November 23, 2017

How Parents Can Make The Most of Children’s Riding Lessons~

Imagine you are starting a new job with very complex skills, a demanding boss, and all new surroundings. Sounds pretty daunting. Now imagine you can only work on those new skills for an hour a week. Now add to the mix that you are a child with limited life skills. Seems downright impossible, doesn’t it? Yet that is exactly what parents expect when children are learning to ride horses.

Learning to ride is a complex and difficult process. It takes many, many years to master. How can a parent help their child master those skills without becoming discouraged along the way? Here are some helpful tips-

1. Schedule lessons more often. Riding once per week is the bare minimum needed in order to advance. Students who ride less than once per week will become just like the movie Groundhog Day, an oft repeated set of instructions while working on the same skills over and over again. The lessons will become recreational riding, not actual lessons. Riding requires creating muscle memory that can only be learned from repetition. Make it possible for your student to ride more often. If cost is a factor, move into less expensive group lessons. Allow the student to take practice rides if the stable offers them. Some facilities offer discounts when lessons are taken more than once per week. Inquire about those programs. Whatever you can do to get the rider on a horse more often will help.

2. Listen to and watch your child’s lesson. Resist the temptations of email, social media and phone calls. Technology is at our fingertips 24/7, but our children grow up and move away before you know it. You paid for the lesson, be a part of it! Learn some new terms. Ask the instructor questions (After the lesson please! When the student is un-tacking is a good time.). Be involved in your child’s instruction.

3. Video the lesson. Use your smart phone to replay the lesson to your child. Visual learners will greatly benefit from seeing themselves ride. They can better identify their weaknesses and strengths. Often students simply don’t believe they really are doing the things the instructor is telling them about. Seeing video evidence will support the instructors point of view, help the student understand the principles being taught, and identify where the student is falling short.

4. Ask for homework. Ask the instructor for a list of terms to look up and learn. (Use your smart phone to take notes.) Drill students on the parts of the horse, bridle or saddle. Learn the names and uses of grooming tools. Go over a riding principle learned during today’s lesson. Get some stretching or coordination exercises to do at home. Even posting can be practiced in a chair or on an exercise ball. Encourage your child to do some barn homework every day. If the barn offers books, buy them and read them with your child. Otherwise, good information is available on the internet. CRK Stable offers online worksheets for the CHA Manuals. Buy the books, go to http://crktrainingstable.com/study-guides/, enter the password and get busy learning!

5. Review the lesson with your child. When you are back in the car, don’t just tick the lesson off your “to-do” list and focus on the next task at hand. Discuss what the student learned that day. Did the lesson go well? If so, comment on that, “Your posting was much better today!” (Don’t know what posting is? See #2) If the lesson didn’t go well, what did the student struggle with? How can you help them get past that difficulty? Always end the conversation on a good note. Remind them about the things that went well.

6. Review online videos and radio shows. If the barn has videos on their website, review them with your child. The Certified Horsemanship Association produces wonderful, informative videos that are available free on YouTube. Go to- http://www.youtube.com/user/chainstructor for videos or Horse Radio Network for replays of radio shows- http://www.horseradionetwork.com/

Remember, a parents job is to raise their children. Not to simply make learning opportunities available to them. Be as involved in every aspect of their lives as you can. As a parent of grown children I can honestly say I never regretted sitting on cold, hard bleachers for hours on end, watching the hundreds of practices and competitions my children participated in. Now that those days are long past, I actually miss them…

  Cheryl Rohnke Kronsberg is a Certified Horsemanship Association Master Instructor and Clinic Instructor. She is also an AQHA Professional Horseman. Cheryl has been teaching riding and horsemanship for over 35 years. Currently she and her husband own and operate CRK Training Stable in Yorba Linda, CA. We welcome your comments and questions. Please feel free to share this article with your friends, but rights to publish this article and photos, in whole or on part, in any medium including but not limited to, newsletters, websites, blogs, magazines, etc. are reserved. For more interesting articles from Cheryl go to www.crktrainingstable.com

 

CRK Training Times January 2016

CRK Training Times

Bits of News For Horse People

January 2016

Happy New Year!

 

Important January Dates~

Jan. 1, 2016! New Year’s Day- No Lessons

Jan. 2-10- Cheryl & Steve’s Vacation.

Jan. 16- Equine Science Classes Begin.

Jan. 19- Martin Luther King Jr. Day- Lessons as usual.

Jan. 25-30- Rider Evaluation Week

Important February Dates~

Feb.5-7- Horse Expo, Pomona

Feb. 14- Valentine’s Day Lessons as usual

Feb. 15- President’s Day Lessons as usual

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Welcome 2016 ~

Welcome 2016! I am very happy to welcome in the new year. I offer no resolutions, just my best effort to appreciate the things life has given me, love my family and keep my friends close to my heart. Wishing you and yours a wonder filled 2016!

No Lesson Days~

Lessons will be cancelled on the following days. Your account will be credited unless you would prefer to make up your lesson. If so, please contact the office to re-schedule. Thank you for your understanding.

Thursday Dec. 31– New Year’s Eve

Friday Jan. 1, 2016– New Year’s Day!!

Saturday Jan. 2- Sunday Jan. 10- No lessons with Cheryl. Athena will be able to pick up some of Cheryl’s lessons. Check your January statement to see if your lessons are cancelled.

How Parents Can Help Their Children Learn~

Imagine you are starting a new job with very complex skills, a demanding boss, and an all new surroundings. Sounds pretty daunting. Now imagine you can only work on these new skills for an hour a week. Now add to the mix that you are merely a child and have limited life skills. Seems downright impossible, doesn’t it?  Yet that is exactly what parents expect when children are learning to ride horses.

