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2017 Clinics in Full Swing ~ Come Join Us

Dressage Clinics

We’re halfway through the year and it has just galloped along. Our popular FEI4ontheFloor Clinic Series with Tina Hammond and our own FEI GP coach, Greta Kemmer of Lausanne, Switzerland continues to be fully booked with a waiting list. This event in Bedford, NY is being refreshed for Fall/Winter 2017. We’ll send info to registered WVH students with all the details but sign up early so as not to be disappointed.

The ‘Ride with an Olympian’ project has been brilliant and there has been quite a buzz about it. We are very grateful for the support the WVH team has received in order to bring this series to fruition. Special thanks to www.TheHorseStudio.com for always stepping up to help us bring top-level trainers to our students.

Some public clinics have been going along this year too. It is always fun to meet new faces and see regular students progressing well between visits. Our thanks to all those folks that host us, and keep us available to the public and entrust us with their students.

WVH Summer Dressage Clinic August 19th/20th is also currently open for entries. If we can garner enough interest for the Stamford, NY location then we will hold it in the Catskills. However, if not, we will move this to Bedford, NY. Close out date is August 10th. Please see our clinics page for more details.

Trailer in days will be available in the Fall, once our foals are vaccinated and the mares/foals weaned. Our Pick up a Dressage Program continues, please watch our facebook page for schedule postings for our locations.


Gambol’s Middernacht Models for TheHorseStudio.com Tack Shop

As WVH is downsizing the breeding herd, Midi is for sale.
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 available for sale

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

Gambol's Middernacht


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.

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. Videos of all three mares can be seen at Willowview Hill Farm You Tube channel.





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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Love Dressage in the Catskills Clinic. Sponsored by TheHorseStudio.com in conjunction with Willowview Hill Farm International and hosted by international Grand Prix riders/trainers Greta Kemmer, Nikki Alvin-Smith & Tina Hammond. 

This program is now full. Venue will be Salem, New York.

One week intensive program Monday, March 21, 2011 - 10:30am - Saturday, March 26, 2011 - 5:00pm Stamford, New York.

Note: Due to a scheduling conflict this program has been rescheduled to late April.
Interested in learning the equestrian sport of dressage? This is a great opportunity to learn the Olympic equestrian sport from three successful international level dressage trainers in an intensive week of training utilizing your own horse or one of Willowview Hill Farm's classically trained horses, some of which are trained through Grand Prix level. TheHorseStudio.com, will cover fifty percent of the cost of the session for each student accepted, as well as provide lunch and a gift basket of riding equipment and educational materials for attendees. 
If you are a student of horsemanship interested in switching to dressage, or are currently riding in the dressage arena but need help moving up the levels, then this is a great opportunity to get a kick start on the 2011 show season. Riders of all levels welcome.

For more information please email training@willowviewhillfarm.com. Please include the following information in your email:-

Your name and address and telephone contact info.
Present riding experience and level and trainer.
Your horse's age, breed and experience.
Your goals for 2011 riding season.
Your goals for this clinic.
Do you have your own horse to bring to the clinic?
Do you wish to be considered for a WVH mount for clinic? Note: This option requires you to take a preliminary lesson with us to match you with one of our horses for the duration of the week.
Do you presently compete? If so, please list the results of the last few shows.
What do you consider your best strengths as a rider.
What do you consider your biggest weaknesses.
Difficulties you presently have training your horse, if any.
Special areas of training you are interested in working on.
Where did you hear about this clinic?
Will you be able to attend for the complete 6 day experience? If not would you be interested in attending for a one day experience if we offered a daily rate?

In the event we do not receive enough interest in this clinic being held in Stamford, New York, the venue may be switched further south to Salem, NY. Please note on your email which location you would prefer. We are trying to establish a dressage training emphasis in the Catskill region but if we do no receive enough applications, this will not be possible, and the clinic will instead be held in Westchester County in same format.
We are very grateful to TheHorseStudio.com online equestrian store for their sponsorship of this event. Please show your return support by visiting their wonderful store, which has one of the largest online selections of horse DVDs/books as well as the latest fashion forward riding apparel and horse tack.

A limited number of spaces are available, and slots are expected to fill up fast. 
Costs for full 6 day experience including use of a WVH mount, before TheHorseStudio.com 50% sponsorship is $2280.00
Cost for full 6 day experience utilizing your own mount and trailering in each day, before TheHorseStudio.com 50% sponsorship is $1980.00
Cost for on site stabling is an additional $35.00 per day. No turnout provided. One bag of shavings per day provided, hay provided if you wish. You provide grain. This is permanent stabling. Please advise if your horse is a stallion.

