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We have a riding boot exchange at White Rose Equestrian

You're probably asking yourself, what is a riding boot exchange? Let me tell you.

horse riding boot exchangeFor anyone with young children, you already know how quickly they grow. This isn't too much of a problem when it comes to buying them regular clothes and shoes as they can wear them often. It can, however, become expensive when buying equestrian attire if your child only rides a couple of times a week. That is where our boot exchange comes in.

It is extremely important for all riders to wear the correct kind of footwear. Not only does it keep their feet, reasonably, safe when they are walking around the barn and interacting with horses, it is also safer than non-equestrian footwear when riding.

Horseback riding boots can be either short, just above the ankle (paddock boots), or full length (tall boots). Paddock boots can be made to look like tall boots by wearing chaps. As a general rule of thumb, but certainly not written in stone, a rider will wear paddock boots until they either turn twelve years old or change from a pony to a horse.

How our riding boot exchange works

As I already mentioned, buying riding attire is expensive and is usually outgrown long before it becomes worn out. At White Rose Equestrian we collect boots that have been donated to us by parents when their kids outgrow them. They are available FREE OF CHARGE to anyone who needs a pair on the understanding that when their child grows out of them, they donate them back to us. Some weeks I give away two or more pairs.

We also collect out-grown riding clothes and horse equipment that we sell at VERY reasonable prices to our riders. All proceeds from these donations go to The Sam Johnathan Davis Trust for my grandson.

If you have any riding boots, clothes, or equipment you would like to donate, please reach out to us. Thank you!

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Fun Horse Show Points May 2021

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Sadie and White Rose Let's Tango

Our second Fun Horse Show of the season is in the bag and the leaderboard positions were shaken about quite a bit. It was a picture-perfect day, sunny but not too hot. We had some new riders join us; it's always fun to meet new people.

I love how all our riders are such great sportspeople. They cheer and encourage each other. I am very proud of each and every one of them. I also love how our horse show moms and dads are willing to help out even if they feel they don't really know what they are doing. There is always such a great family atmosphere at our fun shows.

Fun Horse Show Leader Board for the May 2021 Show

rider horse points place
Ellie Firefly 41 1st
Kendall Maximus 41 1st
Claire Stahler White Rose Moonfire 39.5 3rd
Mary Robinette White Rose Solar Eclipse 38 4th
Sadie Barton White Rose Let's Tango 31.5 5th
Kacie Ontopps Aragon 31 6th

All our Riding Club members work hard throughout the season to accumulate as many points as possible for the end-of-season party. We do, however, emphasize that winning is not the main reason for showing. We want our riders to learn and have fun. A blue-ribbon is an extra bonus. Having said that, I know our riders are eager to see who is in the lead.

Fun Horse Show Leader Board Running Totals

rider horse points place
Sadie Barton White Rose Let's Tango 72.5 1st
Claire Stahler White Rose Moonfire 70.5 2nd
Mary Robinette White Rose Solar Eclipse 70 3rd
Kayleigh Beckemeyer White Rose Fandango 43 4th
Ellie Firefly 41 5th
Kendall Maximus 41 5th

Our next fun horse show is on June 19th. We look forward to seeing you all again for more fun and learning.

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How we got the name White Rose Equestrian

The creation of a business can be a daunting task. There are many things that need to be considered. One of them is a catchy, name that is easy to remember. I didn't have that problem when I started my equestrian business in America. I had known, for a very long time, that my barn would be called White Rose Equestrian. But how did that come about?

As most of you already know, I am originally from England. Yorkshire to be precise. Our story begins there many, many years ago. 

The War of the Roses

In the 1400s, England engaged in civil war as two rival branches of the royal house, the House of Lancaster and the House of York, battled for the English throne. 

The conflict persisted through many sporadic episodes between 1455 and 1487, with control switching back and forth between Yorkists and Lancastrians. The two adversaries finally united when Henry Tudor, a Lancastrian, known as King Henry VII married Elizabeth of York. She was the eldest daughter and heir of Edward IV. The House of Tudor successfully ruled England until 1603. This ended with the death of Elizabeth I, the daughter of King Henry VIII and his second wife, Anne Boleyn, and the granddaughter of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York.

White Rose of Yorkshire and Red Rose of LancashireThe name "Wars of the Roses" originated because of the heraldic badges associated with two rival branches of the same royal house, the White Rose of York and the Red Rose of Lancaster. The emblems continue to be represented extensively throughout the counties of Yorkshire and Lancashire and are incorporated into each flag.

White Rose Equestrian logoSince I am from Yorkshire, it only seemed fitting to carry some of my heritage across the ocean and into my business. The Yorkshire Rose is front and center in our business logo, as are the colors of the Yorkshire Flag. 

I am proud of my origins and very grateful to all our wonderful clients and friends who support White Rose Equestrian.

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