Learning to ride is a complex and difficult process. It takes many, many years to master. How can a parent help their child master those skills without becoming discouraged along the way? Here are some helpful tips-

1. Schedule lessons more often. Riding once per week is the bare minimum in order to advance. Less than once per week will become just like the movie Groundhog’s Day, an oft repeated set of instructions while working on the same skills over and over again. The lessons will become simply recreational riding, not actual lessons. Riding requires creating muscle memory that can only be learned from repetition. Make it possible for your student to ride more often. If cost is a factor, move into less expensive group lessons. Allow the student to take practice rides if the stable offers them. Some facilities offer discounts when lessons are taken more than once per week. Inquire about those programs. Whatever you can do to get the rider on a horse more often will help.

2. Listen to and watch your child’s lesson. Resist the temptations of email, social media and phone calls. Technology is at our fingertips 24/7, but our children grow up and move away before you know it. You paid for the lesson, be a part of it! Learn some new terms. Ask the instructor questions (After the lesson please! When the student is un-tacking is a good time.). Be involved in your child’s instruction.

3. Video the lesson. Use your smart phone to replay the lesson to your child. Visual learners will greatly benefit from seeing themselves ride. They can better identify their weaknesses and strengths. Often students simply don’t believe they really are doing the things the instructor is telling them about. Seeing video evidence will support the instructors point of view, help the student understand the principles being taught, and where the student is falling short.

4. Ask for homework. Ask the instructor for a list of terms to look up and learn. (Use your smart phone to take notes.) Drill students on the parts of the horse, bridle or saddle. Learn the names and uses of grooming tools. Go over a riding principle learned during today’s lesson. Get some stretching or coordination exercises to do at home. Even posting can be practiced in a chair or on an exercise ball. Encourage your child to do some barn homework every day. If the barn offers books, buy them and read them with your child. Otherwise, good information is available on the internet. CRK Stable offers online worksheets for the CHA Manuals. Buy the books, go to http://crktrainingstable.com/study-guides/, enter the password and get busy learning!

5. Review the lesson with your child. When you are back in the car, don’t just tick the lesson off your “to-do” list and focus on the next task at hand. Discuss what the student learned that day. Did the lesson go well? If so, comment on that, “Your posting was much better today!” (Don’t know what posting is? See #2) If the lesson didn’t go well, what did the student struggle with? How can you help them get past that difficulty? Always end the conversation on a good note. Remind them about the things that went well.

6. Review online videos and radio shows. If the barn has videos on their website, review them with your child. The Certified Horsemanship Association produces wonderful, informative videos that are available free on YouTube. Go to- http://www.youtube.com/user/chainstructor for videos or Horse Radio Network for replays of radio shows- http://www.horseradionetwork.com/

Remember, a parents job is to raise our children. Not to simply make learning opportunities available to them. Be as involved in every aspect of their lives as you can. As a parent of grown children I can honestly say I never regretted sitting on cold, hard bleachers for hours on end, watching the hundreds of practices and competitions my children participated in.  Now that those days are long past, I actually miss them…

Equine Science Classes-

In these un-mounted classes, students will learn about the care and handling of horses, stalls, tack and other equipment. Students will study from a textbook in addition to hands-on experiences handling and caring for horses, tack and facilities. Homework is also assigned most weeks. Classes are open to anyone ages 8 years to adult, Beginners through Level 2. Minimum of 4 students and a maximum of 8 students per class. Students will handle horses so proper attire is required- Long pants, fitted, sleeved shirt, and closed shoes.

Session One begins Jan. 16, 2016, 4:30-5:30 PM.. Session Two Begins Feb. 27, 2016, 4:30-5:30 PM.

$75.00/ 6 weeks or $135.00/12 weeks. (Session one is a pre-requisite for Session Two. Must register for 12 week class before taking session one to receive the discounted price.) One time textbook purchase required $40.00. For more information please go to- http://crktrainingstable.com/classes-for-home-schools-others/equine-science-level-1-syllabus/

Rider Evaluations & Written Tests~

          All riders will be given written riding evaluations the week of January 25-30, 2016. These evaluations will take place during your normal lesson time. Once you pass your level’s riding test, you may sign up to take the written and practical tests. Written and Practical tests will be given on Sunday, January 31 at 2:00 PM. Riders who pass all 3 tests will receive their certificate and patch and move on to the next level. Remember if you miss this evaluation week, you may request a riding evaluation at any time. Good Luck!

Vacation Time! 

Steve and Cheryl will be taking a cruise to enjoy some time with their son, Senior Airman Chris Torrez and his new wife, Sarah. We will be out of town between January 2-10, 2015. Athena will be giving lessons as usual. See your January statement to see if your lessons will be cancelled. Cancelled lessons will show as a credit. If no credit was issued for your lesson day, it will be with Athena at the usual time. If you have any questions or wish to reschedule, please contact us at 714-693-4886. Thank you for your understanding!

Horse Expo Pomona~

          All things horse invade Pomona! Horse Expo comes to the Los Angeles Fairgrounds February 5-7, 2016. There will be speakers, demonstrations, food, riding and the most popular event- SHOPPING! You can buy your tickets online or at the door, just remember to bring cash. For more information go to- http://horseexpoevents.com/  See you at the EXPO!

Quotable Quotes~

“Do not fear mistakes, there are none.”X – Miles Davis

“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear — not absence of fear.” X – Mark Twain

That’s All For Now~ We hope you have enjoyed this newsletter. If you would like to be removed from the list use the unsubscribe at the bottom of this email. If you have any questions contact Cheryl directly at

E-mail at: CRKStable@aol.com.

Web Site: www.CRKTrainingstable.com

or snail mail at:

18245 Bastanchury Road

Yorba Linda, CA 92886

or phone (714) 693-4886

 

That’s all folks!

