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Whether Riding or Showing Horses, Painted Image Farm is Place to Be
    By Penny Williams 4-13-15

If you are interested in horses, riding lessons, showing horses, or just riding them, the Painted Image Farm, at 131 Langford Road in east Candia is the place to be.

The farm offers a full service boarding facility with ample turnout areas as well as both indoor and outdoor arenas. A large barn houses 26 horses, some of them boarders and others belonging to farm owner Linda Lamarche, who has miles of trails on her farm, allowing for hours of riding.

"Our 70-foot by 110-foot barn has warm water in the wash area, our outdoor arena is 80 feet by 200 feet, and our indoor riding ring is 70 feet. All our trails lead right from the farm to the railroad bed," she said, referring to the nearby rail trail.

 

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Lamarche also offers show opportunities and summer camps. Riders can use her horses if they don’t have one of their own.

While her passion is focused on paint and pinto horses, she specializes in all-around pleasure horse instructing, coaching and training in both English pleasure and western and regular dressage and trail.

"We are a friendly barn," Lamarche said. "We have both adults and youths who show and trail ride. Our primary focus is on riding lessons for all levels of riders, as well as summer day camps. We have horses that we offer for people to lease, and we board horses. All horses and riders have direct access to trails so there is no need to ride on the road."

The name of the farm comes from Encores Image, the farm's first breeding stallion. "We have many of his children and grandchildren," Lamarche said. "When the farm was first named we showed primarily at the Paint and Pinto shows. In the last two years we have started showing in western dressage. This is a fun, fairly new sport.”

Painted Image farm has been at its current location since 1990. Lamarche and her husband, Joe, have a lot of help from their stall cleaners and assistant instructors. Among their helpers are Victoria Maille, Erin Smith, and Lindsay O'Hara, who also assist with riding lessons and day camps.

Lamarche said that in January she attended a judges seminar in Oklahoma and in May, she and Victoria Maille are planning to attend a “Train The Trainers” clinic in Oklahoma. “After completing the clinic we will be certified western dressage instructors," she said.

"We have all levels of show riders, " she noted. "Our farm goes to many local shows. Our students are able to show the farm's lesson horses. The students that own their own horses do local and regional shows. Some students are hoping to go out to the Color Breed Council in Oklahoma this year."

The farm offers several vacation camps year-round. No experience is required for the horseback riding camps. Camps run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily; 2015 camp dates include: April 27 to May 1, July 6 to 10, July 20 to 24, Aug. 3 to 7, and Aug. 17 to 21.

 

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At her day camps, campers ride twice every day and learn about the horses and their care, as well as playing games and doing horse-related crafts. “We have an indoor riding area so weather is not an issue,” she said. “We also have a donkey that the kids can ride. We have some other barnyard pets that include three sheep, a goat, two chickens and a pig. But riding the donkey always seems to be a big hit at camp."

 

Lamarche said everyone is welcome at the farm’s lessons, camps and show experiences. The farm caters to all ages and levels of riding ability.

Painted Image Farm lessons emphasize horsemanship and proper communication between horse and rider. All students are encouraged to show with the farm personnel once they are at a comfortable level, but this is not a requirement.

Students and boarders are responsible for their own show and trucking fees, and most students are required to assist in show preparation or care of their horse the day of the show. For a list of show dates, contact the Painted Image Farm or visit its website at http://www.paintedimagefarm.nt/showing.html.

For more information, contact Linda Lamarche at Painted Image Farm at 483-1044 or 540- 9906.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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