Monday, October 6, 2014

Harvest Fest on the weekend of Oct 31-Nov 2.

You are invited to join your barn friends at Harvest Fest on John's Island. The main event is Saturday, Nov 1, and you will find bands, food trucks, games for the kids and much more at the Mullet Hall Equestrian Center.  We encourage families with children to join the fun on Saturday, horses or no horses.

Some adult riders will be taking horses and camping on Friday night, some will be coming on Saturday with children, others will just be stopping by for the day on Saturday, and still others will be staying the whole weekend.  Here is the overall schedule.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

2014 Open Play Day/Schooling Show, March 22, MIddleton Place

2014 Open Play Day/Schooling Show
Presented by
the Berkeley County Horse-N-Around 4H Club March 22nd 2014
Opening Ceremony 9:30 a.m.
Show Starts at 10:00 a.m.  
Middleton Place, Charleston, S.C.
                                                                                    21. Youth Western Horsemanship
1. 13 & Under Showmanship                                     22. Adult Western Horsemanship
2. Youth Showmanship                                              LUNCH  BREAK
3. Adult Showmanship                                               23. Musical Horses (mats)
4. Open Geldings at Halter                                         24. Ride-A-Buck (w/t)
5. Open Mares at Halter                                              25. Ride-A-Buck (w/t/c)
6. Tot’s Lead Line                                                      26. Magazine Race (w/t)
7. 10 & Under Walk Only                                          27. Magazine Race (w/t/c)
8. Hunter over Fences-Cross-rails 18”                        28. 13 & U; Under Pole Bending (w/t)
9. Hunter over Fences 2’                                             29. Youth Pole Bending
10. Hunter over Fences 2’6”                                       30. Adult Pole Bending
11. 13 & Under English HUS (w/t)                            31. Bobbing for Apples (w/t)
12. Youth English HUS                                              32. Bobbing for Apples (w/t/c)
13. Adult English HUS                                              33. 13 & Under Stakes Race (w/t)
14. 13 & Under English Equitation (w/t)                   34. Youth Stakes Race
15. Youth English Equitation                                     35. Adult Stakes Race
16. Adult English Equitation                                                  36. Egg and Spoon (w/t)
17. 13 & Under Western Pleasure (w/j)                      37. Egg and Spoon (w/t/c)
18. Youth Western Pleasure                                       38. 13 & Under Cloverleaf Barrels (w/t)
19. Adult Western Pleasure                                        39. Youth Cloverleaf Barrels             
20. 13 & Under Western Horsemanship(w/j)             40. Adult Cloverleaf Barrels              
1. Entry Fee for each class is $10.00 or $60.00 you can ride all day (same horse/rider combination.) $2 grounds fee per rider.                                                                                                                                                                                              
2. Show clothes appreciated, but not required. 
3. The Judge’s decision is FINAL. No exceptions.
4. All 4-Hers must wear a helmet for ALL riding classes.                                                
5. 13 and under is a walk/trot division. Youth is ages 14 – 18.  Adults are 19 and over.  No cross-entering.                                                                        
6. Riders may only ride in one Hunter over Fences class and cannot ride in both w/t and w/t/c games.
7. Timed / Speed classes will not be allowed to begin running until fully inside the arena.
8. Original negative coggins must be in hand for each horse before entering the show grounds and are to be shown at the registration desk.                                                                                         
9. CONCESSIONS will be provided at the show!!
10. Classes suited for all levels of ability. Horses and riders will be judged on merit. However, young and inexperienced riders of all ages are welcome to participate in this low stress, educational show. Located at Middleton Place Equestrian Center,  4300 Ashley River Rd Charleston SC 29414.
11. Ribbons will be awarded for placings 1st- 5th.  NO REFUNDS FOR DROPPED/SCRATCHED CLASSES          
12.  BELT BUCKLES will be awarded for high points in WESTERN – classes 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22 
ENGLISH – 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16  GAMES – 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40
13.  For additional information contact Laura Morris (843) 312-0709, Renee Swain (843) 729-7974, or Tonya Shaw (843) (843) 899-3588.                  



Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Christmas Parade Schedule

Now it's time to get ready for the Christmas Parade.  We have 16 horses in the parade this year.  If you are riding, you should have:
  • your camo pad and leg wraps
  • all your tack ready to go
  • any individual decoration you would like (red/white theme)
  • a red and white santa hat
Rob will be providing the following on the day of the parade:
  • sunglasses
  • bandanas
  • beards for the horses
  • camo t-shirts
  • duct tape for the hooves
Schedule for parade day: 
  • Eat a big brunch/lunch before you come as this will be a long afternoon.
  • Arrive at barn 10ish
  • Get to parade by 11-11:30 for the horses
  • Dress them at the parade because decorations and painting may rub off if done before
  • Welcome walkers who can start showing up at 12
  • Official line up is at 1:00
  • Parade begins at 2:00
We will be lining up at slots 45-46 on the parade route, which is at the corner of N. Pine and W. 2nd N. St.  You can see a map for the line up below. 
Horse transportation is still being planned (who goes in which trailer), and I will post when plans are finalized. 

