Candice Gotianuy, equestrian, has opened her private stable in Lahug, Cebu. It is currently operating as a riding school named Whistlejacket Farm, which name comes from a George Stubbs artwork of the same title.
The school officially started offering horseback riding lessons on a Thursday, September 9, 2010. The owners conducted eight sessions for their pioneering batches from the opening day until September 11, 2010. Ms. Mitos Belofsky provided a lecture on the basics of horse riding while Tata Montilla guided the students on the actual skills necessary for walking, riding, trotting, and halting a horse. Montilla is a competitor and medalist in the SEA and ASIAN games.
Whistlejacket Farm currently allows students to ride at least twice a week and the option of riding as much as four times a week. The schedules are from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. Registered students can come on any of these days. If they have no lessons, they can help wash and saddle up the horses or watch the other riders on the sidelines. The farm limits lessons to a maximum of five students per lesson to allow the instructors the chance to give students a more personalized instruction.
So, what does one wear when riding a horse? According to Whistlejacket Farm’s Facebook account, a beginner should wear a pair of comfortable shirt and tight jeans, shoes with thickset heels, thick and long socks, and a helmet. If you are an equestrian, the standard outfit required consists of breeches, boots and a helmet.
The stables of Whistlejacket Farm are located in Sudlon, Lahug. It has Australian and local horses and all saddles and bridles are brand new. If you are thinking of checking the place out, you can give them a call at (0920) 909-8099 or send them an e-mail message at [email protected]. The school only allows visits by appointment.