Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Illinois/Indiana state line area.
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Silver Star Academy (English/Western riding school RP, Anyone is welcome to join in!)
This is an Equestrian boarding school roleplay set at a riding school called Silver Star Academy. It specializes in both English and Western style riding. All situations and horses described are fictitious. Please read the entire post below as it contains vital information about the setting and please read the rules and feel free to hop in! Thanks!
1. Please make all posts 200 words or more.. try to include both dialogue and description in your post. See below for my example. No limit on maximum J
2. No godmodding – don’t control other people’s characters or horses without their permission in either actions or thought.
3. Please post in third person past tense (I.e. ‘Suzy walked into the kitchen’ rather than ‘I walk into the kitchen’).
4. You can write in the point of view of a horse or a person or both. In addition you can choose to pursue Western or English disciplines.
5. Have fun!
The air was crisp that mid September morning as Madison Sullivan walked down the steep hill, her tennis shoes squishing in the dewy grass. It was getting light out now, but it was still early, about seven when she’d looked at the clock in her room. There was a fine fog which blanketed the ground and everything around it, preventing the girl from seeing too far off into the tree-line. She could see her breath in the air and was glad she’d thought to throw on a hoodie over her clothes – a pale blue with yellow lettering thing that had the Aeropostale logo across the front and a pair of blue jeans with a decoration on the front pocket – a four leaf clover in green embroidered thread. Her hair, somewhere between dark gold and light brown, was secured in a tight braid at the back and her blue-grey eyes scanned the horizon as she walked, still chewing the muffin she had in her right hand.
Madison could smell the distinctive scent that emanated from the red building up a ways in front of her: a mixture of grain, straw, sweat and horses – the same scent that had nested itself into all corners of her current surroundings. Silver Star Riding Academy. Nestled into the foothills of the Pocono Mountains in Northeastern Pennsylvania, Silver Star was a premier equestrian boarding school. Every September kids from all over the country in grades 7 through 12 waited anxiously for acceptance letters to the school. They packed up their horses and headed off, ready for another year of learning and training.
Of course, given that it was school, they had to study math, science, literature, English, history and even Government, but the focus was on Equestrian. The school also gave weekly after school lessons to locals of all ages. Students at the school usually worked in the stables or helped the trainers with lessons to cover the cost of boarding their horse at the school if they had brought their own. If not, the school would assign them one of the municipal horses for their exclusive use during the school year so they could still share a bond with a special horse and care for and learn on that horse during the year.
Silver Star trained students in both English and Western riding disciplines and it made it a popular choice for students of all levels of ability and disciplines. The trainers and riding masters were nice and always willing to lend a helping hand. The school was fairly small and was housed in a renovated Victorian estate. This year’s class was about 45 students. The school had a homey feel as the house was also the home of the owners and main teachers at Silver Star, a middle aged married couple. They lived four to a room and each room had two pairs of bunk beds with one side of the hall for girls and one for the boys. Schedules were split with some students having riding lessons in the morning and class in the afternoon and the others vice versa. Each student also had private time each week with one of the trainers to work on a discipline of his or her choice. Before supper there was a quiet hour in which they could do homework or quiet activities in their rooms. All in all it was a very nice place.
It was Madison’s first week at Silver Star and before that week she’d only spent a little time on horseback and didn’t honestly know very much, though she was certainly willing and excited to learn. She could only hope she would one day be as gifted as the older students she saw there. Her parents had thought maybe going to a boarding school would be a good experience for her, give her some independence now that she was a freshman in high school and her mother had just gotten remarried. All in all, Madison had been more than anxious to escape her house and throw her attention into something more challenging that didn’t involve thinking about the new home situation. She had applied for the Equestrian school back in May and she had never believed for an instant she’d be accepted… but then the letter had come in August, catching her totally by surprise.
She didn’t have her own horse and so she’d been matched up with Integrity, a seven year old black Fell Pony mare belonging to the Academy. Integrity would be for her use only during that school year and that was –almost- as good as truly owning a horse of her own, at least for now. However, as she’d only arrived yesterday, she hadn’t had a chance to do much more than get unpacked and meet her room mates and teachers. She moved up to the fence outside of the paddock and quietly watched the horses that had already been turned out by their owners for an early morning canter, wondering if anyone else would show up that she might meet – be they another student or teacher or trainer.
"Hello.." She said softly. "Is anyone here?"
(OOC: Sorry about the length! There was a lot of information I had to get in there. Please feel free to grab a character and jump in!)