Monday, December 30, 2013

Ashley is off to Auburn...GOOD LUCK!!

Hi everyone!

We want to send a special congrats and good luck to Patty's daughter Ashley, who will be heading off in five days to start college at Auburn University!! We couldn't be more proud of her and can't believe how fast the time has flown! It seems like just yesterday she was this little:

This photo of Ashley was taken in June of 1997 at the Quentin Horse Show in Pennsylvania. Be sure to read the caption cute is that?


Monday, December 23, 2013

Wishing Everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Rolling Acres would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. We also would like to thank all of our clients for their continued support in the past year. We can't wait for 2014!

Below is a fantastic video made by one of our students, that is a great re-cap of the 2013 year.
Check it out!!!

Until next year....!

Rolling Acres

Monday, December 16, 2013

Florida can't come soon enough!!!

Hi everyone!

Winter is in full-swing at the farm and the Rolling Acres crew couldn't be more ready to leave for Florida in a few weeks. After all the snow and ice we had, and the temperatures warming up, it has been 24-7 "spook training" around the barns/indoor. As the ice and snow have been melting and falling, we have been experiencing loud, scary noises to all of the poor horses who have no idea what's going on. Even Mary had a close call the other day while tightening her girth! Whew! Thankfully, the majority of it is melted and we should get a break from all the scary noises.

(image copyright & thanks to: Martin Crownover)

PS-The crew will be leaving for Florida the first week of January and heading to Pensacola first. After that, they will be travelling to Ocala and then finishing in Atlanta, GA.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Snow Day...Round 2!

Good Morning Everyone,

Here at Rolling Acres Farm, we are experiencing another snow day! We got a few inches of snow on Sunday and right now, we are experiencing round two and are forecasted to get another 3-5 inches today. Don't worry, the horses are tucked in safe and sound! 
Here are two photos of the farm in the snow:

(Photos thanks to Patty's Facebook)

Also, we know it's not Thursday yet, but we wanted to go ahead and share a Throwback Thursday photo with you! This is a photo of Ashley that our wonderful photographer, Sheryl Sutherby found the other day. How cute is her brightly-colored outfit and water spout hair?


Monday, December 2, 2013

Thanksgiving Reunions & Rose of Sharon Equestrian School Visit!!

It’s been a great Thanksgiving weekend here at Rolling Acres Farm.  Many of our students came home for college and came to the barn.  It was so nice to see them all again!
This is Patty with Allyson Quirk.  It was really cold in the barn!  And this is Patty’s famous full-length ski coat that she starts wearing about September.

Also, Robin Feldman and I went to visit Rose of Sharon Equestrian School.  This is the place where donations in memory of Malibu Classic, or” Clown,” as we all knew him, were given.  The Executive Director and Founder, Joan Twining, gave us a tour of the facility.  This facility serves students with learning disabilities and uses horses to help students learn just how strong and capable they really are.  They have no funding source and currently work from donations, grants and the kind hearts of volunteers.

The indoor ring is incredible!  It is set with lighting that keeps shadows from occurring in the ring.  Plus, it is wired for sound so that teachers don’t need to raise their voice when children are riding.  There is a special ramp that helps children in wheelchairs be able to mount easier.  Joan told us that the donations received will be recognized with a memorial stirrup on the wall to remember Clown. 

It was a wonderful visit and taught us that horses are capable of some pretty amazing things and are truly a gift to us all.  Our thanks to Joan for showing us around her facility. 

If you would like to send a contribution, I am sure they would be happy to receive it!

Rose of Sharon Equestrian School, Inc.
PO Box 156
Glen Arm, MD 21057

Monday, November 25, 2013

Goshen Hunt at Rolling Acres!!

A few days ago, the Goshen Hunt/Hounds had a meet here at our farm! It was so neat to see them enjoying our beautiful property and we loved hosting them. Also, one of our own boarders, Robin Feldman, even got dressed up and went hunting! Looking sharp Robin!

Here is a photo of Robin:

And check out this great photo that Sheryl Sutherby took of the hunt heading out:

Monday, November 18, 2013

Mid-Atlantic Young Rider Equitation Festival Results!

This past weekend, some of the Rolling Acres riders competed in the Mid-Atlantic Young Rider Equitation Festival and did very well!

Hannah Showell & Axtrex – Reserve Champion in the Mid-Atlantic Young Rider Equitation Finals

Hannah & Adam Showell with Axtrex at the Mid Atlantic Equitation Festival

Ashley Foster, Hannah Showell, Brianna Sims winning the Team Award at MAEF  (Picture by Patty Foster)

Bernadette Coyle and her new partner Lorca – Reserve Champion at their first show!  
(picture by proud Mama!)

