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North Wind Farm: A place for horses, riders and dreams

North Wind Farm, near Banner Forest in Port Orchard, is a place for horses and riders, and perhaps for the fulfillment of a dream interrupted.

According the trainer Nelson Mittuch, they cater to people who have “built a business, achieved something, and then want to pay themselves back” by learning or improving their horseback riding skills. Although Mittuch and his assistant Gwen Marshall also work with younger clients, they seem to particularly attract the successful businessperson.

North Wind Farm offers boarding, an indoor arena, pasture, trail riding, and specific training in a suitable environment for eventers, jumpers and dressage. Many people enjoy coming in after work to the private, calm and quiet farm, which sits on 15 acres.

Mittuch began riding as a child. His family moved from New Jersey to England during his teen years, and he competed in the sport of eventing. That is a three-day equestrian triathlon of sorts. It includes disciplined riding on flat ground, followed by cross-country galloping and jumping over ditches and water and up dirt banks, concluding with show-jumping in an arena.

Mittuch moved to Germany next, and worked with some of the most prominent show-jumpers in the world at that time. It was here that he passed his certification as a qualified trainer.

Marshall began riding as a child in Virginia. Her family moved to Kitsap when she was in her teens, and her father was in the U.S. Navy. With a physical education background, she particularly enjoys developing riders.

Approximately 15 years ago, Marshall was working in Gig Harbor when a stallion there needed some special attention. Her employer had heard that Nelson Mittuch was available to come train on site. “He did a remarkable job with that horse,” she says, helping it develop a better attitude and come into control.

Marshall says she had another horse, an Arabian, which Mittuch was able to bring to a very high level, far beyond what anyone else had been able to do for it. She continues to respect his ability.

About two years ago, Marshall quit her “real job” working as a certified arborist, and now gets to “play fulltime,” at her work with horses and riders. She says that Mittuch needed help, and that she is able to prepare horses for him to take farther. “It is great work!”

Mittuch says they sometimes work separately with a horse and a rider, and then bring them together. He works “to enhance the balance, feel and technical ability of the rider, while increasing obedience, balance, suppleness and coordination in the horse.”

An active competitor himself, throughout the US and Canada, he trains through both instruction and demonstration.

North Wind Farms offers individual or group lessons and clinics in dressage, jumping and cross-country. They are happy to help riders who want to compete, as well as those who just want to ride for fun.

North Wind Farm may be reached at 871-9015, or by emailing northwindfarm [at] direcway [dot] com.

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