• This isn't just riding it's an extended family.

     

     

  • What We Do

    At RER Ponies there is something for everyone

    Lessons and Training for all ages

    Whether you want to ride once a week or be in full time training, we can help you to achieve your goals. We have a full group of active children and just as active adults at RER Ponies.

    Private Lessons:
    • 1 hour – $70
    • 1/2 hour – $50

    Semi Private:
    • $45 per rider

    Mini Group (3-4 rider’s max):
    • 45 minutes- 1 hour – $40 per rider
     

    Competitions

    Be part of the RER Ponies show team

    RER Ponies has an active competition team for both adults and children. We strive to meet the needs of each competitor, we are active in both the USEA Area 1, CNE Pony club region and USDF Region 8. We compete together as a team supporting each other through our love for our sport and our chosen disciplines. Our riders are successful and competitive achieving their goals under Heather's keen eye.

    Childrens Programs

    RER Ponies programs for children as young as 3 years old!!

    Summer Program and Own A Pony
    ​RER Ponies will be having our 9th annual summer lesson program for children ages 5-15. The programs include riding and horsemanship instruction. In each program riders are grouped according to age and experience. We will be running one-week sessions with a limited number of students geared toward beginner riders, pony-pal preschoolers,
    JR Pony Clubbers and new riders. In addition we will be running our very popular Own a Pony Program.

    Pony Pals: Ages 3-8

    This is a great introduction to ponies and riding for children. Pony Pals is a great way to spend time with the special child in your life. A pony pal meets once a week and children have the option of riding one morning a week or one afternoon (Parent or Guardian must be present to help).

    45 min-1 hour total barn time (includes tack up time with instructor or upper pony club member, riding and stable management) $45

    UNITED STATES PONY CLUB CENTER

    We are proud to offer the US Pony Club program and curriculum.

     

    Pony Club: 

    Regional and National yearly dues are required to be a member of the RER Ponies Riding center.

    JR PC:
    $30 per meeting per child.
    Meetings are every Thursday from 5:30-6:30

    Tuesday and Wednesday Pony Club:

    $40 per meeting per child

    Weekly meetings from 4:30-6:30

     

    Horsemasters:

    This is a program for adults only that follows the USPC guidelines. We are excited to launch this program in Spring, 2017.

    Training and Board

    We offer a tailored program for every horse and rider's needs. Be part of the RER Ponies Barn family.

    Training Ride:

    45 minutes-1 hour

    $50 per ride

     

    Training board available. RER Ponies has a select number of stalls for clients to board their personal horse or pony. We have a lovely new small private facility built in 2013 (see “The Facility” for more information). We often have slots available for short term training as well. For training board price packages please inquire.

     

    Please inquire about what is best for you.


     

    Dressage Judge and Clinician

    Heather is a USDF "L" graduate

    Heather is available to judge your schooling show or come to your farm to do a clinic. Judging is one of Heather's true passions. She thoroughly enjoys sitting at "C" helping horses and riders with her words. Currently booking for 2017. Please inquire.


     

    Sales

    RER Ponies offers for sale

    SEYMOUR IS A big bodied, sweet 15.2 H, 12 year old gelding. He has most recently taken his young rider successfully into lower level dressage and jumping competitions. He has been a great first horse that has sadly been outgrown. Seymour has competition miles at Dressage-4-Kids, local unrecognized events and dressage shows (training level), pony club rallies/certifications (c-1 level in dressage and showjumping). Seymour is looking for his next intermediate rider to be his partner. He would excel with a rider looking to work on show-jumping or low level dressage as this is where he is most confident. Some of Seymour’s attributes are:

    • Patient and easy to handle

    • Schooling 1st level movements

    • He has jumped show jump courses up to 3’ but is most confident 2’6”- 2”9”

    • Schooled up to N Eventing , including water and ditches, however is still a bit green

    • Loads and clips

    • Hacks out

    • Enjoys bareback rides

    • Easy keeper, has lived with others or alone, can live outside or can be stabled with no vices.

    • UTD on everything

    Seymour is offered at $6500 with pony club home priority.

