February News at NCH

*****The 2017 Horse Show Meeting date has been changed to Sunday, March 19 at 1:00.  This meeting will be held at Humbuggs, 569 Gansevoort Rd.  and is for ALL riders of all ages and abilities interested in participating in any of the 5 horse shows that NCH will be hosting or traveling to this year.   IEA Team information meeting will be held also, at 3:00 for any middle and high school age riders that are interested in joining the NCH IEA Team.


Summer Camp registration and information is available online at www.ridench.com


Please remember in the event of inclement weather, NCH will notify you via text or email of any cancellations or changes.  Please remember to dress your children for the cold weather.  Tight fitting gloves and warm boots are very important.


During school vacation week, Kait and Jenna will be available for afternoon lessons.  Please let me know if you are interested in adding extra lessons or would like to change your time.  Let me know ASAP if you will be away and need to cancel any lessons.


February 1 * Sips n Saddles

February 7 * Game Night

March 1 * Sips n Saddles

March 7 * Jumper Jackpot

Sign up sheets are posted, please sign up by the Sunday before



All riders must arrive at least 15 minutes prior to lesson time.  Horse assignments are posted so riders are able to retrieve their tack and helmets upon arrival.  Horses are to be groomed before and after each lesson.  Riders are expected to return tack, blankets and help trainers to return horses to stalls or paddocks.  ALL riders are expected to sweep their wash stalls.


Please sign and date your releases, board/lease contracts and update your contact information sheets.  Your folders are in the lounge for your convenience.


Lesson payment is due at the time of the lesson.  Packages are discounted based on being prepaid.  If a package of 5 lessons is not paid prior to the first lesson, the cost is $160, instead of $135.  If you would like to receive a square invoice via email to pay online, please send an email to financial.nch@gmail.com.  Credit card forms can be kept on file also.


All lessons must be scheduled and canceled with Allie by text, phone message or email.  For immediate response or last minute changes, please text, 858-5472.  I don't always have access to my email during the work day.


Arena use is limited during IEA practices and other activities:

February 4  2-5

February 7  Game Night

February 11   12:30-2:30

February 14  5:30-7

February 18  12:30-2:30

February 25  2-5

February 28  5:30-7


Happy Riding!!



January News at NCH

Happy New Year, 2017!!

*New year, new signatures...Please update and sign all releases and client information sheets.  All boarders should have printed and filled out a new boarding contract for 2017, note the price increase for  stall board.  Lessors should be updating their lease contracts also.  


**ANY decorations that have not been removed from a horses stall, riders will schedule a day with Amanda to do stalls/chores.**  



January 4 * Sips n Saddles  

January 7 * Western IEA Show   NO LESSONS!!!

January 10 * JUMPER JACKPOT (RSVP BY 1/8, minimum of 5 riders required)

January 16 * No School, extra lesson times available


SUMMER CAMP REGISTRATION: visit the website at www.ridench.com.  ALL questions can be emailed to summercamp.nch@gmail.com


Horse Show Dates for 2017 are planned, we will have a show meeting for ALL riders planning on showing or looking for information on showing for the first time- Sunday, February 19, location tbd.  Please plan to attend this very important show meeting for all dates and show information.  Riders that take a break during the winter, please remember you must have at least 5 lessons prior to the first horse show.  



-Half and full leases are available on a month to month basis, contact Amanda.

-Riders must arrive AT LEAST 15 minutes prior to lesson time

-24 hour cancellation policy 

-In order to receive the discount on the pre paid lesson packages, the package MUST be paid for BEFORE the first lesson.  5 pack prior to start is $135, 5 pack after first lesson is $160.  ALL packages NOT paid prior to first lesson will receive a invoice via Square, and must be paid online.  NCH offers the option of keeping your credit card information on file, to be charged when necessary for lesson packages.

-ALL lessons must be schedule and canceled with Allie, 858-5472 or lessons.nch@gmail.com

-Farrier and show bills are posted on the board in the lounge, please check weekly to avoid late fees


-Tack left out, or dirty wash stall will result in barn chores.

-Please give notice if your rider will not be continuing lessons after their current lesson package.  We usually have a waiting list for lesson times.


Lessons are held 7 days a week, unless you receive a text/email or phone call to cancel due to bad weather conditions.  NO SHOWS will be charged.

Please dress your children appropriately for winter.  Layer their shirts/coats, long johns, warm socks, proper warm boots, hats and especially warm riding gloves!!  Bits and Pieces and Cheshire Horse are great places to shop for all your rides cold weather gear.  

December News at NCH

We hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving!   It's hard to believe December is here!  

Thank you for all the great donations to the Animal Shelter for no stirrup November!!! 🐩😺

As we approach the holiday season, NCH offers gift certificates for lessons and summer camp!  If you are looking for some gift ideas for your rider, let us know!  NCH saddle pads are available, they make a great gift!!  Winter riding gear makes great gifts too!🎁


As winter is approaching, NCH will cancel lessons if the temperature goes below 20 degrees or there is a snow storm.  We will text, email and post ALL cancellations due to weather on facebook also. 


*Riders should dress in layers, and make sure your child's gloves are form fitting.  Bulking gloves make it difficult to hold the reins.  Winter riding gloves are available, for warmth and safety! 

The viewing room is open and heated for watching riders.  Upstairs is NO longer open for viewing, and please do NOT stand in front of the gate into the arena, this is for the safety of parents, siblings, riders and horses.    We are looking for a few high bar chairs for the viewing room.  


*Sips n Saddles adult ride night is Wednesday, December 7 riding at 7:00pm.  $25  🍷

*Game Night is Tuesday, December 13, warm up at 6:00pm  $25🏆💰

RSVP before Sunday night prior to these dates

NCH Holiday Festivities:🎄🍪⛄

Sunday, December 18 at 10:00am, please join us for a private showing of the documentary, Harry and Snowman.  Amanda has rented out the Bow Tie Theater in Saratoga Springs, tickets are only $7.00 each and MUST be purchased from Amanda.  Seats are limited, tickets are selling fast!  

After the movie, join us for the 5th Annual NCH Deck the Stalls Holiday Party!  1:30-3:30, stall decorating, treats and hot chocolate.  Sign up for a stall as a team or individual.

