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Winter 2014 Issue 4

The Ultimate Source for the Iberian Horse! 1



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Amateur Spotlight: Katie Berger Andalusian World Cup Feria Del Caballo Espanol Historical Sires: Bravio XVI 2014 Virginia Classic Behind the Art: Lesley Harrison IALHA National Championship Show Bruce Howard IALHA National Championship Results Gastric Ulcers Qualified Iberian Halter Training Series Pt2 Keeping Tails White in Winter INAUGURAL HARAS CUP Laminitis and Founder Dressage: The New Tests Youth Spotlight: Amy Lamberth Underrated: Trail Riding Events Stallion Spotlight ADULT AMATEUR DRESSAGE SHAME Stocking Stuffers is a website dedicated to the Iberian Breeds worldwide; providing news, information, and live broadcasting of events. AndalusianWorld is not affiliated with any one association or organization, but strives to provide up-to-date breed information and news.

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Contributors Kate Edwards C. M. Stockton Julie Alonzo

Sean Lorenzana Susan Peacock Bonnie Walker Nancy Nathanson Amber Lentz


Winter is here! Whether or not you enjoy the snow, there is no denying that December is a special time of year. All around the world, people in the northern hemisphere are celebrating a return to the light. We gather in gratitude with friends and family, to reflect upon the trials and triumphs of the year behind us, and greet the gathering dawn of a new year as the days begin to grow longer amidst the very depths of midwinter. For those of us in the horse industry, it is a time for rest and celebration following a busy summer. It is a time to rest in the deepening darkness; to plant seeds of hope for the coming year as the days begin to grow longer. For Kevin, Amber, and myself, it’s a time for dreaming and planning. The Iberian community itself has been experiencing something of a deep freeze in recent years, but the time has come for us to gather together and look forward to the warmth of the lengthening days ahead. We as a community have a lot to be proud of as 2014 draws to a close, and quite a lot to look forward to in 2015. Just one year ago, we were laying out our best ideas for what would become the Inaugural Andalusian World Cup; crowded around a kitchen table with our pens out, and laptops aglow. Our ideas for a unified, world-class, and all-inclusive Iberian show came to life before our eyes in September of this year, and we have you to thank for that. We were overwhelmed with positive feedback, and we can hardly wait to unroll the surprises we have in store for next year. I hope that you enjoy this last, and special edition of Andalusian World Magazine in 2014. Curl up with some cocoa, take your time, and enjoy it! It is filled with new articles, the results from all the shows since August, and beautiful new stallion pages. One year ago today, our readers opened the digital pages of the first magazine, and nine months later, we opened the doors to the first Andalusian World Cup. Thank you for coming along for the ride, It’s been a great year, and it will be even better in 2015!


Amateur Spotlight

Katie Berger

Questions & Answers


Andalusian World Cup Las Vegas

Living Legend

Bruce Howard

Working Equitation

Haras Cup Event Gallery


Behind The Art Artist Interview


Iberian Halter Training Part 2





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Amateur Spotlight

Katie Berger

Katie was kind enough to take the time to share some of her thoughts and answer some of our questions. She is not only an amateur competitor, but also a youth who has proven she can hold her own in open classes as well! We are proud to have Katie involved in the breed and hope she is with us for years to come… I sat on my first horse when I was a year old for my birthday. From there my love for horses grew rapidly. When I was old enough, about 6, I began training with Mario Contreras. For six years he taught me the ins and outs of riding and eventually broke my mare Querencia making her safe for me to ride and show. Since then I’ve embarked on many adventures such as working and showing with John and Karen Rock, Nicole Hill, Jennifer Stewart, Kim Pitman, Tiana Ng of Classic Baroque and Sheila Jairath-Casillas. With working with these great trainers I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to show some amazing horses such as Diva G, Heroe MAC, Leia, Disparo, Mojito, Apollo, Jalisco Dominante and many more. When I’m not riding or showing horses I spend my time in the school orchestra playing the cello and studying. I am currently in an after school group called Wildcat Fiddlers. We practice every week for two hours and travel to nursing homes to play for the elderly. I find it to be very important to stay on top of my grades, so I can continue with my extracurricular activities and participate in horse shows. Also, In an effort to help my mom with the numerous expenses of showing horses, when I have free time I volunteer at her work washing dogs. Although, this seems like a busy schedule, I still find time to hang out with my friends and family. We enjoy movies, boating and sushi, in that order…;)


: How long have you been involved in the breed and how did you become involved?


: I have been involved with Andalusians since 2007, so about 7 years. My mom started me off on her Arabian mare while my andalusian mare, Querencia JDE, was being trained. After sitting on my mare for the first time, I fell in love with the breed immediately.


: When did you start showing and what has been the highlight of your show career so far?


: In 2007 I went to my first show, IALHA Nationals were I competed in a lead line class with my moms gelding Andalusian Ilustre. I’ve had many highlights through out my show career,but my main highlights would wrap around IALHA nationals. I have been given many opportunities to show for many people at Nationals like Kim Pittman, Jennifer Stewart of Royal Horse Farms, Nicole Hill and Karen and John Rock of Jay Stables.




: What is your opinion on what can be done to encourage more people to show in the breed shows?


: To encourage more people to participate in breed shows I think that its important to get the youth involved. The more youth programs, including education, volunteering and a youth orientated show bill will draw more youth competitors as well as keep them interested in the future of their equestrian partners and show career. If we can draw young competitors and keeps them interested, then there is a potential to build a bigger brighter future for our breed shows. The youth are the future of showing.


: How do you find Andalusians compared with other breeds you have ridden?


: Out of all the breeds I have ridden I would have to say that Andalusians are my favorite. They are gentle, kind and beautiful animals, while exhibiting loyalty, stamina, versatility and balance. I love when I work and ride them they are eager to please and learn. Even after starting on an Arabian, riding Friesians, working polo ponies among many other breeds of horses, at the end of the day, I can’t wait to get on an Andalusian. Although, I love every breed of horse, the Andalusian holds a special place in my heart.


: What is your ultimate goal with the horses?


: My goal is to improve my skill and knowledge with the breed. But most of all enjoy them as much as possible.


: Besides showing, what other types of things do you with the horses?


: I do lots of other things with horses like to help with educational breed and discipline demonstrations for Working Equitation. Also I love to participate in exhibitions that raise money for good causes, such as Toys for Tots.

We wish Katie the best of luck in the new year and in the future!


2014 Andalusian World Cup

The inaugural Andalusian World Cup was held Sept 24 - 27 2014 at South Point Casino & Spa in Las Vegas, NV in conjunction with the Feria Del Caballo Español National Show. It was inarguably the largest Iberian Horse event in North America, attracting 225 horses from all over the U.S and Mexico, with visitors to the show from as far away as Egypt and Spain.

The news about this new show had spread throughout the Iberian horse community and spectators packed the building, welcoming the chance to see the horses perform in a variety of classes at a worldclass facility. The format of the show and the facility where it was held offered something fresh and innovative for the Iberian horse enthusiast. For those not able to attend the show, a live broadcast was available on, with close to 30,000 people watching the show worldwide. The show also served to bring different facets of the Iberian community together, with three major organizations: IALHA, Foundation for the Pure Spanish Horse and USPRE all holding board meetings during this event.

The Andalusian World Cup offered something for everyone, with two arenas; one presenting ANCCE sanctioned Morphology and Functionality with the other hosting Working Equitation and Halter and Performance classes. Seven judges presided over the wide array of classes; three Spanish judges, three American judges and one Portuguese judge, who also officiated the Working Equitation. Show sponsors were treated to an assortment of perks, with select sponsor packages including free stabling, vendor booth space and perhaps the most popular, ring side seating in tables on the arena floor. Each sponsor who purchased one of these VIP tables as part of their sponsorship was greeted with a welcome basket, including wine compliments of Brassfield Estate Winery and elegant banners, prominently displayed in each arena.

The sponsors weren’t the only ones who received VIP treatment at this event. Participants in all of the Championship and Supreme Championship classes were entered in a draw to receive a gift basket, packed with goodies from Cowboy Magic and Platinum Performance, regardless of how they placed in the class. The winners of each of these classes were also awarded a custom silver belt buckle, hand crafted by Dale Chavez.


The Working Equitation division was open to all breeds (with limited entries) and Robin Bond, riding Jose’s Perfection won a lovely saddle donated by Iberian Connection for having the highest score in Working Equitation – the pair also won the intermediate division.

An air of anticipation built for Saturday night’s Championship & Supreme Championship classes, with horse/rider combinations qualifying for these classes over the first two days of the show. Some of the best horses in North America were competing. Exhibitors in the Supreme Championship classes were not only vying for bragging rights, but also the coveted Andalusian World Cup trophy.

The two year old colt, Judio JV II, bred and owned by Jesus Villarreal (JV Ranch) and presented by Amber Lentz won the Halter Supreme Championship and the title of Supreme Champion Best Movement was awarded to Deleite MA, owned by Xavier Farms and shown by Howard Peet. Deleite’s owners, Bill Taylor and Adrienne LaFar were also awarded the Conquistador Award, for traveling from South Carolina to attend the show. Bill Deeney, aboard Tilley Andalusian’s DiMaggio TA was victorious in the Supreme Western Pleasure class, taking home a Dale Chavez custom silver show saddle and also winning the English Hunt Seat Supreme Championship with Cereja, owned by Tilley Andalusians.

Colpre, owned by Carmen Sacerdote and ridden by Arthur Ramirez won The Dressage Suitability Supreme Championship. Driving Tresor KDW for Lori Luck, Arthur also was successful in capturing the Driving Supreme Championship. Another special award went to Howard Peet, who received the Fellowship Award for being sportsmanlike and always offering to help or give advice to other competitors. Nadine Tilley, who has tirelessly worked for years to promote and help the breed, was acknowledged with the Ambassador’s Award. Plans are underway for the 2015 show, September 23 – 26, which will be held once again at the South Point Casino and Spa in Las Vegas, NV. This year’s show will start off with the addition of dressage and dressage sport horse in hand classes on Wednesday, with the remainder of the Andalusian World Cup, Working Equitation and ANCCE classes scheduled throughout the week.

Sponsorships for the 2015 show are now available! For information on sponsoring or questions regarding the show, please contact AndalusianWorld:

We look forward to seeing you next year!




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Baronesa Caniceira Finca D’Atela

Haras Dos Cavaleiros Alexandra Dees


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Altanero ANG II Judio JV II

Saul & Sandra Aguayo Jesus Villarreal


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Secretaria XLII Deleite MA

Salvador Sanchez Xavier Farms


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Armani LFA Dimaggio TA

Caballos Del Corazon Nadine E. Tilley


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Son Jim Indio Paraiso

Melissa Beck Jennifer Gilson


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Amici BB Palida

Nadine E. Tilley The Pettid Family

Tiago Ernesto Amber Lentz

Saul Aguayo Amber Lentz

Meghan Holt Howard Peet

Howard Peet Bill Deeney

Meghan Holt Megan Teeney

Bill Deeney Stella Pettid


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Cereja Colpre

Nadine E. Tilley Carmen Sacerdote


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Jalisco Dominante Colpre

Rancho Andalucia Carmen Sacerdote


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Judio JV II Secretaria XLII

Jesus Villarreal Salvador Sanchez

Bill Deeney Arthur Ramirez

Katie Berger Arthur Ramirez

Amber Lentz Meghan Holt


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Deleite MA America KR

Xavier Farms Lucinda Romero


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Jalisco Dominante Palida

Rancho Andalucia The Pettid Family

Howard Peet Lucinda Romero

Katie Berger Sophia Brown


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Dimaggio TA Kripton-Seni II

Nadine E. Tilley Amandalusian Farm

Bill Deeney Amanda Latta


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Colpre America KR

Carmen Sacerdote Lucinda Romero



Ungaro TA

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Arthur Ramirez Lucinda Romero

Bill Deeney


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Cereja Jalisco Dominante

Nadine E. Tilley Rancho Andalucia


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Tresor KDW Amici BB

Lori Luck Nadine E. Tilley


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Fugitivo Roy America KR

David Carrazco Lucinda Romero


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Dusty Dinkleman Winston

Lynn Wood Juan Huaracha


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Robin Bond Marilyn Hite


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Diablo DC Adagio DC

Waller Farms Haras Dos Cavaleiros

Bill Deeney Katie Berger

Arthur Ramirez Nadine E. Tilley

Mario A Contreras Lucinda Romero

Calli Pope Juan Huaracha

Robin Bond Carlos Carneiro

Tiago Ernesto Antonio Garcia

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Feria Del Caballo Espa単ol National Show The Feria Del Caballo Espa単ol National Show was held in conjunction with the Andalusian World Cup show in Las Vegas, NV and was an outstanding success!

125 horses were entered in the show from across North America and Mexico, the breeders really supported the new venue and location; in previous years, the show had been held only in California. Over 1200 spectators purchased tickets for the evening performances and people came from all over the world to see the finest PRE horses compete. The first two days of competition were morphology (halter) classes, with stunning horses competing in categories defined by age. Each section not only had a winner declared, but also best movement was awarded, with all movement horses returning to compete for the Best Movement Championship. Due to the large number of horses, the classes took a considerable amount of time as the three expert judges from Spain evaluated each horse individually on conformation and movement. The scores were added together and averaged to obtain final placings, with the exception of the stallions who still had to perform a functionality test.


On Saturday, the last day of competition, the morning found the top stallions (over 4 years of age) competing in functionality to determine their final placings. ANCCE rules dictate that horses (stallions only, mare functionality is optional) are presented both in hand and under saddle. The functionality test is ridden in a dressage court and the pattern requires horses to show at all three gaits, as well as show lengthening in the gaits. The functionality test represents twenty five percent of the final score and a good functionality test can either move horses up or take them out of contention. Due to the large number of entries, only the top horses in each division were invited back to compete in the functionality test. All of the horses who had won first place in their age divisions, as well as the best movement winners from each section were brought back to compete head to head to determine who went home with the title of Champion. The competition for Best Movement was thrilling to watch, with handlers running as fast as they could to keep up with the horse they showed. Two mares, conquering all of the stallions to be awarded this coveted title, swept the Best Movement division. Harinera CA, owned by Oak Hill PRE won the Best Movement in the senior horse division, with Romeria MOR, owned by Las Morerias taking home this title for the junior horse division.

The Absolute Champion title was awarded to Revoltoso LXXVII, owned by Rancho El Encanto and SF Barrabas, from Yeguada Vasquez was named Reserve Champion. The Champion of Functionality title went to Relampago ARM V, bred and owned by Yeguada Armendariz.

Rancho El Encanto was victorious yet again, winning the prestigious Best Exhibitor Award and Las Morerias captured the desirable Best Breeder Award. Lucinda Romero was deemed the Best Presenter of the show and was heartily congratulated on her achievement by the many other handlers who participated.

Congratulations to all the competitors and we look forward to seeing you next year!