CRK Training Times August 2015

CRK Training Times

Bits of News For Horse People

August 2015

Important August Dates~

Aug. 1-6- Cheryl’s Vacation

Aug. 10-14- Summer Camp

Aug 30- Group Lesson Make-up Day

Important September Dates~

Sept. 27- Group Lesson Make-up Day

Important October Dates~

October 22-25- CHA International Conference.- Cheryl, Steve & Athena will be continuing their education by attending this conference. All lessons will be cancelled during this time.

 No Lesson Days~

          Cheryl & Steve will be taking some time off August 1-6, 2015. The lesson schedule will be modified during this time. If your lesson has been cancelled, it will show as a credit on your statement. If it hasn’t been cancelled, it will be taught by Athena. If you have any questions or wish to change your lesson during this time, please call the office before July 31, 2015. Thank you for your understanding.

Summer Ranch Camp~

Ride Gentle Horses

Learn Horse Care

Create Cool Crafts

Learn About Ranch Animals

8:00am -12:00 noon

Enjoy Ranch Life

Yummy Snacks Included

Bring Your Friends! Games, Fun and Horse Hugs Too!

Only One Session Left! Only 3 spots still open! #8- August 10-14

Camp Fee- $395.00. Limited to 8 riders per session, 4 per class. Registration forms available online at- www.crktrainingstable.com

YLCR Horse Show~

            This year’s annual Yorba Linda Country Riders show was loads of fun! We had several CRK riders compete this year. Maggie made the trip for the first time and was she a trouper! She was a bit excited in the morning, but quickly settled and was a winning mount for both Suze Carragher and Kate Clifton. Suze & Maggie competed in 3 events taking home 2 firsts and a 3rd. This was good enough to give them the Overall Highpoint for their division! Kate then took up Maggie’s reins for the Leadline class and was also awarded first place!

Our very own instructor, Athena Fosnight, took her baby boy, Cruiser, and competed in the English division. They took home several first and second place ribbons. Their placings were good enough to earn them the Reserve Champion award for the day.

Excellent job everyone! Thanks for making CRK look so good!

For Lease~

          009Too Hot 4 My Spots a.k.a. Charlie- Bay Tobiano, Pinto pony gelding, 13 years old, 13.3 hands, 900 lbs. Well trained English, currently competing well in cross-rails and ready to move up. Completely sound, good ground manners, bathes, ties, trailers, UTD on everything and getting better at clipping. Extensively trail ridden before we bought him, but not in the past year. Not a beginner pony because he has some go to him. Very well suited for an intermediate- advanced rider. Charlie is very stocky and easily handles adult riders. Lease option available onsite only with lessons. You must be proficient at walk, trot, and canter in order to lease at CRK.

 

061_cropCC Sheza Royla Robin a.k.a. Penny- Black Overo Paint Pony mare, 16 years, 14.1 hands. Well trained both English & Western. Wonderful ground manners, clips, bathes, ties, trailers. Has shown pony club in the past. Very well suited for advanced beginner – advanced rider. Onsite partial lease only with lessons. You must be proficient at walk, trot, and canter in order to lease at CRK.

            Lease terms & fees~ Riders may lease a horse for either a morning or afternoon session. You must be proficient at walk, trot, and canter in order to lease at CRK. Halter and lead provided. Riders must provide their own tack including saddle, bridle and grooming equipment. All care of the horse including board, feed, shoeing and vet care provided by CRK Training Stable. All leasers must participate in at least 1 riding lesson per week on the leased horse at the normal lesson rate. Horse may not leave CRK Training Stable grounds. Other restrictions apply. Contact the office for compete details and to lease your favorite horse today!
1-1/2 day per week- $125.00 month + lessons fees.

2- 1/2 days per week- $210.00 month + lessons fees.

3- 1/2 days per week- $300.00 month + lessons fees.

 Social Media~

CRK Training Stable is very active in social media, posting blogs, weather related lesson cancellations, events, etc. on Facebook and LinkedIn. Please like the CRK Training Stable Facebook page and look Cheryl up on LinkedIn. Certified Horsemanship Association(CHA) Region 10 also has a Facebook page. If you are interested in what CHA Region 10 has to offer, be sure to like that page as well.

Many new customers find us through Yelp. Please help us keep the new clients coming in by writing a recommendation for us there. Thank You!

Hot Weather Reminders~     

           As we get further into summer, the days will be getting much warmer. Some days will be downright HOT! Lessons will run as usual on hot days, so be prepared. Bring some water and wear a hat while grooming. If you want to reschedule your normal lesson time for a cooler part of the day, please do it well ahead of time. Lessons won’t be rescheduled on the day of the lesson because it is hot. If it’s too hot to ride, we may substitute or you may choose an un-mounted lesson. A favorite on hot days is horse bathing. Just make sure you wear clothes that can get wet!

If your CRK Stable school horse gets sweaty during your lesson, you must either hose or sponge them off. Tack should also be wiped down with a damp towel to remove sweat that can damage the leather. If you don’t know how to do these tasks, please ask. We will make sure it’s included in your next lesson.

Please remember correct riding attire, including a sleeved shirt. If you are not wearing proper attire, you will not be allowed to ride. Closed shoes are also required in the barn areas. This rule applies to everyone, parents included! If you forgot to change out of your flip-flops, please remain in the spectator areas. Thank You!

August Make-up Lessons~

          August group make-up lessons will be held on Sunday, August 30, 2014. If you miss a group lesson in August, please contact the office to schedule your make up lesson. You must sign up to ride.