                                                                           ****ALL decorations must be taken down BEFORE January 2nd****


-Lessons will be held from 1:00-5:00 on December 18th.  



December 24

December 25

December 31

January 1

January 7

**Please confirm or reschedule lessons ahead of time during the busy holiday season!!  Contact Allie at 858-5472, lessons.nch@gmail.com



Please do not park close to the entrance to the barn, for the safety of horses, equipment and NCH staff

Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to lesson time.  Late arrivals may result in shorter ride time

Please cancel with at least 24 hour notice.  Horse assignments are done at the start of each week.

Please clean wash stalls after every use 

Bills are posted on the board in the lounge

Winter leases available by the month

NCH now has a chore chart!  Any tack left out, wash stalls not cleaned, blankets not  put back on, etc.  Riders will have an hour worth of chores.  😬


Looking ahead to 2017

*All riders, boarders, and lessors will be required to sign new paperwork   Some fees may have a slight increase for the new yea

*Tentative NCH Horse show dates: April 30, May 21 (TCRA), June 11, August 20 and September 17

*Summer camp!!  Session 1 will start July 10.  6 weeks of camp, including 3 weeks of pony pals and 2 advanced camp weeks (by invitation).  

 And new for 2017,  a week of camp for all IEA Team riders, August 28!!

Happy Riding!!


November News at NCH

Happy Halloween!!! 

The colder weather isn't going to be slowing down all the activities at North Country Horses!!  We have a very busy November and December lined up!


**ALL financial business - bills, payments, invoices and questions will now be handled by Liz.  Monthly billing will be invoiced through SQUARE.  Payments for board and leases, that are to be paid on the 1st of every month, can be paid by cash or checks also.  Lesson packages, are to be prepaid, to receive the discount, otherwise, $32 per lesson will be billed via Square Invoice. 

The email address that invoices will come from or you can contact Liz at, financial.nch@gmail.com.  And her number to text or call is 518-269-6193.

**Please remember ALL lessons must be scheduled and cancelled with Allie, via text or email.  We have a 24 hour cancellation policy to avoid being charged for the missed lesson.  

**Please confirm that you will be continuing to ride during the winter months, at your current lesson time, or if you are interested in a different day/time.  We will condense the schedule as needed for the convenience of the trainers.  We offer all day lessons during school break/vacation days throughout the winter months too!


*Please check your calendars for holiday conflicts.  Thursday lessons, let me know if you want to reschedule from Thanksgiving to another day that week.


**NCH logo clothing orders will be taken until November 10, for guaranteed Christmas delivery.  Order forms are available in the office (red folder on the wall), or email Allie for an order form.  Payments MUST accompany order.  You can pay by check, made out to cash or Allie McGraw, cash in a labeled envelope, OR by credit card.  If paying by credit card, call Allie or fill out a credit card form, available in the office, and it must accompany the order form.



Tuesday, November 11, 10:00-3:00pm.  All riders, 7 years on up, boys and girls, are invited to participate in a day full of games, on and off horses, grooming contest and learning how to rope!  Bring a lunch, cider and cookies will be provided for a snack.  $40 per child.  Limit 20, email Allie for registration. 

**Holiday Lesson Special**

25 lessons $650* ($150 discount) lessons good for 6 months

50 lessons $1300*  ($300 discount)  lessons good for 1 year

*this price is for payments made by cash or check.  IF paying by credit card, there will be a 3% service charge.

**Lesson packages make a great gift!  Gift certificates available too!!

1 Lesson is $32 (30 min. or semi-private or group)

5 prepaid lessons $135 (30 min, semi-private or group)


24 hour cancellation policy

Riders must arrive 15 minutes prior to lesson time for grooming and tacking

Riders are expected to help keep the barn clean, by cleaning their wash stalls after use 

Family members and siblings should not be in the wash stall/aisle way area for safety


*ALL lesson students should be receiving an outline of their ribbon program classification from their trainer!  This will help riders and parents, in understanding their riding and horsemanship level.  NCH wants all of our riders to have all the knowledge and information to not only to be great riders, but properly care for horses!



October 31 - No lessons - HAPPY HALLOWEEN! 

November 2 - NCH IEA TEAM, first horse show!!  GOOD LUCK!

November 7 - Jumper Jackpot  RSVP by 11/5

(All are invited to Allie's for a shopping party! 31 gifts, pampered chef, Jamberry Nails, Origami Owl, and Tupperware)

November 9 - IEA Horse Show

November 10 - NO School for Saratoga Spring's students-daytime lessons available

*NCH logo orders due

November 11 - Fall Fun Day - regular scheduled lessons 

November 21 - Game Night, all abilities welcome!  RSVP by 11/19

November 26 - No School - lesson times available

November 27 - Happy Thanksgiving!  NO LESSONS

November 28 - No School, lesson times available

December 5 Jumper Jackpot

December 7 - IEA Team Horse Show

December 14 - NCH Holiday Party!!  All are welcome, at Harvey's in Saratoga Springs, details coming soon

December 19 - Game Night, all abilities welcome

December 20 - Deck the Stalls and Christmas Carrot Trail!  Everyone welcome!!






October News at NCH

Congratulations and thank you to all of our riders that participated in the NCH 2016 Horse Show Series!  We had a very successful season and we hope every rider that participated in the shows will join us on Sunday, October 23 for our Awards Dinner!  There will be awards and recognition for all riders!

Reservation forms available on Facebook, in the office or via email.  Please return forms with payment by October 17th.

Additional forms are available in the lounge.

Additional forms are available in the lounge.


As most of you have seen in the past week, LOTS of construction projects are going on at the farm!  The viewing lounge will be a warm and comfortable place to watch your rider.  Please be patient while we get cleaned out and reorganized, it will take a few weeks!

The tack room is also being reorganized.  All unlabeled and unclaimed tack and tack boxes will not be returned into the tack room.  Only current riders/boarders and lessors will have a space for their riding gear.


Fall Fun Days are coming!!  Monday, October 10 and Friday, November 11, 10-3pm.  Sign up today!!!  A great way to have your rider to have some fun and get some extra riding time!  

Click the link below to sign up.



