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Horizon Structures Presents Series….All Creatures Great and Small ~ Offer Shelter to All

  By Nikki Alvin-Smith for Horizon Structures In the world of horses we see a variety of horse shapes and sizes, breeds and needs. From the giant draft horse to ponies, Paso Finos and miniature equines, their needs vary greatly. In their requirements for a barn for shelter, we need to assess what will work in size and design. Another factor to consider in building design, is just like our beloved horses, each of us have different requirements and needs. For example, a busy dressage Read more...

Horizon Structures Presents Series….Top Ten Tips for Building an Indoor Arena

By Nikki Alvin-Smith Don’t let your dream indoor arena become a nightmare because of lack of knowledge or poor planning. There are many pitfalls you need to avoid so here are the top ten tips to save you heartache and help make your dream indoor a reality. A Place for Everything Where you site your arena will directly affect the price of site preparation. Choose an area that is as level as possible to avoid extra costs for soil removal, rock excavation and drainage issues. If your site Read more...

Anne Hennessey’s Atavism Sold to Young Rider!

We are happy to announce that Atavism, otherwise know as Ernie, has been sold to a young rider. We have had Ernie in training for the last year and a half.  I owned him together with Anne Hennessey.  Anne has backed me for the last 10 years, Horse after Horse.  She is a great person to ride for. We wish Mikayla all the best with her new Horse. Her goal is to aim him at the Young Rider Championships next year! Below is some footage of Atavism schooling this past Read more...

Horizon Structures Presents Series….Fresh Air Everywhere ~ Why The Shed Row Barn is Popular

By Nikki Alvin-Smith As a kid growing up in England most horse housing in my Buckinghamshire neighborhood was some version of a shed row design. The traditional use of the shed row building offered a less expensive and very serviceable stabling option and frequently the configurations were in a square, with a central yard, ideal for tacking up, mounting and bathing horses with protection from the wind. The older stable blocks would be built of brick, the newer ones made of wood. As we know Read more...

Windurra Cross Country Schooling Course to Close for Season on Monday, Nov 6th

This is the last week of the season that the cross country course at Windurra USA will be open for schooling.  We have big plans for our fall maintenance for the course, which includes maintaining the footing and adding a few new jumps. Our good friend Jamie Hicks of Meadow Springs Farm will be over to aerate and reseed the entire course, which requires that we move the jumps to give the turf a good overhaul.  Our longtime course builder Eric Bull of ETB Equine Construction, LLC  and his Read more...

Reflections on Dressage at Devon 2017!

This past weekend at Dressage at Devon was a wonderful emotional boost for Silva and her team.  The dressage contingent from Windurra USA was out in full force with the young horses, and the horizon is bright for this stable full of talent! Silva checked in Sunday evening after a very full weekend at DAD, and she was absolutely thrilled for her owners, horses and clients who took part in the competition at Devon.  The following is her reflection on a rewarding weekend: Jada W - Owned Read more...

Dressage Is In Style at Windurra USA!

What a treat it was to have Middy N' Me travel all the way from Ohio to host a day of fashion and dressage at Windurra USA!  We had a nice crowd here at the farm to view their latest line of shirts, tunics, dresses under the pavilion, while Anne Miller and the ladies from the DVCTA Western Quadrille team presented the opening act for Silva and Rosa Cha! Many thanks to all who came to join us yesterday afternoon.  The occasion was a wonderful way to see the beautiful collection of custom Read more...

Oct 7th Pink Hobby Horse Prance at Oxford Feed & Lumber!

Our friends at Oxford Feed and Lumber  continue to help our local community with fundraisers for Breast Cancer Awareness! This year they're inviting the public to a fun day of Hobby Horse Competition, filled with prizes and fun for the whole family. So please put this on your calendar and help raise funds for the much needed continue research for a cure! Read more...

Silva to Host Middy N’ Me Trunk Show & Perform Musical Freestyle!

Hard to imagine a more perfect Sunday afternoon perusing the latest line from Middy N' Me while watching Silva and Rosa Cha perform their musical freestyle for Dressage at Devon! Please join us on Sunday September 10th for a wonderful afternoon celebrating exquisite fashion and dressage in motion, as we celebrate Silva and Rosa Cha's return to Grand Prix!  We are also planning on members of the DVCTA Quadrille team to strut their stuff immediately prior to Silva's demonstration. Please Read more...

Horizon Structures Asks: Prefab versus Pole Barn – What’s the Difference?

Check out this recent article from our barn builders at Horizon Structures which addresses the question of prefab or poll barn construction.  There is much to consider when looking at the choice of barn for your property! Blog by Nikki Alvin-Smith and Jill Siragusa Part 1: The Differences Between Prefabricated and Pole Barns As a horse owner, the delights of having your own horse barn need no explanation and the excitement of bringing your horse(s) home cannot be overstated.  Before you Read more...
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