After a few months of waiting for good weather and the ground to cooporate we finally made it to a cross country schooling! Sarah Knellinger took along Lexie Yunggebauer's mare, Sadie for her first schooling ever and Emma Cassat took Chester for his first schooling too! It was a windy afternoon, but bright and sunny thankfully. The facility we chose to go to was Stonewood down in Dover, Pa. It was the perfect starter course for teaching both horses and students how to ride cross country!
We began with a warmup over all the fences in the outdoor ring and then moved into the fenced hunter field. This field offered a great variety of jumps to play with, including a bank complex, 3 different ditches with movable rails, different levels of coups, and some moveable fence rails that made nice inviting verticals. Chester rocked around and LOVED every second of it! He had his ears up the entire time, needless to say that's not normally the case for him! With some slow convincing Lexie allowed Sarah to jump some little stuff with Sadie and slowly worked our way up and again it was a shock to everyone that Sadie completely enjoyed herself! Normally just a ring hunter/equitation horse, we weren't sure how Sadie would take big open fields and different looking fences!
We moved on from the hunt field and hiked across the property and out into the open cross country course which wound its' way through the woods, up and down hills, into fields, and back and forth across a stream. There were jumps ranging from elementary all the way up to some larger novice height stuff with some training level questions which was a nice course to play with for both horses and riders! Everyone had a fantastic time and we can't wait to go back again!