The Dressage Foundation (TDF) is proud to announce Barbara Strawson of Clarksburg, Maryland, as recipient of the inaugural $5,000 Team Tate Mentorship and Leadership Grant Fund. The Fund, established by J.J. Tate and family earlier this year, provides financial assistance to dressage professionals to further their business, leadership, and riding skills.
Barbara has been a dressage professional since 1990, with students and horses ranging from beginner to Grand Prix. She plans to use the $5,000 grant to train with her mentor, George Williams, to attend the Women’s Leadership Summit in Washington D.C., and to attend the USDF FEI Trainer’s Conference.
Barbara shared, “It is a blessing to be honored as the first recipient of the Team Tate Mentorship and Leadership Fund grant, especially during these trying times. Not only will this grant help me improve my business skills, it will also help me during a crucial training time with my horse Heinemann as he is advancing to the FEI Levels. This grant will also support my goals of inspiring younger trainers and others, especially women, in building their own small businesses. Additionally, my students always reap the benefits of time spent with my own continuing education.
“The Tate Family’s belief that mentorship and leadership programs can lead to a successful life inspires me to think of a dear late friend who loved the idea of ‘paying it forward.’ She always inspired me to be grateful for my opportunities and think of how I can share with others who need a helping hand. This grant will be a wonderful way to continue the cycle of receiving, giving, and building into the future. Thank you to the Tate Family and The Dressage Foundation for this grant.”
The goal of Team Tate Mentorship and Leadership Fund is to provide grants of up to $5,000 for dressage professionals, age 25 and over, to receive business, leadership, or personal coaching education and to work with his/her dressage mentor to improve equestrian skills. The online application form can be found at www.dressagefoundation.org under “Grants and Programs” > “Dressage Instructors.” Applications are due on or before July 15th.
J.J. Tate shared, “I have been very fortunate to have a strong supportive network of trainers, family and clients who have helped me develop as a trainer and as a person. I believe that being successful in our sport requires a lot more than just good riding. My dad, Joe, has always been a huge inspiration to me for self-growth and development, and we would love to share that opportunity with others. We hope this grant will help people further not only their depth of relationships with their mentors, but also to further their education; whether that be through personal development and growth or better business skills.”
Catherine Haddad Staller is an internationally respected dressage rider, trainer, and clinician. She spent over 20 years in Germany riding with some of the very best including Willi Schultheis, Rudolf Zeilinger, and Morten Thomsen before returning to the U.S. to set up a successful training business. She has competed in 2 FEI World Cup Finals and has had numerous top placings in Nations Cups, CDI5*, and other top Grand Prix competitions. She has earned gold medals from the USDF and the German Federation.
Catherine is known as a top clinician because of the depth of her knowledge and her ability to communicate training concepts. We’re excited to have this opportunity to host her at Barbara Strawson’s lovely facility, Misty Gleann.
Cost for the clinic is $350 per 45 minute ride. Priority will be given to riders who participate in both sessions.
Auditing info will be made available when it is finalized.
Barbara was able to spend the month of February training in Florida with George Williams. Barbara travelled to Wellington with her own and Sara Greenberg's Heinemann SBG (Heinrich) and Don Marco, owned by Debbie Olsen. The horses spent the month in dressage boot camp developing movements to move up the levels, but they and their people also enjoyed their time in the warmth and sunshine. The horses, however, were less than impressed with the local animals including an emu they passed on the way to their lessons or lizards falling out of trees by the ring! Everyone learned a great deal and returned to Misty Gleann refreshed and ready to show.
Unfortunately the 2020 spring show season was halted by the coronavirus quarantine. While barns in Maryland are on lockdown, Barbara is busy keeping all the horses fit and in work so they'll be ready to show when the season resumes.
On January 7th Team Strawson hosted a client appreciation gathering to say thanks to all of the loyal Team Strawson members who make this journey possible. We were joined by Pedestal Events, who provided an absolutely lovely spread of food and desserts for our guests, my feed sponsor Janet Geyer of Daily Dose Equine, who co-hosted the event and provided free samples of the popular horse digestive aid GI Thrive to everyone, and Joan Strawson, who shared information about her acupuncture practice Oasis Oriental Medicine with our riders. It was a great afternoon, and we kept warm inside the house despite the bitter cold temperature right outside!
Enjoy these photos from the day. We can't wait for the year ahead!
We are just ending our second week of January and in these past 2 weeks we have been bombarded with some frigid temps…. for Maryland anyway! Someone from a chillier region might think 8 F (with windchills of -13 F) is a balmy day to ride. But for us, when we go from temperatures in the mid 60s to the mid teens in the span of a week…. It's a major shocker!
The weathermen predicted that the weekend of August 5th and 6th would have the best weather of the entire summer. And for once, they were absolutely right!! The weather was perfect for the several fun events that took place at my farm.
On Saturday and Sunday, George Williams gave his second clinic of 2017 at Misty Gleann. As always, George was inspirational and encouraging to all of the riders. He works you hard, but you hardly notice because he has you and the horse so focused and in tune with each other. In addition, I heard several auditors comment on how refreshing it was that each lesson was totally individual. So often at clinics you see the same exercises for each horse and rider. George treats each horse and rider as individuals and helps them develop what they uniquely need in the moment.
On February 26, 2011 a cute, long eared foal was born on Hof Ettwig in Germany. Two years later, Nicole Uphoff-Selke drove down the farm driveway to see if this was the place to bring her horse Riverdance for boarding. The first thing she saw was 2 year old Heinrich, lovingly called Heinrich by his breeders and owners, Insa and Dirk Ettwig. Heinrich Heine is Heinrich's father, so Heinrich stuck as a barn name. But when it was time to register him with the Hanoverian society, they gave him the more sophisticated name of Heinemann.