Sending a special congrats Katie Kranking Pre-adult Equitation Champion and Bernadette who finished in 2nd! Ashley Foster was the 15-17 Champion overall flat winner! Brianna Sims placed  2nd, 2nd, and 2nd in the Medal and ASPCA divisions. Hannah Showell was 2nd and winner of the Medal and ASPCA classes. Congratulations to Erika who had ribbons in the Adult Equitation class and Alyson who had ribbons in the 15-17 division. Also, great job Ashley B. and Alexis for solid rides !! Way to go Rolling Acres riders on superb riding! We are so proud of ALL of you!

Oh, and we can't forget... Rolling Acres won High Score Barn, High Score Team, and
High Score Trainer.  Guess they cleaned up just a "little" bit :)
 Photo by Cheryl Gannon.

Also, sharing a poster for an upcoming event, that features one of our boarder’s (Robin Feldman) daughter – Allie Feldman (Class of 2015).  She is at Washington University and is in their  cappella group and this is their latest concert.  Pretty cool!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Sidesaddle Superstar & "Fun" Horse Show photos!

Rolling Acres would like to wish a special congratulations to Lou Steinfort  and “Honneur,” aka Oscar, owned by Nancy Guzzo, who had a wonderful year in the sidesaddle division. The pair was 1st with the Maryland Horse Show Association, and 3rd in Zone 3, and overall 4th Nationally with USEF.  Way to go Lou and Oscar!!

We had our Rolling Acres Costume Show on Sunday.  It was a “fun” show for our Rolling Acres Team (everyone that rides here).  Ashley was the Mastermind behind the project and did a great job getting everything in place.

The first class was the “Costume Class” and people were fantastic in their costumes! Check out all the creativity:

Annie is ready for the holidays

Charlotte went out all in Western style

Annie winning the egg & spoon class

Connie on her appropriately-named, Jester!

Kiana & Ringo-who wasn't too sure about some of the other costumes

Loafy is one cool pony!

Peyton & her rider, "Pick Pocket"

Stevie was singing for us all!

Sandy & Gypsy

Meredith & Teddy looking fabulous!

Everyone lined up with the results...great job!!

Laurie didn't win, but gave it a great effort!! 

Bella having fun with our version of  'polo races'

Bernadette winning the "Cake Walk" class

Kirsten having fun in the bareback class

Thanks Ashley for putting it all together!! "

Monday, November 4, 2013

National Results and A Shoutout to a Talented Mom!

Hello everyone!

First, this afternoon, we would like to send a special congratulations to Therese Gurney, mother of RASS student Alyson Gurney who rides The Golden Compass. Therese won some pretty impressive designer awards and we had to brag! Congrats again Therese!

Next, we have results from National Horse Show this past weekend! 
Annie Friedman riding Now How Z finished 6th in  the Stake Small Junior Hunter class and  finished in 7th in the under saddle class. Way to go!
Ashley Foster riding Sin City, owned by Annie Friedman, won a 1st, a 3rd, and a 6th in the Small Junior Hunter division. Riding Turtle Bay, she placed 2nd,  3rd and 5th in the Small Junior Hunter division. Nice job Ashley!

And with that, the Rolling Acres 2013 show season is complete. For now, we leave you with this cute photo of some of the girls! (courtesy of Hannah Showell's Facebook :)! )

Hannah, Kimmy, Ashley & Brianna 

Monday, October 28, 2013

WIHS Results, FREE Webinar Announcement, Sending a Get Well and more!

Good Morning Everyone,

We have lots to discuss in the blog today!!

First off, we want to inform you of a great FREE webinar that our very own, Pam Saul, will be speaking at coming up on November 11, 2013. It’s about ‘How to Improve the Profitability of Your Horse Business’ and we feel that this is going to be a very educational webinar for people with all types of horse businesses.  Please check it out! This is a great resource! You can find out more information here:

Next up, we have to talk more about the Washington International Horse Show! Rolling Acres riders competed very well and were great representatives for the farm.

Ashley Foster & Sin City won the Small Junior Hunter 16-17 Under Saddle class at Washington International Horse Show!  Way to go Ashley!  Hannah Showell was 4th in the Older Large Juniors Under Saddle class at Washington as well! Nice job Hannah!

In the $3,500 Small Junior Hunter Stake 16-17 class,  Ashley Foster riding Sin City, owned by Annie Friedman, were 4th and Ashley riding Turtle Bay, owned by Terrapin Hill Farm, LLC, were 6th. The pair was also 3rd in the $2,500 Small Junior Handy Hunter 16-17 class. Nice job!

In the $3,500 Large Junior Hunter Stake 16-17 class, Alyson Gurney riding The Golden Compass finished in 8th. Awesome job Alyson!

Ashley Foster riding Sin City, owned by Annie Friedman, won the $1,500 Small Junior Hunter 16-17 Under Saddle class!
Woo hoo!

In the $1,500 Large Junior Hunter 16-17 Under Saddle class, Hannah Showell riding Mcgwire, owned by Allison Bergmeyer, were 4th. Way to go!

