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CLINICS AT BREK-N-RIDGE – Facility available, stalls and excellent indoor for your clinics. Call for information


Karin, Andrew, Maryal, Kate and Liz, with Sue on her horse

Celebrating many years of training and working with Maryal Barnett, there is not a clinic that we attend or ride in where there is not something learned or better understood. A judge said to me that she didn’t learn from a certain teacher, and my response was too think about how much we can get from a Maryal Barnett clinic if we listen and watch very carefully. Maryal makes us better instructors and riders and spectators!!




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Proud to say…Western Dressage in Harbor Springs at Brek-n-Ridge Farm!


“WESTERN DRESSAGE IS MORE THAN A MOVEMENT. IT’S GOING TO BE A GRAND SUCCESS. I joined up with a good number of horse trainers this week to learn more about the sport, their mission and the steps they are suggesting that we as trainers take so that we can be a part of this new sport. “

The Train the Trainers™ clinics were established by the Western Dressage Association of America in early 2012.  Intense national and international demand led Frances Carbonnel and Cliff Swanson, to begin the development of a training curriculum which addressed the needs of equine professionals who were interested in training their horses and clients about Western Dressage.

Western Dressage is a synthesis of two worlds; it is the need to understand this synthesis that drives the Train the Trainers™ program. All participants leave the clinic with volumes of materials supporting the training methods delivered during the clinic.

Professionals from a traditional dressage background leave the clinic understanding more about western horses, their movements and gaits and tack. 

Western professionals are able to observe classical dressage principles demonstrated on a variety of western horses. The interface between both types of participants is one of most rewarding parts of the program.

The mission of the Western Dressage Association® is to honor the horse and to value the partnership it has provided us on our American journey. Its mission is to provide a model of training and horsemanship which optimizes this partnership for the benefit of both horse and rider. Its mission is to celebrate the American West where all these things came to pass.

“Congratulations are in order for Cliff Swanson and Frances Carbonnel for putting on a two day educational experience that for me gave me what I wanted and needed. Now as a classical and western dressage trainer I am a better all around teacher because of them. By being a participant in the TTT program, I have become a part of their foundation of the educational thrust of Western Dressage.”  Karin Reid Offield

Excited to be “Person of the Week!” by Michigan News!


Thank you Eric for bringing HARRY & SNOWMAN into the news!

Michigan News Person of the Week –

Here in northern Michigan, there are a lot of people making a difference in their communities. We’re recognizing those who make an impact with the “MI News 26 Person of the Week.”

This week, we’re recognizing a woman dedicated to promoting equestrian sports.

Those nominating Karin Offield said she runs a program giving members of the YMCA in Harbor Springs and Petoskey an introduction to horseback riding. She’s also been a long-time supporter of dressage competitions across of the country.

In addition, Offield produced a documentary — “Harry and Snowman” — about a trainer who saved a horse from a slaughterhouse… leading that horse to become a national show jumping champion. That film was submitted to the Sundance Film Festival.

For all her work in the field of equestrian sports — both locally in Harbor Springs and around the county, Karin Offield has been named this week’s Person of the Week.

If you know of someone who’s working hard in their own community — whether that’s by making an extraordinary accomplishment in school, volunteering for a local non-profit, or just impacting the area in their own unique way — send an email to

Karin Reid Offield and Merlin


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Janet Foy Symposium, Hosted by the Midwest Dressage Association Located on Carole and Tonya Grant’s Farm,
5390 Pleasant Hill Drive, Fenton, MI 48430
April 9 & 10, 201

Congratulations to our Demo Riders!

Hillary Oliver & Tonya Grant – Training Level, Jennifer Clooten & Karin Reid Offield – First Level, Rebecca Moras & Lorie DeGrazia – Second Level, Andrea Landis & Jayne Bailey – Third Level, Carrie Wilson & Lisa Delaat – Fourth Level, Sally Dietrich & Anne Stahl – Prix St George, Sue Thome & Sherry Nelson – Intermediate 1, Andrea Bingham & Marie Domke-DeWitt – Intermediate 2/Grand Prix
What is the difference between a Symposium and a Clinic?

The main purpose of the symposium format is to educate the audience through living examples of theory. This is done through using the rider as an illustrative extension of the instructor’s theory. Riders are chosen by their current ability to solidly illustrate the theory and their education becomes secondary to the audience’s experience.

For example: if the lesson is to teach the audience the bio-mechanics of flying changes and how they are achieved, a pair with great simple changes and inconsistent flying changes cannot be used. However a pair that can land big, straight, solid changes, that can do them repetitively, on various lines would be used instead.

Whereas clinics are specific intensive educational sessions for the horse and rider, where they are encouraged to hone and develop their personal skills. These sessions are often used to serve and encourage a learning curve, trying of new processes and resolving issues via a different approach. The audience itself is indirectly educated through watching the learning process between rider, instructor and horse.

Depending on the prerequisites of the clinician, riders are chosen by level shown/schooling, their willingness to participate and improve.

Brek-n-Ridge Farm, How did it gets it’s name?

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By boat the farm is seen from the waters of Little Traverse Bay on Lake Michigan.  The old potato farm and adjoining dairy farm- yards lie between the hilly ridges of Birchwood Farms.  At the bottom, above the lake, Brek-n-Ridge Farm has become a serene pastoral working horse farm with miles of trails for riding and fields for grazing. This neighborhood has been a farm since the early 1900’s. An ancestral name from a native life, Brek-n-Ridge Farm will welcome you – and with our horses we hope to inspire you.

What Does Name “Brek” Mean

Brek means in horse riding going to great heights and equally great depths, because this  can make you a better person and a better rider. Most equestrians are emotional and fixed in their opinions. At Brek-n-Ridge Farm we can train you to be versatile because we know that you have the ability to learn easily. Horse people are hospitable, sentimental about horses and we all do admire a rider’s prior training techniques. We are Brek!

Horse people are ruled by the love of the horse and when horseless we know that Brek-n-Ridge Farm can be a placefor you to visit so this love can be encouraged and your horse needs appreciated. You are Brek!  Join us.