paca paca News June 2012

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Volume 21 Issue 2 June 2012


IN THIS ISSUE Adventures in Peru by Joyce Brown Learning to Hug You by Carole Fletcher Horse Lovers Tour by Dorthy Blain Good Hands by Mimi-Busk Downey

REGULAR FEATURES Peruvian Horse Club of BC Peruvian Horse Association of Alberta Saskatchewan Peruvian Horse Club Classified Ads & Pics

2009 & 2010 PHAC High Point Breeder

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Imported from Peru, *Caporal has proven his place in the breeding & Gait division in Canada. *Caporal has sired Ch of Ch's offspring in their first year of showing, BDS Risada, BDS Caminante, BDS Capataz.

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Aro sires winners! Aro has sired the highest pointed horse in Canada SRO Marie. At the age of 20 years, Aro is going strong. He is accomplished in Breeding and Pleasure. He throws gait, size & great mind for show or trail. Aro is an amazing horse, such personality.

(RDS Me Llamo Peru+ x *JRM Altiva)

One magnificant stallion, Coqueton throws beauty, elegants & gait. Coqueton has a very impressive show record himself and we have found his offspring easy to work around and train from a young age.

Check out our breeding stallions page for details on each of these magnicant stallions, show history and offspring accomplishments.

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Owners: Ben & Dori Sawatzky Managers: Shannon & Cindy Zaitsoff 7886 - Bench Row Road, Vernon B.C. V1H 1H3 Email: Phone: (250) 558 - 4743

New Rules Rule X Part I Section 14: Approved shows may offer Championship Qualifying Classes for the following Performance Division Championship Classes:

Champion and Reserve Champion Performance Mare Champion and Reserve Champion Performance Stallion Champion and Reserve Champion Performance Gelding

Rule IX Part II Section 6A: NOVICE TO RIDE A Novice Rider will be defined as a person who on January 1st of the current year and has never been a Professional under PHAC Rules, has accumulated fewer than 150 Lifetime points in the Junior and Novice division in PHAC or NAPHA approved shows, and has never won a Champion of Champions title. (I.E. if a person starts the years as a novice, they will be eligible to shows as a novice for the entire calendar year even if they pass the 150 Lifetime points milestone during the year. Rule IX Part II Section 16: PRUEBA FUNCIONAL The prueba will be mandatory for the Canadian National Show. In order to attain double points or higher, the show must have a prueba. All Horses entered to compete in the Champion of Champions classes in the Pleasure or Performance divisions must complete the prueba functional prior to the Champion of Champions classes unless that horse has completed at least two (2) saddle classes. All Horses entered to compete in the Champion of Champions classes in the Breeding/ Luxury Division must complete the prueba functional prior to the Champion of Champions classes unless that horse has completed at least two (2) of the following saddle classes: (1) Any Gait (2) Any Breeding / Luxury Stakes, Rancho/Breeders Conjunto Stakes (3) Any qualifying class for Champion or Reserve Champion (4) Champion and Reserve Champion. Rule IV Part I Section 18: DEFINITION OF AN AMATEUR For horse show purposes, an Amateur is a person, who after his(her) twenty-first (21st) birthday, does not engage in activities which would make him(her) a professional. Amateurs must sign a declaration which will be part of their entry form. Rule IV Part I Section 19: DEFINITION OF A PROFESSIONAL For horse show purposes, a Professional is a person who, after reaching twenty-one (21) years of age or more on the first day of the current year, has in the past 12 months, received remuneration in cash or in kind for him/herself, or his/her family, from showing, exhibiting, exercising, or riding Horses of any breed, or giving instructions therein. Small token of appreciation up to a total value of $500.00 per calendar year, shall not affect the amateur status of a person who is otherwise qualified.

Adventures In Peru After a late arrival in Lima, several of us took and early morning flight to Arequipa in southern Peru. Arequipa is known as the “white city” as many of the colonial buildings are constructed of white limestone. The city is surrounded by three volcanoes, none of which are active. They are very beautiful, capped with snow. A side trip brought us to the hacienda of Jose Miguel Rivas Vizcarra where we were treated to an exhibition of his Champion of champion mare, Gobenadora, and stallion Arequipeno. On the way to the hacienda we saw fields of cactus being raised in this high dry climate. Very puzzling, until we found out that they were for raising cochineal, which provide the red dye for dyeing fabrics and for export for make up manufacture. Next day we left on a small bus to go where we could see the condors. We crossed the continental divide at 16000 feet of elevation. The air was so thin we had to walk slowly. We all felt like we needed oxygen to breathe. It was quite cold in the high country, as rain was coming, which it did by the time we stopped at Chivay. We stayed at Casa Andina, very rural but comfortable with a nice dining room.When we returned from a nice dinner by a roaring fire, we discovered “humps” in our bed, which turned out to be hot water bottles. I am sure we all cuddled them and were soon warm. Next a.m. took us on a narrow gravel road to Condor crossing where we hoped to see the condors fly up in the morning thermals. We were not disappointed.



