MEET THE TEAM
Susan started riding at age 6—over 50 years ago—and she’s been involved with horses ever since that first lesson in Virginia in the early 1960’s. By investing time and energy into keeping up with the latest information in equine trends in teaching and horse management, she makes sure her horses and riders are able to perform to the best of their abilities. Susan has been certified by the American Riding Instructors Association for both teaching and stable management since 2002.
Elizabeth also started riding when she was six, and her ultimate goal is to ride jumpers in international equestrian events, most especially the Olympic Games. She teaches most of the jumping lessons, helping students get a better understanding of pole work, striding, pace, and coursework. Elizabeth is working with her show horse, Sotogrande in the jumpers arena, her true passion, and has plans for showing him extensively in the coming year. She is especially excited for the 2018 EAP clinic, as this is the last year she can ride in this excellent USHJA program.
Anastasia Park von Simun
"The Oncoming Storm" - Pierre
Ana came to Mischief Farm at the beginning of 2013. She originally came to try Spot and stayed at Mischief Farm when she decided she wanted to take jumpers more seriously. After a few months of lessons it was time for Ana to have a horse of her own. After shopping, Pierre arrived in June 2013 and the two have been making amazing progress ever since. After their first season at I.E.L. they ended up as the Reserve Champion for Freshman Jumpers. Ana has plans to keep moving up with Pierre and is excited to see where they end up.
"Autumn Beauty" - Autumn
Ann came with her daughter Ana to Mischief Farm in 2013. As she cheered on Ana and Pierre, she knew she would eventually want a horse of her own. In the spring of 2014, Susan, Elizabeth, and Ana tried "Autumn" for another client and when they heard that the mare was still available a few months later, they knew she was the perfect horse for Ann. After bringing the mare home, Ann and Autumn have become very close and enjoy each other's company. Ann rides Autumn in lessons and just enjoys her amazing horse.
"Enigma" - Winston
Roxy started riding at Mischief Farm in April of 2018 with her first horse Willow. She found an instant home with Team Mischief Farm and settled into training and prepping for the 2018 season. Roxy acquired her second horse Winston after a tragic accident took Willow from her. Fortunately, Winston is the horse of her dreams and she is beyond excited for their future. After only a few shows, they have finished 2017 with great results and plan to take the eventing world by storm in 2019.
"Blue Ridge" - Big Bird
Chloe started lessons at Mischief Farm in summer of 2017 and started her introduction to jumping by riding many of the Mischief Farm horses. After a brief lease of the trusty Otis, she was fortunate enough to purchase her lovely mare Big Bird in August of 2018. She is aiming for a fantastic 2018-2019 IEL season in the Freshman jumpers, as well as other local shows this coming year. We cannot wait to watch this pair succeed in the jumper ring.
"Bolero" - Otis
Ally joined the Mischief Farm team of riders last year and has leased a number of horses as her riding has advanced. She is currently leasing Otis and honing her dressage skills, as well as relearning her over fences training with a focus for a future in jumpers. She is proud member of La Reina High School's Equestrian team, and has plans for a very successful 2018-2019 IEL season.
"Darton" and "Malibu"
Breanna joined Mischief Farm when Carly briefly leased her horse Darton at the beginning of 2018. She stuck around after the lease had ended having grown fond of the people and horses she had spent time with. During this timed she acquired Malibu, a western horse who, with some help from Mischief Farm, she is turning into a successful jumpers mount.
Carly started riding at Mischief Farm in April 2017 and immediately fell in love with Phantom of the Opera (barrn name "Spot"), her 2017 partner for jumping new heights, attending EAP, and going to the local shows. She is now working with Pierre and plans on showing him in 2019.
"Clarkus Maximus" - Clarkus
Gill started coming around when her friend Breanna starting riding and hanging around Mischief Farm. She quickly developed a liking for Clarkus and asked if she could start working with him. Gill, an accomplished dressage rider, has started Clarkus down the dressage path as her next potential big mount. With a very respectable score at their first schooling show after only a month of working together, we are very excited to watch their progress.
Mischief Farm Congratulates Roxy on Purchase of Unesco
After the loss of her beloved first horse, Roxy knew she wanted to get right back into riding, and more importantly, owning. The search only lasted a week when we discovered the perfect candidate. After one ride, he came home with us on trial. Roxy couldn't be more in love, and we couldn't be happier with the match! These two will be ones to watch.
Mischief Farm Congratulates Chloe on the Purchase of Blue Ridge
After trying "Winter" before heading to Michigan for the summer, Chloe fell in love. She couldn't stop thinking about her while away and just her luck Winter came on the market just as Chloe returned. We are so thrilled with this fantastic match and can't wait to watch them take the show world by storm.
