Recently I attended a Judge’s Clinic held at Copper Hiil Stables in nearby Colts Neck, New Jersey. The judge, Suzanne Hehn, is a local USEF “r” rated judge, and has been a fixture at New Jersey horse shows for many years. The premise was to give equestrians feedback on what the judge is really looking for in both Equitation and Hunters. Instead of ribbons, the judge went through each rider with detailed feedback on each of their rides.
Earlier I posted the first part of my Dogcation: Vermont, The Paw House Inn. If you haven't read it yet, do so now. The Paw House Inn was dogtastic. The only down side (in my opinion) was the kennel, aka The Playhouse, which was unstaffed in the evenings. So if we were unwilling to leave our dog behind, staffed kennel or not, how did we experience fine dining and other activities? Don’t fret, just read on.
We have a rather large number of celebrities in the area, notably Jon Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, and John Stewart call our area home. You may have heard that in 2018 John and Tracey are opening a 45-acre animal sanctuary and sustainable farm in Colts Neck, not 15 minutes down the road from me. For those of you who don’t know, Tracey Stewart is a former veterinary technician and both she and her husband have been animal advocates for many years.
A lot of our dogcations are taken in warmer months, but my husband noted that many enjoyable things could still be done (and be fun) in the winter. Our winter dogcation evolved after careful research. I could see it clearly – a New-England winter wonderland. We stayed almost a week and there was a plethora of wintry activities. (Even with no snow!)
This is not a rhetorical question, although I know most equestrians would shout "Me, me me!". My husband is NOT a horse person. I cannot stress this enough. In fact, he’s the opposite. He went from apathetic about the subject of horses to now dreading it all together. I definitely pushed him to this point with my obsession. I talk about horses constantly.