Located in the rolling green hills of northern Missouri, Whippoorwill Ridge Farm is owned by Melissa and Anthony Mihalevich. These 80 acres have lush pastures and woods and include a 10-stall private barn with indoor and individual paddocks plus a virtually all-weather outdoor ring.
Melissa began riding at an early age during her childhood in Las Vegas. Born Melissa Cardenas, she was coached by Jimmy Williams and Gene Lewis. Competing at Mexico City and Cocoyoc in 1974, she was named leading international rider and won the silver medal in the 1.60 meter class. Melissa competed across the west on High Barbaree, a 15.3 hand Standardbred gelding and other jumpers, including Power Play, a Canadian Sport Horse
The next phase of life brought Melissa to Watsonville, CA where as Melissa Johnson she successfully competed on both hunters and jumpers. She first worked out of Rancho Loma Prieta, owned by Dirk and Jan Reed, where she rode with Richard Keller. Later, from her own Sea Breeze farm, Melissa continued to compete successfully at the Grand Prix level, including World Cup qualifiers, from Arizona to Spruce Meadows. The Reed horses included Halcyon and Buenos Aires, and she also competed her own Manolete.
Melissa's marriage to first love Tony Mihalevich brought about her relocation to Missouri, where they have developed Whippoorwill Ridge Farm as a breeding and training facility for select hunters and jumpers. Her foundation sire Dark Hyacinth (TB) was the beginning of a program of top hunter breeding horses and show ring hunters and jumpers. Melissa continues to evolve her breeding program, with guidance from breeding consultant Matt Davis, to include modern European bloodlines to develop the highest caliber of American sport horse.
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