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The Southlands Foundation

The Southlands Foundation Horseback Riding Lessons, Boarding, Training, Horse Shows, Summer Camps, Clinics & More! The Southlands Foundation encompasses nearly 200 acres overlooking the Hudson River.

Its unique history spans three hundred years. The property dates back to the original King’s grant to the Livingston and Beekman families from which Deborah Dows, our founder, is a descendant. She inherited the “south land” of Foxhollow from her father Tracy Dows. Combining her understanding of land, animals, and people, with her teaching interest, Mrs. Dows opened the riding school in the late 30

Its unique history spans three hundred years. The property dates back to the original King’s grant to the Livingston and Beekman families from which Deborah Dows, our founder, is a descendant. She inherited the “south land” of Foxhollow from her father Tracy Dows. Combining her understanding of land, animals, and people, with her teaching interest, Mrs. Dows opened the riding school in the late 30

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Thank you for the honor Dutchess County Historical Society.
03/09/2022

Thank you for the honor Dutchess County Historical Society.

Our next spotlight for Women’s History Month is Deborah Dows.

An accomplished horsewoman, Deborah Dows devoted her life to maintaining the characteristics of rural life that she valued. One of the few female students accepted at the Spanish Riding School, Deborah turned the “south lands” of the Dows family estate, “Foxhollow,” into a successful, respected riding academy and horse farm. Her aim was to use horsemanship to teach respect and love for the land and its animals, both wild and tame. This approach was successful in building character, leadership, responsibility, and confidence in her students. Beyond horseback riding, she welcomed individuals to work at Southlands when in need of sanctuary. Over the years people from all walks of life would come and go. All that was required was to put in an honest day of hard work and in return, they were guaranteed a substantial meal, a warm place to rest, and a small stipend. Today, the Rhinebeck property is home to The Southlands Foundation, which continues Deborah’s mission to cultivate respect and love for the land and its animals through education, conservation, and outdoor recreation.

To learn more about the Southlands Foundation visit: www.southlands.org.

Photo credit: The Southlands Foundation

To support this effort and donate to help DCHS uncover and spotlight more important women in Dutchess County history visit: https://dchsny.org/celebrate-women/.

We honor our founder especially during women’s history month. This is only one of her many contributions to our history....
03/02/2022

We honor our founder especially during women’s history month. This is only one of her many contributions to our history.

In 1956, Deborah Dows took in two teenage boys who were fleeing Hungary during the revolution. Southlands was their sanctuary until adulthood. Josef stayed and became a valuable member of the farm team. Julius left and went on to become a lion tamer in the circus. Over the years we saw many people from all walks of life come and go. All that was required was to put in an honest day of hard work and in return they were guaranteed a substantial meal, a warm place to rest and a small stipend. I feel certain that if she was alive today, we would be welcoming two or more young people from Ukraine. Thank you Deborah Dows for creating a Foundation where all individuals have a place to find a sanctuary. It really is and always has been as John Craven said, "A bastion against the outside world."

Happy Women’s History Month! We celebrate our founder, Deborah Dows, and her legacy to The Southlands Foundation, the Hu...
03/01/2022

Happy Women’s History Month! We celebrate our founder, Deborah Dows, and her legacy to The Southlands Foundation, the Hudson Valley, and beyond. She knew that nature and animals would provide opportunities to develop character -- bravery, confidence, compassion, and more. She exemplified a strong work ethic and a deep respect for the land and its animals ... lessons that continue to touch the lives of everyone who has been a part of the Southlands family. We celebrate her today and always!
#thankyoumrsdows #womenshistorymonth #hudsonvalleywomen #makingadifference

02/24/2022
NEW SWAG ALERT: New Southlands sweatshirts designed by our very own working students are in! Get yours today and keep wa...
02/22/2022

NEW SWAG ALERT: New Southlands sweatshirts designed by our very own working students are in! Get yours today and keep warm in these cold temps! $50 each. Available in the office while supplies last

Mid Winter Raffle Fundraiser Extended! There is still time to buy a raffle for New Yorker Cartoonist and TSF Friend Liza...
02/21/2022

