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Summer Horseback Riding Lessons Announced

A 6 Week Horse – a – Culture Riding and Auditing Course is now taking reservations. Beginning July 3rd, 5th, and 6th, followed by a summer schedule every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday through July and into August.

Join Andrew and I to share with you the riding experiences that will make you a smart rider, no detail too small and no goals to large.  We will have fun, learn a lot and teach our horses to become better riding partners, better trained, and you as a rider,  a safer equestrian.

Morning and Afternoon Sessions, all ages welcome to audit, details to follow soon. Trailer in or reserve a Brek-n-Ridge horse. Limited availability so call soon!

Our goal AT BREK-N-RIDGE FARM is to share with you how to reach your horsey goals. This series of learning is for you whether you are a serious rider of any age with aspirations of a gold medal, a blue ribbon or a rider that  wants to know how to get through the woods more easily and have fun with your horse!

Join us to see Harry & Snowman in Northern Michigan

FB Press Release: May 22nd

A FILM FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY – HARRY & SNOWMAN  

 “A cinematic bouquet to the world…it simply has to be seen” Indie Wire

“Gallop, don’t trot to Ron Davis’ winning documentary” Los Angeles Times

 “The Snowman of Ron Davis’s documentary…

is a horse that melts the heart” New York Times

On Wednesday June 13th Crooked Tree Arts Center is teaming up with Brek-n-Ridge Farms’ Karin Reid Offield and the Snowman Rescue Fund to premiere the Petoskey, Michigan screening of Offield’s award-winning documentary film, Harry & Snowman. The screening will take place in CTAC’s Theater at 6:45 p.m., with a conversation taking place first at 6:00 p.m.

This special event – “How Dreams Can Come True & the Olympic Journey” – will begin with discussions between Karin Reid Offield and Hannah Neff, both local aspiring riders in the sport of equestrian dressage.

Growing up in Aspen, Colorado, Karin wanted to be just like Warren Miller, a famous maker of ski films. But instead, she decided to make films about horses and show jumping. Karin’s first unreleased film documented the world of American equestrian show jumping, and her most recent, Harry & Snowman, documents the journey of a specific equestrian and horse team from the late 1950s and 1960s.

Snowman was an old Amish plow horse that Harry rescued off a truck that was bound for the meat and glue factory for only $80. Less than two years after Harry rescued Snowman, the duo became national show jumping champions, media darlings, and a Cinderella story, in their own right.

Harry & Snowman was the 17th highest grossing documentary of 2016, out of 155 choices. It was voted the Best Documentary, Audience Choice, or the Grand Jury Award on the Film Festival Circuit in New Orleans, Prescott, New Hampshire, Malibu, Woods Hole, Nantucket, and Hot Springs, and was awarded the highest honor of Best Feature at the 2015 Equus Film Festival, eventually bringing home eleven garland awards.

Hannah Neff, a self-proclaimed equestrian at the age of four, has Olympic dressage dreams. Now 13, Hannah will be training with Tonya Grant, United States Dressage Federation Gold Medalist, and preparing to compete as a junior rider this season. Karin and Hannah both share a love, passion, and talent for dressage, and will share stories from their journeys toward accomplishing their respective goals.

A Q & A session about the making of the film with Executive Producer Karin Reid Offield will follow all the screenings. Tickets for the Crooked Tree evening can be purchased on-line at www.crookedtree.org Tickets are $10.00

The Lyric Theater in Harbor Springs, on Monday June 25 at 5 PM & Tuesday June 26 at 1:30 PM presents Harry & Snowman. Karin Reid Offield’s award winning documentary will be a fundraiser for The Michigan Horse Welfare Coalition and the Snowman Rescue Fund.

For animal rescue situations, the definition of a coalition is a temporary alliance of distinct parties, persons, or states for joint action ie:  an alliance for combined action!  These coalitions of rescue organizations, veterinarians, law enforcement officials, equine media, and concerned citizens provide responsible horse owners with hay, veterinary, and humane euthanasia assistance, and assists law enforcement agencies with the response to equine neglect, abandonment, and cruelty cases.

“Horses and donkeys are covered equally under Michigan’s animal cruelty statute just like any other animal, and you can’t neglect, abandon, or harm them any more than you can a cat or a dog,” Jodi Louth, president of the Michigan Horse Welfare Coalition, said in a recent news release. Karin adds,  “It is wonderful to see so many groups working together to place horses and mules in homes where they will be loved.  Harry & Snowman and Brek-n-Ridge Farm welcomes our friends coming from Lenawee County.”

The second charity receiving assistance is THE SNOWMAN RESCUE FUND.  Located in Pennsylvania near the New Holland Auction where Snowman was bought for eighty dollars, the Omega Horse Rescue & Rehabilitation Center gives other slaughter bound horses the same chance that Snowman had to become a part of a loving family. Omega has placed more than 1,200 horses since its foundation in 1997. It is organizations like these around the United States, in the corners of our towns, like the Little Traverse Humane Society, that are making a difference. The animals are eternally grateful!

The money raised by the screenings, DVD’s and new Snowman book will go directed to the charities. “The book takes you inside the family, as though you are sitting down to dinner with them.” Karin concludes.

A Q & A session about the making of the film with Executive Producer Karin Reid Offield will follow all the screenings. Tickets for the Lyric Theatre screenings are available in advance at Brek-n-Ridge Farm 231-242-0012 (ask for Liz) or at the door 90 minutes before each screening. No Credit Cards.  Tickets are $20.00.  Only 70 tickets are available.  

 

 

 

SPRING & SUMMER HORSE FUN AT BREK-N-RIDGE FARM

SPRING & SUMMER 2018

Dear Friends, Our stable is small this 2018 summer. We have several boarders that we adore, horses to train and for the first summer ever we are leaving EMPTY stalls for use by horses in training, clinic horses, house guests and ground work clients. 

If you are coming to Brek-n-Ridge to train, we are asking that this summer you arrive with your own helmets. You can inspect the available helmets now being sold on www.doversaddlery.com.

After being in the horse business for almost 50 years, we are now selling and giving away our excess equipment. I am looking for charitable organizations for horses that need products. We will ship on request.

Join us and have some fun this summer!

See you Soon!

 

 

 

Harbor Spring’s Michigan Brek-n-Ridge Farm – For Rent

Dear Friends, Spread the word – let’s throw some parties and celebrate! Call Karin for details!  1-231-242-0012

Summer and Fall 2017

FALL AND WINTER 2017

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.

 

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SUMMER 2017

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

SPRING 2017

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