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NEW for 2014

Posted by Joanne Hocker on Thursday, April 3, 2014,

TELC is happy to announce a JUNIOR weekend to include riding instruction, a sleepover at the barn and a possible chance to see a foal born!  The junior weekend is for students ages 6-12 years old and will be held Saturday June 7th and Sunday June 8th, 2014.  Students will arrive at the barn at 5:00 p.m. and enjoy riding, instruction and fun before sleeping at the barn and enjoying more of the same Sunday until 3:00 p.m.  Please contact TELC for more information or to register, space is limite...
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Summer Camps 2014

Posted by Joanne Hocker on Thursday, April 3, 2014,

TELC is the host of several summer camps for students of all levels.  Please feel free to contact TELC for more information on any camp you have an interest in.

Half day summer camps will take place during the following weeks and spaces are limited so sign up sooner than later to ensure a spot for the week you desire!  Camps include FUN, riding lessons, workbooks, art projects and a lot of knowledge about horses and their care.  Camps will run from 1:00 until 3:30 each day.

June 16-20, 2014


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Youth Horseman Clinic 2014

Posted by Joanne Hocker on Thursday, April 3, 2014,
TELC will be the proud host for the West Shore/Mechanicsburg recreation Youth Horseman Clinic.

The clinic will begin April 26th, 2014 and last for six weeks!  The clinic will take place each Saturday for six weeks from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m..  Registration may take place with the recreation boards but questions about the program may be directed to Jo Hocker and TELC.

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Pony Clinics Spring/Summer 2014

Posted by Joanne Hocker on Thursday, April 3, 2014,

TELC will be the proud host of Pony Clinics in the Spring/Summer of 2014.

The first one will be held in conjunction with Hampden Township and will take place April 6, 2014 starting at 1:30 p.m. and lasting until 3:00 p.m.

April 27, 2014 will be the West Shore/Mechanicsburg Pony Clinic also running from 1:30 p.m. until 3:00 p.m.

August 10, 2014 will see another Pony Clinic with Hampden Township from 1:30 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. as well.
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Hay Needed - Please help if you can!

Posted by Joanne Hocker on Tuesday, February 25, 2014,

Please help by donating to the Hay fund!  (Winter storms have reduced the hay budget to a pile of ****!)  $5.00 will buy ONE bale of hay which will feed four horses for one meal.  $14.75 will buy one bag of feed which will feed 15 horses for one feeding! 

You can foster one horse for a day, week, month, etc.  All donations are greatly appreciated, thank you so much!

(The barn uses an average of 10-12 bales of hay and 1 and 1/2 bags of feed per day to feed the horses at an average cost of close...
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Easter Seals Volunteer Workshop

Posted by Joanne Hocker on Monday, February 24, 2014,

March 12, 2014 there will be a Easter Seals Volunteer Workshop for those who wish to help with the programs this year.  The workshop will be held from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.  There will be NO Winter project this evening so that the workshop may take place.
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Hampden Parks and Recreation

Posted by Joanne Hocker on Thursday, October 3, 2013,

TELC will offer a Mini Horsemanship Clinic for children ages 2-12 in partnership with the Hampden Parks and Recreation Board.  The clinic will be held October 20, 2013 from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.

The same clinic will be offered November 17, 2013 from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. as well.
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Easter Seals Therapuetic/Recreation Classes

Posted by Joanne Hocker on Thursday, October 3, 2013,

TELC is proud to announce they are teaming up with the Easter Seals program once again this year!  We will offer a six week program starting November 6, 2013 and ending December 18, 2013.  (No classes will be held November 27)

Classes will be offered three times a day; 5:00 - 5:45 p.m.; 5:45 - 6:30 p.m. and 6:30 - 7:15 p,m.  Please contact the Easter Seals by calling 717-901-3993 to get more information or to register; don't wait for classes fill fast.

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2013 Fall Events

Posted by Joanne Hocker on Thursday, October 3, 2013,

The Fall of 2013 offers many events coming up!

On October 13, 2013 we will partner with the West Shore Recreation Board to offer Mini Horsemanship Clinics.  They will be offered for children ages 2-12 and be held from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.  The same clinic will be offered November 3, 2013; same times.