Section 1 – Yearling Fillies: 1 – Fantasia De Trujillo – Placeres Ranch C: Yeguada Trujillo – 93.500 MM 2 – Dinastia Ce Uno – Rancho Dos Potrillos C: Rancho Dos Potrillos – 93.000 Section 2 – Yearling Colts: 1 – Farkir De Trujillo – Placeres Ranch C: Yeguada Trujillo – 99.000 MM 2 – Jocoso JV – Yeguada Tula C: JV Ranch – 96.250 Section 3 – Two Year Old Fillies 1 – Que Linda AM – Rancho El Encanto C: Aquilino Moya Espejo – 98.250 MM 2 – Secretaria XLII – Yeguada Salvador Sanchez C: Yeguada Millan Herce - 95.917 Section 4 – Two Year Old Colts 1 – Orinoco GF – Hacienda Rio Bravo C: Lanys Kaye Eddie – 98.167 2 – Inocente ARM – Yeguada Armendariz C: Yeguada Armendariz – 95.833 Section 5 – Three Year Old Fillies 1 – Romeria MOR – Las Morerias C: Las Morerias– 100.000 MM 2 – Favorita CCLII – Rancho El Encanto C: Rancho El Encanto – 96.500 Section 6 – Three Year Old Colts Remache MOR – Las Morerias C: Las Morerias – 96.667 Farallon II – Rancho El Encanto C: Rancho El Encanto – 96.583 Section 7 – Four Year Old Mares 1 – Que Logica MOR - Las Morerias C: Las Morerias – 102.833 2 – Revoltosa POL – Yeguada De La Familia Saucedo C: Yeguada El Herrero – 98.500 MM


Harinera CA – Oak Hill

Section 8 – Four Year Old Stallions 1 -Campero Maynou – Rancho Dos Potrillos C: Can Maynou – 98.208 MM 2 - Que Cazador MOR - Las Morerias C: Las Morerias – 97.375 Section 9 – Five & Six Year Old Mares 1 – Jarira – Rancho El Encanto C: Yeguada Picos De Europa – 102.250 2 – Ojera De Luna – Rancho Dos Potrillos C: Yeguada Torreluna – 1000.917 Section 10 – Five & Six Year Old Stallions 1. Revoltoso LXXVIII – Rancho El Encanto C: Yeguada De La Cartuja – 99.583 2. Olimpo MOR – 99.063 Section 11 – Seven & Over Mares 1. Luna CCXCIV – Rancho El Encanto C: Babusanu Elena – 103.250 2. Ilustrada LXIX – Rancho El Encanto C: Yeguada Picos De Europa – 100.917 Section 12 – Seven & Over Stallions 1. SF Barrabas – Yeguada Vazquez C: Yeguada San Francisco – 100.583 2. Relampago ARM V – Yeguada Armendariz C: Yeguada Armendariz – 99.729 MM MF Section 13 – Cobras of Three Mares 1. Javita, Jarira, Illustrada LXIX – Rancho El Encanto – 105.333 2. Que Granadilla MOR, Odalisca MOR, Merida MOR – Las Morerias – 100.000 Special Awards: Champion Best Movement Junior Horse – Romeria MOR – Las Morerias Champion Best Movement Senior Horse – Harinera CA – Oak Hill Champion Junior Mare – Romeria MOR – Las Morerias Reserve Champion Junior Mare – Favorita CCLII – Rancho El Encanto Champion Junior Stallion – Orinoco GF – Hacienda Rio Bravo Reserve Champion Junior Stallion – Inocente ARM – Yeguada Armendariz Champion Senior Mare – Luna CCXCIV – Rancho El Encanto Reserve Champion Senior Mare – Que Logica MOR – Las Morerias Absolute Champion – Revoltoso LXXVIII – Rancho El Encanto Reserve Absolute Champion – SF Barrabas – Yeguada Vazquez Functionality Champion – Relampago ARM V – Yeguada Armendariz Reserve Champion Functionality – SF Barrabas – Yeguada Vazquez Best Exhibitor – Rancho El Encanto Best Breeder – Las Morerias Best Presenter – Lucinda Romero



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Taking a look at... Historical Sires

Historical Sires

Famous stallions come and go; names may rise up, and then disappear back into obscurity, but others may prove themselves worthy of longer term admiration. Some make an impression on the breed industry, redefining the ideal of the archetypal Spanish show stallion. Some make an appearance on the silver screen, redefining the public’s ideal of the perfect equine. A select few stallions are actual sires; stallions whose legacies are defined by their superlative offspring as well as illustrious careers, and these are the stallions we honor in the Historical Sires series. In the history of the Andalusian horse in the US, only one has stepped outside our world to make an impression on the entire world’s understanding of equine genetics as we know them, and that stallion was the one and only BRAVIO XVI. Bravio XVI was a stately, bright-bay PRE stallion owned and cherished by Suzan Sommer, of Sommer Ranch in Southern California. He was born in Texas in 1987, bred by one of the greatest legends of American PRE breeding, Denham Ranch. With Military sire Maluso on his damside, and Bocado mainstays like Hacendoso IV and Novato on his sire’s side, it should come as no surprise that Bravio was as kind and good looking as he was athletic. However, it was something else which propelled Bravio XVI into genetic stardom. We now know Bravio as the first known equine specimen to carry the unusual, sometimes confusing Pearl gene, which is now known to exist in several breeds worldwide, and mimics a double-dilute when homozygous, or paired with a single cream gene. Bravio was not simply a color producing oddity, however, or we wouldn’t be writing about him here. Bravio was selected as a stallion prospect by his own merits, and proved himself in both the show ring and breeding shed long before anyone noticed that something unusual was going on with his offspring. Something unusual indeed was going on, which we will discuss later. The task of finding a horse such as Bravio XVI was a tale unto itself. Suzan and her husband Scott spent over a year in search of the perfect bay Andalusian stallion, which in the late 80ies and early 90ies was a rarity in and of itself. Suzan also insisted upon finding a stallion at least 16 hands in height, which was again, a rarity in those days, as Andalusians originally tended not to reach 16 hands in height, much less exceed it. Confident that her vision existed, they searched in Canada, Mexico, and the US, before finally finding Bravio, a then 3 year old, in Texas. Though he was relatively unhandled, he quickly took a liking to Suzan, who patiently sat in his stall and read to him until he relaxed and became trusting. He began approaching Suzan and her book, turning the pages with his muzzle. Bravio was first and foremost known for his unusual combination of high quality and versatility. Iberian horses are often noted for their overall versatility, but it is unusual for a single animal to have the 22

mental and physical capacity to not only change gears between disciplines, but absolutely dominate them in doing so. To say that Bravio left a mark on the Southern California show pen would be an understatement. He was the first US-bred Andalusian to ever receive a Best Movement trophy, and he was also the first Andalusian to ever win a Cross Country Trail competition, against a field of 48 horses, no less. Bravio was successful competing nationally and regionally in everything from Halter and Saddle Seat, to Western Pleasure and Hunt Seat. He was one of those intelligent, good natured horses who was just as much at home in the Tournament of Roses parade as he was on a trail, or the show ring for that matter, and was noted for his docile and agreeable temperament. During the 90ies, Bravio was raking in numerous National titles, and by 1999, he had begun dressage training with Vic Pozzo. He went on from there to perform the pinnacle of classical dressage exercises, the Alta Escuela movements. In 1994 he was one of the first US bred stallions Revised by Spain. The Pearl Gene Imagine the confusion upon discovering a freshly minted ”double dilute” foal lying in the shavings, when one parent seemed to lack any special color genetics! Such was the case with two of Bravio’s get, which led to UC Davis’s eventual discovery of the Pearl Gene, which was for a time referred to as the Bravio Dilution. The dashing bay champion had a golden secret hidden away in his DNA. The Pearl gene, as it is now known, occupies the same space on the chromosome as a Cream gene (the cause for buckskin, palomino, and doubledilute horses) so a horse cannot be a double dilute and carry the pearl gene at the same time. 23

It may have one of each, but no more. The way in which the Pearl gene interacts with coat colors is unique. Without dissecting the entire spectrum of horse coat color genetics, Pearl is a modifier which only acts on coats already in possession of a Cream (dilute) gene, or alongside a second Pearl gene, in which case the horse is homozygous Pearl. Homozygous Pearl can express itself atop any normal coat color, which is hidden. For instance, a homozygous Pearl might, with a genetic test, turn out to be bay, chestnut, or black, all while looking like a double dilute thanks to the Pearl. Heterozygous Pearl horses look normal, hiding the Pearl, much like a smokey black horse will hide it’s Cream gene. However, when paired with a cream gene, the Pearl will express itself, and the horse will appear to be a double dilute. Horses carrying expressed Pearl (either homozygous Pearl, or heterozygous Pearl + Cream) can be visually identified by the purpleish hue of their skin, primarily visible around the eyes and muzzle. Any given horse’s genetic makeup can only be confirmed with a genetic test, however. The term “Perlino” has nothing to do with the Pearl gene, and instead describes a double-dilute expression on a bay coat.

Over time, Bravio XVI sired 26 PRE horses, and well over 100 IALHA registered horses, both pure and partbred. Countless offspring have gone on to retrace their sire’s hoof-prints in both regional and national breed competitions. Today, his descendants continue to carry on his tradition of colorful excellence at Sommer Ranch, where Suzan has produced some truly remarkable looking Pearl Andalusian horses. It’s difficult to conclude any type of commentary about Bravio, because of the tremendous breadth of his influence. He was not just a handsome face, a color producer, a fantastic show horse, and pleasurable riding horse. He was more than anything, a cherished member of the Sommer family. For all this, Bravio XVI is honored as an Andalusian World Historical Sire.



Eastern Region Andalusian Horse Club’s

2014 Virginia Classic by C. M. Stockton, Editor, Hoof Prints, ERAHC

New faces, old friends, and diversity – That pretty much describes this year’s Eastern Region Andalusian Horse Club’s Virginia Classic shows. And to that, add: overwhelming success! ERAHC is building back vigorously from the slump that came with the closing of the millenium’s first decade. Even the weather cooperated: We had four of the most beautiful summer days I remember in the years I’ve been coming to the show. The Open Dressage Show was comparable to last year’s show, with 60 horses in over 100 entries. What was especially notable, however, was that more than onethird of the horses entered were Andalusian, Lusitano, or Half-Andalusian. That’s a clear message that our horses are still growing in popularity with the dressage community.

The Breed Show continued to grow, with 72 horses from 47 owners (from 16 states and one Canadian province) participating to make up 287 class entries! We had two judges this year: American judge Malen Dell and Portuguese judge Nuño Santos Pereira. Geographic diversity aside, the theme for this year’s show—as for every show before—was FUN! We took Friday evening off from competition for the Barn Aisle Party potluck, where the aisles runneth-ed over with food, drink, and people. And I think some horses were squeezed in there somewhere too. Not to be outdone, Saturday night featured the IberianAmerican Extravaganza. ERAHC founding member and former president Julie Keany put together an amazing show with something for everyone. It began with a Parade of Breeds, introducing Andalusians/PREs,

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Lusitanos/PSLs, and Half-Andalusians in a dizzying array of tack and attire, not to say coat colors—grey, bay, black, palomino, and buckskin. The “main event” then opened with Karen Lewis’s cobra of mares, presented this time on foot and showing responsiveness to the slightest signal. The tribute to long-time ERAHC member Dorty Brown—who succumbed to cancer earlier in the summer—brought tears to more than one observer that I could see.

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an on PS Glenn Cochran livened up the mood with a demonstration of cowboy L geldin g Zimba hijinks on Janet Tenney’s Lusitano gelding Zimba, including some pretty impressive tricks. Glenn needs to take a break from the announcer’s booth more often! Karen Rock and Cheryl Thompson followed on a pair of buckskin Lusitanos to demonstrate the versatility of the breed, with one horse trained in high-school dressage and ridden in Grand Prix dressage style, and the other in Spanish vaquero tack and attire, exhibiting doma vaquera movements.

A last-minute entry was Kendall Tamarack, this year’s youngest competitor, aboard one of ERAHC’s oldest horse entries, Andalusian mare Tempo of Tamarack Stables, who first appeared at our show 15 years ago. The pair showed us what a couple daredevils could do with a few barrels! Then Rosalie Wenckoski and her PRE gelding Hombre Araña PRD took over the stage with another hilarious rockstar rendition, this time as Robin Thicke doing Blurred Lines.

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For Game of Thrones fans, we had a visit from Daenerys Targaryen (aka Kate Breiner). There were no dragons available, so she demonstrated what Julie Keany’s PRE stallion LC Galanton could do. Who would want to ride a dragon after that? Next up, Doug Minton showed us what his American Quarter Horse Top Tidy and Fine could do. Doug and Top Tidy are three-time contenders at the National Kendall Reining Horse Association North American Affiliate Championships. Who Tamara ck ridin g Andal knew there was Western reining at this level in Virginia? Yep, Doug is Virginiausian m are Tem based. And yep, Andalusians can do reining, as we have seen the past few years. Think po about it. We traveled from west to east, with a Grand Prix dressage exhibition by Felicitas von Neumann Cosel aboard Lusitano stallion Tonico do Top (owned by Linda and Joe Denniston). This pair has been a fixture at ERAHC’s exhibition the past few years, but they just keep getting better and better. But—wait—that wasn’t all! Doug and Top Tidy returned to the arena to issue an East-versus-West

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challenge. The head-to-head finished with Felicitas aboard Top Tidy for a quick lesson in Western-style spinning. Do you suppose she’s taught it to Tonico yet? The evening finished with a visit from Zorro and Toronado—otherwise Alfonso Doce and Friesian/Arabian-cross Warlord’s Fire Archer. Once again, Alfonso demonstrated why he is considered a master horse trainer. One crack of that bullwhip would send most horses on a run to the next county! And he can put a sword through a ring with a finesse that would Alfonso Doce (a make most Working Equitation competitors jealous. It was a rousing s Zorro) riding F riesian/Arab ge ld in g W arlord’s Fire Arc finish to an inspiring and entertaining evening. her

For show results and lots more photos, please check out our Fall 2014 issue of Hoof Prints available on (And while you’re there, check out our new website!) I would like to add a special comment about the growing number of junior competitors we have been seeing at our shows. You’ll see lots of them in the pages of our newsletter. And just a word of thanks to all the volunteers and sponsors who help make our shows possible. We couldn’t do it without you!

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I usually finish the show recap each year with “See you at next year’s show.” However, ERAHC has decided to skip next year in order to accommodate the International Andalusian & Lusitano Horse Association’s first-ever East-coast National Championship Show. With ERAHC’s encouragement, the show will be held next at the Virginia Horse Center in ERAHC’s usual preLabor-Day slot.

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Behind the Art


with Lesley Harrison Celebrated Andalusian artist Lesley Harrison recently sat down for an interview with Andalusian World to discuss her work. Leslie has produced highly recognizable works featuring Andalusian stallions Remate II in “The Romantic” and Genio III in “Splash Dance”, among others. Her colorful and detailed pastel paintings effortlessly capture the dynamic and powerful presence of the Spanish Horse, and may be found in prints, greeting cards and calendars, to boxes of Equimax worming medication.

AW: Can you tell us a little bit about what you do? What is your preferred medium,

and how did you discover it?

Lesley: I paint in pastel, which is a pure pigment put into a stick so that the artist can

handle it. It gives a wonderful soft, luminous quality to artwork, along with a wonderful freshness. There is no need to use brushes or anything else besides your fingers, which are holding the pastel. I discovered my love for pastels many many years ago when I was in an art store in Arizona and found a set of them that I took home to experiment with. It seems I had found my medium, because it was love at first touch! One of the bonuses of pastel paintings is that the color, being so pure, lasts for centuries and centuries. Some pastels paintings are still with us from the 1300’s, and are still as fresh and vibrant as the day they were created. Pastels don’t have fillers or binders in them, which can cause cracking or discoloration, so it allows them to maintain their vibrancy through the centuries. As far as I’m concerned, the reason I chose them was because I like to draw as opposed to paint, and they allow me to continue to draw with the same strokes that one would use with a pencil. The other thing I particularly appreciate about them is an intensity of color, and a softness which lends itself to doing paintings of children or animals.

AW: What are your favorite subjects for a pastel piece, and why? Lesley: I have loved horses from the time I could first breathe. I’ve painted Thoroughbreds, Arabians,

Quarter horses, Paints; just about every breed of horse over the years, but the breed that really has resonated and stuck with me and captured me now for almost 20 years are the Spanish horses. They speak to me with their presence, movement and temperament. I am wild about all of the hair. The manes and the tails and the attitude and the fire… I don’t think I will ever tire of them like I have other breeds. No matter what medium I work in, or were to work with, these horses are over-the-top for an artist. They offer it all and get the creative juices going.


AW: The hair! Is the hair a difficult part of the process of creating

a pastel? What kinds of challenges have you encountered in creating your pieces?

Lesley: Ahhhhh, the hair! I have a love affair with hair. I used to love Farah Fawsett and her it’s the Andalusians, Friesians, and Gypsy Vanners ....the more hair the better.

I don’t find hair difficult… it just takes a lot of time. The pastels have to be sharpened so that I can get really thin lines (strands) of hair, and to make them look natural can be quite a challenge. But I love the result, and the horses are so glorious with all of their “crowns of glory” waving around! As far as challenges, there’s a saying out in the art world that every single painting has a challenge in it somewhere, you just don’t always know where it is until you run right into it.

AW: Can you tell our readers a little bit about the process of creating a pastel, from start to finish?

