Steeple Ridge Farm is hosting an updated look and new programming for kids, as new owner Ashley Meacham makes changes to the new business. Among opportunities at the farm are a riding team for middle-school and high-school students, as well as an after-school program through the Charlotte Recreation program.
Meacham notes that she had been renting a space in Charlotte but “outgrew the barn”, and in the interest of expanding her business, finalized the purchase of Steeple Ridge Farm in June. Since then, says Meacham, it’s been a matter of painting and adding new fencing, power, and paddocks. She hopes to add more new paddocks and an additional barn in coming years.
An opportunity to ride at Steeple Ridge is available through Charlotte Recreation. All students, from first through 12th grades, can participate in the twice-weekly program. On Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, students learn a variety of skills, noted Meacham. Topics covered include horsemanship, horse care, feeding, and anatomy – as well as horseback riding, of course. Participants may ride the bus to the farm.
The middle- and high-school riding team is another opportunity, for students who don’t own a horse or have riding experience, to participate in horse shows, said Meacham; team riders are required only to provide their own riding attire. Since they continue riding year-round, noted Meacham, team members have an opportunity to prepare for summer show season and to overcome any nervousness.
Said Meacham, “It’s a great way to keep the students riding year-round, and not take the winter off.”