than 75 acres and have a 150’x 200′ outdoor arena with a full 12 fence hunter course, direct access to a 30 plus obstacle cross country course and a 60′ round pen to meet all of your riding and training needs. The upper barn offers 15 matted box stalls, sliding doors, and Nelson auto-waterers.  This barn also includes a tack room and grain room, extra storage and a new maintenance garage. They are a full care boarding facility, with a friendly and knowledgeable staff who strive to provide the highest quality care for all our animals, and a safe clean environment for horses and riders.

 

Here we go

Amy Lyons is the owner, manager, and head instructor of Valley View Riding Stables. She has over 18 years of experience in the animal care profession.  She even still has her first horse Star, who she rescued from severe neglect in the 6th grade – Star is now 39 years old. Whenever the need presents itself  they take in rescue horses and use their resources in order to rehabilitate them. Amy is certified as an instructor with the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA).  Amy has devoted all of her time and resources into offering the area with an opportunity to learn about and work with horses.  She believes that everyone can benefit from spending time with horses.  She is currently working to start a therapeutic riding center as well.

Steady as he goes

Summer Horsemanship Day Program runs for 6 weeks in the summer from 9:30-3, Monday through Friday.  Friday is open for the children to show off their new skills to their parents at a horse show.  Campers have a full day of horses including two riding lessons and learning all aspect of horse care and handling.   Safety is the main focus but there is no shortage of fun.  They offer a wide array of school horses and have many very safe beginner horses, perfect for youngsters, first timers or even the most timid riders.  They also have many well educated hunter/jumpers and dressage horses. Camp is open for beginners eager to learn, or advanced riders who want to sharpen their skills.  Campers can even bring their own horse for the week.  It is a good chance to make friends and learn something new.

 

taking a break

This particular horse is Apple Jack!  He is such a good boy.

 

this way

This is Seph’s first real ride and she is perfectly comfortable hanging out on Apple Jack.

 

Beautiful

Time to finish up, brush, and say goodbye to Apple Jack for the week.

 

And of course iPhone shots…

 

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