Briar Creek Farm

Briar Creek Farm Deluxe care horse boarding, training in Northern Virginia. Indoor & outdoor riding arena. Hunter jumpers, pleasure, dressage, Garrocha, problem & young horse training.
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Hosts top clinicians. Specializing in:
• Regaining and building confidence between horse and rider
• Ground Work (from manners to Classical In-Hand work)
• Proper Biomechanics
• Problem Solving & Trailer loading techniques to avoid stress
• OTTB (and other) re-starts
• Continual Education
• Equine Assisted Activities

Suzanne Liscouski, owner and trainer of Briar Creek Farm, grew up in the hors

Hosts top clinicians. Specializing in:
• Regaining and building confidence between horse and rider
• Ground Work (from manners to Classical In-Hand work)
• Proper Biomechanics
• Problem Solving & Trailer loading techniques to avoid stress
• OTTB (and other) re-starts
• Continual Education
• Equine Assisted Activities

Suzanne Liscouski, owner and trainer of Briar Creek Farm, grew up in the hors

Operating as usual

That's a wrap!  As always a phenomenal week of learning and fun (and perhaps some wine) with a great group of ladies her...
06/27/2021

That's a wrap! As always a phenomenal week of learning and fun (and perhaps some wine) with a great group of ladies here at Briar Creek Farm! Thank you Patrick for providing great materials and hand outs and for the coaching in the saddle.

That's a wrap! As always a phenomenal week of learning and fun (and perhaps some wine) with a great group of ladies here at Briar Creek Farm! Thank you Patrick for providing great materials and hand outs and for the coaching in the saddle.

Reese ate Patrick’s head… sorry students!!  (For us old people remember “I’m crushing your head”??)
06/25/2021

Reese ate Patrick’s head… sorry students!! (For us old people remember “I’m crushing your head”??)

Reese ate Patrick’s head… sorry students!! (For us old people remember “I’m crushing your head”??)

Mind blowing evening of hoof and circulation information with Daisy Bicking and Patrick King.  Daisy does such amazing w...
06/24/2021

Mind blowing evening of hoof and circulation information with Daisy Bicking and Patrick King. Daisy does such amazing work, the case studies are fascinating! She blew expectations out of the water!

Another great day with Patrick King!
06/22/2021

Another great day with Patrick King!

Another great day with Patrick King!

We are underway with Patrick King here!  Day one is already awesome, thank goodness for the air conditioned viewing room...
06/21/2021

We are underway with Patrick King here! Day one is already awesome, thank goodness for the air conditioned viewing room! The rest of the week is shaping up wonderfully weather wise, if you want to join as an unmounted participant message me!

I’m having such an amazing time at the #mastersonmethod advanced course!! This horse was absolutely huge and tense and o...
06/18/2021

I’m having such an amazing time at the #mastersonmethod advanced course!! This horse was absolutely huge and tense and our expert instructor Becky Tenges did an amazing job accessing him neurologically. Impressive releases! We drew key points on horses and have lots of bones to examine. So blessed to have this learning opportunity.

I am so excited to be in Wisconsin doing the Masterson Method Advanced Course!  I can't believe I get a whole week of ge...
06/16/2021

I am so excited to be in Wisconsin doing the Masterson Method Advanced Course! I can't believe I get a whole week of geeking out! It has been such an amazing few months working on improving my equine skills to better help my students and their horses. #soblessed #mastersonmethod

We had a nice, calm confidence building session yesterday with three mares and a lovely mule!
05/17/2021

We had a nice, calm confidence building session yesterday with three mares and a lovely mule!

We are very proud to be hosting Dominique Barbier here at Briar Creek Farm!   It has been wonderful to see the horses pr...
05/02/2021

We are very proud to be hosting Dominique Barbier here at Briar Creek Farm! It has been wonderful to see the horses progress in his format of two short lessons each day finding more roundness and lightness!