Quotable Quotes~

“Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus.” – Alexander Graham Bell

 “To change one’s life: 1. Start immediately. 2. Do it flamboyantly. 3. No exceptions.” – William James

 That’s All For Now~ We hope you have enjoyed this newsletter. If you would like to be removed from the list use the unsubscribe at the bottom of this email. If you have any questions contact Cheryl directly at

E-mail at: CRKStable@aol.com.

Web Site: www.CRKTrainingstable.com

or snail mail at:

18245 Bastanchury Road

Yorba Linda, CA 92886

or phone (714) 693-4886

 

That’s all folks!

 

CRK Training Times December 2014

CRK Training Times

Bits of News For Horse People

December 2014

Happy Holidays!

 

Important December Dates~

Dec. 4- Holiday on Main Street- Street Fair Main Street Yorba Linda.

Dec. 14- CRK Stable Open House

Dec. 16- Hanukkah Begins- lessons as usual

Dec. 21- First Day of Winter

Dec. 24- Christmas Eve- No Lessons

Dec. 25. Christmas- No Lessons

Dec. 28- December group lesson make-up day.

Dec. 31- New Year’s Eve- No Lessons

Important January Dates~

January 1 2015! New Year’s Day- No Lessons

January 25-30, 2015- Rider Evaluation Week

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No Lesson Days~

Lessons will be cancelled on the following days. Your account will be credited unless you would prefer to make up you lesson. If so, please contact the office to re-schedule. Thank you for your understanding.

Wednesday Dec. 24– Christmas Eve

Thursday Dec. 25. Christmas Day

Wednesday Dec. 31– New Year’s Eve

Thursday Jan. 1, 2015– New Year’s Day!!

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A thought for this holiday season-  

  Every year we spend so much time rushing around trying to find that perfect gift for all the special people in our lives. We shop, internet surf and worry that we won’t be able to please everyone. Instead take a moment- sit back, take a deep breath and look at what is really important. Many years from now (or even months) those people won’t remember what you gave them. That gift will probably be long used up, broken or thrown in the trash. But they will always remember what you did for them. This year, try something new. Instead of buying a toy, candy, sweater or soap-on-a rope; give the gift of exciting memories instead. Take that special person out for a fun day at the movies, theme park or a Hollywood Tour. Or buy a gift certificate for something unusual like sky-diving, driving a race car, flying a plane simulator or horsemanship lessons. If they live far away, buy yourself a plane ticket and go visit them. Better yet- buy them a plane ticket so they can visit you!

The most important thing is to give wonderful adventures, not things. You will be well remembered if you give memories. Isn’t that the best thing we can hope for out of this life, to be well remembered? We here at CRK Training Stable sincerely wish you the happiest of holidays this season. Now go out and make some fantastic memories!

equestfestlogo 2014EQUESFEST-

Every year on New Year’s Day the world tunes their televisions to watch the Rose Parade. We all marvel at the pretty floats, the precision of the marching bands and the calmness of those horses! Well here’s your chance to see all the horses up close and personal at Equesfest!  This year it will be held on Monday, December 29th at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center. It features all the equestrian groups that will appear in the Rose Parade. Tickets can be obtained in advanced from Sharp Seating or purchased at the door. More information may be obtained at- http://www.sharpseating.com//Rose-Parade-Festivities.php       

Holiday Specials at CRK Training Stable

Looking for that perfect Holiday gift? Give the gift of joyful memories that will last a lifetime! Give a gift that will change someone’s life! Give the gift of Horsemanship! At CRK Training Stable we have many Equestrian Experiences to choose from. Our Instructors are Certified with a combined 45+ years experience teaching riding. Our school horses are gentle and well trained. Lesson specials start at only $30.00 and include a FREE T-SHIRT OR HORSE FUN PACK! The first 25 new customers will also receive a FREE GIFT!

Complete information can be found on the web site- http://crktrainingstable.com/horseback-riding-programs/holiday-specials-2/

 

FREE Open House at CRK Stable~

Sunday 12/14/14   12:00-4:00

  • Horseback Riding Demonstrations
  • Petting Zoo
  • Barn Tours
  • Learn About Our Horsemanship Programs
  • Free Class- How To Choose A Riding Program
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Special Holiday Lesson Packages Available
  • All Ages Welcome
  • Extra Discounts available only at the open house

For more information please call- 714-693-4886

For your safety, please wear closed shoes when visiting the ranch.

Open House Schedule-

12:00- Welcome new friends!

12:30- Riding Demonstration

1:00- Informative Talk- How To Choose A Riding Program

1:30- CRK Horsemanship Programs Overview

2:00- Barn Tour

3:00- CRK Horsemanship Programs Overview

4:00- Happy Trails to all our new friends!

Ongoing-

Meet The Horses!

Learn How to Brush a Horse

Petting Zoo Scavenger Hunt

Lesson Program Sign Up

December Group Make-up Lessons~

December make-up group lessons will be held on Sunday, December 28 at 9:30 and 11:00 am. If a group lesson was cancelled in December due to weather issues, you will be enrolled in this make-up lesson automatically.  This will be reflected on your January statement that should arrive in late December. If you missed a lesson, you must ask to ride in this lesson.

 

Rider Evaluations & Written Tests~

          All riders will be given written riding evaluations the week of January 25-30, 2015. These evaluations will take place during the normal lesson time. Once you pass your level’s riding test, you may sign up to take the written and practical tests. Written and Practical tests will be given on Sunday, January 31 at 2:00 PM. Riders who pass all 3 tests will receive their certificate and patch and move on to the next level. Remember if you miss this evaluation week, you may request a riding evaluation at any time. Good Luck!

 

What Do You Want For Christmas?

A poem sent to Dear Appy(Abby?)from a couple who have too much stuff.

So many of you asked us (since Yuletide’s drawing near)

“What do you want for Christmas? What can we give you this year?”