    Please contact Heather Dostal

    rerponies @gmail.com or call or text 413-427-2026, Video available upon request.
     

    Northern Stars Ballerina

    Bella

    Bella has been a farm favorite for many years. We have decided she deserves her own person at this point of her life and we are offering her for sale. Bella is a 13 yr old 13.1 h reg. Canadian welsh pony mare. She has had 2 foals. She is barefoot, easy keeper, lives outside in a herd or alone. She has been a solid low level school pony for us. She can do small cross rail courses and training level dressage. She is best suited for a young rider that is solid wtc d-2 uspc level or above. She is willing to please and looking for a young rider to love her. Asking $4000 OBO, pony club home a priority.

     

    Please contact Heather Dostal

    rerponies @gmail.com or call or text 413-427-2026, Video available upon request.

  • Who We Are

    We're on a mission to teach every rider at their own pace in a supportive environment while attaining each rider's goals.

    HEATHER REYNOLDS DOSTAL

    HEAD RIDING INSTRUCTOR AND OWNER

    At RER Ponies riders become part of an extended family while learning the respect and responsibility of riding. Heather's riders are successful and accomplished. They believe first and foremost in having fun. She believes in a basic classical foundation for each rider with a heavy focus on dressage. Heather's devotion to training and her love for the art of dressage translates into each lesson she teaches. Although Heather has taught many successful young riders and is known for her work with young riders, she has many successful adults that ride with her too.  

    Her program creates opportunities for riders to compete if they choose and to enhance their knowledge of horsemanship. She teaches her students great horsemanship on and off their horses in a safe and fun environment. Her teaching focuses on balance, the use of natural aids and building a sound relationship with your horse using the training scale in all aspects of her coaching.

     

    Heather Dostal is a USDF "L" graduate and has achieved her USDF Bronze medal. She has competed successfully through the upper levels of eventing. Through her years of competing, she has trained with numerous top level trainers many being olympic riders. Heather currently is an active USDF Region 8 competitor. ​ Continuing her own education is as important to Heather as training others, Heather currently trains regularly with Jacqueline Brooks, Virginia Leary and Larry Poulin. She has recently attended clinics with Michael Klimke, Liz Austin, Kathy Connelly, Lendon Grey, Jane Karol and Claus Bierenbroodspot. Heather has trained many young horses and ponies a process she enjoys immensely; she is currently bringing along two of her own mounts, Wrocketeer and Mr. Jackson. She is also well known for her work with young riders, with a focus on students who are new to the sport of dressage and eventing. Heather’s focus is on developing happy and athletic horses and ponies in both eventing and dressage. She achieves success through her systematic well-rounded and understanding approach to training. Her riders have attended the USPC championships for the past 7 years, achieved many USDF awards and a number of students have also attended and placed at Dressage 4 Kids.

     

    Heather lives with her husband, Todd, and daughter, Emilia, at their farm. Todd and Emilia are huge parts of RER Ponies and without their support RER ponies would not be what it is today!

  • Facility

    Take a look and enjoy!

    Our Farm

    RER Ponies is now in one location. We are pleased to announce that we are expanding and building. We will have 10 additional stalls, heated classroom/viewing room, lesson horse private tack room, large feed room, bathroom, private heated tack room for boarders, wash stall and a new indoor fall of 2017. Please contact us for details as we will have limited slots available for training board for some lucky ponies or horses.

     

     

    Finished in the fall of 2013, the "Upper Barn" property features:

    • 5 oversized stalls
    • Outdoor wash stall 
    • Locking heated tack room
    • Oversized feed room
    • Individual turnouts
    • Grass pastures
    • Oversized stone dust ring
    • XC jumps
    • Galloping track
    • Wooded trails directly off-property
  • Happenings for RER Ponies

    We always strive to meet the needs of our riders and the needs of riders in the local community.