Session 4 of the "Ace your Obstacles" NOVAWE series was a group favorite today with a raised bridge, garrocha pole pract...
04/26/2021

Session 4 of the "Ace your Obstacles" NOVAWE series was a group favorite today with a raised bridge, garrocha pole practice, tracking moving objects, and crossing moving (dragged) cavaletti poles. What a great group of dedicated horsewomen that are doing right by their horses 'taking the time it takes' to get the job done with understanding, softness and breeeeaathing!

04/26/2021

I have to hand it to the "Ace your Obstacles" group, we've had a great time from groundwork to in hand, now mounted and crossing moving obstacles. This is a great confidence building exercise! Wonderful lesson day!

More pics coming but Julia Fugate and Jack were rollin’ and had a beautiful round stadium jumping.  Under time and one r...
04/24/2021

More pics coming but Julia Fugate and Jack were rollin’ and had a beautiful round stadium jumping. Under time and one rail down (4 faults). They had a LOVELY impressive XC course with only one fault for a hesitation splashing into the water. Jack was calm, willing and athletic and Julia managed the day with maturity and grace as always. I could not be more proud!

Very proud of Briar Creek Farm’s “Jack” today !  Fancy pony!  Getting ready for stadium jumping and Cross Country!
04/24/2021

Very proud of Briar Creek Farm’s “Jack” today ! Fancy pony! Getting ready for stadium jumping and Cross Country!

Very proud of my Alma Mater!  Vixens did it AGAIN!!  If you are interested in a phenomenal academic education and top eq...
04/19/2021
Vixens win first NCEA Single Discipline National Championship - Sweet Briar College

Very proud of my Alma Mater! Vixens did it AGAIN!! If you are interested in a phenomenal academic education and top equestrian program go visit Sweet Briar College. One of the best decisions of my life!

With an opportunity to make history, the Sweet Briar equestrian team left no doubt as the No. 1-seed Vixens coasted to a 6-2 victory over No. 2 -seed Lynchburg to clinch the first-ever NCEA Single Discipline National Championship on Saturday afternoon.

It’s wonderful to be back in the saddle - especially with Patrick King!  Another great weekend of learning in the books!...
04/11/2021

It’s wonderful to be back in the saddle - especially with Patrick King! Another great weekend of learning in the books! Thanks to my BEMER my horse moved better than ever! If you don’t know what a BEMER Horse set is, contact me - I’d love to share our story!

Wrapping up a great three day clinic with Jillian Kreinbring!  From classroom to group and private lessons we all upped ...
03/22/2021

Wrapping up a great three day clinic with Jillian Kreinbring! From classroom to group and private lessons we all upped our game and had a great time. If you haven't studied with Jillian, check out her out at https://www.jilliankreinbringinspired.com/

You'll notice a lead rope in some of the pictures, we did an exercise in feeling footfalls with eyes open and closed to ensure we were in rhythm with the horse.

The Rhythm has begun!! Enjoying the kickoff of Jillian Kreinbring’s course 2!
03/19/2021

The Rhythm has begun!! Enjoying the kickoff of Jillian Kreinbring’s course 2!

The Rhythm has begun!! Enjoying the kickoff of Jillian Kreinbring’s course 2!

So proud of this group yesterday!  Our second session of Northern Virginia Working Equitation (NOVAWE) "Ace your Obstacl...
03/14/2021

So proud of this group yesterday! Our second session of Northern Virginia Working Equitation (NOVAWE) "Ace your Obstacles Clinic." We worked on getting to the feet through their brain, problem solving and mindfulness. Next session (4/3/21 2pm) where we plan to move to the bridle for more in hand work. Really nice connections going on here! #NOVAWE

As always, masked auditors are welcome for a donation to a lovey young lady (Chelsea Proctor) toward her brave battle against a rare cancer. https://www.gofundme.com/f/support-chelsea-proctor-fight-cancer-teamchelsea 4/3/21 is next session, 2pm.

