Kruising Around…

Kruising Around…

Sigh….it’s just SO frustrating when you’re the only one who wants to...
Making Hay

Making Hay

Our first hay cutting is officially in the books! The weather could not have been more cooperative, and we had a lovely five day stretch of cool, breezy, sunshine (rather unheard of in June). We have some fabulous neighbors that cut and baled the field for the...
The Big Announcement

The Big Announcement

We’re thrilled to welcome Kruise Morning Star WENFH, yearling filly sired by Alert RWF and out of Kruise Control MMS (M.T. Marvellon ROA x Karolina GF). She’s an incredible mover, but also very calm and friendly, and we’re super excited about her...
Covid Shopping

Covid Shopping

Like many others, we’ve done our fair share of shopping while staying safe at home during this pandemic. The saddle pad collection is spectacular. But this weekend, in our first venture out into the world in months, we may have taken our covid-shopping to new...
It’s DONE!

It’s DONE!

Six months to the day since Chris broke ground, the arena is COMPLETE!     Many thanks to ACTC Services for an outstanding job! June 1 & 2 The final product… May 30 A drag to start, and then the rails went up! Letters are out – time to test...
Spreading Sand!

Spreading Sand!

Base is finished and they’re starting to spread out the footing!   May 27 May 13 All laser graded and ready for final smoothing. And then….footing delivery! May 8 Just ONE pile left to spread and our base is fully rough graded into place! May 6 April...
All About That Bass, ‘Bout That Bass

All About That Bass, ‘Bout That Bass

Base. I meant base. 😛 May 13 All laser graded and ready for final smoothing. And then….footing delivery! May 8 Just ONE pile left to spread and our base is fully rough graded into place! May 6 April 3 March 23-25 March 17-18 January...
Train’s A-Comin’!

Train’s A-Comin’!

The gravel train that is! Trip after trip after trip, bringing in LOTS of road base. We’re getting close now! 😀 May 6 April 3 March 23-25 March 17-18 January...
Staying Home

Staying Home

This spring certainly hasn’t gone the way we had planned out when we sat down with our show calendars in January! We’ve had a few cancellations that stung a little despite knowing it was for the best. Equine Affaire was certainly a disappointment. And one...
PPE Practices

PPE Practices

Since the horses refuse to follow social distancing guidelines, Enzo shows George the proper way to don a...
Arena Update

Arena Update

Although we’re now on hold until some shelter at home restrictions are lifted, SO much progress has been made on the outdoor arena since Chris broke ground in January! January March...
Exciting Start to the New Year

Exciting Start to the New Year

2020 is off to a very exciting start! ACTC Services LLC arrived bright and early to start work on the new outdoor arena, and after six long (yet quick!) months, Enzo came home from his dressage boot camp with Tracy Rowe. Lots of exciting things to look forward to in...
Kick Walls!

Kick Walls!

Although most things at the new farm just needed some maintenance or cleaning to be ready to go, one of the few “projects” we knew had to happen sooner rather than later was the installation of some kickwalls in the arena. Even so, initially we were busy...
Long Time No See….Lauren Sprieser Clinic!

Long Time No See….Lauren Sprieser Clinic!

We always enjoyed riding in clinics with Lauren previously, but ever since Sandy stopped bringing her in a few years ago, we haven’t been able to! Then early in the spring we saw Lauren post on her own page about some fall dates in Michigan, so we had to reach...
Enzo Update!

Enzo Update!

While we were busy packing and moving and packing and moving, and the rest of the horses were enjoying some summer vacation, Enzo was busy at boot camp! Although he was supposed to start his training much earlier in the spring, a surprise tooth extraction delayed...
The Big Reveal

The Big Reveal

After ten fabulous years at our little farm in Munith, we’re pleased to announce our relocation to and new farm in Dimondale! While we enjoyed every bit of the property that first allowed us to bring our horses home, as our goals expanded through the years, so...
Last Party for 2019

Last Party for 2019

The second show for our season was a huge success. Lots of fun with friends, lots of improvement in the ring, and some fabulous scores. George improved tremendously at training level, and even brought home the Champion ribbon in the HUGE adult amateur division. This...
Stars and Stripes

Stars and Stripes

A happy Fourth of July (and a day out of the office!) meant plenty of time to ride. So we donned the red white and blue and threw in a few stars for the...
Show Season 2019 Begins!

Show Season 2019 Begins!

