Camps and Special Events
Every year we host two equine camps and a number of other events that contribute to the overall enjoyable experience of being at The Overlook Farm.
We conduct two 4-day camps each summer. Participants ride twice a day, including bareback riding in the afternoons. We sharpen everyone’s skills in dressage, jumping, and trail riding. Also, we stress the basics of equine management and daily horse care, including proper tacking of horses, horse first aid, and keeping the horses, barn, and stalls clean after riding.
Watch this web site for advance notice of when upcoming camps are scheduled. Contact Terri Jones if you wish to participate. Cost of each camp is $475.
Competitions – Every year we conduct two shows where our boarders and lesson riders can compete against their peers and, of course, just for the fun of it. There is an informal show each spring and a more formal show each fall. See the Competitions page for full details.
Pony Club – We are affiliated with the Casanova-Warrenton Pony Club. Several people who ride at Overlook Farm are active Pony Club members. Casey Jones and Lucas Garvey have achieved a ranking of C1. Kiera McMullen is a D2 and Siena Lundberg is a D1. Congratulations to our Pony Clubbers who have earned these rankings!
Clinics – From time to time we bring in special top-rated instructors to teach one or more clinics. For example, in 2016 a number of people received individual instruction from Clark Montgomery, a multiyear member of the USEF’s High Performance and World Class training list and most recently a member of the 2016 Rio Olympic Equestrian team.
Special Events – We have other events that often occur throughout the year, but not on a regular, prescheduled basis. For example, we are very proud to provide our facilities from time to time to people from Boulder Crest Retreat, a privately-funded rural wellness center dedicated exclusively to our nation’s combat veterans and their families. The staff at Boulder Crest Retreat has found that an ideal way to help relieve stress for combat veterans is to place them in the company of horses. The horses seem to instinctively know that the veterans need their help and behave accordingly. Veterans and horses take part in several ground-based exercises over a 2-3 hour period, and at the end the bonding between the veterans and the horses is remarkable. For obvious reasons, the general public is not invited to these meetings – they are not for show – so we don’t announce when one is to occur. But it’s one of the highlights of our year.
Social Events – Every year we have a Christmas party in the barn for all of our boarders, lesson participants, and their families. We provide good food, drinks, and a wonderful atmosphere for all the people who make The Overlook Farm such an enjoyable place to be. It’s an occasion for all of us to get together and celebrate the joy of being horse people! Additionally, once or twice a year we have a bonfire that provides an ideal atmosphere for all of us to get together and socialize.
Sonya Hunt recently acquired a new dressage horse, Shavannah, who is now boarding at Overlook Farm. Shavannah is a 4 year old Oldenburg, bred at Rolling Stone Farm in Pennsylvania. Sonya is training her in dressage to participate in various levels of the U.S. Dressage competitions. The ultimate goal is the Grand Prix gold level. Good luck, Sonya!
In January 2018, Terri Jones brought on two new horses, Abilene (age 3) and Igotaguy (age 4). Both are retired race horses, adopted through the Pony Club Challenge. Casey Jones will be training them to compete in the Pony Club Festival of Champions in Tryon, North Carolina in July.