Monday, February 28, 2011

Small things you would like to see ....

Check out the new post on the Competitors Corner.  Let's get the dialog going.  If we don't hear from you we don't know what's on your mind.


Friday, February 25, 2011

New Pages on the SGF Blog & Stone Gate Farm Celebrates 25 Years!

The following pages have been added to the SGF blog:
In order to have these pages interactive where people can make comments on posts I had to make new blogs for each of the pages.  You will be able to easily link to any of  the above blogs from the SGF blog home page or any of the pages listed above .

Now all I need is people to participate.  If you have a story that you would like to share or you have any questions please send them to .  We really would like to see your pics too especially if it's from one of our earlier events.  I would love to see pictures from years gone by especially since we will be celebrating 25 years of owning Stone Gate Farm in May.

As part of the year long celebration we are going to feature the 'best blog' from each category every month in the SGF Newsletter.  At the end of the season we will have our viewers vote on their favorite blog. We're currently working on prizes for the best blogs in each category in celebration of 25 years of Stone Gate Farm.

In addition to the 'best blog' contest, every rider and volunteer who participates in any activity @ Stone Gate Farm will receive a raffle ticket to some great prizes.  All you have to do is show up and ride or help and you'll get a ticket each time.

What better way to get through the latest snow storm than to reminisce about for favorite activity at what I hope is one of your favorite farms!

Be sure to become a follower of Stone Gate Farm's blog so you can easily be kept up to date.

Dave & Jackie

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Your input on type, size and location is requested

Since we now have a food booth in the stabling area and with the clinics and camps we hold we thought it would be nice to have a place where people could comfortably hang out while being able to see what's going on.  Originally I wanted to put up a building, but that isn't in the budget right now so we're thinking of buying a tent that we can sufficiently anchor down so it won't blow away like the many EZ up tents that we have lost in the past.  I'm going to put out a survey to get some input from the people who will actually be using it, that would be you.  Before I do the survey I'm going to explain a few of the pros and cons to help you make an educated decision.

The first decision is tent or canopy. I've posted pics of both but if you have the time and want to check out the specs here is the  link to the canopies and here's a link for the tents link to the tents.

The next decision is the size. The canopy sizes that I'm considering are: 10' x 20', 10' x 30', 18' x 20', 18' x 30', and 18' x 40'.  The tent sizes that I'm considering are: 20' x 20', 20' x 30' or 20' x 40'.

Keep in mind that these tents will be put up for the entire season and in addition to competitions they will be used during Pony Club lessons, clinics and camps.

Now for the big question, where do we put it?  I have three proposed sites.  The picture will show you where the proposed sites are starting at the right near the drive and going clockwise.  The X marks where the food trailer is located and the porta jons are to the east (right of the food trailer.
Proposed sites are marked with a black line
 Site # 1 is on top of a hill directly next to the driveway.  The pros of this location are: close access to the driveway (many advantages), out of the way in regards to the cross country course, relatively close to the food trailer,barns and porta jons, good view of the dressage arenas, good view of the cross country fences in the area including the water, ditches and more, close to the arenas which make it handy for clinics and camps.  The cons for site #1 are:  relatively close to the dressage arenas which may distract the horses, may have to limit the size of the tent or do some excavating to make a suitable size site.

Site # 2 is behind the pasture fence to the south of the pond and near the ditch jumps.  The pros of this location:  close to the food trailer, porta jons and barns, out of the way in regards to the dressage while still having a fairly good view,  can see cross country fences in the area, relatively close to the arenas for clinics and camps, protected from the wind and a small pond behind it.  The cons for site # 2 are: somewhat inconvenient access, close to the ditch jumps and may cause a distraction, the site is lower and the view of the water jump and dressage is not as good as site # 1, limited space which will limit the size of the tent and may lack a breeze on hot days.

Site  # 3 is right next to the pond.  The pros for this site : a pleasant location to hang out, view of dressage rings  (hopefully Dave has trimmed the limbs enough for a good view), good view of cross country fences and can see more jumps in the pasture than sites 1 & 2, plenty of room to put any size tent, and it is more accessible to spectators who park up near the house.The cons for location # 3 is that it is further from the food, porta jons, the barns and the arenas (especially for clinics and camps), and people would have to access this site by crossing the cross country track.

As you can see, there are pros and cons to all of the sites.  I'm hoping you can help me out with your input.  If I don't hear from you, you'll be stuck with what I choose ;) 

The survey is located to the right of the post and will be open for 2 weeks. Thanks for your input. 


Saturday, February 19, 2011

The Febuary Thaw

With the recent warm temps I've started walking around beginning to plan the cross country tracks for Winona.  I happened to have a camera with me and thought you might be interested in seeing what the Prelim ditch and creek crossing looks like after a big thaw.  The ditch is 4 poles deep BTW.

The picture to the right is looking east and the snow covered field in the background is the hay field where cross country starts in the spring and Prelim & Training finish.  The picture below is looking west.  By Fri most of the snow was melted. 

 All the snow must have come before the ground froze solid and insulated the ground because the tile lines were running a steady stream of close to 4".  With the wind Fri and Sat things are drying up quite nicely.  Too bad winter isn't over yet but this was a welcome reprieve from all the cold, snow and more recently the ICE.

The lack of ice and frozen ground found the four geldings running and bucking like wild men.  A lot of pent up energy and frustration.  Fortunately I had changed them from turnout blankets to sheets because they got pretty warm.  But not to worry, they found a good way of cooling off ! ;)

Stay tuned, we have some big plans to unveil soon.                                                                                         

Welcome to the Stone Gate Farm Blog

Hi All and welcome to the Stone Gate Farm blog.  After helping Jack and Jill with their blog The Adventures of JAck and Jill ; I decided that a blog would be an easy way to keep everyone updated on SGF activities.  This is not in place of the newsletter or the website or even Facebook for that matter; it's just another avenue for better communication with our customers and friends.

So stay tuned and be sure to become a 'follower' so you can get an e-mail when something new has been posted.  The first installment will be posted later today.