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Saturday, June 30, 2012

Website Update! Price reductions!

Website revision/updates are in progress!

Drastic price reductions on the following horses due to family illness:
Wall Street WF, Westerleigh WF, Wylie WF, Wichita Rose WF and Wallace WF.

Terms negotiable on Wilona WF, As You Wish WF and Wolfgang WF.
Horses will be sold on a first come, first served basis and in 'as is' condition.

Lease options available on Wakanda WF, Artesian WF and Atreo WF.

Contact for more information. Serious inquiries only.

No tire kickers please.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

There was a clinic here the other day...

Gosh it has been a busy week! It is almost hard to believe that it is only Thursday and a hot one at that!

So I'll start with the huge list of THANK YOU's...

Thank you to Catherine for coming to our farm. Thank you for sharing your wisdom, skill as a trainer and unmatched ability to explain to both rider's and auditors what needs to be happening for the horse and rider to 'Get Connected'!

Thank you to all of our riders for their hard work!

Thank you to Bill Alphin (A&A Photography) for shooting photos of all of the riders.

Thank you to Bob Conklin (Conklin Photographic) for taking even more photos of the riders. Bob also brought the killer Blueberry pie that some folks got a piece of...homemade, organic, made with love - just sublime!

Thank you to Stubben N.A. for sending the ever-so-awesome Keith Brooks to us to offer riders and trainers insight into saddle fitting and what Stubben has to offer.

Thank you to Theault America for sending The Morpheus and Marc to illuminate our attendees with all that Theault has incorporated into their superior horse transport system! I think it is safe to say that we all want one!!!

Thank you to the AWR for sending Sonja to us for the day! She had a constant stream of inquiries throughout the day - so hopefully people left with a greater understanding of what an American Warmblood really is!

Thank you to Sandro, Poncho and the rest of the guys for all of the hard work that went into helping us get the farm ready for so many visitors!

Thank you to Pat & Ric for the use of their TIGHAR sun shade canopy tents!

Thank you to Karin for the use of your cooler, tent and the million and one things you always do to help us keep things organized!!!

Our sincere apologies for the dust in the arena go out to the riders, auditors and most especially Catherine. There has been more than the 'usual' amount of chaos going on as of late, so it was very much a case of 'best laid plans going awry.' If we are every lucky enough to have an opportunity to have Catherine back in the area, we will be looking to rent/borrow a full sized indoor arena with full mirrors and perfect footing. So if you would happen to have such a facility and you are interested in having Catherine teach you...speak up!

Regardless, thank you to everyone who made this day possible!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Clinic reminder!

We've gotten a number of calls and emails about the Catherine Haddad Staller Clinic next week - which is great! But please remember, it is on MONDAY the 25th!!!!!!

So with that in mind, we are ordering our menu items today (Friday), please give a heads up. We would hate to not have enough food for everyone that audits.

Beyond that bit of nagging, we have an exciting line up for learning! Stubben N.A. will be on site to discuss your saddle fitting needs. Theault America is sending their Morpheus Eurovan! Lots to see and learn! Don't miss this super opportunity to gain insight into not just horse training for the FEI levels, but all areas of all things HORSE! :)

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

10,000 FANS!

Wow. Just Wow.

10,000 people have taken the time to click LIKE on our FB page!! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

You all are the best! Thank you for the support, the comments, the LIKES and feedback from all over our globe!! You are awesome and we really appreciate your efforts!

<3 <3 <3 <3 <3

Some student feedback to share with everyone!

One of mom's longtime students sent a lovely email for us to share with you all...

"Dear Anne and Ellie,    I have come to your Farm for a number of years now with both Kordi-Bear and The Bunder-Boy.
I just wanted you to know about the AURA that I have felt each time when we drive in.  I see soft blues and pinks ---all warm
fuzzies of a soft RAINBOW.  I love watching the training, and I LOVE taking my lessons with ANNE -- and training my own
horses there.   I love learning more and more, and my horses have been so peaceful and comfortable at Your Watermark !!!
This goes in ALL weather ---any SEASON.  The footing in the indoor and outer ring are superb....   I ride really well when I'm
there exhibiting such a positive atmosphere........

