Debbie Miller Birchfield was introduced to the equine world at the age of 6 when her parents bought her first pony. It was not love at first sight and the experiences weren’t the best, so she decided to put the horse interests on the back burner for a few years. Thankfully, the hiatus didn’t last long, and the horse bug bit her again at age 10. By the age of 11, she was once again a horse owner, this time of a TB/QH cross that she used for trail riding and local shows. She was introduced to the Appaloosa breed when she was 12 by a family friend and shortly thereafter she purchased her own Appaloosa. By 1985, she was showing on the Appaloosa circuit and has never looked back. Having the opportunity to grow up on the ApHC circuit was the best decision she has ever made, and enjoying the competition, the exhibitors and their families was truly an awesome experience. In 1993, she made the decision to give up her Non-Pro card and start training and teaching. She wanted to be able to pass on to both youth and adults the love and passion that she has for horses, especially the Appaloosa.
In 2004, Jeremy Birchfield brought his daughter to Debbie’s farm for lessons. They began dating in 2007 and it was clear that they were meant to be. In June of 2010, Debbie and Jeremy were married and BirchMill (Birchfield + Miller) Farm was born. Jeremy quickly became an important part of BirchMill Farm. With their marriage came three great children - Allyson, Zachary and Emily. Allyson and Emily love the horses and have begun their own show careers under Debbie’s guidance. Zach enjoys hunting, sports and riding his dirt bikes. Although Jeremy’s horse background is not as extensive as Debbie’s, he has always loved all kinds of animals, and the horses are no exception. In addition to the horses, Jeremy’s interests include boating, camping, fishing, motorcycling and hunting. In 2008, he retired from the police force (after over 19 years of service) and since then has spent hours on the farm, learning from the ground up.
Located in Baldwin, Maryland, BirchMill Farm houses 2 barns of 19 stalls on 13 acres. There are 4 private small lay-up paddocks, 2 run-in sheds and 6 fields for turnout.
- $400/month for full stall board with daily turnout
- $250/month for full field board with a run-in shed
** Includes hay and grain twice a day, daily turnout (night turnout during the summer; daytime turnout during the winter).
- $700/month includes 5 rides per week plus 1 lesson for the owner per week
- Debbie offers her expertise in hunter under saddle, western, showmanship, trail and bareback equitation.
- 1 hour lessons are available on both a private and group basis.
- On rider-owned horses, group lessons are $30/hour and private lessons are $40/hour
- On farm-owned horses, group lessons are $35/hour and private lessons are $45/hour
- Riding lesson requirements: at least 6 years of age, provide your own helmet and boots.
- You must arrive at least 15 minutes before your lesson, as lessons include not only riding but also grooming, cooling down and turnout preparation.
- CANCELLATION POLICY: A canceled lesson must be made up within 1 week; if not, the missed lesson must still be paid for.