**The Interscholastic Equestrian Association has started a new Horsemanship Program for 4th and 5th graders.  This is a great opportunity for elementary school riders to be part of theNCH IEA Riding Team!!  Please contact Amanda for details and check out the IEA website online at www.rideiea.org


NCH Pre school  program has started!  It's not too late to sign up for the remaining weeks!  

Click the link below to sign up!


NCH is working on a new lesson program, to offer more group lesson options and add more lesson times!  We are fortunate to have such a full schedule for our 4 trainers.  Some of you are starting to see some new faces around the farm.  Kait, Nicole and Jill have joined us int he growth and reorganization of NCH!



NO shavings in the wash stalls.  The drains have been cleaned out and ALL riders MUST sweep out all the debris after each use.  Please help us in making sure your rider has cleaned up after themselves!!!

**A chore chart is being made for riders that don't clean up after themselves or leave their horses tack out.

Riders are to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to lesson time for grooming and tacking up.  Late arrivals will result in a shorter lesson time. 

Please respect the 24 hour cancellation policy.  Horse assignments for lessons are made at the start of each week.

Lesson packages are to be paid prior to the start of the lessons in order to receive the discount.  Late fees will be applied to unpaid lessons.  NCH accepts cash, checks and credit cards for your convenience.  Or you can request invoices sent via Square by email and pay from your home computer.


Halloween falls on a Monday this month!  Please let me know if you would like to reschedule your trick or treater's lesson!🎃


See you all at the Awards Dinner on the 23rd!!!


September News at NCH

NCH had another busy summer!!  As we say goodbye to our summer campers, college students, and summer riders, we move onto a busy fall!

Everyone had a great time on the trip to ADK Extreme!!!
This Saturday is the RUN FOR THE HORSES 5K at the Orenda Spring in the Saratoga Spa State Park.  We will have some of our thoroughbreds participating again this year.  It's not too late to sign up, please consider registering for this great cause!!
The fall schedule is almost full, very few spots are left!  Please make sure you have confirmed your rider's day/time and start date.  Lessons will continue to be given 7 days a week.  Group lessons available, please ask your trainer if you are ready to ride in a group!  Being in a group lesson gives your more ride time!  Please note that Tiny Trotters and very beginner riders are unable to ride in a group.  
*Please note:  Lesson students that have a standing day/time each week are expected to attend EVERY week.  Riders that miss more than 2/5 lessons may lose their  lesson time and have to be on a week by week basis.  
Last month we welcomed Kait to the NCH family.  She will be handling many of the barn tasks, taking care of horses, and teaching lessons!  We are in the process of hiring a 4th trainer.
Upcoming show dates:
September 11   Stockade in Scotia
September 18  Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs
*both require a $50 deposit at least 10 days prior to show date to secure entry
September 25 is the 4th NCH Horse Show Series of 2016
Horse request forms must be submitted before September 18.  Available in the office, please fill out BOTH sides.  
Show prep will be 10-2 on 9/24 for ALL riders to help in getting the farm, horses and tack ready for show day!!
No Lessons:
September 5 (Amanda only teaching)
September 24
September 25 
September 26
*Contact Allie if you want to reschedule a lesson prior to the show
All riders must arrive at least 15 minutes prior to lesson time for grooming and tacking.  Late arrival will result in shorter ride time
24 hour cancellation notice must be given to avoid being charged
ALL lessons must be scheduled and canceled with Allie via text at 858-5472 or email at lessons.nch@gmail.com
All riders must wear a boot with a heel, long pants and a helmet for lessons
ALL riders are required to sweep wash stall after each use, put tack away and help keep the barn clean
NO sponging or bathing in the wash stalls
*the drains are getting fixed to be used, no shavings will be allowed
ALL lessons must be paid for prior to or at the time of the lesson.  Unpaid lessons will result in late fees.  NCH accepts cash, checks and credit cards for your convenience.  Payments are to be put into the secure lock box in the office.  You can request invoices sent via Square or keep a credit card on file.

August Newsletter

August is here, summer is flying by!  :(   
August 7 Tammy Johnson Benefit Show, Gansevoort
August 11-14 NYS Fairgrounds, Syracuse
September 11 Stockade Show, Scotia 
September 18 Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs
September 25 NCH Home Show
*ALL shows (except NCH) require a non-refundable $50 deposit toward entry fees.  Please email Amanda if you are interested in any of these shows. 
*Ribbons from the last NCH show are in the office.
****August 21 at 1:00 NCH is heading to Adirondack Extreme for a fun afternoon!  Riders 10 and over, along with their parents are invited, $35 per person.  This is about a 4 hour course.  ALL money is due by August 15th, cash or check only.
ALL riders are to arrive 15 minutes prior to lesson time for grooming and tacking up.  Late arrival will affect the total lesson time
Lesson packages are to be paid prior to the start of the lessons in order to receive the discount.  Late fees will be applied to unpaid lessons.  NCH accepts cash, checks and credit cards for payment.  Or you can request invoices sent via Square by email and pay from your home computer.
**Wash stalls to are to swept after each lesson, along with all tack put away.  
Lessons are to be scheduled and canceled with Allie to avoid being charged, a 24 hour cancellation notice is required.
Vet and Farrier bills are posted on the office board, please make sure to check this board regularly.
Horses are to be sponged/bathed outside ONLY, not in the wash stalls
Fall schedule time!  Please let me know if you will need a different day or time once school starts!
*GOOD LUCK to our riders heading off  to college!!!!!🍀
Please be sure to let me know your last lesson date!

July Newslestter

Congratulations to Julia on her new full time job!!  She will still be teaching on Friday evenings and Saturdays!