Elizabeth Has Been Accepted into EAP
Elizabeth has been accepted to ride in the USHJA's Emerging Athletes Program Regional Training Session with Kip Rosenthal and Nanci Snyder. This is will be Elizabeth's third EAP clinic and she cannot wait to attend another one. We are all looking forward to watching Elizabeth ride and Team Mischief Farm will be out in force to support her.
Mischief Farm is proud to announce that we have a new home base! We are now located at a private equestrian center in the beautiful agricultural hills in Moorpark. Our new barn has both box stalls and in and outs, which the horses love. Other amenities include two arenas, ten turn outs, two round pens, and a rider lounge. We cannot wait to make memories in this lovely place.
Elizabeth is Off to Wellington for KWPN-NA Annual Meeting
Elizabeth will be attending the KWPN-NA Annual Meeting in Wellington, FL as a member of the Young KWPN executive team later this month. She will be giving a speech and annual review the Young KWPN. She is looking forward to visiting top attractions while there including WEF and the VDL Stud Florida base.
Elizabeth is Headed to the USHJA Annual Meeting
Elizabeth will once again be representing The Plaid Horse at the USHJA Annual Meeting. Taking place in San Antonio, Texas on December 10-13, Elizabeth will be accompanied by 2016 HQC winner Alix Morrison for the duration of the meeting. Elizabeth's articles will be published on The Plaid Horse blog, be sure to keep an eye out over the next few weeks for her daily reports.
Team MF is Going to Ride With Candice King
The Thoroughbred Classic Horse Show is putting on a Candice King clinic on December 8, 2017 at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center and Team MF can't wait to participate. Elizabeth and Kenzie have already signed up, we're hoping a few more students will be able to attend.
Mischief Farm Welcomes Darton
Right in time for the Thanksgiving break Carly found a wonderful lease horse for the 2018 show season. We are so pleased tp welcome Darton, a 17.1 hand, 15 year old, Hanoverian gelding with experience up to 1.30m. We're very excited to see how far he and Carly go.
Elizabeth to Volunteer Again at EAP/HQC Nationals
For the fourth year in a row Elizabeth will be volunteering her time at the Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Program Nationals and the EAP National Training Session at Lake Erie College in Painesville, Ohio. In the past Elizabeth has lectured and this year will be helping to keep things moving behind the scenes.
Team MF is Gearing Up for IEL
With the start of IEL show season only a few weeks away Team Mischief Farm has been busy prepping our horses and riders. With one successful El Sueno show already under our belt, we're gearing up for the mid-October El Sueno Pony Club Rally as a last practice show before IEL Show #1. Carly, Ally, Hana, and Ana are all looking forward to enjoying a fun day of showing and jumpers.
Elizabeth to Host Young KWPN Event at Kimberlee Farms
As the California liaison and executive team member for the Young KWPN Elizabeth will be in charge hosting a meet and greet at Kimberlee Farms in Somis, CA. The day will be all about learning more about Dutch warmbloods, their breeding, and how a breeding farm runs from the ground up. Since Mischief Farm has three Dutch horses in the barn, we are excied to meet other Dutch enthusiasts.
July is Shaping Up to be Busy
With three major events taking place in July, Team Mischief Farm will be out in full force. The month is starting off with IYBC training for Elizabeth at the prestigious DG Bar Ranch in Hanford, CA. Next up will be the regional EAP session at the LAEC for Carly and Spot. To round out the month Elizabeth will be off to Spruce Meadows in Calgary, Canada for the IYBC competition.
Elizabeth is Canada Bound with KWPN-NA IYBC Senior Team
Elizabeth has been selected to participate on the inaugural KWPN-NA Senior Team at the 2017 International Young Breeder Championships! The championships will take place at Spruce Meadows in Calgary, Alberta, Canada on July 20-22. The team will be tested on theory questions, in hand work, jump chute scoring, and conformation of young horses.
Carly Accepted into Regional EAP
We are so proud of Mischief Farm's very own Carly T. for being accepted into the regional USHJA Emerging Athletes Program clinic with Joe Fargis and Anne Thornbury. The clinic will take place on July 12-16 at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center. We know she and Spot will impress, and we cannot wait to support her in this amazing opportunity.
Elizabeth Heads to Kentucky
Elizabeth is heading to Kentucky to attend the KWPN-NA (Dutch breeders of North America) annual meeting. They have four exciting days of meetings, clinics, outings, and dinners planned, and will announce the team of KWPN Young Breeders who will be attending their international clinic in Calgary, Canada in July. Elizabeth is in the top five finalists for the team, so check back soon for final results.
