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Tomball, TX  (281) 787-9051

"It is not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them that will make them successful human beings."
-Ann Landers

 

"There's more to the barn than just riding."

 

That is our way of thinking around here. Life lessons are learned and taught on a daily basis, by the horses & the VPF team who, in their roles as instructors & coaches, serve as mentors & leaders for our youth. Honesty, integrity, dedication, compassion, leadership and much more are all strongly emphasized in our daily world.

 

The VPF Stirrup Squad is a very important part of our barn. The club serves as opportunity for the youth to enjoy one another's company outside of lessons, to work together on club projects, many of which greatly involve charitable work, and/or community service. An official ASHA Youth Club, The VPF Stirrup Squad has earned national recognition for their efforts for several years. Officers and members take tremendous pride in their community service, breed promotion & youth leadership efforts. Just a few of the groups who have benefited from their teamwork are Toys for Tots, Saddle Bred Rescue, Texas Children's Hospital, Soles for Souls, United Professional Horseman's Association and more.

 

Membership in the Stirrup Squad is free to any child or youth who participates in riding lessons at the farm.

 

2017 was a Memorable Year for VPF Stirrup Squad Youth Club

 

Our History

 

Writing this now, I vividly remember sitting cross-legged on the floor of the barn office, circled between four other girls as we debated the name for our newly founded youth group. Eight years ago, a small but VERY mighty group decided to call ourselves the “VPF Stiorrup Squad.”

 

Oh, how we have grown since then. From five members to 18, we have grown in much more than just membership. Together, we have grown as individuals and we have grown in our commitment to our goals and to one another. In these eight years, the Stirrup Squad has been proud to receive the  ASHA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Membership and Outstanding Achievement in Fundraising. For five consecutive years, our members have organized the popular “Chuck-a-Duck” for the NTASHA-UPHA Fall Classic Horse Show. We have served with the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show for Education Day as well as the Ten for Teens project for  St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. We have introduced the American Saddlebred to veterans, politicians and some who have never been around a horse in their lives, all of whom instantly fell in love. Eight years ago, as we sat together arguing over “Bridle Buddies” or “Stirrup Squad,” I was just nine years old and had no idea what was in store for this youth group.

 

-Sydney Young, president

 

 

2017 VPF Stirrup Squad Members

 

Officers

Sydney Young - President

Sarah Greffe - VP

Chloe LaBard - Historian

Riane Payne - Treasurer

Ria Raju - Photographer

 

Garrett Barker

Alexa Bernal

Audrey Buckley

Madi Buckley

Mason Chadick

Sophie Dore

Kaleb Ferr

Stella Franklin

Payton Hudson

Kayman Mitchell

Mackenna Ostermann

Maggie Sentmanat

Brooke Walsh

Brinna Williamson

 

Advisor

May Chadick

 

 

2017 Club Meetings & Events

 

Over 12 months, the VPF Stirrup Squad planned two major fundraisers, took part in two important breed promotion events, volunteered its time and resources at camps and horse shows, shared ideas, demonstrated leadership and had fun!

 

After club discussions and planning for upcoming events, our meetings included barn scavenger hunts, lunch with the famous Friesian “Troubadour,” Lesson Horse Spa Day, creating stockings for each and every horse and pony at the farm, and more.

 

VPF Stirrup Squad Photo Gallery

Physical Address:

10032 Kleppel Road, Tomball, TX 77375

 

Mailing Address:

9905 Kleppel Road - 1, Tomball, TX 77375

 

(281) 787-9051 • Email VPF