Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Count Down to Rolex AND Working Student Position Opening!!

It's that time of year when everyone at BHF South starts to make their migration back to their home base locations all over the country.  Our riders head back to Kentucky, Georgia and Pennsylvania but we always see them return to Blue Hill Farm in time to prep for large upcoming events.

This upcoming month Missy will travel back and forth from Ocala, returning mid month to prep Madeline in her lead up to Rolex.  It's an exciting year for the entire team at BHF because we are all going to converge at the end of April in Kentucky to cheer on Madeline and Ari as they tackle their first RK3DE!! 

Madeline and Ari at Red Hills
Photo Lisa Thomas
This is a goal of a lifetime, and Madeline has steadily and diligently worked towards this day with her long time partner PS Arianna.  Can you imagine starting a relationship with your horse at the age of 10 with this ultimate goal in mind, and by age 21 reaching the pinnacle of your dream?!  The team at BHF is so proud of this remarkable young lady and we can't wait to sport our pink this year at Rolex!!

Upon the conclusion of Rolex, Madeline has decided to return home to Colorado to help her mother with her business.  She will return to BHF in Pa in late August to prep for the fall competitions with Ari.  We now need to fill her very capable shoes.

BHF Has An Immediate Opening for an Ambitious Working Student!

Our Working Students Have Fun and Become Friend For Life!
Photo Brigitte Aickelin
We are looking for a capable, independent, hard working event rider to join our team.  This person needs to have competition experience, preferably someone with upper level experience or poised to be there in the near future.

The job requires that you roll up your sleeves and help in all aspects of horsemanship, including the care and grooming of the horses, feeding and turnout, cleaning tack, help around the farm and exercising the horses.  In exchange for your competence and hard work, you will receive olympic level coaching, living quarters, board on one horse and the ability to compete at area USEA events.

Our working students also become part of our family, so come for the education, but you'll form friendships for life!

Please send us an email with detail on your riding experience, photos and perhaps a recent video of schooling or competing.  We would also appreciate several letters of recommendation.

Inquiries can be sent to 

If you have any questions feel free to reach out to Missy directly at 484-576-3947.

Friday, March 17, 2017

BHF News from Ocala and Red Hills!

I spent last week in Ocala at Blue Hill Farm South taking in some quality training preparation and camaraderie with the event riders in their lead up to Red Hills International.  For everyone who has been following along on all of our posts on Facebook, it was a bit of a wild week for the Eventing crew at Blue Hill Farm.

Megan Lynn and The Natural E
As many of you know, we had a very successful weekend at Red Hills with Megan Lynn and The Natural E winning the 1* for proud owner Karen Isberg.  In addition, Madeline showed the eventing world that she and Ari are truly ready for their first go at the Rolex Kentucky 4*, which is at the end of April!  Becky and Lion also rocked around the 1* for a stellar 15th place finish as well!

Madeline and P.S. Ariana (aka Pony Knees)

Becky Joules-Cornetta and Lion Drive
Our weekend did not end as planned, with Donna Miller having a bad collision with a tree coming out of the first water on XC.  She and Salty were having a brilliant round up until that point, and we are very grateful that he galloped back to the stabling unscathed.  Donna unfortunately suffered some serious injuries which kept her in the hospital for the week, but she's tough as nails and will recover.  She should be on her way back to her farm in Georgia to recover with her recuperation.

Many thanks to all members of the Blue Hill Team, especially Missy, for sticking by Donna's side during this emergency.  It's not going to be an easy road back for Donna, but we have faith that she'll be back in the saddle and ready for more competitive adventures once she is fully healed.

Thank goodness for air vests, helmets and a swift safety team at Red Hills International.

Please visit our Facebook page for multiple media posts from Eventing Nation and the Chronicle,  plus my photo albums from the week in Ocala and Red Hills!

~  Lisa T.

Media Roundup Below.

Live Results

Megan Lynn's Chronicle article on 1* Win
Megan Lynn's EN Article on 1* Win

Madeline Wins "Who Jumped it Best" on EN!
Madeline is Rolex Bound!!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Congrats to Laurietta Oakleaf and Niekele Fan Busenitz at AGDF!!

Final CPEDI 3* of the Season Concludes at 2017 Adequan® Global Dressage Festival 

Mar 12, 2017 - 7:26 PM
For Immediate Release
Kim Beaudoin for Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.
 Wellington, FL – March 12, 2017 – Week nine of the 2017 Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF), featured CPEDI 1*/2*/3* Para Dressage, presented by Mane Stream courtesy of Rowan O’Riley, Mission Control, Adequan®, and Nutrena. Competition concluded on Sunday at Equestrian Village at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC), in Wellington, FL.
The 2017 AGDF hosts seven CDI events, two CPEDI competitions, and national shows through March 25.

