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October 2nd 2011
08:34:24 PM
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janet brown

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hi Cheryl,all posts look old,so im guessing you dont look at them to often? anyway your site is great ,, but when you mentioned the bars,,its not the white horse,its the while House! and you have too many pics of mary , so ill have to send you some more of me to keep up with her! luv yas. janet xoxoxo

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May 31st 2010
05:03:50 PM
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Dana Doyle

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I had just heard something on the news today regarding Clove Lakes on Staten Island. All of a sudden the memories of me taking riding lessons with the Girl Scouts in the 1970s @ Clove Lakes Stables came rushing in. I tll remember some of the horses that you names on your site. Mostly I rode Chief, Turtle Dove & Pitter Patter. They were my favorites. Is there anywhere that there are photographs of these horses of the stables?

Great memories :)

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December 13th 2009
09:11:27 PM
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Deb Ryan ( Sheinberg)

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Greeting from Monatan a Cheryl, Your web site is great and your facility looks awsome.. I know how proud you must be for all the work you have done... You are an inspiration to alot of younger and older new riders.. I love the memories page... I wish I can remember more.. I would also love to have a english lesson before show season starts up but it will be just a bit to far for me to travel.. You both stay well and keep in touch... Deb

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September 20th 2009
07:54:28 PM
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jenniffer saulson

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thank u for all the great memorys when i was a little girl i used to take lessions 2 times a week i loved coming there a matter of fact my hole famley rode at your stables any way thank u for opening the door for me to a wonderful love of horses your truly jenniffer saulson

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September 11th 2009
06:08:52 PM
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Susan

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Wasn't that George? The Greek guy had a black horse. He looked EXACTLY like Son of Sam. Funny guy. Fun memories. There were two Steves. One taller than the other. One took are of Mike Malins horse Streaker.
Other people I remember:
Michael, Dawn, Mary, Teri, Robyn, Michelle, Stephanie, Cheryl, Robin, Jack, Booby, Ray Ray, Connor, The twins Celia and Ro, Diane, (the 2 Steves), Louie,Beth, & the guy who dressed like Johnny Cash.
I remember the bread guy dropping off stale bread for the horses. I remember the meat man dropping off meat for the dogs (Dalmations and Danes). Braiding parties before horseshows. The ST Patricks day parade. Halloween rides.
Remember when the baby elephant came and we revamped the back of the big barn with plastic sheeting and warmers? Remember the polo polnies staying a few days? Great memories. and Eeek! Fanny....mean cow.

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May 31st 2009
07:55:42 AM
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Bet & Bob from Cambridge MA

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We just completed an 8-day, 8-park tour with our two champion trail horses of all the classic bridle-path parks of the 5 boroughs of NYC. We boarded at 4 barns in the 5 boroughs. We stayed one night at Cherryl & Mitch's barn at Richer Farms and had a truly lovely time there. What a nice facility! What expert proprietors! What a calm, safe atmosphere for our horses, and your own! Thank you for your wonderful hospitality and for helping keep such gorgeous trails at Clay Pits State Park open and well-maintained! Our ride there was spectacular!

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April 29th 2009
04:13:33 PM
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Diana

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The Memories of Staten Island page is a blast from my past that is bringing tears to my eyes. My first riding lessons were a package deal for our Girls Scout Troup in the early 70’s at CLS - Flash, Velvet, Turtledove, 8xc, Amos, Twister, Winston, oh what fun memories. Working class kids from Manhattan taking the subway, ferry and bus to learn to ride and work at barn chores so that we could ride for free leading trailrides at a real farm complete with horses, ponies, goats, geese, - nirvana. Nobody would believe me if I told them this today. I along with my brother Frankie and my friends Gail and Reina were barn rats at Clove Lake Stables during the early 70’s for about three years! I remember taking ponies to pony parties with Bill Franzreb by standing in the back of the pickup truck holding the pony’s head looking over the cab of the truck. Both of us standing in the back bed would probably get us arrested today. Yeehaa!! I remember going on hayrides with Al and I remember Brownie! I still have super 8 movies of the old CLS Horseshows somewhere. Remember the pickup races yep way too much fun!!! Christmas rides, Thanksgiving rides, Breakfast rides! I learned to budget my allowance because of these things. Sledding down the hill from the barn to the ring. Pops stable down the block. Riding through the snow in in the winter. I always wondered what happened to Grace and Merry.(Pat, Secorra, Eileen, Fat Pat, Eric, Mark Carey, Steve (is that you??) - I know there are people I’ve forgotten - forgive me I’m losing my mind.) These are the best and most influential memories of my childhood. I kept trying to take riding lessons until I was in my thirties -- West Shore stables, Claremont (another great loss) and then some trailriding in Queens. Only stopped because I got disgusted at the lack of qualified instructors available in NYC area. I miss riding with all my heart!!! Places like CLS gave city kids, beginners etc. and introduction and access to a sport that is becoming more and more unreachable. I have always considered myself extremely lucky - no privileged - that I even got to try to learn the wonderful sport/art of horseback riding and the irreplaceable experience of working with these animals and the wonderful people that are attracted to them.
Great to see someone is holding the fort for horsepeople in Staten Island and for NYC! Especially what looks like a nicely run quality place where people are interested in good systems of classical riding. Best of luck!!