Lesley: To create a pastel painting from beginning

to end first starts with an idea. That idea can be inspired by most anything I see or think or dream or feel... Then I need a model; the ideal horse for the situation. I’m blessed to know many people who own gorgeous horses, and they have all been so sweet and willing to share them with me. I set up an appointment, and then go to photograph the particular horse or horses. It’s very exciting because I love photography also, and one just never knows what you’re going to get when you’re photographing a horse moving around. You can hope for a particular thing but that is rarely what you get! It’s a very exciting time for me, because the sky is the limit before you start painting!

I spend most evenings editing photographs because I usually take a couple thousand photographs of each horse, hoping to get a particular look, stance or feeling. Just taking a few photographs doesn’t give me what I’m looking for. Then I decide what size the painting is to be, and choose a background for the finished painting. Then I start sketching out the horse and get a loose idea of the background behind him. I’m always hoping to choose a background that will set that 32

particular horse off wonderfully… it’s part of the fun and the challenge of a finished painting.

AW: What kind of emotional impact do you hope your pieces

will have on viewers?

Lesley: My hope with my art is that it will stop the viewer

with an emotional response and that they will also appreciate the years and years of practice that has allowed me to work on my technique. But what is more important to me, than somebody appreciating a skillful artist, is that the artist is able to convey feelings non-verbally to the viewer. So, I am mostly interested in painting things that have a strong emotional impact on me, and hope that I can pass that onto the viewer.

AW: Finally, can you tell us about a favorite piece, how it

came about, why it has become a favorite for you?

Lesley: As far as a favorite piece, you know what they say about artists, it’s the piece that they are getting ready to create! There are a few pieces over the years that I have held onto, and not been able to sell because emotionally they make me very happy to look at them. I have one right now of a cat that is not even my cat. It hangs on my wall and I have greedily hung onto it and refused to sell it. It makes me happy. I don’t know why… Another painting I will never sell is one that I painted for my husband just before he died, and I can’t even look at it without crying. So it has a home with me for life! This is what I’m talking about when I speak of emotion that comes from a painting, without any words to explain that emotion. To me that is great art. So if an artist is capable of combining years and years of practice, develops a great skill and technique, then adds that to emotion... this takes a painting beyond human comprehension and it becomes something else. Something wonderful!

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IALHA National Championship Show By: Julie Alonzo, IALHA President and ex officio member of the IALHA Show Committee


ith over 19,000 people watching the 2014 IALHA National Championships, hailing from all over the United States as well as Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, Spain, Mexico, Netherlands, France, New Zealand, and other countries from around the globe, it’s quite possible that you, too, got to enjoy the show, even if you were unable to be there in Fort Worth in person. This year’s IALHA Nationals was one of the most geographically-diverse in recent memory, with 14 different states and 2 continents (North America and Australia) represented. The show offered a variety of attractions: from great competition and beautiful representatives of the breed showcasing their talents in English, Western, Dressage, Driving, Working Equitation, and In-Hand classes (often, the same horse!) to a full array of vendors (paintings from Amy Larson Art Studio and Deb Juhnke’s Sculptures, candles from Kastle Creek Designs, massage therapy from Dena Horton, saddles from EquineFit, saddle fitting from Advanced Saddle Fit, books and clothing from La Tienda Española, gifts from Origami Owl, horse sales from Royal Horse Farms, informational booths from both IALHA and the Foundation for the Pure Spanish Horse, and, of course hard-to-find tack and attire from Spain and Portugal from Iberian Connection and El Sueño Español). Photography was offered by Rob Hess Photography ( and videography was once again handled by The largest class at the show was the English Pleasure Hunt Seat Open, with 13 entries, but Working Equitation was just behind, with 12 entries in the Level 1 Opportunity division. Given the logistical challenges associated with transporting carriages across the country, it was particularly gratifying to see a resurgence in participation in the Driving classes, most of which had 3 entries, with a good representation of both amateurs and professionals competing.


Continuing a trend from recent years, the number of Lusitano horses competing continued to increase, and not only were they in attendance, they did very well, capturing National Champion titles in Dressage Sporthorse Prospect In Hand Colts 3 & Under and Geldings, All-Ages and both Level 2 and Level 3 Working Equitation, as well as Reserve Grand National Champion Senior Stallion and Junior Mare, and Dressage Sport Horse Breeding In Hand Mature Mares. Also continuing a trend from prior years, the Spanish Specialty Halter classes had the highest number of entries of the Specialty Halter division. This year’s National Show achieved three of the Show Committee’s major goals for the year. First, it ran very smoothly, with a high-quality staff able to stay caught up with entries and results throughout the week. Second, the pace of the show allowed for time each day to visit in the barn area, giving competitors and spectators alike the chance to connect with one another and savor the many golden moments throughout the week. Finally, the atmosphere throughout the show was upbeat and supportive. People smiled a lot, and there was a distinct sense of community. The Show Committee has already begun planning for how best to ensure that the 2015 National Show, which will be held at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, VA, August 24-29, is similarly successful. This is the site and the dates that have traditionally been used by the Eastern Regional Andalusian Horse Club (ERAHC) for their regional show. The club decided to skip one year so they could throw their support behind having the National Show in the eastern part of the country for the first time in the history of the IALHA, and a variety of ERAHC members are already hard at work helping the IALHA Show Committee plan for a great event.

We hope you’ll join us!


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ruce Howard

A career that has spanned over 5 decades. An ability to bring out the very best in the horses placed in his care. A desire to be with the horses he trained. A talent in giving his amateurs confidence. An unwavering wealth of patience. A heart with his horses at its center. A group of clients who bring the best quality horses to him. These are some of the ingredients that make Bruce a very special horseman. To quote Bruce; “I believe in taking my time and treating my horses with respect and patience.” He has said of his equine pupils, “They are all individuals. Each horse comes suited for what he is intended to be. I will not ask an animal to do anything he is physically or mentally incapable of doing”. One of his specialties was the area of Driving. “Most horses are candidates for some kind of driving. Perhaps in the show ring or the Combined Driving Event or maybe just for fun and diversion at home”. Bruce liked to start his young horses by driving them before putting them under saddle. “Even if a horse is not going to show in driving, this discipline is a good alternate to whatever other work the horse may be doing and doing a variety of things with a horse helps maintain his interest and keep him bright.” Year after year throughout his career, Bruce has presented National Champion after National Champion. These special qualities Bruce is blessed with have created the mental connection with his horses that enabled them to trust him and to do their very best for him with style, confidence and respect. When riding Bruce liked to equitate and his goal has always been to enable his horses to have the confidence and willingness to allow him this luxury. His training techniques always have had the owner in mind so that when his portion of training concluded, a happy, willing horse went home to his owner. When asked if he misses his involvement with the horses, his answer was: “Absolutely, I miss the horses very much and most of the people. But I must admit it is a relief to no longer have the responsibility of care, custody and control of the horses.”

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his year’s IALHA National Show was dedicated to a very special man who showed horses at the National Show for many, many years. He traveled to Texas to be present to accept his award. For those of you who may not know him, let us introduce you to…. Bruce Howard

When I was a just beginning in the horse industry and knew nothing of how to win. I had the honor of meeting Bruce Howard. He was truly inspirational and dedicated to never being second best. Bruce always taught by example and in every circumstance elevated everyone around him. He is my inspiration to always push forward.” -Howard Peet “For 25 years Bruce and I were business partners at The Park, our training facility. I am blessed to have shared those years with a consummate professional and a gentleman in every way. His knowledge and charisma in the equine industry is virtually unmatched. It was a wonderful life experience, one I shall never forget.” Nancy Nathanson

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IALHA National Championship ReRe sults IALHA National Champion Spanish Fillies 2 & Under CH – Amarosa WOR –Jennifer Stewart – Larry & Debbie Black RES- JS Dahlia – John Rock - Karen Rock – Jay Stables (GMM)

IALHA National Champion Spanish Mares 3 & 4 Years Old CH – RDL Zanetta HGA – Ruperto Vasquez – Ida D. Ellison (GMM) RES – Artemis RDL – Ruperto Vasquez – Jason & Kimberly Ledie IALHA National Champion Spanish Mares 5 & Over CH – Deleite MA – Howard Peet – Adrienne LaFar (GMM) RES – Preciosa Oro – Ruperto Vasquez – Deva Raubenheimer

IALHA National Champion USEF Training Level – Test 3 – Open CH – Plegario ESF – Louisa Zai – Plegario Partners (65.20 %) RES – Brillante RDL – Michael Vermaas – Sheri Holmes & Jan Neely (59.80%) IALHA National Champion USEF Training Level – Test 3 – Adult Amateur CH – Hacendosa – Laura Stapleton – Laura Stapleton (70.80%) RES – Vendito RJ – Kim Johan – Nass – Kim Johan – Nass (50.60%) IALHA National Champion USEF Training Level – Test 3 – Junior Exhibitor CH – Fabuloso AF – Sydney Croasmun – Lauren LaVine (59.40%)

IALHA National Champion USEF First Level Test 3 – Open CH – Barquillero LXIV – Erica Peet – Saul & Sandra Aguayo (65.97%) RES – Dante RDL – Martin Arnold – Teresa Hurley IALHA National Champion Spanish (63.39%) IALHA National Champion USEF First Level Test 3 – Colts 2 & Under CH – Arturo PA – Ruperto Vasquez Amateur CH – Vendito RJ – Kim Johan – Nass – Kim Johan – Nass – Jason & Kimberly Ledie RES – Regulus RDL – Krystalynn (63.23%) Young – Krystalynn Young IALHA National Champion USEF Second Level Test 3 – (GMM) Open IALHA National Champion Spanish CH - Saltador Oro 1 – Michael Vermaas – Walter & Judy Henslee & Gina Hogan (58.21%) Colts 3 Years Old CH – Kairo AK – Valiente Reyes – IALHA National Champion USEF Third Level Test 3 – Terri Meador (GMM) Open IALHA National Champion Spanish Stallions CH – Conde – Carlos Carneiro – Marilyn Hite (66.80%) RES – Dardanos RDL – Michael Vermaas – Walter & Judy 4,5&6 Years Old Henslee (62.31%) CH – Altanero ANG II – Howard Peet – Saul & Sandra IALHA National Champion USEF Fourth Level Test 3 – Aguayo Open RES – Barquillero LXIV – Howard Peet Saul & Sandra CH – Bethoven Do Lis – Carlos Carneiro – Marilyn Hite Aguayo (GMM) (64.38%) IALHA National Champion Spanish Stallions 7 & Over IALHA USDF National Champion FEI Prix St. Georges CH – Saltador Oro 1 – Michael Vermaas – Walter & Judy CH – Obadi Del Dios – Doreen Atkinson – Doreen Henslee & Gina Hogan (GMM) Atkinson (58.03%) RES – Dardanos RDL – Michael Vermass – Walter & Judy IALHA National Championship Grand Prix Henslee 38

CH – Baronesa Caniceria – Tiago Ernesto – Haras Dos Cavaleiros (GMM) RES- Finca D’Atela – Amber Lentz – Alexandra Dees

IALHA National Champion USDF Young Horse – DSH in Hand Mares 4 & Over CH – Dancarina De La Escola – Heather Higgins – Heather Higgins RES – Finca D’Atela – Amber Lentz – Alex Dees

IALHA National Champion Lusitano Saddle Mares CH – Dancarina De La Escola – Heather Higgins – Heather Higgins

IALHA National Champion USDF Young Horse – DSH in Hand Fillies 3 & Under CH – JS Dahlia – John Rock – Karen M. Rock – Jay Stables RES – SK Sonata – Pedro Toribio – Twila Godinez

IALHA National Champion Lusitano Colts 3 & Under CH – Guapo DC – Tiago Ernesto – Haras Dos Cavaleiros (GMM) RES – Gaston CR – Howard Peet – Victor Melendez


CH – Fiero LFA – Mary Claeys – Mary Claeys (52.60%) RES – Corrado M – Dawn Metzger – Dawn Metzger (54.70%)

IALHA National Champion Lusitano Stallions 6 & Over CH – Bethoven Do Lis – Carlos Carneiro – Marilyn Hite (GMM) RES- Damasco Do Reiro – Tiago Ernesto – Haras Dos Cavaleiros

IALHA National Champion USDF Young Horse – Half Andalusian Mares All Ages CH – RHF Jasmin – Jennifer Stewart – Royal Horse Farms RES – Diva G – Karen Rock – Karen M. Rock – Jay Stables IALHA National Grand Champion A/L Fillies 2 & Under CH – Amorosa WOR – Jennifer Stewart – Larry & Debbie IALHA National Champion USDF Young Horse – DSH in Black RES – JS Dahlia – John Rock – Karen M. Rock – Jay Hand Colts 3 & Under Stables (GMM) CH – Gaston CR – Howard Peet – Victor Melendez RES – JS Dante – John Rock – Karen M. Rock – Jay IALHA National Grand Champion A/L Colts 2 & Under Stables CH – Karismatico MA – Howard Peet – IALHA National Champion USDF Young Horse – DSH in Anthony Diaz (GMM) RES – Regulus RDL – Krystalynn Hand Stallions 4 & Over Young – Krystalynn Young CH – Lucero G – Becky Brok – Becky Brok RES – Electo CCA – Cat Welsh – Ron & Jackie Hall Family IALHA National Grand Champion Partnership A/L Geldings 3 & Under IALHA National Champion USDF Young Horse – DSH in CH – Alazan HGA – Ruperto Vasquez – Ida D. Ellison (GMM) Hand Half Andalusian Stallions All Ages CH – TDR Rockin Sjoerds Swag – Marian “Nicole” Hill – IALHA National Grand Champion Dawn Anderson A/L Junior Mares IALHA National Champion USDF Young Horse – DSH in CH – SA Luna – Howard Peet – Janita Smith (GMM) Hand Geldings RES –Gazelle CR – Amber Lentz – CH – Conde – Carlos Carneiro – Marilyn Hite RES – Brilliante RDL – Michael Vermaas – Sheri Holmes Alexandra Dees & Jan Neely IALHA National Grand Champion Junior Stallions CH – Plegario ESF – Mikai Robinson – Plegario Partners IALHA National Champion S/P Mares 3 & Over (GMM) CH – Golondrina CCA – Cat Welsh – Ron Hall RES – Altanero ANG II – Howard Peet – Saul & Sandra RES – Besa Ria – Heather Perillo – Heather Perillo Aguagyo IALHA National Champion S/P Stallions 3 & 4 IALHA National Grand Champion Senior Geldings 4 & CH – Joyante H – Joel Staner – Francine Dismukes Over CH – Brillante RDL – Krystalynn Young – Sheri Holmes IALHA National Champion Lusitano Fillies 3 & Under & Jan Neely CH – Ironia DC – Tiago Ernesto – Haras Dos Cavaleiros RES – Dante RDL – Martin Arnold – Teresa Hurley (GMM) IALHA National Halter Futurity Champion 3 Year Old RES- Gazelle CR – Amber Lentz – Alexandra Dees Geldings IALHA National Champion Lusitano Mares 4 & Over


CH – Alazan HGA – Ruperto Vasquez – Walter & Judy Henslee

IALHA National Halter Futurity Champion 3 Year Old Mares CH – Macarena RDL – Ruperto Vasquez – Walter & Judy Henslee RES – Prica H – Valente Reyes – Terri Meador

IALHA National Grand Championship Half Andalusian Fillies 2 Years & Under CH – Magicos Masterpiece – Pedro Toribio – Twila Godinez (GMM) RES – NHR Dark Tesora – Heather Perillo – Heather Perillo

