Karen Ramsing-Bixler Clinic Report

On October 25th, I had the great pleasure to welcome my friend Karen Ramsing-Bixler back to Blue Waters.  As always, Karen did a superb job of listening and observing her riders and then crafting an attainable plan for improvement.  All with a gigantic smile and heaps of encouragement! 

Two riders brought their homebred youngsters; Julie Poludniak with Hennessey and Pat Chandler with Ellie.  Both had superb first outings!  Pat posted this report on her Facebook page:  “What a great day! I rode Ellie off the farm today for the 3rd time ever in a clinic with Karen Ramsing-Bixler at one of my favorite local facilities, Blue Waters Farm! I was really excited to ride in Linda’s beautifully manicured outdoor arena on such a perfect fall day and I wasn’t disappointed. I told Karen I wanted to work on better connection in the canter work and we had enough of a good result (after working on the connection in walk and trot of course) that we were also able to work on shallow canter serpentines. Karen has a calm way about her that is certainly great for young horses and she was able to hone in on the best approach for a sensitive mare. So this was a super positive experience for Ellie and I enjoyed catching up with old friends including Linda who is always such a gracious hostess. I’m hoping it won’t be too long before we return to Blue Waters for a repeat performance”

First-time participant Michelle Burris and her beautiful Remi unlocked a few gears prompting this comment:  “I cannot thank you enough for holding this amazing clinic. I had such an eye-opening learning experience! Karen helped me unlock my horse and gave me the best movement to date. I am over the moon right now”

Returning riders Kara Buttimer with Abigail, Martina Thiel-Poblotzi with her homebred Cordialle and my homebred BW-Raina all had excellent rides focusing on the requirements for moving up to the next competitive level.

We look forward to Karen’s return in 2019!

Pat and Ellie

Julie and Hennessey

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We are so honored…

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With BW-Raina’s (Royal Prince x SPS Danina) acceptance into the Oldenburg N.A. Premium Mare book, we completed the requirements for our third and final star in the Breeder’s Star Award program.  In previous years we had satisfied the requirements for foal production and offspring performance but the third remained elusive as we had produced primarily geldings.  BW-Callista, owned by Leslie Valente, was entered into the Oldenburg N.A. Premium Mare book in 2006.   Twelve years later, Raina had the privilege of joining her!   

Requirements for Star Awards for Breeders

  1. star: FOAL PRODUCTION:

    5 premium foals with ISR-Oldenburg NA

  2. star: MARE/STALLION PRODUCTION:

    2 ISR-Oldenburg NA premium mares or one ISR-Oldenburg NA approved stallion

  3. star: OFFSPRING PERFORMANCE:

    3 ISR-Oldenburg NA registered offspring with performance success in any of the following (2-8) must be at recognized shows (placings 1st – 3rd required):

    • Mare Performance Test score of 70% or higher
    • Materiale Test score of 65% or higher
    • Dressage competition score at 2nd level or above of 65% or higher
    • Jumping competition placing in Preliminary or above
    • Hunter competition placing in Regular Working Hunter or Pony Hunter or above
    • Combined Training placing in Novice or above
    • Driving placing in Combined Driving or Pleasure Driving
    • FEI Dressage classes for 5 year old and 6 year old score of 65% or higher

We are so honored to be counted among these fifteen breeders that we so highly esteem.   To see a complete listing of one and two, star award breeders, please click here.

*/*/* Ken Borden, Jr. Wilmington IL
*/*/* Elizabeth Callahan Oxford MD
*/*/* Vanessa Carlson Claremore OK
*/*/* Stacie Coder Effingham KS
*/*/* Con Brio Farms, LLC Gilroy CA
*/*/* Irena Coz Ramona CA
*/*/* Ilona S. English Ringoes NJ
*/*/* Hilltop Farm, Inc. Colora MD
*/*/* Laurie McLaughlin Auburn WA
*/*/* Suellen D. Myers Shepherdstown WV
*/*/* George & Barbara Newtown Benton LA
*/*/* Sheila M. O’Keefe Charles Town WV
*/*/* Natalie Prentice West Bend WI
*/*/* Linda D. Santomenna Chesapeake City MD
*/*/* Helmut & Margret Schrant Burlington IL
*/*/* John C. & Teri R. Vincent Micanopy FL

BW-Callista Returns!

Last month, we welcomed BW-Callista to our farm. It has been 13 years since Leslie Valente purchased her as a yearling, and devoted herself to methodically developing Callista into a highly successful FEI horse. Callista finished growing in the Hilltop Farm Raising Program and was started under saddle by Michael Bragdell. Under Tami Glover, Callista became the 2006 USEF/Markel 4-Year-Old National Champion with an overall score of 9.0; earned an ISR/Oldenburg Premium Mare award and won her MPT; was the 2006 GAIG/USDF Region 1 Training Level Champion; and the 2006 USDF All-Breeds Awards (ISR/Oldenburg) 4-Year Old Mare Materiale Champion. Leslie then moved Callista to Florida and into the training program of Cathy Morelli who competed her successfully through 4th level with scores upwards of 68%. Cathy’s assistant trainer, Jen Griger, continued competing Callista successfully at 3rd level through PSG and also earned impressive scores. Through all of Callista’s competitive years, Leslie was an integral part of her riding and training program. Next year, Callista will enter a new season of life as a broodmare and we are so honored to be part of the journey! Callista is now with her mom, Ariane; and Raphaela, her former stablemate in Florida; in the field of her youth. So exciting indeed!

Reflecting on 2015

2015 was marked by new beginnings.  I immersed myself in the study of nutrition and microbiota health, for both people and our equine friends. You can read a bit more about this here.  We welcomed Rachael Clawson and her beloved Domino to Blue Waters.  Rachael serves as Stable Manager at Hassler Dressage.  We also welcomed back Cory (Gregory) O’Connor and Wylie.  Cory was a long term intern at Blue Waters and is now a very successful professional trainer and owner of Elimika Sport Ponies.  We welcomed Teri Beste’s, Dubonnet into our training program and Lynn Schriver and Kara Buttimer into our teaching program.  We all benefitted immensely from biweekly long line clinics with Richard MalmgrenContinue reading

Giving Honor To Whom Honor Is Due

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The weather may be dreary, but my spirit is brightened when I reflect on our client’s victories in 2014.   All three of Kroniek’s offspring, bred while on lease to Lazy J Sporthorses, had a fruitful year in the show ring.  Faberge Blue by Contango (owned by Lara Mitchelson ) debuted and won at training level under Michael Bragdell with scores to 78.4%.  Full brothers Grafiet Gabriel and Hancock by Rousseau, earned 8th and 10th place respectively in the Dressage at Devon breed show making their owner Cindy Mattern very happy! Continue reading