Pair O’ Docs Horse Farm is hosting a summer camp

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Instructor Gabriella Brown gives a riding lesson. (Contributed)

BREMEN, Ala. – Pair O’ Docs Horse Farm will be hosting a summer camp July 18-22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for children ages 6-14. (Lunch will not be provided.) Participants will go through a “horse school,” where they will learn all about horse care, anatomy, health and behavior, and how to ride a horse. They can also enjoy fun activities in the barn and horseback riding.

Pair O’ Docs is located in Bremen and offers boarding, trail riding and training lessons for English and Western riding. As students progress, they are taught dressage, jumping, barrel racing, and pole bending techniques.

The farm is owned by Lucy Andrews and her husband, Trygve Tollefsbol.

“My husband and I moved to Alabama from North Carolina in 1998 when UAB hired us to teach and do research in molecular genetics in the biology department,” Andrews said. “We had done post-docs (obtained doctorates) at Duke and UNC and were looking for a job and a farm for our two horses and our goat. We had a small 3 acre farm in Durham and wanted more land. We went a little overboard and bought 80 acres and a nice house and barn in Bremen, Alabama, an hour’s drive from UAB.

She continued: ‘We named our farm Pair O’ Docs since we both had our doctorates. We spent several years clearing the pastures, fencing and expanding our herd. Finally, we started offering lessons and boarding to families who wanted horses but had no place to keep them. We laid out trails for those who wanted to go horseback riding and didn’t have a horse of their own. We also allow people to bring their own horse and use our facilities and trails.

“Word of us spread and we added therapeutic riding to our program. We currently have two TBI people in the program and a PATH certified instructor who comes weekly from Hartselle to work with them. In 2019 we hosted a visit from the Brain Injury Support Group and several students rode our horses and had a wonderful time! We hope they come back!

The cost of summer camp is $100 per child. To register, email pairodocsfarm@gmail.com or call 256-531-8688.

Classes for beginners and more are offered regularly at the farm, for students as young as 6 years old. Guided hikes are also available. To learn more about Pair O’ Docs Horse Farm, visit https://pairodocsfarm.godaddysites.com.

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