Fun afternoon hosting some riders from Tri-State Riding Club!  I am blessed to be able to share knowledge with such nice...
03/06/2021

Fun afternoon hosting some riders from Tri-State Riding Club! I am blessed to be able to share knowledge with such nice owners and their lovely horses! We had a great day!

Even though it was a crazy, windy and rainy weekend, we enjoyed a break from the mud for NOVAWE's first Ace Your Obstacl...
03/03/2021

Even though it was a crazy, windy and rainy weekend, we enjoyed a break from the mud for NOVAWE's first Ace Your Obstacles clinic. We were in the open air indoor arena, masked, and more than 6 feet apart of course! The first day was getting a feel of our horses in the rope halter and working on getting to the feet so we can ensure independent movement of each part of the horses body, and of course relaxation so that each horse can think through problems without tension. We had great fun!

Thank you Dominique for signing the book!  It came today, I can’t wait to read it!  If others want a copy they are avail...
03/02/2021

Thank you Dominique for signing the book! It came today, I can’t wait to read it! If others want a copy they are available on Dominique’s website.

Thank you Dominique for signing the book! It came today, I can’t wait to read it! If others want a copy they are available on Dominique’s website.

02/22/2021
Staying straight and mindful over obstacles

I took this prior to the ice storm(s) but seeing as many have asked for things to think about until we start our clinic series on 2/27 here is a short video. I never do re-takes so whatever happens in the videos, happens. That’s how real life goes! Ideally I would slow this down even more. Stay safe!

02/19/2021

DUE TO DANGEROUS ICE CONDITIONS CLINIC IS CANCELLED FOR 2/20 AND MOVED TO 2/27 10AM

02/10/2021
Operating with feel: Rope Halter Intro

We are two weeks away from kicking off Briar Creek’s “Ace your Obstacles” clinic for Northern Virginia Working Equitation (NOVAWE)! Attached is a quick video you can start familiarizing yourself with, it’s the first concept we will work on. Feel free to ask any questions below and get ready to have some fun!

(Clinic is full at 10 riders, but auditors are welcome for a donation to Chelsea Proctor’s Go Fund Me - please read her story and you decide the amount. Chelsea is the daughter of a good friend and is battling a rare cancer).

This is the book we have been waiting for!  It will surely be on our Briar Creek book club list.  Dominique is wonderful...
01/28/2021

This is the book we have been waiting for! It will surely be on our Briar Creek book club list. Dominique is wonderful and will sign your copy too if you order soon from his website (below).

THE MOMENT YOU HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR (and so have we) IS HERE!

Broken or Beautiful, The Struggle of Modern Dressage by Dominique Barbier and Liz Conrod Dressage is NOW available to order!

Click the link to order your copy today. We can't wait to hear what you think. * All copies ordered through our site before March 1 will be signed by M. Dominique Barbier personally. *

Leave us a comment below if you are getting your copy signed!!

https://dominiquebarbier.com/product/broken-or-beautiful-the-struggle-of-modern-dressage/

CLINIC IS FULL: Ace your Obstacles Series:Building Connections from Groundwork to Under SaddleSat February 20: 2pm-4pm -...
01/24/2021

CLINIC IS FULL: Ace your Obstacles Series:
Building Connections from Groundwork to Under Saddle

Sat February 20: 2pm-4pm - Groundwork I – Introduction to groundwork based on feel and timing to increase connection with your horse. Respect of personal space, interacting with finesse; conceptual and practical understanding of pressure and release. Goal is to learn several exercises to increase awareness between horse and rider and to learn how to help your horse with relaxation techniques. You will leave with homework to practice for the next session. *If you have a rope halter, bring it. Please don’t buy anything new as we will cover what to look for in an ideal rope halter. Knot placement and weight of rope matters and we have several rope halters here you can borrow or try and are available to purchase. Limit 10 participants.

