Training on the Obstacle Course

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on September 13, 2010, 1:38 am


Another fun day at Windrock Farm with the kids learning to ride the obstacle course, Vanessa cantered on Bond for the first time and loved it.  Alex and Maddie took turns riding Mr. T with Rex through all of the obstacles. Everyone learned to ride with rhythm, balance and confidence through the cans, noodles, over [...]
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Teaching Kids to Ride

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on September 6, 2010, 10:50 pm


Vanessa rides Tony with Cari on Allez and Lauren on a late summer afternoon.  Learning to ride with excellent balance and rhythm at Windrock Farm.  You can never start too early.  Learning correct basics from the beginning will result in a skilled confident rider. Fiona demonstrates her talent for trick riding on Goldie with Rex [...]
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Vanessa Rides Tony the Pony

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on August 30, 2010, 9:16 pm


Vanessa enjoys a late summer afternoon ride on Tony after she rode Allez around the paddocks with me.  V is only 3 years old and already showing her talent and love of riding!
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Beautiful Summer Day at Windrock

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on August 26, 2010, 2:49 pm


After a fun day hacking through the hunt trails, Mary, Wyatt, Lauren and I took a trip over to the Dutchess County Fair where we visited  cows, goats, sheep, pigs and other animals.  The birthing center had baby animals of many breeds.  We had the famous milk shakes and ate fair food until we were [...]
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Jennifer Garner Bows Mr. T on the Set of Arthur

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on August 22, 2010, 2:18 pm


After several long days of hard work at Old Westbury Gardens on the set of the new film, Arthur, Jennifer Garner bows Mr. T to thank everyone for the successful hours of shooting the horse sequences.  Russell Brand and Jenn were excellent students, learning to work with Mr. T and trust him for each scene.  [...]
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Afternoon at Windrock Farm

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on August 19, 2010, 9:29 pm


An afternoon at Windrock Farm after the kids play a game of baseball, practice hitting golf balls and playing capture the flag.  Wyatt celebrated his 12th birthday in style with hot dogs from Four Brothers and apple pie with vanilla ice cream.  Fiona is handing out birthday carrots to the mares.
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Dressage Clinic in NJ

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on August 16, 2010, 2:43 pm


Cari and Bond demonstrate many of the warm up exercises for the participants of the clinic in New Jersey last week.  Eight riders learned how to improve the quality of the horses gaits through a series of riding patterns to create better balance and rhythm.  Everyone improved and we look forward to seeing everyone again [...]
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Bonding with your Horse

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on August 15, 2010, 1:31 pm


Fiona reads her book while Goldie grazes in the late afternoon.  Nothing could be better on a summer day than to spend time with your horse relaxing.
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Mini Hop in Local Play

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on August 11, 2010, 2:10 pm


Mini was the star of a local play at a camp in Wingdale Sunday evening, Lauren walked him on stage and handled him with finesse as the audience roared with delight.  The campers were so excited to meet Mini and many have never been close to a horse.
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Kids Riding at Windrock Farm

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on July 27, 2010, 7:57 pm


Learning to ride is fun, especially at Windrock Farm when one of the trainers is the man who trained the horses for The Horse Whisperer.  Rex has a special gift teaching kids to be confident and accomplish goals they never dreamed of.  Here is Fiona standing on RJ’s four year old filly after a long [...]
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Congratulations Joa and Kestrel!

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on July 27, 2010, 1:37 am


Kestrel soared around the stadium course at Fitches Corner last weekend to hold on to his second place standing after dressage.  Joa rode a perfect cross country course within the time allowed to win second prize in the Junior Training Division.  The pair demonstrated their close partnership with this excellent finish.  Congratulations to Joa and [...]
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Working on the Set of Arthur

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on July 24, 2010, 11:52 am


Cari and Rex working with Mr. T and Lizard on the set of Arthur in Long Island.  The weather held out for the filming to be a success.  Every scene had three cameras on to maximize the coverage for each set up.  The horses worked well and the actors progressively improved with their riding skills [...]
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Rearing Horses for Film

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on July 20, 2010, 7:17 pm


We have to rear Mr. T for an upcoming scene in a film with the two main actors on the horse.  To demonstrate how easy this is on a well schooled horse, we put a novice young rider behind Cari in the saddle and asked T to stand up.  He lifts up effortlessly and waits [...]
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Opening Night at Bard Summerscape

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on July 15, 2010, 3:51 pm


Bard Summerscape is like a rural version of the Next Wave Festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. It brings together visual and performing artists as both presenters and audience, creating a cultural center of gravity for the Hudson Valley.  Rex is visiting from California and met up with a colleague, David Straithearn.  They worked [...]
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Estella Rides RJ

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on July 15, 2010, 1:31 pm


Estella and her sister, Matilda enjoyed a private viewing of RJ working with his trainer Rex at Thornedale yesterday morning.  The girls were thrilled to watch RJ perform his many tricks and to ride the famous stallion.
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Outstanding Dressage/Eventing Prospect Horse for Sale

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on July 15, 2010, 1:26 pm


McCoy is a 7 year old gelding by Makuba, a German Riding Pony who the the first imported German Riding Pony Stallion imported into the United States.  Makuba scored extremely high in his 100 day test, 10 for temperament, 9 for rideability, 10 for walk, and 9′s for trot canter and free jumping.  McCoy is [...]
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Are you a Mounted Pedestrian or a Rider?

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on July 12, 2010, 6:16 pm


Anyone can learn to become a competent rider if you understand the basics of horsemanship and how horses think.  Horses are herd animals so it is crucial that you understand that you are the leader of the herd.  We train horses to listen to our command on the ground when working with actors who have [...]
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Solving Your Horse’s Bad Behavior

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on June 9, 2010, 10:02 pm


This horse came to us with an issue bucking and misbehaving.  After several weeks training you can see he is overcoming his fears with his rider and walking calmly over a tarp.  He became proficient with all the obstacles on the course and gained confidence in his rider who has this to say; “My five year [...]
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Robert Duvall Meets RJ/Hidalgo

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on May 23, 2010, 5:25 pm


We recently took a trip to horse country in Virgina to teach a clinic and were hosted by Rex’s old friend Bobby Duvall and his lovely wife Luciana.  Bobby met RJ/Hidalgo, enjoying watching Rex work him through all his paces.  The two famous actors have a great deal in common.  Rex’s son, Ryan looks on, [...]
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Congratulations Bob!

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on May 23, 2010, 3:48 pm


Bob proved he is a star at his first horse show winning best young horse in the show.  He started training with Rex as a yearling, learning to have excellent ground manners and how to behave like a gentleman.  In spite of the high winds and horrible weather at the show, he stood his ground [...]
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