If you are wondering what’s up at Rancho Godinez, I can sum it up in one word… BUSY!!!! While we haven’t been to many of the shows, we are having a very busy breeding season. We are training both Ganador RC and Jorik Kula to the breeding dummy which has it’s own challenges (look for a funny video of Ganador coming when I can find the time). At this time we have four mares confirmed in foal: two to Jorik, one to Jajan, and another to Ganador. We have two more to check this next week! We have tried a couple of embryo transfers, but unfortunately they did not result in pregnancies. Jajan will be showing 4th level at the Houston Dressage Society Summer Show. This weekend, I’m in Phoenix for the IALHA Board of Directors meeting. I’m enjoying the peace and quiet this evening before we get started bright and early in the morning.
This week was absolutely amazing! It started with a visit from my family. Then we had a class on Ultrasounding Mares taught by Jim Kubiak of The Breeder’s Assistant. We made some wonderful friends…I’m so sad to see them go. I think there may be some new things coming at Rancho Godinez including some big surprises. We will soon be offering freezing semen services. Tomorrow we head out to Pin Oak. Enjoy some of the pictures of our new friends that took the class.
I listed an ad on Horse Clicks for the 2012 babies. I love having them around, but I know their future owners will love them just as much.
Our two babies by Magico are for sale! The filly definitely inherited her daddy’s movement, and the colt took his mama’s quickness. (I’m sure hoping someone will train him for barrel racing!) Check them out!
Had a great weekend with the horses. Savannah, Anna, and Isaias all had great rides on Ganador. He’s really doing a great job. We took a trail ride with Carla and her family. Carla rode her awesome pony Capricho, I rode the Baldera’s horse Karamelo, and Pedro rode Jajan. Pedro and I got to ride horses that had so much energy that we danced the whole time! Lots of fun!
Okay, I’m a little behind, but I just got my IALHA Magazine and I realized I have not posted our results from Nationals on our website. We had a great show with all the kids. It was so much fun watching these young (talented!) riders enjoy the horses. This would have been my dream come true as a child! I’m going to list the results by horse:
Jajan LGD with Marta Renilla
Top Five – National Champion Dressage Third Level – Test 3
RESERVE CHAMPION – National Champion Dressage Fourth Level – Test 3
Top Five – Prix Caprilli – 1st level
RESERVE CHAMPION – Foundation for the Spanish Horse non-morphological Functionality
RG Travieso with Pedro Toribio
RESERVE CHAMPION – DSHB Half Andalusian Stallions
NATIONAL CHAMPION – IALHA National Champion Half-Andalusian Saddle/Pleasure Horse
RESERVE CHAMPION – Half Andalusian Colts/Stallions
SK Sonata with Pedro Toribio
Top Five – DSHB Andalusian Fillies 3 and under
Top Five – IALHA National Champion Spanish Fillies 2 and under
Top Five – IALHA National Grand Champion Andalusian Fillies 2 and under
Banbury Damascada with Savannah Harrington
NATIONAL CHAMPION – Dressage Training Level – Test 3 Junior
NATIONAL CHAMPION – Dressage First Level – Test 3 Junior
NATIONAL CHAMPION – Prix Caprilli Intro Level
Top Five – Prix Caprilli Training Level
RESERVE CHAMPION – IALHA National Grand Champion Andalusian Sr. Mares
Top Five – National Champion Andalusian Western Pleasure Amateur
RESERVE CHAMPION – National Champion Andalusian Wester Pleasure 17 and under
Top Five – IALHA National Champion Andalusian Mares – Amateur to Handle
RESERVE CHAMPION – IALHA National Champion Andalusian Showmanship Jr. 17 and under
Top Five – IALHA National Champion Andalusian Country English Pleasure Open
RESERVE CHAMPION – IALHA National Champion Andalusian Country English Pleasure Amateur
Banbury Damascada with Anna Young
RESERVE CHAMPION – Prix Caprilli First Level
Banbury Damascada with Carla Balderas
NATIONAL CHAMPION – IALHA National Champion Andalusian Walk/Trot Equitation 10 and under
Banbury Damascada with Amy Lamberth
NATIONAL CHAMPION – IALHA National Champion Country English Pleasure Jr. Exhibitor
NATIONAL CHAMPION – IALHA National Champion Andalusian Western Seat Equitation 17 and under
Top Five – IALHA National Champion Andalusian English Show Hack Amateur
Top Five – IALHA National Champion Andalusian English Pleasure Hunt Seat Jr. Exhibitor
Top Five – IALHA National Champion Andalusian Hunt Seat Equitation 17 and under
NATIONAL CHAMPION – IALHA National Champion Fantasy Costume Open
Amy Lamberth also rode her horse Southern Snowman in the Prix Caprilli Intro level and came away with a 3rd place!
Carla Balderas rode Capricho in Best Spanish Walk and took a Top Five! Don Jacinto Benitez took 3rd place in the Best Dancing Horse Class with Whisky! Carlos Balderas (Carla’s dad) also rode El Rey and Lupe Jaramillo rode El Gato Volador in the Best Dancing Class and thrilled the crowds. Thanks to all of our friends who helped us make this show a success. Wow! Looking at this list, I remember just how exhausting that week was! Great job everyone!
The Rancho Godinez team had a great show this weekend at the Travis County Expo Center. The Central Texas Arabian Horse Club had their first open show of the season. This show is always lots of fun for the kids and a great practice for the horses.
Isaac rode Itzio in Pony walk/trot and came out with a third place ribbon. Addison Bobel rode Banbury Damascada (Zena) in leadline class and took 1st place!
Savannah Harrington rode Banbury Damascada and took 1st place in Hunter pleasure non-Arabians and Jr. Hunt Seat Equitation! These were both big classes. Carla Balderas rode Zena also and one 1st place in walk/trot hunt seat 12 and under and walk/trot equitation. Great job to the girls!
Anna Young rode Ganador in his first show ever. He (and Anna) were a bit nervous, but they looked awesome in the ring. Ganador took third place in the non-Arabian Hunter Pleasure and 4th place in Jr. Horse Hunter Pleasure. Just wait to see what they do at Pin Oak!
Special thanks to Pedro Toribio, Carlos Balderas, and Isaias Godinez for getting the horses ready. Thank you to Kim Harrington and Victoria Balderas for helping keep the riders in line. Great show!