Not long ago, I got to accompany Jack on one of his horseshoeing jobs at a new jumping barn in Tumalo. Before our visit to Some Day Farm (20361 Tumalo Rd.), I didn’t even realize the place existed — it’s set back quite a bit off the road, and the owners had yet to add any signage (they have since added a visible sign). So I didn’t know what to expect.
Well, to say I was pleasantly surprised by the impressive setup was an understatement. Owner/trainer Cat Cruger has only been in place at the new facility since November (she used to lease the barn at Little Remuda Ranch, across the street) but is already filled to capacity (45 horse boarders) at the 32-acre property.
And, judging from what Cat has done here, it’s easy to see why. This place is very well-thought-out and extremely well-maintained. How many barns do you know that were designed so that a different view of the Cascade Mountains would be visible through each of the windows in the covered arena? Nice. Especially since this place offers some superlative views of the mountains. But that’s just a side benefit.
Other amenities here include:
- 18 12×12 rubber matted stalls with runs attached
- 14 12×12 rubber matted box stalls
- a large, heated viewing room (with flat-screen TV) overlooking the 80X204 indoor arena
- 150 x 250 outdoor ring
- Grass jumping field
- Large heated tackroom with lockers
- Several grooming stalls
- Warm water wash racks
Cruger specializes in equitation, hunters, jumpers and ponies. Originally from the East Coast, she was ranked in the top 25 junior riders in the nation by the Professional Horseman’s Association before she ventured West. Already, she has assembled a bustling barn full of young, eager riders who seem to hang on her every instruction. Reminded me of my own not-so-misspent-youth spent in the midst of as many horse-related activities as I could arrange.
Below are a few photos taken at Some Day:
About the Author:
Lisa Broadwater, GRI, CDPE is a Central Oregon-based real estate professional who specializes in listing and selling homes, especially in Sisters, Tumalo, Redmond and Bend.