In the $10,000 WIHS Children’s Jumper 1.15m 11 class, Devon Monroe riding Shinkansen finished in 5th place. Great riding Devon!

In the $7,500 Low Junior Amateur Owner Jumper Classic 1.30m class, Ashley Foster riding Carlot finished in 10th place. Awesome riding Ashley!

Also, during the show, we held the Buck Breast Cancer event that honors Laura Pickett, our trainer who lost her life last year to breast cancer.  We had many of Laura's family and Rolling Acres friends come to the Washington International Horse Show to honor Laura.   The Laura Pickett Excellence in Horsemanship Award was given out this year to a deserving junior.   The event benefited the capital Breast Care Center. Thank you to everyone who came and made it a very special night.

On another note, we would like to send a “Get Well” along with speedy recovery wishes to one of our clients, Lisa Kuntz who broke her ankle and is currently recovering.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

$10,000 WIHS Adult Amateur Hunter Championship Results

Congratulations to Connie Mcrill and Sgt. Pepper who were 6th, and Kevin Foster and Ufonia P. who placed 8th in the $10,000 Washington International Horse Show Adult Amateur Hunter Championship!! Way to go!!

Connie & Sgt. Pepper

Kevin & Ufonia P. 

Also, check out this article featuring a photo of Connie at the bottom:

Monday, October 21, 2013

WIHS Local Day & Kimmy's Birthday!

This is a great shot of Melanie Wright (trainer), Alexis Maffry on Lariat at Local Day at Washington International Horse Show, taken by Caroline Maffry. Although she didn't win any ribbons, she had great clear rounds out of 32 riders! Way to go Alexis!!

Also, we can't forget about Laurie Hilburg, who was Reserve Champion Adult Hunter with horse Sienna at Local Day! Nice job Laurie!!

And, one of our own, Kimmy Saul (daughter of Pam), had a  19th birthday on October 19th!! How cool is that?! Happy Belated Birthday Kimmy! We hope it was wonderful!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Congratulations to Kevin Foster!!!

Special Announcement: Congratulations to Kevin Foster & Ufonia P on their 6th place finish in the $10,000 NAL Adult Hunter Finals at Pennsylvania National Horse Show.

Also, Connie McRill and Sgt. Pepper were great in their first time together competing at Indoors.  
Great job to both riders!!!

Monday, October 14, 2013

PA National Results, Buck Breast Cancer Event and GOOD LUCK for the $10,000 NAL Adult Amateur Hunter Final

Some of the results from the Pennsylvania National Horse Show are in! Rolling Acres riders did well and continued to show the hunter world what Rolling Acres is all about!

In the Small Junior Hunter 16-17 Under Saddle class, Ashley Foster riding Sin City, owned by Annie Friedman, came in  1st  place winning the entire class! Way to go!

In the Small Junior Hunter 16-17 Over Fences division, Ashley Foster riding  Sin City placed 4th,
Ashley Foster riding Turtle Bay placed 6th and Annie Friedman riding Now How Z placed 11th. Nice job ladies!

In the Small Junior Handy Hunter 16-17 Over Fences class, Ashley Foster riding Turtle Bay finished with a 3rd Ashley Foster riding Sin City  finished in 5th place. In the Small Junior Hunter 16-17 Over Fences class,  Ashley Foster riding Turtle Bay placed 4th and Ashley Foster riding  Sin City placed 5th. Great riding!

Allison Bergmeyer riding Mcgwire didn't pin in the Large Junior Hunter 15 & Under, but rode very well and made us all proud!

In the Large Junior Hunter 16-17 Over Fences class, Hannah Showell riding Axtrex finished in 10th. Way to go!

In the Large Junior Handy Hunter 16-17 Over Fences class Alyson Gurney riding The Golden Compass came in 8th place and Hannah Showell riding Axtrex finished in 12th. Great job!

In the  Large Junior Hunter 16-17 Over Fences class,  Hannah Showell riding Axtrex finished in 10th. Nice riding Hannah!

Hannah Showell and Axtrex

Also, we wanted to let you know about the “Buck Breast Cancer” event to be held in honor of Laura Pickett at the Washington International Horse Show again this year. This event is very near and dear to our hearts here at Rolling Acres, and we would love to have a big attendance this year!  The show will be awarding the Laura Pickett Excellence in Horsemanship Award again this year and also hosting the Pickett family in the Acela Club.  Get your tickets and support the cause here:

And we can’t forget...sending Good Luck to Connie Mcrill and Sgt. Pepper and Kevin Foster and Ufonia P at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show.  They are in the $10,000 NAL Adult Amateur Hunter Final today!!  Wishing you both great riding and GOOD LUCK!
Connie Mcrill and Sgt. Pepper

Kevin Foster and Ufonia P