Though we can’t believe the trip is over, we are so grateful for such a wonderful time! The horses were glorious, as they always are, but the best part of the trip was the old friendships renewed and the new friendships created. With great companions on the trip and marvelous farms to visit….the excitement of the Auction and then the Expo….we’re exhausted but happy. Back to States tonight…then a clinic in Canada this weekend, then off to Spain and Portugal. Debra and I hope you’ll join us soon. Whether it’s a clinic in Germany or England or Chicago or New Jersey, better still the Symposium in September, there are horses to learn from and friends to meet all around the world.
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Posted in Brazil equestrian trips, classical dressage, tagged Barbier Farm, Brazil, classical dressage, clinic, Debra Barbier, Dominique Barbier, horses for sale, International Luso-Brasileiro Auction, Keron Psillas photography, Meditation for Two on 11/16/2010 | Leave a Comment »
As usual, Debra and I have been on the road training and visiting with many clients, friends, and horses. We have had great clinics in Ohio, Illinois, Connecticut, New Jersey, and most recently in Florida.
I am happy to tell you that I’ll be back in Florida in February to enjoy a few more days in the sunshine and to see the horses and riders (that were doing a marvelous job last week!). We are developing a wonderful group of riders in the Sarasota/Bradenton area. Join us! We will have the link up as soon as next year’s calendar is set. Until then, don’t hesitate to email us with any questions. (email@example.com)
Later this week I travel to Chicago, and then just after Thanksgiving we return to Brazil on a fantastic trip to visit farms, attend a very important auction, and give a riding clinic to a number of students in Brazil as well as our trip participants. Within the next week we will have the itineraries for the March ~ Carnivale ~ Bahia trip…..and the itinerary for the Expo/Auction/Clinic trip in late May. These two trips are very different, but each include plenty of riding and learning as well as time for relaxation and enjoyment.
And then, if you have always wanted to go to Portugal and Spain to see the classical schools, contact us now! We are taking a very limited group in June to see the schools and other sites in Portugal and Spain. And as a very special addition, we are traveling to Bordeaux for the world famous VinExpo. Great food, great company, glorious horses, unparalleled access and good wine…have we left anything out?? Just after Christmas we will have all the information about the trip available here on the blog as well as the website.
Here are a few images by our friend and photographer Keron Psillas. For more imagery from the Florida trip, go to her blog.
Dominique and Debra
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Debra and I are pleased to announce that we will be offering another clinic in Healdsburg from January 14th thru the 16th. Our event in August was so well received, and sold out, so it’s time to plan the next!
There will be a particular emphasis this time on greater interaction with the auditors, opportunities for auditors to experience the work-in-hand techniques, more question and answer periods and a greater audio visual component. In other words, we want EVERYONE involved! Send us an email right way to reserve your spot. Many seats are already taken. ( Barbierfarm@aol.com ).
And….coming up even sooner, we are returning to Brazil in late November. We will depart the U. S. on the 26th of November and return on the 4th or 5th of December, whichever your commitments allow. We will have a full three day clinic at the beginning of the trip on highly schooled horses in a beautiful setting, and then we will spend the next five days visiting the spectacular Lusitano horse farms. You will have the opportunity to ride horse after horse, according to your ability and interest. You will learn a great deal about the breed, see the finest the farms have to offer (only the most spectacular horses in the world) and enjoy a warm welcome of legendary Brazilian hospitality at each of the farms we visit. Please contact us via email or phone (707-696-2828). This way, Debra and I can be thinking of which farms to visit to show you horses that are most appropriate to your needs. As readers of this blog will know, Debra and I visit many of the farms several times a year to follow the training progress of literally hundreds of horses. We are confident that we can find your perfect horse. For non-buyers, this trip will educate and enlighten riders at any level. The temperament and functionality of the Lusitano breed make them the ideal horse with which to further your riding skills.
Click on the TAB above for NOVEMBER BRAZIL TRIP DETAILS! Here is a small gallery of images by Keron Psillas from our last trip and the clinic in August. Then, for more images….simply scroll down the page. You’ll see what a great time we have!
Amities…. Dominique and Debra Barbier
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I had forgotten to post anything about the 23rd Annual ABPSL Lusitano Expo in Sao Paolo, so here it is!
