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Memi Pearsall talks about Dressage and Brek-n-Ridge Students -2014 – Win at Dressage and Jumping

IMG_2630Memi Pearsall is a 17 year old and from Richmond, Virginia. Her mother is Robin Johnson of Virginia and Harbor Springs, Mi. She has been riding since she was 7 years old and she started riding in Virginia and continued to Chatham Hall, an all girls boarding school in southern Virginia. At Chatham Hall she was able to expand her experience from the Hunters into Equitation by joining the school’s IEA team. Each year she moved up a division and started showing in the intermediate division of IEA eventually qualifying for Regionals. She also competed in a Jumper show in Sedgefield, North Carolina.

Memi does not own her own horses, yet every day she is assigned to ride one or more of the 30-40 school horses available at Chatham Hall. The girls ride five days a week, which allows the students to grow as riders and athletes. This summer was her first year working for Brek-n-Ridge Farm as a working student for Kate Etherly and Karin Offield.

Brek-n-Ridge went on the road this summer competing in shows in Sutton’s Bay and the Leelanau Peninsula. Brek-n-Ridge student Mckenzie Becker joined up with Memi and Andrew Figures in Dressage competition. Memi competed in the jumping shows with the Brek-n-Ridge jumping horses Boxcar Annie and Redstar. Memi won an important flat class with Redstar, a pretty chestnut mare new to the stable and trainer Karin Offield. “ Memi successfully accomplished many of my goals for the summer. I am grateful that she joined up with us and worked so hard.I appreciate working with these young students and looking at their riding from their point of view and discovering how I can teach them to reach for more in their equestrian dreams. ” Karin says.

When it comes to dressage Memi had this to say….”I learned a lot this summer about a type of riding I was totally unfamiliar with, to begin with. Although the hunter/jumper world is about achieving perfection, dressage takes this concept to a whole new level. I was surprised and knocked down a peg when I tried dressage for the first time and realized that all this time I couldn’t even ride a proper circle. The beauty of dressage is working to make everything perfect and having harmony with your horse. The thing I learned abut dressage this summer will and already has translated into my work in the hunters. It’s been a very interesting experience to be judged by the eyes of people who see riding in a whole new way in which doing something “good enough” won’t suffice. In dressage, nothing is ever perfect, you always need more flexion here or to be more geometric with your patterns or any number of other things a judge could find. However, I’ve found that the beauty lies not in the achievement of this perfection, but in the journey with your horse to achieve it.”

Lesson Horses for Sale

September  2014

 

Dear Friends, In 2010 when Kate and I opened Brek-n-Ridge Farm in Harbor Springs, Michigan we wanted to create a stable where adults and children could come to take lessons and learn to ride dressage. We have accomplished that goal and more, and in the four years we have accumulated these amazing horses that are now being offered for sale.

 

LESSON HORSES

We know them; we trust them and we can recommend them!

 

All horses have been kept up to date with vaccinations, farrier and dental work. All have Coggins, so they are ready to take to a show right away! Contact either Kate or Karin for an appointment to try these horses or for more information.

 

ANNIE is a black and white Pinto mare born July 10, 2000. Annie’s sire was a stallion named BOXCARJACK and her dam was a mare named LTJ Littlestrawberry. Registered by the Pinto Horse Association of America, Annie stands 13 hh and easily carries adults and tall children. She is an intermediate to advanced lesson horse.

Annie will be showing up to 2nd Level Dressage this summer. She will also be jumping at our regional Stepping Stones shows for the third summer in a row. She has been shown in dressage, equitation and jumping. She excels in all.

She is a fast learner, jumping brush boxes, coops and small oxers. She likes a brave rider, and she has a lot of heart and a get up and go attitude. She is a mare with a big engine, NOT a slow poke and she adores trail rides and cross-country and she could easily become a Three Day Event Pony.

Her 2013 rider talks about Annie ….“When I learned to ride at Brek-n-Ridge, I rode and showed Boxcar Annie. She was the perfect pony for me to learn on. Her energetic attitude with just the right amount of stubbornness ensured that I learned how to do everything correctly if I wanted her co-operation. I gained lots of confidence riding Annie, and along with Karin’s instruction I learned a lot of techniques that I use on my own horses everyday. Riding at Brek-n-Ridge Farm for the past three summers has been an opportunity that I will never forget.”

Sweet natured and reliable, Annie stands for the vet and farrier. $2500

 

ZORRO is an unpapered American Quarter Horse 15.2 hh black gelding brought to Brek-n-Ridge Farm for training in June 2013.

