Monday, September 28, 2015

Working Students Needed!!

Calling all WORKING STUDENTS!! We have current opening for working students for the fall/winter of 2015. We are looking for special candidates to fill these positions immediately. Our ideal candidate has a good work ethic, strong time-management skills and a keen interest in learning, as well as their own method of transportation. You must be able to work well with others, take direction and have a great attitude. Practical experience with horses is a must, and experience with young horses and a familiarity with eventing would be helpful. We maintain a 6-day work week with consistent barn hours. Most days will consist of riding for the first part of the day with routine horse management and the availability of a lesson in the afternoon. Traveling to shows and events also a possibility for the right person. Candidates must be at least 18 years old and have their own transportation. Live-in on the farm situation is also available for the right person. Compensation will be in exchange for board for one horse, lessons, clinics, competitions and other opportunities. For more information about Playland Equestrian, our facilities and our horses, please visit our website:

Monday, September 21, 2015

Great time at the Fall C.O.R.E. Rider Clinic!

Yesterday was the fall C.O.R.E. Rider Clinic and everyone had a great time!! The weather was beautiful as riders were split into to groups for a morning and afternoon session. During the un-mounted phase riders focused on their shoulders and hand positioning and awareness. Then it was carried over directly as it relates to riding when riders paired-up on the medicine balls with a set of reins. One rider got to be "the horse" and the other was holding the reins just as they would in the saddle. Riders were able to explore motion, tension and levels of contact as the horse would feel. Pretty neat! After that everyone had a semi-private lesson in the saddle to work on their shoulders and hand positioning while riding the flat. Each rider did very well and we saw huge improvements! Way to go everyone! Thank you for coming and we look forward to seeing you at the next clinic!

Here are some photos from the clinic thanks to Maya Kuntze Photography:

Monday, September 14, 2015

Maryland Horse Trials Fall #1 Results

Good morning!

This past weekend some of the Playland team competed at the Maryland Horse Trials Fall Starter #1 on Saturday. Unfortunately, the weather wasn't the best and after several heavy batches of rain, the ground was just too wet and slippery for the horses to run cross-country. They did compete in the other phases however!  Ashley R. competed PL Irish Queen in the Jr. Elementary division and did really well placing 2nd after dressage going into jumping. Sophia Tamayo also competed PL Jazzy Contessa in the Jr. Beginner Novice division and looked great in both phases despite the rainfall! Glenda also took Pearl who put in a lovely dressage test for a 31.0 and 3rd place heading into jumping. Great job everyone!

Thanks to Playland's resident photographer, Maya Kuntze, here are some photos of the riders from the show!

Ashley & Queenie:

Sophia & Contessa:

Also at the Poplar Place Farm Horse Trials in Hamilton, GA Haley Hughes with The Consultant (formerly PL Irish Calib) finished 5th in the Open Training division. Way to go! 

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Seneca Valley Pony Club Horse Trials Results!

Good morning,

We hope that everyone had a nice holiday weekend and was able to enjoy it! First off, we have to congratulate Sofia Tamayo  on her successful debut in BN at the recognized level this past weekend at the Seneca Valley Pony Club Horse Trials.  While her dressage score didn't accurately reflect the quality of her test she truly had her best dressage test to-date and had clean jumping rounds. She and PL Contessa finished 5th in the Beginner Novice Junior 1 division. Way to go!

Also, Glenda great day competing at Seneca after taking the summer off.  She competed PL Irish Pearl in the Novice Horse division to get started back into running around competitions again. Glenda tells us that she was her fantastic usual self and put in a respectable 35.0 dressage score, had one rail in stadium and a few time penalties on cross-country from going a little *too* fast...oops! Glenda is excited to take her back out again for The Maryland Horse Trials this upcoming weekend.

Ashley Redman & PL Irish Queen (aka "Queenie") will also be competing this weekend at the Maryland Horse Trials in the Junior Elementary Division.  Sending good luck to her and Queenie for a great competition!

Stay tuned next week for results & training horse updates!