Sat March 13: 2pm-4:30pm- Groundwork II- (Pre-requisite is Groundwork I)- Now that a foundation of respect and understanding exists in your horse, we will add more exercises for finesse and understanding. We will transition groundwork into the snaffle bit/bridle. We will address proper bend, flexions and counter-flexions. Limit 10 participants.

Saturday April 3: 2pm-4:30pm - Obstacles I – (Pre-requisite is Groundwork II) We transition work from the bridle in hand to under saddle. Then cover two Working Equitation obstacles to master from a horsemanship standpoint. Theory of approach, proper bend and biomechanics, relaxation and softness. We will ride the obstacles from the horses perspective, how can we help them help us with better rounds? Limit 10 participants.

Date TBD- Obstacles II: - (Pre-requisite is Obstacles I) We will choose three (different) Working Equitation obstacles to master. Theory of approach, proper bend and biomechanics, relaxation and softness. We will ride the obstacles for optimal horsemanship and connection. Limit 10 participants.

Cost for series (all 4 lessons/9 hours) : NOVAWE Members $250, non-members $280
*This includes indoor arena fees
* Note this special introductory price for first time participants
*Please note each lesson builds upon the skills learned in the previous sessions.
If you miss a session we are happy to work with you privately to catch you up with the group.

Location: Briar Creek Farm, 41455 Southpaw Pl, Leesburg, VA 20175
Instructor: Suzanne Liscouski (see "about" for more information)
Coggins and Briar Creek Liability Waiver required.
Masks required; helmets required when mounted.

Clinic is FULL. Thank you!

01/20/2021
Stepping the hindquarters over with feel (Windshield wiper exercise)

In response to a question i received I made this quick video today. An option for the windshield wiper exercise - manage your horses' front end through feel and understanding of aids. Let me know if anyone has any questions. Try it at home, post a video below or come to one of our groundwork lessons. Happy trails!

I did a thing! In my endless quest to always improve equine health and relaxation, I bought a BEMER horse set!  Aside fr...
12/25/2020

I did a thing! In my endless quest to always improve equine health and relaxation, I bought a BEMER horse set! Aside from using it on my horses to improve microcirculation and vasomotion, I am offering it as part of boarding packages and to lessons students as an optional (add) service. My "princess" mare is already enjoying it. We're all about adding relaxation and getting to the parasympathetic processes so this is a great addition to what we do here at Briar Creek Farm! If you'd like to know more message me, I'm quite excited about all the benefits!

12/10/2020
Albie: a story from Back on Track

This “short short” movie was featured in the Napa Valley Film Festival and Equus film festival. Filmed at Briar Creek Farm and featuring an OTTB re-start, Albie. It’s also how I met one of our boarders and now dear friend, Lori. It sparked a good dialog in the festivals for Kara Colvin, producer. We are proud to share this journey!

In the world of Thoroughbred horse racing, not all retired racehorses get a second chance after the track. Albie, a 10-year-old off-the-track Thoroughbred had a…

John Saint Ryan
12/09/2020

John Saint Ryan

What’s the sweetest thing your horse does? This is so true!
11/03/2020

What’s the sweetest thing your horse does? This is so true!

Using different words, this is the same concept as Ray Hunt would say. Make the horses’ idea your idea.  Great horsemen ...
10/13/2020

Using different words, this is the same concept as Ray Hunt would say. Make the horses’ idea your idea. Great horsemen think alike. Charles is a gift!

The Ethics and Passions of Dressage
Chapter 8 Non-Confrontational Horsemanship

The non-confrontational training principles occur in four conceptual categories:

2. As the horse presents opportunities, one should take advantage of them.

When the horse initiates acceptable actions, the rider should promote them. This will improve the horse’s confidence in his rider’s guidance.

