IALHA Nationals 2013

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

Banbury Damascada

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!


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!


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

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!