We are continuing the high standard of horse care at Blue Fountain that Lesley, then Steve and Connie, maintained over the years. And, Blue Fountain will remain Blue Fountain... We intend to keep supporting English, Dressage, Cowboy Dressage, and Saddle Pals. From time to time, you may see some foals here, too! We hope to be adding some Working Equitation, Ranch Horse Versatility, trail obstacles and are now teaching traditional California-style horsemanship. But overall, the most important thing we want everyone here to do is have fun, stay safe, learn and enjoy the special atmosphere that Blue Fountain has always had.
There is always a lot going at the ranch, and here are some of the events that are coming up, plus the weekly happenings.
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CLINICS, LESSONS AND OTHER GATHERING EVENTS ARE ON HOLD HERE BASED ON THE STATE'S GUIDELINES FOR THE CORONA VIRUS. WE ARE STILL OPEN FOR BOARDERS TO RIDE THEIR HORSES, AND HORSE TRAINING. WE ARE CURRENTLY ACCEPTING NEW HORSES FOR BOARDING AND TRAINING.
Horsemanship Lessons and Training with Jim Groesback
Jim Groesbeck is now our resident trainer at Blue Fountain Farm. He provides lessons, training and colt starting. Please check his bio and other information below. You can also find him on Facebook and Youtube, with commentary and videos.
Jim Groesbeck is first and foremost a horseman. He has been riding and training horses for 40 years. From pack strings in the mountains of the Sierras, to training champion performance horses.
Jim’s approach to horsemanship was greatly influenced early on by the work of the renowned horse master Ray Hunt. He has started young horses for working cow horse, reining, cutting as well as jumpers and dressage horses. Studying with an eclectic group of great horsemen and top Dressage trainers, Jim is always seeking more knowledge and blending that understanding into his training. Quarter horses, Arabians, Warmbloods, Thoroughbreds even Mustangs and mules have all been a part of his horsemanship history.
Besides his excellent training and instruction, Jim has achieved much success in the show world as well, winning a division championship at the Snaffle Bit Futurity in 1995, and long listed for the 1998 inaugural USET reining team. Currently he has received success and recognition in the International sport of Working Equitation. Working Equitation enabled him to improve the precision and correctness of his training, while maintaining his roots in the Stock Horse style of making the California Bridle Horse.
Jim believes that good horsemanship starts with feel, and an understanding of the principles of behavior and foundation training, which is adaptable to practically every form of riding. His teaching philosophy is simple. In the words of Ben Franklin:
“TELL ME AND I FORGET, TEACH ME AND I REMEMBER, INVOLVE ME AND I LEARN”
Scheduled & Upcoming Events for Spring, 2020 and beyond:
BLUE FOUNTAIN FARM
Scheduled & Upcoming Events, Spring 2020 and beyond...
Stay tuned for upcoming events!