July Symposium Report

The students and friends have left, the barn is quiet, and the refrigerator is full of leftovers! What does this mean? The July Symposium, our latest event in the Classical Series, is over. It was a truly wonderful three days. There are so many elements that make up a successful event, but I think the most important thing is the level of participation by our guests. The group this weekend made it a great experience! We had engaging lectures and discussion on a very high level and we all enjoyed the horses and the teaching they offer us. Saturday night we had a champagne reception with live music, some super demonstration rides, and then a great meal in the stable catered by Chef Mike Matson of Vintage Valley Catering. Enjoy the photo gallery…..and make plans to join us in January for our next Symposium! We’ll be announcing the date this week. Thank you to all who made the weekend such a success, especially Tianna, Lisa, Chaya, Sarah, Stacy, Nancy, Candida, Laurie, and Ian…..with a generous helping hand from Steve from Oregon! We had a special guest this weekend: Claire from Equissentials was here and many ladies will soon have their own custom-tailored Equissentials riding pants! Thanks, Claire….it was a great pleasure to welcome you to Barbier Farm! Hope to see you again soon.


Brasil trip reports and so much more

Hello Friends,

It’s been too long between blog posts, so this is going to be a long one! We are just back from Brasil, again, and of course it was a wonderful time. But let’s start with the May Expo trip….

We visited our favorite farms and spent many hours looking at beautiful Lusitanos. We spend a lot of time each year checking on the progress of the young horses. Debra keeps all her notes from trip to trip and year to year…so we know exactly which horse to recommend to our clients and we plan our visits accordingly.

After the farm visits we had a great three-day clinic at Manege Sant Adelaide with Davi Carrano, our guests, and clients from Brasil. Riding beautifully trained horses helps students to replicate the feel and movement when they go back home to their equine partners.

Then, it was on to the Expo. The big event moved this year from downtown Sao Paulo to the Helvetia Riding Center in Indaiatuba, just south of Campinas. The facility was beautiful, and much nicer for the participants, equine and human. It was great to see the Lusitanos of all ages, and watch our friends celebrate victories! Congratulations to all the exhibitors….looking forward to next year. Abraços e beijos. 

Late June found us back in Brasil for a couple of reasons. We had a wonderful group from BUSHTRACKS Expeditions that were interested in seeing the culture of the Lusitano in Brasil. We visited our a few of our favorite farms and enjoyed carriage rides, working equitation, riding gorgeous Lusitanos….and of course, legendary Brasilian hospitality!  Another of the highlights was filming an episode for the Masters Series with Tribuna Lusitana. I’ll post details and airing time on the blog soon!  Thank you to Andrea and Jose and all the Tribuna Lusitana Team.  It was a great pleasure.

And the best part (for DEBRA)….we visited her babies on several different days!  We have wonderful babies and young horses (1, 2, 3, 4, & 5 year old Lusitanos) from the legendary Do Top bloodlines! We’ll be adding more images and video to the Horses For Sale page, but I’ve included a few shots in the gallery below. Enjoy!

Now….time for the July Symposium.  It’s not too late to sign up….there are spaces available! Click on the Symposium link above and join us for all the learning, fun, and great food….and Vive La France!  (We’ll celebrate Bastille Day on Saturday!) And speaking of FRANCE….sign up NOW for the trip to see the Four Classical Schools in Paris…..late September, early October.  The link is above.  Registration must close soon!

Thank you to Keron Psillas for the wonderful photographs.