All horses attending will be required to be up to date on all vaccinations & Coggins ( within 1 year) and Health Certificate. If passport for your horse is not available, proof of vaccination history from your vet will be required. Sorry, no dogs allowed. If you require help finding local accommodation we will be happy to help, there are many good hotels in the area including The Catskill Seasons Inn ( Shandaken), Emerson Resort and Spa ( Mt. Tremper), Hampton Inn and Holiday Inn ( Oneonta), as well as other local bed and breakfasts.

January 5th, 2011. Dressage Forum: Developing Dressage in the Catskill Region.

Wrap Up Notes on This Event:

Hope everyone is surviving the winter storm OK and staying safe. Just wanted to post an update of the dressage forum ( well OK, equestrian forum). Here's a snapshot of the ideas/discussions for your info. We hope to hold another one in early Spring when the weather is better! Unfortunately although more than 20 people registered to attend more than half didn't make it due to various reasons but the weather was the number one issue.

High on the to do list:

1. Formation of a newsletter/magazine to serve just the Catskill region and environs where local trainers, business owners and horse breeders could post news of their events/shows/clinics etc as well as provide a central calendar access for free. Who would like to run it? How would it be funded? Granted there are other publications that do service the local area such as The Advocate but while it is a fine publication it is almost exclusively geared to the Paso Fino breed.

2. Need for more than just dressage central base - not enough dressage folks regionally to make it worthwhile to promote so inclusion of both Western and English disciplines a must.

3. Regular forum meetings approx one a month to keep interested parties up to date on ongoing programs.

4. Formation of 'weekend destination' project to lure more visitors to the breeding farms, horse available for sale in the region by a coordinated weekend of sales horse events.

5. Purchase of bulk supplies such as shavings/hay/grain etc., as a group to leverage buying power.

6. Help between group members of emergency supplies/services such as transportation to Cornell etc.

This is a brief synopsis of topics covered. There were not enough people attending to make this program a 'go forward' so another event is scheduled which we hope more people will attend.

Feel free to email me your interest in attending - tentative date March 18th.

Stay warm!

Nicola/Willowview Hill Farm
visit us on YouTube at the Willowview Hill Farm channel for free dressage advice.

Please join us on Facebook at the Catskill Equestrian Group to be kept informed of our activities in the region as well as learn more about other equestrian options in the Catskills.

Dressage Forum Follow Up: Tentative Date March 20th, 2011

Willowview Hill Farm Intl Collect Your Horse Dressage Clinic Series Part 2 Sponsored by TheHorseStudio.com

Friday, December 10, 2010 - 9:00am - 5:00pm

Our thanks to TheHorseStudio.com for once again sponsoring a dressage clinic event in collaboration with the Willowview Hill Farm Team of dressage trainers including the Swiss Grand Prix coach and rider, Greta Kemmer.
" We were thrilled with the success of the first clinic in this series and the riders found the work illuminating. A nice variety of horse breeds were presented at various levels of training and Greta Kemmer did an outstsanding job of bringing each rider to a higher level of riding. We continue to strive to develop a broad base of dressage riders in the Schoharie and Delaware County area so that we can hold the clinics at Stamford, NY, but at the last clinic most riders came from Westchester and Fairfield Counties, so we made the decision to work at our regular venue in North Salem, NY. "
TheHorseStudio.com, The International Equestrian Shop, will once again be providing a basket of horse gear for the rider voted most improved by the world class clinician Greta Kemmer at the conclusion of the event. The winner will receive a beautiful EOUS riding vest, a pair of the very comfortable and highly regarded FITS breeches, a Kyra K. grooming mit, a Live to Ride Eurofit blouse, an Isabell Werth saddle pad and a selection of holiday cards from artist/photographer Nikki Alvin-Smith. Lunch will be provided for all attendees courtesy of Willowview Hill Farm International, Stamford, NY.
Additionally there will be an art exhibit showcasing the original oil works of New York artists Nikki Alvin-Smith & Mary Brazier, and Giclee prints from Georgia artist Michael Lee. A portion of the proceeds from these works agented by TheHorseStudio.com, will be donated to charity. More details on these artists may be found at the website http://www.TheHorseStudio.com.
For more information on the Willowview Hill Farm dressage program and further events, please visit http://www.WillowviewHillFarm.com.
This is the second in the series ' collect your horse' and is tentatively scheduled for December 10th, 2010. Depending on entries for the clinic it will either take place at Stamford, NY or at North Salem, NY. Entries for the eight riding slots are already filling up so please contact us soon on 607 652 2917  if you are interested in participating. Auditors are limited and you must register to audit. Sorry, no dogs allowed.
 Courtesy of artist Nikki Alvin-Smith
Oil on Canvas original entitled:
Racing Respite Versailles WVH Available for Sale at TheHorseStudio.com store along with a fine selection of works from other artists too.





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