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!
One of my friends has decided to sell her horse. I’ve seen her ridden and she’s a great horse.
I wanted to share this great article about PRE horses in dressage.
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…
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The Art contest had some wonderful entries. The works of art will soon be offered for auction on the IALHA website.
Check out the IALHA Magazine online! See if you can find my Jajan.
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:
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!
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!
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!
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)
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)
5th place – Andalusian Jr. Stallions 3/4 years (Pedro Toribio)
4th place – Dressage Sport Horse Breeding Colts 3 and under (Pedro Toribio)
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)
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)
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)!