IALHA National Grand Champion Half Andalusian Sr. Mares 3 & Over IALHA National Halter Futurity Champion 3 Year Old Half CH – Mary Orgullosa – Lexi O’Dell – Becky Brok RES – Diva G – John Rock – Karen Rock – Jay Stables Andalusian Stallions CH – RG Travieso – Pedro Toribio – Twila Godinez IALHA National Champion Half Andalusian Saddle / Pleasure Horse All Ages /Sexes IALHA National Halter Futurity Champion 3 Year Old CH – TDR Rockin Sjoerds Swag – Marian “Nicole” Hill – Stallions Dawn Anderson CH – Kairo AK – Valente Reys – Terri Meador RES- RG Travieso – Pedro Toribio – Twila Godinez Opportunity Working Equitation Intro Youth 13 & Under CH – Rllingwoods Double Stuff – Madison Waller – Waller IALHA National Champion Half Andalusian Sport Horse – All Ages – All Sexes Farms CH – Magicos Masterpiece – Pedro Toribio – Twila Godinez IALHA Champion A/L Working Equitation RES – Mary Orgullosa – Lexi O’Dell – Becky Brok (GMM) CH – Dem Latte Con Leche – Terri Watts – Gary & Terri Watts IALHA National Champion Half Andalusian Western RES – CDC Memoria – Howard Peet – Julie Alonzo Stockhorse – All Ages – All Sexes CH – RHF Lola – Katie Berger – Royal Horse Farms Opportunity Working Equitation Level One (GMM) CH – Sandhaven Copy Cat – Tarrin Warren – Kellee Campbell IALHA Grand National Champion Andalusian Sr. Mares 5 RES-Fineleehetouchedme – Jade W. Gonzales – Jade W. & Over Gonzales CH – Deleite MA – Howard Peet – Adrienne LaFar – Xavier Farms IALHA Champion Level One Juniors (14 -17) RES- Zarita AF – Amber Lentz – Nancy and Joe Latta – CH – Kudu GF – Meagan Hansen – Terri A. Wall Amandalusian Farms IALHA Champion A/L Working Equitation Level 2 CH – Conde – Carlos Carneiro – Marilyn Hite IALHA Grand National Champion Andalusian Sr. Stallions RES – Obadi Del Dios – Doreen A. Atkinson – Doreen A. 5 & Over Atkinson CH – Dartanan ADF – Howard Peet – Deanna & John C Martin Opportunity Working Equitation Level 2 RES – Ximango Interagro – Karen Rock – Cheryl CH – Sandhaven Pagan Dancer – Tarrin Warren Thompson IALHA Champion A/L Working Equitation Level 3 IALHA Grand National Champion Andalusian Country CH – Bethoven Do Lis – Carlos Carneiro – Marilyn Hite English Pleasure Amateur CH – 3Y El Ganador – Joel Staner – Joel Staner IALHA National Grand Champion Half Andalusian Colt / Stallions All Ages IALHA National Champion Andalusian Western Pleasure CH – Storm Shadow – Cassandra Adams – Green Field Jr. Exhibitor 17 & Under Farms (GMM) CH – Disparo – Katie Berger – Royal Horse Farms RES- TDR Rockin Sjoerds Swag – Marian “Nicole” Hill – RES- Ichibon DFM – Kathryn Pille – Theresa Whittaker Dawn Anderson


IALHA National Champion Andalusian Show Pleasure Driving Open CH – SA Luna – Howard Peet – Janita Smith

IALHA National Champion Dressage Hack Amateur CH – Saltador Oro 1 – Dana Pantaze – Walter & Judy Henslee & Gina Hogan RES- Disparo – Katie Berger – Royal Horse Farms

IALHA National Champion Half Andalusian Western Pleasure Open CH – Diva G – Steve Kutie – Karen Rock – Jay Stables

IALHA National Champion Western Pleasure Amateur CH – Kripton Seni II – Amanda Latta – Nancy and Joe Latta RES – Joyante H – Joel Staner – Joel Staner

IALHA National Champion Andalusian Country English Pleasure Jr. Horse CH – CDC Memoria – Howard Peet – Julie Alonzo IALHA National Champion Half – Andalusian English Show Hack Open CH – Diva G – Karen Rock – Karen Rock – Jay Stables RES – Storm Shadow – Cassandra Adams – Green Field Farms IALHA National Champion Andalusian Country Pleasure Driving Amateur CH 3YS Bailadora – Joel Staner – Therese Branson

IALHA National Champion Andalusian / Lusitano English Vintage Riders 45 & Over CH – Vendito RJ – Kim Johan – Nass – Kim Johan – Nass RES – 3Y El Ganador – Joel Staner – Joel Staner IALHA – National Champion Andalusian English Pleasure Hunt Seat Open CH – Kripton Seni II – Amanda Latta – Nancy and Joe Latta RES – Achiles – Malen Dell – Jan Marie Delipsey

IALHA National Champion Andalusian Heritage Tack & Attire Open CH – Mayoral LA – Amanda Latta – Nancy and Joe Latta RES- Conde – Carlos Carneiro – Marilyn Hite IALHA National Champion Andalusian Dressage Suitability Open CH – Achiles – Malen Dell – Jan Marie Delipsey RES – Vendito RJ – Kim Johann – Nass – Kim Johann – Nass

IALHA National Champion Andalusian Show Hack Amateur CH – Vendito RJ – Kim Johan – Nass – Kim Johan – Nass RES – Kripton Seni II – Amanda Latta – Nancy & Joe Latta

IALHA National Champion Andalusian / Half Andalusian Saddle Seat Jr. Exhibitor 17 & Under CH – Afrodita M Suay 1 – Sydney Croasmun – Nancy & Joe Latta RES – Bellatrix REA – Amy Lamberth – Krista Cambron IALHA National Champion Andalusian Western Pleasure Open CH – Kripton Seni II – Amanda Latta – Nancy & Joe Latta RES – Joyante H – Francine Dismukes – Francine Dismukes


IALHA National Championship Half Andalusian English Pleasure Amateur – All Seats CH – Diva G – Haley Blaszczyk – Karen Rock – Jay Stables

IALHA National Champion Doma Vaquera Basico CH – Ichibon DMF – Steve Kutie – Theresa Whittaker RES- Ucrania Interagro – Cheryl Thompson – Cheryl Thompson IALHA National Champion Andalusian Mares – All Ages Amateur to Handle CH – Preciosa Oro – Deva Raubenheimer – Deva Raubenheimer RES – Ucrania Interagro – Cheryl Thomson – Cheryl Thompson

IALHA National Champin Andalusian Geldings – All Ages Amateur to Handle CH – Vendito RJ – Kim Johan – Nass – Kim Johan – Nass RES- Dante RDL – Teresa Hurley – Teresa Hurley IALHA National Champion Andalusian Stallions – All Ages Amateur to Handle CH – Ximango Interagro – Cheryl Thomson – Cheryl Thomson Res- Lucero G – Becky Brok Becky Brok (continued)




IALHA National Champion Half Andalusian Mares – All Ages Amateur to Handle CH – Mary Orgullosa – Becky Brok – Becky Brok RES – Diva G – Haley Blaszcsyk – Karen M. Rock – Jay Stables

IALHA National Champion Half Andalusian Stallions – All Ages Amateur to Handle CH – Storm Shadow – Koreen Greenberg – Green Field Farms RES – RHF Mojito – Katie Berger – Royal Horse Farms IALHA National Champion Andalusian / Half Andalusian Showmanship in Hand Jr. Exhibitor 17 & Under CH – Ucrania Interagro – Teagan Easley – Cheryl Thompson RES – Bellatrix REA – Amy Lamberth – Krista Cambron IALHA National Champion Andalusian Pleasure Driving Open CH – Altanero ANG II – Howard Peet – Saul & Sandra Aguayo RES- Ichibon DMF – Theresa Whittaker – Theresa Whittaker

Opportunity Andalusian / Half Andalusian Lead Line – All First Place! Alazan HG – Tanner Ledie – Ida D. Ellison Diva G – Jax Kutie – Karen M. Rock – Jay Stables Rollingwoods Double Stuff – Emily Waller – Waller Farms Ucrania Interagro – Dru Harper – Cheryl Thomson Zarita AF – Addison Potrillo – Nancy & Joe Latta Dante RDL – Truett Ledie – Teresa Hurley IALHA National Championship Andalusian English Pleasure Hunt Seat Amateur CH – Vendito RJ – Kim Johan – Nass – Kim Johan – Nass RES – Kripton Seni II – Amanda Latta – Joe and Nancy Latta IALHA National Champion Half – Andalusian English Pleasure Hunt Seat Open CH – Diva G – Haley Blaszczyk – Karen M. Rock – Jay Stables RES – Storm Shadow – Cassandra Adams – Green Field Farm

IALHA National Champion Half Andalusian Western Pleasure Jr. Exhibitor 17 & Under CH – Diva G – Kathryn Pille – Karen M. Rock – Jay Stables IALHA National Champion Andalusian English Pleasure Saddle Seat Amateur CH – Orgulloso XLIX – Amanda Latta – Nancy & Joe Latta 44

IALHA National Champion Andalusian English Pleasure Hunt Seat Jr. Horse CH – 3YS Bailadora – Joel Staner – Joel Staner RES – RDL Zenetta HGA – Michael Vermaas – Ida D. Ellison IALHA National Championship Andalusian / Half Andalusian Reining Open CH – Ichibon DMF – Steve Kutie – Theresa Whittaker

IALHA National Champion Country English Pleasure Jr. Exhibitor 17 & Under CH – Mayoral LA – Sydney Croasmun – Nancy & Joe Latta RES – Bellatrix REA – Amy Lamberth – Amy Lamberth IALHA National Champion Half Andalusian Best Movement CH – RHF Jasmin – Jennifer Stewart – Royal Horse Farms RES – Storm Shadow – Cassandra Adams – Green Field Farms

IALHA National Champion Andalusian English Show Hack Open CH – Afrodita M Suay 1 – Jessica Shields – Nancy & Joe Latta RES – Kripton Seni II – Amanda Latta – Nancy & Joe Latta IALHA National Champion Andalusian Carriage Pleasure Driving Working Amateur CH – Altanero ANG II – Saul Aguayo – Saul & Sandra Aguayo RES – Joyante H – Joel Staner – Joel Staner

IALHA National Champion Andalusian Western Pleasure Jr. Horse CH – RDL Zanetta HGA – Michael Vermaas – Ida D. Ellison RES – Alazan HGA – Krystalynn Young – Ida D. Ellison IALHA National Championship Andalusian / Half Andalusian Western Equitation 17 & Under CH – Bellatrix REA – Amy Lamberth – Krista Cambron RES- Ichibon DMG – Kathryn Pille – Theresa Whitaker

IALHA National Champion Andalusian / Half Andalusian Walk / Trot Equitation 10 & Under CH – Diva G – Teagan Easley – Karen M. Rock – Jay Stables Res – Bellatrix REA – Addison Bobel – Krista Cambron IALHA National Champion Andalusian / Half Andalusian Hunt Seat Equitation 17 & Under CH – Bellatrix REA – Amy Lamberth – Krista Cambron RES- Dante RDL – Abigale Godfrey – Teresa Hurley

IALHA National Champion Andalusian Carriage Pleasure Driving Working Open CH – Altanero ANG II – Howard Peet – Saul & Sandra Aguayo RES- Ichibon DMF – Steve Kutie – Theresa Whittaker

IALHA National Champion Andalusian Dressage Suitability Amateur CH – Bellatrix REA – Amy Lamberth – Krista Cambron RES- Vendito RJ – Kim Johan – Nass – Kim Johan – Nass

IALHA National Champion Andalusian / Half Andalusian Fantasy Costume CH – Bellatrix REA – Amy Lamberth – Krista Cambron RES- Saltador Oro 1 – Micheal Vermaas – Walter & Judy Henslee & Gina Hogan

IALHA National Champion Andalusian Country Pleasure Driving Jr. Horse CH – 3YS Bailadora – Malen Dell – Therese Branson RES- CDC Memoria – Howard Peet – Julie Alonzo

IALHA National Champion Half Andalusian Costume Open CH – Diva G – Katheryn Pille – Karen M. Rock – Jay Stables

IALHA National Champion Andalusian Western Vintage Riders 45 & Over Amateur CH – Joyante H – Joel Staner – Francine Dismukes RES- Vendito RJ – Kim Johan – Nass – Kim Johan – Nass


IALHA National Champion Andalusian Dressage Hack Open CH – Kripton Seni II – Amanda Latta – Nancy & Joe Latta RES – Afrodita M Suay 1 – Jessica Shields – Nancy & Joe Latta

IALHA National Champion Andalusian Country Pleasure Driving Open CH – CDC Memoria – Howard Peet – Julie Alonzo RES- 3YS Bailadora – Malen Dell – Therese Branson IALHA National Champion Half Andalusian Dressage Hack Open CH- Storm Shadow – Cassandra Adams – Green Field Farms RES- Diva G – Haley Blaszczyk – Karen M. Rock – Jay Stables

IALHA National Champion Andalusian Best Movement CH – Deliete MA – Erica Peet – Adrienne LaFar – Xavier Farms RES- Afrodita M Suay 1 – Amber Lentz – Nancy & Joe Latta IALHA National Champion Andalusian Native Tack & Attire Open CH – Ximango Interagro – Cheryl Thomson – Cheryl Thomson RES- Vendito RJ – Kim Johan – Nass – Kim Johan – Nass

IALHA National Champion Andalusian English Pleasure Hunt Seat Jr. Exhibitor 17 & Under CH – Afrodita M Suay 1 – Syndey Croasmun – Nancy & Joe Latta RES- Bellatrix REA – Amy Lamberth – Krista Cambron


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In Iberian Horses

Gastric, or stomach ulcers are becoming increasingly well understood, but remain a common, and underdiagnosed problem in many classes of horses, from retired horses to elite athletes. Iberian horses were bred to be efficient in processing very little, very poor quality forage. Anecdotal evidence suggests that Iberian horses are especially susceptible to health issues associated with a diet high in sugar and starch, including obesity, the development of metabolic insulin resistance, stomach ulcers, laminitis, and founder. Because ulcers can present themselves in such a wide variety of different types of horses, which may react to both the condition and treatments differently, ulcers can be tricky to both diagnose and treat. A horse with ulcers may be in perfectly fit condition, it may be obese, or it may be as thin as a rail. Because of this, it is imperative to work with a veterinary professional when dealing with such a problem. Here is a handy list of severe symptoms and behaviors commonly associated with ulcers. If your horse has demonstrated any of these symptoms, call your veterinarian. • Colic-like behavior - sweating, rolling, biting at sides, general unrest and discomfort • Cinchyness, or grumpy while working • Weight loss • Unwillingness to eat grain, or discomfort following a meal of grain • Neurotic-type behavior - weaving, pacing, windsucking/cribbing • Overall unthriftyness or poor condition

What you can do: Always call the vet if you believe your horse has a health condition which needs addressing, but there are a few things you can do while waiting for the vet to arrive.

Gastric Ulcers


The most important thing you can do is administer the paste form of ulcerguard, which will shut off the proton pumps associated with stomach acid production Remove sugar and starch from the horse’s diet. Most commercially available feeds contain far too much sugar and starch, which will severely aggravate ulcers. Switch to alfalfa, or lucerne hay, which is not only low in sugar, but high in calcium, which will help to neutralize acid in the horse’s stomach. Many grass hays have high levels of sugar and should be avoided. Change your feed routine. Stomach ulcers are often caused by empty stomachs. Providing a horse with a slow feeder, and possibly adding a mid-day meal will help. Horses also tend to be happier when they take longer to eat their hay. Don’t work a horse on an empty stomach. Acid can splash in the stomach and cause new ulcers, or aggravate older ones. Allowing a horse to have a light meal of alfalfa before work will prevent this from happening. Allow your horse to adequately hydrate before work. Avoid feeding your horse anti inflammatory drugs like bute, which are very, very hard on their stomachs and may actually cause ulcers. Worm your horse. A variety of internal parasites may cause ulcers. You may want your vet to perform a fecal analysis first, to avoid unnecessarily exposing your horse to worming medication. Adding uguard powder to feeds is a good buffer, but not a cure. It contains calcium and magnesium to buffer acid, as well as aloe vera gel and fruit pectin to coat and heal the stomach. This alone will not heal an ulcery horse, but can be used as part of an ongoing routine to combat them or prevent them. There are a number of different ulcer supplements on the market. Be sure to thoroughly research them and discuss them with your veterinarian. The ONLY way to affirmatively diagnose ulcers is to have a veterinarian scope your horse, which is both costly and often unnecessary. If you believe your horse has ulcers, make an appointment with your veterinarian to discuss a game plan for tackling the problem and follow their recommendations for both diagnosis and treatments. Ulcers with different causes need different treatment, and ulcers may have varying locations within the horse’s gut, which will also affect treatment. Treating ulcers can become costly. It’s easy for ulcers to come back with a vengeance after you’ve spent hundreds on treatment if you are not following a specific recovery protocol, so be intentional when treating ulcers.




