I just wanted to send you a quick message. We don't know each other (though I do have a mare Holly Butterman bred now and I'm sure you're friends). You judged in New Brunswick at our club's Morgan/Arab show a few years ago and you said something that has stayed with me. I was showing my Arab (crazy me bought an Arabian after always having Morgans), and she was being a goof and I was having an awful time. I think I was a combination of terrified and embarassed at how worked up and silly she was and you said, 'She is a lovely mare, give her a few years'. As small as that seems, it kept me going into the next class when I wanted to give her away and go home!
At the end of the show you said, 'See, she's getting better!" Which I think meant I managed to get her all the way around the arena. Well I have never forgotten what you said and now, years later, she is a great and reliable show horse that wins quite a bit. So, thank you for that little moment you took to speak to us. I wish there were more judges and coaches out there and if I lived near MA I would riding at Chrislar!
My family has been with Chrislar Farm for over ten years on. All of my
expectations have been met from the first day. My child has been riding since
the age of three and this is her “passion.”
Chris, Larry, and the staff are all on the same page as far as training is
concerned and right from the first day I never had to guess what the plan would
be. Everyone involved was very clear regarding training, cost, and showing.
Extending further than just the horse aspect is the respect and education my
daughter and family have received. Chris empowers the riders to BELIEVE they can
succeed in anything and everything from horses, to education, to business.
Each time we go to the barn we drive over 90 minutes just to have my daughter
exposed to this motivational atmosphere. Chris and Larry encourage the
exhibitors to continue their education while teaching networking and business in
the process. Through Chris and Larry my daughter had been exposed to this while
doing what she loves most.
The facility poses as a social network for the parents as well as the riders.
Saturdays are important, not only to my daughter, but for my husband and I as
well. “Family” is of the utmost importance at Chrislar. Parents make the time to
watch their children at the shows but also to plan cook outs and dinner with
each other to socialize and have a nice time.
The environment of Chrislar Farm is healthy for the children of today. It is a
safe place for your child to be exposed to with highly educated adults with
their own professions and businesses. Throughout the years my family and I have
learned there is more to a barn than just boarding and paying the bills for
shows. What you get at Chrislar is support, respect, generosity, socialization,
education, training, networking, and love.
Everyone is there when times are tough whether with horses or just life in
general. It all comes down to how my daughter answers one question though. When
asked how her family is she often responds by saying “which one?” referring to
either her biological family or barn family. She considers the girls she rides
with her sisters and an extension of her family, not just a group of friends.
Chrislar Farm is where I go for relaxation with my horses and to see that
expression on my daughter’s face: the one she only gets when she is on her
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I just wanted to Thank You for your encouragement and wonderful words! ...it really means so much to me. Your support you have given me through the years has been such a special thing to me and I just wanted to say THANK YOU!!
I hope to be seeing you soon but I will truly miss seeing you at the shows.
It's going to be an odd thing not to be driving to Springfield now!!!
Hope all is wonderful with you!
I LOVE this horse so much!
I Wanted to send you a "Sneekers" picture I took one morning before turning him out. I can't tell you how much I LOVE this horse. I am SO glad that we found each other. I have him boarded for the winter at a barn with an indoor where some of my old boarders are and it's just a great bunch of people. Lots of fields for long gallops and trails through the woods. He is a happy boy and I am a happy girl!! Hope all is well with you. I hope you don't mind my updates but I am so greatfull that you found him and I am so blessed that I was fortunate enough to end up with him.
I have loved horses for as long as I can remember. I rode for many years when I was young but life got busy and my dreams had to make way for reality. The passion never waned however and this year, after having two wonderful babies in two years and trading my professional life for motherhood, my husband wisely observed that I would need to fulfill myself going forward and would be all the better at my new job if I remembered to be a person as well as a mom.
Enter Chrislar. I stumbled on it almost at random and I honestly can’t believe my luck. To say I recommend this farm would be a gross understatement. I challenge anyone to find the equal of Chrislar in any way - staff, facility, horses and even clientele all have this way of making you feel like you were born to ride. They quite literally ‘had me at hello’, Vicky making me feel comfortable and welcome from the very first phone call.
I could spend an entire page just raving about Vicky as instructor. I’ve watched her with the small children and it makes me want to bring my two year old up for a ride as I know how well looked after she would be. Vicky has the unique ability to really cater to the individual needs of students and to understand not only their riding goals but how they will best learn and grow as human beings.
She quickly realized I am an intense person with the propensity to take myself too seriously and so she makes me laugh while challenging and teaching me in the same moment. As a teacher myself, I know how rare a gift this is.