If we say, “We want nothing!” you buy something anyway.

So here’s a list of what we’d like; believe now what we say:

Pajamas for a little child, food to feed the poor.

Blankets for a shelter, and we ask a little bit more-

Perform good deeds and let us know, or volunteer your time.

These last are worth a fortune, and they needn’t cost a dime.

We have to many thing now, vases, candles, CD’s and clocks.

We have our fill of ties, underwear and socks.

Candy is too fattening, crossword books we’ve more than 20.

We don’t need trays or plates or cups, and knickknacks we have plenty.

We’ve no wall to hang more pictures; we have books we’ve not yet read; So please take what you’d spend on us and help the poor instead!

Just send a Christmas card to us and tell us what you’ve done;

We’ll open them on Christmas Day and read them one by one.

It won’t cost as much for postage as a package sent would do.

You’ll need no wrapping paper, ribbons, ink or glue.

And we’ll thank God you listened to what we had to say.

So we could be the instruments to help someone this way!

Author unknown

Cheryl and Steve’s favorite charities are:

U.S.O. and The Wounded Warrior Project.
Quotable Quotes~

All that is necessary to break the spell of inertia and frustration is this: Act as if it were impossible to fail.”            – Dorothea Brande

 “If no one ever took risks, Michelangelo would have painted on the Sistine floor.”                                                    – Neil Simon

 

That’s all folks!

 

Open House at CRK

FREE OPEN HOUSE

Sunday 12/14/14   12:00-4:00

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  • Horseback Riding Demonstrations

  • Petting Zoo

  • Barn Tours

  • Learn About Our Horsemanship Programs

  • Free Class- How To Choose A Riding Program

  • Scavenger Hunt

  • Special Holiday Lesson Packages Available

  • All Ages Welcome

  • Extra Discounts available only at the open house

For more information please call- 714-693-4886

For your safety, please wear closed shoes when visiting the ranch.

Open House Schedule-

12:00- Welcome new friends!

12:30- Riding Demonstration

1:00- Informative Talk- How To Choose A Riding Program

1:30- CRK Horsemanship Programs Overview

2:00- Barn Tour

3:00- CRK Horsemanship Programs Overview

4:00- Happy Trails to all our new friends!

 Ongoing-

Meet The Horses!

Learn How to Brush a Horse

Petting Zoo

Scavenger Hunt

Lesson Program Sign Up

 

 

CRK Training Times November 2014

CRK Training Times

Bits of News For Horse People

November 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

 Important November Dates~

Nov. 2- Daylight Savings time ends. Remember to set your clocks back!

            October group lesson make-up day.

Nov. 11- Veterans Day- Lessons as usual

Nov. 27- Thanksgiving Day- No Lessons Nov. 28- Black Friday- Lesson as usual. Check out our Black Friday Specials!

Nov. 30- November group lesson make-up day.

Important December Dates~

Dec. 16- Hanukkah Begins

Dec. 21- First Day of Winter

Dec. 24- Christmas Eve- No Lessons

Dec. 25. Christmas- No Lessons

Dec. 28- December group lesson make-up day.

Dec. 31- New Year’s Eve- No Lessons

Important January Dates~

January 1 2015! New Year’s Day- No Lessons

No Lesson Dates~

            Lesson will be cancelled on the following days. Your account will be credited unless you would prefer to make up you lesson. If so, please contact the office to re-schedule. Thank you for your understanding.

Thursday Nov. 28– Thanksgiving

Wednesday Dec. 24– Christmas Eve

Thursday Dec. 25. Christmas Day

Wednesday Dec. 31– New Year’s Eve

Thursday Jan. 1, 2015– New Year’s Day!!

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Holiday Season Lessons~

          As the busy holiday season comes upon us, please keep in mind CRK Training Stable Policy regarding lesson cancellations. We are happy to reschedule your lesson if given appropriate notice. Group lesson make-ups will be held on the last Sunday of the month or the first Sunday of the following month. Group make-up lessons are limited to one per month.

No Refunds, credits or discounts will be given for lessons cancelled by clients. Cancelled lessons must be rescheduled or you may take a vacation credit if available.

Cancelling & Rescheduling Lessons
In the event that a rider is unable to attend a scheduled lesson, notice must be given at least twenty-four (24) hours prior to the start time of the lesson in order to reschedule it. Cancellation messages may be left on the office answering machine, texted or emailed. You must contact us to reschedule your lesson. One reschedule is allowed per lesson. If you cancel your rescheduled lesson, you forfeit that lesson. No more than two replacement lesson days and times will be offered. If you decline both, you forfeit that lesson. You may reschedule only one lesson per month. The replacement lesson must be scheduled within 30 days of the cancelled lesson or the lesson will be forfeited. We will make every attempt to reschedule lessons, but do not guarantee that everyone’s schedule can be accommodated. Make-up lessons must be on a different day of the week and may be with a different instructor or horse.

No show-  No-shows will be charged as if the lesson was given. A No Show is considered to be: A rider who does not attend a scheduled lesson within 20 minutes of the start time, without proper cancellation notice being given. Riders who are more than 20 minutes late, without notice, may be denied a lesson and will not be given a make-up lesson.

Vacation Credit- Students who have been at CRK Stable for more than 4 months may take 4 weeks of vacation credit annually, based on the calendar year. During the month of your vacation your account will be credited for the number of lessons missed. Lesson spaces will be held for students during vacation breaks. Vacation credits will not be granted over the phone. All vacation requests must be made by email or in writing at least 30 days in advance of the vacation to allow for proper billing. Late vacation credit requests will be subject to a $20.00 re-billing fee.  