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April 20th 2009
02:18:40 PM
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Vickie

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Hi,

I am sort of on the same path. Started riding lessons as an adult, started at Kensington, worked my way through all the boro's realizing no one was really teaching me how to ride. For the past year, I have been taking lessons at Richer Farm. It was the one place that really wants to teach you to ride. they follow the sally swift/gincy bucklin school of instruction. I started from scratch on a balance seat. No bridle, no stirrups - working on finding my balance and getting over my fears. There are 3 instructors and so lessons on the weekend are getting booked. But I couldn't recommend them more. They go above and beyond - furthermore - they give you time with your horse. You get your horse, groom, tack, have your lesson, untack, groom or bathe depending on the season and put your horse back. I love the fact its hands on. The horses are not "push button" horses - but horses who have quirks and act like real live horses. Lastly, they have trails and when you feel safe and they think you're ready - a trail ride is a great way to mix things up.

For me, its almost 2 1/2 hours by public transportation and its worth every minute. I have been doing this all winter and the arena while covered - is outdoors. If you really want to learn to ride - and don't want the fancy competition barns and no drama - this could be for you. its the best day of the week for me.

Good luck and hope to see you. If you do go for a lesson, I' usually there on Saturdays - make sure to say hi . My name is Vicki.

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April 20th 2009
01:39:08 PM
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Jessica

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Hello,

I've been boarding and taking lessons at Richer Farm for almost two years now, and I think it's fantastic. Their facilities are extremely comfortable for the horses. They have a barn with large in-door box stalls that allow the horses to communicate with each other, and they also have a number of outdoor stalls that give the horses plenty of space to move around. All of the stalls are cleaned multiple times per day every day, and the horses are very well fed and get daily turn out (and a salt-lick). They've also got two arenas, one covered and lit and one that is just outdoors. And there is an entrance to the trails in the woods from their property.

Lessons are given by either the owner or one of her protegees. (I have taken lessons from all of them, and I think that they are absolutely excellent.) They place a strong emphasis on developing a sense of balance and a feel for the horse, so riders often start lessons there on a balance seat (i.e. a bareback pad--I promise, it's very comfortable!) rather than a saddle. They also strongly emphasize safety and overall horsemanship in order to teach students to become self-sufficient and to understand for themselves how to handle horses. In terms of skills, they'll teach you anything you'd like to learn from dressage to jumping, but they'll only progress as you progress, so there is no pressure to do anything that you're not yet ready for. And the staff is really friendly and personable.

There are a lot of great stables in the New York area, including Jamaica Bay, and I have had the pleasure of trying and enjoying many of them. But my horse and I have been very happy at Richer Farm. The bottom line for me is this: I began boarding there right after I purchased my horse (my first horse), and he turned out to be a very unhappy handfull (which, I've learned, is a common story in the horse business). But now, my horse very happy and healthy, I'm a much better rider, and we're becoming a team. I don't think that you could ask much more from a stable!

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February 19th 2009
07:02:39 PM
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Joe Calicchio J&J Ranch

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Hey girl, great web site. It is wonderful to see you and Mitch still on the island. Sure miss all the fun we had. I will have to stop in when I come up to visit Mom. She is 89 this year and as feisty as ever. Still driving that old Caddy. I was sad to hear about Billy Whalen. Hope all is well in your life and keep up the cause. Just a Yankee down here in Virginia.

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October 27th 2008
04:16:58 AM
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Linda, Jeff and Irina Somach

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Greetings from the Somach family----where Irina is learning to ride a horse and ride out the rough spots of her life in a healthy positive way! Thank you for everything!