    Show Calendar 2017

    Dressage Shows:
    4/29- 4/30 Mystic Valley Dressage, CT

    5/7 Sperry View, CT

    6/28-6/29 MHC, MA

    7/12 Sperry View, CT

    7/23 Carberry,CT

    7/30 Xenophon Farm

    8/11-8/13 Dressage4KIDS

    9/10 Xenophon Farm

    9/21-9/24 NEDA FALL Region 8 Championships

    10/8 Xenophon Farm

    10/29 Sperry View CT Level 1 Championships

     


    Events/Jumper Shows:
    GMHA Cancelled RAIN

    8/18 XC Schooling

    9/9 Huntington Farm HT VT

    10/1 Frazier Farm HT CT


    Camps: 

    June 26-28 Own A Pony

    July 17- July 21 Beginner Camp

    Aug 21- Aug 25 Advanced camp

    Aug 23-25 Own A Pony

     

    Pony Club

    March 26th Quiz Rally Haverhill,MA

    April 8th and 9th HMO Clinic and Standards and Rating clinic

    May 21 Eventing Rally Course Brook Farm
    June 29-30th CNER Pony Club Camp

    July 17th - 24th USPC Festival National Champs Lexington KY


    Heather Judge:

    April Heritage Farm Easthampton MA

    June Frazier Farm CT

    Aug 20 Feeding Hills Ma

     

    Halloween Show Oct 22, 2017 HAS BEEN CANCELLED FOR THIS YEAR

    The RER Ponies' Halloween Horse Show is a low-key schooling event where many exhibitors will be experiencing their very first show while others will be using it as an opportunity to fine tune their test riding in a stress-free environment. Formal show attire is optional; riders may substitute with light breeches, boots, and polo shirt.

    All USEF, USDF, USEA rules apply.

    Space is limited!

    Clinic and Education Series

    Clinics:

    July 10-Daniel Stewart Sports psychology and Jumping clinic

    May 20 Andrea Waldo Sports Psychology and Jumping clinic

    TBD-Larry Poulin DR.

    Aug 3- Virginia Leary DR and JUMP Aug 3

    November 4th - USPC Certification

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  • Who's Talking About Us

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    "I have boarded for 30 years at some very good farms, and I can say with confidence that RER is exemplary. The facilities are meticulously clean and well maintained and Heather is dedicated to every detail of each horse's care. She is an effective, thoughtful, knowledgeable instructor and complements her supportive teaching style by bringing in top notch clinicians! Though I am decades beyond pony club age, I have always felt warmly welcomed as part of the RER family. For me and my horse, we have finally found home." Janet L.

    "Heather has been nothing but helpful as I grow and learn with my young horse. As a bonus, Heather has dealt with her high-maintenance quirks with the utmost patience and understanding! For the first time in a long time, my anxious horse is happy and healthy in a boarding environment."

    -Karina L.

    "Heather has taught my daughter a work ethic and provided her a place to make friends with girls of different ages that share her passion for riding. Heather is dedicated to her riders no matter what their level of riding is." - Linda V

    "As a parent, I am so thankful to Heather for teaching her riders good Horsemanship, with safety always being a priority. Thank you Heather and Todd for all the hard work you do so that your riders have beautiful and safe properties to ride on!" - Shari E.

     

    "I always enjoy clinicing at RER Ponies for Heather. It's a great atmosphere for adults and kids alike. She continuously upgrades her facility. She takes super care of the horses in a natural way. Heather pursues her own education. She is a cheerful dedicated trainer that is a pleasure to work with." -Virginia Leary

    "LOVE this barn & the people. They treat you like family so you always feel welcome! Top notch care & attention to detail. Great family friendly facility. Heather is amazing!! Both my daughter & myself feel right at home with our horse in Heathers care." - Jessica C.

    " Heather's professional and kind approach offers confidence and trust for those who either are looking to place their pony or horse to a loving, appropriate home, or for those looking for a teacher and/or trainer.
    Thank you Heather for finding Nuala her little girl." - Midge D

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    Thoughts, musings, and ruminations.

  • Contact Us

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    54 Plain RD
    Hatfield MA, 01038
    Mon - Fri 9 AM - 7 PM
    Weekends are reserved for horse
    shows and family time. Monday-Friday 9am -7 pm
    413-427-2026
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