Amanda, Ashley and Sera will be taking over for the other 4 days of lessons.  
Summer camp is 10 days away!   There are still a few openings, register online at www.ridench.com
July 17 is the next NCH Series Show, horse request/entry forms are due by July 8th.  Please make sure to fill out BOTH sides!
July 4  
July 16
July 17
July 18
*Please remember that ANY rider under age 18 is NOT allowed to be at the barn to ride without a parent/adult on the property.  NCH staff cannot be responsible for boarder/lease riders supervision.
 Congratulations to the riders that traveled to Syracuse last weekend for a great show!!!
Upcoming shows:
July 10 Double B, Rexford
July 31 Ridgebrook, Argyle
August 11-14 NYS Fairgrounds, Syracuse
September 11 Stockade, Scotia
September 18 Skidmore, Saratoga Springs
*A deposit is required for entries to the above shows.  Please let Amanda know if you would like to go.
*All riders must arrive 15 minutes prior to lesson time for tack, grooming
*ALL riders are expected to sweep their wash stalls after their lesson
*Lessons must be canceled and scheduled with Allie, 858-5472.  24 hour cancellation is required to avoid being charged
*Please check the office board for farrier/show bills
*Do not sponge or bath horses in the wash stalls!  All should be done out on the rocks/shale on the side of the barn to avoid mud.
*Please do not park directly in front of the barn or block the side road

June News Letter

This Sunday is the 2nd in the NCH Horse Show Series!  The next home show is July 17, followed by September 25.  Series awards party date tba.

And lots of other horse shows in between:

- June 25-26 Classic Horse Show at the NYS Fairgrounds in Syracuse

- July 10 at Double B in Rexford

- July 31 at Ridgebrook in Argyle

- August 11-14 Coliseum Classic Show at the NYS Fairgrounds

- September 11 at Stockade in Scotia

- September 18 at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs

*A deposit is required for entries for the above shows

NCH riders are competing in the TUFF ENUFF mud run tomorrow, more teammates are welcome!!  Online sign up is closed but you can sign up in person!!!  Lots of fun and a great fundraiser for the Saratoga Prevention Council.



June 4

June 5 

June 6

July 4

*All lessons must be scheduled and canceled with Allie to avoid being charged.  24 hour cancellation notice is required.

Summer Camp Registration online at summercamp.nch@gmail.com

*NCH Camp Out!!  Saturday, June 11 at 5:30pm.  This camp out if for all riders, ages 10 and up.  Bring your tent for BBQ and s'mores by the fire and a fun night at the farm!

RSVP by Friday!

*Lunge clinic on Sunday, June 12 at 10-11:30 for ages 10 years and up.  This clinic is limited to 8 riders at the cost of a regular lesson.  Sign up on the board!

Summer Lesson Schedule:

Lessons will continue to be held 7 days a week, Tuesday openings are available.  Please let me know if you are interested in changing days/times for the summer when school gets out.  

During July and August, lessons will start at 2:00 on weekdays, while summer camp in in session.  Friday morning lessons may be available to boarders, please let me know if you are interested. 

**PLEASE DO NOT PARK DIRECTLY IN FRONT OF THE BARN.  It's hay season and the wagons will be rolling in daily to unload.  Parking is along the fence and driveway only.  Do not block the road going along with left side of the barn.


Riders must arrive at least 15 minutes prior to lesson time.  Please check the board for your horse and retrieve your tack upon arrival.

Check boards for all bills and upcoming sign up sheets.  Please pay on time to avoid late fees.


Riders under 17 years are NOT allowed to be at the barn riding without a parent on the property.  NCH staff cannot be responsible to supervise riders.

May News at NCH

Congratulations to all of our riders on a fantastic horse show on Sunday!!  The weather wasn't perfect, but everyone did such a great job!!  The results are below.


A huge thank you to all the parents and family members that worked so hard to make the show a success and stayed to support their riders!  

NCH is so appreciative for all the great support from a great team of families!  A huge shout out to Mandy for the amazing food!!!  

Next NCH show is Sunday, June 5.  Horse request and entry forms are due by May 22.  No lessons or lease rides June 4-6.

The following NCH show dates are July 17 and September 25.


Please make sure you have sent your RSVP to Amanda for the May 14 trail ride to support St. Jude's.  You will need to set up your fundraising page to participate in this event.


*Sunday, May 15 at 11:00 will be an in hand, horsemanship and show prep clinic.  This clinic will include braiding, clipping, grooming, pattern practice and in hand tips.  This clinic will count as a lesson.  

Summer camp registration forms are online at summercamp.nch@gmail.com   Pony Pals camps are full and so is session 1.

Tuesday lessons will be offered starting June 7.  Please contact me if you are interested in switching to a Tuesday lesson time.


Tentative Show Schedule:

June 26 at Double B

June 28-July 2 at North Hampton

July 10 at Double B

July 31 at Ridge Brook Farm

August 7 Double B

August 18-21 Stockade

August 20-21 GMHA

September 11 Stockade

September 18 Skidmore

October 16 TCRA Finals


**Please let Amanda know via email if you are interested in going to any of the above horse shows.



-All lessons must be scheduled and canceled with Allie at 858-5472 or lessons.nch@gmail.com

-EVERY rider is required to show up at least 15 minutes prior to lesson time for grooming and tacking up.  Riders are to take out their tack, help to retrieve, groom and put away horse and tack for every lesson.  Riders are also required to sweep their wash stall after use.

-24 hour cancellation policy to avoid being charged

-please pay board, lease, horse show, farm and farrier bills on time to avoid late fees


Happy Riding and Happy Mother's Day to all the great barn Moms!!!!

April News at NCH

Another busy month of activities at NCH!!  

***Important reminder: ALL outstanding horse show, lesson, lease and board bills must be paid up to date.  As of April 4, any outstanding bills will have a 20% late fee added.  Square invoices will be sent, please pay ASAP.  Your attention to paying on time is greatly appreciated.

DATE CHANGE:  The NCH Tack Sale and Open House will be held on Saturday, April 30th from 10-2.  Summer camp, lessons, horse shows, and IEA Team information and sign ups will be available.  Along with a used tack and clothing sale.  The summer camp/lesson starter outfit will also be available for purchase, and order.  This set includes helmet, riding pants, gloves and boots!  2016 Horse show dates and sign ups will be available.  Please let Amanda know if there are any shows you would like to attend this year.  TCRA forms are available in the office.

*Riders participating in the May 1 show will be getting the horses and farm "show ready"  on 4/30.  

*Volunteers are needed for show day, please let me know if you are willing to help out.  Volunteers help keep the cost of running the show down.

May 1 NCH Horse Show:  This is a great opportunity for riders of all ages and abilities to participate.  Horse request and entry forms are in the office, please ask your trainer to help assist you in filling them out.  Forms must be filled out before April 24.  Trainers have a tough job of organizing all the riders with their requested horses.  

