the Brathwaites, I would not have my mare, Cricket. They were there
when Cricket’s mother violently rejected her at birth. They helped
Cricket then and continued looking after her in the days and weeks that
followed. They took shifts bottle-feeding Cricket, every hour on the
hour, twenty four hours a day, during those first days after she was
I didn’t need to ask them to help me. They were willing to go that
extra mile (which probably felt like a hundred at 3am) because they know
and love horses. I would never even have considered breeding Cricket’s
mother, an older mare, if I had been boarding anywhere else. I
respected the Brathwaites’ knowledge and experience and relied on their
Terri oversaw Cricket’s training. In 2000 she was Partbred Eastern
Canadian Breeders Halter Champion and Reserve Champion under saddle.
Cricket is now a happy, healthy, sensible 13 year old. I continue to
take lessons on her under Terri's watchful eye. Cricket is also kept
busy teaching a number of Terri's younger students to ride.
Client since 1988
is 10 years old now and has been riding since she was 5. She has had an
interest in horse since she was 3. She rode at a couple of different
places before we found Standfast Farm. After her instructor moved away
from the place she rode before coming to Standfast Farm, my husband
heard by word of mouth that Terri Brathwaite was a great instructor! We
called Terri soon after and arranged for Bailey to begin lessons again.
Bailey has done so well since riding at Standfast Farm and has been
riding there for 3 years. She has learned so much, has met so many nice
people and has been given so much opportunity for becoming the best
rider she can be. Terri is very patient, informative, fun and very
caring and loving to ALL of her animals, not just the horses…her dogs
and cats too! Terri has been such a great asset for Bailey and Bailey
looks forward to each and every lesson.
Anyone I hear of that is interested in riding lessons, I don’t hesitate
to refer them to Terri! Standfast Farm is a great place to ride whether
you are young or older. I am hoping to take lessons myself soon too!
Shauna (and Andy) Gilmore
Parents of Bailey
|Why I ride at
Standfast - Terri doesn't tell you what to do, she tells you why the
horse reacts as it does. This lets the rider focus on telling the horse
what to do - not on what physical action to take. It also allows a rider
to react to new situations with confidence.
Why I board at Standfast - Simply because the horses come first.
Terri and her staff know horses, know horse health, and know how to keep
horses safe. Her relationship with her vets and farriers gives the
confidence that my horses will get the best care available.
Why I will take my children to Standfast - Safety. Safety is
never an issue up for discussion. I feel safe there, and having watched
many a child's lesson, I am sure that my kids will be in the best of
Why ride at Standfast? Because of all of the above, and because
Standfast is an easy and comfortable place to be, whether practicing for
the next show, or just dropping by to what the horses go.
Standfast Client since 2001
As an adult rider receiving lessons for the first time I found a steady,
marked improvement week by week. Terri's calm, patient demeanour
immediately reassured me providing confidence. This allowed me to gain
balance and a sense of one-man-ship with the horse. I think what
impresses me the most about Terri is her profound respect and
appreciation for the magnificence of the animal. This is immediately
translated to the student and a wonderful synergy is created between
instructor, student and horse. Terri is a gentle, wise insightful
instructor. She seems to know as much about human psyche as horse
psyche. This in my estimation is a rare combination because she knows
how far a student can go in a lesson for the day as well the horse; the
horse is as often a much a pro as Terri.
Radio Network Owner
husband and I came to Standfast Arabians in February 2007. I had owned
and shown Arabians in the past but had been out of the "horsie world"
for nearly five years. I was anxious to return to riding but wanted to
make sure that my experience would a pleasant and encouraging one.
I remembered hearing the name Terri Braithwaite from my
past show days so I "Googled" her on the Internet. Standfast Arabians
popped up and I made the telephone call that would return me to a world
I both loved and missed.
My first conversation with Terri was encouraging and
inviting. She very kindly allowed me to ramble on about my past
experiences and in her own quiet way, determined what I was looking for
and how she could meet my needs. My husband had very little previous
riding experience, so I wanted his introduction to the Arabian breed to
be a positive one.
