River Bluff Farm
N2844 960th Street Elk Mound, WI 54739
Michelle Markquart - owner, trainer, Grand Prix Dressage Competitor.
Renee Menard - RBF trainer and owner of Cadence Equine, LLC
Emily Skelton - RBF trainer
Karen - trainer
Our four amazing trainers rotate each week for our Monday night practice. Each one has a slightly different style of training and teach us how to use our bodies to get the most out of our horse’s to produce beautiful equitation on our part and a nice collection and movement from our equine. The benefits of having these different pools of knowledge give us an edge on our competition since we only have one shot at impressing the judge on that day and then have a different judge on day two of the show who could be more of a leg or core emphasizer. Our trainers have their favorite things to critique and correct for us which makes us well rounded riders and fierce competition against the bigger teams.
Our Other Teachers - The Horses:
Hunter Over Fences:
Rommy: The energizer black and white Standard Bred is a seasoned mare who knows her stuff. She loves to jump but will also perform very smooth flat work in both English and Western once you rein in her speed.
Elsa: The calm grey Appendix mare loves to be challenged and kept guessing at where you’re headed next. She needs a solid leg to guide her over the course much like the horses we compete with. She will also do flat work in English and W/T Western
Misa: The excited bay Thoroughbred mare was a little nervous at our first practice but sets to work as one of our newest team hunters over fences– we are very lucky to have this experienced hunter for the year!
Cinco:The bay Warmblood gelding is a tank but good practice for seat and shoulder strength as he flies over jumps and races to the next on the course. He also does well on the Engish flat.
Alex: The gigantic Grand Prix Dressage Warmblood gelding is Michelle Markquart’s “Gentle Giant.” We’ve only competed at one barn that has had Warmbloods on their horse list and are very lucky to be able to experience his height diversity and smooth gaits on his ground eating strides.
Amelia:The chestnut Standard bred mare has the sweetest face at the barn. She is another one of our new horses – more description to come.
Nacho:The little chestnut Arabian who thinks he’s a Quarter Horse will do both English and Western. He is an easy horse to learn new skills on because of his awesome disposition.
Viking:The mysterious new pony that lives up to his name. He will do both English and Western as we patiently figure out what makes him tick.
Tink: The super cute dark bay pony has the smoothest trot. She doesn’t let her size bother her and loves to work both English and Western flat.
Kadie:The gruella Appendix mare is off due to injury but will hopefully be back soon!