For instance, by turning on a diagonal, a horse may offer a longer, more floating stride. The rider should not merely permit such an initiative by harmonizing with it, but rather should encourage the horse to maximize the delivery of his own ideas! Opportunistic riding of this kind fosters progress and inspires the horse’s confidence in his rider. The horse can learn that when he does things well he remains unopposed. The individuality, character, and special talents of each horse are our most valuable assets. The horse should be encouraged to display initiative and enjoy our acquiescence to them. After all, we must always be flexible to change training plans in an instant. No good rider ever carries out his planned training program for the day; the ability to correctly improvise is the foundation of correct training strategy. . . .

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(Part one was posted October 6. Stop back each Tuesday this month or grab a copy and read on! We would love to get your comments.)

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• Confidence Problems? • Ground Manners need work? • Trailer loading problems? • Too much horse? OTTB re-start? • Want a better relationship with your horse? Trailer-in lessons available on Saturdays. New students - Free 30 minute assessment/consult about you and your horse. Suzanne Liscouski, owner and trainer, grew up in the horse world the traditional way, through pony club as a child, competing in local, state and regional events, and through Sweet Briar College’s equestrian Hunter-Jumper program. Since 1999 when she started her first colt with Ray Hunt, her methods and riding philosophy have been honed to give the horse a "better deal" as Ray taught. What does that mean? It means doing more with less, making your horse a willing partner, and approaching training in a way that is meaningful to the horse and to the rider. You don’t have to be a cowboy to adapt these foundational methods to your discipline. Rather, this holistic approach provides a solid foundation to develop confidence, safety, and a true connection with your horse. The horsemanship is a foundation link to your discipline and your relationship with your horse. Suzanne continued to do clinics with Ray Hunt (who mentored Buck Brannaman) and was fortunate to have the honor of being Ray’s European trip planner and translator in 2002. In 2004 she began riding with other known clinicians in the training world, including the (then) little known Buck Brannaman who would later become known as the man in the excellent documentary “Buck.” Suzanne continues to ride with Buck when he comes to the East, and other like minded trainers (that Ray mentored before passing on) such as Joe Wolter (cow working and horsemanship, annually) and Bryan Neubert to continue her learning and ability to pass the experience on to her students. Most recently, Suzanne has studied classic Vaquero horsemanship from Pat Puckett and practices the art of the Garrocha with Patrick King (also a Ray Hunt protégé) who offer clinics at her home, Briar Creek Farm. In fact, Suzanne is featured in some of Patrick’s DVD’s. Quite simply, Suzanne believes it’s a lifetime journey to constantly improve your horsemanship and your relationship with your horse. She has completed Charles deKunffy’s Instructor Course in 2017. Suzanne has studied intensive biomechanics courses with Jillian Krienbring in 2017, has completed the Equine Touch Foundation’s Whole Horse Dissection clinic in May 2018. This intensive study of equine motion provided by Dr. Ivana Ruddock proved a valuable and unique experience to further knowledge of proper training and movement of the horse. As her understanding of Biomechanics grew, Suzanne chose to couple the lightness found in groundwork/foundation work with her understanding of biomechanics, focusing on how to ask the horse to balance itself under the weight of a rider. In 2019, Suzanne attended the Instructors’ Group of students training at The Valenca Academy outside of Lisbon, Portugal riding Lusitano Stallions to further her feel of riding highly and Internationally renowned dressage horses.

Suzanne is featured in a short documentary about retraining ex-racehorses, which was featured at the Napa Valley film festival and the NY Equus film Festival. https://vimeo.com/100371098. Suzanne has a BA from Sweet Briar College, a Master of Arts degree, and was a Presidential Management Fellow prior to serving in Federal Government for 15 years. Now a consultant inside the horse world, she can help you think differently and excel with your horse. Follow us on Facebook Briar Creek Farm (https://www.facebook.com/BriarcreekfarmVA/?ref=bookmarks ) Call 2022532644 for more information, or email [email protected]

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I saw the scores are up from the Tri State Riding Club Judged Trail Ride. Congratulations Suzanne P Liscouski on one of the top scores and for winning your section! You and Raney were amazing!!