It's been a busy summer at the Ranch with significant progress on many of our projects. Just to bring you up to date on a few:
1) Arena Fan - Last year's Barn Bash raised a significant portion of the funds required to purchase a Big Ass Fan for our arena. The remaining funding was raised during the first half of this year. Add in the kindness of a local electrician, a board member, and some staff and our arena is now significantly cooler (both temperature and appearance!) than this time last year!
2) Arena Light - While we were up there we added 10 additional light fixtures to ensure the arena is well lit for evening lessons. What a difference they make.
3) Permanent Stalls - I've seen drawings of our permanent stalls for years but I really did not appreciate how amazing they would be until seeing them actually in place. Walking down the stall row with those beautiful wooden stalls on both sides is spectacular! We are almost complete with just a few more doors and a storage stall to finish out the space.
4) Parking/Grazing Area - Our neighbors to the north graciously agreed to allow us to use their property to both graze the horses and for event parking. After some fence repairs and mowing, we now have a very viable multiple acre pasture/parking area.
5) Parking Area Bridge - Now that we have extended parking to our north we needed a safe way for folks to walk from their cars to our facility. Of course there is a drainage ditch between the two properties. This is no longer a problem as one of our board members designed and built a very cool walking bridge. The bridge takes advantage of natural materials using existing trees for it's supports and is sturdy enough for the horses to use as well (yes, even Levi! Check out the video on our Instagram!).
6) Mower - As you may have heard our small tractor died earlier this year leaving a big hole in our grass cutting capabilities. We spent months looking for the correct piece of equipment that would complement our bigger tractor while giving us the maneuverability to cut around trees on the trials. I am pleased to report we are now the proud owners of a lightly used commercial zero turn mower. The previous owner needed a larger one to mow his treeless property while we needed a smaller one to mow our tree covered property.....win!