We will also offer a Youth Horsemanship Class for ages 7-16 years old on Saturdays from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. starting November 2 and ending December 7, 2013.
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Spring 2013

Posted by Joanne Hocker on Monday, February 4, 2013,
It's hard to believe we're in the last stretch of winter already!  Since spring is right around the corner, remember to look at our calendar for all our upcoming events through the rec boards.  As a reminder, you must sign up through West Shore Rec Board, Mechanicsburg Rec Board, or Hampden Township Parks & Recreation. 

Our Youth Horsemanship Clinics are a good beginner six-week course for children interested in learning the basics of taking care of a horse and riding.  The minimum age is 7 f...
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Events Coming Up

Posted by Joanne Hocker on Tuesday, October 23, 2012,
As a reminder, please check the "Calendar" page of our website for all our upcoming events.  We offer programs through Hampden Township Parks and Recreation, the West Shore Rec Board, and the Mechanicsburg Rec Board.  All registration should occur through their offices (see links below). 

One of our new programs this year is our Fall Fun on the Farm, on October 28th from 1:30-3:00 p.m.  There will be pony rides, games, haystack hunt, scavenger hunt, and more.  This is being offered through al...
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Crazy Daisey

Posted by Joanne Hocker on Thursday, June 7, 2012,
The story below is by one of our own students, Macy Grove after a lesson with one of our miniature horses Daisey.  Enjoy!

Crazy Daisey

Hi, my name is Macy Grove and I am 8 years old.  I have been horse riding at TELC for about one year.  When I started lessons I rode Daisey.  For the past 6 months I have been riding Dusty and CC.  I have not ridden Daisey in a long time.

At my most recent lesson I rode Daisey.  She was being very stubborn!  She would turn the wrong way, take off running, quickly...
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All barn activities cancelled for Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

Posted by Joanne Hocker on Tuesday, December 27, 2011,
Hello everyone. Due to unexpected circumstances, all barn activities on Wednesday, December 28th 2011 will be cancelled. Activities will resume on Thursday, December 29th 2011 as usual.


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Spring 2011

Posted by Joanne Hocker on Saturday, January 15, 2011,
I know it's been awhile since we've updated the website, but I just wanted to let everyone know that the spring programs have been added to the "Calendar" section of the website.  If anyone has any specific questions regarding the programs, you can call or e-mail us using the "Contact" section of the website.  Please also note that all registration for programs must go through the respective recreation board. 

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Spring/Summer 2010 Programs

Posted by Joanne Hocker on Monday, March 8, 2010,

All of our spring and summer programs have been added to the TELC calendar - go check it out!  Here's a quick overview:

  • Hampden Township Youth Horsemanship - Saturdays March 13 to April 17 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • West Shore & Mechanicsburg Youth Horsemanship - Saturdays April 24 to May 29 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Hampden Township Adult Horsemanship - Tuesdays March 30 to May 4 from 8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • West Shore Adult Horsemanship - Tuesdays May 18 to June 22 from 8:00 p.m. to 9:3...

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Spring is Approaching..

Posted by Joanne Hocker on Tuesday, February 23, 2010,
Spring is fast approaching (hopefully, anyway!), which means that we will be resuming rec board programs and the Easter Seals therapeutic riding program.  Easter Seals is set to kick off on Wednesday March 24th.  We are expecting more kids for this session, which means we are in need of volunteers!  Please contact Joanne or Andrayea if you are interested in volunteering.  

I will be posting all of the spring activities soon, and promise that new pictures will be added in March!  We have lots o...
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Posted by Joanne Hocker on Tuesday, September 8, 2009,
Due to some recent changes, the Easter Seals program will not start until September 30th.  If anyone else is interested in helping out, please contact Joanne or I (Andrayea).  We hope to make this exciting new program a great success!
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Fall Programs & Updates

Posted by Joanne Hocker on Monday, August 24, 2009,
The end of summer is nearing, so we're gearing up for our fall programs!  We had a busy summer with camps, our 2nd annual block party, horse shows, our barn show, and, of course, lessons!  Look for some new pictures from these programs coming up within the near future.  We thank everyone who made these events possible!

We're excited to announce that we will starting a therapeutic riding program through the Easter Seals this September.  There will be an important informational meeting on Wednes...
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Spring Update

Posted by Joanne Hocker on Thursday, May 14, 2009,
We’ve had a busy start to the spring at TELC, but we are happy that so many people are interested in getting involved with our programs!  First off, we would like to thank everyone that came out to the pony rides on May 2nd benefitting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  We raised $440!  We appreciate everyone who helped with the program and everyone who brought their children out!

