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Gambol’s Middernacht Models for TheHorseStudio.com Tack Shop

It’s been a busy week for Gambol’s Middernacht. As WVH is downsizing the breeding herd, Midi is for sale so it was time to ‘break her out.’ After six sessions of longe work, Midi is working brilliantly and coming along gangbusters in her training. Her price is presently $9500, which will increase when she is backed in a few weeks.
Want to follow along in her progress from start to finish? See our YouTube account WillowviewHillFarm.

Midi November 2016

Saturday was a surprisingly warm 60 degrees Fahrenheit and the perfect opportunity to participate in a photo shoot after her work session, for our friends at The Horse Studio tack shop. Check out this beautiful halter. USA made, excellent hardware and leather workmanship and quality.

 

Coming in 2017

WVH Mare Program

The WVH breeding program is in full swing once again and we are pleased to report Gambol's Genevieve and Gambol's Georgy Girl are both in foal for 2017. Both mares have been bred to the black Lusitano stallion Brio Bailerin ( Bruisio) and we are very excited at the Olympic medal winning lines that this lovely stallion will add to the bloodlines of our program.

Rest in Peace WVH Balou

We were sad to hear that WVH Balou passed away April 30th, 2016. Willow view Hill Farm imported Balou as a young horse from the April Elite Verden Auction in 1997. When he arrived poor Balou did not know what grass was and we had to hand feed him to give him the idea.
He also did not understand turnout, and on day one of turnout he jumped from the paddock straight back into the stable yard, taking out a fence post with him. Thankfully, no injuries to anything but the fence. For over a year Paul would hand graze Balou for an hour everyday.
Balou began his dressage career with Paul and went on to reach the pinnacle of the sport with Jeff Lindberg of Bishops Gate Farm, New York. Condolences to Jeff and to all that knew him.

Balou RIP

Photo: Paul and Balou 1997

 

The Gambol Trio

Our three Dutch fillies all sired by the world class dressage sire Gambol are now old enough to start their groundwork in preparation for being put under saddle in Spring 2016.

Their half sister Deva, ridden by Mel Montagno has been successfully following in Gambol's footsteps, competing at Grand Prix. All three fillies show wonderful gaits and we hope they will follow in her to the dressage ring

Gambol's Georgy Girl.

Gambol's Georgy Girl who is out of WVH Versailles, a beautiful registered Thoroughbred mare shows talent for jumping and would easily make a flashy addition to the hunter/jumper ranks. Her trot is ground covering and light and she would also do well in the dressage arena. Size wise Georgy stands at 16.1hh right now and still has a lot of growing up to do size wise. She is a classy looking horse with long legs and an elegant build. Georgy is three years old and will begin her longe work in Spring 2015. Georgy is currently priced at $15,000.

Gambol's Middernacht

Gambol's Middernacht aka Midi - known for her 'Tina Turner' mane and tail, is now four years old. Midi is out of a Belgian crossbred mare. Midi has been worked on the longe line and stands well for booting/polo wrapping. Due to the extreme weather this winter she is enjoying a winter break from work. Just as soon as it warms up Midi will be back to work and we shall back her this Spring. Midi has a powerful trot and lots of presence. She is still growing and currently sticks at 16 hh. Her current price is $12,000. As soon as she is working under saddle her price will increase.

Gambol's Genevieve

Gambol's Genevieve aka Jen started life as a grey roan color and in her second year shed out to a light brown with a light mane. Highly unusual in color this filly is three years old and is the full sister to Midi. Now three years old, Jen stands at 15.2hh and still has a lot of growing to do. As her sister is also a late developer, we are convinced she will make up to 16.hh. Also like her sister, she has a fantastic top line and gaits for dressage with a powerful hind end. As Jen evidently is still in high growth phase, we will be starting her on the longe work in Spring on a limited basis. Jen is currently priced at $12,000.

Although all three horses are eligible for registration with the American Warmblood Registry, they will not be presented until they are in the show ring. If sold beforehand, the purchaser will be provided with the stallion breeding certificate from the GOV Oldenburg Registry and paperwork.

All three fillies have a facebook page, so be sure to check them out and follow along as they progress and see lots more photos there too. A video of Midi as a weanlign can be seen at Willowview Hill Farm You Tube channel.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Gambols-Middernacht-Willowview-Hill-Farm/220692438005653

https://www.facebook.com/GambolsGenevieve

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Gambols-Georgy-Girl-Willowview-Hill-Farm/364651840352599

Show Season European Tour 2014

A quick trip in the middle of May to Spain & Portugal yielded some fun times and good results for WVH owner Nikki Alvin-Smith. With her new horse, Calimero, an eight year old Lusitano crossbred taking their first outing together, Nikki enjoyed two tests over the weekend and topped the Prix St Georg class with a high score of 69.577%.

