ABOUT OUR NAME BRIDLEWOODBLOOMS
My name is Christa Stosiek. When I was a little girl I liked high heels and silk dresses and told my mother I would never marry a farmer, or so she tells me!...but by the time I met my husband, Martin, I couldn't wait to join him in starting our farm (Markristo Farm), which has grown from a tiny 1/4 acre plot to over 30 acres of certified organic vegetables and FLOWERS. Our first date was a 4 hr drive to pick up 500 blueberry plants!....but that’s another story, and I still like heels and fashionable clothes;)
Now it's certainly true that I wouldn't be happy without our home grown vegetables, but while raising our three children, Sarah, Rachael and Matthias, my lifelong passion for form and color had me sneaking in rows of flowers, and filling the landscape with ornamental shrubs, with one thing in mind... to add just one more incredible variety, perfect for bouquets! Flowers filled ever vase I could get my hands on and very soon, with an abundance of flowers on the farm, we started selling bouquets alongside our vegetables at our Saturday markets, while giving away any extras to neighbors and friends. I brought flowers with me everywhere I went, often giving them to school teachers as a thank you. I'll always remember the speechless smile from the international Dressage trainer I took Sarah to, in Brewster, NY..he was used to BMWs and interior decorators, but our bucket of semi double sunflowers melted his guard and made a lasting impression that moved him visibly from that day to this.
As word spread about the flowers, and that I had a love for design, I found myself taking on weddings and other special events, which now keep me busy from May to Oct, and I couldn't be happier, working with people on the best day of their lives!
30 years later, I'm still addicted to putting a smile on peoples faces simply by showing up unexpectedly with a big bunch of arrestingly beautiful, fresh picked flowers! ...the gift of just one fragile bloom has the ability to found new relationships and transport lives!
MEANWHILE..... From an early age, between harvesting vegetables, arranging bouquets and helping at our markets, Sarah and Rachael (and Matthias, though he won't yet admit it;) fell in love with horses, and before we knew it, horses had found their way onto our farm and into our hearts. Once again, I experienced something that brought unparalleled joy. Learning to be with horses requires an inner focus and harmony that has the power to bring out the best in anyone.
As a young mother, I focused on finding the best resources and mentors to guide us. I sought methods of working with horses in the same holistic manner that we approach farming; by understanding their innate nature and working in partnership with them, to find a path of mutual benefit, not just a means to an end, in spite of them (so prevalent in the world of horses today).
In 2014, with 4 horses at home, (needing more pasture!), and a growing ability of horsemanship skills, dressage, and training, we purchased the beautiful, albeit rundown horse-farm, BridleWood, as an investment for the future. The project of restoring four barns, three arenas, multiple houses and countless outbuildings is fairly overwhelming, not to mention roadways, and water and electric infrastructures... but the property is on a hillside with sweeping vistas of the Taconics and Berkshires and there is so much good-will from friends and neighbors eager to see the property revitalized, into a family friendly space where the human equine experience can unfold and grow, that a day doesn't go by without us feeling incredibly fortunate to have this chance to not only experience horses ourselves, but to share them with the world, through BridleWood Dressage & Equestrian Center.
And yes, how could I resist, I've already established rows of Hydrangea, Delphinium and flowering trees, with more to be planted every year!
My new floral design studio, BridleWoodBlooms, combines two of my most favorite things, horses and flowers; and with the help of flowers, BridleWood will blossom again, not only as a healing place for horses and their partners, but as a local wedding venue in its own right...we cant wait to share it with you and we hope you'll call us about your next event and floral needs!
Thank you for being a part of our journey, we look forward to sharing with you the beauty of local flowers!!