Mid Winter Raffle Fundraiser Extended! There is still time to buy a raffle for New Yorker Cartoonist and TSF Friend Liza Donnelly's new book. 1 for $5, 3 for $10. Call the office @845 876 4862 or email the office at [email protected]

Just another beautiful sunset at Southlands! What a gorgeous day in Rhinebeck! We had great lessons, with happy horses a...
02/13/2022

Just another beautiful sunset at Southlands! What a gorgeous day in Rhinebeck! We had great lessons, with happy horses and riders! #sunset#thesouthlandsfoundation #winterinthehudsonvalley #thankyoumrsdows

The Southlands Foundation congratulates our very own Liza Donnelly @lizadonnelly on the launch of her book, Very Funny L...
02/12/2022

The Southlands Foundation congratulates our very own Liza Donnelly @lizadonnelly on the launch of her book, Very Funny Ladies! Liza has donated and autographed a copy for a TSF Mid-Winter Raffle. Join the fun. 1 raffle for $5; 3 for $10. Drawing will be held February 28th. Call or stop by the office. And also join Liza for an online Zoom event with Oblong celebrating the launch this coming Tuesday, February 15th! https://www.oblongbooks.com/event/online-liza-donnelly-very-funny-ladies

Jack Frost has been nipping at our noses almost the entire month of January!! We get it, winter 🥶 is meant to be cold in...
01/26/2022

Jack Frost has been nipping at our noses almost the entire month of January!! We get it, winter 🥶 is meant to be cold in NY!! Here’s to welcoming February next week and hopefully a milder month for our horses and riders!! #freezingcold#bluebirdskies
#winter2022

A portion of the TSF show team went to Old Salem Farm yesterday to have some frosty fun in the jumper divisions! Everyon...
01/24/2022

A portion of the TSF show team went to Old Salem Farm yesterday to have some frosty fun in the jumper divisions! Everyone had a great time, got some excellent off site practice and a couple of the riders earned a few ribbons! Whoo hoo!! Thanks so much to John from Judge Manning Horse Transportation for a smooth ride to the show and back home! Special thanks to Jonathan Edel and Madeline Berg for expert scheduling and training! #wintershowsarefun #keeplearning #itwasntfreezing

As promised in our latest newsletter, please find information on TSF's Working Student Program. Please contact us in the...
01/05/2022

As promised in our latest newsletter, please find information on TSF's Working Student Program. Please contact us in the office about an application if you are interested!

Stunning sunset at the farm tonight! These never get old, even at 23 degrees.
01/03/2022

Stunning sunset at the farm tonight! These never get old, even at 23 degrees.

Happy New Year from all of us at TSF!! Here’s Maddy and Karma jumping into 2022!! We’re all ready for a new, exciting ye...
01/01/2022

Happy New Year from all of us at TSF!! Here’s Maddy and Karma jumping into 2022!! We’re all ready for a new, exciting year!! Love to all!!

Our fourth and final December #ThrowbackThursday - let us know your guesses!!!
12/30/2021

Our fourth and final December #ThrowbackThursday - let us know your guesses!!!

Our third #ThrowbackThursday - let us know your guesses!!!
12/23/2021

Our third #ThrowbackThursday - let us know your guesses!!!

Just a reminder to our friends and community. Wishing all Happy Holidays and a safe and happy New Year💕🌲💕
12/23/2021

Just a reminder to our friends and community. Wishing all Happy Holidays and a safe and happy New Year💕🌲💕

Or community member and President of the Board, Elise Quasebarth, took these beautiful pictures on a walk down farm road...
12/22/2021

Or community member and President of the Board, Elise Quasebarth, took these beautiful pictures on a walk down farm road with her wonderful Fanfair. ❤🐴

So great to have this gang back together! And able to enjoy riding outside in the middle of December no less!! Yay for S...
12/18/2021

So great to have this gang back together! And able to enjoy riding outside in the middle of December no less!! Yay for Susie's M/W/F ladies #southlandsproud #ridingoutside #gangisallhere💕

Fundraiser Update: Exciting News and THANK YOU TSF Community! Any more donations will be used to purchase and install mo...
12/17/2021

Fundraiser Update: Exciting News and THANK YOU TSF Community! Any more donations will be used to purchase and install more mud mats!