Time To Ride Open House Events~

          Our open house events went wonderfully! We introduced over 220 newcomers to our equestrian lifestyle. They enjoyed a class all about horses, a scavenger hunt, petting zoo and free riding lessons! We greatly exceeded the “100 in 100 days” goal set by the creators of the contest and we won 6th place nationwide in our division! We have yet to know what exactly we have won due to tax paperwork. The American horse council has promised that the prize boxes will be shipped very soon.

            Several riders used the discount coupon offered to begin their equestrian adventure. Many have now made the move up to group lessons and are making good progress there. Several more have moved up the skill list and while not changing to group lessons, they have accomplished many of the level one skills already. Congrats and welcome to- Sunny, Cynthia, Kim, Nevaeh, Emily, and Annabelle.

 Congratulations~

            Congratulations to our newly certified instructor, Athena Fosnight! Athena received her Certified Horsemanship Association Certification in English flat, English jumping and Western! Way To Go Athena!!!

 Weather or Not~

It’s that time of year again! Winter is soon to be upon us with all that it entails weather wise. Here is a reminder of how things work when the wind howls or the rain pours down. Even if you think you know our policy, please take a moment to read this again. Thank You!

 Please read this section carefully. Many clients have mis-understood this policy and been disappointed or downright angry when a lesson was not available to them.    If a previously cancelled lesson is the only lesson you have that month, call to re-schedule it. If you don’t pay for the entire new month prior to that month, your regular lesson time will not be held even if you have a make-up lesson.

Example- Your lessons for January are on Tuesdays at 3:30. Tuesday, January 20th was rained out therefore; the lesson was cancelled. You now have a one lesson credit of $56.00 toward February’s lessons and the statement will reflect this difference. If you choose not to continue taking lessons in February, you must schedule a make-up lesson for the missed lesson. If you arrive at the stable on Tuesday, Feb. 3rd at 3:30 expecting to ride, the lesson time will not be available and may have been given to another student. You must schedule a make-up lesson on a different day. We do not offer refunds for missed lessons. You must make them up.
           Credits for weather cancelled lessons must be used within 30 days. Accounts with credits not used will be deleted after that time, so please plan accordingly. See the lesson policy for more details on make-up lessons.

 INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY

Do not assume lessons will be cancelled without calling. You will be charged for “No-shows”

No Refunds! Credit for future lessons will be given in the event of weather cancellations or you may re-schedule your lesson. If you cancel a lesson without proper notice due to the possibility of bad weather, you will be charged for the lesson. CRK Training Stable will not contact you if lessons are cancelled due to bad weather. You must call and check the answering machine at (714) 693-4886 for a lesson cancellation. If no cancellation message is on the machine, lessons will run as scheduled. We reserve the right to substitute un-mounted lessons should weather or arena conditions prevent riding. Un-mounted group lessons will be one hour only. Messages will not be available until after 8:00 A.M., so please call after that time. Please do not call or text the cell phone without checking the answering machine first.

Rain- If it has rained within the past 4 days, please call for a message regarding lessons. If it looks like rain, but has not rained yet, plan to attend your lesson.
Wind- During “Santa Ana” wind conditions, lessons may be cancelled. Please call for a message regarding lessons. Keep in mind that wind conditions change rapidly, so call often.
Heat- Lesson will run as usual during hot days so bring a water bottle, wear your sunscreen and bring a hat to wear while grooming.

Quotable Quotes~

       “The main thing is to care. Care very hard, even if it is only a game you are playing.”
– Billie Jean King

         

          “The point is not to pay back kindness but to pass it on.”
– Julia Alvarez

 

That’s all folks!

Certified Horsemanship Association Region 10 Conference

061CERTIFIED HORSEMANSHIP ASSOCIATION REGION 10 CONFERENCE

SEPTEMBER 20, 2014

“A Day of Equine Education”

Riding Lessons

Riding Lessons

Silent Auction Deals!

Silent Auction Deals!

 

What is it?- An Educational Event with Speakers, Riding Demonstrations, Silent Auction, Vendors and Private Riding Lessons

Where is it?- PepperGlen Farms 3563 Pedley Ave. Norco, CA 92860.

Who can attend?- Anyone who loves horses!

Who can ride in the lessons & demonstrations? Rider spots still available! Call today to reserve your slot!

Riders must be at least 9 yrs old, bring your own horse & tack and be able to ride a walk, jog/trot and lope/canter. For more info go to- http://crktrainingstable.com/cha-region-10-conference-2014/horse-rider-information/

How much does it cost?-

Spectator Pre-sale tickets $40.00 w/lunch included.

Children 6-14 years $25.00.     Under 6- Free

Riders- $25.00 per session or $100.00 all day. (Private lessons excluded.) Riding spots still available! Sign up before they are all gone! Call today for more info- 714-693-4886.

Riders private lessons- $25.00/30 minutes. Available on Saturday or Sunday.

Dinner, Drinks, Dessert & Discounts- $18.00

At the gate tickets- Cash or Credit Card Only- $45.00/$30.00 no lunch.

How do I buy tickets?- Go to- https://www.eventbrite.com/e/copy-of-cha-region-10-conference-a-day-of-equine-education-tickets-

Spectators & Riders mail in registration form- http://crktrainingstable.com/cha-region-10-conference-2014/cha-region-10-conference-2014-registration/

 See our Speaker Schedule for more information- http://crktrainingstable.com/cha-region-10-conference-2014/conference-schedule-tentative/

Stall Reservations- http://crktrainingstable.com/cha-region-10-conference-2014/cha-region-10-conference-2014-stall-reservation-form/

ACTHA Arena Obstacle Challenge Sept. 21, 2014- For more info go to- https://www.actha.us/aoc/1465/view

Bring a chair or blanket to sit on. NO DOGS PLEASE!

