Saddle up for March Break in Yarmouth County

A dozen youngsters signed up for a riding camp at Eagleridge Stables


Published on March 20, 2017

Participants in the Eagleridge Stables March Break riding camp enjoyed a trail ride with older students leading the horses.

©Nicole Jacquard

YARMOUTH COUNTY - A Yarmouth County stable was the base for a unique experience during March Break. Nicole Jacquard, owner/coach at Eagleridge Stables on the Raynardton Road, offered a riding camp for students.

"Horses are therapeutic." Nicole Jacquard, owner/coach Eagleridge Stables

The first two days were a challenge for the dozen participants with a wind chill that pushed -20 degrees Celsius.

Laura Hanlon prepares to mount as Jennah Mahoney looks on.

©Nicole Jacquard

Understandably, the weather was a worry for Jacquard but the young riders persevered.

“The kids were absolutely amazing, they rode twice, plus a trail ride for some,” she said.

“There were no complaints, smiles all around. It just warmed my heart to see all the happiness.”

She added that even the horses, after a winter without youngsters, seemed to be happy to once again see them, receive pats, treats and grooming.

Jacquard is continuing her climb back onto the coaching saddle with this riding camp.

In December 2015, she lost her home to fire. The popular horsewoman said at that time that she was very grateful her barn was located a safe distance away from the blaze. Her new home is nearly completed.

“After I lost the house I didn't teach for quite a while and really missed the kids,” she said.

Jana McIntyre leads Jennah Mahoney around the ring.

©Nicole Jacquard

The March Break youngsters ranged from age 5-15. Faith Dugas, a former student with 12 years experience at Eagleridge, was the primary instructor for the class.

“She's really great with the kids and they just love her,” said Jacquard.

Several older, former students also assisted with the riding, teaching patterns, in-depth grooming and other skills involved with proper horse management.
Jacquard will resume teaching lessons this summer with Dugas’s assistance. Two camps are planned for this summer to help raise funds to rebuild the riding ring, which was damaged by storms. A four-day riding camp is planned for the long weekend in May.

“Most people have no idea that riding camps even exist in our area,” said Jacquard.

“There are trails that are absolutely amazing. That's one of the reasons I wanted to do this. It's really good for the children. Horses are therapeutic.”