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Reviews for the Premiere of Harry&Snowman – WOW

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A Jake Jacobson from Westwood One, MovieJake

A cinematic bouquet to the world, Ron Davis’ joyous documentary about an incredible man and his unlikely partnership with an unwanted gelding wouldn’t seem to be fodder for a wonderful experience. HARRY & SNOWMAN is. Now near 90-years-young and still jumping horses, the epic life of Dutch-born Henry deLeyer is almost too rich, too decent and too episodic to believe, but that is what makes this man and this film so precious. Young Harry, saving hundreds of Jewish lives from hiding them in a urine drain on his farm in Holland as the Nazis pursue. Getting sponsorship by a Canadian war victims Mother and honing his gift for horse-jumping. By sheer luck, paying $80 for an unwanted Amish plow horse on its way, literally, to his death and the relationship that would eventually lead to three world jumping championships at Madison Square Garden in the late 1950’s and 60’s. To Director Davis’ credit, this his third feature after a couple of beauty pageant docs, proves the third time is a charm indeed as the effusive charm that Mr. deLeyer exudes is infectious and his simple decency is well rewarded with a life well lived. Audiences of all ages will find a rousing tribute in this splendid nags to riches tale and at its sole is as unpretentious as its subject. A love story between a man and his horse will move and excite the most devoted cynic. HARRY @ SNOWMAN simply has to be seen to be embraced. Ride it.

Polo 2015 Bliss, Michigan

Photo by Louisa Davidson@

Photo by Louisa Davidson@

Question ……Do you have a schedule for this year’s polo season?

Hi Everyone,

The tentative schedule for the summer.

Practices will start Wednesday July 1st. but since it’s 4th of July weekend, they may not want to start the tournament until the 8th, the second game on the 10th, and the final game on Sunday the 12th.

The end of the season and final game will be August 16th. Start of that tournament will be determined by the number of teams.
I will continue to post on Brek-n-Ridge Farms website the info, but make sure you call the Bliss store for weather updates and game confirmation –  Does everyone have their phone number ?

It’s the families that help grow dressage and show jumping sports

DSC_6674I recently received a letter from an Arizona family thanking Brek-n-Ridge Farm  for supporting the Stepping Stones series of equestrian events in Northern Michigan. The letter was written by a grandfather of a young rider at Black Star Farms and he was writing to thank us for being involved as sponsors of the Stepping Stones series of shows.

What he may not have known was that Brek-n-Ridge Farm is not just a sponsor but an equestrian facility that actually trains these young riders to compete.

What I know is that we need more sponsors for equestrian sports that are not involved in bringing along the children. We want to show you – the sponsor – an outsider –  how powerful and important equestrian activities are to our youth and in general to our well being as human beings. The news today is filled with stories about animal assisted intervention and successful therapy of all involved. Being part of an equestrian lifestyle imparts  leadership, trust and discipline to each and every student and participant, qualities that are paramount in life.

It is without saying, however, that even before we recognize the sponsors and what we can do together with them in our communities,  it is the families of the children that WE need to thank. Thank you for your involvement, for cheering on your kids and recognizing that we are doing something so amazing with kids and horses. Thank you so much !

So once you take part in this amazing journey, at the end there is always a pot of gold!  For us it will be the YEAR END AWARD ceremonies, lots of prizes like horse shaped pastas, riding socks, rubber rain boots, bags of treats, fun kids type stuff, horse ornaments, horse jewelry and championship ribbons and more!


What it means to be a Teacher of Horse Back Riders

Dear Karin,

Stewart and I are such a better team since we started working with you. I have learned so many new things. I swear, when I work with you for an hour after school, I learn more than in seven hours at school. Thank you very much for every thing you’ve taught me. I can’t wait to see where we will be next year!

Thank you again, M

Thanks for the great card – keep studying hard in school – it’s super important!  Love ya, Karin

OPEN HOUSE AT Brek-n-Ridge Farm, October 25, 2014


On October 25th Saturday, from 11 am to 1:30 PM, Brek-n-Ridge Farm will be hosting an OPEN HOUSE. In collaboration with Ellsworth Farmers Exchange and Tribute Horse Feeds we invite you to participate in an educational exchange about THE CARE AND NUTRITIONAL NEEDS OF OUR SENIOR HORSES.

Farmers, landowners and any equine caretakers are invited to the meeting, to discuss, and if necessary make emergency plans to care for the equines in our neighborhoods this winter. Senior horses, unlike younger more robust equines, need special attention throughout the winter months.

Ellsworth representatives and their feeding experts will be available to answer all your questions until 12:30 PM. Our goal of this exchange is to educate and listen to your concerns about your horses care this winter.

At the conclusion join us for hotdogs on the BBQ followed by a demonstration by the young children from YMCA of Northern Michigan. They will be showing off their new riding skills they learned this fall in the YMCA Horseback Riding Program.


For more information and to receive directions, please call

Karin Reid Offield at Brek-n-Ridge Farm 231-242-0012.

Brek-n-Ridge Farm 7359 S. Lake Shore Drive

Harbor Springs, Michigan

Next door to the Birchwood Inn