Smoke Hollow Farm is a proficient family-oriented show, training and lesson facility. The stable personnel warmly welcomed many young and adult guests to its open house on Mothers’ Day on May 12, 2014. An easy commute from all directions, the stable is located on Route 513 between Clinton and Pittstown in New Jersey.
David and Doreen Weston, owners of Smoke Hollow Farm, were gracious hosts to every visitor at the farm. Everyone was on hand to greet and get together with guests.
Youngsters enjoyed meeting the horses, and for most of them, this was the main reason for their visit. But they also had fun with the puppies, petting the rabbits and watching the cute antics of the ducklings.
Best of all, guests were given an opportunity to check out the facilities and its nooks and crannies. Others wanted information about riding lessons and riding summer camp. All attendees, young and old, were able to mount up and be led around the indoor arena on one of Smoke Hollow’s endearing, trusted horses.
Smoke Hollow Farm has an established lesson program in which it uses gentle, experienced horses. It has a wide range of riders, having taken them from beginners to advanced riders in both English and Western disciplines. Lessons are complete horse care and riding – students learn proper cleaning and tacking/untacking of their lesson horses in addition to the riding. Instructors are both of the Westons and Karen Greenwell, the stable’s trainer. Riders from ages four through adult may participate in the lesson program.
Young riders at the stable are encouraged to join in the fun of the Smoke Hollow Equestrian's Youth Club which meets regularly.
While Smoke Hollow has a wonderful program of riding lessons and summer camp, readying young riders for the show ring, and possible private horse ownership, it is well known in horse circles for its show stock of American Saddlebred horses. The stable exhibits at large national shows and brings home its share of well-deserved wins.
Three of Smoke Hollow’s well-known Saddlebreds are listed and pictured here:
CH Blue Chipper – This big, showy Five-Gaited Saddlebred could get the crowd on its feet on stake evening. Sired by Sultan’s Spartan out of a Chief of Greystone mare, Chipper was quite the mover. He was three-times World Champion Amateur Gentleman’s Five-Gaited, as well as World Grand Champion Amateur Five-Gaited.
CH Jane Doe – The lovely and high-motioned Three-Gaited Mare was a World Champion in 1998. She took her share of three-gaited championships on the southeast circuit and was a joy to watch. She also handily took the Eastern States and Pennsylvania National shows.
CH Mr. Snuffleupagus – Affectionately called Snuffy, this handsome fellow was “the essence of the American Saddlebred Three-Gaited horse. His wins include both Fine Harness and Three-Gaited division wins. Sired by Talent Town out of Suntan’s Radiance, when Snuffy teamed up with Doreen Weston, they made their presence known and were audience favorites.
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