Nijinsky and Till

Dressage with Till We Meet AgainEmily and Till We Meet Again During Emily's time with Klaus and Makuba, she fell in love with Makuba's half-brother, another German Riding Pony. It was with this pony, a gelding named Till We Meet Again, who she qualified for the USEF Junior Team Championships in 2004. "Till" was one of the first ponies to make the Junior Team and finished 6th overall at the competition in Palm Beach, CA. Her mother fell in love that same year with another Makuba brother, a yearling colt named Nijinsky. In 2002, the Mitchell's purchased Till, Nijinksy, and a Welsh Cob mare named Dol Y Coed Rhonwen, who is the mother of two beautiful Nijinsky daughters. Emily and her parents began talking about their dream of converting the family farm to German Riding Ponies. Thus, in 2003, Fairview Sport Ponies got its start.

New Beginnings and Future Plans

Emily and Till We Meet Again Emily and Till enjoyed a very successful dressage career together. As a skillful and top performing team, they scored consistently in the 60's and 70's. In 2006, Till was sold and the Mitchells purchased Rosselini - a 17.1hh Holsteiner gelding. He was imported from Germany several years ago, and was bought by a Young Rider schooling with Linda Zang. Rossi was then bought by an adult amateur student of Shelly Reichart and was one of the many horses Emily had the privilage of riding during her training sojourn at Paradigm Farm. Emily and "Rossi" spent the summer of 2006 getting to know each other and training with Shelly Reichart in Lake Mills, WI. Emily also had the opportunity to clinic with some fantastic trainers and judges during that time, including Linda Zang, Sarah Michael, and Stephen Clarke.

Dressage with Nijinsky2008 was a year of transitions for the whole Mitchell family. Jan Mitchell retired from teaching kindergarten after thirty-three years and divides her time between the farm and the Mitchell's other home in Sterling. Her husband, State Representative Jerry Mitchell, won his bid for re-election in the 90th district for an eighth term in the Illinois General Assembly.

Emily will graduate from Western Illinois University in December of 2009 with a Bachelor's Degree in Agricultural Science. Agricultural degrees are sought after by many companies in Illinois, and Emily hopes this will allow her to obtain a job in the industry to support her horse habit. Getting settled in at the farm and starting out at a new school has made 2008 a riot of activity, but Emily hopes to jump back on the show circuit in 2009.

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