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Equestrian lessons

Mike Mealy of Wonderland Farms Mike Mealy of Wonderland Farms
Elizabeth puts on her riding hat and chaps and saddles up for one intense lesson. Under the instruction of Mike and Karen Mealy at Wonderland Farms in Leland, Elizabeth takes a 17-year-old quarterhorse for a ride. But this isn't just any ride. She begins with the basics, practicing confidence building exercises around the riding ring. She learns how to post, a technique that puts her more in sync with Zip's movements. Finally, it's time for the ultimate test, a jump. Elizabeth and Zip first walk over a ground bar before moving on to the crossrails. The center of the rail is only 18 inches off the ground, but it's still a very advanced equestrian move. Once Elizabeth has completed her jump, she and Zip are presented a blue ribbon, not bad for an accomplished horse and a new equestrian. For more information on Wonderland Farms, call 655-5735.
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