JanET Foy | JanuaRy

We had such a fantastic day with Janet Foy last weekend and I have to apologize for being slow to recap! Every equestrian knows how days at the barn can slip away from you, and clinic days are quite a flurry of activity! We were fortunate to have a talented and fun group of riders as well as enthusiastic auditors. Thank you all for making the day so very enjoyable! We can’t wait to have you back and I look forward to posting live updates during our next clinic. 

In the meantime, enjoy a few nuggets of wisdom from our day with Janet though I was too enthralled to take proper notes. I think I officially have my New Years resolution. 

For a horse that needed a bit more lift in the front as he learns passage; Do a ‘pop a wheelie’ half halt, like if you’re on a motorcycle and want to pop that front end up. 
It’s going to feel a little weird at first as he’s trying to figure out what you’re doing and you’re creating a place where now he has to carry weight on both hind legs. 

When working on the pirouette and he comes up in the neck;Put him a little deeper so he can use his tummy muscles. When he starts to struggle make it two steps bigger then two steps smaller when he is more organized. We don’t want him to learn to just keep going round and round. 
Ride the canter stride beautifully then turn. Two strides turning, then bigger, then two strides turning. Finish the canter stride then turn,   Completely finish the stride then turn. Focus on finishing that canter stride first. 

For a horse becoming numb to an aid;Like a choir or a symphony, we have to make sure we don’t make one aid more important than the others. 

For a horse pushing out the shoulder she reminded us of the concept of four doors;There are four doors; back door, front door, two side doors. He always want to make the left door closed. He’s always pushing left, be aware of it that your energy is escaping there to the left. 

Helping a rider be aware of where the block in energy was coming from;Sometimes what we feel in our hands doesn’t have anything to do with our hands. It’s further behind our hands. 

Working on rein back for one pair, she reinforced the recurring message of three small half halts into a downward transition;Three half halts to rein back. Smaller, smaller, smaller, halt. I want him to think forward in the rein back. 

Using haunches out to make a horse more supple;We’re actually creating an imbalance to make him more supple. We’ve got to get him looser to get the shoulders up and out of the way. 

On bringing out bigger gaits in a less expressive moving horse; The great big moving horses you have to help find their balance. The not so expressive ones we have to push them out of balance sometimes to make their gaits bigger. 

On being clear in an aid and receiving a reaction to it;Say we’re not going to just la de da around here. Be productive. So he really knows what you want. If you’re going to ask for it, be clear about it.  

On energy in a pirouette;Make the canter a little bigger and now collect. Go into the pirouette with the energy you want and need, don’t try to create the energy within the pirouette. Half halt, turn, piaffe. And in the half halt you’re setting back, rocking back. 

And my favorite ongoing theme from every trainer ever when the horse has a moment of angst:So what, it doesn’t matter, just keep going, if he has a little fit so what, it’s fine, canter on, no big deal.  

We Welcome You

We are ecstatic to have expanded our facility and can now welcome additional boarders to join us at Copper Light Farm in beautiful Vero Beach.

Our new 210×80 Covered Arena is the first of it’s kind on the treasure coast and features fantastic GGT and silica blend footing, groomed and watered daily. Never again have to cancel a lesson for rain, heat or daylight hours!

Our resident horses receive the best care from a dedicated 24-hour staff. Our comprehensive full board includes customized feeding, ample turnout (day or night), generously bedded stalls with imported hemp bedding, laundry services, daily inspections and hoof care for every horse, digital scheduling and record keeping, and so much more. Your choice of trainer, veterinarian, farrier and all other service providers are welcome.

Visit CopperLightFarm.com for additional details, email ride@copperlightfarm.com or call (650) 248-8227 to schedule a tour. We’ll leave the light on for you!

▪️ 210×80 Covered Arena with GGT footing by ESI
▪️ 130×240 irrigated outdoor arena that includes a full jump course
▪️ Regulation size dressage arena
▪️ Lighted and covered ringside viewing porches
▪️ 8 horse Priefert automatic walker with programmable digital timer
▪️ Individual grass turnouts in a variety of sizes
▪️ Covered ringside stadium seating
▪️ 2 RV or trailer hookups
▪️ Two 165mph wind rated and zero fire spread barns
▪️ Security cameras, double entry gates
▪️ Trailer parking

▪️ Twenty-eight 12×12 matted stalls with automatic waterers
▪️ Nine dedicated grooming bays with fans
▪️ Three covered wash stalls with fans
▪️ Oversized overhead aisle fans
▪️ Schaefer enclosed motor stall fans
▪️ 16’ wide aisle ways with raised rooflines for exceptional ventilation
▪️ Air conditioned feed room
▪️ Two foaling/oversized stalls available
▪️ Refrigerators, laundry, restrooms
▪️ Air conditioned tack rooms
▪️ Wifi access
▪️ Plus a separate air conditioned Riders’ Lounge which includes a full kitchen with stocked beverages, snacks, coffee bar, seating and tack shop

We look forward to welcoming you to the farm!