" In his first test he was a little intimidated by the busy showgrounds which made me hesitant and I did not 'go for it ' as I should have done especially in the extensions. The next time in the ring though he had settled nicely and it helped that I had enjoyed some real sleep the night before. I am very proud of him," said Nikki.

Further plans for trips to Europe are temporarily on hold as hay season at WVH is in full swing.

 

A Busy Summer Indeed for the WVH Team

Some super scores, some good and bad weather and some excellent learning opportunities kept WVH Team European trips full of challenge and excitement.

Our Swiss coach Greta Kemmer did a super job of organizing, schooling and keeping us all straight. The last event in Azeitao, Portugal was a blast and the 80 degree weather and overcast skies were a relief from the heat earlier in the season. The French bred Andalusian Sirocco was calm and confident and with Nikki in the irons he scored 66.794% at Prix St Georg and beat out his stable mate Calico for 3rd place. Nikki comments:-
" Sirocco was just about as opposite as he could be from his last outing and I'd like to thank Isabel for taking him out to a few local shows in Switzerland during my absence to get him settled with the drama of busy showgrounds. It definitely made all the difference. I look forward to seeing this horse go at Intermediare next year though he will have a new rider as he has been sold. While I am very sad to lose the ride I am very grateful for the opportunity I have had to help him along in his career and to Greta for all she has done and continues to do to get me out there."

Epernay II ( WVH also owned Epernay I a super mare that scored well through her career before being turned to the breeding shed) ridden by Tina Hammond was consistent throughout the season and the flow in the tests and lack of mistakes put them high in the rankings at most events. Tina hopes to debut Epernay at Grand Prix next year following an average score over 67% through the 2013 season.

In 2014 the WVH Team will be in flux as Isabel leaves to take up a position in Germany working primarily in the Hanoverian breeding arena.
" I shall miss the fun times with the WVH Team. I hope that we shall all see each other at my home in Italy or in Germany. I loved my visits to New York and hope that when finances allow I have able to get back and see how the three young fillies are beginning," said a tearful Isabel. We shall miss her too and wish Bella all the best with her new job.

For 2014 Nikki Alvin-Smith will be on the hunt for a new equine partner to facilitate further competition. " Greta has several promising horses in her yard but how they progress over the winter will decide it. You can't rush training and the horse has to dictate the pace. I am hopeful but if not, I am patient enough to wait another year. We have three Dutch warmblood youngsters to get started in 2014 so we have more than enough to do here at home in New York. A heartfelt thank-you to Greta and her team for everything."

 

WVH Tiberio Lafite Model Days for TheHorseStudio.com

WVH Tiberio Lafite

Willowview Hill Farm is very pleased to announce that the forthcoming Fall 2013, FEI 4 on the Floor Dressage Clinic series sponsored by TheHorseStudio.com, "The International Equestrian Shop," features some wonderful prizes including this lovely Masters line Renoir bridle. Showcased from the last model shoot by our very own Grand Prix dressage mount Tiberio Lafite.

We love seeing our horses on catalog covers!

 

WVH Busy Competing This Summer

A visit to Peterhof Gestut Dressur Gala July 2013 was a fun experience for Nikki, Tina, Greta and Bella. Although it was a ten hour round trip from Lausanne by car there were some great rides enjoyed - Isabell Werth, Mike Eilberg, Nadine Capellman, Susan Dutta, Caroline and Jennifer Roffman and Britain's Nikki Crisp and South African Nicole Smith all competed. While WVH team was there to support one of Greta Kemmer's students there was also time to catch up with friends attending the event including a few noted judges! We had a good joke about all the Nicola's there.

Competition wise both Nikki and Tina showed to some success at Lugano Dressage Show in open classes. Nikki attained a score 65.647% at St Georg and took a young horse class Medium level (3rd/4th) with the PRE stallion belonging to Greta at a neighboring show.

" The trucker had probably driven the winding roads a little fast because soon after arrival during the warm up "Ibi" took off bucking which did re-injure my left hip slightly. I think he was tense from the transport. Though with adrenalin flowing I did not notice my hip injury until later. He settled down to really listen and did some beautiful work in the show ring though, despite both our hearts fluttering as fast as a bird's.
The St Georg was my only my third ride this year on the French bred Andalusian Sirocco, who I worked with several times last year during visits to Greta's yard. I made a mistake in left pirouette, though we nailed the one to the right and his changes were much improved. We lost a few marks for a bobble in the changes where we just got out of sync when he was distracted momentarily by child bursting into tears in the stand, but we soon got it back. It was a great experience for us both. I am hoping this horse will make Grand Prix. His collected work is so lovely and the judges like him." ...........Nikki Alvin-Smith

Tina Hammond entered the mare Epernay at Intermediare and they both strutted their stuff in a smooth test with some serious polish which was rewarded with a score of 64.94%. Tina has been working extensively with both Greta and Nikki over the past eighteen months, flitting between Britain, Switzerland and the USA.

