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August Polo Dates – Confirm at Bliss Store for weather !



Bliss Store

1431 E Sturgeon Bay Trail, Levering, MI 49755
(231) 537-4411

Wednesday Aug 6
11am: Orchard Hill vs. Mokarow Farm
Umpires: Ka’aina, Eddy, 3rd Man: Polo

1pm: Bliss vs Upatoi Green
Umpires: Ka’aina, Chris N, 3rd Man: Paul K

Friday August 8
11am: Bliss vs Mokarow Farm
Umpires: Ka’aina, Chris S, 3rd Man: Eddy

1pm: Orchard Hill vs Upatoi Green
Umpires: Ka’aina, Antonio, 3rd Man: Todd

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




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

Polo this week 7/25 and 7/27 Bliss, MI

The games this weekend will be Friday at 1pm and 3pm and Sunday at 11am and 1pm.

Please confirm with the Bliss Store and buy your caps and snacks there!   It will be great sport!

POLO this week — July 18 and 20th !!!!

POLO will played Friday July 18 at 11am and 1pm and Sunday July 20th 11 am and 1pm. Please call the Bliss Store for confirmed times, and visit the store for polo caps and snacks!

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.”