Amidst the backdrop of our breathtaking coastal setting, The Ford Field & River Club emerges as a true equestrian haven. In this interview with Mrs. Hamilton, a cherished member who found her love for equestrianism at The Ford, we uncover the extraordinary connection she formed with her horse Shiner, and the magical arrival of Primrose, Shiner’s first foal.
Do you have any plans for Primrose’s future?
Prim will be leaving The Ford mid-August to go to a trainer. She will be learning things like how to get on and off of a trailer, how to stand tied, how to get her feet trimmed, and how to start to use her body. It takes years to train a horse to ride, but ultimately, I would like her to be a show horse.
What makes The Ford such a special place for horse enthusiasts like yourself?
Owning Shiner and Primrose has given me such a deep appreciation for the amazing staff we have here at The Ford. I’ve always been fascinated by horses, and living here has allowed me to explore that passion at my own pace. It’s a wonderful place for horse enthusiasts. You can find miles of beautiful trail rides through the Lowcountry and lush pastures to meander through. The Equestrian Center itself is incredible. Lessons and horse care are available to members, and the team can even help you with leasing and purchasing. If you’re a member who is considering equestrianism at The Ford, my advice would be to just do it! Leasing is a great way to see if the lifestyle is for you.
Can you share the ways in which owning and connecting with your horses have brought fulfillment to your life, both as a rider and on a personal level?
Equestrianism is such a fulfilling sport. The benefits are unparalleled. Connecting with a 1200 lb animal is an amazing experience that is difficult to put into words. You form an extreme bond. Your horse will love and take care of you. Not to mention, it’s just so much fun — especially in a setting as picturesque as this one. This barn is my “happy place.” I can’t imagine my life without Shiner and Primrose, and I’m so grateful to live in a place that connects me so easily to my passions. The Ford, and the equestrian staff, have added so much beauty and purpose to my days.
The Ford’s Equestrian Center
With state-of-the-art indoor and outdoor facilities, acres of paddocks and extensive interconnected bridle trails that meander under groves of century-old oaks, Heather, and so many others, have found an equestrian sanctuary right here at The Ford. Whether you’re a seasoned rider or eager to embark on your first equestrian adventure, The Ford’s Equestrian Center is ready to help you explore your passion.
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