View Ridge Farm – Sonya Vracko

Washington View Ridge FarmsSonja Vracko a very wise and hands down caring human being. When I had the opportunity to speak with Sonja, she wanted to emphasize to me, that in her lessons, she doesn’t use anything but energy and voice. Her pureness with the horses is a great and valuable tool to all that learn from her. Find all about Sonja Vracko and View Ridge Farm.

Sonja began teaching in the United States in 1969. She created View Ridge Farm Equestrian Center in 1978, where to this day she trains riders and horses through all levels. During yearly horse purchasing trips for clients, Sonja keeps up with her education and rides with some of the top European trainers. She also hosts clinics at her farm with well renowned European Clinicians.

Visit View Ridge Farm and see what Sonya Vracko has available for you!

Kimberly Mitchell Dressage

14do05 Read Oso Grande 1CEB0009.jpgKimberly Mitchell is an FEI dressage trainer operating out of Cedar Meadow Farm in Snohomish, WA.  She is a USDF Bronze and Silver Medalist and is currently schooling her non-traditional dressage horse, Oso Grande (Teddy Bear), at Grand Prix.  She trains regularly with Alyssa Pitts and has participated in clinics and symposiums with Anne Gribbons, Sabine Schut-Kery, Barbara Koot, Scott Hassler, Janet Foy and Charlotte Dujardin.

Kim has an interesting background in teaching, having graduated with her Master’s of Arts in Teaching from Willamette University in 2008.  She spent a short period of time working in public schools in Oregon before moving back home to Washington.  She realized that while she enjoyed teaching, working in the schools wasn’t necessarily where her passion lay – so she interned to become a PATH Intl. Certified Instructor and eventually an Advanced Instructor, and worked at a local therapeutic riding center.  This varied background gives her more insight into working with different riding styles and types of riders. As a result, she is extremely flexible and adaptive and very happy to work with challenges – both with the rider and the horse.

As a trainer and instructor, Kim takes each horse and rider as an individual. She has experience with a wide variety of breeds and training issues and strives to create a better partnership between horse and rider.  Kim believes that all horses can benefit from dressage and welcomes all levels!

Photo Credit: Kimberly Mitchell Dressage

Sky River Equestrian Center

Sky River Equestrian Center

We are a 50 stall, 40-acre horse training, horse rehabilitation and boarding facility at the foot of 50,000 acres of riding trails in Sultan, Washington, which also includes a full trail obstacle course. We are located about an hour northeast of Seattle on the beautiful Skykomish River. We are located within the gated community of Sky River Estates, providing additional security for your horse.

We offer both Dressage and Reining horse training and lessons, or general boarding if you wish to just come enjoy our riding arenas and hours of trail riding! We are committed to providing top notch care for your horse in a safe, caring, friendly environment.

Visit Sky River’s website today to see all their wonderful services!

Adelinde and Parzival Win Gold to Us

Olympics: Rider Adelinde Cornelisse quits Rio 2016 after horse falls ill

Story by: Claire Corkery, CNN

A Dutch dressage rider’s Olympic dream is over after her horse fell victim to an insect bite at Rio 2016. Adelinde Cornelissen shocked fans by quitting the Games mid-test after her horse Parzival contracted a fever the day before the event.

Cornelissen and Parzival, who won individual silver and team bronze together at London 2012, retired from the individual Grand Prix Wednesday after only a handful of movements.
And it’s likely to have been Parzival’s final Olympic performance because the Dutch warmblood gelding is 19 years old.
Cornelissen took to Facebook and explained she pulled out of the Games over concern for Parzival’s welfare.

Cornelissen and Parzival won a silver and a bronze medal at London 2012

The day before the event, she said her horse’s head was swollen and Parzival had developed a fever, the exact cause of which is still unknown.
“After double checking with the vets here they concluded he was bitten by an insect or spider or some sort of animal which produces toxins,” the 37-year-old Cornelissen added.
Parzival was given fluids and had X-Rays, swabs and blood tests taken and eventually his temperature fell.”

What is a Banged Tail?

Banged tail: A tail which has been trimmed level at the bottom, seen in dressage horses and hunters, but not in Arabians and western pleasure horses.

What are your thoughts on tail banging a #horse? Do you have a picture to share of your horse with a #bangedtail ?

 

a-horse-with-good-conformation-1

%d bloggers like this: