Cliffwood Farm Update

July 18th, 2013

Hello Everyone!

It has been quite a while since we have caught everyone up on what’s going on around Cliffwood farm! To start, Emma and Dottie just returned from the “A” rated show at Ledges, in Roscoe IL. Emma jumped around the baby green hunters like a pro at her first recognized show! The Cliffwood team is very proud of her. Colby and Dottie were reserve champ in the 11 and under equitation at their first show together as a team. I, as their trainer, could not be happier with their performance.

August 11th! Mark your calendars!! We will be hosting a show here at Cliffwood Farm! It will be a hunter/jumper show for anyone to do! We hope that our students will be participating in this show, giving that we have fabulous school horses that can teach so much. Nina, our wonderful large pony that has competed all over the country, including pony finals, will be available to compete on Aug 11th. We also have Jaslo, our big Selle Francias Warmblood gelding. Jaslo has taught many different riders about the horse shows; he would be such an awesome horse to learn the “horse show ways” on! We also have Sherlock. He is our very flashy paint gelding, who I must say has the world’s most comfortable sitting trot and canter. He would be perfect for all of the students who have been practicing their equitation! Come on out and meet them!

Kentucky National Horse Show

October 2nd, 2012

Hey everyone!

This is Carli and I just wanted to update everyone on my Kentucky National Horse Show trip. As many of you know, I took my 4 year old jumper, Roceteer, to compete in the 4 year old Jumper Futurity Class. This was Carl’s very first time in a horse show and he ended up 4th place! I could not have been happier with him. The only thing that I was missing was my amazing supporters from Cliffwood. It would have been wonderful to have you all there, cheering me on!

The whole time I was in Kentucky at the lovely facility, I kept on thinking about how wonderful it will be when our Cliffwood Farm Show Team ends up competing there! I am looking forward to teaching everyone about these big time horse shows. I believe we will all have successful horse shows coming up next season, judging by all of my students hard work.

 One last thing, we have a promotion going on right now with Check it out and come sign up for lessons and join our team!  


Great horse show weekend!

August 13th, 2012

Hi Everyone!

We had a wonderful horse show yesterday. Thanks to everyone who came out to ride and cheer on our riders. A special thanks to Austyn Erickson who did a wonderful job judging, and Diane Huss, our stellar announcer, along with the rest of our staff. We hope to have photos up later this week.

Have a wonderful week!


Horse Shows!

August 6th, 2012

Hi everyone!

We have been so busy at the farm! Last weekend Carli took a couple students to Equifest at Lamplight. They were very successful! Kate and Jackson won the Marshall and Sterling Children’s Medal! Colby and her pony Bella faced some tough competition in the Children’s ponies and really improved with each class. Both girls had so much fun!

This Saturday we are hosting our rescheduled horse show. It should be a ton of fun. The first horse will be on course at 9:00 am. I hope to see you all there!

Enjoy the beautiful weather!


Horse Show August 11th and Olympics!

July 27th, 2012

Hi Everyone!

We have had great weather the past week at the farm. The horses are so happy that it has cooled down a bit.

Tonight marks the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics! The Equestrian events should be exciting this year. The first televised event will be the individual eventing dressage, shown tomorrow at 12:45-1:45 on NBC sports network. The team eventing dressage section is on Sunday from 1:15-2:00 on NBC sports network. Cross Country will be shown on the same channel throughout Monday morning. For full coverage of the Olympics go to 

Just a reminder that our rescheduled horse show will take place on August 11th. I hope to see you all there! The prizelist is located on our events page at

Have a wonderful weekend!

Christmas in July Horse Show postponed until August 11th.

July 7th, 2012

Hi Everyone,

Unfortunately we had to cancel the horse show this weekend due to the excessive heat this past week and the health of our trainer. Plans are to reschedule the horse show for August 11th. Put it on your calendars!



Christmas in July Horse Show This Weekend

July 3rd, 2012

Hi Everyone,

Just a reminder that our Christmas in July Horse Show is this Sunday. We are still accepting entries so check out our website for the Prize List. Here is the link

Have a great 4th of July!


Don and Linda Coulter Clinic Monday!

June 23rd, 2012

Hi Everyone!

We are so excited for Don and Linda Coulter to give some of our students a clinic on Monday. Don focuses on the groundwork to help with specific issues or problems that horses have. Linda will teach structured jumping lessons to help improve both horse and rider. There are still spots available! For more information check out our website events page

We are also two weeks away from our Christmas in July hunter/jumper horse show. Its a great place for green riders or horses to start or seasoned riders to polish their skills! The horse show includes a special $500 12 days of Christmas Equitation Challenge. Check out the prize list at It should be a lot of fun!

Have a great weekend everyone!


Fun Events at Cliffwood Farm

June 15th, 2012

Tuesday was our Scrimmage at Cliffwood Farm for our current and upcoming show team students. Many participated and learned several things such as, Walking the course, Walking off strides, Calculating strides for ponies, and planning routes better. We ended the day with pizza for everyone and prizes for the winning team! The opposing team only lost by a 3 measily points! Check out our website for pictures.

The Don and Linda Coulter Clinic is coming up, Monday June 25th. We are all looking forward to learning new things from these horse experts!

Right after the Coulter Clinic, I will be taking Cliffwood’s show team to Ledges A rated show, Thankfully before that we have a show to practice at Cliffwood Farm on July 8th. It will be themed Christmas in July! Wear green and red! Hope to see everyone there!

A successful 1st horse show at Cliffwood Farm

May 15th, 2012

Hi everyone!

We hosted our 1st IDCTA horse show at Cliffwood Farm last Saturday. We were fortunate with the weather and hope that everyone had a wonderful time. It was a great way to start the season for our new riders and green horses. Hopefully this will be the 1st of many IDCTA shows that Cliffwood hosts!

Our next horse show at the farm will be a hunter/jumper horse show with some special events on July 8th. Check out our website over the next week or so for the prize list.

On Monday June 25th, Don and Linda Coulter will be at Cliffwood hosting a clinic. Don specializes in ‘fixing’ problem horses and specific issues whereas Linda teaches hunter/jumper riding. Together they forge the link between groundwork and riding to help both horse and rider maximize their potential. For more information on the clinic, please call the farm at 815-678-7000.

Enjoy the weather!