Holland's Hope Farm

Holland's Hope Farm Hunt Seat Equitation Horseback riding instruction

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Anne Kursinski Riding and Jumping Mentor

This is excellent advice from a top-notch competitor.

Tuesday Tip:
When you attend a horse show, not only watch the performances in the show rings, watch the warm up arena. As Frank Chapot says, you can get free lessons by watching the top riders in the warm up rings. Here at WEF, I love to watch how riders school their horses. I watch everyone and study the winners like Beezie, Mclain, Laura, Eric Lamaze, Doda, Nick Skelton, the list goes on and on. Watching position, distance, pace, turns, type of jumps they set (square, rampy, oxers, verticles). I check out their equipment, saddles, bits, tack, boots etc. Interesting to notice the type of horses they ride and how they ride them.

You can watch how the top hunter riders prepare their horses too. As well as watching the top equitation trainers, schooling their students before a class.

There is so much to be learned by observing. It is unbelievable free information, if you take the time to watch! If you have questions, ask your trainer or a fellow horseman.

When I was young, I glued myself to the warm up ring to watch the famous riders and their horses. It's wonderful to watch the rounds in the show ring. But there are sometimes even more valuable lessons to be learned in the warm up arena!


Gearing up for our last IEA show of the season next week, then a break before we start showing again in May! We are also in the process of planning our summer program. Holland's Hope Farm will be offering a few Summer Sessions this year. We will focus on basic horse care and will also have a Horse Show session which will concentrate on preparing for a show correctly and end with us competing at a local show. We will be competing on the local circuit (CDHJC, TCRA, WNEPHA), and will be bringing horses to VSF and Northampton. Please let us know if you are interested in any further information.


I was very proud of the compliments our IEA girls received at the Hunter Ridge IEA show on Sunday! They were described as great workers who were polite and always ready to help, which are exactly the values I'm trying to instill. We had a lot of fun and are looking forward to Shallowbrook this weekend. Go Team!

At Holland's Hope Farm, we teach our students safe and effective ways to handle and care for horses. Cathy was trained i...

At Holland's Hope Farm, we teach our students safe and effective ways to handle and care for horses. Cathy was trained in the safest methods by some of the best local show barn managers, and treats all of her horses like champions. She also keeps up on new methods (as you can see in the article, we always need to keep learning!) so she can effectively pass on her top-notch knowledge to her students. Contact us if you'd like to learn how to handle your horse confidently and safely.

Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA)


Our IEA Team is gearing up for two shows in the next two weeks, and I know everyone has been working hard and giving it their best. We are happy to have supporters at our shows; please let us know if you would like to come cheer on our riders. We welcome those who are interested in IEA for next year to come and see how the shows run. Contact Cathy for more information.


Holland's Hope Farm would like to wish the best of luck to everyone attending the WNE-PHA Finals tomorrow - see you all bright and early!

This is hilarious...
10 Horses Who Forgot How to "Horse"

This is hilarious...

Being a horse is hard. Sometimes, you just forget how to do it...   1. It can start early.   2. Very early, especially if it's before nap time.   3. Sometimes, you forget what objects are there for.   4. Or how to play with them.   5. Direction


Williamstown, MA

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Tuesday 2:30pm - 5pm
Wednesday 12:30pm - 5pm
Saturday 9:30am - 2:30pm


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