In addition to our spring programs, we’ve also been busy with this year’s show season.  We’ve had t...
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Spring and Summer Events

Posted by Joanne Hocker on Monday, April 6, 2009,
Spring and Summer are the perfect times to enjoy horses!  Please look at our upcoming events to find out more information on our summer camps and other special programs.  Feel free to contact us if you have any other questions.

April 13- "A Day at the Barn"
  • 10:30 am to 3:30 pm
  • $35 per person  
  • Pizza supplied for lunch 
  • Come experience what a typical day at the barn is like!  
April 26- West Shore Rec Board Mini Lesson for the Older Crowd
  • 1:30pm to 3:00pm
  • Introduction to riding in a one lesson forma...

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More web site updates

Posted by Joanne Hocker on Monday, March 30, 2009,
Hello again,

So I put up a temporary portion on the website (titled "Vote") where I asked for your opinion on how you want TELC photos displayed. A bit surprisingly, you voted unanimously in favor of the new slide show style. As such, all TELC photos are now displayed in slide show format.

Some new photo groups are up as well:

"A Day at the Barn"
"Special Events"
"Summer Camp"

Finally, some new photos have been added to old photo groups, so be sure to check them out too!

-Daniel ...

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Birthdays at TELC!

Posted by Joanne Hocker on Friday, March 27, 2009,
Spring time is when most foals are born, so we'd like to have everyone wish the following horses happy birthday on their birthdays!  Carrots and apples are much appreciated :)


April 10
  • Pocalotta (was born in 2006 so will be turning 3)  

April 11
  • Seranade (was born in 1994 so will be turning 15)

April 13
  • Poquita (was born in 1986 so will be turning 23)

April 19
  • Bobbie (was born in 1997 so will be turning 12)

April 20
  • PJ (was born in 1985 so will be turning 24)
  • Annie (was born in 2008 so will be...

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Posted by Joanne Hocker on Thursday, March 19, 2009,
As you may have noticed, we recently added a new section called "Forum".  This section has been provided in order to get TELC's community talking to one another.  You may ask questions, post information, list items for sale, etc.  We would love to have new topics added to the forum or get people talking about the ones that are there!  

In other, unfortunate, news, one of TELC's best school horses passed away this past weekend. Sneakers Streaker "Sneakers" was a 34 year-old quarter horse geldin...

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TELC web site updates!

Posted by Joanne Hocker on Tuesday, March 10, 2009,
Hello all,

As you may have noticed, the photos section of this web site has been renovated! Photos are now grouped by category, and a new comments system is in place that allows you to even record video comments if you have a web cam. Also, you can click on each photo to see an enlarged version!

If you have any additional ideas / suggestions for the site, remember that you can always comment on these blog posts or e-mail us via the "Contact" page of this site.

-Daniel Contract

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Horse Show Season

Posted by Joanne Hocker on Sunday, February 22, 2009,
The Blue and Gray Circuit has announced their 2009 show dates, which means show season is right around the corner! TELC is going to do their best to make as many shows as possible, so come support our students!  If you are a current or prospective student, please contact Joanne Hocker if you are interested in showing this season.  

Blue and Gray Show Dates
April 19 - Season Kickoff @ Rocking Horse Ridge
May 3 - Rocking Horse Ridge
May 10 - Magic Rose Farm
May 24 - Turning Point @ Gettysburg Ridi...

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Upcoming Events

Posted by Joanne Hocker on Monday, February 9, 2009,
The following are the upcoming events we are having at TELC.  If you have any questions, please contact Joanne Hocker at 717-766-4035.

- Adult Horsemanship: A six week course on Wednesday nights from 8:00- 9:30pm starting March 4th
    •    Offered through the West Shore Rec Board- call 920-9515 to enroll
    •    Offered through the Mechanicsburg Rec Board- call 691-4572 to enroll

- Mini Horsemanship for Kids (Ages 2-16): Learn the basics of grooming and riding horses!
    •    March 8 from...
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Questions, comments, or concerns?

Posted by Joanne Hocker on Monday, February 9, 2009,
Along with our brand new web site, I'd also like to unveil our new comment system!

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, type it in the box titled "DISQUS COMMENTS" placed at the bottom of every post! I hope this should lead to a more interactive TELC community!

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