August 17, 2002
To Whom It May Concern:
I would like to relate to you my recent experience in buying a pony for my daughter from Lazy A Stables, Ltd.
First of all, let me say that I am an amateur rider of many years experience. I have shown several of my own horses at all the major East Coast horse shows of the past twenty years in the Adult Amateur Hunter Division. I am also the Vice-President of Bedford Riding Lanes Association, an organization of 500 riders located in Bedford, New York, on whose board I have served in every capacity including President for the past twenty years. I chair two large equestrian events per year on behalf of the Bedford Riding Lanes that are attended by over 350 riders each.
My daughter Ashleigh is eight years old. She has been riding since she was four and this is her third pony. After returning from a horse show in June of this year, I decided to look on a horse website which had been recommended to me by a good friend and former trainer. There I came across a pony being offered for sale by Lazy A Stables in Alberta, Canada. I responded with an e-mail and began a correspondence with the proprietors, Chris and Janet Brand. I was sent a very professional video of the pony, which I was able to show to my trainer. Unfortunately, I acted too late on that one and the pony was already sold. However, Chris and Janet had another candidate in mind for us and were able to quickly e-mail me some beautiful conformation and jumping shots. Soon after this was followed up with a twenty-five minute tape that showed extensive flat work and jumping by two riders, including a child almost the same age as Ashleigh. This was very helpful to me. With approval from two trainers I decided to have the pony vetted. I was very satisfied with the vet recommended by Lazy A Stables, who talked to us extensively and overnight mailed the X-Rays to us. When everything turned out well we purchased the pony, using a wire transfer of funds.
The pony stayed two more weeks at Lazy A Stables where he was kept in training while shipping was arranged. Fortunately, a local truck returning from Spruce Meadows was able to bring the pony 3,000 miles to Westchester County, New York. After the long trip he arrived in excellent shape and practically trotted off the truck! After a few days rest we began to ride him. He seemed to be everything we had been told. The second day Ashleigh rode him we put him on a truck to a local rated show as we were taking our other pony anyway. He was so good in schooling that Ashleigh rode him in the short stirrups division, winning several ribbons including a blue over fences.
Yesterday, August 16, 2002, we took our new pony, "Walk in the Park", to an A-rated horse show at Fairfield County Hunt Club in Westport, CT. Ashleigh and "Walker" had two basically flawless rounds and excellent flat classes. She is one of the younger children, with many riders 4-5 years older than she is, so we weren’t expecting much when the ribbons were announced. After all, there were 44 riders in the Short Stirrups Division! To our delight she placed third on the flat and first and fourth over fences, making her Reserve Champion at Fairfield! This is the best she has done on any of our ponies at a major show. Needless to say, we are delighted. We had many compliments on the pony and probably could have sold him on the spot. No chance of that, though:
"Walk in the Park" is " Not For Sale"!
I was delighted with the service I received from Chris and Janet Brand, through many patient e-mails and phone calls. I felt they really took the time to give us exactly what we needed. Despite the fact I had never seen the pony before I bought him, he turned out to be everything I wanted. This is the first time I bought anything other than a book on the internet, but I would do it again. But probably only from Lazy A Stables!