Winter: The Season of Tranquility at Black Star Farms

The long days of harvest are over; the color tour & wedding season have come to a close leaving the farm in a state of tranquility. The sublime winter beauty is combined with the daily happenings in the wineries, vineyards and inn creating a true sense of place that is special to both new and return guests.

Enjoy our newest video and discover the quiet nature of winter at Black Star Farms.

By |December 16th, 2013|Farm, Inn, Media, Stables, Tasting, Video, Winery|0 Comments

Stables’ Veterinarian Receives Special Award

Last week one our Stables’ veterinarians, Dr. Tanja Molby received the Legend of the Year Award. This is an award that is considered the equivalent to the Nobel Peace Prize in the horse world, and is sponsored by Bayer Animal Health.

Dr. Molby runs Equine Veterinary Services of Leelanau County and provides services to half of the horses we board in our stables. “We are so proud of her for receiving this special award,” notes Stables Manager Kari Merz.

Read more about Dr.Molby and the award from the Ticker story here.

By |December 1st, 2011|Farm, Stables|0 Comments


Pure Michigan is previewing their 2010 ad campaign this week.  Part of Fresh was filmed at Black Star Farms.  Can you spot us?

If you’re having trouble finding us, look below for a peek at just how much goes into making a 30 second ad.

By |April 22nd, 2010|Creamery, Farm, Featured, Inn, Media, Stables, Tasting|0 Comments

2-Day Dressage Clinic at the Stables

Black Star Stables proudly presents a two day clinic with Kim Barteau

Monday April 26 & Tuesday April 27, 2010

Kim has been training horses for over 20 years. He and his Wife Yvonne have established KYB Dressage, at the beautiful Grand Prix Equestrian facility in Maple Park Illinois. Kim’s understanding , knowledge and technique on training has been honed by years of success and multiple victories for his most frequent students : Yvonne Barteau, Kassie Barteau, and Endel Ots. The KYB ‘ Every Horse is special’ philosophy has helped bring success to many horse and rider combinations. For more on Kim, please check out the KYB website,

You are welcome to join as an auditor, for more information please contact: Kari Merz (231) 944-1290 or

Audit Fees: $30 for one day or $50 for both days

By |April 21st, 2010|Stables|2 Comments

Pictures around the Farm

Joey Randall writes “Musings of a Ho-Hum Housewife” and has included some wonderful new pictures of Black Star Farms in her recent blog about Black Star Farms. She has also posted a recipe for Baked Blueberry Brunch.

Thanks Joey!

By |October 29th, 2008|Farm, Featured, Inn, Stables|0 Comments

Video tour of Black Star Farms

We have updated our video – please have a look and tell us what you think!

By |October 16th, 2008|Creamery, Event Planning, Farm, Featured, Inn, Media, Stables, Tasting, Winery|1 Comment

Michelle Gibson Dressage Clinic

Here’s your chance to sign up for a clinic at the Stables on September 27th and 28th with Michelle Gibson, one of today’s top dressage talents. While working in Germany under the tutelage of Rudolf Zeilinger, Michelle, along with the stallion Peron, qualified for and competed in the 1996 Olympics . Their performance helped the United States win the Team Dressage Bronze Medal. Michelle enthusiastically welcomes riders from all levels to train in her program.
The staff at Black Star Farms would like to invite you to join as a rider or auditor in a relaxed atmosphere to learn from one of the world’s best.

Audit Fees: $30 for one day or $50 for both days.

For further information or rider’s registration form please contact:
Kari Merz, Stables Manager
(231) 944-1290 or

Check out Michelle on her web site.

By |September 17th, 2008|Stables|0 Comments

Don Coe Rewarded for Agritourism Model and Communication Work

Black Star Farms managing partner and sought after national speaker, Don Coe, wins Rueben Brigham Award from The Association for Communication Excellence in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Life and Human Sciences.
The Reuben Brigham Award, established in 1947, is reserved for a communicator, including a public relations or advertising professional, who has made a major contribution in the field of agriculture, natural resources, or life and human sciences at the regional, national or international level.

Coe was nominated for the extensive oral and written communication work he does in the field of agriculture. Over the past year he has presented at numerous Midwest conferences on creating an “agricultural destination” winery, has appeared on a local entrepreneur radio show, as well as, on Michigan Public radio to speak on agricultural issues. His involvement also includes a half dozen authored articles for magazines on wineries and issues pertaining to farming. He is also an active member of the statewide MSU Ag Extension and Horticulture Station Advisory Council and serves as one of Michigan’s five appointed Commissioners to the Michigan Department of Agriculture. In both these positions he is called upon to appear at public hearings, give interviews and attend meeting on behalf of agriculture issues.

Coe graduated in 1962 with a degree in hotel administration from Cornel University. After a long career in the hotel/hospitality industry he was recruited by Hiram Walker to work in the marketing and sales arena of the international marketplace.

According to Eleanor and Ray Heald of Appellation America,“Today, he is a mover and shaker in the farm-to-table movement, advocating fresh, local food and local wines”

The Rueben Brigham Award will be presented to Coe Friday, June 13th at the Haggerty Center.

By |June 12th, 2008|Creamery, Farm, Featured, Inn, Media, Stables, Tasting, Winery|1 Comment

Upcoming Stepping Stones Horse Shows

It’s time to make plans for entering summer shows. Here’s all the information you need.


Jumping Shows:

May 25 Bay Harbor Equestrian Club, Petoskey

June 21 Forever Farm, Interlochen

July 5 Northern Pines Farm, Maple City

August 9 Gemstone Farm, Suttons Bay

October 4 Double Oak Farms, Suttons Bay SSHS Medal Finals

Dressage Shows:

May 24 Bay Harbor Equestrian Club, Petoskey

June 14 Forever Farm, Interlochen

June 22 Bay Harbor Equestrian Club, Petoskey

July 6 Black Star Farms, Suttons Bay

July 20 Bay Harbor Equestrian Club, Petoskey

August 24 Bay Harbor Equestrian Club, Petoskey

September 6 Black Star Farms, Suttons Bay

October 5 Black Star Farms, Suttons Bay SSHS Dressage Fall Finale

Bay Harbor Equestrian Club, contact Alicia Byberg (231) 439-7100

Forever Farm, contact Christy Andersen (231) 275-5311

Northern Pines Farm, contact Emily Brinkman (231) 228-5550

Gemstone Farm, contact Sarah Reincke (231) 642-7445

Double Oak Farm, contact Anne Grant (231) 218-3267

Black Star Farms, contact Kari Merz (231) 944-1290


For rule book and entry forms, please email

By |April 29th, 2008|Stables|0 Comments

March Tack Sale Success

The Tack Sale on March 22nd at the farm was a hit. Lots of vendors, lots of shoppers and, of course, lots of horse people hanging out. The turnout was great, and Kari is planning to do it again next year – same time, same place – so mark March 21st, 2009 it on your calendars. Thanks go out to everyone involved!

By |April 12th, 2008|Stables|0 Comments