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!!