**NCH show dates, May 1, June 5, July 17 and September 25 *  an end of the year awards party to be held in October!!

*Riders returning after the winter must have at least 5 lessons prior to participating in a NCH horse show.



MAY 1 


April school vacation is coming, please let us know if you are interested in sending your rider to a few days of camp to be held the week of April 25-29.  suggestion welcome!

Or a great opportunity to add an extra lesson or two before the horse show.  

Saturday, May 14 NCH will be participating in Saddle Up for St. Jude's.  Please consider participating and donating to this event.  Sign up sheet is on the board, donation information will be available online, www.ridench.com

NCH welcomed a few new horses this week!  Squishy, who is about to have a baby!!!  Also, Marvelous, Sonny and Spud.  Look for new lesson horses be added to the schedule soon!!!

Summer camp is filling up, pony pals is totally full!!  Please be sure to fill out your registration forms online at www.ridench.com

All questions or inquiries can be sent to summercamp.nch@gmail.com

Spring Preschool Program will start May 3.  This 8 week program will be held on Tuesdays, from 11-12:30 for 3-6 year olds.  This is a great opportunity for an introduction to safety, pony grooming, beginner riding skills along with a craft (time permitting).  $80 per child for the 8 week session.

**Please let us know if you are interested, space is limited.  Forms will be available online at www.ridench.com

Lessons will continue to be taught 7 days a week at NCH.  The IEA Team holds practice every Saturday from 3-5, so lessons are not scheduled on Saturday afternoons.  

*All lessons must be scheduled and canceled with Allie via text, call or email.  518-858-5472 or lessons.nch@gmail.com

We have a few available spots in the spring schedule!

We are looking for adult riders to hold an adult riding lesson on Fridays, late mornings or early afternoons!  Please let me know if you are interested and your availability.


-it is the responsibility of ALL riders to return their tack, clean their wash stall, keep the barn and tack room clean and organized.  

-all riders must arrive at least 15 minutes prior to lesson time for tack, grooming and tacking up.  Horses must be properly groomed and put away with their halters and blankets by riders/trainers after every lesson

-24 hour cancellation policy to avoid being charged for a missed lesson

-please remember to check the board for all farrier and farm bills.  Please pay on time to avoid late fees

-even though its April, the weather can be tricky, remember to dress your riders in layers and appropriate footwear for their time at the farm



March News At NCH

Happy March!  Spring is a couple weeks away, and NCH has lots going on!

Jumper Jackpot * March 4

Game Night * March 18

Sunday, April 10 * NCH Open House

-Clothing/tack sale, summer camp registration, horse show information/sign up, lesson program and IEA Team information day!  This is a great opportunity for current and new riders interested in finding out or signing up for all the events that happen at NCH.  Clothing orders for NCH logo wear will also be taken. All returning riders can update their releases also.  

-volunteers needed

NCH 2016 Horse Show Series:

May 1

June 5

July 17

September 25

**Save the dates!  Theses shows are open to riders of ALL ages and abilities with at least 5 lessons at NCH prior to the show date.  Horse request forms will be available at the open house and in the office, due April 24, no exceptions!  Horses are assigned by the trainers, on a first come, best compatibility basis.  The home shows are a perfect opportunity to introduce new riders to horse shows.  Volunteers will be needed to help out, please consider volunteering your time to help make the show run smooth, while helping to keep costs down!

*NCH show series leads up to a year end awards party, lots of great awards for all riders!  NCH will also be participating in TCRA shows, please make sure you have signed up for TCRA to have your points counted.  Forms available in the office under the payment box.  TCRA show dates and information will be available at the open house.

Summer Camp Registration:  All registration forms and payment can be filled out online at www.ridench.com

Advanced camp and pony pals are back for 2 weeks each this year.  These weeks fill up fast, so register ASAP!  ALL inquiries should be directed to summercamp.nch@gmail.com

NCH IEA Teams are heading into post season competition, congratulations to all our team riders on a successful season!  Good luck in Skaneateles on March 12-13!  Riders can move onto Zones at State College, PA on April 1-2, and onto Nationals at the Kentucky Horse Park, April 19-24!  GO TEAM!!!

Spring schedule will be starting in April, new group lessons will be forming.  Sunday lessons will continue also.  Please let me know if you will be needing a new day/time or are interested in joining a group lesson.  Group lessons are the same price in a package, but riders have a longer lesson time.  A great opportunity for more riding!!!


-please arrive at least 15  minutes prior to your scheduled lesson time for grooming and tacking up.  Riders should be checking the board upon arrival for horse assignment, and retrieve all tack, before informing trainer of their arrival.  Trainers, riders and barn staff are there to help, please ask if you need help or have any questions.

-24 hour cancellation policy.  ALL lessons must be scheduled AND canceled with Allie to avoid being charged for a missed lesson.  858-5472 text or call.  lessons.nch@gmail.com 

-ALL riders are required to sweep wash stall after every lesson/ride.  ALL tack must be returned to tack room after use.  

-lesson packages are good for 8 weeks time only

-unpaid lessons, lease or board are subject to late fees.  


Tuesday, March 8

Sunday. March 27


February News from NCH

February has arrived, even if winter hasn't!!   Lucky us!🍀

Summer camp registration has started, all registration forms can be filled out online at www.ridench.com.  Once forms have been submitted, an invoice will be sent for payment.  Please remember camp registration is not complete without payment, and completed forms.

Pony pals,full week, and advanced camp weeks are back this year!   Register today!!

WINTER VACATION FUN CAMP * February 16 & 18, 12-3, open to all riders age 7 and up.  $40 per day, registration/payment due by February 12.  Limit 15 riders.

There will be NO LESSONS:

Saturday, February 13 and Sunday, February 14, due to the Daniel Stewart Clinic.  Please email/text Allie to reschedule your lesson.  

*Boarders, please check with Amanda for arena availability.  Lease horses will not be available.

Amanda will NOT be teaching on:

February 11

February 13

February 16

February 19

February 20

February 25

*Amanda will be available on Sunday, February 21 for make up lessons.  Email/text Allie ASAP to secure a lesson time.