After all the excitement of the Auction at Coudelaria Ihla Verde, visiting the farms to scout and ride horses, and the training and fun of our clinic at Manege Sant Adelaide, we were all ready to unwind and sit back and watch other horses and riders. There were many beautiful horses to see, performances to watch, and friends to greet ….. (and caipirinhas to be enjoyed.)
Four days of non-stop activity culminated in the awards for Champion Stallion and Champion Mare. This year, from all the wonderful horses in the competitions, Jose Francisco Brito Eusebio took the Champion of Champions awards for both Stallion and Mare. In the competition for Champion Stallion, both qualifiers, Xeque Mate de Top and Xama do Top, were bred by our friend Tonico Pereira from Japu Top. Congratulations to Mr. Eusebio, his family, and his entire team, and to Tonico and Tatiana and all the wonderful people at Japu Top!
The exposition is designed to show the beauty, breeding, and versatility of the Lusitano horse. We were treated to a CDI*** Dressage competition with several of the Brazilian Olympic Team 2008 riders and their mounts with Axel Steiner among the judges. We watched working equitation (including the world champion rider) and saw many of the breeding classes. It’s a great way to train the eye for seeing strengths and weaknesses in confirmation. Of course we are looking at the best of the best, so it becomes more challenging to pick up a weakness.
I was able to reconnect with my friend Beatrice Bulteau and was presented with one of her fantastic drawings. Check out her site, you will be amazed at the beauty and artistic sensibility.
I must say thank you, again, to our wonderful hosts in Sao Paolo: Haras Juliana, Japu Top, Rocas do Vouga, Coudelaria Ihla Verde, Coudelaria de Castanheiro, Interagro, and Manege Sant Adelaide. We look forward to seeing you (and all the horses) in late November.
I have just finished a clinic in Indianapolis and am on my way to Springfield, Illinois, via Florida. Check the clinic schedule for all the upcoming dates. I’ll be back on the blog in a few days with a report from my clinic in Virginia at Classicus Farm and from Connecticut with my friends John Hurst and Rich and Kathy Buck.
There are still a few (Really…. a very few…) spaces available for the August clinic at home in Healdsburg. Call Debra for information! 707-696-2828
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I’m back with another trip report. As you can tell it was a very busy time.
While giving a clinic at Manege Sant’Adelaide Debra and I had the pleasure to meet Dr. Solange Mikail. Solange is a veterinarian practicing in Sao Paolo and a breeder of exotic cats (www.kashmircats.com). One facet of her practice involves using thermo imagery to assist in diagnosis of problem areas. Solange had the brilliant idea one day, prior to our arrival, to photograph (via thermal imaging) and compare saddles. She couldn’t wait to tell us about the results she found comparing my saddle to others she had seen. Of course we wanted to see the images for ourselves so Solange returned to the clinic with the camera and made the images you see below. I’ve included her remarks as well.
Saddle Fitting by thermography
Solange Mikail, DVM, MS – Brazil
The thermal image of the saddle can provide valuable information about the pressure distribution. If a saddle has a spot of pressure or the pressure is concentrated on the front part, back, or even in only one side of the saddle you will see uneven distribution of heat in the imagery.
The back of the horse and the saddle pad are also evaluated. On the horses back evaluation hot spots near the shoulders can indicate that the saddle is giving too much pressure at that area or if the saddle is too long hot spots can be found usually on lumbar region.
Barbier Saddles were evaluated at the clinic in Brazil and showed uniform pressure distribution all over the panels as well as in the horses back. I found them to be amazingly balanced with no indication of hot spots or pressure points in any area. I evaluated a new saddle as well as one that had been used for several years on many many different horses. The results were the same for both: outstanding.
I am delighted with the results, of course, but not surprised. I’ve spent many years perfecting the saddles…but still to see this empirical evidence is deeply gratifying. Thank you, Solange.
Just before the clinic at Davi’s manege, we attended the 13th International Luso-Brasileiro Auction at Victor Oliva’s Coudelaria Ihla Verde. Previously I mentioned that it was an exciting auction….and now I’ll tell you why.