The Para Freestyle Test Grade II – CPEDI 3*, was won by Laurietta Oakleaf (USA) and Niekele Fan Busenitz, a 2004 Friesian stallion (Sape 381 x Wemke H x Fetse 349) owned by Oakleaf, with a 70.833%.

Commenting on her ride, Oakleaf said, “We are improving from where we were at this point last year. We are working on stretching him more forward, and his gaits are much bigger, so we’ve got to re-do our musical freestyle to fit him better. I’m very proud of him, and I’m very proud of the direction we’re headed. We are working for a spot at the 2018 World Equestrian Games so I’m hoping we can really keep moving forward.”
Oakleaf and Niekele Fan Busenitz won all three of their classes throughout the weekend. “He is a Friesian, and I tried to find something that would fit him,” said Oakleaf in regard to her musical freestyle. “We wanted something that represented his presence as a stallion, so I tried to find something with a good beat and something to keep him up and going with that beat.”
Laurietta Oakleaf and Dale Dedrick in their winning presentation with Rebecca Reno of Mission Control (left) and judge Adrienne Pot (right).
Second place in the the Para Freestyle Test Grade II – CPEDI 3* went to Dale Dedrick (USA) and her own Bardondales Ultrasuede, a 2007 Connamera Cross gelding, with 70.056%.

Other classes of the day included the Para Freestyle Test Grade I – CPEDI 3*, which was won by Robyn Andrews (CAN) and Fancianna, a 2001 Friesian x Andalusian mare owned by Andrews, with 73.500%. Charlotte Merle-Smith (USA) and Firewalker, a 2006 Westfalen gelding owned by Merle-Smith, took the winning ride in the Para Freestyle Test Grade III – CPEDI 3*, scoring 69.056%. Katie Jackson (USA) and Royal Dancer, a 2005 Westphalian gelding owned by Julia Handt, captured a win in the Para Freestyle Test Grade V – CPEDI 3* with a score of 74.458%.

Pamela Hardin (USA) and Quarterjack, a 2005 Brandenburg gelding (Quaterman x Medea ii x Rohdiamant) owned by Hardin, were victorious in the Para Freestyle Test Grade IV – CPEDI 3* with a score of 73.458%.

Placing second to Hardin in the Para Freestyle Test Grade IV – CPEDI 3* were Angela Peavy and Royal Dark Chocolate, a 2008 Oldenburg mare owned by Rebecca Reno, who scored 72.375% with their “Chocolate” themed freestyle.

Peavy and “Cocoa” were also named high point horse and rider of the weekend, with an overall score of 71.798%.

“Her canter tour is my favorite,” said Peavy of her freestyle. “She’s very elastic and flowing in the canter. We have a nice serpentine and different, exciting movements. The theme was picked to go along with her name so it suits her.”

Third place in the Para Freestyle Test Grade IV – CPEDI 3* was awarded to Eleanor Brimmer (USA) and London Swing, a 2002 Hanoverian gelding (Londonderry x St. Pr. St. Ribanna x Rubinstein I) owned by Martina and Kai Schneider, with a 65.958%.

Competition at AGDF will resume Wednesday, March 15, with the CDI 4* and FEI Grand Prix Freestyle, presented by Havensafe Farm; CDI 3*, presented by The Dutta Corporation; and CDI 1*, presented by CaptiveOne. The week also features a National Show and the 2017 Florida International Dressage Youth Championships.

For more information and to see a full list of results, please visit
Photo Credit: ©SusanJStickle. These photos may only be used once in relation to this press release with credit.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

News and Updates From Missy and Madeline!

We wanted to put a quick update out on our blog for those who don't follow us on Facebook!
The annual migration to Ocala was successful and incident free, with Missy arriving at Blue Hill South last night around 10:30pm. 

There's several exciting announcements about Madeline, which includes her naming to the USEF 2017 Eventing 25 Training list. 

Read Full Coverage on Eventing Nation

Madeline and PS Ariana, photo Jenni Autry/EN

More exciting news from Madeline also includes an extra little Christmas present that arrived in the mail this week!  We couldn't be any prouder of her accomplishments this past year and look forward to what is ahead for 2017.

Right now Missy and Madeline are out for a hack in the sunshine down in Ocala, and yes, we northerners are all jealous!!