After nine long months, we’re finally back in the show ring!! We missed the worst of the rain on move in/schooling day, and were left with some beautiful weather the rest of the weekend. The horses were all very well behaved as we got ourselves back into the swing of...
Enjoying the Great Outdoors

Enjoying the Great Outdoors

After all winters cooped up in the indoor, ponies and people BOTH can’t wait to get back to riding outside. But even when it’s warm, it’s usually too rainy, or the footing is too sloppy, or it’s suddenly 85 degrees and we can’t ride at all when the horses still have...
Boys Will Be Boys

Boys Will Be Boys

And when spring has sprung, they must act like STALLIONS! (The girls are not...
10 Year Challenge

10 Year Challenge

As the “Ten Year Challenge” sweeps across social media, we thought we’d share these before and after photos. Proof that dressage really does make horses more beautiful, here’s Anna winning the 10 year challenge…. (summer 2007 on the left, spring 2018 on the...
Congrats!

Congrats!

Congrats to Amy and the fabulous George for their 7th place finish in the National Dressage Pony Cup – Small Horse Division year end...
George’s Waterloo Debut!

George’s Waterloo Debut!

It was a steaming hot weekend but George was a ROCKSTAR for his first ever rated show. He handled the environment like a champ, then won all four of his classes with scores to 69%, and finally earned the Introductory Level Open Championship! It’s going to be hard to...
Kicking Off the Season!

Kicking Off the Season!

After getting a bit stir crazy kept holed up all winter long, we couldn’t wait to get a head start on summer with the Albion College USDF Dressage Show. But at six weeks before the usual start to show season, it was unfortunately still April in Michigan and we spent a...
Everyone Loves George

Everyone Loves George

It took three people to convince her she needed it, but we just couldn’t let Amy leave Equine Affaire without snatching this shirt up! Because everyone does love...
2017 Year End Awards

2017 Year End Awards

What an amazing season it was! Final year end awards have been tallied, and it was quite a haul for both girls! Amy Hanney and Cheri Lynn Rose CEH: Reserve Champion – 2017 Waterloo USDF Series Introductory Adult Amateur (67.282% average) Champion – 2017 Midwest...
Working Hard

Working Hard

Once show season winds down and we’re stuck indoors, we start thinking about our progress (and next show season :-P). One of my favorite ways to check our work is the cruel tool called….video. It shows all the flaws I didn’t want to see, so no hiding by deleting the...
Winter Fuzzies

Winter Fuzzies

Winter woolies have arrived in full force, though it seems winter itself is a long ways off. To make sure all the horses can cool off properly and not end up DRENCHED with sweat during the lightest of rides, we clip them all to varying degrees. Callie gets stars,...
Surprise in the Mail

Surprise in the Mail

What a fun surprise waiting in the mailbox! Anna eared the NDPC Partner Show Champion at Waterloo August with a high score of 70.192%. She ALSO won the series championship for her average over all the shows for the...
Summer Skips On

Summer Skips On

Summer wrapped up with Anna and Callie going to two more shows at Waterloo, and together won 20 out of 25 tests entered with some stellar scores. PLUS, we found out that Amy and Callie ended up Reserve Champion for the Waterloo Series, and they got to do a victory lap...
Tag-Teaming Waterloo

Tag-Teaming Waterloo

We did indeed end up taking both Anna and Callie to the July Waterloo show, and we had a blast! Good friends made for a fabulous weekend, but we also had some great rides. Amy and Callie jumped up to training level, and despite some show nerves about the leap, earned...
Callie Goes to Waterloo

Callie Goes to Waterloo

Since Callie did so great on her adventure to the schooling show at Wyn, Amy signed her up for the next available rated show at Waterloo. Callie was a rock star yet again, topping 70% in their intro classes, and breaking 60% in their first canter classes, ultimately...
Callie’s Turn in the Sandbox

Callie’s Turn in the Sandbox

Amy took Callie out to the new Wyn Farm show and knocked it out of the park! Dressage, Western Dressage, scores over 70%….Callie was loving it! So great to see what they’ve done with this venue, and we’ll definitely be back for more shows. And there was even enough...
Kicking off the Show Season!

Kicking off the Show Season!

We were SO excited to kick off show season early with Albion College’s indoor USDF show. But then I was invited to give a braiding clinic for our local GMO, and plans started to derail. We decided to sign up for one day anyhow…it’s better than nothing, AND we got to...
Post-Equine Affaire Motivation

Post-Equine Affaire Motivation

It seems Equine Affaire always lands on the first week that actually feels like spring, so between the weather and clinics, we always come home SO motivated to get to work. Fortunately the weather cooperated and let us try out everything we tried to retain, and cram...