We had spent the previous five days visiting farms, riding various horses and helping our clients to narrow their choices, ideally, to settle on the perfect horse for them. Debra and I travel to Brazil several times each year to watch the progression of the young horses and assist in the training of many of the riders and horses. It is generally the case that we know our clients riding styles and preferences as we usually have taught them in clinics or private lessons in the States. This helps us to narrow the choices and present the best options to prospective buyers. As Saturday approached it became clear that Scott and Pam had revised their original thinking about wanting a young horse. Scott decided that the horse for him was a Prix St. Georges stallion that we had seen and ridden several times during the week. Laura, a client back home, had settled on Zaire and after watching students ride him and having the chance to sit on him myself for the third time in as many months, we all agreed that this was a good choice. Now all that was needed was some luck.
The first horses in the auction were sold at astonishingly low prices. We were all puzzled, and dismayed for the breeders, but the economy worldwide was making its effects known. Next up came a marvelous mare that brought an appropriately high price and we began to think maybe we would be shut out. Then came Veneno VO (bred by our host Victor Oliva)….our Prix St. Georges stallion. The bidding started briskly and then settled down to two bidders. We were one. Just as the bidding was slowing, with our bid the last, the owner of the stallion stepped forward to exhort the other bidders. After all, here was a confirmed Prix St. Georges stallion being sold for an astonishingly reasonable price. Could our bid stand? What seemed like an eternity passed…..with my heart in my throat and my hand on Scott’s shoulder….his eyes going back and forth from the auctioneer to Pam to me…and finally! The horse belonged to Scott and Pam! What a celebration and exhalation followed! Champagne arrived at the table with congratulations from all around. Tears of happiness and even some shock took us over for a bit.
Several horses came and went with another mare bringing a high price. Then Zaire LS entered the arena. He’s a big flashy liver chestnut that showed well and had received a lot of attention prior to the auction. We didn’t have quite the drawn out wait that we endured with Veneno, but it was a triumphal moment when the gavel fell on our bid. We knew there would be a party that evening in Salt Lake City. Congratulations again Laura.
The surprises were not over. After watching the fabulous Al Capone, bred by Luis Salgado, go for too low a price…we saw the beautiful young mare, Bella SI, come into the ring. Bella, bred by Paolo Salles, had lovely movement, a gorgeous head, and a calm head in the arena when we rode her. Even with 7 stallions in the same arena the night before she just went about her work with marvelous regularity. We all started looking around the table at each other. How could we let a horse of this quality go for so little? To everyone’s astonishment (and joy!) Pam spoke up and said that it was just as easy to care for two as one and BINGO that was it. Bella is coming to the states with Veneno. The icing on the cake came when we discovered that they are both from the same mare. Congratulations to Scott and Pam.
Tomorrow I’ll put up a report about our clinic, including pictures of all our guests…and pictures of Solange, Rodrigo, and Julia, a tiny little eight year old girl happily riding a 10 year old stallion around the arena. This is the beauty of the Lusitano temperament. Here are a couple of images from the auction and pre-auction riding times. Enjoy. And just to get you thinking…..the next newsletter will have all the information about our trip to Brazil in September to Lindoia. We’ll include a clinic and farm visits during this trip as well. Get your visa now!
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More news about our Brazil trip…..
While Brazil is certainly our favorite destination, often, the best part of travel is the company you keep. This was especially true for our trip. We had great friends along and were able to take everyone to visit farms that are owned by friends we have made on our trips to Brazil for the last ten years. Scott and Pam started out looking for a young horse to train, Linda was looking to ride as many horses as possible, Jennifer was looking for a young horse as well, and Nancy was looking to gain riding experience on upper level horses.
Our first visit was to Japu Top, the home of Tonico Pereira and Tatiana Pontifex. Tatiana and Tonico have built upon the legacy created by his father, Mr. Toni Pereira, so that now he can offer the finest bloodlines of Lusitanos anywhere. His horses have such quality and the hospitality is warm and gracious. We got to see Zucchini Do Top, Xama Do Top, Brazil Do Top, and many other exceptionally fine horses. Linda had a great lesson in piaffe, passage, and flying changes on Zucchini, and Nancy did great canter work with him. Tonico and Tatiana also have a marvelous aviary and we enjoyed learning about all the species of birds that Tonico keeps on the farm.
