We cater to what kids love - HORSES!
NEW! PONYSITTERS Enrollment Open Now!
GIVE YOUR CHILD THE GIFT OF HORSES THIS HOLIDAY SEASON!
Children learn all about life on the horse farm including safe horse handling techniques, equine care and proper grooming, understanding equine behaviors, equine wellness checks, properly take care of their tack and equipment, tacking up & proper equipment fit, mounting & dismounting riding, conditioning and much more!
English and Western styles of riding.
Vail Farm & UVMS both bus DIRECTLY TO THE FARM!
Our popular PONYSITTERS program has been featured on TV, in the Hudson Valley Parent magazine, USA Today newspaper and Hudson Valley Newspaper.
Our PONYSITTERS program is PERFECT FOR HORSE CRAZY KIDS!.
NO PRIOR EXPERIENCE IS REQUIRED!
PONYSITTERS is a comprehensive equine educational program designed for children who love horses. We provide MORE hands-on horse learning time than anywhere!
PONYSITTERS is open to all children from all private & public school districts and homeschoolers. Our PONYSITTERS program is like no other and is free from the restrictions of other commercialized boarding/lesson barns.
We are dedicated to producing capable, knowledgeable horse people and setting your child up for success from the barn and to the board room. Our PONYSITTERS program gives your child (and you) the unique opportunity to be part of our farm family, without having to own your own horse or buy a lot of expensive equipment.
Enrolled PONYSITTERS have FULL ACCESS to some of the Country's BEST horsemen and horsewomen who enjoy mentoring, teaching and watching your child learn through hands-on horse experiences on the farm.
Our PONYSITTERS program is designed to raise equine welfare awareness and promote horses in agriculture. Our trainers promote safe, horse handling and riding skills PLUS equine knowledge while encouraging aspiring young riders, Olympic hopefuls, cowgirls and cowboys.
Children have the opportunity to try both English and Western styles of riding. Children learn all about horses in a positive environment with hands-on horse activities with friendly, well-trained horses & ponies. They participate in creative projects and play fun games like equine trivia with barnyard game buzzers. (think Family Feud with horse questions).
PONYSITTERS are able to demonstrate success at individual & team activities, critical thinking skills and problem-solving & decision-making. PONYSITTERS develop leadership skills, responsibility, time management, organizational skills and build their self-confidence taking care of, handling and riding horses.
Special workshops and clinics are offered periodically for the PONYSITTERS with professional guests to supplement their equine education and test their Horsemanship skills.
In addition to their regular barn time, PONYSITTERS are encouraged to take a pro-active role within their community to raise equine awareness. PONYSITTERS are invited to attend public functions, like community days and parades with their PONYSITTERS teammates and their equine ambassadors, providing equine educational demonstrations and presentations. Horse Show opportunities are offered as children master showmanship and riding skills.
Horses are BIG business and a thriving equine industry is vital to the health of the New York State's economy. The NYS Equine Industry Economic Impact Study determined that the equine industry has a $4.2 billion effect on the state’s economy and generates 33,000 full-time jobs. The equine industry contributes to the local economies of every one of New York's 62 counties, with Dutchess County still topping the list.
The equine industry occupations include veterinarians, farriers, hay & grain producers, Certified equine body workers, horse trainers, horse farm managers and many others. Exposing our children at an early age to life on the farm with horses is one of the BEST ways to set your child up for success. Our PONYSITTERS program brings together the diversified horse industry into one AMAZING kid's program.
PONYSITTERS are able to take a hands-on active role making rounds and assisting professional veterinarians, farriers, working along side Nationally known, professional horse trainers... Didn't you always want a doctor in the family?
Good Horsemanship begins on the ground and continues into the saddle and extends to proper horse and farm care. Our accredited, friendly staff will guide your child as they follow their passion into the wonderful world of horses. PONYSITTERS are assigned their VERY OWN HORSE (or pony) that they get to take care of from feeding to grooming, exercising, conditioning and wellness checks.
Our horses and ponies are PROVEN confidence builders, are very well trained and make GREAT best friends for your child.
PONYSITTERS have regular program days after school on Tuesday and Thursday til 7pm and on Saturdays.
PONYSITTERS open enrollment will start November 15, 2021.
JUST 3 SPOTS OPEN!
In addition to the prime choice schedule, NEW PONYSITTER PERKS include:
+ Sibling discount
+ 1-monthly parent group lesson for the PONYSITTER parents!
+ FREE Birthday Club membership!
Yes! You can still enjoy all the traditional features built into our After School PONYSITTERS program.
Sign up before December 1, 2021 and every NEW ONLINE enrollment automatically SAVES 5% off! Don't wait, our After School PONYSITTERS program sells out VERY quick. These are PRIME CHOICE DAYS AND TIMES! Grab your child's spot today. Click here to secure your child's spot. 5% discount will automatically be applied.
Open enrollment begins November 15, 2021. Only 3 children will be accepted. Your payment will be $470. PONYSITTERS is Tuesday & Thursday after school until 7pm and Saturdays. Additionally, PONYSITTERS get INCLUDED BONUS DAYS (holidays, no school days) PLUS you get a BIRTHDAY RIDE and celebrate on the farm! AND don't forget your monthly parent lesson & sibling discount! Please be sure to read and complete the Enrollment Form and Release Form. Discount applies to NEW ONLINE enrollments. Questions? Call the farm office on (845) 260-0962
Team PONYSITTERS welcome children who have little to no horse experience and children who have prior horse and riding experience. No, please don't run out and buy expensive equipment. A simple pair of square, wide toed Western boots or a pair of paddock boots, a pair of leggings or jeans and a fitted shirt are all they need to start with. You can purchase boots online. Don't forget to check Ebay, FB marketplace or your local Tractor Supply.
YES! Children from Vail Farm and Union Vale Middle School are welcome to take the bus directly to JL Performance Horses. Children from ANY school district is welcome to register for the After School PONYSITTERS program. Parent drop offs welcome.
We ask that parents pack an 'after school' snack for their child(ren). We do have pizza parties, Team dinners, marshmallow toasting, picnics and such.
Yes, each week day we ask the children if they have homework and we make the time for them to do their homework. We have a comfortable PONYSITTERS lounge with desks, chairs and hi-speed internet. We have found it much less of a hassle when parents pick up at 7pm to have homework complete. Parents may pick up earlier. We ask that you let us know in advance.
2018 & 2019 East Fishkill Community Day, Union Vale & Lagrange Community Day, Stormville Flea Market, DCF 2019 & at the 2021 Patterson Library Equine Education class.
Contact us on (845) 260-0962 to invite Team PONYSITTERS to your next event!
Congratulations team PONYSITTERS on your televison appearances! http://westchester.news12.com/story/40183025/pony-sitters-program-gives-children-handson-experience-with-horses?fbclid=IwAR03mYoXdlosjHajCjUaxvWlYxhlpb2awVur16HIfZKvW0bBe3QyHcDCesQ
If you know someone who has a horse crazy kid, point them in the direction of the PONYSITTERS. These amazing kids take an active role in the barn and a pro-active role within their community. Learn more about joining the PONYSITTERS.