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Briar Creek Farm

Briar Creek Farm Deluxe care horse boarding, training in Northern Virginia. Hunter jumpers, pleasure, problem horse training. Riding lessons.
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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 and Bryan Neubert to continue her learning and ability to pass the experience on to her students. Most recently, Suzanne has become a proponent of similar methods used by Pat Puckett and Patrick King (also a Ray Hunt protégé) who offer clinics at her home, Briar Creek Farm. Quite simply, Suzanne believes it’s a lifetime journey to constantly improve your horsemanship and your relationship with your horse. 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]

09/16/2018

Flexible Fit Bridles really make a difference in my horses comfort and softness. If you don’t believe me just ask her.....

07/24/2018
Beautiful sunset tonight at Briar Creek Farm! Wishing everyone happy trails as the weather cools off a bit.  Post your f...
07/07/2018

Beautiful sunset tonight at Briar Creek Farm! Wishing everyone happy trails as the weather cools off a bit. Post your favorite barn or sunset pic below!

Briar Creek Farm & Friends of Frying Pan Park hosted clinic
05/07/2018

Briar Creek Farm & Friends of Frying Pan Park hosted clinic

Yesterday was a beautiful day to start these two lovely three year old TBX colts.  Both good movers and quiet  prospects...
04/29/2018

Yesterday was a beautiful day to start these two lovely three year old TBX colts. Both good movers and quiet prospects, one will be a scopy large pony hunter/jumper for sure. The other will mature to 15.2 or so i think. They had a good first experience, we love the no-drama starts!

Schooling piaffe today, it is so cool to be teaching this to such a lovely horse who has such understanding of aids.  Th...
03/19/2018

Schooling piaffe today, it is so cool to be teaching this to such a lovely horse who has such understanding of aids. Thank you Patrick King for showing me the path to do all of this with lightness, it's an amazing journey!

Beautiful sky over Briar Creek yesterday!  Cisco, our lovely buckskin Quarter horse, was enjoying the breeze and warm we...
02/16/2018

Beautiful sky over Briar Creek yesterday! Cisco, our lovely buckskin Quarter horse, was enjoying the breeze and warm weather. Hope everyone had some saddle time!

01/19/2018

We are trying a new product on some of the barefoot horses here this week, Hoof Armor. It is a coating (like an epoxy) that owners can put on themselves that claims to protect soles and bottom of hooves. Stay tuned for updates!

01/16/2018
Horse Network

Thank you George Morris! AMEN! I'm proud that at Briar Creek we have the opportunity to do everything from colt starting in the round pen, foundation work, cow working, to ranch roping, hunters, trail riding and dressage! If you're looking for well behaved, well rounded horses and riders that want to learn how to train their own horses, come visit! #neverstoplearning #horsewomen #notjustapassenger

Drum roll please...Seizing the #1 spot on our #Bestof2017 list and in our hearts, the man, the myth, the legend: GEORGE MORRIS! And a hard lesson for the next generation of professionals.

My fellow (freezing) horse and barn owners, I salute you!  That was too long of a cold snap!  We've almost made it, hang...
01/09/2018

My fellow (freezing) horse and barn owners, I salute you! That was too long of a cold snap! We've almost made it, hang in there!
"What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness." - John Steinbeck

Winter tip:  Analyze your photos on cold winter days to help your riding!  I had such a great ride yesterday it made my ...
12/22/2017

Winter tip: Analyze your photos on cold winter days to help your riding! I had such a great ride yesterday it made my day! For those of you who study here and follow Patrick King or Jillian Kreinbring, i thought you'd like the red diagram lines. My mare is working on raising her back, rounding her hind end under her, you could hang a plumb line from the vertical of her forelock, she is soft with less than a pound in the snaffle bit. She has some nice arches going on (and no inverted angles). She is extending evenly making a nice "M" shape that even Charles de Kunffy would like to see! There is always room for improvement, so i will re-ride this in my mind. Ask a friend to video you or take photos of your next ride and be your own judge! (Feel free to add your pics to the comments below). Developing your eye will help your future rides. Happy trails! (I feel like i need a George Morris disclaimer/waiver for the schooling attire....)

Wrapped up a GREAT biomechanics weekend with Jillian Kreinbring!  Her knowledge of equine movement and proper body usage...
12/11/2017

Wrapped up a GREAT biomechanics weekend with Jillian Kreinbring! Her knowledge of equine movement and proper body usage for performance and soundness is amazing. Thank you to the dedicated horsemen and women that always strive to do the best for their horses and students by achieving higher learning.

Day two of amazing learning with Jillian Kreinbring — amazing equine biomechanics course.  I am so proud to host such ...
12/09/2017

Day two of amazing learning with Jillian Kreinbring — amazing equine biomechanics course. I am so proud to host such a brilliant clinician and such a dedicated, knowledgeable group of horsemen and women!