" I was really happy to have Epernay back as a partner after her lay up for a suspensory issue earlier this year. I rode a little too conservatively probably but overall was tickled with her performance." ......Tina Hammond

The WVH team will be back in Europe later this summer with hopes of visiting the Ecco Dressage Championships in Herning and entering some more competitions if everyone's schedules allow.

The WVH Team Travels and Results

The 2012 show season was a busy one for the WVH team. Aptly assisted by the latest addition to the team, the wonderful Italian professional groom Isabella, Tina and Nicola enjoyed some good results in their time out and about. Tina broke her 65% plateau at Intermediare II with three scores above 70%. WOW! Nicola competed in the Grand Prix ring matching her previous scores with prior mount Giacommo of over 70%.

" The weather was bright and sunny, the horses were beautifully tuned and raring to go and Bella made all the difference in their condition inside and out. A stress free time for both Tina and I, well - relatively. While Paul held down the 'farm' here in New York, us ladies all had a blast. Greta Kemmer has been a major help in all our endeavors. We are very grateful for Greta's expertise and for sourcing such great horses and to Paul for the sacrifices made to give us the freedom to enjoy these experiences," says Nicola Alvin-Smith.

The WVH team has been invited back for the 2013 season and three trips are already in the works.

 

2012 Hay Just 100 Bales Left (2nd Cut)

We had a fine 1st cut of hay this year and have already sold out. Unlike other parts of the country ( 66%) who have lost their hay crop due to drought, we have been very fortunate in the North East. Hay shortages are almost guaranteed this year as not only so much of the national crop is lost, but much hay is already being utilized this early in the season due to no grass availability. We have only 800 bales left to sell of our 2nd cut. To add insult to injury, the lack of rain even here during the last month has diminished the projected 2nd cut yield across the North East too. So our advice is to get it in earlier this year and secure your pricing early. Visit our hay sales page to check prices and details on our 2012 hay.

If you are interested please contact us and let us know you'd like a call to pick up a load when we have it in. Please email sales@WillowviewHillFarm.com and be sure to include your name, telephone number and location, plus how many bales you are looking to purchase.

New Equestrian Publication Just For Catskill Region

If you haven't heard yet there is a new resource for all horse lovers in the Catskill region. Go visit http://www.CatskillHorse.org. Free business listing and editorial help promoting your equine related business, plus a Catskill Horse Owner/Rider category is being added to help connect everyone on one page. If you have a blog they'll include that too. Check them out. Show your support for a much needed resource for the area.

European FEI Coach Greta Kemmer and Tina Hammond Back in Switzerland.

We enjoyed a fantastic Spring with Greta and Tina and they were kept very busy with the sales of the Elite Collection. Nikki Alvin-Smith will be headed out to do some showing in Europe later this year and with their guidance and support hopes to improve her 69% GP scores. With a choice of Italy, France and Switzerland shows to choose from their should be time for some good sightseeing too. A special thanks to Greta for providing, yet again, a superb mount for Nikki to ride.

Gambol 2010 and 2011 Fillies Growing Fast

The three Dutch warmblood cross fillies are growing up fast and learning lots of new things every day. While we don't start our horses in longe and under saddle work until the middle of their third year there is plenty of teaching going on and all three are developing nicely. Look for a new video of Gambol's Middernacht to be posted soon and follow their progress.

Dressage Art in Motion Blog

Follow along with Nikki Alvin-Smith's new blog and gain tips on how to school flying changes, health and horse care issues and lots of other fun stuff.
http://classicaldressageartinmotion.blogspot.com/

 

Mani Tak WVH Sold to Young Rider

Congratulations to Kelly Parker of Jefferson, New York, on the purchase of Mani Tak.

" We couldn't be happier with this match. Kelly instantly connected with Mani and it was plain to see they were a great combination. Mani loaded like a trouper and gave a backward glance and whinny as the trailer pulled away down the driveway. As our daughter's mount for several years it was especially sweet to see him be the number one star in a young girl's life once again," said Nikki Alvin-Smith.

Kelly is a talented young rider, who has taken reserve champion at several shows over the past season. Kelly will be adding more jumping training to Mani's repertoire and will make fine use of his dressage flatwork in the ring.

Kelly's trainer, Faye Benedict of Richmondville, New York, will be helping the pair achieve their goals.

The Willowview Hill Farm team wish Kelly and Mani lots of happy miles together in the future.

