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!