Next up will be a full report from David on his plans for 2017.  Stay tuned!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Madeline's Reflections on Fair Hill International's 3*!

What a beautiful week we had at Fair Hill! Not only was the weather absolutely perfect,  but I was  also very grateful to have my parents fly into spend the weekend with me.  Last year I completed my first CCI 2* at Fair Hill and this year I completed my second CCI 3*. 

Both years I’ve been lucky to have great weather at Fair Hill.  There is a lot of atmosphere at Fair Hill and the courses were all very nice this year.  Ari and I had a great prep run at Plantation Field International a few weeks prior to Fair Hill, where we ran the CIC 3* as well.

Ari and I arrived on Tuesday for the first horse inspection, in preparation for the jog Wednesday afternoon.  On Thursday we put in a pretty good dressage test for Ari and I was quite pleased with her since dressage has been our toughest phase. We didn’t score quite as well as we did at Plantation, but I am still happy with the improving relaxation thanks to all the help I have received from Blue Hill. Jessica has really been working with me to focus on every stride and ride extremely steady to keep Ari consistent, and it is really coming along. Ari is an incredible horse, but she is also a bit challenging in the dressage, so she’s really teaching me how to ride.

I walked the cross country course with Missy after Dressage, which was intimidating at first, but Missy thoroughly went through it with me and we came up with a solid plan.  I walked my course a total of four times to really feel confident about the lines I was going to take coming to each and every fence.  Ari and I had a free day on Friday, so I just did a light flat school to keep her happy.  I was also able to have Patti Gillen from County Saddlery  fit my jump saddle for XC on Saturday, which was very nice and extremely helpful of her! 

By the time Saturday morning rolled around, I walked my course one last time, and began getting ready.  I got more nervous as our ride time approached, but as soon as we headed out of the box, we were ready to tackle the course.  Ari is an amazing cross country horse and made it around the course brilliantly.  I made a couple of mistakes, but she took care of me and we crossed the finish line with just a bit of time. I was absolutely thrilled.

You can check out several photos from XC day on Facebook.

Then began the post Cross Country care, with icing, poulticing, liniment baths, wrapping, and hoof packing. Horses are so tolerant with all we do to them, especially since they don’t understand why we make them stand in buckets of ice and wait patiently while we fuss over their legs.  Ari is a pro when it comes to all of this, and lets us take care of her. 

Sunday morning came along, and it was an early morning to prepare for the final horse inspection. I was so grateful for the help of Todd and Stacey to make Ari feel her best after the great effort she put in the day before on XC.   We passed jogs and continued onto the final phase with Missy's help warming up for Show Jumping.  Ari was phenomenal and jumped so carefully around the entire course, even when I put her on a difficult stride into a combination. She pulled one rail due to my mistake, but finished the course wonderfully. She tried her heart out for me, and I couldn’t have asked for a better run at my second CCI3*. 

The big news is that with a successful completion at Fair Hill with a clean cross country run, we are qualified next April for Rolex!  Ari and I will continue to move forward in our training and see what next year may bring!

As always, a huge thanks to all of the people who always cheer me on,  including my wonderful sponsors who support my goals and dreams.  It is truly an amazing team here at Blue Hill, and I couldn’t have done it without everyone involved.   Thank you to my parents and their friends who gave their support as well.  What an unforgettable week!    ~ Madeline

Photo Credits Lisa Thomas, Mid-Atlantic Equestrian

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Missy Teaches At Twin Fox Farm in Versaille, Ky!

Many thanks to Brigitte Aikelin for her report from last weekend's clinic with Missy in Kentucky!
If anyone is interested in scheduling a clinic with Missy, she is an amazing instructor.  Please call her directly for  scheduling and fees.  484-576-3947

This past weekend Twin Fox Farm in Versailles, KY welcomed Missy Ransehousen for a 2 day clinic. There were many participants, some who we're excited to ride with her for the first time.

Day 1 was dressage. It started just as the sun came up and finished as the sun went down. Missy had a busy day but that didn't stop her from giving fantastic lessons and advice to all the riders! Even the auditors learned bits and pieces to take home and try on their horses.

After a long dressage day and setting the jump course for the next day, a few of the riders and crew from Twin Fox took Missy out for dinner. Everyone reminisced about Rio and past Olympics and WEG. It was a fun time for all!

Day 2 was stadium day, once again starting as the sun came up.  After the waters were done spritzing the arena, the first group took flight.  Everyone had successful rides and left the arena grinning from ear to ear, making new friends from their jump pairs.  After our goodbyes and many thanks, we sent Missy off to the airport.

