With another successful season behind them, Happy Endings Farm planned a farewell full of fanfare for its students before heading north for the summer show season.
In early May, Linda Smith-Faver planned a game-day gymkhana for her students with action-packed activities that included musical stalls, barrel racing, egg and spoon races, bobbing for apples and more.
The day honored Mathilde Candele, the effervescent daughter of Jennifer and Yann Candele, who spend the winter season in Wellington but were heading back home to Canada for the early summer months before traveling throughout North America and abroad.
“It was a fun day for the kids and their ponies to set aside the rules and really have fun,” Smith-Faver said. “We believe that everyone needs a break from the traditional horse show setting, and this was a fun day to put their riding skills to use in a completely different way. Mathilde, specifically, has inspired all of our riders to think outside of the box and explore the personal friendships and mutual trust with their equine partners.”
In addition to the games and activities, the day included a barbeque and picnic at Happy Endings for all families.
Currently Happy Endings has taken to the road attending shows at Old Salem, Spruce Meadows and then on to Lake Placid, HITS, Silver Oaks, Fieldstone and the Hampton Classic.
If your summer plans include staying in South Florida, be sure to check out the summer riding program at Happy Endings Farm in Wellington.
The kids at home are continuing the fun with lots of activities and riding exercises under the capable leadership of Shanon Ziskind at the Happy Endings Summer Camp. Learn more at www.happyendingsfarm.com.
ABOVE: Mathilde Candele and Taffy keep their eyes on the prize.