*School vacation is approaching, please remember to cancel or reschedule your lessons if you will be away.  Vacation week is also a great opportunity to add an extra lesson!!

Exciting new things coming to NCH!!

*NCH Spring Preschool program!  This is a weekly program for children 3-6 years, starting May 3.  The class will be held on Tuesdays, 11-12:30, the children will learn about safety, grooming, beginner riding skills and do some crafts.  $80 per child for 8 weeks.  Another session will be offered for 6 weeks in the fall.

* Bits and Pieces Tack Shop will be expanding this Spring!  More information coming soon!

-A beginner rider/camp rider starter set will be offered this Spring.  Set includes a helmet, paddock boots, riding jods and riding gloves.  Price and order form will be available on the web site soon!!!

NCH Summer Camp is looking for a few Counselors in Training this summer!  Riders age 15 and older, with valid working papers can apply for a part time position.  Resume with cover letter should be submitted to summercamp.nch@gmail.com before March 1.  Please include your availability.

Jumper jackpot and Game night, ongoing fun during the winter months!  1st and 3rd Fridays.  End of season awards!!!

The NCH IEA Teams are heading to Regional competition in March, Zones at the beginning of April, and hopefully onto Nationals at the Kentucky Horse Park!!!  Congrats to all the riders on a successful season!  Open registration for the 2016-2017 season begins in May!   Riders in grades 6-12 are eligible to join the team!

2016 NCH Horse Show Dates:

May 1 

June 5

July 17

September 25

*All riders are able to participate in NCH home shows, and must have at least 5 lessons prior to the show.  A informational meeting will be held prior to show season, date and time TBA soon.  An awards party will be held in the fall.

Non-NCH show dates will be announced soon!


All riders must arrive at least 15 minutes prior to lesson time orse assignments are listed on the board, so riders can retrieve appropriate tack upon arrival.  Horses are to be groomed before and after each lesson, and wash stalls must be swept after each use.

Riders are expected to put away all tack after their lesson and help put horses away.

-All lessons must be scheduled and canceled by phone, test for email with Allie to avoid being charged for a no-show. 518-858-5472 or lessons.nch@gmail.com

NCH has a 24 hour cancellation policy.

All riders, boarders and lessors should have already filled out their 2016 releases and contracts.  If you have not, please remind your trainer ASAP!

Lesson payments are due at the time of the lesson,  Square invoices will be sent for any lessons, board or leases not paid on time.  Late fees will be charged.  Please remember to check the board for any vet, farrier or horse show bills.  On time payments are appreciated!

A calendar is now posted in the barn, please check it for all upcoming events!

Happy Riding!!!

January News


*An evite, along with a facebook invitation, was sent to all NCH families, and IEA Team members!  NCH is having an After the Holidays Bowling Party in the VIP room at the Saratoga Strike Zone, Sunday, January 10 at 4:00pm.  Bowling, food and bumper cars are included for NCH in the private VIP room.  PLEASE rsvp via evite, facebook or to this email by Tuesday, January 5.  The cost is $10-$15 pp, and we need at least 50 participants to rent the space.  Riders, along with parents and siblings are invited!


Congratulations to Amanda on her purchase of the NCH farm!!  It was a long time coming, but she finally owns all property!  This just means great new changes and projects to come in 2016!!!

On to business....ALL riders/parents must re-sign and date a release for 2016, and new boarding and lease contracts must be filled out.  Trainers should be asking you to update paperwork at the next lesson.  Please make sure all contact and health care information are correct and up to date.

NCH welcomed a new pony this weekend, Mariah will be a new lesson pony!!!

Winter has been very good to all of our horses and riders so far this winter, but please remember to dress your riders in warm layers and mud boots for their barn time!!

Summer Camp registration has begun!!  Registration forms and all information are available at the NCH website, www.ridench.com.  Any questions can be emailed tosummercamp.nch@gmail.com.   


Horse leases are available on a month to month basis, contact Amanda for availability!  

Show season will be here before we know it!  The first NCH show will be held in April.  All riders must have at least 5 lessons prior to the first show.  Spring schedule will start March 1.  Show dates and information will be send out mid February.

Both NCH IEA Teams are having a great season!  Individual riders, along with the teams have qualified for regionals to be held in March.  Hopefully, everyone will qualify for zones in early April, then onto Nationals in Kentucky!!!  Congratulations to all of the IEA middle and high school riders!!  Keep up the great work!!

NCH wishes everyone a happy and healthy 2016!!

Happy Riding!!

December News

Happy Holidays!

NCH has lots of fun activities happening in December, and the weather is still cooperating!!


December 8 * IEA Practice 6-8pm

December 10 * Shopping night at Cheshire Horse with discounts for all NCH riders, 5-7pm

December 12 * IEA Horse Show

December 13 * The IEA team will be hosting a Fun Winter Day from 12-2 for ages 3-6 years!  This is a great opportunity for the little ones to have some extra fun with the ponies, a visit from Mrs. Claus and some holiday treats!!  Cost is $15 per child.  see attachment, RSVP by December 10 Please!!

December 20 * NCH 4th annual Deck the Stalls from 12-2.  There will be a sign up sheet posted, 20 stalls available to decorate, individual or teams!  Hot chocolate and treats too!!  ALL riders and siblings are welcome to join us for this fun day!  Judging will take place at 2:00.  ALL decorations MUST be removed before January 1, some sooner.

December 24-25 * NO LESSONS

December 26-27 * regular schedule

December 28 * Fun Day * Riders of all ages are welcome to sign up.  Sit a buck, egg on a spoon, and gamblers choice!  $35, drop off at 11:30, and pick up at 2:30.

December 29 * Advanced rider clinic with Amanda.  This is a limited clinic to be held in 3 parts from 9:30-3:30, cost $65.  The first session will emphasize on position and response in flat work.  After lunch (included) riders will have the opportunity to work with some of the NCH green horses, focusing on techniques that will benefit both horse and rider in success.  The last section of the day will concentrate on jumping and course work.

December 30 * Game Day * Play games with Chelsea, open to all riders.  Arrival at 11:30- pick up at 2:30, $35.  Ring game, poles and a few other games will be played.

