2015 Well, 2015 was a very different year for us at Black Magic Farms. A series of events prevented us from showing at all, which is not something we are used to. It has however, given us an entire year for training, so we are very excited to see what 2016 has in store for us. First the exciting news! We purchased 5.5 acres in the beautiful Heber Valley and built a new home and barn. Most of our time was taken up by supervising the project and making so many decisions it was hard to keep track of them all. Please see photos of our new facility on our about us page. 2015 also saw us dealing with medical problems with our stallion Ype. We discovered that he was suffering from a condition called corneal dystrophy in which the cornea of his right eye was not attached properly. We were able to treat it medically for quite some time, but by summer it was obvious that he needed to have surgery. Luckily, a local board certified veterinary ophthalmologist, Dr. Amy Knollinger, was not only well versed in this condition, but had performed the procedure to fix it before. Ype was a champ through the surgery, but had difficulty with leaving his eye alone during the recovery. One month later, he was back in the operating room for another surgery. This time, we made sure he would not irritate the eye and although he was miserable for several weeks, his recovery has been a complete success without any loss of vision! As this condition is beginning to show up in a lot of Friesians, we are adding a new page to our website that covers the health issues of this magnificent breed so that owners and potential owners can be well informed. 11/17/14 "Sport" Designation We are proud to announce that Ype has earned the coveted "Sport" designation. This designation signifies that this incredible stallion is excelling in dressage. Look for him in the show ring at Prix St. George in 2016! 11/15/14 Utah Dressage Society Year End Award Banquet It was a clean sweep for the active horses of Black Magic Farms! Braegho, ridden by Ashley was Training Level Champion. Ype, ridden by Margo Gogan was Third Level Champion and Third Level Musical Freestyle Reserve Champion. The elegant Xena Kismet, ridden by Cassie Benson was the Fourth Level Champion and Fourth Level Musical Freestyle Champion. All three horses also won Exceptional Horse Achievement awards by earning 5 scores over 65%! 2014 was indeed a great year for our Friesians in dressage. 11/6/14 Black Magic Farms Expanding! We have purchased 5.5 acres of land in the beautiful Heber City valley and we are in the process of building a new house, a 10 stall barn and an indoor arena. Roomy turnout paddocks and four large pastures are sure to make our new home a Friesian horse heaven! Check back with us as we post pictures of the progress! 11/4/14 The Triple Threat What do you get when you put together the wisdom of an exceptional coach, the skills of a gifted rider and the intelligence of a talented horse? A week of fantastic training! Margo Gogan and Ype traveled to River Grove this week to work with Debbie McDonald once again. Under her expert tutelage, this phenomenal team discovered an even better connection that took the canter, passage and piaffe to a new level. After a week of rest back home, they will head up again on 11/18 to train some more under Debbie's expert eye. 10/8/14 A New Star In The Stable Welcome our newest arrival from the Netherlands! Black Magic Farms is proud to announce the upcoming arrival at the end of this month of Lucia van Klaverfjouwer (Tsjalle 454 Sport x Fetse 349 Sport). Lucia is a three year old First Premium, Provisional Kroon mare with fantastic dressage movement. She was the champion of the three year old mares at the keuring in Blauwhuis, Netherlands. She received a 7.5 on her conformation and an 8 on her trot from the judges. We are very excited to see what the coming years will bring for this talented mare. Thank you Ted Kop Jansen for looking so long and hard for the perfect mare for us! 9/18/14 USDF Region 6 Championships, Nampa, ID This year we changed regions in order to show at the closer venue in Nampa, ID, and it appeared that many others had the same idea as we did. The show was packed with stiff competiion and huge classes. Ype wowed the crowd and had people once again talking about this amazing Friesian stallion. He placed first in his Third Level Musical Freestyle Championship with a 69.517%. He finished fourth in his Open Third Level class against some talented competition. Xena brought the crowd to their feet with her stylish Fourth Level Musical Freestyle Championship. Her fantastic score of 68.55% was not enough to beat her tough competitors, but we were immensely proud of her. Nerves unfortunantly got the better of her for her Open Fourth Level Championship and she did not place in the large class. Braegho had the toughest and largest number of competitors at Training Level, with over 25 entries in his classes. But never say never to our littlest Friesian! He scored a 68.4% and a 66.4% - his best scores for the entire year. Way to finish out the season on a high note! 8/23/14 Utah Dressage Days, Heber, UT Showing in your own backyard, especially after traveling out of state all year so far, is definitely a plus. The Wasatch Event center is one of our favorite venues, especially due to the fabulous stabling. The 12 x 12 stalls are a luxury not found at most facilities. Ype camed prepared to debut his Third Level musical freestyle, set to music from the film Divergent. It was a powerful performance, as Ype is always happy to give, and he placed second with scores in the high 60's. Who should beat this magnificent stallion but none other than our own beautiful mare, Xena Kismet! Her Fourth Level musical freestyle, set to Christina Aguilera music that rocked the house. Her stellar performance with a high degree of difficulty catapulted her to two first place wins with a score of 69% and 67.833%. Braegho continues to get better and more confident in the ring. He had two very nice classes showing Training Level Test 3 with nice scores in the mid 60's. 8/15/15 Estes Park Dressage CDI***, Estes Park, CO Unfortunately we were unable to attend this show due to the VS outbreak in CO. We decided to stay home and work on musical freestyles for both Xena and Ype rather than risk a possible infection and/or quarantine situation. We thoroughly enjoy showing at Estes Park and hope to return there next year. 7/5/14 Millbrook Farms Dressage, Fairfield, UT It was now Xena's turn to show while the boys stayed home. We needed to get another qualifying score for championships, and Xena was more than ready to deliver! She placed first in her class with a nice qualifying score of 65%. 