What is a“Qualified” or “Calificado” Horse? In simple terms, it is a PRE horse that has been first inscribed, then revised and finally presented at a “Tribunal” in front of a panel of Spanish Judges to become “select” breeding stock. If you plan to present horses at Tribunals, it is highly recommended you read through all the information provided by ANCCE: For those unfamiliar with the process, we have provided a brief overview of what to expect… Horses presented for Tribunal are first measured (height and body measurements), if they meet the requirements, they are then presented in hand to evaluate conformation and movement. If all goes well, they then move on to a ridden test. This test is mandatory for stallions, but optional for mares. The ridden test requires that horses perform all three gaits and is “a freestyle”. The judges can and will ask for specific movements to be performed during this test, usually lengthening of the gaits is asked for and a free walk on a loose rein. The test will be a maximum of four minutes. After these tests have been performed and the horse has been approved, X – Rays are then taken. These X – Rays are sent to Spain and you are notified after they have been read as to whether your horse was approved or not. It is recommended that before you go to the time and expense of presenting your horse for Tribunal, you have a semen evaluation done (on stallions) and a basic reproductive exam (for mares). Some owners also – X – Ray their horses to ensure they don’t get any surprises at Tribunal. The main purpose for the X – rays is to ensure your horse does not have OCD. There is a small fee to nominate your horse determined by how many horses participate. Spain, etc are split between all the horses, Fees for X – rays, etc, are also added on

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to participate in the tribunal, but the final cost is Travel expenses, fees and expenses for judges from regardless of whether the horses pass or fail. to this final total.

There are horses that obtain Qualified status outside of Spain each year, but typically only a handful of horses presented in the USA pass the test and are deemed to be Qualified. To own a Qualified horse, while there is considerable expense and effort required, is considered by many to be an honor. TRC 2014 was held in Paso Robles, CA, on Sunday September 14. Twenty of the best bred PRE horses in the United States were presented to an ANCCE panel of 6 judges and other participants. Thank you to USPRE for organizing and hosting the TRC. Seven of the horses presented have officially been deemed “Calificado”. Four of these seven horses were bred right here in the U.S. by noted breeders: Ketcham Ranch, Dorado Andaluz & Mario’s Andalusians. It is of special note that not only are most of the mares that were passed broke to ride, two of them have or are currently successfully competing in dressage!

The breeders and owners of these wonderful horses should be very proud and we are honored to have such great quality horses available in the US.

America KR

Owned by: Lucinda Romero Bred by: Ketcham Ranch America entered my life as a three year old, when she came to me for saddle training. I was not looking for a PRE, but I was in the market for a quality dressage horse.  The first time I saw her move, my jaw hit the ground.  Long story short, I bought my first PRE and never looked back.  Our first year together was a whole lot of waiting.  She was pregnant when I bought her and I had to wait for the foal to be born and weaned before I could really do anything with her.  I guess good things come to those who wait, because this first year together has been an incredible year.  One of my clients talked me into taking her to the June Feria show.  It was her first show with me and I thought, “maybe I can win Best Movement” in her age division.  I had no other expectations, but I did plan to ride her in Functionality.  She shocked me and not only won Best Movement in her age division, but went on to win Functionality for 5/6 year olds, and then Absolute Champion of Functionality and Absolute Champion of Movement, plus the USPRE Award for Best Born In America for Functionality.  She surpassed every expectation I had at that point in time.  My main goal with America is to compete in Open dressage, though, so after Feria, we started focusing on Dressage.  She did not let me down, winning the Andalusian/Lusitano High Point Perpetual Trophy at her first outing, and then winning all four classes at her second outing at First Level, improving her scores by 6% points on the second day of the show.  It was a last minute decision to present her to the TRC, as I am fairly new to the PRE Breed and wasn’t sure if she would make the cut, but her scores came back very high in Morphology and Functionality and now she is Qualified, as well.  I am in awe of her every day as she gives more and more of herself as a partner.  She is the epitome of the PRE--Bold, Athletic, Loyal, Intelligent, and Beautiful, and I am the luckiest person in the world to have her!


Travieso B II

Owned by: Miguel Nunez Bred by: Yeguada Bassols Travieso B II, is a handsome 5 year old stallion owned by Miguel Nunez. Imported from Spain, this is one of the only Liver Chestnut stallions standing at stud in the US, and the only Qualified Chestnut Stallion in the World!  This Gentleman brings size, beauty, an awesome temperament and three quality gaits to any breeding program.  With only a few weeks of training, this stallion entered his first show in June at Feria Del Caballo and walked away with the Best Movement 5/6 Year old Stallions and Reserve Champion Stallion of the whole show!  He returned to Vegas in September to capture the Best Movement 5/6 Year old Stallion title once again.  His first foal crop is on the ground and all babies have his size, bone, temperament, movement and many chestnuts!  This is a once in a lifetime stallion!

Fantasia Del C

Owned by: Sarah C. Shechner of Origin P.R.E Bred by: Barbara Currie of Oak Hill P.R.E. Qualified Mare Fantasia del C is one of those rare beauties that simply takes your breath away. At 16.2 hands, she is a commanding figure in the show ring, but it isn’t until she begins to move that your heart falters a beat within your chest. At the end of a lead in the arena, she quite simply floats on air. Fantasia has amassed an incredible number of titles in her show career thus far; including 2 ANCCE Champion Mare titles, 3 Foundation National Champion Mare PRE titles, IALHA Purebred Andalusian Horse of the Year, IALHA National Champion Senior Mare, IALHA National Champion Spanish Specialty Division Senior Mare, IALHA Reserve Champion of Versatility, IALHA Reserve National Champion Dressage Training Level Test 3, 2 IALHA Top 5 Best Movement titles, USPRE Champion American-Born Mare, multiple Gold Medal Best Movement awards, and many other Championship wins. Perhaps even more incredible, Fantasia del C received Qualified status this year with ANCCE, after having previously earned her Qualified status with The Foundation for the Pure Spanish Horse. Fantasia is the only horse to have passed with both Associations. Not only did she pass, but she received the highest score at the recent ANCCE Qualified Tribunal! Her trainers Howard & Erica Peet of Peet Equestrian did an amazing job handling her for both Tribunals. Her meteoric rise in the show ring is certainly imposing, yet what makes Fantasia truly special is her character. Fantasia loves her people, and is equally excited to snuggle up to new friends as well. She loves to go for walks around the barn aisles, and stop and meet new people. She’s great on the trails, and never shies away from a new adventure. She’s an incredible ambassador for the Andalusian and PRE and always helps to convert new breed enthusiasts wherever she goes.



Owed by: Ariel Martinez – Rancho El Encanto Bred by: Babusanu Elena

Luna was imported from Spain and has been a champion many times over since arriving in the U.S. She won the Absolute Champion of Movement at Feria Del Caballo in 2013, also winning Reserve Absolute Champion. In 2014 she was named Champion Mare at both Feria Del Caballo Espanol shows (City of Industry & Vegas). She has undeniably contributed to Rancho El Encanto’s numerous best breeder & best exhibitor awards.

Revoltoso LXXVIII

Owned by: Ariel Martinez – Rancho El Encanto Bred by: Hierro Del Bocado Revoltoso LXXVIII is a young branded Bocado (Terry) stallion, and has certainly made his mark here in the U.S. He started showing in 2012 at Feria Del Caballo Espanol and was named Absolute Young Champion of Movement. His show career only went up from there, winning the Feria Del Caballo Absolute Champion title at City of Industry, CA in September 2013, June 2014, and in Las Vegas in September 2014. He not only competes in breed shows, but is also being campaigned in dressage. He has a very bright future ahead!

Castiza DA

Owned by: Suzanne Punch – Dorado Andaluz Bred by: Suzanne Punch – Dorado Andaluz Information Submitted by: Alexis Martin-Vegue As a dressage trainer, Castiza is the kind of horse I had only dreamed about be-fore I got to know her. She exemplifies the basic qualities of pure and elastic gaits, suppleness of body and mind that are so sought after in the dressage athlete. In the 4 years that I have had the pleasure to be her rider and trainer, Castiza has gone from training level to now awaiting her debut at Prix St. Georges in 2015. With her as my partner I achieved my personal best score of 77% in 2012. And she has managed to attain this level of training while also being mother of two outstanding colts, both having inherited her kind, playful temperament and powerful hind end. It is no great surprise to me that a mare of her quality was able to earn the prestigious status of Calificado. I look forward to her continued success in the dressage ring and as a broodmare.


Deliete MA

Owned by: Xavier Farms Bred by: Mario Contreras – Mario’s Andalusians Deleite MA has a Championship lineage of Quality and Movement from Spain and the Americas. Her overall show and performance record is unmatched, and is unquestionably the new standard for quality and movement of any mare in the USA today. Along with her superior movement and conformation, a unique combination of competitive spirit and graceful temperament matches her impressive looks and size, with her standing at 16.3 hands. Deleite MA was American bred by Mario Contreras and a daughter of the impressive moving Sandokan IV. Sandokan himself a multi-National Grand Champion in Halter has produced offspring who have carried on that tradition including Deleite MA. Her dam’s mother, Bandolera XIX, who was bred by the highly respected and well-known breeder of Spain, Yeguada Romero Benitez, was the coveted Champion of SICAB, the most prestigious PRE competition in Spain. Deleite MA started her championship show career as the 2007 IALHA National Grand Champion Andalusian Filly 2 & Under, which continued this year by winning the 2014 National Grand Champion Andalusian Senior Mare, 2014 National Spanish Mare, 2013 and 2014 National Champion Andalusian Best Movement, and the Andalusian World Cup Supreme Best Movement Champion. Deleite MA is the cornerstone mare for movement and conformation. Her extreme natural athleticism inherited from her championship lineage on both sides of her pedigree, along with her beauty and elegance will guarantee that she produces offspring that will excel in the traditional halter shows along with top prospects for competitive dressage. Deleite MA is the crown jewel of Xavier Farm’s breeding program, carrying the XF core values of Athletic. Bold. Beautiful. Show Record: 2007 IALHA National Championship National Grand Champion Andalusian Filly 2 Years Old & Under 2013 IALHA National Championship Reserve National Grand Champion Andalusian Senior Mare 5 Years and Over National Champion Andalusian Best Movement 2014 Andalusian World Cup Supreme Best Movement Champion 2014 IALHA National Championship National Grand Champion Andalusian Senior Mare 5 Years and Over National Champion Andalusian Best Movement National Champion Spanish Senior Mare

Congratulations to all of the horses and owners!



Iberian Halter Training Series Part 2 by Amber Lentz

Iberian Halter Training – Step 1 – Day One Goal: At the end of this step (in 7 – 10 sessions) your horse will walk quietly beside you (a couple of feet away from you), stop and take steps beside you without you having to cue them. They will become attuned to your body language. Trotting on a line will also be introduced toward the end of this step. I have given a guideline of this first step of 7 days, but most horses average at least 10 days to complete Step 1. You will be tempted, but DO NOT take a shortcut on this step, it is one of the most important they will learn! You will be leading your horse with the whip and coiled up end of the lead line both in your left hand and leading your horse with your right hand. Start off fairly close to your horse, as this will be a new experience for both of you. A closer distance to start with will help you stay in control of any situation that may arise. Remember; always use the least pressure necessary to get the desired response. You will find some horses only need a touch with the whip to get them to move forward, while others will require a fairly firm tap to get them moving. The same goes for the pressure of the chain – always start out with the least pressure and gradually increase it to get a response. If you get in trouble, or feel like your horse doesn’t understand – STOP! Go backwards a step, reward the horse for doing something it knows how to do and end the session on a good note. Halter training is not a race and a firm foundation built over time with trust will save you in the show ring. 1) Practice your daily grooming routine outlined. Start off your training session by just walking your horse around the arena a couple times to get it accustomed to the new equipment. 2) Think of creating a “box”. The arena wall is one side, your body is one side, the chain (stop) is one side and the whip (go) is one side. 3) Start teaching your horse to walk with you. You want to be walking and stopping with your horse’s shoulder at your shoulder. You are the one who sets the pace, not your horse. 4) Starting from a standstill, step forward and kiss to your horse, reaching back to tap it with the whip on it’s hind end as you start to step off as a cue to move forward when you start moving. Do not try and “pull” your horse by the lead. 5) Walk about half way around the arena and then ask the horse to stop by saying “Whoa” and lightly adding pressure on the chain. If the horse does not stop, do not hold continuous pressure, but rather use small “bumps” with the chain, increasing in pressure until the horse stops. Immediately reward the horse for stopping by releasing the pressure and rewarding with a pat on the neck and “good”. Do not let the horse turn it’s head into you when you are rewarding it. 6) As you are practicing walking and stopping, you will find your horse in 1 of 2 categories: 58

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A) The Lag Behind:: This horse will consistently lag behind you. This not only presents a poor picture, but it is also dangerous as they are likely to run over you if they spook. Be consistent and insist that the horse keep it’s shoulder at your shoulder, tapping with the whip on the hind end each time it falls behind, whether you are walking or starting to walk. B) The Rusher/Puller: This horse will charge out in front of you, sometimes out of habit, or out of response to a tap from the whip. This is also dangerous because it puts you in a good position to get kicked as the horse rushes past you. With this type of horse, the minute it starts to get out in front of you, you must correct it, by holding your ground and “bumping” it with the chain in a downward motion until it backs up and returns so it’s shoulder is beside yours.

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7) With practice, your horse will soon figure out that if it walks by your side and not in front of, or behind you, it will be left alone. 8) Each horse is different, so you will need to experiment with how much pressure you need to use to elicit an appropriate response 9) End on a good note with your horse walking off in response to the kiss and tap with the whip cue and stopping with the “whoa” command and pressure on the chain. One or two of these for the first session are great progress. 10) To start the conditioning process, every second day, after your halter session, begin to lunge or free lunge your horse for 10 minutes or so. If your horse is thin, don’t work it too hard and increase the protein/add grain to the diet.

Iberian Halter Training – Step 1 – Day Two 1) Start off with your daily grooming and then by reviewing the steps you completed the day before 2) Today, when you start to walk off, simply kiss to your horse. If you have done your homework, your horse should move off without you needing to tap it with the whip. If you don’t get a response, then repeat the kiss, but tap it on the hind end with the whip. Follow this same program while you’re walking if the horse is lagging behind 3) As you go to ask your horse to stop, try just saying “Whoa”, but don’t put pressure on the chain. If your horse forges ahead, then bump with the chain until it stops and stands still at your shoulder 4) The idea is to “phase” out the use of the whip and chain and replace them with voice commands. If this isn’t working, go back to using the cues with the whip and chain until the horse understands. Even “finished”, well trained horses will need a reminder every once in a while 5) Start to establish “personal space”. It is very common for the horse to want to walk into you while you’re walking beside its shoulder, particularly once you have stopped and go to resume walking 6) To fix this, simply lift up your hand and push your horse’s nose toward the rail – away from you. Repeat this, even lightly tapping it on the nose, if needed until it learns to stay in its own space and out of yours


7) If your horse is really tough about this, you may find it helpful to switch your whip so that it is in your right hand while walking and use that as a visual barrier to keep your horse away from you. A tap or two on the nose from the whip handle is sure to get your horse’s attention, if it does not respond to being pushed by your hand. 8) If you can accomplish your horse starting, walking quietly beside you at your shoulder and stopping on voice commands only, give yourself and your horse a big reward and quit for the day. If you aren’t able to get this done today, practice again tomorrow before moving on 9) Don’t forget to reward your horse AFTER, not during the training session by giving a treat or two. They come to really look forward to this and believe me – they notice if they were naughty and don’t get it!