December 31 * Lessons will be available 11-3 only

January 1 * NO LESSONS

January 2-3 * Regular schedule

  ******RSVP to special December activities must be received via email by DECEMBER 24*******

NCH Holiday Party will be held on Sunday, January 10 at the Saratoga Strike Zone VIP room!!  RSVP will be needed by January 1st.  Details to follow

PLEASE remember to reschedule lessons during the busy holiday season ahead of time!  Allie @ 518-858-5472 or lessons.nch@gmail.com


Also, during the winter months, NCH hosts weekly game activities!  Almost every Tuesday night is Broom Ball!!!  Jumper Jackpot is held on the 1st Friday of each month, with fence height starting at ground poles.  All riders are invited!  

The 3rd Friday of each month is Game Night!  Points accumulated for JJ and GN for great prizes at the end of the series!  Adults and beginner riders of all ages welcome!  $25

GIFT CERTIFICATES FOR LESSONS AND SUMMER CAMP AVAILABLE!  The make great stocking stuffers!  5, 10, 15 or 20 lesson packages available.

Please note:  Some NCH pricing will be going up as of January 1, 2016.  ALL riders, boarders and lessors are required to sign new paperwork before January 1, 2016.

Coming in Spring 2016...NCH will be starting a weekly preschool program!  The Tiny Trotters program will be revamped into a new weekly program for kids 3-5 years.  Details will be available in February.



Friendly Reminders:

-24 hour cancellation policy, to avoid being charged for a missed lesson

-Riders must arrive at least 15 minutes prior to lesson time for grooming and tacking.

-ALL riders are expected to sweep out their wash stall, put tack away, and keep the barn and tack room neat

-Late fees will be charged for lessons, board, lease payments not made on time.

-Winter is here, PLEASE dress your children in layers, hats, warm boots, and gloves for their barn time.  It's always 10 degrees colder at the barn than your house!

Hand warmers are a great help too!

-Horse leases are available on a month to month basis, full or half leases.

PLEASE confirm your December and January lessons with Allie

Thank you to all of our riders for their generous donations to the Franklin Community Center and the Hudson Mohawk Animal Shelter!!!

And Thank you to everyone that attended the NCH Horse Show Series Awards Party!!  We are looking forward to and planning next year's horse shows starting in April!


November News


As the colder weather approaches, NCH is gearing up for another busy season!  Congratulations to the NCH IEA Team, having 3 successful shows in October!!  More to come in the next few months!!

NCH Horse Show Awards Party!!!!

**Sunday, November 15 at 4:00pm at Harvey's in Saratoga Springs.  Please send your RSVP ASAP!!!!  Payments are due by November 10.  If you or your child participated in any of the 4NCH home shows this year, and you didn't receive an evite, please email me ASAP for details.  NCH will be giving numerous awards and recognitions to riders of all ages and abilities!  


*November is a month of giving, so in order to "buy" back your stirrups, riders can bring in non-perishable food items to be donated to the Franklin Community Center.

IEA riders can "buy" back their stirrups by bringing in items to be donated to the animal shelter.  

Tastefully Simple!!  I am hosting a Tastefully Simple Party this Sunday, at 4:00pm.  All are invited to attend or order online.  40% of the sales will be donated to the IEA Team.  A great opportunity to start your holiday shopping or get ready to entertain!  order online at: www.tastefullysimple.com/nborla

As the temperature is dropping, please remember to dress your children accordingly, layers, hats, gloves and hand warmers!  Its always colder at the barn than it is at your house!  ;)

Please confirm your lesson through the rest of the year.  With the busy holiday season, please give at least 24 hour notice when you are unable to attend your lesson.

Important dates:

October 31 * lessons as usual * IEA Spooktacular practice starts at 1:30

November 1 * No stirrup November starts * Tastefully Simple party @ 6 Fredrick Drive, Saratoga Springs

November 11 * Veteran's Day * No School, lessons available

November 15 * Awards party!!

November 26 * Thanksgiving Day, NO lessons

December 20 * Deck the Stalls!!!

December 24-25 * No lessons

December 31, January 1 * No lessons

January TBA * NCH holiday Bowling Party


Riders must arrive at least 15 minutes prior to lesson time for grooming and tacking

24 Hour cancellation policy to avoid paying for missed lesson and/or loosing weekly lesson time

ALL lessons must be scheduled and cancelled with Allie via text, email or call.  518-858-5472  or lessons.nch@gmail.com

All riders are expected to clean up after themselves and their horse after lessons or riding.  Tack put away, wash stalls cleaned, and blankets put on horse.

Lesson payments are due at time of lesson to avoid late fees.  Secure payment box in the office, we accept cash, checks and credit cards.  Late fees will be charged for late payments for lessons, board and leases.  Square invoices are sent for unpaid bills

**Lesson packages make a great gift for the holidays!!  Gift certificates available!

**Horse leases are available on a month to month basis, full or half leases available

**Fall vaccine time!!  owners, please leave a check in the box for Upstate Equine, $64

Please check out and share our web site at www.ridench.com and like us on Facebook!   There is also a rider/boarder page just for NCH clients!!

Happy Riding!!

July News

Happy Summer!!


Summer is finally here, kids are out of school, and NCH summer camp is FULL!!!  Camp starts Monday morning, we apologize for having to turn down so many potential campers, remember, camp registration starts in FEBRUARY!  ALL campers should have their full registration paperwork filled out and payments paid by now.  

NCH has had to successful home shows so far this year, with 2 more to go!  The next home show is August 9, horse request forms are available in the office, please fill out your form ASAP.  

*Volunteers are needed, please let me know if you are available to help out!  The 4th show of the series will be September 27, with the end of year awards party in October!

NCH will be participating in the Cornell Cooperative Extension Horse Farm Tour on August 1st.  We will have the opportunity to show off our ReRun Thoroughbreds and the IEA Team.  We hope all team members will be able to participate.

IEA has sent out the July practice schedule, please make sure you have responded for practice sign ups.  IEA team will hold a couple of car and dog washes, along with horse treat bake sales, on Saturdays in July!!  Please consider being a patron to this month-long fundraiser for the team!!