Now that I’ve progressed to group lessons, I have made new friends with women who, like me, have learned the value of taking time for themselves and know there is no better environment in which to do it.
I would like to thank Chris and Vicky and everyone ( including the fabulous horses) I have crossed paths with at Chrislar. You are responsible for the radiant face I come home with after each ride that my husband refers to as “priceless”.
Thank you for a dream come true.
Joan McDevitt, Sales Manager, Horsemen's Yankee Pedlar
"Your ears must have been burning yesterday. I was sitting with a client of mine going over some ideas for her advertising. (Nancy Ciesluk of Cerulean Farm in Millis)
I was telling her about you and what a wonderful ambassador of the Morgan breed you are and over-all great (horse) person.
So here I am, going on and on about you when she gets up from the kitchen table and walks over to the counter and comes back with your business card! She told me how kind and supportive you were at the Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation Equine Advisory Committee meeting. What more can I say.......a friend in need is a friend indeed. I'm telling you Chris, they're going to have to erect a statue for you one of these days."
A note from Angie & Keith Haenel, Bedford, NH
Kevin has been a loyal client and close Friend of Chris & Larry since 1978 when he responded to a Chrislar ad to purchase his first horse.
"The friendship we have kept over the years is like Family. We all support and help one another in and out of the show ring. I have had the opportunity and have enjoyed taking an active part in the growth of the Farm and my own growth with horses over the years. Of course, I always remember Chris telling me that the first horse you purchase won't be the only horse you’ll ever own."
Kevin has competed successfully Nationally in the Harness Division at major shows for many years and has made many friends across the country along the way as a result of the show ring experience. Kevin enjoys helping out at the Farm and helping students with their horses and THEIR HOMEWORK!!!
Ann and Pete Smith of Triagn Farm Morgans in Ocala, Florida say:
"We purchased our first Morgan from Chris
in 1982 and we now operate a modest Morgan breeding farm.
It was this introduction to Morgans that opened all doors for me and with continued Chrislar
support/ consultation and a lifetime friendship. The infectious spirit at Chrislar invades your
whole life experience. Not only do they care for your and your horse at horse shows, they insure
that you are "enjoying" this thing called "Horse Show Fever"!
At Chrislar Farm, everyone seems
to have this addiction and just can’t wait for the next show or next show season!"
Janis and Charles Jenkins, whose
daughter Katelyn started in the lesson program years ago
and who purchased a Morgan Horse from Chrislar, are most impressed with the meticulous
care and upkeep of the barn and horses.
"Chris and Larry have always encouraged us to take on new challenges
and try new things"
While Katelyn competes regularly at the Major Morgan Shows across the country,
her mom Janis enjoys heading up the "Rising Stars Morgan Youth Group" at the
farm and Chuck enjoys working around the farm with Larry. The entire
Jenkins Family is totally involved in Farm activities and enjoys the extended family!!
A renewal of Life and Friendship (from Camille Lovasco):
Dear Chris, Larry, Staff, Clients, Students AND OF COURSE, all the horses at Chrislar Farm:
There are times in life when a devastating loss can turn your whole world upside down and it becomes very difficult to find peace and happiness within each day. I feel compelled to let you all know what a major role you have played in helping me achieve the goal of renewing my life.
Chris, I am so truly grateful that we were able to reconnect this past year, thanks to our mutual friend Patti. It has been so exciting to get caught up on our lives from many years ago to now. You know how much I observe and what I continue to see over and over, is the professionalism that is displayed whether I am watching Chrislar Staff at a horse show, training different level horses at the farm, the care given to each horse, or the instructors giving lessons (including getting me back in the saddle again), is remarkable. Everyone has what it takes to make it successful and also enjoyable.
You all go the extra mile!!!
I absolutely love watching the smiles on the students faces, from the youngest on up to us further along in years. I always knew horses were healing, but; just as important, are the horse people associated with them. I extend a heartfelt thank you to all for allowing me to be a part of the "Chrislar" extended family. I can’t even put into words the joy and happiness I experience when I am there. I wish everyone continued success. When you do the best you possibly can, then success comes with it! To all who feel as I do, and those who would like to, "Ride baby ride."
Chrislar donated a signed and numbered UVM Valcour Peter Stone Model to the NEMHA silent auction. Joyce Libby, the winner, was so excited and let Chris know Valcour would be proudly
displayed... I want to share with you that I am now the proud owner of #333!!! He will be displayed proudly in my home on a mantle, on my wall made specifically for him. Along side of him in a frame will be the facts on the model which you sent along with him. Thank you for your generous donation. Being a Morgan lover myself I am so proud to own this.