CRK Training Stable to participate in Time to Ride Challenge.

 

DSC04019 The Time To Ride Challenge focuses on welcoming newcomers to the world of horses as part of nationwide effort.

            CRK Training Stable has entered to compete in the Time To Ride Challenge by introducing new people to horse activities, beginning May 30, 2015. The Time To Ride Challenge is a program that aims to welcome newcomers to horse activities across the country. Created by the Time to Ride initiative, the Challenge involves hosts like Cheryl R. Kronsberg of CRK Training Stable, who believe that horse activities can contribute to the health and well-being of all Americans. The Time to Ride Initiative is the brain child of the American Horse Council.

Our FREE Open Houses will begin on May 31, 2015 from 3:00-5:00 PM. Additional dates to be announced throughout the summer.

            Cheryl R. Kronsberg of CRK Training Stable offers riding lessons to beginners through advanced students ages 5 years and up. Cheryl is a CHA Certified Master Instructor with over 35 years experience teaching riding. CRK Training Stable has been located in Yorba Linda for the past 16 years.

DSC03832Cheryl R. Kronsberg believes that horse activities are beneficial to individuals and families in many ways. With the convenience of digital entertainment, many families are slipping away from an active lifestyle and getting caught in a computer-generated reality. Yet, those families that take time to engage in horse activities – perhaps after-school riding lessons for the kids, a girls-day trail ride for mom, a family vacation to a dude ranch, a date with friends to go to the races, or an outing to a horse show – are finding the time invested returns priceless rewards. Parents and children may learn horseback riding together and share the adventure. Many families have gone on to purchase horses and compete or just ride the trails together. Perhaps it’s time to reconnect with the horse to find the benefits of equine activities. The horse can bring the family together in an activity that is part work-out, part therapy session and part pure exhilaration.

            CRK Training Stable is proud to introduce newcomers to horses through a variety of events and activities.  A FREE Open Houses will take place on May 31 from 3:00-5:00 PM. We offer a FREE Introduction To Horses class, Grooming & Saddling Demonstrations and Free Riding Lessons to newcomers 6 years and up. A ranch wide scavenger hunt and petting zooAthena Fosnight will also be open.

 Discounts for up to $50.00 off summer camp will be offered to all attendees.

Cheryl and the entire CRK family invite you to bring your family and friends to these free open house events. More dates will be added so check back if you can’t make it to one of these days.

All animal lovers are welcome but please leave your dogs at home. We love children, but strollers drive our horses crazy. No strollers please. Closed shoes highly recommended. Thank you for your understanding.

Here’s the fine print- You must provide a your full name and a valid email address to participate. Email addresses must belong to a newcomer 13 years of age or older. CRK Training Stable will submit email addresses to the Certified Horsemanship Association and/or Time To Ride Challenge and/or The American Horse Council for the purposes of competing for an award.  Email addresses will not be sold nor made commercially available. You may be contacted by those organizations to determine that you actually attended a 100 Day Challenge event.

Riders must be 6+ years old, under 200 lbs., able-bodied, able to follow basic instructions in English,  wear shoes that fully enclose the feet and long pants.

A Liability Waiver must be signed by an adult parent or guardian. Riding helmets will be provided and are required. The number of riding lessons given each day will be limited and only available on a first come-first served basis. Any award of cash or prizes won shall be the sole property of CRK Training Stable and it’s owners- Cheryl Rohnke Kronsberg and/or Steven Kronsberg.

But it’s completely free!

            For more information call 714-693-4886 .  To learn more about the Time to Ride Horse Challenge, visit www.timetoride.com.

 

 

CRK Training Times May 2014

Summer Is Almost Upon Us!

Important May Dates~

May 4- YLCR Playday (Postponed), Highland Riders Show

May 11- Mother’s Day

May 17- Armed Forces Day

May 18- El Rodeo Show, Mira Loma Show

May 26- Memorial Day- Lessons as usual

Important June Dates~

June 1- Pepperglen Hunter Show

June 8- Highland Riders Show

June 22- Mira Loma & El Rodeo Shows

June 29- Yorba Linda Country Riders Show- Pepperglen Western Dressage Show

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No Lesson Days~

          No lessons will be held on the following days. Your account will be credited. Please make a note of it. Thank You!

          July 4- Independence Day

 

New Summer Schedule Begins in May~         

          Summer will shortly be upon us with its long, hot days and cool, breezy nights. We do our best to avoid teaching lessons during the hottest times of the day, however; we do not cancel lessons due to heat. If your lesson falls during the hottest parts of the day, perhaps you should consider changing to another time. Contact Cheryl to make any changes you need.

Due to heat issues, group lessons will change to Saturday mornings. The following groups will begin  May 1.  If you are interested in riding in one of these groups, please contact Cheryl A.S.A.P. A limited number of horses are available, so act quickly! Group lessons on CRK horses are $180.00 per month. On your own horse- Special Rate- ONLY $90.00 a month!

Saturdays 9:00 AM- Level 3+ – Walk, Trot, Canter & Beginning Jumping. (2 spaces left- 2 school horses available . The Sat. 3:30 group has been moved to this time)

Saturday 10:00 AM. Level 2 Group– Level 2 is Walk, Trot and beginning Canter. (3 spaces left, 1 school horse available)

 Show Results~

          Athena Fosnight & Misty attended the Pepperglen Hunter show last month. Here are their results:

English- 1st- Equitation, 2nd- Pleasure, 1st-Hunter Hack, 1st Cross Rail Hunters and 1st Cross Rail Jumpers.  She also took home the Cross Rail Daily High Point.

Caroline Ong & Charlie went to the Highland Riders show. She won several classes and also came home with the English Daily High Point for the 14 & under division.