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October 14th 2008
11:06:18 AM
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Charlotte (DiGiovanni) Gold

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Brought a tear to my eyes also when I read Grace Franzrebs post. I rode at CLS in the 60's....and purchased two of their horses ... Sparkle and Playboy. Sparkle I sadly put down at Hollandier Farms in like 68 (his back haunches would lock up)...and Playboy died of natural causes in 1984 (I had him retired at Pretty Good Farms in Oyster Bay LI).

Hey out there -- how are you guys....and Richer Farm - keep up the good work.

charlotte

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July 28th 2008
04:45:51 PM
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Raymond Arkin

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Hey Sis,
You'd heart is filled with so much love for all things big and small. I'm proud that your my Sister. Love Ya
Ray

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July 17th 2008
03:45:45 PM
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janet brown

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Hi RicherFarm, great site, was so suprised to see 'me" in those pics.wow....i will send you more old pics, think its great that you still have horses on Staten Island....was great to see you guys on your motorcycle!! talke care and be safe luv yas...janet xoxoxo

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June 28th 2008
09:13:13 PM
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Big Steve

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Wow, That Memories of Staten Island page.I was watching something on tv, it reminded me of something from years ago, I typed in Clove lake Stables, and I got here. Wow, Blast from the past. Capt. America was John-Johns pony, Bonnie and Amos were Als' favorite, they used to pull the Hay Wagon. Cheif was that brown and white paint horse, he had the first stall right behind the office. Timber kicked me in my ribs one day out in the field on the hill, between the big barn and the bottom ring, she got loose and we were trying to catch her. I was in the hospital for 2 weeks, she almost killed me. You have to remember Brownie, The little black guy that used to clean the barn. I was one of the barn monkeys that hung there in the early and mid seventies, I used to lead the trail rides and feed and water the horses, clean stalls, etc, etc. All free labor to ride for free. I actually went back and worked there again when I was in my twenties for about a year or two. Taking out trail rides, Mucking stalls, Driving Hay rides. I used to ride a hack named Opal all the time,A big dapple gray mare I eventually bought her. When I got her I went over by West Shore Stables. I kept her at the little barn right at the corner H+L Stables. There was a family stable in between where we were and West Shore owned by the Sullivans. I used to hang out with Regina all the time. Wow, OK, Back to what started this. I was watching tv and a show came on about The Son of Sam. Does anyone remember the Horse shows they Used to have at Clove lakes???? They used to have an event called the pick-up race. Basically a rider runs his horse down to the end of the ring, picks up a second rider, races back to the finish line. Well for about 1/2 a dozen shows me and my partner were unbeatable, After they caught The Son of Sam and started plastering his picture everywhere it was amazing, My Pick-up race partner was a dead ringer for him. He couldn't live it down, they could have been twins. I think his name was Paul. He used to board his horse right there at Clove lakes. Wow. Memories.

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June 23rd 2008
02:09:36 PM
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Jessica

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Cute page! And very pretty horses. I love the video on the danceing horse in the race thats pretty funny lol i would love to go to a race and see that happen lol

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June 13th 2008
10:25:13 PM
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Bill McMichael Roscoe,N.Y.

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HI;
Nice web site. This is Bill McMichael past pres.Sheriffs Mounted Posse and pass owner of
Tall Pines Ranch Rossville S.I. I didn't think there were many horses left on S.I. I still keep intouch with some horse people,most moved to FL.

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June 9th 2008
09:28:58 PM
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Jerry Myers San Diego ,Calif.

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Nice to see a nice stable thats lasted on the Island

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March 8th 2008
08:10:22 PM
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Barbara Owens

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I was brought to your website by reading about it in the SILIVE forum and I'm glad to see such a place still exists on SI. I had no idea! When I read Grace Franzreb's post below, it brought a few tears to my eyes as I practically grew up at CLS and seeing the old photos w/ Merri, Roberta Barone (in the bus photo) and those of the old stables brought back so many memories. I no longer ride but I think it will stay with me for the rest of my life! Your establishment looks very beautiful, well-kept and professional. Keep up the good work!

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March 7th 2008
05:52:41 AM
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STEVE & DONNA

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HI CHERYL, GREAT SITE,HOPE YOU AND RICHIE ARE WELL. BEST WISHES FROM THE DANMARDE PONYS

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