10/15/11 LIVING SOCIAL HIGHLIGHT Great success with the Living Social campaign last week. Looking forward to sharing and introducing horses to lots of new STARS students.
10/12/11 SSC ENGLISH SHOW RESULTS English show last weekend was ahhhmazing! Congrats to our two walk/trot riders, Ellie & Tatum, who competed in a class of nine and took home the Champion and Reserve titles! Also special nods to Chris for beating everyone but the trainers in the adult class, and to Elyssa for taking the blue ribbon with Willie over fences!
10/04/11 WELCOME NEWBIES Plenty of wonderful horses have a new home with us! = ] Welcome to all of our new boarders and program horses!!! Thanks for choosing our facility and program!
Coming soon......Saturday Night Barrel Racing Practices! Planning on 4-5pm Barrels Club for a regular lesson with tips on barrel racing and practicing upcoming patterns, 5-6pm cloverleaf time only runs($2ea run), 6-8pm Jackpot 4D racing ($5ea run) with 50% payout and maybe some added prizes too. Dates posted here and on flyers in the recreation room and around the barn soon = ]
Also, plans are in place for showing in the east valley this next season! Let's go to the covered arena in Queen Creek and kick butt = ] Plans are also in the works for hosting some gymkhanas and maybe even O-Mok-See right here at our barn in 2012!
09/04/2011 SPONTANEOUS RIVER TRAIL RIDE English show had to be cancelled, so we improvised and took a spontaneous (sorry if ya missed it...we just loaded up everyone who happened to be at the barn that afternoon...nobody else got an invitation either) fun & fantastic trail ride to Salt River.
Last night our Western Team rose to the occassion again : ) Check out the pix on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/STARSofHorsemanshp Congrats to all our winners and thanks so much to all the helpers who stepped up to help me coach since I was gimpy.
08/20/11 Awesome job by our Western Show Team as usual! Special congrats to Jillian for a S.T.A.R.S. record on barrels - heading into those teens Jilli! Brittany & Abrienne are right behind her on their speedsters : ) Beginner and Novice teams cleaned up as usual too : )
English Show Team is on this weekend 8/27!
Welcome to our new horses: Zorro the pony, Officer King (ret. Tempe mounted police horse), Chance the boldly colored Appy & a few other boarders who are not in the school horse program. We're thankful to have you all!
07/24/11: Wow Back to School time already!!! We made it thru another summer vacation and made some great memories! Now if only the weather would cool off : P We'll just keep getting wet, riding bareback in the sprinklers and heading into the air conditioning in the new rec room to hang out & cool off.
Summer Horse Camps were a hit : D Thanks to everyone who participated!!!
~ RIP to Salty ~
He will be greatly missed by a great many people whose lives he touched so deeply.
6/04/11: We have taken over management of Triple L Ranch!!! Thrilled to announce that our new office and recreation room will be remodeled this week and ready for camps and clients next week : ) We have also brought in several new horses to the facility and program....pictures and stall plaques will be up soon. Please visit them with treats and welcome them to their new home.
05/12/11: Special Olympics State Equestrian Games 2011 proved to be another amazing show for S.T.A.R.S. riders!!! We took a team of 21 riders to compete in four of the five divisions offered, and we won top honors of high point or reserve in every division! We also did exhibitions of Unified Drill Teams to encourage the rest of the AZ Special Olympics Equestrian Teams to become unified too (Unified Sports in Special Olympics pairs athletes with intellectual disabilities, alongside partners without intellectual disabilities to compete/ride as a team). Feedback was all positive, and it looks like Unified Equestrian Drill Teams will probably be added as a new division at the next show! Thanks so much to all the volunteers at the show (especially Abrienne & Aisling) for all your hard work! S.T.A.R.S. donates all lessons and practice time to our Special Olympics Equestrian Team, and we really appreciate all the volunteers who come donate time, money and supplies to our team too!
04/25/2011: What an amazing start to 2011! We've been busy busy welcoming new horses & clients and winning up a storm at the local shows! Springtime is here and almost gone, and summer is bringing the most exciting news ever.......I thought the highlight of the summer would be the opening of Breezy Basin, our second location, but more amazing than that.....we are taking over complete management of Triple L Ranch! With over 30 horses in our program, we've grown large enough to lease & manage the entire facility. No more ropers training in the arena!!! It will be all STARS all the time!!! And the cattle pens.....new turn outs!!! Best of all though....beginning June 1st we will begin the conversion the home of the former manager into an office and recreation room for our clients! Wifi, billiards & big screen here we come!!!
01/05/11: Congrats to the S.T.A.R.S. Show Team on an incredible 2010. All year we competed at Scottsdale Saddle Club in divisions in Western - Beginner Division (against 15 riders), Novice Division (33 riders) and Adult Amateur Division (12 riders) and we swept all three divisions!!! Kendall won the Championship Buckle in the Beginner division, Jillian won the Novice Buckle and Virginia won the Adult Amateur Buckle! They won beautiful ribbons too and pictured are Aisling & Rebecca who were top ten in their division and they're holding ribbons for Abrienne & Rachel who couldn't attend the banquet. Allisen didn't make the photo but she also competed in the Leadline Division, and while they don't compete for points, she did win awards too! On the English Team side, Kaitlin Dickson took the Reserve Championship in her division for the year too! Thanks to all our team riders and families who came out and competed and supported our team this year! We are so proud of everyone!!! The 2011 Show Team season starts in January! Mark your calendars & see Danya if you'd like to join the team! English dates are: Feb 27, Mar 6, Apr 10, Jun 11, Oct 9 & Western dates are still pending but we're expecting one this month, so stay tuned!
