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2020 Season Events

2020 Maryal Barnett Clinics : SEE BELOW FOR MORE ABOUT MARYAL 

For Brek-n-Ridge

All dates are on the second Tuesday and Wednesday of each month, except one or two dates. We start about noon on Tuesdays and end the day at dinner together at a restaurant in town. Wednesday mornings begin from about 8 am and depending on our number of riders  – we usually end about 2 PM.

It’s a wonderful opportunity to get to know Maryal better, and network with horse lovers, trainers, and riders. Call Elizabeth at 231-242-0012 for a ride time or to reserve an audit seat.

January 14-15, 2020

February 11-12, 2020

March 10-11, 2020

April 14-15, 2020

May 12-13, 2020

June 9-10, 2020

July 14-15, 2020

August 11-12, 2020

September 8-9, 2020

October 13-14, 2020

November 10-11, 2020

December 8-9, 2020

 

Welcome to Stepping Stones Dressage 2020 – Schedule coming soon!  
Come join us!  We offer intro through the 1st level, western dressage for yearend awards, as well as a Test of Choice–where riders may ride any test for the Test of Choice option.
The start time for dressage shows is 9 AM.

SCHEDULE – TBD. Attending / Purple 

April

  •  Maryal Barnett BnR
  •  Albion Horse Show

May

Vanessa Voltman Clinic TBD

  •  Oxford, Michigan Boot Camp
  •  Maryal Barnett BnR
  •  Janet Foy
  •  SSHS K Colfer Dressage
  •  Dressage at Waterloo Attending 

June

Vanessa Voltman Clinic TBD

  •  Maryal Barnett  BnR 
  •  Dressage at Waterloo I Attending
  •  Dressage at Waterloo II Attending 
  •  SSHS Rising Hope Dressage

July

Vanessa Voltman Clinic TBD

  • Maryal Barnett
  • Dressage at Waterloo
  •  SSHS Cedar Creek Dressage
  • Michigan Summer Dressage

August

Vanessa Voltman Clinic TBD

  •  Karin Offield 3-day Clinic – Full
  •  Maryal Barnett
  •  Dressage at Waterloo Final I Attending 
  • Dressage at Waterloo Final II. Attending 
  •  SSHS Winter Park Dressage Attending

September

Vanessa Voltman Clinic TBD

  •  Maryal Barnett BnR
  •  Region 2 Regionals Waterloo
  •  SSHS Cedar Creek Dressage

October

Vanessa Voltman Clinic TBD

  •  SSHS Black Star Farms Dressage
  •  Maryal Barnett BnR

November

Vanessa Voltman Clinic TBD

  •  Maryal Barnett BnR

December

Dr. Michelle Allen, DVM Beadle Lake Large Animal Clinic mallendvm@gmail.com
Cell: (517) 930-1503

Northern Michigan Dressage Connection Contacts

Winter Park Ranch
Lindy Thompson – Owner Jonathon Thompson – Owner WinterParkRanch@gmail.com 231-675-5368 (LT) 231-675-8941 (JT)
BOYNE CITY, MI

Legacy Farms of Good Hart Shawn Neff – Owner
Jay Neff – Owner owner@legacyfarmsofgoodhart.com 231-838-4353 (SN)

HARBOR SPRINGS, MI

Brek-n-Ridge Farms
Karin Offield – Owner/Trainer Andrew Figures – Trainer Elizabeth Sanchez – Clinics lessontime@yahoo.com 231-242-0012 – Farm 906-430-0340 – Andrew 561-301-7818 – Karin HARBOR SPRINGS, MI

Tromble Equestrian Center Michelle Tromble – Owner michele@tromblebayfarms.com 406-224-3300 (ED) CHEBOYGAN, MI

Maple Ridge Farms
Julie VanZee – Owner/Trainer mapleridgeandalusians@yahoo.com 231-497-4700
CHARLEVOIX, MI

K Colfer Sporthorses
Katie Colfer Reese – Trainer katie@kcolfersporthorses.com 231-526-2868
HARBOR SPRINGS, MI

Shadow Creek Farms Beth Harwood – Owner PETOSKEY, MI

The Stables at Black Star Farms Kari Merz – Manager kari@blackstarfarms.com SUTTONS BAY, MI

Orchard View Stables
Colleen Haveman Forton – Owner/Trainer Colleenhaveman@yahoo.com 231-946-5803
TRAVERSE CITY, MI

White Winter LLC / Cedar Creek Crossing Susy White – Trainer susan.white@outlook.com
231-633-9350

