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Summer and Fall 2017

So much news, many clinics and the Brek-n-Ridge Farm Face Book Page is our go to site for news. The early New Years resolution is to post on this website, all the news. Here’s a start!

 

NEW. UPCOMING EVENTS – the fall is the best time isn’t it ?

On November 4-5 a Saturday and a Sunday Endel Ots gives a clinic in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The clinic is hosted by Western Michigan’s All Dressage Association (ADA) a Group Member Organization (GMO) of the United States Dressage Federation (USDF). Their mission is to provide education, information, and high-quality shows for dressage enthusiasts in West Michigan. Thank you Thomet Stables for bringing Top Sport to us! Their flyer will be posted on Brek-Ridge Farms FB Page @thestablearoundthecorner

On November 7-8 a Tuesday and a Wednesday, we welcome Maryal Barnett back to the farm for a Dressage Clinic. We are proud to be the “stable around the corner” where riders and teachers meet for education and good ole fashioned horse fun. Ride times are filling up quickly, so secure your spots soon as possible. No charge for auditors, and Tuesday night dinners are fun, let us know if you can join us.

The latest Dressage news is that we have a local horsewoman that hopes to bring to the Northern Michigan area more education and resources. She writes “The goal is to bring education and schooling show assistance to the area (think clinics, symposiums, un-mounted seminars, qualified judges for shows and clinics, a chance to make our SSHS qualifiers for the Midwest Regional Schooling Show Championships…. resurrecting the GLEF Dressage??? ) Plus, the MDA offers a great professional’s only support group, continuing education and GRANTS.” So, if you have not received an email please let us know here at Brek-n-Ridge and we will pass on your contact info for more details.

On November 10-11, a Saturday and a Sunday there is a clinic in Kingsley, Michigan. We are attached the flyer here – hope you will attend. I don’t personally know Debbie but I am a fan of the CHA programs and the instructional guide lines it requires to be a CHA Certified Instructor.

Lots of news to catch up on in mid October. Regional Finals, clinics, Championships and new puppies and kittens. At this time of the year in the north, country life is calm. Our hearts and prayers go out to all of those affected and effected by the weather, mother nature’s voice and the loss of so many friends, pets, and loving horses. Let us know if we can help up here in Michigan.

The first announcement today is about our up-north friend and colleague Sue Morisse that competed and was third in the World with a 72.2095 % ( a 3.9% pt. behind the winner ) behind such notable dressage riders as Joann Williams and Francis Carbonnel in the Western Dressage Finals, held in Guthrie, Oklahoma. 9/28-10/1 at the famous Lazy E Arena. 9600 Lazy E Drive, Guthrie, OK. She won the World Championship Haflinger award.

As the host of this great event, THE MISSION OF THE WESTERN DRESSAGE ASSOCIATION® OF OKLAHOMA IS TO BUILD AN EQUINE COMMUNITY THAT COMBINES THE WESTERN TRADITIONS OF HORSE AND RIDER WITH CLASSICAL DRESSAGE. WE HONOR THE HORSE. WE VALUE THE PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN HORSE AND RIDER. WE CELEBRATE THE LEGACY OF THE AMERICAN WEST. A wonderful sport, still new to many.

Sue’s horse Sabreena Sue CHRF is the most beautiful Haflinger, as the pictures show here…..Pictured here with. trainer/ mentor/friend Maryal Barnett.

Congratulations Sue and Sabreena GOOD GOING !

Buck Brannaman September 8-10. Petoskey, MI
Classes: Horsemanship 1 (9:00 AM), Cow Working (1:30 PM)
Both classes are full.
Venue: Emmet County Fair, 1129 Charlevoix Ave. Petoskey, MI 49770
Details: Outdoor Arena, bring your own chair. The fairgrounds are close to hotels and restaurants. There is camping available onsite as well. No dogs allowed.

Vanessa Voltman Clinic at Brek-n-Ridge 3 PM -5 PM September 8

Maryal Barnett Clinic September 11th Tuesday starting at 12 noon to 6:15 PM and September 12th Wednesday starting at 8 am to 2:15. Auditors are welcome at no charge.

This spring I was feeling lucky. The stable was slim and fit with not too many horses; Andrew Figures had stepped into the management shoes that were hard to fill; my Louisville offspring Merlin was done growing and looked more and more like his father; and then the phone rang again….with good news. A client brought VIKING to Brek-n-Ridge Farm for the summer. We were able to use him for lessons, in between his owner’s rides. This was exactly the concept that we had had from the beginning in 2010 – give our boarding horses a bigger and fuller life by using them in our lesson program. Many owners just don’t have time to give their horses the kind of time horses are able to offer and many riders just cannot own or keep a horse. It’s a win win.

