|For several weeks throughout
the summer, High Knoll Equestrian Center offers Pony Camp to students and the general
public. Children ages 6-14 will enjoy spending time with fellow horse lovers while
learning skills in horsemanship. Students participate in daily riding lessons, daily
unmounted lessons, arts and crafts, games, demonstrations, and activities. Our pony camp
is taught by experienced instructors with your child's safety being our top priority.
Assisting the camp instructors, our Junior Counselors are working students in our program.
70x144-ft indoor riding arena is just steps away from the stables and features maintained,
dust-free footing, and bright lighting day and night. The arena has been staying warm from
the daytime sun this winter, so our riders are enjoying year-round, comfortable riding. We
are also happy with our quiet composite (shingled) roof.
Our indoor arena is available for
truck-ins by appointment; please contact us for more information!
Equestrian Center is pleased to offer ongoing clinics featuring the instruction talent of
Jackie Smith, from Lyman, Maine. Jackie is an instructor and trainer with 25 years of
experience, including achievements such as bronze, silver, and gold medals from the United
States Dressage Federation, competing at the highest level of the sport, Grand Prix, and
numerous NEDA and all breeds awards. Jackie enjoys working with riders and horses of all
levels, but particularly likes helping committed riders who want to develop their dressage
Jackie works primarily out of Maine,
spending some winter months in Florida. Her training influences span fifteen years of work
with Sue Jaccoma, and include other trainers such as Pam Goodrich, Michael Poulin, Sue
Downer, and Ann Gribbons. Additionally, she borrows teachings from John Lyons, Ray Hunt,
and Buck Brannaman, using groundwork techniques to lay a foundation of respect and
communication that ultimately carries over to work under saddle. In the saddle, she
emphasizes the value of a correct, balanced position that enables the rider to give clear,
precise aids. The most important tool, in her opinion, is praise -- rewarding our equine
partners with good timing and intent.
Jackie's strong work ethic, good instincts,
zeal for learning, and unwavering passion for bringing out the best in horses has made her
the talented trainer she is today and an instructor dedicated to helping her students
reach their own dreams.