Our second #ThrowbackThursday - let us know your guesses!!!
12/16/2021

Our second #ThrowbackThursday - let us know your guesses!!!

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!As of December 10th, we have raised $20,800! We have met the match! 🎉🎉 We are close to r...
12/11/2021

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

As of December 10th, we have raised $20,800! We have met the match! 🎉🎉 We are close to reaching our goal of another $5,000!

Let the Paddock Improvement Begin!

For the month of December we are trying out #ThrowbackThursday - let us know what you think!"
12/09/2021

For the month of December we are trying out #ThrowbackThursday - let us know what you think!"

And a special shout out to out crafts corner led by Sue!
12/06/2021

And a special shout out to out crafts corner led by Sue!

Thank you to all who donated their delicious treats, time and talent to bedazzle the barn for the holidays. To all those...
12/06/2021

Thank you to all who donated their delicious treats, time and talent to bedazzle the barn for the holidays. To all those celebrating from Hanakkah to Kwanza we hope you enjoy our Southlands spirit!

The elves dropped off our holiday decor and lots of treats. Come help us decorate the barn and celebrate Southlands!
12/05/2021

The elves dropped off our holiday decor and lots of treats. Come help us decorate the barn and celebrate Southlands!

Christmas shopping at Southlands! Time to order jackets and sweatshirts!! If we get an order in by 12/13/21 most should ...
12/02/2021

Christmas shopping at Southlands! Time to order jackets and sweatshirts!! If we get an order in by 12/13/21 most should be in by Christmas!! Sign ups in the aisle or call the office (845) 876 4862!

Mud is a real problem. Weather patterns have been changing and the Hudson Valley has been getting much more rain impacti...
11/30/2021

Mud is a real problem. 

Weather patterns have been changing and the Hudson Valley has been getting much more rain impacting the river bottom clay on which Southlands sits. Footing gets deep and slick, and mud harbors bacteria that cause “scratches” or mud fever on horses' legs. Fence lines become unstable, and ponding water inhibits grass growth and breeds insects.

Our Spring Paddock Improvement Project will help repair, rebuild and restore our land and let our pioneering founder, Ms. Dows, legacy live on. Any additional monies raised will be put into the installation of mud mats at the muddiest spots

Loving the new set up in school tack! Special thanks to Maddy, Caro, Noël, Katarina, Jacob, Declan, Mollie, Michele & Jo...
11/20/2021

Loving the new set up in school tack! Special thanks to Maddy, Caro, Noël, Katarina, Jacob, Declan, Mollie, Michele & Jonathan! #southlandsproud #controllingchaos #niceandneat #bridlesinarow

This is what makes barn families and our Southlands  community so special! ❤ #southlandsproud
11/19/2021

This is what makes barn families and our Southlands community so special! ❤ #southlandsproud

TSF Slushie and Ivy enjoyed a beautiful autumn morning lesson at Southlands! It was a wonderful day to ride!
11/14/2021

TSF Slushie and Ivy enjoyed a beautiful autumn morning lesson at Southlands! It was a wonderful day to ride!

Beautiful autumn morning for lessons at Southlands today! TSF Slushie and Ivy posing in front of a dramatic sky and back...
11/14/2021

Beautiful autumn morning for lessons at Southlands today! TSF Slushie and Ivy posing in front of a dramatic sky and backdrop!