So, here comes the fall and with that VIKING goes home but not before a proper introduction….VIKING – owned by
John and Celena Cowen, Ferris Farm in South Lyon. Viking is 16.1 Hands, 10yr old Friesian, schooling 1st and 2nd level.

Thank you so much John and Celena,

Best regards, Andrew Figures and Karin Offield

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For a more serious reflection from Karin, follow this: Early in the spring I received a call from a young woman that was going to be spending her summer in Harbor Springs. She asked me for a working student position at BreknRidge.

(Over the years,I bet from approximately 1992 until I began living in Europe, then starting up again in 2010, I have had working student programs for young riders -in jumping, dressage, vaulting programs. When Kate and I started up the teaching and camps at the farm in 2010 we accepted working students that helped us keep our lesson programs vibrant and busy. We gave a lot of lessons, and we had a working student for every instructor. That’s how we accomplished it, and we couldn’t have succeeded without them. Hannah Ernst went on the ride and work with top three-day event riders in Ocala – that is just one successful example.)

This summer was different. We accepted one working student and I would like to introduce her to you all – meet Sophia Sears and her horse TRES. Invite them, watch them, include Sophie in the clinics – she is a special rider and I am so very pleased to become part of her dressage career. Thanks for working so hard for us this summer, Sophie…keep up the good work! Karin, Andrew and Liz

2017 POLO in Bliss, Michigan – Get your Bliss polo hat on!

WELCOME BACK FOR THE 2017 SUMMER SEASON OF HORSING AROUND

BLISS STORE
 CALL TO CONFIRM GAME TIMES! 
1-231-537-4411
SPECTATOR ADVICE : Bring unbrella’s or canopies. Chairs to sit on. Tailgaters will need to arrive early for best parking. Porta Potty on site. The Bliss Store is your GO-TO stop for refreshments and snacks. They have had some cool polo hats, and both Mike and Barb will welcome you to their store. Rules and tips explained below…scroll down…
Direction from Harbor Springs is approxamately a 30 minute drive straight north on Pleasantview Rd, with a very short east/right jog on Robinson Rd. then north/left again on Pleasantview.   OR: Try the address of the Bliss store in your GPS –  it’s 1431 East Sturgeon Bay Trail, Levering, MI 49755 …..Buy a map too!
You can arrive or depart from Polo alongside the lake by taking N Lake Shore Drive, passing Cross Village and intersecting to a right (going East) on W. Sturgeon Bay Trail. It’s longer that way but the roads take you through beautiful countryside.
 Spectator Overview

This brief overview of the rules of polo is for the spectator only. Most of the rules of polo are for the safety of the players and their ponies. If you want to play, learn them thoroughly. For complete details refer to the USPA Outdoor Rules.

  • Although there are many rules to the game of polo, the primary concept is safety, for the player and his mount.
  • Ponies play for a maximum of two chukkers per match.

The Line of the Ball

The most basic concept in the sport of polo is the line of the ball, a right of way established by the path of a traveling ball.

When a player has the line of the ball on his right, he has the right of way. This can be taken away by moving the player off the line of the ball by making shoulder-to-shoulder contact.

A player can:

  • hook an opponent’s mallet,
  • push him off the line,
  • bump him with his horse
  • or steal the ball from him.

The umpires’ primary concerns are right of way and the line of the ball.

  • The line of the ball is an imaginary line that is formed each time the ball is struck.
  • This line traces the ball’s path and extends past the ball along that trajectory.

The player who last struck the ball is considered to have right of way, and no other player may cross the line of the ball in front of that player. Riding alongside to block or hook is allowed, as long as the player with right of way is not impeded.

Ride Offs

Bumping or riding off is allowed as long as the angle of attack is less than 45 degrees, and any contact must be made between the pony’s hip and shoulder.

Hooks

A player may hook or block another player’s mallet with his mallet, but no deliberate contact between players is allowed. A player may not purposely touch another player, his tack or pony with his mallet.

Safety

The mallet may only be held in the right hand. Left handed players are often thought to hit with less accuracy, but guide their ponies better than their right handed peers.

Ponies play for a maximum of two chukkers per match.

Polo detail compliments of www.polosport.com !

Did You Know…?

