Nationals was another fun and exciting week spent with so many beautiful horses. Every class had great competitors! Competition was very tough this year with so many top quality Andalusians here in Fort Worth! We had great results with the three horses we took. Special thanks to Pedro Toribio, Anna Young, Jane and Chuck Harrison, Savannah Harrington, Carla Balderas, Amy Lamberth, Addison Bobel, Kim Harrington, Celeste Lamberth, Victoria and Carlos Balderas, Karissa Boyce, Laura Hernandez, and Ramiro Garcia. The Rancho Godinez team had an awesome show! Here is the list of our awards:
SK Sonata with Pedro Toribio
Top 5 – National Champion Spanish Fillies 2 and under Top 5 – National Grand Champion Andalusian Fillies 2 and under
Magico’s Masterpiece with Pedro Toribio
Grand Champion National Championship Half Andalusian Saddle/Pleasure Horse Top 5 – Dressage Sport Horse Breeding Half Andalusian Mares of all ages Top 5 – Half Andalusian Best Movement Reserve National Grand Champion Half Andalusians 2 and under and Best Movement Medal
Reserve National Champion SP mares 3 and up with Savannah Harrington Grand Champion Prix Caprilli Intro Level with Savannah Harrington Grand Champion Prix Caprilli Training Level with Savannah Harrington Reserve National Champion Western Equitation 17 and under with Savannah Harrington Top 5 – National Champion Showmanship 17 and under with Savannah Harrington Grand Champion Andalusian Country English Pleasure Jr. Exhibitor with Savannah Harrington Reserve National Champion Andalusian English Pleasure Hunt Seat Jr. Exhibitor with Savannah Harrington Grand Champion Walk/Trot Equitation with Carla Balderas Top 5 – Hunt Seat Equitation Jr. Exhibitor with Amy Lamberth Grand Champion Leadline with Addison Bobel Grand Champion Fantasy Costume with Amy Lamberth
Thank you to everyone who helped make the show such a success!
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.
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!
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!
The Spanish horse in dressage can hold his own, as it has been shown in the Olympics and in a number of high level competitions all over the world. The P.R.E. Andalusians competing in dressage, present with elegance and ability in the areas of collection, piaffe and passage – areas which comprise a significant portion of the higher level dressage tests (FEI levels).
Especially in the favor of the Andalusians in dressage is the inherent temperament which permits them to handle both learning and the stresses of competition well.
The equilibrium and compression required for changes, pirouettes and the collected exercises of dressage are complementary with the spanish horse morphology, while their capacity for extensions becomes truly visible in the 6th year as the horse develops with correct training. The Spanish and Lusitano horses compete in the open horse world, against all other breeds, at all levels. There is a…