Heinrich caught Nicole's eye from the beginning. She loved him and visited him every day when she was in the stable. Nicole always thought she would like to have him as her horse, but she had River, the beautiful bay mare, and 2 lovely boys to raise and a wonderful husband, so having Heinrich join their family was just not in the cards.
On January 20, 2017 we said goodbye to our dear friend Amicelli. Amicelli lightened all of our lives and we will miss him dearly. Below is a tribute I wrote to him:
Amicelli piaffed and passaged (or maybe even spooked) his way to greener pastures this past Friday.
This horse had so much heart and gave so much over his life. He represented Canada in the North American junior/ young rider championships when he was 6 years old, he debuted in his first Grand Prix when he was 8. And then In his last Grand Prix this summer at 20 years old he got a 76%, the highest of his career. This was a beautiful dance I will always remember. What an amazing soul!
But most importantly, this horse kept me and those around him smiling. He certainly kept us on our toes - never a dull moment with him. Always showing kindness - often with a little mischievous twinkle in his eye. I have been honored and so blessed to have known him. Knowing him, I have grown in so many ways that I couldn't have even imagined and for that I am truly grateful.
A friend shared these words about Amicelli, and I can't think of a better way to describe him, so I will share them with you ..... "Amicelli had a huge presence. Large in stature, generous in spirit, great athletic talent, kind and yet always his own 'person'."
He will always be "The King", loved and cared for by me, Candido his groom, and countless others whose lives he touched.
Ivan, owned by The Stables of Rolling Ridge, and I were one of the featured pairs in The Chronicle of the Horse (Nov 7, 2016 edition) about the BLM championships. He was Intermediare II and Grand Prix Champion at this competition.
The BLM Championships was the final show of the season. Team Strawson had such a great weekend. It was one of those weekends where everything was perfect and you have to enjoy every minute. I feel so thankful to have such a wonderful team. Candido, Joan and Emily stayed home and took care of everything so the competitors could focus on their show. Students and friends who couldn’t go with us were rooting from afar and so supportive of all of the Team Strawson competitors. And those who went to the show were so supportive and helpful with each other. It really takes a team (a village!) to get into that show ring, and we are all thankful for the whole team.
First of all we had wonderful weather (which hardly ever happens mid-October at the championships). Everyone worked so hard and it paid off in the ring, everyone had a great weekend.
Ivan, owned by The Stables of Rolling Ridge, was a star winning the Intermediare II and Grand Prix Championships. I am so proud of him since we really just started competing in the Grand Prix together later in the summer. The future looks great for him!
How about a 76% score for Amicelli in the Grand Prix Freestyle at Dressage, at By Chance Farm! Wow, am I so proud of my boy (co-owned with Jennifer Foulon).
It was such a fun ride and the crowd seemed to really enjoy it, as did Amicelli. At 20, going on 21, he just feels better and better. This is the highest score of his Grand Prix Career so far. With this score, he won the Dark Star Sheppards Musical Freestyle Challenge high score award.
Ivan continued doing Rolling Ridge proud, just coming off of the Region 1 USDF finals in NC. He won his Grand Prix class on Saturday, was 4th in the Intermediare II on Friday, and on Sunday in the Grand Prix Final took home 6th place. Not too shabby for just our 3rd competition together at Grand Prix.
I am so excited to announce that Team Strawson is being sponsored by Daily Dose Equine LLC. Daily Dose Equine Provides "Healthy food for the same price".
Daily Dose equine is dedicated to providing high quality and nutritional products. They believe that the best outcome in health, performance and longevity are achieved when your horse or dog is getting the best nutrition.
And so far this has proven to be true! Fueled by Daily Dose Equine Senior feed, Amicelli took home 76% in the Grand Prix Freestyle Dressage, at By Chance. He looks shiny and feels great. And always a picky eater, he is licking his 'plate' clean.
Not really ... I love summer ... but I am much more excited going into the winter now that the Misty Gleann indoor ring has new window curtains. They are absolutely beautiful.
Installed by Shady Lane Curtains, LLC they are motorized, super quiet and transparent, so they let in a lot of light on those cold, windy, winter days.
It took me a long time to find exactly what I wanted but it was so worth the wait. When the curtains are rolled up, you don't even realize they are there, so it doesn’t change our beautiful view. And when we need them, with a push of a button they roll down and poof … no wind!
So many thanks to those who made it possible! I am so fortunate for the team of people I am a part of.
June 2016 - Team Strawson proudly announces our Join the Journey Fundraiser, Saturday, July 23, 2016, 5-8pm. Help us raise funds for Barbara's next International Dressage Partner!
December 2015 -Barbara receives a PVDA Scholarship to attend the Mary Wanless teacher training. Thank you to the PVDA!
Summer 2015 Barbara and Amicelli receive their highest Grand Prix score together! At the Dressage by Chance show, they earned a 74% with their Grand Prix Freestyle winning the FEI Musical Freestyle Challenge sponsored by Dark Star Sheppards for having the highest scoring FEI freestyle. They won Musical Freestyle Reserve High Score, sponsored by Jane Gates, for having the second highest freestyle score of the entire show.
Barbara and Ivan received a top score of 75.526% in the Intermediare 1, at the Dressage at Heavenly Waters horse show. They received the high FEI award and also the high score Friesian award.
Barbara and Ivan also won top honors at the Dressage by Chance Show. They won the FEI High Score award, sponsored by South Mountain Equine, by winning their Intermediare 1 test with a 69.079%.