It was such a successful weekend for all. The facility was fantastic with perfect footing both days. Twin Fox Farm would gladly welcome Missy back any time! Everyone was thankful to Missy for the extended knowledge that she has given each of us to take away from the weekend. ~ Brigitte

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Gigi Looks Back On Rio!

Looking back over my notes from the first team conference call at the end of March when we were still at Cindy Torbeck's farm in Ocala, I find it hard to believe we actually made it to Rio! Through the dark days at the National Finals desperately doing the math to figure out if we still even had a chance to the final role calls in the #1 spot on the team to the Opening Ceremony, the depths of my emotional roller coaster made the high points even more satisfying.

One of the most rewarding aspects of this Paralympic Games was the bond we developed as a team. We shared a three bedroom, three bathroom apartment in a nineteen story high rise in the village. We also shared the elevators with 300 USA teammates from all disciplines, truly a challenge at peak times. The main dining hall was a huge tent.  I mean like airline terminal huge! With an incredible variety of food from pizza and various hot dishes to abundant fruit and salad and delicious ice cream bars, everyone found something to eat and, remarkably, none of us suffered any ill effects!  

We shared lots of giggles over our coordinated efforts at locomotion around the Village, two of us on one scooter and powered scooters towing the wheelchairs. Some efforts were more successful than others. The opening ceremony almost ended in a wreck but Annie swooped in to save me from a near-disaster caught on International TV!

We all cheered for each other's rides, owners, grooms and trainers sitting together as an American contingent replete with waving fłags.

Photo Duncan Peters

My first ride in the Deodoro stadium was so exciting! I literally could not stop smiling! The venue looked like a huge expanse on TV but the small dressage ring was artfully surrounded by shrubbery delineating the competition area and assuaging my agoraphobia. The stadium was festively decorated with International flags, brightly colored blue and green seating, and abundant flowers all reinforcing the Rio carnival atmosphere. We took our time noting the landmarks that would help me keep my 8m circles regular.

Two days later, Missy's great coaching experience led Rio and me to produce a solid first test at the Paralympic Games. I didn't ride till late in the afternoon on a very hot day, leaving too much time to ponder all aspects of this momentous occasion. Around noon, I had a total panic attack followed by an epiphany. I had already accomplished my goal in making it to the Paralympic Games. Suddenly calm, I resolved to just enjoy riding my horse and felt very confident walking around the outside of the competition ring with Missy, greeting the judges as we had done so many times before. I wasn't nervous at all and rode Rio in a consistent test with great halts and wonderful free walks for a respectable 68% despite the oppressive heat.

Preparing for my second test, the Individual Championship, to be held two days later, involved a slight change in strategy. In order to encourage Rio to show more forward energy, I rode her on a little longer rein. The coaches found her much improved in the subsequent test but from the judges' perspective, not enough to significantly impact her score.

I enjoyed the support of a great team in Rio! Missy Ransehousen did double duty as groom and trainer, keeping Rio well fed and beautifully turned out as well as totally tuned up for competition. Alex Philpin was a great help, especially on competition days when time was a factor. Charlotte McIntosh Tarr, my daughter, was exceptional in her ability to keep me organized, hydrated and focused with energy and a sense of humor that benefitted the whole team. It was a delight to have her there! I was overwhelmed by the cheers and good wishes of my FaceBook friends. I'm so sorry that none of the live feeds panned out!

It is hard to capture the sense of cameraderie our group shared. Missy summed it up saying it was a "No drama" experience. There was mutual support from the team's actual moms sewing the Paralympic buttons on our show coats to our Personal Care Providers, Laureen Johnson and Tina Wentz jumping in to push our powerless power chairs when necessary. We all benefitted from the years of advanced planning, foresight and attention to detail by the USEF's Will Connell and Christy Baxter and the support of the USET Foundation. Duncan Peters and the grooms kept the horses remarkably happy and healthy. Our State Department liaison, Stacey Berg, instantly became part of the team, pushing wheelchairs and fetching dressage whips as well as ensuring our safety!

Team Photo Holly Jacobson
My fellow teammates, Becca Hart, Sydney Collier, Annie Peavy and Roxie Trunnell, as well as being serious competitors, contributed a lot of humor to their overarching team spirit.

I can't begin to thank Missy enough for her determination in making my dream come true. I am very appreciative of all the hours she and Jessica have spent whipping Rio and me into shape.  It was lovely to come home to the congratulations of all of you who have followed my quest for all these years! Thank you all!

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