          THANK YOU for sharing WATERMARK FARM with me and my horses.... ONWARD and UPWARD,,,  LUV, STEPHI"

Stephi & Bunder

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Times for Catherine's Clinic June 25th


9:30 Pat Thrasher & Beau
10:15 Ellie Rawle & Wyatt WF
11:00 Sara Gartland & Amelia
11:45 Lauren Annett & Savannah +/
12:30 Ellie Rawle & Wizard WF
1:15 Ange Bean & Statesman’s Eclipse
2:00 Lara Hausken Osborne & Dixie

Parking will be in the small pasture near the bridge as our driveway is a bit of a maze with a lot of cars and trailers. 

If you are coming down the hill, pass the main driveway and about 100’ before the bridge make a left into the pasture (12’ gate). If you are coming over the bridge, go about 50’ and make the right. The will be a sign on the roadside to give you a heads up about the turn. Directions - use 136 Watermark Road Oxford PA 19363

Stubben N.A. will be on site!

Theault America will be here with a Morpheus Euro-style van!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Hubba hubba! Have we got a clinic line up for you all!

So for once, I'm posting here before making the announcement on Facebook! :)

The schedule is being finalized for our Catherine Haddad Staller clinic on Monday the 25th!!! Theault America will be on site! That means we will have a Morpheus to inspect up close and in person!!

Stubben will be here! Which means this is a unsurpassed opportunity to expand your riding and training knowledge with Catherine, check out the latest offerings from Stubben in saddle design and fitting AND see the MORPHEUS!!! So far, I'm thinking it's going to be a really fun and educational day! :)

So mark your calendars! The time schedule will be going out this weekend! Check back say mid-day Saturday to see what time we'll be starting!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Big Devon News!

The 3 stage renovation of the footing at the Devon Show Grounds is complete!!!!

The warmup and all of the competition rings are now 100% the same!!!

There is a full write up on Eurodressage if you want to learn more about the company, the process and the footing!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

9800 FANS!

Ok, I'll start with the THANK YOU portion of this post...

THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts to all of our fans and friends on Facebook for the support, the comments, the LIKES and feedback about our farm and horses. We passed 9800 Fans yesterday and it is very exciting to think how close 10,000 really is. So take a second and think about that...almost 10,000 people have taken a second or 2 and clicked LIKE on our fan page. Just amazing!

Thank you all so very much.

As the not quite so serious part of the post, please take a few minutes out of your day and enjoy this segment of the Colbert Report as he discusses the Romney's and dressage! So with an enthusiastic "WOOOOOOOO" break out your foam fingers, root for the home team (US Dressage), wear a ball cap and go to your local, regional or national show and cheer for the athletes who work so hard to get there!!!!


:-D Happy Riding!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Catherine Haddad Staller Clinic FAQ's

We're getting lots of ?'s via email, so I'll try to answer the FAQ's here!

If you are auditing, please send an email, so we have a head count for ordering food. 

Auditors - please bring your favorite chair as the ones we have might not be to your liking. 

Directions - use 136 Watermark Road Oxford PA 19363 is better than MapQuest at finding our farm.

Times will be posted on Wednesday June 20th in the following places -

There are 2 riding slots still available. If they are filled, we will make a Wait List in case of cancellations or emergencies.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing everyone bright and early on the 25th!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

June Birthdays!!!

Our June babies!!

Artesian WF ~ June 9, 1996

Abracadabra WF ~  June 13, 1988

Daylily WF ~ June 8, 2007

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Wow! 9500 FANS!

The Farm Page on FB is growing by leaps and bounds!!! Thank you all for the support, the comments, the Likes...just all of the interaction with our new friends around the globe!!!