On the way we saw many wild vicunas, which have been an endangered species.They are harvested every 2 years and one shearing provides about 25 grams of fabric. No wonder it is so expensive.

Back in Arequipa we crossed the Chili river to visit an old mill where they used to grind grain. The mill is surrounded by 200-year old willow trees. The millstones are still there, and water still flows down the millrace.

On the last day some of us decided to have lunch at our hotel terrace overlooking the main plaza. As we ate a delicious lunch we could see something going on in the plaza and finally a parade started. Much to our delight the parade was led by three Peruvian horse, a fitting end to our stay in the this lovely city

And finally on the way to the airport we stopped for a tour of the Convent of Santa Catalina. This is a remarkable historical site where in colonial days the second eldest daughter or wealthy families where cloistered here.



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Calendar of Events 2012 Goldrush Classic - Double Show Central Coast Peruvian Horse Club Rio Grande Peruvian Horse Club June 28-30, 2012 Judge: Rolando Garcia Bertoncini Judge: Jose Risso Montes South Point Equestrian Center Las Vegas, Contacts: Eleanor Palmisano: Barbara Windom:

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NPHC Regional Show July 27-29, 2012 Show Judge: N Monroe, Nicholas Breaux

Diamond Classic August 17-19, 2012 Judge: (SPHC)Edie Gandy Judge: (Kneehill) Lionel Peralta Contact: Phoebe Soles (306) 929 - 2350

Canadian National Peruvian Show Aug 30 - Sep 2 Judge: Amador Carrera Chilliwack, B.C. Contact: Ben Sawatzky

US National Championship Show October 12-14, 2012 John Justin Arena Fort Worth, Texas Judge: Renzo Crole


“Hug” You

by Carole Fletcher

Want your horse to “act drunk” like Lee Marvin’s horse in the great movie Cat Ballou? Wave a flag at the next July 4th party? Take a bow after earning a ribbon? Lie down so you can mount him more easily? You can do these fun tricks and many, many more, all accomplished with large doses of patience and affection. In fact, winter is the perfect time to teach your horse a few entertaining tricks, when it’s too cold outside to tack up and ride. All of trick-training is started on the ground first. You will still have your horse focus his attention on you. He will learn to think and to reason. He will learn to respond to your signals and commands. Over the years, after a performance at a fair, rodeo or expo, when crowds swarmed around my horse to pet him, there were individuals who asked me how I taught the various tricks and high school movements. Their questions made me realize that there are many people who would love to teach their horses a few tricks, to show off their horse’s intelligence and their own horsemanship skills. They might want to brag to friends and family, and show what a “ham” old Skipper is. It’s amazing how a few entertaining tricks

will guarantee Skipper a place in someone’s heart, perhaps even make him more valuable. You will beam with pride at your (and his) accomplishments! WHICH HORSES CAN LEARN Horses of ALL breeds, disciplines and ages can learn tricks, from weanlings to senior equines. You should keep in mind, however, the following factors: age, sex, size, soundness and temperament. *Age--If you are teaching a young horse tricks, remember that a young horse will have a VERY short attention span.

Keep your sessions brief, but aim for frequency. Take into consideration any physical limitations a senior horse may have. Any horse you train to do tricks, should have a solid foundation in ground manners, including: haltering, leading, stopping, standing quietly for grooming, having feet picked up and tying. *Sex--A horse of any gender can be taught to learn tricks. I have worked with many horses of all breeds: mares, geldings and stallions. *Size--Miniature horses and ponies are perfectly suited to tricks performed on the ground. At one time I had a “Dog & Pony Act,” which consisted of a miniature horse and five dogs. What wonderful entertainment a trick pony or mini can be at birthday parties, nursing homes and schools! Likewise, saddle horses and Drafts make both excellent ground and undersaddle tricksters. *Soundness--Since you are giving a horse cues for tricks from the ground or from the saddle, he should have good vision. For tricks requiring agility and elasticity, such as bowing, kneeling, curtsying or sitting, your horse needs to be able to physically perform what you ask him to do. *Temperament--You need to have your horse quietly standing still and relaxed, paying attention to you. If your horse is nervous and moving all around, your job of getting him focused on you will be much more difficult.

So, you have a beautiful, smart horse whom you think is a good candidate and you are anxious to teach him a few tricks. He is obedient and respectful. He is your companion and partner. Trick-training will develop a special bond--a bond of trust, companionship and obedience. I cannot stress the importance of obedience in these early lessons enough. This alone can mean success or failure for you. SHAPING BEHAVIOR The method I use to teach tricks is called conditioning and positive reinforcement. You ask the horse for a behavior, say smiling, and if he gives you anything resembling a smile, you reward him with a tasty treat, like a small piece of carrot. You usually won’t be able to get the whole behavior at once, so you start with just a bit of the behavior. After you’ve reinforced (treated) that for a while, you ask for a little more. Gradually, you will get all of the behavior on cue. A WORD OF CAUTION HERE: While the reward system of training is the greatest in the world, it can be overdone or applied at the wrong time. In these initial training stages, be sure your horse has done EXACTLY what you asked of him, and IN A MANNERLY FASHION--not “mugging” you for a treat--before you reward him with a carrot. Unless you demand absolute manners and perfection in whatever you ask of him, it can not only confuse him, but can slow down the training process. I suggest children trying to teach tricks