Mani learning collection

 

Gambol's Genevieve

Welcome to our new foal Gambol's Genevieve WVH a.k.a. Jennie. Born June 19th, 2011, a beautiful Dutch warmblood cross blue roan filly. Sired by the world class dressage horse Gambol out of Amore WVH, this filly is an exotic color right now but will likely turn grey.

Gambol's Genevieve

Gambol's Genevieve should mature 16.1+, and already exhibits the inner harnessing required for dressage. We've seen a a few piaffe steps and cantering on the spot!

Gambol's Genevieve one day old

 

"Gambol's Georgy Girl"

Georgy Girl one day old

Born early a.m. on April 25th 2011 "Georgy" was named after The Seeker's hit song, "Hey There, Georgy Girl," (listen to the song).

Please vist our Foals page for more pictures.

Visit the Willowview Hill Farm channel on You Tube

Finally! We have video uploaded to here on the website. Thanks to everyone for their patience - we know we've been behind the curve with this.

Click here to visit our lessons page and view a sample lesson of shoulder in.

Click here to visit our horses for sale page and see video of our horses for sale.

Click here to visit our You Tube channel, Willowview Hill Farm, where you'll find FREE dressage help with new video posts. Subscribe to our channel and you'll be the first to know when a new video is posted and you can enjoy some free training help from our two Grand Prix dressage trainers.

Feel free to share our channel with friends and family. We have lots of new videos in the works that will help you train your horse in everything; imprint training at birth; classical approaches both French and German school from basics on the longe to training piaffe/passage and haute ecole. There will also be humorous horse clips and 'how to' videos for horse care too. You'll get to meet our private yard of performance horses including our warmblood and baroque horses, as well as our breeding mares and foals for both our sport horse and sport pony programs. Don't miss out! Visit our channel at You Tube now by clicking here.

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Click here to check out the new photos of our horses and foals for sale

Gambol's Middernacht WVH aka "Midi"

Born at midnight on May 12th, 2010.
By Dutch Warmblood International Dressage Sire Gambol out of Amore WVH.

WVH Midi 5 months old

Born under a new moon this beautiful chestnut filly is long legged, athletic with her sire's beautiful stamp apparent at every turn. Full of youthful exuberance "Midi" is shown in this photo at five months old. Amore WVH is doing well and is an excellent mom, taking very good care of her charge. Midi was imprint trained extensively at birth, and then again on Day 2 and Day 3, and will begin enhanced foal training shortly. Please see our Foals page.

 

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Working with Classical Principles. Jenny Rolfe's Ride from the Heart DVD helps.

Here at Willowview Hill Farm we've been blessed to have worked with some super clinicians and dressage masters worldwide over the years and love sharing what we learn with everyone. Jenny Rolfe hails from Devon, U.K., and has worked in Europe with many classical masters in Portugal, Spain with her baroque horses after an extensive career within the framework of other traditional European masters. Her Spanish horses are a delight and the peace and calm always a trait we wish to emulate with our work here at Willowview Hill Farm. Please visit our articles page to learn more about Jenny and how you can work to easily improve your core and connection with your horse.

 

Jennie Rolfe 2

Take a deep outward sigh and walk forward on a loose rein to relax the horse.

 

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TheHorseStudio.com Photo Shoot Summer 2010

We are proud to announce that TheHorseStudio.com has selected our farm once again as the host site for its next product photo shoot.

WVH horses will be used as models for everything from blankets to bridles, saddle pads to polo wraps. Additionally they'll be featured accompanying models of the human variety who will be sporting the latest high tech riding apparel.

 

Lafite WVH

Lafite models the Degas bridle from TheHorseStudio.com "Masters" line of bridlewear

Lafite WVH

 

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New WVH Affiliates Added and More Coming

Please visit our affiliates page and say hello to some of our favorite folks. On this page you'll find all sorts of useful resources and we are very happy to share them with you.

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Promotion Help Offer from WVH

If you have a newsworthy event, local clinic, trail ride etc. that you'd like us to help you promote please drop us an email and we'll include it. If you send photos please ensure you send as JPG files and provide a note giving copyright release and photo credit requirements. Doesn't have to be a dressage event. We're here to spread the word for everyone in the Catskill region equestrian community. Please remember to include the why, what, how, when and where in the info.

Please Join Our New Facebook Group Catskill Equestrian

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Please join our new group Catskill Equestrian on facebook . We've created this group to help promote equestrian life and sport in the region and we welcome everyone. Whether you have a horse related business, are a horse owner or don't have a horse but have a passion for horses and country life we hope you'll join and post news of current events, ask questions, share and communicate.

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Want to keep abreast of WVH happenings? You can always join our fan club on facebook too. Just search page WillowviewHillFarm.com.

 

 

 

 

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