Barn Building

Guys, it’s finally barn building time! We’ve been designing, debating and drooling over barn plans since last October. Flash forward a year later and all the agonizing over every aspect was totally worth it. The difference is in the details, after all. We are ecstatic to see construction started on eighteen stalls with six grooming bays, two wash stalls, a lovely tack room, bathroom, and of course the ever important feed room.

Part of the struggle when designing our new barn was choosing the right builder. Hurricane safety was the number one priority so that really solidified using MD Barns again. This California girl is terrified of fire and not a fan of tropical turbulence, so the zero fire spread walls and wind rating to 170mph makes me sleep a little easier at night. You can’t put a price on beauty rest.

I designed our barn layout to nestle in parallel to the existing outdoor arena and meet the new covered arena at the north end. We added a breezeway with a porch mid-barn for air flow, arena access and post-riding chats with friends. We have a perfect view of the outdoor arena and jump course from the raised porch! Our grooming bays live on the end porches as in the original barn, but we tripled the quantity and added beautiful (and functional) grooming dividers to each. We also retained the generous 16’ raised center aisle design for maximum ventilation and added a feed room mid-barn (yessss!) with a neighboring tack room and restroom. I’m chomping at the bit to add individual storage cubbies and unique saddle and bridle racks to the space once it’s complete. Hurry up, boys! The finished barn will be a bright, clean and airy home for eighteen. To say I’m giddy would be a wild understatement. Luckiest girl in the world. Now only if I had a new horse to put in the new barn…

Want to see more? Follow along with our daily progress on our Expansion story at instagram.com/copperlightfarm

  • Concrete: MAK
  • Barn: MD Barns
  • Builder: Marty Knapp
  • Stall Base: ESI Footing
  • Pad Fill Dirt: Jenkins Trucking
  • Pad Earthwork: Dennis Kemph

Construction zone

We are tickled pink to watch the expansion unfold at the farm this summer! It’s such a treat to see what started as a pipe dream actually come to life. We probably could have had better timing to build (hello hurricane season), but we’ve had fortunate weather so far and everything is right on schedule.

Scroll down for some behind the scenes shots from the construction zone, and visit our instagram story here for daily updates.


  • Fill Dirt | Jenkins Trucking
  • Land Prep | Dennis Kemph
  • Additional Road Prep | Dave Pittman
  • Fencing | Dirt Road Ag Services & Fence Pros of the Treasure Coast
  • Arena & Warehouse Manufacturer | Schulte Building Systems
  • Barn Manufacturer | MD Barns
  • Structure Installation | Marty Knapp
  • Electrician | Jeff Moneyhan Electric
  • Plumbing | Southern Plumbing
  • Irrigation | Jerry Stuckey
  • Concrete | MAK Concrete
  • Arena & Stall Footing | ESI Footing
  • Lighting | New York Lighting
  • Project Manager | Lindsey Auclair

We started with dirt. Lots and lots of dirt. 250 truckfuls to be precise. We raised pads for the new barn, covered arena, warehouse and parking lots. Jenkins Trucking provided our pad dirt and Dennis Kempf’s team expertly worked the earth.

After seeing nothing but trucks of dirt come in the driveway for weeks on end, it was quite exciting when it came time to set and pour the concrete footers for the covered arena. Mike and his crew at MAK engineered massive footers for our columns. This sucker isn’t going anywhere.

A new barn needs new paddocks, right? Emory at Dirt Road Ag Services set to work on our vision to maximize our space in the ‘back field’ to create thoughtful paddocks and lanes just adjacent to the covered arena. He has his work cut out for him as the grass grows a mile a minute during rainy season. We’re super impressed with his dedication, efficiency and craftsmanship thus far.

And then one day, as if by magic, the covered arena arrived. Unloading the two trucks from Schulte Building Systems stacked with steel was a task of itself which took two days. The team with our builder, Marty Knapp, stacked and organized the beautiful battleship grey iron beams and then, to my sheer delight, the first column was up! After a month of prep, it’s sure exciting when something actually goes into the ground. The crew has zoomed through the frame erection and are now placing the roofing beams. I think we’ll see some roof panels go up next week – stay tuned!

Ok so, the covered arena may have warranted its own post. Wow do a lot of steps go into this mammoth! We are in the final two days of footing installation and couldn’t be more psyched to see it all complete – and use it! The roof panels went on quickly and the electrician hurried out to hang lights before the footing work was under way. We still have to tweak those a bit but the nearly finished project is absolutely lovely!

We chose ESI footing for our arena and couldn’t be happier. What a professional team! They worked the sub base and installed amazing drainage rock for the base (I can’t say no to an upgrade) with sheeting between each layer. They’re now on the fifth truck of the fluffiest most wonderful pre-mixed silica/GGT you ever did see. I seriously want to do sand angels.