Visiting the stunningly situated farm, Coudelaria Rocas do Vouga, owned by Manuel and Thereza Almeida, and home to Olympic rider Luiza Almeida and her talented siblings Thaisa, Manuel, and Pedro, was a special treat. It is easy to see Olympic dreams and aspirations being nurtured in such an environment. A special thank you must be offered to Raul Silva, our host and guide for the day. Raul’s exemplary management and gentlemanly demeanor are in evidence in all facets of the the farm.
We went next to Haras Juliana to see several of the horses that were slated for the auction, including Zaire and Al Capone. A rainy cool day was warmed by the hospitality and opportunity to ride many horses. Everyone enjoyed a fun ride on Al Capone, and we all enjoyed watching the schooling of Xodo and Zaire. (And if you remember from the first post, Zaire is now headed to his lucky new owner, Laura, in Salt Lake City!)
We found ourselves next at the home of our dear friend Davi Carrano. Manege Sant’ Adelaide is located, amazingly, within 20 minutes of downtown Sao Paolo, but is a soothing green oasis. We saw a number of Davi’s horses, watched them schooling, and rode Bacco, Ataualpa, Xamorro, Biscuit, Prince, and other amazing fellows. The quality of the training shines in Davi’s horses….as there are often children coming to ride the stallions…and riders of all levels can learn from each of them. Though we had to leave that night we were all happy to know that we were having a three day clinic with these wonderful horses beginning the next week. And Nancy came away with her head reeling, as it seems she had been chosen by a horse…….stay tuned.
Next up was a visit to Coudelaria Ihla Verde, the home and farm belonging to our friend Victor Oliva….and the site of the 13th Annual Luso-Brasileiro Auction. The farm was a beehive of activity with all the preparations for the auction in full swing (and only 2 days away)….but we were graciously welcomed in a style that only Victor can offer. We settled in to watch and to ride. Rogerio Clementino, Olympic competitor, brought out Veneno and had a lesson with Daniel Pinto, World Champion and Portuguese Olympic veteran. After the lesson, Linda, Scott, and Jennifer were able to ride Veneno for a bit….and Linda treated us all to an exhibition of piaffe and passage. Well done Linda!
We had a great lunch with Victor, Daniel, and Carlos Lopes, head of the Portuguese selection committee….and a lively discussion arose about the controversy in the FEI. We didn’t come to any agreement, but talking with competitors and judges at such a high level offers insight and can inform later discussions.
Here is a gallery of images to enjoy. In another day or so I’ll have the complete auction report (it was VERY exciting) and the promised article about the thermographic imaging of my saddles.
Amities ~ D Barbier
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We have just returned from a great trip to Brazil. We visited the farms, rode many many wonderful horses, saw old friends, made new friends, and enjoyed the best of Brazilian hospitality wherever we went. Before I go any further I want to thank our dear friend Davi Carrano from Manege Sant Adelaide for all his hard work and organization. The success of the trip was largely due to Davi’s care and hospitality. I want to congratulate the proud new owners of some fantastic Lusitanos: Scott and Pam will be welcoming home Veneno, a Prix St. Georges stallion, and the lovely Bella, Laura will be ecstatic to meet Zaire, and Nancy will be reunited with Ataualpa, a fabulous young Interagro stallion! All the pictures are in the gallery below.
This year’s auction was surprising. The quality of the horses, as always, was top notch. So one would expect that with the global interest in the Lusitano as the perfect dressage mount the prices would reflect the quality. Sadly, this was not always the case…..but we were very happy to be able to find great bargains for our clients. The event was certainly a success, with beautiful horses, plentiful champagne, the suspense of the bidding….and the movie stars and dignitaries arriving by helicopter adding a little extra excitement to the festivities. Congratulations and gratitude to Victor Oliva and all the team at Coudelaria Ihla Verde for another fantastic event!
I’ll continue the Brazil trip report in just a few days, but there is other news looking ahead:
There are new clinic dates in the calendar including a return to Virginia in July to give a clinic at Linda Bertschinger’s Classicus. Join us for a great clinic in a beautiful spot in the Shenandoah Valley. There are spots available for the clinic here at home in Healdsburg in late August. Reserve your spot now as they won’t last long. This is your best opportunity to ride intensively, on advanced horses, and study with both Dominique and Debra. You’ll be in Healdsburg for the very beginning of the grape harvest and can enjoy all the region has to offer at this special time. Contact us for all the information.