Elizabeth to Attend USHJA Annual Meeting on Behalf of The Plaid Horse
While at HQC Finals Elizabeth got to talking to Piper Klemm of The Plaid Horse about the USHJA Annual Meeting. Piper asked if Elizabeth would be willing attend the annual meeting to report for The Plaid Horse. Her answer was of course "yes." Be sure to keep an eye out for Elizabeth's article in the upcoming Plaid Horse magazine.
Elizabeth Set to Lecture at USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Nationals
Elizabeth will once again be attending the USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Nationals in a volunteer capacity. We are excited to announce that this year she will be lecturing on bits, tack, bitting, and tack fitting.
Mischief Farm Welcomes Romulus
Mischief Farm welcomes Romulus (Romy) as our new school horse! We would like to thank the wonderful generosity of his owner Pamela Buncher, and her trainer, Marion Wright of Belvedere Stables in San Diego for helping make this possible. Everyone is already a fan of this big Dutch Warmblood and we can't wait to get him started with our students. Thanks again Pamela and Marion!
Mischief Farm Wins USHJA Stable Challenge for Fourth Time
Mischief Farm participated once again in the annual USHJA Horsemanship Stable Challenge with hopes of winning for the fourth year in a row. With everyone helping out by taking the practice quiz and the Horsemanship Quiz Challenge tests Mischief Farm was able to win for Zone 10. We could not be more excited!
Elizabeth Featured in USHJA In Stride Magazine
Elizabeth was interviewed back in March for an article on the USHJA Stable Challenge for trainers. The article was published in the May issue of the USHJA's magazine In Stride. Elizabeth is quoted on her view of the Stable Challenge and how much she appreciates the program. To view the full article head on over to the Press Releases page.
Elizabeth Chosen as an Ambassador for Seaver
After discovering Seaver, and learning they were looking for ambassadors, Elizabeth decided to apply to be an ambassador for this innovative new smart girth. We are excited to announce that Eizabeth has been chosen to help represent Seaver for the next two years!
Mischief Farm Welcomes HorseTech as a Sponsor
Mischief Farm is very proud to announce that we are now sponsored by HorseTech! We have used these supplements for many years and have seen what a great job they can do in keeping horses at their best. Almost all of the horses at Mischief Farm rely on these great supplements to perform at their best. We are so excited for this partnership and will happily continue to recommend HorseTech products.
Elizabeth and Mischief Farm Featured in Magazines
Both the January issue of the USHJA magazine In Stride and the December issue of California Riding Magazine featured a picture of Elizabeth receiving the Ambassdor Award at HQC/EAP Finals.
Elizabeth Wins Ambassador Award at HQC Finals
Elizabeth made her annual journey to HQC/EAP Finals in Ohio this past week. Elizabeth helped both programs from behind the scenes this year by proctoring exams, setting up the tests and activities, and even heading up the jump crew on the final day. For her help during Finals and her dedication to the programs Elizabeth received the Outstanding Education Ambassador Award. We are so proud!
Mischief Farm Welcomes Perfect Products as a Sponsor
Mischief Farm is very proud to announce that we are now sponsored by Perfect Products! Elizabeth will be joining their team of Elite Riders. We stand behind their products 100%. Many of the horses at Mischief Farm rely on these great supplements to perform at their best. We are so excited for this partnership and can't wait to see our horses thrive.
Elizabeth and Mischief Farm in California Riding Magazine
Elizabeth is the featured hunter/jumper trainer for the monthly "Horse People" column in the September issue of California Riding Magazine!
Head over to the Press Releases page to read the article.
Elizabeth Wins the USHJA Stable Challenge for Third Year in a Row!
When Elizabeth heard that the USHJA Stable Challenge was back for 2015, she was so excited to participate for the third year. She was also determined to try and claim the title of Zone 10 winner for a third time. Rallying all of the Mischief Farm students to her cause, everyone pulled out their HQC study guide and helped Elizabeth clench the title of Zone 10 winner.
Mischief Farm has moved to the beautiful Southern California Equestrian Center in Moorpark, CA. We are also offering a move-in special for new clients, please visit the Services page for details.
Verdugo Hills Show Was A Great Success
The Verdugo Hills June Horse Show was a great success for Mischief Farm. Two of our students, Mariah and Jessica, attended their first horse show ever. Both rocked the walk/trot division! Jessica walked out with a first and third place from her two classes, and Mariah walked out with a fourth place. Ana gained valuable experience in the jumper ring to prepare for the upcoming I.E.L. season.