6/28/14 Dressage at Le Bois, Eagle, ID While Xena and Braegho continued their training at home, Ype went back to Idaho for another show. Le Bois has an absolutely beautiful facility and is a pleasure to show at. Ype seemed to enjoy it as well, coming home with first place wins in both of his Third Level classes. 5/23/14 Paragon CDI***, Estes Park, CO We hit the road again, just two days after returning from Idaho and set our sights on the mountain setting of Estes Park, CO and our first international competition. If you think showing in front of one judge is intimidating, try doing it in front of three or more in a stadium. Ype, with Margo Gogan riding, made quite an impression on the judges. He won his Third Level Test 3 classes and was Open Reserve High Point Champion on Friday with a 68.205%, and Open High Point Champion on Saturday with a 73.333% which was also high point of the entire show! Margo earned some impressive 9's on her rider scores. Xena struggled with a front leg injury and trailer stress from back to back trips. She was retired from her first class, but came back Saturday showing the same Fourth Level Test 1 to prove to the international panel that she could do it and received a nice 62.333%. Braegho surprised everyone with his brave and grown up performance at yet another out of state and new venue show. He not only won both of his Training Level Test 3 classes with a 65.6% and 66% respectively, but also achieved AA High Point Champion for both days!! Unfortunately, Mother Nature decided to not play fair and Sunday saw lots of rain, hail and lightning. When the weather cleared, we decided to scratch all three horses rather than risk an injury in the soupy mud. 5/17/14 Idaho Dressage Festival, Nampa, ID The 2014 show season got off to a big start with two of our three horses showing at a higher level and one showing in a new test. Ype debuted at Third Level and this amazing stallion did not disappoint. He won his class both days, scoring a 67.765% on Third Level Test 1 and an even better 72.692% on Third Level Test 3. Our superstar mare Xena Kismet, who has overcome so many obstacles moved up to Fourth Level this year and proved that she can do whatever we ask of her with two great scores of 63+% and a strong first and second place finish in her two classes. The littlest, and most determined to prove himself, member of the show team - Braegho - showed in his fourth show (and third one out of state) and is finally hitting his stride at Training Level, coming home with a first place win and a qualifying score of 65.6% on Test 3. 5/3/14 Heber City, UT We were very lucky to have Ype be able to participate in a clinic with Juan Matute of the Spanish Olympic Dressage Team. During this informative two day clinic, we learned a lot about getting Ype to be more free, yet more collected in his gaits. Juan's first words upon seeing Ype were "Wow, what an impressive mover." He agrees with us that we have a very special horse and invited us down to Florida to train with him. 10/15/13 River Grove Farm, Hailey, ID Ype is the first Friesian to have ever been invited to train with Debbie McDonald at River Grove Farm and our first visit was a huge success. He quickly impressed both Debbie and Bob McDonald with his beautiful movement, intelligence and willingness to work. We are looking forward to many more visits to this wonderful facility in the coming months. 9/30/13 Champion! Congratulations to Ype for an amazing 2013 show season! USDF/Adequan Reserve Champion 2nd Level Musical Freestyle, USDF All Breeds Champion 2nd Level and 2nd Level Musical Freestyle, Region 5 Championships 3rd place 2nd Level, and Champion 2nd Level Musical Freestyle, UDS Champion Open 2nd Level and 2nd Level Musical Freestyle. 9/22/13 USDF Region 5 Championships, Parker, CO Congratulations to Xena Kismet for back to back champion rides! 2012 Region 5 Champion 3rd Level, 2013 Region 5 3rd Level Musical Freestyle Champion. She was also the USDF All Breeds Champion 3rd Level Musical Freestyle and the UDS Reserve Champion 3rd Level Musical Freestyle. 8/25/13 Utah Dressage Society Annual Show, Heber, UT Ype and Xena Kismet Champions Again! Ype - 2nd Level Musical Freestyle Champion 75.833% Xena Kismet - 3rd Level Musical Freestyle Champion 67.333% Braegho - Training Level 3rd Place 65.000% 8/22/13 Millbrook Farms Summer Dressage Festial, Fairfield, UT Ype debuted his musical freestyle, performing for "O" judge Gary Rockwell and receiving an outstanding 78.667% for his ride. Our youngest Friesian, Braegho, had an opportunity to show us that he is ready for the show ring in his first ever outing at Training Level, Winning his class with a respectable 61.607%. 7/19/13 "Sport "Designation We are proud to announce that Xena Kismet has earned the coveted "Sport" designation. We are extremely proud that this astonishing mare has overcome so many obstacles to become one of the top Friesian mares in the United States. 5/31/13 High Prairie Dressage, Parker, CO Ype continued his amazing season that started earlier this month with several first place wins and high point of the day scores of 72.368% and 70.921%. 5/18/13 Idaho Dressage Festival, Nampa, ID Ype started Second Level and his United States show career with an amazing 72.380% winning both of his classes and winning high point both days. Xena Kismet debuted her 3rd Level Musical Freestyle to music from Madagascar and secured not only qualifying scores but also first place wins both days. 10/31/12 We are proud to announce our purchase from the Netherlands of the highest scoring Friesian in the history of the Subli Cup - Ype (Tsjabring 429 Sport x Naen 264 Preferent). We are very excited to have this wonderful stallion join us here at Black Magic Farms. 4/20/12 It is with tremendous sadness that we announce the passing of our wonderful stallion, Tennyson, from kidney failure. We would like to express our gratitude to South Valley Equine for their valiant efforts, as well as Tenny's many fans and friends for their wishes and condolences. We will forever miss our "Squirt".