April 24, 2018
Road Less Traveled Eventing
“Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,” – thus begins the poem by Robert Frost, “The Road Not Taken.” It’s the favorite poem of graduate A Pony Clubber Erika Adams and has come to have perfect meaning for her eventing stable near Lenoir City, TN.
“I love poetry, and that’s my favorite poem,” Adams said. She was trying to come up with a name for her newly acquired stable and one of her students suggested “The Road Less Traveled” to commemorate the poem and to describe an attribute of the folks who stable their horses here. “We pride ourselves in being a collection of folks who want to have fun and that often means we take the road less traveled,” Adams explained. And when she bought the property, house, stable, and covered arena, “everything was already painted yellow.” So, of course, the farm is named Yellow Wood Farm.
Adams rode with Tennessee Valley Pony club in her younger days, often attending the Mid-South Region mega rally in Lexington, KY at the Kentucky Horse Park, and many years qualifying for Pony Club Championships East. Now as an adult, she owns her own eventing stable and her competition level has increased markedly. This year she took two horses to Fair Hill and completed the 2-star course on Williston, aka “Bruce.” She was quite pleased with her no-fault cross country ride. Her other horse, Rainbow Sky, will be going to her first 1-star soon.
Since she moved in January 18th of this year, “there’s been something going on at the farm nearly every weekend,” she said. “We have dressage clinics, symposiums, breed inspections; we had Jim Koford for two weeks and we’re having JJ Tate after Thanksgiving for a dressage clinic.” This fall she attended a George Morris clinic (what’s an eventer doing at a George Morris clinic?) and a Sinead Halpin clinic. Kate Wooten was available for saddle fitting for the “team” in November. Adams and her students often travel to horse trials – to River Glen in New Market, TN, to the Horse Park in Kentucky, to Chattahoochee Hills and Poplar Place events in Georgia, and this year they plan to travel to Ocala, Florida over the winter.
Her Yellow Wood Farm encompasses 15 acres, a 15-stall barn, and a covered arena. Currently her barn is full and there are people on a waiting list. She offers regular lessons, trains horses, and has a working student, Lauren. One of her main concerns in managing her stable is keeping her paddocks green and having lots of turnout for her horses.
Road Less Traveled at Yellow Wood Farm is located at 4562 Kingston Hwy., Lenoir City, TN 37771. Find out more about the farm at: www.rlteventing.com or on facebook at Road Less Traveled Eventing Team.
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