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Invitation to the Rose Court Farms Christmas Party Dec 15th

It's that time of year again. Yes, it's time for the Rose Court Farms Christmas Party on Sunday, December 15th at 1:00 pm. Come join fellow boarders and friends for food and fun. We expect anywhere from 60-100 people to attend this year. Rob, Mike, and Kenny are providing and cooking a hog for everyone.  We all will be bringing side dishes to share. Santa will make an appearance. And we will hold the "Dirty Santa" gift exchange, in which you can choose a gift or steal one from someone else. Bring a $20 gift to participate. Look forward to seeing you there!

Update about 2013 Christmas Parade

2012 Summerville Christmas Parade by Eric Morris
by Diana Whittaker

Hello, everyone, and happy holidays!  Here are the updates for all Rose Court Farms parade participants, whether riding or walking.  All requirements have been finalized by Rob. 


    Riders 18 years old or younger are required to wear a helmet. 
  • Riders are to wear Santa hats.  If you are wearing a helmet please make sure you can slide the Santa hat over it.  
  • Riders need to purchase and wear a camo Rose Court shirt.  Temperatures depending, long sleeved white shirts will be worn under Rose Court Shirts.  If you did not order a camo Rose Court shirt, you will not be able to participate.
  • Riders need to wear jeans, blue preferred.
  • Riders should wear tall riding boots, cowboy boots, or chaps.  If wearing boots, jeans need to be tucked into boots. 

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Invitation to Attend 2013 Summerville Christmas Parade

Christmas Parade 2012
The Summerville Christmas Parade is coming up Sunday, Dec 8 at 2:00 pm in downtown Summerville, and Rose Court Farms will be there. You should be there, too! Boarders and friends are invited to participate in the Summerville Christmas parade.

The theme for the parade is "Sweet Southern Christmas," so Rose Court Farms has chosen as its theme: "Horse Dynasty." We will use camoflouge as the cental theme and red as the accent color.  Mandy is making horse blankets and leggings for the horses, and we encourage participants to wear jeans, camo shirts, red santa hats, red scarves, and black sunglasses (and beards, if the mood strikes you). Diana and Faith are organizing. We have barn meetings every Monday at Madra Rua.  If you'd like to participate, please join us. We will have in the parade:

Harvest Fest Nov 1-3, 2013

Well, it's that time of year again.  Harvest Fest.  A day festival of food and music for some on Sat, Nov 2nd, a full camping weekend for others. Day visitors are welcome at the Rose Court Farms campsite, so come on down, even if you can't say the whole weekend.

Reminders for Mullet Hall Campers: A big group is hauling out around noon on Friday - other groups througout the day. You will need to bring your official Coggins, water and feed buckets for stall, feed for your horse in baggies, and all your own tack and horse supplies. Rob will bring hay for all Rose Court Farm horses. You will be responsible for the care of your own horse while off property. We will have a potluck dinner Friday night, so you will need your own food to cook on the grill and any sides you want to share for Friday night dinner, bagels/muffins for Sat morning breakfast, drinks and bottled water, and any snacks. Everyone will buy his or her own lunch Saturday at the festival food trucks. Dinner Sat night and breakfast Sun morning are provided by Mullet Hall for $20 per person. Bring a chair for each member of your group and all the camping supplies you will need.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Farrier coming on Thursday, Aug 15th

Ken Moody (farrier) will be at Rose Court Farms on Thursday, Aug 15th.  If you would like your horse to have his/her feet done, contact Rob to get on the list. If you can't make it to the farm and you need your horse to be held, also let him know (there is a fee). If you'd like to know more about Ken Moody, you can check out the Brotherhood of  Working Farriers Association, where he was honored in their Hall of Fame (2005). Or if you'd like to know more about what a farrier does and how to get your horse through a visit, check out what Young Rider Magazine has to say about it at The Job of a Farrier

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Blanket Cleaning Service Coming for Drop Off and Pick Up