12/08/2017

Nor rain, nor sleet nor snow will stop us! Jillian Kreinbring is HERE and we are starting our biomechanics clinic tonight! We have people that have traveled as far as Wisconsin, South Carolina, Ohio and North Carolina to attend and share in the horsemanship journey! Great learning ahead!

Happy Thanksgiving from Briar Creek Farm!
11/23/2017

Happy Thanksgiving from Briar Creek Farm!

11/13/2017
Safety with your horse's hip (Ilium)

Protecting your horse's pelvis from a common injury: As my students prepare for the exciting Jillian Kreinbring Biomechanics course in a few weeks, I thought i would post this video i took when finding pieces of horse skeletons out in North Dakota. Keep this in mind as you walk your horse through gates, stall doors or other objects where they can sometimes clip their hip. This video allows you to see how the tip of the ilium is so small and fragile, hence the importance of properly walking horses into their stalls (or at least ensuring they have enough lead rope to make a turn safely with clearance).

10/28/2017

Fun night with boarders and students watching the jumpers!

09/22/2017
Patrick King Horsemanship

Using a garrocha pole isn't about the pole, it's about honing your horsemanship. That pole is a teacher for making your circles even, and ensures you are steering with your seat and legs vice hands. Great fun too! Especially at the canter!

A little Garrocha Carousel fun

Thank you Patrick King for a wonderful clinic weeeknd!  We had a great group with a love of learning that was a pleasure...
09/13/2017

Thank you Patrick King for a wonderful clinic weeeknd! We had a great group with a love of learning that was a pleasure to host! AMAZING PHOTOS by Hannah Jones Photography!

Thank you Patrick King for a wonderful clinic weeeknd!  We had a great group with a love of learning that was a pleasure...
09/12/2017

Thank you Patrick King for a wonderful clinic weeeknd! We had a great group with a love of learning that was a pleasure to host! AMAZING PHOTOS by Hannah Jones Photography!

Great weekend of learning with Patrick King!  (Yes, this is Patrick going the extra mile acting out shoulder in and haun...
09/10/2017

Great weekend of learning with Patrick King! (Yes, this is Patrick going the extra mile acting out shoulder in and haunches in, etc!)

07/25/2017
Can you change a Goose's mind?

Can you change a goose's mind? Practice your sidepassing and shoulder separation work to get them to think about moving in another direction. Will they look left and look right based on your pressure without flying off?

Briar Creek Farm's cover photo
07/23/2017

Briar Creek Farm's cover photo

Guess who's Nokota stallion is saddled!!?  Very proud. These horses have such great minds.  (In case you're wondering wh...
06/26/2017

Guess who's Nokota stallion is saddled!!? Very proud. These horses have such great minds. (In case you're wondering what's on the face, they have some fierce nose flies here that we don't have on the east coast. They fly up the nose at high velocity and latch on. The horses love it when you cover their nostrils). LOVE this horse and 4 days ago he had never been touched by a human. He's so settled with it all.

Great progress today with "my" two year old stud!   Haltered much more easily, and i was able to rub him all down his le...
06/26/2017

Great progress today with "my" two year old stud! Haltered much more easily, and i was able to rub him all down his legs, under his belly and down his back and haunches. He didn't even flinch roping his feet or getting him ready for a saddle. We'll have only a short more time with them tomorrow morning, then we're moving mares and stallions around for breeding. very exciting times with this lovely breed. They are easy to start and are great minded. He is available. Contact the ranch for details.

Yesterday's update, got my boy haltered and taking a step toward me on each side.   I can now rub his face and neck on b...
06/25/2017

Yesterday's update, got my boy haltered and taking a step toward me on each side. I can now rub his face and neck on both sides (with hands and with a lead rope). Today we'll see what we can get done.

After a full day of working with these stallions, the dun stallion that I'm working with finally decided to relax and le...
06/24/2017

After a full day of working with these stallions, the dun stallion that I'm working with finally decided to relax and let me touch his shoulder. This horse is very cool (frankly all the Nokota horses are). I'm hoping after a day of building up trust we'll continue to progress tomorrow.

Pleased to share some of the shots of the untouched (not halter broke) wild horses from this great trip to North Dakota....
06/23/2017

Pleased to share some of the shots of the untouched (not halter broke) wild horses from this great trip to North Dakota. They are amazingly beautiful, hearty, curious horses that are an excellent test of one's feel and timing to get those first touches going. It was such a great experience to build enough trust up to get them to reach to sniff your hand for the first time. Very inspirational to me to get these to give you an ear, or step toward you, or even hook on with their eyes and track you.

http://jilliankreinbringinspired.com/Dec 8-10 2017! Briar Creek Farm has an exciting announcement!   I know we all have ...
06/11/2017
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Dec 8-10 2017! Briar Creek Farm has an exciting announcement! I know we all have a mindset of continuous learning, so we are bringing the inspiring Jillian Kreinbring to do a winter clinic here at our farm! It is classroom based, so we are a go despite any bad weather. Check out her website above, the course description is below. PM me if you are interested in attending. This will fill FAST!

