Pinchona is one of Alabama's oldest Dressage and boarding stables established by Colonel Howard J. Morris, Jr. Colonel had a distinguished career in the horse world. He served on the board of directors of the American Horse Shows Association. He was a founding director of the United States Training Association and a board member of the American Dressage Institute and president of the United States Pony Clubs and started Pinchona Pony Club. His serious interest in Dressage dated back to 1937. He trained all of his horses.
He and his stallion "Midnight" were invited to join the squad preparing for the 1952 Olympic Games. Military service prevented him from joining the team training sessions. His love of the sport and teaching were evident in every aspect of his life. "Royal Tiger," an Anglo Arabian was his last stallion that he rode. He trained horses and gave lessons until his death at age 92. Prior to his death, the Montgomery Area Dressage and Combined Training Association awarded him a lifetime Membership for his contribution to the sport. For those of us that knew and loved him, the memories of Colonel Morris sitting in his golf cart under the large pecan tree adjacent to the dressage arena with a dalmatian at his side still brings a smile. Colonel would watch the student and then say, "ride in," which meant he had pointers to improve the ride.
David and Marianne McLeod purchased the farm in 2003. Marianne had boarded her horse Ali, a half-arabian and quarter horse beginning in 1979. Ali was her first horse that she brought to the farm from California. He lived to be 33 years old and is buried at Pinchona. Marianne and Ali were a team and spent many hours riding on the farm. Some of her favorite memories are of Colonel riding next to her on Tiger. Colonel wore his binoculars and would point out the variety of birds they encountered along the way.
Pinchona is Marianne's spiritual place and when Sue, Colonel's wife, announced that she was selling the farm Marianne and David purchased it. David Jr. and Jim McCusker, Marianne's brother live on the farm as well. In addition , Gina Carver provides horse riding lessons. This team is dedicated to providing the horse and rider with a safe, secure, and professionally managed barn. Pinchona welcomes all disciplines of horse riding lessons and has the same philosophy as Colonel, "Welcome to Pinchona".
Our team is dedicated to providing the horse and rider with a safe, secure, and professionally managed barn. Pinchona welcomes all disciplines of riding and has the same philosophy as Colonel, "Welcome to Pinchona".
All boarders have access to all the amenities at Pinchona. A mirrored dressage arena, small arena, round pen, riding trails, tack room, refrigerator, private bathroom and large outside deck by the 4acre pond.
Horse Boarding includes Pasture Board with large grassy paddocks with run-ins. Horses are fed twice a day depending on each individual horse's needs. Owners prefer to provide their own brand of feed. We feed twice a day unless other arrangements are made. We provide hay when the needed. $275.00 per horse. Stall board with access to large grassy pastures $400 per horse.
Main Barn $400.00 per horse are large stalls in barn. Stalls are 13'.4 x 11'.4. All of the stalls in the main barn open onto 3 acre paddocks. Horses are fed twice a day depending on each individual horses' needs. Owners prefer to provide their own brand of feed. We feed twice a day unless other arrangements are made. Hay is provided when needed in fall, winter and spring.
$400.00 dry lot for horses that cannot be on pasture. We provide hay year round. Boarder provides grain.
Veterinarians and Farriers. Each boarder has the option of selecting their own veterinarian and farrier. The farm uses Dr. Emory Crow, Dr. April Andrews, Dr. Dee Jones DMV and Billy Lewis respectively.
Limited stall or pasture board offered.
Overnight parking with electrical outlet.
While living in Europe, she rode and studied with Gran Prix riders from England, Germany and France. Today she brings her European training and Natural Horsemanship skills to her riding, training, and teaching. Among Gina's goals are training and teaching the horse to be a safe, respectful, confident and willing partner. She works in partnership with her students to instill safe horsemanship practices both on the ground and in the saddle. Gina works to encourage confidence and sound riding skills by encouraging all her students to progress in a safe and effective manner. Respect for both the student and for the horse is always present.
Gina is also a certified Checcheti Classic Grade I ballet instructor as well as a gymnastic instructor. Her extensive training in these disciplines enhances her work with horses and with riders.
Gina is the mother of four children ranging in age from 7 to 19.
Please contact her for more information on her riding program and private lessons at 334.322.4629. Openings are available now.
1359 Windham Road Hope Hull, Alabama 36043
Monday - Sunday 8am-
Gated entrance, please make an appointment for a farm tour if you are interested in boarding a horse or riding lessons.