In less than two weeks I will begin another long trip that will find me teaching in New Jersey at Nancy Clark’s Castlegate Farm, in Chicago at Jill MacCrae’s farm, and then to Germany to offer a lecture (in a castle near Hamburg!) prior to a clinic with my friend Gerd Heuschmann, and then a clinic near Munich the following week. I offer my thanks to Isabella Sonntag and to Gerd for their enthusiasm and the organization of these two events.
Enjoy the photos…there are many more to come from the trip. Share the blog with friends, please. There are great topics coming up, including a report on my saddles by Dr. Solange Mikhail, DVM, MS, using thermographic imaging to expose potential problems (or, in our case, the amazing balance and quality of the saddle).
Amities ~ D Barbier
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The sun is playing hide and seek with us, but I am happy to be home in California after a stretch of good clinics. The wisteria is blooming and the buds are turning to leaves on the grapevines.
I had the great pleasure to work with some marvelous horses over the last 2 weeks and to talk with friends and clients about our plans for the rest of the year. As always, it is going to be a busy time, with clinics around the country and in Europe and Brazil.
But first, a recap of my clinics…. At one of my favorite clinic locations, Jill MacCrae’s farm near Chicago, we rode outside on Friday in gorgeous sunshine and warmth and then the next day we woke up to 6 inches of snow, but the chill was replaced by the warmth of the participants. All the Lusitanos AND non-Lusitanos were very very good. In New Jersey, it was my great pleasure to see Quitaro do Top back in work after four, yes FOUR colic surgeries. He is in fine form and happy, largely due to the efforts of his “Mom”, Nancy Clark at Castlegate Farm. I rode Tzigano Dos Pinhais, owned by Paul Galisin, and had as always a great time. Tzigano is a wonderful boy….even after a long quiet winter he is ready to work and happily willing. Lesley Pettneati’s lovely Trakehner mare performed beautifully. I must thank my friend Gary Maholic…riding his Belgian Warmblood reminded me that even the big big fellows can have a delicate, glorious, light piaffe. My stop at Dan Rosenthal and Ann West’s Green Gallery Farm is such a great pleasure as I have five Lusitanos waiting for me there including Quemetico do Top, Orador Interagro, Marques do Retiro, and Osado (Coimbra). My only complaint, it was too short. I finished the trip with a stop at Melinda D’Amico’s (Paz Apparel founder along with her husband Dan Fries) place to ride my old friend Orador. He is such a gentleman and a great pleasure to work with. We finished the lessons with Orador and Melinda performing perfect pirouettes! Thank you ALL for a great clinic series.
In May, we will be back in Brazil for the 13th International Lus0-Brasileiro Auction at my friend Victor Oliva’s Coudelaria Ihla Verde….and then on to the International Lusitano Exposition. We will be holding a three day clinic at Manege Sant’Adelaide and riding the wonderful horses of Davi Carrano. You can see all those details on the Brazil Trip page on this blog. It is not too late to make your plans to be with us for this very exciting trip. In many ways it is the best trip of the year to Brazil as it combines the farm visits with the chance to experience Brazilian culture on many levels…but always in great comfort and with the hospitality the Brazilians are known for.
Before Brazil though I will be in Zurich, Switzerland for a clinic, then Dayton, Ohio for a new clinic location in the US, then New Jersey for a private clinic before taking off for Brazil. You can see all the dates and contact info for the clinics on our Facebook Page/Profile (search Barbier Farm if we are not already Facebook friends.)
It has been the custom for many years that students come to Barbier Farms to spend a week to work intensively. In the past we have scheduled for individuals around the times that I am at home so that Debra and I can teach together. We are changing this. Moving forward, beginning in the fall, we will have specific times that you are invited to come to ride with us, to ride the horses in our barn, and to audit all the lessons that go on through the day. Later this week, on this blog I will outline the program for you. We would love to have you join us. As spaces will be very limited, we will encourage you to reserve your spot early. In addition to riding and riding and riding on fantastic Lusitano stallions we’ll have some special meals and opportunities to visit the wineries and see the sites around Sonoma and Napa. Details to come.
Debra and I wish you all a Happy Easter ~ Joyeuses Paques!