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J.J.'s Sweet Dream {Diva} made fox trotter history on October 1, 2016 at the Western Dressage Association of America World Show in Guthrie, Oklahoma.

Diva and Lynne won World Champion in the Gaited Division, Open Level 1, Test 1. {Waland's horse, New York City Slicker was the first fox trotter to win at Level 1 in 2014}.  Diva and Lynne also won Reserve World Championship, Open Level 1, Test 2, Gaited Division.

But history was mkade when Diva placed fifth out of fifteen horses of all breeds, and all levels, up to and including Level 3, in the Open Musical Freestyle! Making Diva the first Missouri Fox Trotter to capture such a win. 

This was a great way to exhibit our breed and the spectator feedback was very positive.  It is a great discipline for our horses.  It  shows off their rhythmic beauty and style.

A fox trotter owner and judge that was present as a spectator commented that she was so happy to see the integrity of the gaits displayed in this discipline.  What a great way to enjoy this wonderful breed!

Big Barn Ranch is honored to be able to host
USDF Certified Instructor & USDF Gold Medalist, Claudia Coley
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VIDEO  4-13-14 Big Barn Ranch-Waland Burger and Slick;
Western Dressage Introductory Test 1

2013 A Year in Review! 

It was an amazing year for Big Barn Ranch and it's wonderful Fox Trotters! Thanks to all the people that gave us the opportunity to compete and ride. And especially to our coach and trainer Julie Moore. She had to train us and the horse!


We started off the year 2013 with an invitation to represent the MFTHBA at Equifest of Kansas. That was in February. Julie Moore rode High Point Amateur Superhorse, JJ's Sweet Dream ("Diva") and Waland Burger rode Amateur Versatility World Grand Champion New York City Slicker ("Slick"). Together they performed a Western Free Style set to script and music by Amber Wilson and choreographed by Julie Moore.
There was a lot of interest and many people attended. They loved what they saw and were amazed at the beauty, agility and versatility of the Missouri Fox Trotter.


Then in June there was the first ever "Super Horse Competition". In addition to the competition for "Super Horse" there were five other competitions. These divisions were Youth; Open; Semi-Pro; Open Gaited Breed and Amateur. Our BBR riders and their mounts qualified for three out of the five Divisions and Big Barn Ranch dominated by placing First in all three Divisions.
It went like this. Dan Dyke and Misty's Mudslinger, ("Slinger), won First Place High Point in the Semi-Pro Division; Waland Burger and JJ's Sweet Dream ("Diva") won First Place High Point Amateur Division; Peggy Dyke and "Sweetheart" won First Place High Point Open Gaited Breed; and Lynne Burger and Gold Digger's Dusty Son ("Dusty) took Second Place Amateur High Point.


It was something we could never have dreamed of. Many thanks to our exceptional trainer, Julie Moore and our wonderful riders from Germany, Gerti Merk and Nadja Mayer.
In the Versatility Amateur Division New York City Slicker ("Slick) and Gertie won World Grand Champion Versatility; Nadja and JJ's Sweet Dream (Diva) came in second; and Lynne Burger and Gold Digger's Dusty Son "Dusty" placed third.
Diva and Slick also shared 1st place in the Versatility Working Horse High Point.
BBR Horses also dominated the open amateur division of the MFTHBA Obstacle Challenge at the World Show:
1st. J.J.’s Sweet Dream, Nadja Mayer
2nd. New York City Slicker, Gertrude Merk
Gold Digger's Dusty Son and Lynne took World Champion in Western Pleasure and Reserve World Champion in Western Horsemanship.
In addition, New York City Slicker and Waland took World Champion in the Open Ranch Roping.




Originally published in Jan/Feb 2013 MFTHBA Journal:

Big Barn Ranch Team Wins a Wallful of Awards
at FOSH Championship Show

By Josephine Cozean Styron

“A wallful of awards.” That’s how trainer, coach, and exhibitor Julie MooreThe Big Barn Ranch team won a wallful of ribbons. happily described the success of the Big Barn Ranch team at the 2012 North American Pleasure Gaited Horse Championships Fall Region 2 show, held October 6 and 7 at the National Equestrian Center, Lake St. Louis, Missouri.

The show was sponsored by NAPGHC, Friends of Sound Horses (FOSH) and the GaitWay Horse Association. “The FOSH show was very well organized, and they had a good assortment of gaited horses,” said Moore, of Rogersville, Missouri. “The National Equestrian Center is a beautiful, first-class facility that is so  comfortable and convenient for the exhibitors. The barns are connected to the large, beautiful arena so even during cold and rainy weather, everyone stays dry and warm,” said Moore.

The team of Lynne and Waland Burger’s Big Barn Ranch, Stockton, Missouri, won across the board. Here’s the rundown:
Waland Burger with New York City Slicker placed in the top 5 of the Best of Show and won the Open Gaited Breed (OGB) 3-gait Grand Championship. They won Reserve Champion in both the OGB Country Pleasure and OGB Gaited Pleasure. The duo also earned blues in five classes and took seconds, including the Mars and Venus class with Julie Moore. Lynne Burger, on Gold Digger’s Dusty Son, won the OGB 3-gait Reserve Grand Championship, as well as four second placings.

Team member Staci Ratti, riding Sun-Ray’s Bay Ray, was also in the top 5 Best of Show and won the Open 2-gait MFT Championship class. The pair also placed first in four other classes and took home a second place. Peggy Dyke, riding Yankee’s Special Sweetheart, won the OGB Gaited Pleasure Championship and took first in OGB E/W Country Pleasure.

Julie Moore, riding Patriot’s Scud Buster, captured second-place in the Open Gaited Pleasure and took two third-places. Moore also showed The New Yorker, winning the OGB Trail Obstacle class and the OGB Western Pleasure 3-gait class, as well as a second-place. In addition, Team BBR carried home seven additional third-places and one fifth-place in a mix of MFT and OGB classes.

“It felt very good to win because the judge (Martha Chatten of Estell Manor, NJ) was good. If she picked you, you knew you had done a good job. We also won in
several of the Open Gaited Breed Classes, which made you feel even better about your Missouri Fox Trotter!” laughed Lynne.

Dusty“Every time you show, you are an “Ambassador of the Breed.” I think this is even more so when you compete against other breeds. It makes a huge impression on the show participants, especially the ones you beat, and the spectators,” said Lynne. “One of the spectators at this show is now the proud owner of one of our two-year-old geldings.  She saw her first Fox Trotter at a FOSH show.”   The FOSH Region 2 Championship show was well organized and well attended, with over 200 entries,” said Moore. “The BBR team extends their appreciation to Teresa Bippen and her show management group for putting on such a successful show. We encourage any MFT owners who enjoy showing their natural and versatility Fox Trotters to participate in next year’s show. See you there!”


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