Janice Hargett offers blanket cleaning services, and many folks here at Rose Court Farms use her.  She charges a base fee of $25 for cleaning, then additional amounts for other services, such as repair. She picked up a bunch of blankets last week.  Janice is now done with some of the blankets and will deliver them on Saturday.  Mary will text the total amount  due for each person to him or her.  You can leave cash or check (written to Janice Hargett ) in an envelope with Rob.   If you haven't turned in your blankets for cleaning, and would like to, you can tag them with your name and what you want done and put in tack room by Friday night.  She will pick them up when dropping off the others.  You can reach Janice at (843) 607-1164.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Campers off to Broxton Bridge Plantation for Camp 2013

We had a busy day on the farm yesterday because 1/3 of Rose Court Farms' horses hauled out to Broxton Bridge Planation for the 2013 Southern Winds Equestrian Camp.  The girls are getting ready for a great week!  The camp has 24 girls this year, and the people attending from Rose Court Farms include:

  • First time campers: Emily Hensley, Kristen Hensley, and Kinley Metts
  • Returning campers: Sarah Hudock, Rachel West, Sarah Calcutt, and Anne Bond 
  • Junior counselor: Madi Cutts
  • Senior counselors:  Brooke Clayton and Brianna Lane
  • Instructors:  Lindsey Loppnow and Liz Irwin
  • Camp cooks:  Roger West and Jeremy Hensley
We tend to think of what the girls will get out of camp.  But what about the horses?  The horses attending will get great mileage, supervised lessons, and new experiences that will make them even stronger riding companions.  We want to thank the many people who volunteered to send their horses to camp, and look forward to seeing what these traveling equines have learned.  They will come back better for the trip. The horses attending include:
  • Mac (owned by Mary Cutts)
  • Bella (owned by Amy Hudock)
  • Nina (owned by Tammy Putney)
  • Whiskey (owned by Brianna Lane
  • Apollo (owned by Rob Browning)
  • Zip (owned by Diana Whittaker)
  • DJ (owned by Lynell Sowders)
  • Lexus (owned by the Hensley's)
  • Breeze (owned by the Hensley's)
  • Cheyenne (owned by Rob Browning)
  • Moe (owned by Brooke Clayton)
  • Czar (owned by Lindsey Loppnow)
  • Reba (owned by Lindsey Loppnow)
  • Clifford (owned by Liz Irwin)
  • Maybeline
  • Smores
  • Peanut (owned by Diane Healy from Middleton Place Stables)

Middleton Place Stables to Host CT Show July 13

Middleton Place
Cross Training Show 
Charleston, South Carolina
July 13, 2013
Dressage Judge: Katherine Butt

Dressage Classes $30 ($25 Early Entry) Combined Test $45 ($40 Early Entry)

Monday, June 10, 2013

Jun 4th Fundraiser Successful

Rose Court Farms held a fundraiser at Madra Rua June 4th to raise money to help send girls to horse camp.  Over a hundred people came out for food, drinks, and fun. We had 12 campers working the room, who did a great job taking orders and serving food. The silent auction raised $1011. The food and drink sales raised $890. We had individual donations by boarders who could not attend totaling $600 for individual scholarships. So, our total from the fundraiser right now is $2501.  We will be providing $150 for each Rose Court Farms camper to help defray the cost of camp ($500).  

Jason Weber, a co-owner of Madra Rua, said that "Rose Court Farms has always been a loyal supporter of ours, so we were happy to return the favor. Plus with a daughter who loves horses, it was hard to say no to a great charity event like this."

Robert Browning, the owner of Rose Court Farms, supports young riders and wants to see horse sports in the Lowcountry grow.  He said, “Our desire is to broaden the equine experience for those who want to love horses and those who already do.”

This camp is held each year at Broxton Bridge Plantation, nestled on the Salkehatchie River, located
just south of Walterboro, SC, in a town called Ehrhardt. At this camp, riders practice their skills, play equestrian games, swim with the horses, and learn cooperative and leadership skills. The camp is run by Rose Court Farms instructor Lindsey Loppnow, along with other instructors and assistants. The campers spend their days outside in a natural setting and their nights in an 18th century plantation house. This camp helps them to become better riders, but also better young adults.

Madi Cutts, who attended the camp last year, said that “I gained more confidence in my riding and myself.” Rachel West, who also attended last year, said, “I am glad I can go again. I have more to learn.” 

If you didn't get a chance to attend, and would still like to help out our campers, you can make a donation on our online donation page

Friday, May 31, 2013

Middleton Place CT Show a Success

A group of our young riders went to the CT Show at Middleton Place May 26th.  For many of the riders, this was their first time riding dressage.  However, all did well. A number of Rose Court Farm boarders came out to support our riders, too, and had a great time.

