Central Texas Arabian Horse Club Open Show – February 17, 2013

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!

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Bluebonnet Classic

This weekend we participated in the Bluebonnet Classic here in Austin.  We took four horses and had a great time.  There were some problems, but nothing we can’t get over.  Jajan was eliminated on one test because we had an “unapproved” bit.  What made it so frustrating, is that we had asked prior to entering the class about the bit and were told it was ok.  ARGH!  Oh well, we won’t even take that bit to the show again.  I rode Xena (Banbury Damascada) for my first ever dressage test.  We scored a 49 in Training Level test 1 on both days.  I was a little disappointed because I thought my second ride was better than the first (but apparently the judge didn’t think so).    Savanna rode Xena in Dressage Equitation (taking 1st place both days!) and Training level test 3.  This was also Jajan’s first rides in Level 1.  Since our arena is still rocky, he hadn’t even ridden through the tests ever so I was really happy with his scores (his score on the eliminated test was a 64).  Jorik and Sonata showed in hand.  Sonata took 1st in her filly class and placed 3rd in the championship on both days.  Jorik won 1st in his colt class and Grand champion and reserve in the colt/gelding championship.  He sure looks good in blue!  Here are the rest of our scores:

Jajan:
Saturday            Sunday
Training Level test 1 –  58.103                64.310
Training Level test 2 – 56.757               eliminated
Training Level test 3 – 59.355                 63.226

Banbury Damascada (Xena):
Training Level test 1:     49                          49
Training Level test 3:     55.6                       54.8

Our Champion Jorik Kula!

Pin Oak Charity Horse Show

March 22-24 found Rancho Godinez in Katy, Texas at the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show.  This show is always top-notch and lots of fun.  This year we took 5 horses:  Minuet, Jajan, Ganador, Helada, and Sonata.  This was a major difference from last year when we were only able to take Helada due to Ganador’s injury.  Pedro was in charge of the in-hand classes, and Anna and Savannah covered the riding classes.  This was Minuet’s first big show (with us) and as far as we know her first time in riding classes.  We have only had her under saddle since February!

Friday night was a special treat since the Friesian horses were doing a demonstration.  We got a chance to spend time with our friends Julee and Paul Kula from Wind Spirit Friesians.  It will be awesome if Pin Oak decides to add in Friesian classes next year (of course then I will be hauling even more horses to the show!)

While all the horses did well, the champion of the show was little SK Sonata.  While she placed 2nd in her Fillies 2 and under class and the Dressage Sport Horse Prospect 3 and under, she won the Yearling Filly Futurity!  Then, she made our day by winning the Andalusian Best Movement class!!!!  We are so proud of our little champion!

Our Champion - SK Sonata

Jajan did well in his classes, but he had some really “off” moments.  He took 2nd place in the dressage phase of the Working Equitation class.  He did good on the obstacles until he saw the fake bull.  His reaction was beyond spooking.  It was so extreme in fact that I’m pretty sure he had some kind of a traumatic experience with a bull in his past (maybe that is where the scar on his hip came from).  After being shook up by the fake bull, it took quite a bit of work to get him back into a decent frame of mind and he lost focus often.  So much for doing well in Working Equitation.

Overall, we had a great time at Pin Oak.  We got to see many beautiful horses and hang out with some great friends.  We even got to celebrate our “Team Grandma’s” birthday!  (We also added a “team Aunt” position to our group). The mares did not have their babies while we were gone.  Add to that the show is a charity show and you can’t get much better!  Thanks to all the Rancho Godinez team!

Jajan LGD:

5th place – Andalusian Stallions Amateur Handler (Isaias Godinez)
3rd place – Andalusian Heritage Tack and Attire (Isaias Godinez)
2nd place – Andalusian English Show Hack Amateur (Savannah Harrington)
2nd place – Dressage phase Working Equitation (Anna Young)
4th place – Andalusian Country English Pleasure Open (Anna Young)
5th place – Andalusian English Pleasure Hunt Seat Amateur (Savannah Harrington)
2nd place – Andalusian Hunt Seat Equitation 17 and under (Savannah Harrington)
2nd place – Andalusian Western Pleasure Jr. Exhibitor (Savannah Harrington)
5th place – Andalusian English Show Hack Open (Anna Young)