Iberian Halter Training – Step 1 – Day Three 1) Grooming and review of the past day’s work. If all is going well and your horse is following your voice commands and staying out of your space, you are ready to move on. If not, practice until they are responding perfectly before moving on. 2) After practicing what you learned in your last session, today when you go to walk off, don’t kiss to, or tap your horse. See what happens. If they do not move off with you immediately, kiss and tap them with the whip. It sometimes takes a while for them to “get” this, so just be patient and repetitive. Remember if they don’t move off promptly when you just walk, you need to reinforce the previous lessons by reminding them with the kiss and tap with the whip

Correct position when trotting in hand that is also correct for ANCCE classes, the only difference being that the horse would be on a longer lead

3) As you are walking along, just stop. Do not prepare your horse for this by saying “whoa” or applying ANY sort of pressure to the chain. If they stop, give a HUGE reward! Let them know how smart they are!!

4) It is time now to add some more distance between you and your horse. Practice first moving about a foot away from your horse as you are walking and stopping around the arena. 5) If your horse wants to come off the rail and step into your path, put your hand up to prevent its head from coming over. If it doesn’t take the hint, use your hand against the side of its nose or face to push it back out to the rail. It should be responsive to this from your previous work. 6) Be careful not to crowd your horse into the corners or inadvertently walk into its path. It may help to visualize a running track with “lanes”. Stay in your own lane and insist your horse stay in its own lane! 7) Pick 4 spots around the arena and plan ahead of time to stop there. Make sure you choose different spots each time you go around the arena so your horse doesn’t learn to anticipate. 8) If you can create some distance between you and your horse and have it stopping and walking without any voice commands or cues, it is time to give your horse a reward of turnout for a day or just grooming. If you are not at this stage yet, practice for another day before giving a day “off”. In your next session, you will start to introduce trotting in hand. 60

Day 4 – Day off! Either turn out or grooming day

Iberian Halter Training – Step 1 – Day Five 1) Grooming and review of previous work. Start off the day by using voice and other cues, making sure the horse remembers before moving on. 2) Practice starting and stopping simply by having the horse read your body language. Always go back to using voice/physical cues if you are not getting the desired response from your horse. 3) Start making the time between your starts and stops varying lengths. 4) Add another foot or so of distance between you and your horse, so that your horse is now walking and stopping on the rail about two feet away from you. 5) Make sure both of you are staying in your “lanes”. If you find your horse is turning into you when you reward it, push its face back out the rail. Never reward this by petting your horse on the face, as this just teaches it to turn toward you. Always pat your horse on the neck or shoulder 6) It is time to try something new! After you have stopped yourself, go to walk off, but only take one step and stop. Your horse should step with you and stop, if not, go back to kissing/tapping and saying “whoa” / bumping the chain. 7) Start off with stopping, taking a step, stopping and continuing to walk on. Practice this until your horse is doing this just from watching you and doesn’t need any cues. If you are able to, graduate to making this into two steps before continuing walking. 8) When your horse does this correctly, be sure to reward them for a job well done! It is so much easier and more pleasant to walk with a horse that is trained, isn’t it? 9) Introducing trotting on the line: Once your horse has mastered the steps outlined, you are ready to introduce some trot. This is best done a little at a time. Start by walking and then as you break into a jog, kiss to your horse and tap it on the hind end if needed. A few steps at first are good enough, break back to a walk and reward your horse. You can even practice a little trot and your starting, stopping and stepping on your way to/from the arena. 10) Make sure you end on a good note. If the trotting stimulates your horse, go back to walking and stopping for a while to end on a positive note.

Iberian Halter Training – Step 1 – Day Six 1) Grooming review of all previous work

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2) Start off with using verbal / physical cues if needed and just practice walking and stopping. Strive to become more precise with the walking, stopping and stepping. If at any time you find your horse is not paying attention and moving with you, respond by going back to physical cues. Even fully trained horses need a “reminder” every once in a while 3) Work up to stopping, taking a step, stopping and resuming walking


4) Once you are confident with this and your horse is doing this without cues, add two, and finally three steps. Pick four areas in your arena and practice stopping and taking three steps and then walking on. Be sure not to stop in the same areas all the time. 5) Test your horse by moving off the rail and seeing if it stays straight while walking and stopping in different areas of the arena, if you get in trouble, go back to the rail for a while and try again 6) Most horses will start to move into your “lane” as you take steps, if this happens, put your right hand up to stop them from doing this and push their nose out to the rail if needed. 7) Practice walking your horse down the centerline of the arena, as you will have to walk a straight line to the judge in the show ring, without a rail or wall to help you. 8) Try trotting down the whole rail; you can even test your horse by varying your pace to ensure that it is paying attention to you! Practice keeping a consistent distance between you and your horse (about 2 feet), as you trot. 9) When you feel you have made progress, reward your horse and end on a good note. If your horse is not quite where you want it to be, go back one step, so you end your schooling session with the horse being rewarded. For example, if they are not walking and stopping straight off the rail, move back on to the rail, get a “good” stop and start and quit there for the day.

Iberian Halter Training – Step 1 – Day Seven 1) Grooming and review of previous work 2) Start off with just walking and stopping, building up to taking three steps. Practice walking up and down the centerline and / or quarter line of the arena in a straight line. 3) It is time to work on some more trotting on the line. We will continue to keep the horse just two feet away and teach it to trot on a much longer line as we move through the program for those planning on showing in ANCCE/FPSH Classes. 4) Start off by kissing to your horse and taking off at just a jog. From the previous training, your horse should stay beside you. The first couple times, just take a few steps at the trot before coming back to a walk. Your horse should start walking as you do. If not, bump on the chain until it drops down to a walk 5) Sometimes horses that are completely calm and relaxed at a walk get all stirred up when it comes to trotting and want to become unruly. If this happens, bump with the chain until they slow down and try just little bits of trot at a time until they become less exuberant about it. 6) Eventually you should be able to run a lap or two around the arena with your horse, with the horse remaining relaxed and cadenced. After you have accomplished this on the rail, move off the rail and eventually down centerline or quarter line to practice straightness. 7) As your horse becomes more comfortable with trotting on the line, you can gradually start moving a little further away. Congratulations! By now, you should have a horse that walks and trots comfortably on a line, stays about two feet away from you and will walk and stop by watching your body cues. If you 62

are not quite “there” yet, practice for a few more days until both you and your horse are comfortable performing all the exercises outlined in Iberian Halter Training, Step 1 – Days 1 – 7 BEFORE moving on to Iberian Halter Training, Step 2 – Day One There are a couple things to remember: 1) If your horse doesn’t understand, go backward one step to something it knows and can be rewarded for and then try again 2) Always end your schooling sessions on a good note. If you are having a bad session, go back to something simple, reward your horse for doing it right, put your horse away and try again another day 3) Don’t skip steps! This will come back and haunt you in the long run. If you don’t lay a proper foundation, your horse will fall apart in the show arena!

If you have questions, feel free to email me: and I will try my best to help.

Amber Lentz was born in Sechelt, B.C. Canada and practically from birth, has been exposed to horses. Her mother and both of her aunts

had horses from when they were children into adulthood and she was horse crazy, begging to ride by the age of 3 and began teaching lessons in Canada in 1995 managing a group of 35 students that included children and adults at varying levels of riding, from beginner through Regional competitors. It was during this time that she was first introduced to the Andalusian horse, by (her aunt) Bette – Lyn Eger of Mystique Andalusians. In 2012, she launched Lentz Show Horses, a small full service equine training facility located at JV Ranch in Riverside, CA. It offers full and partial training in all disciplines, as well as starting young horses and retraining difficult ones. A limited amount of horses are accepted for training, showing and sale. Although it caters to Iberian horses, it is open to all breeds and horses and riders of all skill levels are welcome. Visit Lentz Show Horses Online! 63



Keeping By Katherine Edwards

in Winter

One of the challenges in maintaining gray or light colored horses is the question of how to keep their tails white. Mares especially have difficulty in keeping their tails clean and white. As temperatures drop and it becomes increasingly difficult to bathe horses on a regular basis, Andalusian World would like to share a few tips for keeping white tails white during the winter. Utilizing our three part routine, you too can have a spectacular, snow white tail on your light colored horse.

Part One: Removing urine and mineral stains with baking soda and vinegar Before putting tails up, you must first whiten the tail, but how? Removing urine and mineral stains from white tails can be frustrating. Bluing shampoo is an essential part of whitening a tail, but as I will explain later, it does not remove stains by itself. To actually remove the stains, you will likely need to wash the tail several times with the baking soda and vinegar method. First, wash the tail with shampoo as you normally would, removing as much dirt as possible. Before conditioning, make a paste out of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) and shampoo, and thoroughly work it into the hair of the tail, focusing on especially dirty areas. Scrub by hand, and then leave the paste in the tail for 15 to 20 minutes. Then, using white vinegar, thoroughly rinse the tail. The sodium bicarbonate, strongly alkaline, will bind to stains and minerals in the tail, and the vinegar, a gentle acid, will rinse it all out. You may notice that the hair feels especially soft and shiny after this, and this may actually be used on dark tails to improve the condition of the hair. Following this routine, wash with Bluing (part 2) condition, and put the tail up (part three) to prevent more staining, and repeat several times over the course of a month until the stains have been washed away.

Part Two: Bluing Shampoo Bluing shampoo is interesting. It doesn’t actually whiten light colored coats, it plays a trick on your eyes! Because blue light can refract and diffuse yellow light, by applying blueing shampoo to a white coat, you are tricking your eyes into believing the horse is less yellow than it actually is. This is why blueing is a great supplement to a whitening routine, but not the solution to the problem. Leave bluing shampoo on a white tail (or mane, or coat for that matter) for 15 or 20 minutes to give the blue pigments time to bind to the hair. Leaving it on any longer than this can actually turn your horse blue or purple, so don’t get overzealous. AW Thrifty Tip: You can make your own blueing shampoo by adding Mrs. Stewarts Bluing to your favorite shampoo for a fraction of the cost of pre-mixed bluing products made for horses. Just add the bluing to your shampoo bottle until it appears as a dark purple or blue color, and mix well.


Keeping Tails White in Winter

Part Three: Put the Tail Up This is the #1 way to not only keep your tail white, but to protect the tail hair and keep it in excellent condition. Putting tails up takes a little practice, but it’s the best way to manage tails of any color in the winter. Before putting a tail up, remove the stains with baking soda and vinegar, and then wash with bluing shampoo. When you have finished, select a high quality leave-in conditioner, apply liberally, and comb it through the tail. Next, braid the tail in a straight braid, leaving a little distance from the tip of the tail bone for comfort, and the shorter “feathers” that cascade down around the bony part of the tail, as these shorter hairs will not only pinch, but break off if they are included in the braid. You may need to leave quite a bit of outside “feathering” out of the braid if your Iberian horse has a lot of tail hair, the braid needs to be flexible. Once you have the tail in a straight braid, take the bottom of the braid, and lift it up to the tip of the tail bone, an weave the braid through itself until you have a doubled up braid. Band it tightly, and make sure that the gap you left at the tip of the tail bone is still there. The last thing you want is for your braid to be tightly bound to the end of the tail. It should swing freely and comfortably. Once you have tightly bound the braid together, take a soft washcloth or section of towel, and wrap the bundled braid until it is protected by the cloth, and tightly bind it with electrical tape. Your tail is now UP. This can be left up for several weeks at a time. The hair is not only protected from breakage and dulling, but it will be protected from stains. When you coat the hair in leave in conditioner, the shaft of the hair is not only moisturized, but filled with conditioner. Stains need a dry and empty shaft of hair to cling to. When you take the tail down, wash it and repeat the same process. Tails may be cared for in this manner all winter without a wash rack, just a bucket of hot water and some patience. The results are worth it! Your horses’ white tails will emerge from winter silky, long, and white!

Do Not... What Not To Do - Not Even Once! Bleach and Hydrogen Peroxide

Do not, I repeat, DO NOT use bleach or hydrogen peroxide in an effort to whiten tails! Both substances are oxidizers, and they will severely damage hair shafts, making them particularly brittle, and susceptible to becoming stained again. It may be tempting, but don’t do it.

Tail bags

Some people have success with straight braids and tail bags, but in my experience, these bags offer very little actual protection from dust, dirt, water, urine, and manure. Leaving a white tail down, even if it’s braided and bagged, is asking for trouble. This method is sometimes acceptable for protecting hair from breakage and damage on dark colored horses.

Silicone Based Shining Products

Show sheen is the best thing since sliced bread, right? Wrong! Show sheen and similar products are fantastic for the show ring. They add a metallic shine, repel dust, and make dull manes and tails into shining silken strands of unicorn hair. What’s not to love? Show sheen may be your friend in the show ring, but it is your arch enemy in the barn at home. Silicone not only severely dehydrates and damages hair shafts, the other ingredients will degrade into sticky, dust-collecting goo, tangling your horses hair while simultaneously staining it and permanently damaging the hair shafts. Always wash silicone based shining products out of a horse’s coat at the earliest opportunity, and never, ever apply it as a conditioner. 67

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The inaugural Haras Cup saw more than 3,000 spectators descend on Magnolia, Texas for this three day event, held Oct 24 – 26 2014, benefiting Kids’ Meals Houston. This event was live broadcast by and had viewers from around the world tuning in to watch the action live! For those of you unfamiliar with the rapidly growing sport of Working Equitation, it is comprised of three individual phases: Dressage, Ease of Handling (obstacles) and Speed (obstacles against the clock). Scores from all three are added together to obtain a final total score.

Prize money in excess of $60,000.00 was distributed among the top five placings in each division and the event attracted the best of the Working Equitation competitors from around the globe. An International level was added to the regular divisions, which was invitation only and the best in the world were asked to compete.

This was not only a horse show, but also the social event of the year. Haras Hacienda was the most gracious of hosts, treating guests and competitors to delicious food, music and entertainment. The weekend included a fantastic party Saturday night, complete with dancing and a gala for spectators to enjoy. On Friday, a Jonathan Blake Fall / Winter fashion show was held on the property. Some of the guests even arrived by helicopter, which landed on the expansive Haras Hacienda property. The Haras Cup was a family friendly event, not only offering youth and children divisions, but also inviting several local schools. Involving the youth riders and spectators was a great way to expose the younger generations to Working Equitation and horses. A silent auction was held during the event and in excess of $15,000.00 was raised and donated to Kids’ Meals Houston, a non- profit organization. The event opened with Dressage phase on Friday, which saw each participant performing a set pattern in the arena. Horse and rider combinations were judged on how smoothly and correctly they executed the test. As the levels increased, so did the difficulty of the test, with the highest level horses displaying intricate movements such as half – pass, pirouettes and flying changes.



Saturday’s competition consisted of the Ease of Handling phase. Exhibitors were asked to negotiate several obstacles, including a gate, bridge, slalom poles, a jump and figure 8, to name a few. Horses are not only judged on if they are able to successfully complete each task, but also on the style in which they do it. The judges are looking to see if flying changes were clean and in the right spot, if the gait is steady, if the circles around the obstacles were even and many other factors. Performed correctly, it is as if you are watching a dressage test with obstacles thrown into it.

Speed was the name of the game on Sunday, with each competitor working against the clock to top the time of the rider before them. The audience collectively held their breath as horses galloped through the obstacles and raced across the finish line. There was usually complete silence as everyone waited for the time to appear on the score scoreboard, followed by boisterous cheering if it was a clean go with a fast time. With prize money and prestige on the line, riders pushed the horses as fast as they could, some ending the ride clearly disappointed in mistakes and others raising their fists in triumph as they galloped across the finish line.

Haras Cup First Place Winners Youth Division: Madison Waller riding Diablo, total score of 12 Junior Division: Jaedon Warren riding TNT Countin Mountains, total score of 10 Novice Division: Dori Johnson riding Sandhaven Promise, total score of 60 (also top scoring amateur) Intermediate Division: Carlos Carneiro riding Conde, total score of 21 Advanced Division: Carlos Carneiro riding Bethoven Do Lis, total score of 15 International Division: Tiago Ernesto riding Diablo DC, total score of 11 Haras Cup will be held next year at the same location October 23 – 25, 2015.

For more information on Haras Cup, please visit:, email or call 281.259.4861.




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Laminitis Founder by Sean Lorenzana

Part 2

In part 1 (August Issue), I discussed the signs of laminitis and the difference between Founder and laminitis. In part 2, I would like to discuss what to do once your horse has been properly diagnosed with laminitis.

Stage one

When it comes to shoeing, its very important that it is done in conjunction with radiographs.