Madi Cutts rode Mac, who distinguished himself in dressage and then ran jumped beautifully (all except one, which he took down, standards and all).

Sarah Calcutt rode Cheyenne, and they did well in dressage, but had difficulty in jumping.  Cheyenne had some spectacular refusals, but Sarah did well despite it.  Later, they went back into the
ring and jumped for training purposes, and Cheyenne did just fine.  Silly horse.

Sarah Hudock rode Reba, and they did well in both dressage and jumping.  Anne Bond rode Apollo, and they did well in both dressage and jumping.  And Brianna Lane rode Whiskey, and they also did well in both arenas.  Reba, Apollo, and Whiskey all had clean jumping rounds.  All in all, it was a successful day.

The riders plan to do more CT and full events, and have planned a training day at the Gibbs.  Middle Place is planning another CT on July 13th.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Camp Fundraiser at Madra Rua June 4th

Horse lovers! Come support Rose Court Farms young riders at a fundraiser on Tuesday, June 4th, 4:00-10:00, at Madra Rua in Summerville.  We want to help send them to Southern Winds Equestrian Camp. Madra Rua will be holding a silent auction, offering beer and food specials, and supporting our riders. For $6 you can get a 20oz Pint of Yuengling and an order of 8 wings. Also, the Charleston Spine Center will be offering free chair massages. All the riders who wish to get funding for camp will be helping to clean up and serve food.  What's not to like about that?

Equestrian sports are expensive. And not everyone can afford the high costs. Many of our Rose Court Farm riders and their families make sacrifices to cover board, pay for lessons, and provide equipment so they can participate in this sport.  Many young riders work at the farm to help pay for their riding expenses.  But, sometimes, even this is not enough. Extra costs, like summer camps, can push the budget too far.  You can make a big difference in the life of a horse-loving girl.  If you can't come to the fundraiser, please visit our donation page and make a donation!

Sign up for Southern Winds Equestrian Camp Now!

Broxton Bridge Plantation, nestled on the Salkehatchie River, is located just south of Walterboro, SC in a town called Ehrhardt. (click for directions) Campers will enjoy endless trail riding, swimming, campfires, daily riding lessons and resting in the 18th century plantation house. Broxton Bridge Plantation's tranquil beauty offers your child the equestrian memory of a lifetime. Complete camp package $500.00.

Southern Winds Equestrian Camp will give your child individualized instruction while teaching responsibility and allowing them to gain confidence in their skills as a horse woman. The girls are divided into groups according to their own abilities.  The dates are June 23-28, 2013.  

Daily activities include arts and crafts, lessons, trail rides, swimming, camp fires complete with s'mores, demonstrations, and class time. The girls will also compete in a private horse show with all the ribbons of an open show. Fill out the online registration form and you will be directed to the other forms necessary to reserve your child’s spot (You will need to sign a waiver and send a copy of your child's medical insurance card). Private horses are welcome and encouraged.

If you don’t own a horse, one will be provided for your child. A negative Coggins required with private horse registration. Deposits are being taken now. Don’t wait, spots are limited. Deposit of $100.00 must accompany registration. All fees must be paid by May 22nd.

For more information or questions call or contact:

Southern Winds Equestrian Camp • 129 Ducane Street • Summerville, SC 29483
Lindsey Loppnow 843-452-0887 /

Lowcountry IEA Equestrian Team Tryouts July 6th and 13th

Try Outs for the 2013-2014 Lowcountry IEA Equestrian Team have been scheduled for July 6 & 13. Please call Laura Macon to schedule your ride time. (209-9993).   They will be having an IEA summer camp and that date is TBD. Riders must be in 6th-12th grade to qualify. Riders must have show experience and familiar with Hunt Seat Riding.  Riders can continue to work with their current instructors and still participate in the IEA shows and be part of the team.  Riders do not need to own a horse to participate.  

Monday, April 29, 2013

Middleton Equestrian Center Cross Training Show, May 26th

Charleston, South Carolina

Sunday, May 26, 2013                                         Dressage Judge: Katherine Butt

Dressage Classes $30 ($25 Early Entry)                         Combined Test $45 ($40 Early Entry)

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Mullet Hall Memorial Day Weekend Trail Ride May 24th

Like to camp?  Some boarders and friends from Rose Court Farms are planning to go to the Mullet Hall Memorial Day Weekend Trail Ride.  We are planning a kids-free night Friday, then the kids will be joining us Saturday for trail riding and spending Saturday night.  If you are interested in attending, you need to register on the Mullet Hall website.  Everyone is responsible for his or her own plans. However, you can check with Mary for further details if you would like to coordinate or you need a trailer spot.