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.

Wonderful clinic!

This weekend I watched as Anna rode Jajan in the Peter Maddison-Greenwell clinic presented by Grace Riding Stables.  The only regret is that I couldn’t ride myself!  I admit this is the first professional clinic that I have attended with any interest.  I have visited several others on occasion, but since I didn’t have a “riding” horse, I really didn’t give it much thought.  I was absolutely blown away by the quality of instruction provided at this clinic!

If you are not familiar with his work, Peter Maddison-Greenwell is a a classical dressage trainer who has worked extensively with the Spanish horse.  Make sure to check out his website El Caballo de Espana.  His insights specific to the breed are wonderful.  It’s hard to train a Spanish horse to function exactly as a warmblood.  They just simply are not built the same.  I am very new to the dressage discipline, but I have great respect for this arena and a strong desire to learn more.  I can’t wait until February when Peter will be back in Texas offering a clinic at the Salado Creek Riding Club.  By then, I should be back in the saddle and not only can I enjoy watching Anna work with Jajan, but I can also ride and learn myself.

Finally, I was excited to get my book “Living and Working with the Horse of Spain” signed. I received mine from Amazon Friday before the clinic.  I spent most of the night reading!  I have read many of the other great books on the Andalusian, but this book so far is my favorite.  It is much more “readable” than some of the Spanish books that have been translated (I need to find them in Spanish instead of translated…I think I’d prefer reading them in their native tongue!) I really learned a lot about some of the traditions that I had heard about, but didn’t quite understand.  I will admit I haven’t finished the book, I had to do some real work today, but I’m sure I will finish devouring it before the week is out.

In summary, with the crappy weather, I was kind of regretting signing up for the clinic.  Within minutes of entering the arena, I was extremely happy we had made that decision.  I can easily say this has been one of the best “horse’ experiences of the year for me!  I was so delighted to see the progress Jajan and Anna made in just a short lesson.  I’m so excited about the possibilities for this next coming season!  Thank you to everyone who made this clinic possible!  Most importantly a gigantic thank you to Peter Maddison-Greenwell….you have a true fan base at Rancho Godinez!

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!

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

2nd place – Yearling Fillies Morphology

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

Rancho Godinez - IALHA Nationals 2011