Terri has an incredible knack for matching a horse and
rider. We talked about what my goals were and put a game plan into play
on how I would set about to accomplish them. I was matched with a horse
that has both developed and challenged my riding skills and who I am
continuing to learn from each time I ride.
I was most impressed by the positive atmosphere in which
to train and show. The coaching and mentoring which Terri provides
instills a great amount of confidence in each of her horses and riders,
and is tailored to suit the individual. It was an awesome experience to
return to the show ring knowing that help was never any further away
The other thing that really struck me about the farm was
how warm and friendly the people were and how much they all love their
horses. I was welcomed and accepted immediately and have made many
wonderful friends in my short time at Standfast Arabians. I was so
surprised (and impressed!) to see many of my fellow riders from the barn
come out and support those of us who were showing, even though they
themselves were not. It was just so wonderful to have so many helping
hands and encouraging people to cheer us on - an amazing experience!
I cannot begin to thank Terri enough for all that she has
done and continues to do for me as a rider and (hopefully soon) horse
owner. Her love for the animal, the breed and her constant desire to
reach higher and farther, are a constant source of inspiration to all
her students and boarders. Her parents play a very integral part of her
journey and it is inspiring to see a family share a love for something
they are all so committed to - it is rare in this day and age.
My husband and I look forward to a long and happy
relationship with Terri, her family, her boarders and her horses. I
count it a privilege to ride under her expert instruction and look
forward to wherever the road may take us.
I highly recommend Standfast Farm and Terri and to anyone who is looking
for an excellent boarding facility, a capable riding instructor, a
superior horse trainer or a reputable person to find a horse that’s just
right for them. I can say this with confidence because I’ve experienced
all of these things at Standfast Farm over the years I’ve been there.
When I first met Terri, about 20 years ago, she was in her mid teens and
I was in my 30s. I needed a place to board my half-thoroughbred mare.
A friend recommended Standfast Farm. I’m very thankful she did.
mare had just come back to me after a 2 year lease. Unfortunately, she
had developed some major behaviour problems while she was away. I was
an intermediate rider with over 15 years of English instruction (flat,
jumping, dressage). I loved to study and I thought I knew quite a bit
about horses. I soon discovered that Katie’s problems were beyond my
abilities to correct. In fact, she was beginning to frighten me.
gone hacking with Terri and watched her schooling her family’s
Arabians. It was very apparent to me that, although she was less than
half my age, Terri was a much better rider and more knowledgeable about
horses than I would ever be. Once my ego recovered from this blow, I
enlisted her help. Thanks to Terri’s patience and expertise, I had many
more years of enjoyment riding Katie
The Braithwaites took great care in choosing their foundation stallion,
Three B Kazim, and the other stallions that have come after him. Terri,
Glenice and Glen explained to me that they research the bloodlines very
carefully. They want to breed quality performance horses with great
temperaments, as well as beauty.
I was very impressed with the spirit, intelligence and
gentleness of Kazim. He passed these qualities on to his offspring. I
watched them mature into people-friendly, sensible horses. I told everyone
that my next horse was going to be “a Kazim baby that was Terri trained”.
This way I’d be sure get the horse of my dreams! I wouldn’t settle for
anything less.... and I didn’t!
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since my 7 year olds first riding lesson with Terri, she was almost
hooked. The idea of spending time helping out at the stables and riding
horses sounded great! Until a horse pooped! Terri said, “There is your
first job.” Jessie found out very quickly that she wasn’t kidding.
Jessie’s eyes were wide open as she realized it was not all fun and
games. Terri is highly respected and is a huge role model in her life.
Terri has instilled responsibility, hard work, dedication and the
meaning of striving for a quality of excellence. Through superior
training and much blood, sweat and tears of consistent, positive
direction given effortlessly and endlessly by Terri, Jessie, now eleven,
shows her appreciation for being given this wonderful opportunity
through sharing the same passion. She is now hooked for life.
sometimes think Terri has a horseshoe up her butt because how many
people actually get to live their dreams. As a parent, I would like to
thank Terri for honestly having Jessie’s best interests at heart.
Sincerely your friend for life,