Zorro has become a lesson horse for beginners, advanced and adult riders. He won many dressage classes at STEPPING STONES schooling shows and was Champion of the Year in our region. He has been shown at USDF shows through First Level. Zorro will be an amazing western dressage competitor.

We want a home for him where there will be professional training. We hope for a rider that is confident and who wants to go “up the ladder”.

Zorro is a kind soul and we have been blessed to have him teach our students. Good on trails. Best turned out with other geldings. $3200

 

ULKE is a 15 year old registered Friesian gelding imported from the Netherlands. He was originally trained to drive carts, and in April 2010 he arrived at Brek-n-Ridge Farm to be trained as a riding horse.

In training by Karin he is being offered for sale as an Intermediate Dressage prospect. Ulke is used in our intermediate to advanced lesson horse program. Karin also uses Ulke for students learning to trot, as Ulke allows the instructor to walk while he jogs. He is currently working on all Training Level movements and developing his canter.

He is great on trails and pastures with other horses. He is a sweet, kind and loving horse looking for a forever home.

 

RED STAR/Ridge Run is a registered American thoroughbred racehorse (2010) by Quaker Ridge out of Determined to win by Jack Slade b 2007. 15.3 hh, She has been raced but is calm and kind. Been shown USDF dressage through First Level and has jumped 2ʼ6” courses.

She is easy to ride and even in chilly weather she is quiet and sensible. She will be at Brek-n-Ridge until the right person comes along. Suitable for an adult, youth, amateur or professional rider and she is a good lesson horse. She is being trained to become quiet in the bridle and excels in the hackamore.

*Huge potential and big movements. *Safe horse. *Easy jumper, experience in dressage arenas, might be a terrific three day eventer. *She is very smart, does NOT want to touch the rails *She is still green and ready for YOU to put on the final touches. She will become an easy horse to ride in the dressage arenas.

• Super calm in cross ties • Easy to turn-out, good in groups • Affectionate • Nice personality • Picks up feet easily • Clips, trailers and ties • Easy to mount, narrow – bodied not wide in the ribcage • Listens to rider with very light aids • Careful and observant of her feet • Easy learner and willing • Balanced and easy changes

• Great walk, forward with big overstep • An elegant and easy to regulate trot • Adjustable canter stride, easy to collect • Great trail horse, forges rivers, ponds and lakes

**Loves other horses, good for turnout with both mares and geldings. $7000

 

Ask for more details how we can make your horse dreams come true – leasing, purchasing or year round lessons. Brek-n-Ridge Farm is an island paradise for horses in Harbor Springs. See pictures of these horses on our FB page and website www.breknridgefarm.com These prices include commissions. All offers and 501-C-3 organizations considered. Kate Etherly: 231-242-0012

 

 

Brek-n-Ridge rider Champion in Traverse City By the Bay Horse Show

 

PRESS RELEASE: AUGUST 3, 2014

LOCAL GIRL BECOMES CHAMPION HUNTER RIDER AND HAILS FROM BREK-N-RIDGE FARM

Harbor Springs and Wequetonsing’s summer resident fourteen year old Mary Otto of St. Louis, Mo. and daughter of Mary and Bob Otto of took part in Traverse City’s own Horse Shows by the Bay Equestrian Festival. The equestrian festival was held in July at local residents’s Karin Flint’s Flintfields in Williamsburg, Michigan.

During Week One of the multi week long jumping competition, Mary was Champion on Dakota in the Younger Childrens Hunter division. Week Two Mary was Second on her new 5 year old Dutch Warmblood named Enterprize in the prestigious Children’s Hunter Classic. Week three Mary was Reserve Champion on Enterprize in the Children’s Hunter Classic. Her St. Louis trainer is Sarah Mechlin, at Mechlin Farm in Wright City, Missouri. In between shows Mary continued to ride this summer with Karin Offield.

Mary says “When I learned to ride at Brek-n-Ridge, I rode and showed Boxcar Annie. She was the perfect pony for me to learn on. Her energetic attitude with just the right amount of stubbornness ensured that I learned how to do everything correctly if I wanted her co-operation. I gained lots of confidence riding Annie, and along with Karin’s instruction I learned a lot of techniques that I use on my own horses everyday. Riding at Brek-n-Ridge Farm for the past three summers has been an opportunity that I will never forget.”

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Mary and Dakota galloping and jumping to win.

Photo credit: Bob Otto

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Mary and Dakota – Champions

Photo credit: Bob Otto

Brek-Ridge Horse Show big summer success !

