Monday, October 31, 2016

Another great weekend in the books!

Good morning,

Another great weekend in the books! This past weekend was the Virginia CCI/CIC and Horse Trials. Concurrently they also held the Area II Championships. Sheri competed Toga in the Training level Championships and finished 8th in a very competitive class!

Toga sporting his pretty chocolate ribbon!

Her young horse, Biricchino aka "B" competed in the Novice horse division and although his 18th place doesn't reflect it, Sheri said he was wonderful and a cross-country machine! Way to go B!

Are you a Southwind boarder? Do you have weekend competition results you would like to share with us? Email today and share the great news!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Great Weekend for Southwind!

Good morning,

What a great weekend!  Sheri's daughter, Addie GOT ENGAGED! Congratulations to Addie and David!

What a beautiful ring! 

Also this weekend Sheri competed at the Waredaca October Horse Trials.  Although her ride with Toga didn't go as planned, she had a great ride on Biricchino in the Novice Horse division finishing 11th over a tough course. Way to go B!  

Boarder Holly's horse, Clementine, also competed with friend and trainer, Kelley Williams and finished 4th in the Novice Horse division. Great job!

If you competed this weekend and would like your results shared, be sure to let us know! We love supporting our boarders and their horses!  

We would also like to share some wonderful competition results from Heather Achen and Northern Light Farm, residents of Southwind.

Heather's students showed at WBTA two weekends ago. The weather was perfect and they had a great time! After a trying morning, Samantha Steckel and Beth Hosier rode Simon over beautiful courses really showing off all they have been working on these past few months. Carrie Hyde Michaels showed in the Low Adults and won Reserve Champion in good company. Heather said that she was most proud on how they all showed a great amount of teamwork and sportsmanship when the morning was a bit rough."  Congratulations Northern Light riders for demonstrating what this sport is really about!

Carrie jumping Trousseau

Samantha cantering Simon

Beth trotting Simon

Monday, October 17, 2016

Winter is coming! Help prepare your older horses for winter now!

Good morning,

We hope that everyone was able to enjoy the beautiful weekend! Here at Southwind, we have several older horses here on the farm. We work hard to give all of our horses, especially the older ones, the best conditions possible. It is very important as we prepare to head into the winter season that owners of older horses take necessary measures to ensure a good winter for them! Today we share an article link from Hagyard Equine written by Gina G. Tranquillo, VMD, CESMT on preparing your older horse for winter. Take a look here:

And remember, if you are looking for a place to board this winter where your horse will not only get the best of care, but YOU will have access to an indoor arena, please visit us at:

Monday, October 10, 2016

Don't forget...! A few spots open for boarders!

Good morning!

We hope that everyone had a wonderful weekend and enjoyed it with friends and family. On this chilly fall morning, we wanted to remind everyone that there are still a few board openings at Southwind for the winter! Our experienced staff all live on the property and help maintain a routine that keeps our horses happy and healthy.  Not only do we have the facilities you need to train your competition horse, there are also miles of trails for conditioning and pleasure.  All types of riding are welcome, as are your own trainer, blacksmith and veterinarian.  We have always emphasized a relaxed atmosphere that is essential to every horse’s well-being regardless of discipline.  Our location in Damascus, Montgomery County, MD provides easy access to I-270 and I-70.

PS- did we mention that we have an indoor arena!?! Come take advantage of it this winter!

Be sure to check us out and contact owner Sheri Thornley today to set up your appointment!

Monday, October 3, 2016

Reflections of Southwind Farm

Good morning,

Today we want to share with you a beautiful letter written from Meridith Hurd, reflecting on her time at Southwind Farm.  Don't forget we are still accepting boarders! Contact Sheri today at: 

"When I came to Southwind as a boarder with my two horses Cinder and Dom, I was a sophomore in high school. Some of my most favorite memories as a young adult were going to the barn (after my homework was done) to go on a relaxing trail ride with friends or to take a lesson in preparation for a show. At the time, I was actively riding, training and showing in hunters and jumpers, and also foxhunted for many years until my family made the decision to retire Cinder and Dom. Both my parents rode at Southwind too! It was truly a family affair. 

Shortly after Cinder and Dom were retired, I went off to college. However, while both horses were enjoying retirement, my parents and I added to the family with two new horses Juanca and Bayley who moved into Cinder and Dom’s stalls. Juanca and Bayley both needed training and I couldn’t have been successful without the knowledge of Sheri’s horsemanship.
I not only have fond memories of spending time in the barn riding, but also enjoyed many evenings at the barn socializing; and weekends supporting fellow boarders at local horse shows, horse trials and other events.

The horses were always happy at Southwind and the care was and still is excellent. It is the perfect facility to go to enjoy spending time with your horse. It’s nice to have a place where you know the horses’ needs are always first. They say time flies when you are having fun, as September would mark the beginning of our 17th year at Southwind Farm. As I have recently relocated out of state, I was able to take my horses with me. But that is not without saying how much I will miss the Southwind “family” and will look forward to staying in touch.  Not only did I have the opportunity to make lifelong friends, but my horses made life long friends too." 

And here are some beautiful photos of the farm taken last week!  Photos courtesy of Laura Muncy, Heather Achen and Constance Yuan.