Minuet GPA:

3rd place – Andalusian English Pleasure Hunt Seat Jr. Exhibitor (Savannah Harrington)
3rd place – Andalusian Country English Pleasure Open (Savannah Harrington)
2nd place – Andalusian Dressage Suitability Amateur (Savannah Harrington)
4th place – Andalusian English Show Hack Open (Savannah Harrington)

Ganador RC:

5th place – Andalusian Jr. Stallions 3/4 years (Pedro Toribio)
4th place – Dressage Sport Horse Breeding Colts 3 and under (Pedro Toribio)

Helada ROY:

4th place – Dressage Sport Horse Prospect Fillies 3 and under (Anna Young)
3rd place – Andalusian Fillies 2 and under (Anna Young)
5th place – Andalusian Mares Amateur (Isaias Godinez)

SK Sonata:

1st place – Andalusian Best Movement (Pedro Toribio)
1st place – Andalusian Yearling Fillies Futurity (Pedro Toribio)
2nd place – Dressage Sport Horse Prospect Fillies 3 and under (Pedro Toribio)
2nd place – Andalusian Fillies 2 and under (Pedro Toribio)
4th place – Andalusian Mares Amateur (Twila Godinez)

 

Busy, Busy, Busy….

These last few weeks have been exciting and busy.  I’m hoping life will give us a bit of a break in the near future!  This weekend has been the Peter Maddison-Greenwell clinic at the Salado Creek Riding Club.  Jajan has been doing wonderful!  We’re ready to start breeding him as soon as he gets home.  I have several mares on the list…just waiting for the right time.  Nigeriana (Anni) is due to foal any time now, her milk is in, but I think we have a couple of days still.  We had a great time at the Central Texas Arabian Horse Club last weekend…I’ll post the results as soon as I get a little more time.  Let’s just say it was a really good day!

Apart from all the Rancho Godinez news, Isaias is working on opening a restaurant here in Cedar Creek.  Any of my friends from Carterville might remember Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant that was run by my sister-in-law and her family.  She’s going to be helping us down here.  I am so craving her cheese dip!  We’ve been running all over the place trying to get the pieces of equipment we need.  I think most of our running is done, hopefully we can open by the end of March.

Lots of new things coming…I just need to find the time to get to work on my computer and update our website!  Keep checking back…oh, and don’t forget the IALHA stallion auction ends this week.  Make sure to get your bid in (there’s a certain bay stallion that is fabulous up for bid)!

End of January update

January has brought some fun changes to Rancho Godinez.  First of all, we purchased our first Friesian horses.  We purchased Jorik Kula and Jantiene Kula from Wind Spirit Friesians.  Jorik has fabulous movement!  I can’t wait to ride him!  Jantiene has such a sweet personality.  I’m very happy with both of our new babies.

The weather hasn’t been very cooperative, but it’s giving Jajan some rest after he hurt his foot.  He bruised it, but the moisture has caused it to seemingly take forever to heal.  He did have some wonderful scores at the Houston Dressage Society show this month.  I wrote about that in detail in the last couple of posts.

January also brought a personal surprise for our family.  Luis Jaimes recorded a song that Isaias wrote.  I can’t wait to hear the rest of the CD.

So far, it doesn’t look like there is a lot going on in February.  We are going to California for a week to learn more about breeding horses and there is a small open horse show that we may go to.  Nigeriana’s baby should come around the middle of the month.  For the most part, we are going to spend this month getting the horses prepared for Pin Oak.  We plan on taking Jajan, Ganador, Helada, Minuet, and Sonata.  If everything works out, we may be taking the Friesians too so they can help with the demo the FHANA is putting on.  I really hope that we can get Minuet going under saddle well enough to ride her in the show.  I’m praying that the weather will cooperate and we can get the arena in good shape so we can get to work!

Finally, I have been working to upload some of the videos from Rancho Godinez.  There are several listed on YouTube now and on our Facebook page.  Be sure to check them out! If you haven’t already “like” us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube channel.