Press Release from Brek-n-Ridge Farm, June 22, 2014

 

Saturday, June 21st, on the summer solstice ‘the sun appeared to stand still in the sky’ for the horseback riders competing at Brek-n-Ridge Farm’s first 2014 summer event, the Stepping Stones Horse Show. The unaffiliated equestrian club in Northwestern Michigan is committed to having fun while advancing proficiency in the dressage and jumping arenas. Brek-n-Ridge barn and farm managers Kate Etherly and Greg Last with help from Andrew Figures and Gail Miller ran a smooth and polished dressage show.

 

A total of 46 entries competed with riders coming from Traverse City and barns in the outer regions of Harbor Springs. Starting at 9 am and ending mid afternoon, the judge Kari Merz of Black Star Farms in Traverse City made it home for dinner! “It was our most successful show in the 4 years we have been here. In the shade of our big trees we have a small park with picnic tables.  Brek-n-Ridge is a small stable yet we were able to offer many of our guests a box stall. Some riders stayed overnight and went for a trail ride we organized.” Says Karin Offield the farms owner.

The riders included Brek-n-Ridge Farm’s summer working students and clients whose early arrival for summer fun included MacKenzie Becker and Mary Otto; and locals equestrians Quinn Mathews, Beth Harwood, Savannah Thompson, Hannah Neff, Beth Straebel, Oona Owen, Anna Ketko, Kat Nekhorn, Mary Louise Mooradian, Susan Burns, Kathy Zimmerman, Marni Cameron, Karin Offield and Ann Truffant.

Karin and Kate’s summer working students are Memi Pearsall the daughter of Harbor Springs summer resident Robin Johnson and for the month of June – Hannah and Katie Ernst -

MacKenzie and her own Boomer

MacKenzie and her own Boomer

the daughters of the Beckett Family that own and operate Tapawingo Farms in Sault Ste. Marie.

The Introductory Championship went to a 15 year old black Dutch Friesian horse named Ulke. He earned the high score of the day of 66.8%. Rider Karin Offield says, “He has now earned his way into the canter divisions. At his first show he scored a 67.5%. He has been a four-year project of mine to teach him to become a suitable riding horse. He is the most amazing creature. I love him.” The Training Level Championship went home with Mary Louise Mooradian riding her own Bubba.

Karin adds, “The star rider of the show for me was MacKenzie Becker of Good Hart and Pinckney, Michigan. She had just graduated from high school and arrived on Tuesday to ride her horse Boomer who was boarded this winter at Brek-n-Ridge – and she jumped on him and was a STAR! I was so pleased with both of them.   I have said this before, and now after watching 4 years of offering riding lessons to kids it is more and more obvious to me that the stable can be a wonderful leadership school.  In our society, girls and most boys are not encouraged to participate, speak out or be in charge. In the barn, at our stable – all those qualities are practiced on a daily basis, perfectly matched with an amazing compassion toward the animals. It is a fact and there is no coincidence that many of the great business leaders in the world have an equestrian background.”

Lovely mare for sale

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CONSIDERING A THOROUGHBRED ?  Ask about this kind mare.

This 6 year old mare is for sale, call me or Kate Etherly at 231-242-0012.    I like her, and she is easy to ride. Even in the chilly weather, she is sensible.  She’s stabled at Brek-n-Ridge Farm in Harbor Springs, Northern Michigan, two hours north of Traverse City. She will be here until the right person comes along. It’s a cool video – check it out. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nBK0b9qz4qg

For sale: Thoroughbred mare, with papers. Suitable for Adult / Youth / Amateur. Sensible and quiet. Trail rides 3-4 times a week along with arena work. Huge potential and big movements. Safe horse. Easy jumper, experience in dressage arenas, might be a terrific three day eventer. Has shown in dressage and jumping, yet she is still green and ready for YOU to put on the final touches.  She is very smart, does NOT want to touch the rails, and will be an easy horse to ride in the dressage arenas.

• Super calm in cross ties

• Easy to turn-out, good in groups

• Affectionate

• Nice personality

• Picks up feet easily

• Clips, trailers and ties

 

• Easy to mount, narrow – bodied not wide in the ribcage

• Listens to rider with very light aids

• Careful and observant of her feet

• Easy learner and willing

• Balanced and easy changes

 

• Great walk, forward with big overstep

• An elegant and easy to regulate trot

• Adjustable canter stride, easy to collect

• Great trail horse, forges rivers, ponds and lakes