Understand Your Horse’s Movement to Realize Their Potential

The purpose of this course is to help horse owners see and understand how horses’ anatomy, muscular development, and movement patterns affect his performance under saddle.

o Learn what to look for in healthy movement and muscular development
o Discover what creates a healthy posture in riding horses
o Evaluate a horse’s posture and anatomy from a new perspective
o Add tools to develop horses’ postural strength

Throughout this course, students will connect how the horse’s body works in concert to move in balance & collection and the importance of riding and working horses in healthy postures to strengthen and enhance equine well-being.

Course Details
Five Lectures:
• Introduction Lecture: Looking at Your Horse ~ A New Perspective
• Examining Anatomy and Function of the Equine Head and Neck
• Equine Forequarters, Back, and the Importance of the Abdominal and Psoas Musculature
• Connection: The Hindquarters and the Significance of the Lumbo-Sacral Joint
• Coming Full Circle: The Mechanics of Balance & Collection

'Developing Your Eye' Labs:
• Evaluate horses’ anatomies and conformations
• Identify key palpation points of the horse
• Discuss observations of lab horses and make recommendations on how to support each horse according to its conformation and stage of development.

Course Schedule

Dec 8 - Friday evening 6-8:30 Intro and reception
Dec 9- Saturday 9-5
Dec 10- Sunday 9-5 (includes hands on horse lab)

We will be at a nearby classroom with projector and tables, academic setting. Details to be provided to participants upon registration. We are limiting attendance to 15 MAX. Details and pricing will be provided.

A great reminder from the Germans not to trim your horses whiskers!   I know my students know this is just a good practi...
05/31/2017
German Federation Reminds Members Not to Trim Whiskers and Ears | eurodressage

A great reminder from the Germans not to trim your horses whiskers! I know my students know this is just a good practice, but it helps when endorsed by others. It is our hope this gains momentum in the US.

German Dressage News, Imke Lubeseder, secretary to Sönke Lauterbach, the actual secretary-general of the German Equestrian Federation (FN), has sent a reminder to the members of the FN that trimming whiskers and ears is against animal welfare and forbidden in Germany., German Federation Reminds Memb...

If anyone has a chance to go learn from Dick McCoy you should take it! The man knows cows!  Cow working is confidence bu...
05/23/2017

If anyone has a chance to go learn from Dick McCoy you should take it! The man knows cows! Cow working is confidence building for your horse regardless of what discipline you ride. Thank you for sharing him Sue McCoy!

Sharing Joe Williams FB post.
This man is an awesome horseman/cowboy and more important I call him my friend. Thanks Dick McCoy for coming out and putting on another cow working clinic 👍 👍

Thank you for coming to Briar Creek Farm and helping all of us excel in being well rounded horsemen & women.  It's great...
04/30/2017

Thank you for coming to Briar Creek Farm and helping all of us excel in being well rounded horsemen & women. It's great to see our folks that have solid foundation horsemanship take things to the next level. The lightness and engagement of the hind end you teach is game changing. If anyone has photos of the clinic you want shared, feel free to send them to me! Thank you again Patrick King ! We can't wait to see you back here in September!

Sunday will be a nice day to come watch the Patrick King clinic here at Briar Creek!   We had some fun and solid learnin...
04/23/2017

Sunday will be a nice day to come watch the Patrick King clinic here at Briar Creek! We had some fun and solid learning yesterday!

It's not too late to come audit Patrick King today through Sunday!  We've just gotten started!
04/21/2017

It's not too late to come audit Patrick King today through Sunday! We've just gotten started!

04/19/2017

I hope everyone is getting excited to ride with (or audit) Patrick King clinic this weekend at Briar Creek Farm. Starts Friday morning 9am! Auditors please RSVP!

04/14/2017

Patrick King fans, we've had ONE cancellation for the clinic starting Friday April 21st! First person PM me to make arrangements for a deposit gets the slot! Message me and I'll send you the clinic details. AUDITORS WELCOME! Clinic updates will be posted on this page, please check before coming (especially in case of rain as we will move to an indoor). Thanks and happy trails!