When it is cold and wet, one finds a warm snuggy place to nap! 😻 #Southlands #barncats #barncatsofinstagram
11/12/2021

When it is cold and wet, one finds a warm snuggy place to nap! 😻 #Southlands #barncats #barncatsofinstagram

Address

5771 Route 9
Rhinebeck, NY
12572

General information

In an excerpt from a letter written by Deborah Dows to the charter members of The Southlands Foundation in 1988, she writes: “A month does not go by in which I do not receive letters from former students telling me what Southlands meant to them when they were here as children. Some tell of their riding, but more tell about learning to love the land and the creatures on it – to understand growing things – to learn to live and let live – and how their time spent on Southlands helped them cope better with the problems in their individual lives.” Mrs. Dows’ varied career included a remarkable list of accomplishments: one of the few women students accepted at the Spanish Riding School; study with General George Patton, then a major; trainer of many riders, horses, and ponies; founding member of the Landsman Trail Association; and founder of the Southlands Pony Club, and The Southlands Foundation. The scope and versatility of her accomplishments are the basis for the philosophy and continuing programs of The Southlands Foundation

Opening Hours

Monday 8am - 4pm
Tuesday 8am - 4pm
Wednesday 8am - 4pm
Thursday 8am - 4pm
Friday 8am - 4pm
Saturday 8am - 4pm
Sunday 8am - 2:30pm

Telephone

(845) 876-4862

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Today, 1st February, I received an alert from askart.com stating that art by Olin Dows is about to or recently has gone through auctions. There are some images posted.
Black Beauty: His Grooms and Companions, the Autobiography of a Horse is an 1877 novel by English author Anna Sewell. It was composed in the last years of her life, during which she was bedridden and seriously ill. The novel became an immediate best-seller, with Sewell dying just five months after its publication, but having lived long enough to see her only novel become a success. With fifty million copies sold, Black Beauty is one of the best-selling books of all time. While forthrightly teaching animal welfare, it also teaches how to treat people with kindness, sympathy, and respect. In 2003, the novel was listed at number 58 on the BBC's survey The Big Read.
Year end push to help alleviate some of the muddy paddocks at Southlands! 💕
We can’t wait to see you all on Sunday for our HVHJA Finals Horse Show! 🏆 Please remember: even if you are unable to join us to compete, we still hope you can join us for the awards presentations! All ribbon winners are welcome to come for awards and to get a special photo taken 🏆 Approximate times for each division’s award presentation: Lead Line: 8:30 am Pre Mini Stirrup: 9:00 am Mini Stirrup: 9:30 am Beginner Short Stirrup: 10:45 am Short Stirrup: 11:30 am Pleasure: 12:00 pm Low Hunter: 1:15 pm Modified Hunter: 1:25 pm Pre-Children’s Equitation: 2:00 pm Modified Child/Adult Equitation: 2:10 pm HVHJA Medal: 2:35 pm Training Jumpers 2’: 3:30 pm Training Jumpers 2’6: 4:20 pm Training Jumpers 3’: 5:00 pm The Southlands Foundation Welwyn Farm Tatra Farm Meadow Creek Farm Ellerslie Stables L&L Show Jumpers
Thought you would enjoy this photo of this joy filled board!
The Southlands Foundation is a Not-for-Profit 501 (c) 3 school of horsemanship. Southlands, a Chamber member since 2015, is the oldest continuous riding school in the Hudson Valley. For more, go to southlands.org or @southlandsfoundation on Instagram. #loverhinebeck #enjoyrhinebeck #rhinebeckny #hudsonvalley
The Southlands Foundation is a Not-for-Profit 501 (c) 3 school of horsemanship. "Our mission is to provide a historical and agrarian connection to the community and cultivate a respect and love for the land and its animals through equine education, conservation, and outdoor recreation," says Executive Director Allison King. Southlands, a Chamber member since 2015, is the oldest continuous riding school in the Hudson Valley. For more, go to southlands.org or @southlandsfoundation on Instagram. #loverhinebeck #enjoyrhinebeck #rhinebeckny #hudsonvalley
happy holidays kathleen morrissey
Michele Edel ready for winter!
Traditional trace clip, with face blend, for Viona at The Southlands Foundation
Good morning Hudson Valley, New York! Thank you for the beautiful pic Mary Elliott-O'Haire Photography and The Southlands Foundation https://www.facebook.com/TheSouthlandsFoundation/posts/3237627052987089
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