Last week I had the privilege of meeting Patti Wright-Shoemaker of Winterview Farm! Patti is the owner of the Hunter and Jumper equestrian facility. It did not take me long to pick up Patti’s love for what she does.
Patti graduated from USM with a Church Music degree but had grown up always loving horses. After working for another equestrian center for several years, Patti purchased 30 acres of land that has become Winterview Farm. She stated that if you have any rhythm at all, you can ride a horse. All horse moves have a musical cadence to them. Walking is four beats, trotting is a three-beat cadence, and running a two-beat.
Patti and her husband Jimmy reside on the farm, which contains 45 individual stalls for the horses. They provide full-service boarding, riding lessons, training, an after-school program, and Summer Camps. Once a student decides that it is time for them to purchase a horse of their own, Patti will help them find a match. Horses and riders must match each other to form that lasting bond and relationship.
This year, Winterview Farm celebrates 41 years in business and has five summer camps lined up that teach students from ages 6 to 17 horsemanship. These camps include daily riding lessons, master grooming class, sportsmanship, and what summer camp would be complete without trial riding and swimming! Check out the farm’s website for more details on the camps www.winterviewfarm.com.
Patti is also a United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) “R” Judge in Hunters, Hunt Seat Equitation, and Jumper Division. For the more advanced rider, they have two camps scheduled for the Interscholastic Equestrian Association. The farm is home to the Jackson Academy Equestrian Team and the Winterview Farms Equestrian Team.
If you have ever wanted to learn horsemanship or dreamed of having a horse, reach out to Patti, I am sure she would like to share her love of horses with others.