Most often the 1st step is getting the horse comfortable enough to work on. My preference is to tape the EDSS* blocks to the bottom of the feet until the initial phase has subsided enough to where the horse can stand on the opposing leg, while the other hoof is worked on. The next step is for the attending veterinarian and farrier to develop a strategy for shoeing. There are many ways to shoe a foundered horse, but they all have three things in common: Support:

The bony column

Prevent: Further rotation of PIII Improve:

Circulation of the hoof capsule

As related to support and rotation, I prefer frog pressure of some sort, and most often a heart bar shoe. The heart bar shoe provides frog support and helps in the prevention of rotation, but beware; an improperly applied heart bar shoe can cause negative effects if not applied correctly, so the skill level and experience of your farrier along with a fresh set of radiographs is important, so that the heart bar adds support without impeding blood flow.

*EDSS Blocks:

Styrofoam Pads to treat horses in the acute stage of laminitis. They are pre-cut, hoof shaped pads made of a very dense 2� piece of Styrofoam. It is important to note that regular white beaded Styro Styrofoam is a poor substitute for this treatment use. This specific density and thickness is very important for optimal treatment success. When applied, the Styrofoam will compress into the caudal portion of the foot and offers the horse comfort, support, and protection through this critical stage of laminitis. Use of EDSS blocks will allow the horse to stabilize so that a more comprehensive diagnosis and treatment approach can be established.


Shoeing As for circulation, depending on the severity of the rotation, there may be a sub-dermal hematoma (blood blister) in the toe of the hoof capsule, resulting in the need for a hoof resection to relieve pressure inside the capsule, so that normal blood flow can be reestablished. The heart bar shoe needs to be monitored very carefully. During the healing process, the pressure required will change as the sensitive structures are altered or healed, and may require adjustment of the shoe. This is the most common way I shoe a foundered horse, but its not the only way I shoe a foundered horse. As an owner, be cautious of applying pads, as it is not uncommon for abscesses to present at this stage. Also, be cautious of claims that there is a one solution that fits all shoeing/trimming.

Recovery Hopefully through team work your horse will recover, but this too is a long process, and what I most often experience are owners that, after a few days of the horse feeling better, they will turn them out and cause damage to the hoof again. The recovery is best left to the advice of the veterinarian, but it will usually involve hand walking, change in diet, and regular vet/farrier visits to monitor the progress. If you gain anything from this brief article, please take away that founder does not have to mean the end of your horse, and through a well-developed plan between owner, veterinarian and farrier, and an understanding of both the financial and time commitment, you will often have a positive result.

Sean Lorenzana has been a professional farrier for 18 years. His practice covers southern California,central california and southern Nevada. His bulk Cliental are show horses including hunter/Jumper dressage with a diverse list of breeds including TB, warmbloods, Andalusians,Friesians,lipazoners,and paso finos. Sean was worked closely with the western states farriers association on their annual conference. His responsibilities included the organization of the trade show, competition and sponsorship. Sean was recognized two times By the W.S.F.A for promoting continued education in the farrier industry. Sean also has a certification from the American Farriers association since 1997 and currently works with the AFA on their marketing committee.


THE NEW TESTS by Susan Peacock


nce again it is time for the USEF to issue newly revised dressage tests. The new tests will be implemented in December of 2014. The test-writing committee is in charge of establishing dressage tests which reflect the growth of American dressage. The tests have been re-written to offer variety, continuity, to set reasonable goals for training dressage horses, and rewarding good training practices. These are called tests because they challenge, or test the horses and riders against a standardized scale of training. The tests become progressively more difficult as they progress up the levels. The tests also become more difficult or challenging as the tests progress within each level. For instance, “Test number 3” in a level will be more advanced than “Test 1” in that same level.

There is new emphasis being placed upon the walk. The medium and collected walk will have an improved opportunity to be judged separately from the free or extended walk. In the previous tests, the medium or collected walk was often a very small number of steps just before and after the free or extended walk. In previous tests the free walk received its own score, while the medium walk score was reflected in the overall score for the gaits of the horse. This should be a big change.

The first level tests will ask that the lengthening of the trot be shown on a shorter diagonal line, just as they are in the European tests. The thought is that when a horse is Most of the new tests offer new patterns for variety. As learning the balance of the lengthening it should not have always, lower level tests encourage success by placing to show that difficult balance for as many movements that can be utilized as preparation prior to steps as they were required in previous tests. moving on to new levels. The higher level tests place difficult movements in closer succession in order to challenge the horse and rider. The new tests have fresh The second level tests will no longer include placement and order to the movements. Some movements Renver ( Haunches-in). The thought is that have become less difficult, and some have increased it is too difficult for a second level horse in difficulty by their new placement in the tests. These much like the Half Pass and it should wait improvements will offer a new flow to the progression of to be required of a higher level horse. the tests.

About the Author: Susan Hoffman Peacock is the owner and operator of Eastvale Equestrian in Eastvale, CA.; a private farm that specializes in training Dressage horses. Susan is dedicated to continuing her knowledge and is a long time student of Conrad Schumacher. She is a USDF medalist and Certified Instructor/Trainer, International Clinician and current competitor. Her unique system of Rider Biomechanics and Lesson Planning sets her apart from the rest. For more information please visit


The rider’s scoring is also been revised. The score for Harmony will be eliminated in all tests. Harmony is still very important in the training and showing of Dressage. The score fro harmony will once again be reflected as a component in all of the movements and the score for submission.


he score for Harmony will be eliminated in all tests.

There is a lot of chatter about more strongly penalizing horses that are shown behind the vertical (the front of the horse’s face being perpendicular to the ground). The definition of a horse being on the bit has always focused on the horse being on the vertical or slightly ahead of the vertical. Horses who avoid a solid and secure contact through the connection of the rider’s aids often drop behind the vertical. Momentary deviations are not the problem. Riders who clearly place the horse behind the vertical or horses who continually avoid the contact will find the penalty more severe than it has been in the past. Clearly, there are many tests and levels to go through. Please take your time, and review all of the new tests. Some horse and riders might need to revisit a level, drop back or jump ahead in order to present themselves to their best ability. Always remember that dressage is about the journey, and there is nothing wrong with spending a little more time to focus on the basics.


Berkshire Iberians 2014 year-end News

August 2014 Cover models

Deceada ma & Dulcinea de la selva

Pajarita de la selva 2014 show ring success

Andalusian world cup, las Vegas amateur to handle mares - all ages Fiesta of the spanish horse, Los angeles top 3 - $2500 two-year-old filly sweepstakes Cal-show/region 1 - second place high point purebred andalusian halter horse

Veleto la x deceada ma bred by mario’s andalusians

breeding announcement! Obelisco mac - imported cardenas stallion

Berkshire Iberians Boutique breeder of Exceptional

Carthusian horses obelisco mac


deceada ma

Pure Spanish foal expected early 2016


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Youth Spotlight

Amy Lamberth

Amy Lamberth was born and lives in Georgetown, Texas. She turned 11 in August 2014 and is the youngest of 5 siblings. Amy has been riding since she was 6, and began competing in horse shows at 7. She was a member of the Williamson County Hoofpicks 4H Club and showed both in Western and English disciplines. Amy began training with Anna Young at age 8 and quickly developed an affinity for Jumping. She began showing her Appaloosa gelding at local hunter/jumper shows and currently shows on the local and National Appaloosa circuit as well. She has competed two years at the Appaloosa Youth World Show. Amy is lucky to be able to keep her horses at home and train regularly with Anna to prepare for competitions. In 2012, Amy received the opportunity to show at the IALHA National show, riding an Andalusian owned by Rancho Godinez. Her ability to show the breed in multiple disciplines earned her a National title and two Reserve Titles. She returned in 2013 to earn another National Title on the same horse. In 2014, Amy was given the opportunity to ride the 10 year old PRE Revised mare Bellatrix REA who is owned by Lexi O’Dell of Royal Eclipse Andalusians(REA). In a heavy youth competition, Amy won 4 National Titles and 4 Reserve Titles, eventually earning her the High Point Youth award of the show. The most meaningful and biggest win was The Champion Title in Dressage Suitability Amateur, a class of adult riders, which showcased her maturity and riding style. Her family loves the versatility and temperament of the Andalusian and crossed their beloved Appaloosa broodmare with an Andalusian stallion, which resulted in a beautiful filly with exceptional movement. They look forward to her prospects as a versatile future mount for Amy. We recently caught up with Amy after her very successful IALHA National Championship Show and had a chance to ask her some questions:


: When did you start showing Andalusians? Did you show other breeds before? For how long?

A: I started showing Andalusians at the 2012 National Show. I have been showing Appaloosas since 2010. I have shown 4H and also local hunter and jumper shows. Q: When did you start riding? And how long have you been riding for now? A:I started riding when I was 6 when my mom bought me my first horse Cody. He’s an appaloosa. I have been riding for 5 years.


. When was your first Iberian breed show? Any special or funny stories to share about it?

A: My first Iberian breed show was the Nationals in 2012. I got to ride the beautiful Banbury Damascada in english, western and dressage classes. I also tried saddle seat for the first time and really liked it. The funniest part was my mom stayed up all night making a costume for the fantasy class and she turned my horse into a sheep! There were so many beautiful costumes and it was really special when we won the championship. I also was High Point youth, which really made me happy. 82


: What has been the highlight of your show career so far?

A: The best moment in my show career has to be when I won the championship in dressage suitability amateur this year at the nationals. I was riding Bella who had won the class multiple times before so I knew she had it in her but I had no idea that I could ride her that well. It was amazing to realize that I could compete on the level of the amateur riders.


: Who is your favorite horse and why?

A: I have a favorite horse for every discipline that I show, but my favorite andalusian is Bellatrix REA She and I connected right away. She is so well trained and she let me show my best riding skills.


: What are your future plans involving riding and showing?

A:I have really big dreams for my future. I am working hard to make it to the Appaloosa world championships in Jumping next year. I want to ride in the Olympics which is going to take so much work. I go to a lot of jumping and dressage shows which is just the beginning. I have a half andalusian filly that I want to show someday at the nationals. I hope to train her to be a great working equitation horse. I want to keep riding my own horses and also take every opportunity I get to ride other horses . I always end up learning something new from the horse and the owner, sometimes I get to spend time with really good trainers . I just helps me get better and better and keeps me focused on my goals.


e have no doubt that Amy will reach any goals she sets for herself and we look forward to seeing her at future shows!



nderrated TRAIL RIDING

“Craig has a permanent natural obstacle course on his ranch, believing, as I do, that the horses are much happier when able to work outside the arena, and that this helps make a much better “broke” horse.” - Rebecca Algar



rail riding has a somewhat unfair reputation in the US as requiring very little skill, or very little horse. Broken down auction horses are referred to as “just” trail horses, or “sound for trail riding, or light riding only”. Elite performance riders in their gleaming white breeches sneer, others are afraid of the potential dangers, and images of flopping, potato-sack tourists on sad looking trail strings come to mind. But, not so fast. Trail riding is any type of riding outside an enclosed arena, in which horse and rider leave the immediate stabling area. The opportunities for different types of equestrian activities outside of an arena are as vast as the outdoors themselves.

Despite the various stereotypes, various forms of trail riding have the potential to be some of the most challenging and rewarding athletic work a horse and rider team ever tackles, and it is the ultimate test of bodily endurance for any horse! Outdoor riding is an outlet for testing and showcasing Iberian horses’ overall hardiness of mind and body. Noted judge, historian, author, and scholar of the Spanish horse, Sr. Juan Llamas reports the following in his book, “This Is The Spanish Horse”

“Pedro de Zabla, in his Escuela de Caballeria (1831) left proof that our horses, at five years old, were exercised at a gallop ‘over four or five leagues (11-15 miles) without changing pace.’ That was the way to produce horses which, despite their small size (the limit was 1.47m) (14.2 hh) could withstand gruelling marches, day in, day out, carrying nearly twenty stone (280lbs).”

Not long after, he asserts “Good legs and tendons must be forged, generation after generation, on the anvil of hard work.” A horse may be able to perform a heavenly dressage test or rail class, but can its body hold up to mileage? Can it walk, trot, and canter for 2-4 hours on variable terrain? Does it have the lungpower, the strength of limb, and soundness of hoof? Does it have the physical endurance, or does it quickly become exhausted despite conditioning? Is it even sane enough to ride outside of an arena, or will the first plastic bag or unusually shaped mail-box it spots send it cartwheeling towards home, with or without it’s rider? Up until recent centuries, traveling on horseback was a common form of transportation, next to walking. It is the #1 function a horse needed to perform outside of it’s more specialized duties. Just because we no longer rely on horses for transportation does not mean we should confine our equestrian activities to arenas, especially in the case of serious equestrians. Riding on roads and trails is also an extremely valuable tool for fitting, training, and simply enjoying a show horse. While it is true that plodding down the trail demands very little from horse and rider, who says you must plod? A relaxing walk down a tree lined lane may be just what a nervous or burned out performance horse needs in order to unwind. Alternatively, if you speed things up a bit, you may find that fitting your show horse has become somewhat easier when you think outside of the arena. Rebecca Howell ( as I was then) and Twinkle, both aged 11-12, competing at the Taunton Vale Pony Club Hunter Trials in the pairs class. Just behind me are Helen Pierce and Skylark.



Types of Competitive Trail Riding


Endurance Racing, as defined by USEF “As its name implies, the discipline of endurance tests a horse’s fitness and stamina, and a rider’s horsemanship skills, in a longdistance competitive format where the condition of the horse is paramount. Recognized endurance competitions can be 50-, 75- or 100-miles long, and all are held in a 24-hour period. Courses are cross-country and can include natural obstacles such as ditches, creeks, and thickly forested hillsides. Strict controls and rules are in place to ensure the safety and wellbeing of competing horses. Competitions can be divided by weight divisions (rider plus tack) to ensure a level playing field, and veterinary check-points are placed at various locations throughout a course to ensure that the horses are sound and fit enough to continue to the next stage. Since the primary objective of an endurance ride is its completion, all competitors crossing the finish line are awarded. Additional ranked placings are earned by the horse and rider teams finishing the course in the best times, and there are usually awards given to the best conditioned horses. Endurance rides are held all over the United States and in exotic locales all across the world. The discipline gained international recognition by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) in 1978, and the first World Championship Rebecca Alga r and Silencio event was held in 1986. XXI Rather than celebrating its heritage by simply looking into the past, endurance riding in the United States routinely revisits its history with many of its competitions taking place on historic trails, such as the Pony Express Trail, the Outlaw Trail, the Chief Joseph Trail, and the Lewis and Clark Trail. In addition to providing a challenging athletic endeavor for both recreational riders and those with international competitive aspirations, endurance rides promote the importance of open-space preservation for future generations and a continuing appreciation for our American heritage.”

Fox Hunting Fox hunting is defined as the chase of a fox by horsemen, led by a pack of hounds. Fox hunting as a sport originating in the 15th century English countryside, where stone walls and hedges provide boundaries between farms, as well as cover for small animals such as foxes and hares. Stags and hares were also historically hunted in the same manner. The walls and hedges are designed to be easily jumped by horsemen.


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The sport is typically associated with the English upper class, but anyone may participate in the sport upon making friends with, and being invited by the Master of the Hunt. Traditional tack and attire is often required in hunting parties. The hounds are controlled by the huntsman in matched pairs, and are kept together in a pack by one or two “whippers”. The hounds are controlled by voice commands, which are called cheers, and by a copper horn capable of producing two piercing notes, which carry over great distances. 86

Today, actual fox hunting is banned in England on grounds of animal cruelty (the fox, if caught, is savagely torn apart alive by the hounds, which are difficult or impossible to call off once whipped into a frenzy) but the foundation of the sport, which has tremendous merit and is firmly woven into English culture, is not dead. Today, fox hunts utilizing a false scent trail (typically a rag doused in fox urine is dragged through the countryside ahead of the riding party, to mimic the movements of a fox darting in and out of wooded areas, and streaking across meadows and through hedges). The hounds will pick up the scent and lead a merry chase for the horsemen to follow. To prepare for such a challenging activity on the trail, controlled practice trials are required. Hunter Field Trials are the result. Horses intended for fox hunting are called Field Hunters (as opposed to show hunters). Field Hunter Trials are essentially tests for horse and rider teams to test their mettle against obstacles and challenges which will be encountered during an actual fox hunt. Jumps, opening and closing of gates, manners, overall suitability, and evaluation of the paces are some of the criteria being judged.

