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.
The current owners 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. This 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, hitchcock, round pen, groomed trails, tack room, refrigerator, private bathroom and large outside deck by the 5 acre pond.
Pasture Board includes 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. $225.00 per horse.
Stall Board includes four large stalls in main newly renovated 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 $375.00 per horse
Stall Boarding with limited grass, for horses not able to indulge on the grass pastures. The stalls open onto a paddock without much grass. Horses are monitored to keep weight down. In this area horses are fed hay and owner's provide grain. Fed twice a day. $350.00
Veterinarians and Farriers. Each boarder has the option of selecting their own veterinarian and farrier. The farm uses Dr. Susy Lange, DMV, Dr. Dee Jones DMV and Billy Lewis respectively.
Bring you cowgirls and cowboys to Pinchona Farm for a one of a kind birthday party on a large deck overlooking a 4 acre pond. Create lifelong family memories.
Farm Rental includes:
2 hour party
tables and chairs
horses and ponies
Total: $250 for 10 children Additional children $10.00@.
Horse and pony rides on lead line and a hay ride along the trails.
This 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".
Bring you cowgirls and cowboys to Pinchona Farm for a one of a kind children's birthday parties on a large deck overlooking a 4 acre pond. Create lifelong family memories. children’s birthday parties
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.