Ray Hunt, Horseman
04/01/2017

Ray Hunt, Horseman

"Don’t present things that are too hard to learn, don’t be arrogant. Allow the horse to learn in his own way. This takes discipline and maybe that will be the hardest thing for you. When you’re riding, try to do more by doing less and less. You have to be on the spot every moment because that’s where the horse is. Don’t worry, he’ll teach you if you let him. Fix it up and let it work. Turning loose means that when you reach for him, he softens. That goes for you too. It should be like silk all the way," he says, then turns his horse to go. He pauses. "It’s hard to teach what I’ve been talking about all week because the first thing you need to know is the last thing you’ll learn. But I can tell you this: when you get to square ten, all of square one will be in it." - Ray Hunt.

Ray's quote is from an article called ' Ray Hunt: The Cowboy Sage' written by Gretel Ehrlich which appeared in the Shambhala Sun, July 1998 - http://www.shambhalasun.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1991

Image of Ray is by Ron Volmershausen and was taken in Branxton, NSW, Australia.

Horses are out enjoying the snow!
03/14/2017

Horses are out enjoying the snow!

Patrick King Clinic Details Now Available! FRIDAY 21 Apr: 9-1130 AM - Advanced Groundwork & Intro to Classical in Hand w...
03/05/2017

Patrick King Clinic Details Now Available!
FRIDAY 21 Apr: 9-1130 AM - Advanced Groundwork & Intro to Classical in Hand work
Lunch: Catered by Chipotle (Buffet)
1-4 PM: Semi Private lessons, Riders may choose from horsemanship, Western, Dressage, Problem solving, any topic. (Once your deposit is received you will have input to tailoring and choosing your session topic.)
SATURDAY 22 Apr: Intro to Garrocha
Lunch: Food Truck Coming "Mamma Rocks"
1-4 PM: Semi Private lessons
SUNDAY 23 April : Clinic Riders' Private Lessons to put together all they have learned, ask questions, focus on their priorities
Lunch: BYO
CONTACT US ASAP IF YOU'D LIKE TO AUDIT OR RIDE. ONLY 2 RIDER SLOTS LEFT!

Timeline Photos
02/24/2017

Timeline Photos

Briar Creek Farm is proud to have played a role in this important documentary that sheds light on the racing industry.  ...
02/02/2017

Briar Creek Farm is proud to have played a role in this important documentary that sheds light on the racing industry. While we do what we can to retrain racehorses and help all levels of owners succeed on these beautiful animals, there will always be more in need of a second chance in life.

In the spirit of helping these horses, Briar Creek Farm welcomes trailer-in OTTB's for a free private lesson to work on what you might need to give your horse a successful second career off the track. Message me and mention "Back on Track" and we can get you scheduled!

Back on Track is a feature-length documentary about the Thoroughbred racing industry, off-the-track Thoroughbreds ("OTTBs") and the organizations that rescue, retire, adopt, retrain and help retired racehorses in their second careers.

This is their story.

www.backontrackdocumentary.com
www.instagram.com/backontrackdocumentary
twitter.com/backontrackdoc

Great memories from a wonderful clinic with Patrick King!
12/25/2016

Great memories from a wonderful clinic with Patrick King!

My favorite quote from Ray about learning to live a lifetime. He would also say his teachings "will mean something diffe...
12/22/2016

My favorite quote from Ray about learning to live a lifetime. He would also say his teachings "will mean something different to you later" and he was so right. While there was nothing like riding with him in person, I review his wisdom from the clinics now on DVD and have many happy flashback moments. He used to also joke to clinic participants - why do you want a book or a DVD, you can't even do it with me right here! Ray was such a wise, funny, and inspirational teacher. I can never thank him enough for getting me started riding and THINKING the "right" way.

“I need to know my job, what I'm trying to teach, and you don’t learn that overnight. It takes a lifetime to learn how to live a lifetime. I see young people that are around horses for four or five years, and they know it all. They haven’t even scratched the surface. It’s amazing what a horse will get done in spite of them, and if he didn’t fill in, we wouldn’t get much done with horses. It’s amazing what the horse will do for us if we treat him like he’s one of us." - Ray Hunt

Ray's quote is taken from an article 'Words of Wisdom from Ray Hunt' by EHC which appeared in the 'Eclectic Horseman' issue #16, April 2004.
http://www.eclectic-horseman.com/content/view/314/126/

Image of Ray is by Ron Volmershausen and was taken at a colt starting clinic that was held in Quirindi, NSW, Australia in 1997.
Scanned from original.

Address

41455 Southpaw Pl
Leesburg, VA
20175

Opening Hours

Monday 06:00 - 21:00
Tuesday 06:00 - 21:00
Wednesday 06:00 - 21:00
Thursday 06:00 - 21:00
Friday 06:00 - 21:00
Saturday 06:00 - 21:00
Sunday 06:00 - 21:00

Telephone

(703) 771-4924

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