Hunter Paces A hunter pace is an activity with it’s roots firmly planted in fox hunting, if you hadn’t guessed. Hunter paces entail riders, either singly or in small groups, following a predetermined route through the countryside or forest. The “pace” is set first thing in the morning by an out-rider who traverses the trail as fast as it is possible to do so, and competitors must make an effort to match the pace. Checkpoints strategically placed along the trail ensure that riders do not become lost or overwork their horses. Sometimes jumps are included, but there are always go-arounds for those who do not jump. Times which either best the set pace or fall behind it are penalized, and the group or rider who comes closest to matching the pace time wins the competition, either over or under the set pace. Hunter Paces are very popular in America.



These three examples are only barely scratching the surface for what types of challenges and opportunities await outside of an arena. Trail riding could be any of the aforementioned, it could be an overnight packing and camping trip. It could even be a cattle drive, a charity ride, or an indoor timed trail course at the world famous Oregon Horse Center. It could even be a ride on the beach! Whatever type of trail riding may suit you best, there is surely an option for you.


rail riding is the way I most enjoy riding my horses. When we love horses, chances are we love nature too. What better way to create a bond with my horse and at the same, get the ultimate escape from daily life and its stresses. Trail riding also is an excellent way to work on communication aids in new environments and expose your horse to experiences to which horses living in the wild or naturally would be exposed. Even better, trail riding is the opportunity to strengthen your horse’s confidence by overcoming new obstacles and encountering situations not found in an arena. Besides, if you are lucky enough to be close to a greenbelt or trail area, who doesn’t love having throngs of people come up and be starstruck by your gorgeous and well-behaved andalusians? I know of no better way, regardless of your ultimate training objectives, to enhance your horse’s physical and mental health than to provide them with casual and exploratory riding opportunities. There is a palpable difference in the way our young stallion carries himself when he realizes he is out for a stroll rather than “real work” and in many ways, better than when he is worrying about his rider’s balance or attempts to encourage collection. Without a doubt, my favorite riding memories are all rides that were outside a ring!

Terri J. Meador




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Echisero JV

(Andaluz ANG x Cauta) Revised PRE Stallion Born: 2/27/2008 Color: Grey Height: 17.1hh Stud Fee: $1800/$1000 Outcross





ational Grand Champion halter horse as a two year old and will continue to be campaigned as a dressage horse in the 2015 season. Lightly shown in 2014, placing 2nd in T1 & T2 in his 2nd show, with great comments from the judges. Sired by Andaluz ANG (Jocoso XXI), multiple Champion IALHA & ANCCE, with functionality scores up to 23.5.

Viñas Piconero (Udon x Cubanera) PRE Stallion Born: 4/21/2010 Color: Grey Height: Stud Fee: $2000

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Legacy’s Conquistador Del Sol (Ebanisto / Galuza)

PRE Stallion Born: 3/2/2000 Color: Black (homozygous) Height: 16.2hh Stud Fee: $2500/$1500


egacy’s Conquistador Del Sol is a black, Pure Spanish Breed Andalusian Stallion, standing at 16.2 hands. He is a happy stallion that respects his rider and has an unsurpassed work ethic. Under saddle, Conquistador Del Sol is a true gentleman, and has a great aptitude for the lateral and collected work. He is currently being shown at Fourth Level

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(Eminente x Orquestra Do Retiro) APSL Approved Lusitano Stallion Born: 4/1/2003 Color: Bay (EEAa) Height: 15.2 +hh Stud Fee: $950.00/$725




Andaluz - ANG

(Jocoso XXXI X Andaluza LXXIII) Imported PRE Stallion Born: 6/14/2002 Color: Gray Height: 16.1hh Stud Fee: $2500/$1200 Outcross





ndaluz – ANG was bred by Yeguada Del Hierro Del Angel and imported to the US and is one of a handful of Jocoso XXI sons available in the US. He represents the best Spain has to offer, with a show record to back it up. He is a Champion Sr. Stallion, shown in both IALHA & ANCCE, with functionality scores of up to 23.5.

Don Quirico (Genio III x Ia)

PRE Stallion Born: 8/7/2006 Color: Chestnut Height: 16.1hh Stud Fee: $2280 Purebred / $1500 outcross LFG


on Quirico is the only chestnut stallion at stud by Genio III, out of National Champion mare, IA. This marks the first year he will be standing to the public. He is a very charismatic stallion with movement to match. Shown as a young horse, he will be making his way back into the show ring in 2015!

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Faralay II

(Ebanisto X Galuza) Qualified PRE Stallion Born: 4/2004 Color: Bay Height: 16.2hh Stud Fee: Contact


aralay II is a Qualified Stallion, currently competing for the first time at Prix St. Georges, finishing with two firsts and one second with scores in the mid – sixties. He is a multiple award winner from USPRE and USDF. His foals are competing (and winning) at both breed and open dressage shows.

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Obelisco MAC

(Clasico – MAC X Donana MAC) Cardenas PRE Stallion Born: 1/14/2004 Color: Grey Height: 16.2 hh Stud Fee: $2000 LCO




El Rey Sol – aka “Chacal” (Mosquetero Del Viento x Faraona II) IALHA Registered Pure S/P Born: 1/3/1997 Color: Heterozygous Gray Height: 16.1hh Stud Fee: $1,600/$1000 Outcross




l Rey Sol is primarily an Alta Escuela exhibition horse, performing everywhere from Madonna music videos to the stage of Disney Hall. His wonderfully kind and hard working disposition is perfect for his life as an amateur-owned horse; he enjoys long trail rides and parades such as the Santa Barbara parade and Rose Bowl, but he also has a formidable show record


(Remador II X Zorzalena V)

PRE Stallion Born: 2000 Color: Grey Height: 16hh Stud Fee: $1500/$800 Frozen

Son JIM was imported as a weanling from the famed Hacienda Santa Lucia. His offspring have been predominantly bay and gray and have inherited their sire’s majestic beauty, disposition and athleticism.

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Debitoso PM

(Divo PM X Delita PM)

Buckskin PRE Stallion Born: 10/15/2010 Color: Pearl Buckskin Height: 15.3+hh and growing! Stud Fee: $4000/$2000

Debitoso has been color tested and confirmed as a Buckskin Pearl. He is the only stallion of this color available for breeding in the U.S. Debitoso PM recently competed at his first show and was awarded a Reserve Regional Championship title at halter.

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Vaquarius CD

(Quarteto do Top X Rainha E) Lusitano Stallion Born: 6/12/2002 Color: Rosey Grey Height: 16 hh Stud Fee: $1500/$1000 Outcross





roven Dressage Stallion with many high point awards and scores in the 70’s. Also many championships at IALHA shows in Dressage, Western, and Specialty Classes.

Peregrino De Fraile III (Utebo II X Peregrina de Fraile) PRE Stallion Born: 8/25/2007 Color: Gray Height: 16.2hh Stud Fee: $2500 LFG, Live Cover Only





010 Fiesta of the Spanish Horse First Place Jr. Stallion, Reserve Champion Stallion


(Camaron IX x Anarosa De Teodoro)

PRE Stallion Born: 7/2/2005 Color: Bay Height: 16.3hh Stud Fee: $1500 /$800 Outcross

2010 IALHA Reserve Champion High Point First Level Dressage 2010 USDF All Breeds Award First Level Open (IALHA) 2012 National Champion Vintage Rider and Reserve National Champion Hunt Seat and Dressage Hack Open. Currently showing at 3rd Level.

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Estupendo PM

(Revoltoso XXIX X Estupena XV)

Buckskin PRE Stallion Born: 1/5/2008 Color: Buckskin Height: 16.2hh Stud Fee: $2500


is first time out, Estupendo was shown at Fiesta of the Spanish Horse and won Reserve Champion Junior Stallion and gold medal movement, also winning the Best Movement Class! At Feria Del Caballo he won his Three year old colt class, and walked away with Junior Horse Champion.

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Ciclon VIII

(Jaranero XXVII X Limonera XXIII)

Lusitano Stallion Born: 2/4/2003 Color: Black Height: 16 hh Stud Fee: $1500.00 LFG, Live Cover Only




mported PRE Stallion, sire of Blessing Marz 2010 Reserve Regional Champion Colt



(Divino XVIII X Nobleza VI) PRE Stallion Born: 2012 Color: Buckskin Height: 16.3hh Stud Fee: $1500/$750 Cross





oble is a quality young stallion, sired by Divino XVIII (Paco Marti). He has great movement and color, which he is sure to pass on to his offspring. Located in Sun Valley, CA

El Chupacabra

(Sandokan X Mitotera MA)

Fancy Andalusian Stallion Born: 7/2/2005 Color: Grey Height: 16hh Stud Fee: $1500 /$750 Outcross

El Chupacabra is sired by Sandokan, National Champion and producer of National Champions. “Chupy” was named Regional Champion colt in 2009 and won the best movement medal in the colt class at IALHA Nationals that year. He returned to the show ring in 20013 with outstanding results!

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Fainero ADP

(Noble GF X Joya D)

Black PRE Stallion Born: 3/11/2009 Color: Black Height: 16.1hh Stud Fee: $2000/$1000 Outcross


ainero ADP comes from a proven line of dressage horses and is making his mark in the horse show world, his show record to date is remarkable for such a young stallion. Each time he has been shown, the results have been impressive!

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by Bonnie Walker


ressage tends to attract a certain personality type. Of course this is a generalization but I am ignoring that fact because it does not suit my overall point. The bulk of dressage riders tend to be of a controlling ilk – perfectionists, hard workers, a little anal retentive. That is where the real irony of dressage comes to play – there is no such thing as perfection. We poor saps are going to forever be chasing a standard that is unattainable, and just when we feel we have mastered it, lo, there is another level that confounds us or another horse that throws a new set of issues our way. It is a cycle, but hopefully one that is shaped in a sort of upwardly sloping spiral.

movements. Annie agrees and out they go. After an exhaustive search and a substantial chunk of change the wonderful day arrives when Xavier, her silver palomino unicorn, steps off the trailer. He is beautiful! He is wonderful! And underneath that perfect white star on his forehead sits all the information to guide Annie to her top hat and tails.

Cut to a year or so later. Annie is despondent – she can barely hold the canter and Xavier is constantly changing leads. Annie secretly thinks he might be doing this on purpose. And his trot is so hard to sit! She feels like she has been beaten with a Everyone who is attracted to dressage yearns for the beauty, the sock full of oranges after each lesson. A couple of weeks ago elegance and the harmony that one sees in the highest levels of a friend came and filmed her lesson. With mounting (no pun competition (not necessarily Grand Prix – I am referring to any intended) horror she watched herself on the camera screen bounce around like a sack of potatoes, arms in the air, looking dressage test done truly well). The beauty of these rides is that less elegant and more like she was in the middle of some sort of the combination makes the test look so effortless. Horse and seizure. Then her instructor gets on Xavier and around the ring rider flow from one movement to another and the onlookers barely see a thing. With that appearance of effortlessness comes they trot, like a centaur, beautiful, powerful, everything she aspires toward. Annie is frustrated, angry with herself and a bit the idea that dressage is easy, an idea that is a dirty lie and not embarrassed. to be acknowledged. But truly, dressage is filled with converts from other disciplines who initially entered the ring with the idea that it would be somewhat similar to riding the flat spaces This, my friends, is the true beginnings of dressage shame. Annie begins to feel guilty about Xavier, limiting his full between fences or like trail in a little square box. potential, not being worthy of such a beautiful silver palomino. Also dressage is attractive to those new to riding altogether. A new dressage rider – let’s call her Annie – has had her children Now here is the essence of a schoolmaster – they do have move out of the house and found herself with some disposable knowledge of the movements stored away between their ears. They are the best way to learn to ride correctly within dressage, income. She literally has a little more time and money and or any discipline for that matter, because when you put the remembers back to those summers she used to take riding correct aid on, there is a greater chance they will respond to lessons as a little girl. She loved them and thinks to herself, what you are asking. I say greater chance because they are not “Now is the perfect time to pick up that hobby once again.” machines. What also lies between their ears are all the bits that Annie finds a local dressage trainer because she wants to ride make them Xavier or Dobbin or your particular pony. There are english but does not want to jump. HAHA! YES, ENTER MY some nice parts and some sneaky or lazy parts as well. Quickly LAIR NEWEST VICTIM!, thinks the dressage gods. After they will discover the holes in your seat and take advantage of a few months on old Dobbin the school horse Annie feels them. Even if they are kind hearted and would never do such a ready for a horse of her own. She can walk, trot and thing, you might be using an inappropriate part of your body sometimes canter in both directions, to ask for a movement. And so you are not ever able to pick up so she has a handle on all her basics, the right lead canter even though you always get the left. Or right? Her trainer suggests that Annie purchase a schoolmaster that she might can only get shoulder in one direction. learn on, to teach her the I often equate riding to dancing – you and a partner go through a coordinated series of movements indicating the upcoming steps using physical cues. But there are some huge differences – first we are going to take away the male dancer, the lead in almost all dances, and replace him with you. Great, that is still fine. The partner you are dancing with is very good and explains the steps to you, still sort of “sub leading”. Nope, sorry, that is not close enough to riding. So now we are going to make your partner a mute. She can no longer tell you what she is going to do or what is correct. She stands there 100

blinking at you and occasionally swatting at flies. The knowledge is still in the female dancer’s head but she cannot communicate and YOU are the one leading the dance. So you grab her and attempt to waltz across the floor. What results is a painful parade of steppedon feet, some stumbling and perhaps a torn dress. You end up on the other side of the ballroom, but what you have just done is far from the waltz. Enter your instructor. Using his or her experience they must describe to you first how to hold your body as the leader and then how to take her hand. Then they must describe where you put your feet and how to dance across the floor. Sometimes you will move your body and there will be unintended responses; you are hitting on moves that your partner knows and you do not, just by accident. Your mind is brimming full but you manage to do one or two of the four things your instructor is prompting. And the one of the two things you execute correctly the female dancer does not respond to because she is also confused at this point. And so you end the lesson having learned one piece of the huge puzzle. This is learning under the tutelage of a schoolmaster. With a green, or unschooled horse, you have a greater challenge because you have a mute who will not react. It takes a dedicated rider with much patience to teach themselves and the horse and without an instructor this task becomes monumental. So what is my overall point in this rant? Horses live in the moment. They have no angst, they do not brood or sulk, not in the way that we humans have honed. This is not to say that horses do not get frustrated, or angry, or surly, but they are creatures that live in the ‘now’. Though you might go home and cry into your pillow after a bad ride I can assure you that your horse is not doing the same in his stall. Horses crave security, structure and carrots. They are extremely claustrophobic. They will constantly be checking in with the hierarchy in their herd of two (you and him). No horse dreams of greater things. No horse has ambitions. Now is what is important to them- the state of every single moment. So stop placing meaning onto your horse that exists only in your head. If you care for your horse well, treat him with respect and when you make mistakes under saddle, acknowledge them, you are holding up your end of the bargain. His job is to allow you to dance with him until you grow out of your two left feet. The bulk of dressage riders are adult amateurs so if you did not own your horse, odds are it would be another woman (or man) in a very similar position as you, thinking the exact same thing. Stop looking at the top hats and tail, only thinking of being happy at FEI, and start to enjoy the process of learning how to dance.


About the author: A skilled instructor, rider and trainer, Bonnie Walker has earned her United States Dressage Federation Bronze and Silver Medals. As well, she is a USDF “L” Program Graduate with Distinction. Bonnie has participated in multiple advanced biomechanics Teacher Training Workshops, hosted by “S” Judge Sandy Howard, to prioritize her skills as an instructor as much as she focuses on riding, training and competing. Also, Bonnie is currently the only USDF Certified Instructor in San Diego, earning her certification through First Level. Currently Bonnie is actively showing and training, and writes for Dressage Daily and Sidelines Magazine as well as her own blog. She has been published around the world including magazines such as USDF Connection and Dressage Today. Outside of dressage, Bonnie is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine with a major in Playwriting.

That growth of communication between horse and rider is what makes dressage so special, and why I have dedicated my life to the sport.


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