12/22/10: Welcome to our new rescue filly. She was sold at auction for $35 and the buyer would only sell her to us if we paid the 15 cents a pound he would receive for her, so we did and now we're doing a fundraiser to help offset her costs until she grows up enough to be a working member of the team. The fundraiser is a donation drawing to pick her name. We're taking donations for the next couple of weeks and then we'll do a drawing for the winner to choose her name. Thanks to everyone who is participating and helping raise and train our new little girl!
12/18/10: S.T.A.R.S welcomes back Sunshine and Rayban!
10/26/10: Welcome new S.T.A.R.S. horses! Billy is a big bay Arabian gelding, Colonel is a huge (17 hands) black Appendix gelding, Stetson Sr. is a bay Arabian & Melodie is a chestnut overo Paint mare. They are all finishing up with their evaluations and are ready for riding & leasing in November! Come out to cheer for the western show team on Halloween from 9-3 at Westworld in Scottsdale!
07/11/10: S.T.A.R.S welcomes four new horses this month! Rocky, a bay paint gelding, Bandera, a red roan mare, Nemo, a chestnut QH gelding, and Thunder, a paint gelding. Our monthly Jumping Clinic with Former Olympic Games Rider, Jyl Purdy, is a big hit with our aspiring jumping students! First they did trot poles, then cross rails and a vertical, now they've moved up to oxers & next month they'll try a course!
06/20/10: Our Level Up Pot Luck was lots of fun! Thanks to everyone who attended and congrats to all our new Novice and Intermediate students!!!
06/16/10: OUR NEW TSHIRTS HAVE ARRIVED!!! Staff is now sporting the royal blue, and each level has it's own color... Navy is Beginner; Hunter Green is Novice I; Maroon is Novice II & Purple is Intermediate I. Come join us at our first Level Up Pot Luck this Saturday June 19th from 6-8pm at our barn at Triple L & there will be a last chance level testing from 5-6pm. Everyone is invited, so bring your friends & family too!
05/25/10: Daizey, a 7yo Morgan cross is joining the program! She has experience from trail riding to jumping courses! And yes she is for lease!
05/24/10: Welcome to Veil, an 8yo Quarter Horse mare and look out, we may get lots more new ones in June too!!! In negotiations are three horses & two minis (aw, new little friends for our mini, Magic)
05/01/10: Welcome to Reba & JBar, our two newest additions to the S.T.A.R.S. horses (pictures coming soon) and HAPPY 1mo Birthday (5/4) to Paschal! Other birthdays this month are Sterling (5/3), Zach (5/21) and Magic (5/25) who has moved to the barn!
04/18/10: What a great day at the show! Once again we competed in three divisions and took home four high point and reserve awards! Congrats to everyone on thier ribbons, especially to our first timers Rebecca & Bailey and to our division winners Kendall for reserve in beginner (she's in first for the year-to-date in her divis...ion too), Jillian for high point and Rachel for reserve in Novice (both top three in thier division for the year-to-date) and to Virginia for reserve in Adult Novice!
04/04/10: S.T.A.R.S. is proud to welcome our first baby! Sterling brought us a special Paschal treat Sunday! A beautiful baby boy! Looks like he'll be a big bay like his daddy.
03/15/10: Congrats to the show team for an incredible performance yesterday!!! We competed in three divisions and took three medals! Virgina took High Point in Adult Amateur, Kendall tied for High Point in Beginner and Rachel got Reserve High Point in Novice. Thanks to everyone! Baby watch is beginning for Sterling :D Our first official S.T.A.R.S. baby is almost here!!!
Another new horse has joined the program! Carrera is a beautiful Arabian show horse owned by Amy Cash. Thanks Amy for bringing her to our barn!
02/17/10: Congrats to the gymkhana team!!! What a great season starter on Valentines day! Every team member won at least one ribbon, and we won lots of first place ribbons in our three divisions (Beginner, Novice & Adult Amateur), plus in two of those divisions we won the high point reserve medals - Rachel on Zach in Novice Division & Virginia on Salty in Adult Amateur Division. Congrats to all our riders! Beginner Division: Ellie & Kendall; Novice Division: Abrienne, Aisling, Alissa, Jillian, Kaitlin & Rachel; Adult Amateur Division: Virginia
01/23/10: The 24th gymkhana has been cancelled due to the heavy rains. The next one will be on Valentines Day, Febraury 14th!
01/10/10: Stars students attended their first english show today! Kaitlin and Fancy took champion in the walk/trot division! The next show will be the gymkhana on the 24th. Stars also now has two more horses. Muscat and Zantasia, two beautiful Arabians. Their pictures will be coming soon!
11/11/09: We got another new horse! Sterling is a registered QH in foal with a spring baby on the way!
11/01/09: Another Gymkhana was held today! Next will be the banquet and Gymkhana's will start back up for the new year in January.
10/04/09: The October Gymkhana at Horse Lovers was today! Abrienne and Annie took high point once again!
09/27/09: The Sept Gymkhana was today! There were plenty of ribbons. Abrienne and Annie took high point!
09/05/09: The gymkhana has been cancelled due to rain and rescheduled for Sunday morning the 27th. Next one is October 4th.
08/31/09: The next gymkhana is this Saturday, September 5th!
08/23/09: Mouse! Another new addition to the horses Mouse is a beautiful bay throughbred.
08/15/09: Gymkhana at Horse Lovers Park!
08/11/09: Another new addition to the S.T.A.R.S Horses! A Missouri Fox Trotter mare named Foxy.
08/01/09: A new addition to the S.T.A.R.S Horses! Salty, a grey Quarter Horse gelding.