TRAVERSE CITY, MI

Suzanne Morisse Dressage/
Lazy S Ranch Equine Learning Center Sue Morisse – Owner/Trainer
USDF L-Judge
Western Dressage Specialist Eaglehorse1@hotmail.com
SAULT STE MARIE, MI

Rising Hope Equestrian Center Leah Keller – Trainer/Manager risinghoperidingcenter@aol.com 231-526-6353

HARBOR SPRINGS, MI

LAST MODIFIED: 03-30-2018 BY: Lindy Thompson

Northern Michigan Dressage Connection Service Providers

NAME

CONTACT

SERVICE

Dr. Michelle Allen, DVM Beadle Lake Large Animal

MAllenDVM@gmail.com

517-930-1503 cell (text okay)

VET – Sports Med, Chiro, Acu

Gail Belcher
Lucky Enough Sport Therapy

GBelcher@casdk12.net

989-745-4818 cell (text okay)

Equine Massage & Bodywork

Kim Kauranen, APF-I
Kim Kauranen Horseshoeing

minirickey1@gmail.com

231-499-9659 cell (text okay)

Internationally Accredited Sport Horse Farrier with AAPF/IAPF

* THIS LIST IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION… IF YOU HAVE A SERVICE PROVIDER THAT WOULD LIKE TO BE ADDED TO THIS LIST, PLEASE EMAIL LINDY WITH THEIR NAME, EMAIL AND LIST OF SERVICES: WINTERPARKRANCH@GMAIL.COM

About Maryal

Maryal Barnett is a full-time dressage instructor, a dressage judge, and part owner of Nottingham Equestrian Center in East Lansing, Michigan. She teaches at many other stables in Michigan and gives regular clinics in Illinois, Indiana, New York, Missouri and Wisconsin. During her extensive career, she has also been a dressage trainer and competitor.  She has been appointed to train and examine US Equestrian Judges and United States Dressage Federation (USDF) Certified Instructors. Many of Maryal’s students have earned local and national awards, and some have become US Equestrian Judges or USDF Certified Instructors.

Maryal is a retired Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) “C” Dressage Judge, and an active US Equestrian “S” Dressage Judge and Canadian Equestrian Federation Senior Dressage Judge. She is an Instructor and  Examiner for the US Equestrian Dressage Judges Training Program, and she is on the USDF “L” Faculty to teach future dressage judges. Maryal has given many Judges’ mini-forums throughout the United States. Attending US Equestrian Judges’ Forums and participating in USDF International Judges’ Forums and FEI Seminars for Dressage Judges has taken her to Europe and Canada as well as all over the United States.

Maryal is a retired USDF Instructor Certification Examiner and Faculty Member. She has attended all of the USDF/Violet M. Hopkins National Dressage Instructors’ Seminars since the inception of the program in 1979. Initially she took part as a participating rider and participating instructor, then as a regional workshop instructor and a member of the teaching staff.  She was a co-instructor and then an instructor at several USDF Regional Workshops. As chairperson of the USDF/Hopkins National Seminar for Dressage Instructors Planning Committee from 1981 to 1989, she had the responsibility for planning the annual seminar held in Union Lake, Michigan.

In 1994, Maryal chaired the USDF University Committee at the request of the USDF Executive Board. This committee coordinates the USDF’s different educational programs and identifies areas where improvement is needed.  Maryal was elected to Executive Board of The Dressage Foundation in 1997. The USDF recognized Maryal’s dedication by presenting her with a USDF Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014. She was inducted into the Midwest Dressage Association Hall of Fame in 2015.

During her competitive years, Maryal showed her own horses from training level through Grand Prix and earned many USDF awards. She won the Midwest Dressage Association’s “Award of Excellence” through the levels to Grand Prix, and her horses won numerous local and national awards, including the USDF Horse of the Year from training level through US Equestrian I-1.

For Maryal, teaching is more than just a profession. It is a passion. Nothing gives her greater joy than seeing her students grasp a skill or concept through lessons that she developed. It doesn’t matter to her whether it is the beginner rider learning to sit the trot or an advanced student improving their tempi changes. Her goal is to encourage them to develop a positive philosophy and recognize that their horse is not just a mechanical thing doing fancy movements, but a living, breathing creature that needs to be brought along in a humane and logical system. The soft look in the horse’s eye and the swinging tail make it all worthwhile. Those qualities indicate that the horse has been taught to understand the system and has developed confidence in his ability to be more balanced and athletic.

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