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Educational Meeting

Riding Practices – every Tuesday at the Crawford County fairgrounds at 6:30 p.m.


Will begin winter after school meetings at North Crawford Elementary, in Coleen Dull’s classroom, in the elementary wing, on the 4th Tuesday of each month, from 3:30 until 4:30. A light, nutrisous snack will be provided.

Study will include the Certified Horsemanship First Level curriculum, planning a Young Rider drill team for 2010 County Fair performances, field trips and hands-on practices.

The Younger Riders program is designed to meet the needs of beginner-level riders of all ages. Winter educational meetings will continue through April, when weekly mounted practices will begin at the fairgrounds. The next 2 meetins will be held on December 22nd and January 26th.


Older, or more experienced riders who are interested in organizing evening, county-wide winter meetings should contact Rebekah Ghormley @ (608) 624-5767 or


FIELD TRIP TO TEMPEL FARMS: December 10th. Rebekah Ghormley has planned a one-day field trip to tour the facility and observe training at Tempel Farms in Old Mill Creek, Illinois. The Tempel Lipizzans began in 1958 when the late Tempel and Esther Smith imported 20 Lipizzans from the Austrian stud farm in Piber and started what became the largest privately owned herd of Lipizzans in the world. The Tempel Lipizzans appearances include several Presidential Inaugurals and special exhibitions at the White House, the U.S. Capitol, and Madison Sqaure Garden. In 1997, the President of Austria recognized the Smith family for their “careful management of a cultural instituation with such close ties to Austria.” Tempel Farms is the only place in the United States where Lipizzans are bred, trained and perform on the same property. The mission of Tempel Farms is to promote the art of classical dressage as well as the beauty and grace of the Lipizzan breed. This is an exciting opportunity to see how a world-class training and breeding facility is operated. Parents and kids are welcome on this trip, but I’d like to limit the participants to 4-Her’s who are mature enough to listen attentively for the one hour session. Admission is $9.00 for adults and $6.00 for children. Contact Rebekah Ghormley at (608) 624-5767 or for more information