We are looking forward to a wonderful year with these riders and horses. More shows to come. The next show will be El Rodeo on April 27th, followed closely by Highland Riders on May 4. These shows are free for spectators. Help is always welcome as well! So come on out and support the CRK Show Team!

 Vacation Credits~

          As spring and summer vacation time is upon us, please take note of the CRK Stable vacation policy. As soon as you know your vacation schedules, please contact us so we may give you the proper credit. That way, you won’t lose your lesson spot as you are enjoying your time away.

Cancellation & Vacation Policy

No Refunds, credits or discounts will be given for lessons cancelled by clients. Cancelled lessons must be rescheduled or forfeited.

            Cancelling & Rescheduling Lessons–   In the event that a rider is unable to attend a scheduled lesson, notice must be given at least twenty-four (24) hours prior to the start time of the lesson in order to reschedule it. Cancellation messages may be left on the office answering machine or emailed. You must contact us to reschedule your lesson. One reschedule is allowed per lesson. If you cancel your rescheduled lesson, you forfeit that lesson. No more than two replacement lesson days and times will be offered. If you decline both, you forfeit that lesson. You may reschedule only one lesson per month. The replacement lesson must be scheduled within 30 days of the cancelled lesson or the lesson will be forfeited. We will make every attempt to reschedule lessons, but do not guarantee that everyone’s schedule can be accommodated.

Vacation Credit- Students may take have 4 weeks of vacation credit annually. During the month of your vacation you will not be charged for the lessons missed. Lesson spaces will be held for students during vacation breaks. Vacation credits will not be granted over the phone. All vacation requests must be made by email or in writing at least 30 days in advance of the vacation. Thank you.

 It’s Getting Busy~

As we get into our busy season of the year be sure to hold your lesson time by paying for your lessons in advance. Pay-per-ride lesson spaces will be harder to come by as the season advances and heat begins to play a factor. Remember that if your payment is not received by the last day of the month prior to the one you are paying for, we do not guarantee your spot will be held for you. We currently have students on a waiting list for certain lessons days and those student may be given your spot if your payment is not received.  Make sure your horse and instructor are waiting for you by always paying on time. Thank you!

 Social Media~

CRK Training Stable is very active in social media, posting blogs, weather related lesson cancellations, events, etc on Facebook and LinkedIn. Please like the CRK Training Stable Facebook page and look Cheryl up on LinkedIn. Certified Horsemanship Association(CHA) Region 10 also has a Facebook page. If you are interested in what CHA Region 10 has to offer, be sure to like that page as well.

Many new customers find us through Yelp. Please help us keep the new clients coming in by writing a recommendation for us there. Thank You!

April & May Make-up Lessons~

April & May group make-up lessons will be held on Sunday May 25, 2014 @ 10:00 AM. If you have missed a group lesson in April that was not credited please contact the office to schedule your make up lesson. You must sign up to ride.

 Quotable Quotes~

The main thing is to care. Care very hard, even if it is only a game you are playing.” – Billie Jean King

“Character may be manifested in the great moments, but it is made in the small ones.” – Phillips Brooks

 

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That’s all folks!

 

What’s Your Warm Up Routine?

DSC03809            Just the other day I asked a student to do the “usual” warm up. Now I didn’t think this to be a difficult task since I had instructed her through this same warm-up at the beginning of every lesson for nearly a year. However, since I had always told her what to do, she never understood that she was doing a warm up. This was my mistake. Therefore; a long conversation ensued about what the purpose of a warm up is, how it helped both the horse and rider and what you should do to ensure that everyone was ready for the task at hand. But it got me thinking. How many riders know how to do a good warm up? Do they even do one at all? Based on what I see in the “warm up” pen at shows, one could wonder.

            A good warm up will help prepare both the horse and rider for the work ahead. How much you include in your warm up will depend on your riding level and your horses training level. If you are a beginner, some simple stretches on the ground or in the saddle will suffice for the rider. Often just riding at a walk and trot is exercise enough for those who only ride once a week. I usually have my riders spend some time in “balance position” or “two-point position” during each ride. These positions help stretch muscles, increase strength and improve balance.

          My beginner school horses actually seldom get a complete warm up, since their riders aren’t capable of more than walk and a bit of trot. I believe everyone should do at least one circle at each gait and each direction. Frequent changes of direction will work both sides of horses and riders while keeping the lesson more interesting. Therefore; my level 2 riders (walk/trot beginning canter) warm up routine is- Ride one complete circuit of the arena at a walk each direction. One small, walking circle each direction. Ride one complete circuit of the arena at a sitting trot/jog each direction with a small circle. Finally, they will also do the same at posting trot. Once that is completed, the group will be brought together for the lesson to begin.

            If you and your horse are more advanced (Level 3 and up), some canter and/or lope will be in order. At least 2 times around the arena with a circle in each direction should be included. I always start in a faster canter before asking my horses to slow down, collect and lope. Reverses usually involve dropping out of the canter for the change of direction. Once the horse has worked on both leads, flying lead changes can be put in the warm up if the horse and rider are proficient in them. For advanced horses and riders, bending, leg yields, haunches in/out and shoulder in/out may also be part of the warm up routine.

            Whatever your routine is, be sure it uses your horses strengths to the best advantage. Only do what your horse can do well during the warm up. Wait until everyone is completely ready for new tasks before undertaking them. This is not the time to learn or practice a new skill. Save the weaker areas of your horses training for the actual work portion of the ride. If you are still struggling with a simple lead change, don’t include it in the warm up. Bring the horse back to a walk or trot, complete the reverse, then pick up the new lead after the direction has been changed.

            After you have completed your work for the day, be sure you cool your horse out before you put him away! How do you know if your horse is cooled out and ready to quit for the day? That is a conversation for another day…