In Memory of My Lucky Star – Lukie

My Lucky Star (aka Lukie) was laid to rest on Thursday August 25th.  He was cared for by Leslie Kamptner for over 2 decades and lived a full and prosperous life.  In 2003 I was introduced to Lukie while still training at Gold Creek.  I met this amazing woman Leslie; who had a special pony she cared for in Bridle Trails.  When it was time for Leslie to purchase a horse…I knew we would need to find an exceptional home for Lukie.  I was in the process of building my lesson program and offered to do an evaluation on Lukie and see if he was a good fit.  I remember meeting him for the first time at the Bridle Trails Big Arena.  I fell in love immediately!!  He was well into his teen years and did not know his lead changes…but I knew he was going to be perfect.  Leslie allowed me to do a care lease with Lukie and we eventually bought her horse Willow.  Lukie was amazing with the kids, jumped around like a pro…and yes; he even learned to do his flying lead changes!!!  In 2004-2005 Lukie showed in the short stirrup division; with great success.  Lukie continued to teach young kids to ride and jump and was always such a pleasure to have in the barn.  In 2010 we decided it was time for Lukie to “officially” retire and live out his days at Rider’s Edge Farm.  He did this by taking daily walks with Leslie through the Farrel Mcwhirter Horse Park, teaching ground-work to both kids and adults and enjoying daily turnout in our grass fields.  I feel so grateful to have met Leslie and Lukie and am honored he was able to enjoy his last days here at our farm.  Lukie will truly be missed!!

Rest in peace “Lukie Man”


Exciting News from Rider’s Edge Farm

Hello! We have some exciting news to share with you. Effective March 1st Vanessa Howard will become the new “CEO” of Rider’s Edge Farm. Vanessa and I are thrilled to be making this change as we all prepare for a prosperous 2011 and beyond. Our vision for Rider’s Edge Farm is long term and will remain so, focused on delivering a wonderful experience for all of you and your horses. Vanessa will help all of us achieve this goal. With any change come lots of questions and concerns. Please know that Vanessa and I will ensure a seamless transition for everyone.

Vanessa and I have always had a strategic goal to create an environment where horsemanship and learning can be pursued by riders at all levels of ability and desire. Rider’s Edge Farm provides that environment. Of course, all of you are what makes this riding community come alive. We are honored by your presence and we will continue to build our programs based on your feedback and insights.

I’m delighted that Vanessa can now return to the horse business and devote her skills and talents to running our operations. As you know, our granddaughters are turning four and two, which is a magical point in time wherein a mom can resume work and pursuit of her professional goals. For me, this is a dream come true. I love what we do here and now I get to enjoy it as a rider and grandmother, knowing that Vanessa will continue the vision and take Rider’s Edge Farm to another level.

Vanessa will be meeting with all of you to ensure a smooth transition. Her approach to the business will be consistent with the values you have come to expect. I look forward to the continuation of our fun filled and supportive learning environment which is a hallmark of Rider’s Edge Farm.

While many questions will arise and be answered later, there is one question I want to address right up front. “Marianne is not going away. On the contrary, I will be actively enjoying our community as a teacher, participant, and spending time riding and helping Skylar and Madison learn our wonderful sport.”

In the words of the late, great Ray Hunt: “It’s not so much what we do, it’s how we do what we do”.   And so it is with Rider’s Edge Farm. Please join me in welcoming Vanessa to her new and much deserved role.

Ride on my friends,