We are proud to offer Jajan’s 2012 Arabian Cross filly RG Ashakira. She has lots of potential. We are just waiting for paperwork to be returned for her IALHA and AHA registrations (registered as Half-Andalusian and Half-Arabian….show in both arenas!). Get her now before someone else snatches her up!
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.
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!
I’m running quite behind due to the busy show schedule, breedings, births, and substituting at school. Hopefully, I can get some of the results posted in the next few days and give some updates including some of the new baby pictures!
The Windy Knoll Dressage Spring Show on March 17 and 18 was not a fun weekend for us. First of all, the hotel we stayed at was horrible! The people were rude and our neighbors finally were quiet after the police took one of them away. Let’s just say the stress level was a bit high at this show. Nevertheless, despite all the problems, Jajan did great! He pulled some of the highest scores he has ever made in Training level tests. Also, this completed the requirements for Anna and Jajan to get their Training Level Certifications.
Saturday’s Results: Sunday’s Results:
Training Level Test 1: 61.3 Training Level Test 1: 66.67
Training Level Test 2: 68.57 Training Level Test 2: 70
Training Level Test 3: 63.8 Training Level Test 3: 70
Jajan took home 2 first place ribbons, 2 second place ribbons, and 2 third place ribbons. The score on Sunday’s Test 3 made him eligible for the Great American Insurance Group Regional Dressage Championships! These great scores sure helped make up for some of the stress. Congratulations Anna and Jajan!
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)!
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.
I created this video of Jajan that shows how much he’s changed since we brought him home. It’s really neat to see how he went from being an out-of-control dancing horse to a beautiful dressage competitor!
Since the holidays have kept us pretty busy, I haven’t had much time to spend on my computer. I have been enjoying our family and our horses (rather than hiding in my house). It’s about time I wrote a bit about our plans for 2012 for Rancho Godinez! I don’t have everything planned out, but here are some of the exciting things we have planned.
First, Jajan is listed in the IALHA stallion service auction. This is the first year we’ve been able to participate and I’m excited to support the IALHA in this way. I can’t wait to see Jajan’s foals on the ground!
Second, we have four babies due this spring. Sunshine and Cheerio are due to have Magico foals in March. Nigeriana is due to have a CO Luminoso baby in February and Minuet has a CO Luminoso baby coming in May. Pearl had Ganador’s first foal in November (RG Travieso). He’s wonderful! I can’t wait to see all of our babies! When the babies are here, we will breed the mares back to Jajan (and possibly try a couple of embryo transfers).
Third, I’m super excited to attend the Peter Maddison-Greenwell with Jajan in February! We learned so much at the last clinic, I can’t wait to see what the results of this multi-day clinic will be. We are also planning on showing at the Houston Dressage Society show in January, and of course Pin Oak in March. I think that we should be able to get Jajan’s training level certificate this spring…then on to 1st level.
Finally, I think 2012 may be the year we expand into Friesians. We have always wanted a Friesian, but have not found “the one” that fits us. I think we may have found our match, and hopefully we will be expanding Rancho Godinez to include Friesians in the very near future. Also, our mini Zebu herd will hopefully be growing as our babies are getting close to breeding age.
I don’t have 2012 completely planned yet, but I’m excited about the things that we are considering. I can’t wait to see what God has in store for us this year! He brought many things into our lives in 2011 that we weren’t expecting (Jajan and my “Colorado” girls). Who knows what His plans are for Rancho Godinez!