August 18, SAVE THE DATE!!!  Amanda will be hosting a ReRun fundraiser at the Upstate Equine Clinic!  This is a family friendly event, showcasing and raising money for our ReRun horses  NCH is looking for LOTS of support for silent auction items, food and beverage donations, entertainment and ticket sales!  Please consider bringing the family out to help make this event a success!  If you are interested in supporting this fundraiser as a donor, let us know!  Tickets are available in the office starting July 10.  Adults are $40, with 16 and under, $20.


-Lessons for summer will be Monday-Saturday, Sundays off for everyone

-Lease rides must be after 2:00pm

-24 hour cancellation policy, lessons must be scheduled and cancelled with Allie at 858-5472 or lessons.nch@gmail.com

-please arrive 15 minutes prior to scheduled lesson time

-proper riding apparel is expected during warm weather, NO shorts, flip flops, or spaghetti straps

-payment is required at time of lesson, late fees with be charged if payment is not received

-wash stalls MUST be cleaned after EVERY rider's lesson, keep bathing area clean too


July 4

August 8

August 9

August 10

September 7

September 26 

September 27

September 28

*Please mark your calendars and reschedule 

**Please let me know the dates your rider will be away during the summer for vacations!

Sign up for TCRA shows:

July 12

August 2

Please let Amanda know you plan on going ASAP!

Happy riding!!

February News

**NCH Events Meeting!

-Sunday, February 8 from 2:00-5:00pm at Westview Apartments, 125 West Ave. in Saratoga Springs.

This meeting is for all boarders, lesson students, campers and parents. Starting at 2:00 we will have all your 2015 paperwork to fill out, horse show sign ups, summer camp registrations, IEA team info and a show clothing sale/swap.  At 3:00 Amanda will talk about horse show dates, proper attire and show information.

*There will also be one day only discount for summer camp with registration and full payment.

*Please label any clothing you are interested in sell with size, price and your name and phone number.  This is a great opportunity for new and growing riders to get a head start on getting all the proper attire!

Dates to Remember:

February 6  Jumper Jackpot

February 16-20  School vacation week, a great time to add an extra lesson or two!!

February 20  Game Night

February 22  Barrel Races  *NO lessons

2014-2015 IEA Horse Shows are wrapping up for the team by the end of February.  Practices will continue, a schedule will be announced soon!  The team has had a great first season, congratulations!!


-Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to lesson time

-24 hour cancellation policy to avoid being charged

-Lessons must be scheduled AND canceled with Allie, 858-5472 or lessons.nch@gmail

-PLEASE put all tack away and sweep your wash stall after every use

-Please remember when lessons are canceled, it is for the safely of horses and riders.  If lessons are cancelled, so are lease rides.

As NCH grows, we are always looking for ways to be better organized!  We now have separate email addresses for the various aspects of our growing farm.

LESSONS - lessons.nch@gmail.com

SUMMER CAMP - summercamp.nch@gmail.com

BILLING - financial.nch@gmail.com

IEA TEAM - ieateam.nch@gmail.com

And our website is www.ridench.com 

Where you can view our monthly newsletter, download camp forms and see the horses that are for sale or adoption.

And of course, on Face Book!

-North Country Horses

-North Country Horses Rider and Boarder

Breaking In The New Year At NCH!

It's hard to believe we are starting a new year already!  Never a slow time at NCH, as always, we have lots of exciting things coming up in 2015!  We hope you all had a great holiday season and are looking forward to a great 2015!



PLEASE MAKE SURE ALL STALL DECORATIONS ARE CLEANED UP ASAP!  The horses are eating the decorations!  

*ALL bills need to be paid by January 4, 2015.  Amanda needs to close out 2014, any outstanding bills must be paid.

IF you need to pay via credit card, please contact Liz at financial.nch@gmail or 269-6193. Late fees will be added after 1/4/2015.


*Every rider, lessor and boarder is required to fill out new 2015 paperwork.  Folders are being handed out by all trainers or available in the office.  Please return ASAP.  Lesson prices are not changing for the new year, but policies will be held.


Winter Barrel Races are coming back!  Registration forms are available on the board, if you are interested in competing.

January 25

February 22

March 22

There are NO LESSONS on these days.  The arena is closed for preparation and racing until  about 4:00pm.  If you would like to reschedule your Sunday lesson on these dates, let me know!


*ALL lessons must be scheduled AND cancelled through Allie only, via text or email to avoid being charged for the lesson. Please remember we  have a strict 24 hour cancellation policy.


*Lessons must be paid for at the time of the lesson, including lesson packages.  We accept checks, cash and credit cards for your convenience.  Credit cards may be kept on file, at your request.


In March, Amanda and Mister will be making their trip to TEXAS for the OTTB Challenge!!  Anyone interested in making the trip to see this great experience, Mandy (Savanna's Mom) has found some great travel deals!   She will be traveling down, and is willing to be the organizer for anyone interested in going.  They will be flying Southwest, and stating in a hotel nearby, and planning to see some of the Dallas sites too!  If you are interested or would like more information, please let me know and I will put you in contact with Mandy, BYJanuary 15.  She figures about $400-$500 would cover the trip.

***Window clings are available in the office for $5 to help support the trip!!!!  This is an amazing opportunity for Mister and all of the ReRun horses we have up for adoption!  



Upcoming Events:  Mark your calendars!!!

January 16 - Game Night, RSVP by January 14

January 18 - IEA Team Flap Jack Fundraiser at Applebee's, Saratoga 

January 19 - IEA Horse Show, Zephyr Farms

January 24 - IEA Horse Show, Gardnertown

January 25 - Winter Barrel Race, 1st of 3  (NO lessons)

February 6 - Jumper Jackpot, RSVP by February 4

February 7 - IEA Horse Show, Volo Farms

February 8 - NCH EVENTS MEETING for ALL NCH riders.  Information on horse shows, clothing sales/swap, camp registration, and all upcoming NCH events

 To be held in Saratoga Springs, 125 West Ave.  3-5pm



**It is very important, for all riders, to help to keep the barn, including wash stalls, tack room and aisles clean.  Please respect, and take pride in our farm, by helping to take care of it.  Parents, help teach your children to be conscientious and responsible for the amazing farm that we are all lucky enough to be part of!!