Only 4 spots left open for March 12th CORE Clinic!

We wanted to let everyone know that the upcoming C.O.R.E. Rider Clinic on March 12th is over half-way full! We only have FOUR spots left in our mounted sessions! This is a fun, interactive clinic (not too mention under $100 per person for a semi-private mounted lesson and group un-mounted lesson!) for all ages and levels. Email clinic secretary, Erinn at to reserve your spot today! Come work out those winter kinks and learn something new to start your spring season off on the “right lead!” wink emoticon

Looking for a new team member to manage the barn!

Playland Equestrian Center, an upscale equestrian facility in Union Bridge, MD, seeks a barn manager. Our farm offers boarding, instruction, training and has a stallion at stud . We focus on eventing and dressage with an emphasis in bio-mechanics for horse and rider. Job duties include: overseeing general health and care of horses, supervising working students, assisting in boarders needs, assisting with stallion and mare handling as-needed, supervising daily operations, record keeping, etc.

Exercising school horses and assistance with training of young horses also available for the right person. Part-time teaching lessons also available for the right person. Candidate must have prior groom experience and be detail oriented with excellent communication skills. Looking for someone who wants to grow with the farm. Must have strong people and organizational skills combined with a strong work ethic and sense of professionalism. Compensation commensurate with experience. Housing available on-site. Please send resume and references with a cover letter stating your goals. Email to apply today!

C.O.R.E. Rider Clinic, Saturday March 12th!

We are so excited for our first C.O.R.E. Clinic of the year at the farm! With new un-mounted lesson plans, exercises and more this clinic is sure to be not only educational, but fun! Riders of all levels welcome to attend!
The clinic consists of a day full of lessons with an un-mounted group session in the morning and then mounted small group riding lessons (2 riders maximum) in the afternoon.

Clinic Format:
-9:30-10:15 am: First small group un-mounted session, $35
-10:30 am-1:30 pm: First group of mounted riding lessons (1-hour lessons, 2 riders each), $65
-1:30 pm-2:00 pm: Light Lunch Provided (FREE)
-2:00 pm-3:15pm: Second small group un-mounted session, $35
-3:30-6:30pm: Second group of mounted riding lessons (1-hour lessons, 2 riders each)

Sign-up for both un-mounted & mounted sessions and save! $85

Space available on a first come, first serve basis.

PS- Don’t forget that Auditing is FREE and auditors are welcome to join-in for either of the mounted sessions. This is an interactive clinic for auditors, so don’t miss out on this unique clinic opportunity!

Sign-up now for your ‘CORE Rider Experience’ to
Erinn at:

CORE RIDER Clinic Registration-March 12, 2016  (<– Click for form) 

1/2 Lease Horses NOW Available!!

PL Jazzy Contessa
2004 14h Arab pony mare. Contessa has been competing at the Beginner Novice level with a young rider. She is particularly well-suited for a young rider that is ready to get a little more serious about their skills and learning to ride. She is quiet and easy to handle both on the ground and under saddle- yet she will make her riders work for it just enough to teach riders how to be effective in the tack without breaking their confidence. She is being offered for on on-farm 1/2 lease only. $250/month for 12 rides (3 riders per week) and one free hauling off the property per month.

PL Irish Queen

2000 15.1h IDSH mare. Queenie is a been-there-done-that kind of mount. She is perfectly suited for the beginner rider or timid rider to gain confidence under saddle. She has competed through the Novice level of eventing and even schools some Training-level cross-country obstacles. She is being offered for an on-farm 1/2 lease only. $250/month for 12 rides (3 riders per week) and one free hauling off the property per month.

Contact for more information!

Laine Ashker Clinic Nov 14-15, Ride Times

Below are the ride times for the clinic this weekend. If you have any questions please email Erinn at


11:00 TO 12:30 CLASS 1:
Shannen Sullivan = I/E
Emily Anne Carter = I/E
Ashley Redman = I/E
Lisa Feit = I/E

12:30 TO 1:45 CLASS 2:
Maria Brown = N/T
Brittany Foote = T/P
Abbey Parrish = T/P

1:45 TO 2:30 CLASS 3:
Erinn Murphy = DRESSAGE

2:30 TO 3:15 CLASS 4:
Glenda Player = DRESSAGE


8:00 TO 8:45 CLASS 1:
Glenda Player = DRESSAGE

8:45 TO 9:30 CLASS 2:
Erinn Murphy = DRESSAGE

9:30 TO 11:00 CLASS #3:
Shannen Sullivan = I/E
Emily Anne Carter = I/E
Ashley Redman = I/E
Anna Galinaitis = I/E

11:00 TO 12:30 CLASS #4:
Catherine Tarcu = N
Alaina Smith = BN/N
Mackenzie Kurtz = E/BN
Sophia Tamayo = N


12:45 TO 2:00 CLASS #5:
Maria Brown = N/T
Brittany Foote = T/P
Abbey Parrish = T/P

Farm Maintenance Worker/ Facilities Caretaker Wanted

Spread the word! Playland is looking for a reliable maintenance worker to help out on the farm. Job duties include: chopping firewood, weed-wacking, delivering round bales, maintaining fencing + grounds, plowing/shoveling snow, maintenance on farm machinery, basic plumbing, electrical, and various building maintenance also a plus, etc. Operating tractor experience a must, and basic mechanic experience appreciated. Experiences with horses is not necessary as long as candidate is comfortable working around them. Housing is available. Pay is subject to experience, but starts at $10/hour. Contact for more information.

PL Irish Pearl- FOR SALE

2008 15.2h grey Irish Draught Sport Horse mare. “Pearl” is by PL Diamond Hill out of  PL Shirley.  A favorite around the barn and at competitions, she is a seasoned Training-level event horse who is looking for her next rider. Pearl is a “sports car” type athletic mare with tons of scope and jumping ability for eventing or jumpers. She has been competed through the Training level and consistently placed in the Top 10 at every competition in the 2014 fall season including finishing 10th at the Waredaca Training 3-Day Event. Additionally, Pearl has completed over 12 different horse trials with no jumping faults on cross-country and 17 horse trials with no jumping faults in stadium. She is also currently schooling Second-level dressage. Her compact size and agility make her the perfect mount for a young rider or smaller adult looking to shine at competitions. Priced at $25,000. For more information, email

Pearl Collage Sept15


Maryland Horse Trials Fall Starter #1 Results

This past weekend some of the Playland team competed at the Maryland Horse Trials Fall Starter #1 on Saturday. Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t the best and after several heavy batches of rain, the ground was just too wet and slippery for the horses to run cross-country. They did compete in the other phases however! Ashley R. competed PL Irish Queen in the Jr. Elementary division and did really well placing 2nd after dressage going into jumping. Sophia Tamayo also competed PL Jazzy Contessa in the Jr. Beginner Novice division and looked great in both phases despite the rainfall! Glenda also took Pearl who put in a lovely dressage test for a 31.0 and 3rd place heading into jumping. Great job everyone!