We encourage you to visit the farm, get to know our staff, take a lesson or two on our schoolmasters then consider bringing your horses in for training. All levels of horses and riders are considered. Call for more information.
WE ALSO SPECIALIZE IN TRAINING RIDING INSTRUCTORS.
OUR MISSION : Brek-n-Ridge Farm is a training and clinic barn providing a clean, safe, fun and beautiful environment for horses and riders. We are devoted to training horses and riders and providing outside clinicians a Northern Michigan facility so equestrians may learn new techniques and tactics. In between clinics we teach a simple, understandable system of riding to our students that is easy for both riders and horses to understand. During the seasons we mentor one or two students so they may grow as riders and people. Students can apply to become part of our program. We are a small private stable and space is very limited.
Karin’s philosophy regarding Dressage training….In my reading I came across this author and I contacted him to ask if I could reproduce his words. I have been unable to rediscover his name ( my apologies to my equestrian colleague) and he writes..… “In order to train the riders, the horses bodies need to be released/organised/ strengthened/activated”. At Brek-n-Ridge, we believe in this training method for ALL equestrian disciplines since dressage includes recreational, jumping, cow horse, western and others because….”to have the largest impact upon performance in the least amount of training time, the horses’ core must be made stronger, because if it is weak and/or misaligned, no progress can be made strengthening, straightening, collecting or channeling impulsion because the mechanism is frozen by the horse in self defense. When the horses’ core has been “released, organized, strengthened, and activated” there is immediate proportional access, that is granted by the horse to the rider because it feels more natural and more comfortable to the horse.” From all my experience, I love this concept of training because it allows us, the riders, teachers and trainers the value of “time” – the most important asset we can offer a horse in this journey. We can teach you a system to follow with your horse training and as you and your horse begin to see results, we hope you will return to Brek-n-Ridge many times to work with us and advance your techniques. Adding…. the author then writes….”There is no other training correction has this rapid an effect on the horses and riders progress.”
Finally, we’d like to share with all of you, is that the stable can be a wonderful leadership school. In our society, women and men are not always encouraged to participate, speak out or be in charge. In the barn these qualities are practiced on a daily basis, perfectly matched with an educated compassion for the horses.
There is no coincidence that many of the great business leaders in the world have an equestrian background.