Tuesday, June 5, 2012

JUNE 25th (Monday) Catherine Haddad Staller Clinic

That's right! Catherine is coming to teach here at Watermark Farm!!! 

Mark your calendar! Monday June 25th!!!

If you want to sign up for a riding lesson, please see our website for the forms and fees. To learn more about Catherine, her horses or other general information, please see her website: .

Auditors $40 for the day. 

Private lessons $250. 

All fees must be paid 7 days in advance. 
No checks will be accepted the day of the clinic (auditors or riders). 

Stubben may be onsite as well - we're working on coordinating that currently!

Space is limited to 6 more riders, so please contact ASAP to secure your riding time!

There is an EVENT on FB to RSVP to, if you care to sign up as an auditor that way!

Saddles for sale!

We're reducing our American Flex inventory as we are also reducing the number of riding horses! There are bargains to be had on the rack and on the hoof!! Pop a note about any horses that might be of interest to you!

17" UKD Havanna brown$1000 plus ship/insurance

17" Black Frank Baines Tree OrthoFlex $1000 + S/I
17" UKClassic Black $1000+ship/insurance

17" Black UKD $950 + S/I
All saddles will be thoroughly cleaned prior to shipping. More photos are available on the Farm Page on FB , so please look there for more photos. We still have an 18.5" Ortho Flex Dressage with brand new panels in brown for sale and an 18" black American Flex Dressage in Black that is nearly new. All of the dressage saddle (except the Frank Baines Ortho Flex) have removeable knee rolls and reinforced girth billets. Most come with a custom saddle cover and fleece lined show pad.

Some schooling photos and some thoughts

I'll start this post with a bit of personal reflection...last year I was browsing about on Facebook (which I know some people are not all excited about) and a link came up for an opening/timeslot for a clinic with Catherine Haddad-Staller. I was in a slump from attempting to rehab my bum ankle and the horses were fresh as daisies, so it was a 'Why Not?' sort of decision as we had seen Catherine rock it out at Dressage at Devon the previous fall on Winyamaro. So we loaded up Wyatt, the working student and made the 6 hour trek to VA.

 One superduperfantasticaloutrageoustupendous hour later, I talked with Stubben N.A. who was onsite, made a commitment to change my riding, my position and tough it out.
Sort of one of those moments when you know there are big changes to make in your life - you know it when you feel/see/hear/taste it, take a deep breath, grab your checkbook and don't look back. :) Since Catherine teaches from the same manual that mom has raised me under, it all makes perfect sense, the horses understand the language, and it flat out WORKS. The horses are happy - that is the best part! 

In the late summer, we journeyed up to Hawk Hollow Ranch in NJ and got more help from Catherine (aka The Big Boss). I'm going to confess - I'm like an addict and if it was possible, I would go live in her barn to be like a sponge and soak up all she has to teach. :) If you think it is silly, well, you don't understand how hard it is to find a trainer who speaks the same language and how refreshing it is to have your natural instincts reinforced consistently. 
Autumn saw us making the trek to Randi's one more time for the acquisition of 'homework' and then winter arrived. The horses stayed in full work, the training has progressed and we saw TBB in April. That clinic was extra fun as she was kind and rode Wizard for a few minutes! 

So now it's June 2012, I'm Stubben-ed up with my Genesis Special, the horses are going better than I ever anticipated and I am beginning to think it is time to compete them - which means competitions are a few months away barring any injury for us. 

Wyatt June 4th
For those of you who have any interest in learning about what Stubben has to offer, please email me ( and I can put you in touch with our saddle fitter. If he's not in your local area, he will help find a representative who is.
So that's a bit of wrap up of the last year. There are more photos here in the blog and summaries of the clinics with Catherine, if you want to scroll back to see what we've gotten up to under her watchful eye.  And if she's in your area teaching - get thee to the arena and AUDIT!