Article about IALHA Nationals

This article tells a little more about the 2011 IALHA Nationals.  http://horsemansnews.com/articles/422-ialha-nation-show–a-time-to-shine.html

They forgot to mention all the prizes won by Rancho Godinez!

Jajan:
First Place – Training Level Test 2
Reserve Champion – IALHA Dressage Futurity Training Level Test 1
Reserve Champion – Functionality Test – Spanish 4, 5, & 6 year old Stallions
Grand Champion – Andalusian Formal Saddle Seat
Top 5 – Best Piaffe
Reserve Champion – English Pleasure Hunt Seat Jr. Exhibitor
Top 5 – Hunt Seat Equitation Jr. Exhibitor
Grand Champion – Western Equitation Jr. Exhibitor
Reserve Champion – Best Costume
Top 5 – English Hunt Seat Amateur
Top 5 – English Show Hack Amateur

Helada:
2nd place – Yearling Fillies Morphology

Ganador:
1st place – Two Year Old Colts Morphology (ANCCE show)
Reserve – Champion Young Horse Colt (ANCCE show)

Rancho Godinez - IALHA Nationals 2011

Lessons learned at the horse show

Last week was the 2011 IALHA National Championships.  We traveled to Fort Worth on Monday, got the horses settled, and started showing on Tuesday.  The show lasted until Sunday afternoon.  I’ve spent the last few days resting and catching up from being away for a whole week.  Every horse show is a unique, new experience.  This show definitely had it’s ups and downs.  In the end, we won several classes and have some great new titles my horses can claim.

Things I learned:

1.  Teamwork is important.  I’ve known this for a long time, but this week reinforced this in my mind.  It’s also important to choose great team members.  Our team worked together beautifully.  Each of us had our down moments, but the others were able to help pull us up.  We each focused on what we can do better and praised each other for the great accomplishments that we have made in just the past few months together.  By working together, we helped lighten each others load a bit.  I know that the show would not have been the success it was without each and every one on our team!Our Winning Team

2.  Crap happens.  All of us had a moment that was bad.  Each of us handled our moment differently.  I learned that I need space when I get upset.  Leave me alone for awhile and I’ll be ok.  Don’t try to push me to “get over it”.  I will, but I need a little time.  (Just for the record, I still think the judges were biased.)

3.  Take care of yourself.  It’s easy to miss some of the basic needs (like eating and sleeping) when you are at such a big show.  Don’t skip too many meals or too much sleep or you will not be on top of the game.  If you get too far down, it can be dangerous working with unpredictable horses.

4.  There are some wonderful people at the show.  I could go on and on about the great people I met this week.  One that stands out in particular is a certain trainer (who is awesome by the way) who offered to loan us a bit that we didn’t have but needed for a class.  We had read the rules wrong, and didn’t have the correct bit…he spoke up and offered to let us borrow one.  What a great person!  I hope he realizes how much that meant to us (especially after the horrid day we had earlier).  Our “stablemates” across the hall were wonderful.  We had a great time talking and admiring each others horses, commiserating about the losses, and celebrating the victories (even if we never got the wine opened).  Also, kudos to the show manager who always had a smile on her face even when we were dropping, adding, and changing riders.

5.  There are some not-so-wonderful people at the show.  I saw several accounts of horrible sportsmanship.  I know, I don’t like to lose either, but being nasty to the other competitors is not the answer.  I saw people who over-exaggerate circumstances to their favor.  Not every act of discipline is abuse.  (I’m not saying it is okay to hurt your horse, but sometimes corrections are necessary for everyone’s safety.)  Not everything is a “political statement”.  Sometimes people don’t have an agenda when they wear a specific shirt.  (Although I will admit, I broke out my Cardinals shirt here in Texas this week!)  Trainers don’t need to give their riders a “lesson” as soon as they come out of the ring without placing.  It’s all about the timing…they are already feeling defeated.

6.  My horses are awesome!  So the judge didn’t always agree with me, but every time I saw one of my horses in the ring, they were first place in my opinion.  Rather than be upset about the faults of my horses…I tend to think there was something wrong with the judges 🙂  I know we have some things to work on (and yes, my yearling filly has crazy long legs at the moment), but I LOVE my horses.  Nothing that a judge says is going to change that!