I’ve been riding for about six years, taking up the sport as it seemed a great way to stay active in retirement, with the added bonus of a partnership with a big intelligent animal. Starting out in a barrel racing barn, I soon developed an appreciation for the grace and dignity of dressage and started really focusing on it three or four years ago. I currently own two horses that move with me from my winter home near New Orleans to my summer place in Bayfield County, Wisconsin.
Good training barns are hard to find anywhere and northern Wisconsin is no exception. So it was a real delight to find Hippophile Farm and Kris Carey on, of all places, beautiful Madeline Island. I’ve just completed my third summer boarding and training there and could not be happier.
The farm itself is cozy and charming, and, to me, just the right size for very personal attention. Kris is an excellent instructor and does a terrific job of assessing strengths and weaknesses of both horse and rider, with a very intense awareness of how the horse is doing, both physically and emotionally. My riding skills have definitely grown under her instruction, but, even more important, so has my confidence and appreciation of the sport. As a wise person once said “death is easy, dressage is hard.”. That may be, but working with Kris makes it really fun.
To a mainlander it may seem somewhat inconvenient to take the island ferry each time you go to ride. To me, it’s a pleasant part of my day in one of the most beautiful places on Earth. It’s part of what makes Hippophile Farm so unique.
So I’m more than happy to enthusiastically recommend Kris and her farm to anyone wanting to improve their riding skills or take up the sport. I’ve had experience with 5 different training barns during my short riding career; there are none I’ve liked better than Hippophile Farm. Check it out!
Kristin Carey and Creative Reign were awarded the 2016 AQHA High Point Champion in Dressage at Second Level. Kris traveled to San Antonio this March to attend the 2017 AQHA Annual Awards Banquet to receive this prestigious award with her husband William Tibble. It was a very special honor to be recognized for the achievement. What makes it really special is that Creative Reign had been involved in a trailering accident in 2013 which was life threatening, but he pulled through to make a miraculous recovery. Who new after his accident he would recover and become the AQHA High Point Champion in Dressage!! Follow your dreams!!
Mark your calendars. Kids camp is just around the corner!! Our annual camp dates for 2018 have been scheduled. July 9 – 12, 2018.
Please contact me if you are interested in signing up. The sooner you are scheduled the better. This is a popular camp and we only take 8-10 kids annually. Don’t be left out in the cold. Sign up early!!
Hippophile Farm was established over 15 years ago on the shores of Lake Superior . It is a first rate equestrian facility located on Madeline Island. La Pointe, WI. We offer top notch boarding, training and riding instruction for the beginner through the advanced rider in dressage and jumping. During the summer months we offer our Summer Kids Horse Camp. and various clinicians for riders interested in dressage and jumping.
I came to Madeline Island over 20 years ago, with my now husband. We established the facility from scratch, keeping in mind the importance of a well planned training facility. The farm boasts an attached indoor arena 70X 184 with sand/rubber footing, large 100 X 200 outdoor sand arena, large mowed grass field for schooling, and trails for your enjoyment. Horses have it made in large pastures with 2-3 horses per group, or individual turnout
My background in horsemanship goes back 25 years. I have worked extensively over the years with Master instructor Cyril Pittion-Rossillon owner of Palm Partnership Training in Ocala, FL. In 2006 I was awarded status as a Bronze Level Affiliate of Palm Partnership Training, under the guidance of Lynn Palm and Cyril Pittion-Rossillon. Since then I have competed /trained in hunters, worked with several jumpers and competed in USDF competition. I have owned/ trained or competed in all 3 disciplines and attribute my success to being taught with Classical Dressage principles. I carry that knowledge into both training and instruction and focus on not only correct rider position and biomechanics, but also on creating a happy willing horse who enjoys there training. I have set up the facility to be able to take advantage of hacking down the roads, riding in the fields, or working in the indoor or outdoor arenas. I have found that the best way to have a happy horse is to always give them variety in there training. At Hippophile Farm it is my mission to pass on well founded principles of horsemanship, using the methods of dressage. for whatever the students goals may be, whatever the riding discipline.
It is my belief that the experience and knowledge we have gained for ourselves is nothing if we don’t pass it along. By sharing my experience through instructing students & training horses I hope to help make the world a better place, especially for our equine friends. Horses have been my best teachers, and without them I would have never learned the art of patience.