  • While players have always preferred clothing light in weight and color, white pants or jodhpurs (tailored riding britches,) are always worn by the players as a tribute to honor the cavalry that brought polo to the western world.
  • The word “polo” is actually derived from the Tibetan word “pulu” for ball.
  • Trophies are presented at award ceremony celebrations at the conclusion of each tournament.
  • A mallet may only be held in the right hand of the player.
  • The ball is mainly struck using the side of the mallet, not the end.
  • The Divot Stomp is a polo traditional that often takes place during halftime allowing the spectators to socialize and help restore the field for the second half.

See you at the games, Karin and the gang at Brek-n-Ridge Farm

NEW Logo Art revised

Harbor Springs, Michigan Rental newly available – in time for POLO!

HISTORIC POTATO HOUSE

4 Bedroom | Vacation | 8 Guests | 4 Bedrooms| 2 Baths
Check availability for training and lessons. 231-242-0012 Please leave a message for Karin.
For professional rental arrangements and immediate bookings, please call Graham Management
231-526-9671 makayla@grahammgt.com 163 E. Main, Harbor Springs MI 49740

Property Description: The home sits on a working horse farm and is surrounded by pastures and resident horses. Welcome to our second home!

The historic Potato House on Brek-n-Ridge Farm is now being offered as a short-term or weekly rental for family overflow guests and Harbor Springs visitors. Offered beginning July 2017 and sporting new décor, this home is equipped with plenty of entertainment conveniences.

A landmark property, the Potato House will make your vacation dreams come true. Perfectly romantic as a couples get-a-way or for families and friends filling the four bedrooms.

The past owners remodeled the old potato storage barn into a home that is distinct in architecture and unique in personality. For your convenience, the home offers both gas and charcoal barbeques, a Turkish fire pit, multiple sets of table ware – casual and formal, cooking wares and entertainment supplies for hosting large and small parties.

The layout includes the use of the original silo of the Potato Barn with a high-topped table and chairs; the large dining area in the bottom of the barn seats 6-8 comfortably; a breakfast table; a reading nook for rainy days and a large living room with a river rock wood burning fireplace. Off the living room is a patio with BBQ grills, fire pit, lawn furniture, tables, chairs and chaises. Perfect for warm summer evenings and chilly winter nights. Easy indoor outdoor living.

Four bedrooms and two baths: Two king bed rooms with a large bathroom and shower/tub on the upper floor and two queen bed rooms with a bath and shower downstairs all provide guests with closets, chests of drawers and amenities. Guests can access the downstairs living areas, lower bedrooms and kitchen across a flat lawn entrance without using the stairs.

The Potato House – rural and convenient – sits just 2.5 miles north west of Harbor Springs on M-119 / South Lake Shore Drive at the entrance to the world-famous Tunnel of Trees.  Harbor Springs by bicycle is a 16 minute ride and you can cross country ski to town. It’s  5 miles to Nubs Nob; 7 miles to Boyne Harbor Springs by bicycle is a 16 minute ride and you can cross country ski to town. It’s  5 miles to Nubs Nob; 7 miles to Boyne Highlands and 20 miles to the Boyne Mountain Resort. Ask about possible guest privileges at the Birchwood Farm Country Club.

Smoking is not permitted inside the home, not handicapped accessible, nor pet friendly, cable TV and internet are included.

Dressage Clinics at BreknRidge Farm and POLO in Bliss, Michigan

Our next Maryal Clinic for Dressage enthusiasts will be April 11 and 12th. We are planning a fine dinner Tuesday night with all of the participants. Sign up soon so plans can be made. Some of the snowbirds are back to ride so we expect a full clinic and it’s an important clinic to check in with “the judge” to see how your winter training is progressing.

The 2017 POLO Schedule …..we have some dates for your summer schedule!

8-Goal Masters Tournament July 12-16, 2017
8-Goal Tournament sponsored by Orchard Hill – July 26-30, 2017
8-Goal Congressional Bliss Cup Tournament August 9-13, 2017

Directions for POLO from Harbor Springs is approxamately a 30 minute drive straight north on Pleasantview Rd, with a very short east/right jog on Robinson Rd. then north/left again on Pleasantview.
OR: Try the address of the Bliss store in your GPS –  it’s 1431 East Sturgeon Bay Trail, Levering, MI 49755 …..Buy a map too!

Due to Winter Roads – Maryal Clinic cancelled

HAPPIEST OF NEW YEARS

SPRING IS AROUND THE CORNER!

THANKS TO HORSE SPIRIT FOR THIS FABULOUS SHOT