When it’s too cold to ride, it’s time to Throwback Thursday! This gem is Spanish Riding School Bereiter Herbert Seiberl enjoying a ride on Anna in January 2010. A bit of an Austrian connection in the middle of Michigan!

The three day clinic was hosted in a lovely (and heated!) facility on the west side of state, and we enjoyed lessons of our own in addition to watching Bereiter Seiberl ride. When first introduced to Anna, he told me that he grew up riding Haflingers. I excitedly expected more; he finished with, “they TERRORIZED ME!” I guess he didn’t always ride at the Spanish Riding School! He was quite pleased with the little mare, and exclaimed with much surprise how willing she was to work to the bit. He finished his ride with a giant and genuine smile, and our own faces matched his.