be supervised by parents who will make certain the horse does not get overeager and “grabby” or bite for the carrot. DO NOT REWARD POOR MANNERS! SEQUENCE OF TEACHING TRICKS So, which tricks do you start with? The first tricks I recommend teaching your horse, the ABC’s of trick-training, are simple tricks that are easy for you to teach and easy for your horse to learn. Your horse is learning how to learn, and is also learning to listen. You, in turn, are learning how to communicate with your horse, to listen to him, and to experiment with ways to teach him. The recommended sequence of training, from simple to complex, has worked well for me and I believe it has its merits. My first concern is for the safety of the handler and horse. Tricks such as shaking “hands,” bowing, lying down and rearing are not recommended to begin with. The horse is put in vulnerable and dangerous positions, as well as the horse handler. Besides, they require more agility and elasticity on the part of the horse. We all start school with basic addition and subtraction before taking geometry. Why would we ask any more of the horse? You should be aware that in the beginning, when your horse learns tricks, he might very well offer some tricks “off cue,” or unprompted by you. He is really trying to please you, and get the treat or “goodie” that you reward

him with. If you have taught him to shake “hands” first, imagine what a nuisance this might be, not to mention a dangerous behavior. Someone standing in front of him, could easily get a whacked with a hoof. A horse that has been first taught to use his mouth and take a hat off your head, might grab on to your clothing. So you do not open up a Pandora’s box of unwanted behaviors, I suggest, to start with, teaching the horse innocuous tricks which won’t pose any harmful or dangerous behaviors. The early lessons center on teaching a horse to use his head, neck and mouth. Tricks such as kiss, hug, smile, act “ashamed,” answer “yes” and “no” are tricks I recommend you begin with. Later on, the horse’s legs will be brought into action. TEACHING YOUR HORSE TO “HUG” YOU In a previous article, you learned how to teach your horse to “kiss” you. Now, let’s go teach Romeo how to be even more romantic and hug you. You can even put on a little mood music! You will need some treats, such as carrot slices, or some other “goodies” your horse really likes.

Step #1. With a halter and lead rope on your horse, stand him in an aisle, stall or next to a fence. Do NOT tie him to anything, since he needs the freedom to use his head. Stand slightly in front of his left foreleg, with your back to his chest. It is easiest to stand this way to start this trick. Command, “Hug me!” (Emphasize the word hug. Your horse is developing an extensive vocabulary with these new tricks, and responding to your tone of voice as well) Step #2. Take a step back closer to him, and with the end of the lead rope in your left hand and the snap part in your right hand, gently pull his head and place it on your right shoulder. As he relaxes and lets it rest there, reward him with a small piece of carrot. Step #3. Remove his head with your right hand from your shoulder while simultaneously taking a step forward. Reward him again with a small piece of carrot. Step #4. Repeat Steps 1, 2, and 3 until he responds to the combination of your voice command and your step backward. Be sure to reward your horse with a small piece of carrot, as well as praise. You will probably find that he likes resting his head on your shoulder. Note: You can even further develop this trick to appear as if your horse is “wrapping” his head around you to give you a hug. Stand on his left side with your back to his shoulder, and show

him the treat in your left hand, bringing the treat back toward his barrel, so that he has to reach around you to get it. When he does take it (gently!), praise him lavishly. Watch out that his head doesn’t “crush” you! A horse’s big head can feel like a boa constrictor wrapped around you! Your horse is learning that the cues he should respond to are body position, your tone of voice and voice command. Be consistent in those cues, and reward him when he gives you a “right” answer. The above procedures may be used several times a day for short periods. In the beginning of all trick-training, the horse’s attention span is very short, so several brief sessions are recommended, and only when the horse is attentive and relaxed. Have fun cuddling with your horse! **Carole Fletcher has trained and performed with several trick and high school exhibition horses for more than 35 years throughout the country at state fairs, rodeos, expos, horse shows, parades, camps, schools, and on TV commercials and advertising promos. She presently performs exhibitions and gives clinics with her Peruvian stallions, “Magnifico” and “Fantastico.” She operates Singin’ Saddles Ranch at 8100 NW 120th St., Reddick, FL 32686. She has several best-selling books and videos available, “Trickonometry: Secrets of Teaching Your Horse Tricks” that can be ordered through her

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Have you dreamed of………..

a trip to Peru?

Make your dream a reality! Riding Tour—February 2013—limited to 10 people. Ride experienced horses in beach, desert dunes, and in rural areas of Peru with a close up view of local agriculture. On non-riding days you will visit Inca and Pre-Inca ruins, museums, and relax by pool or beach. Nine days covering a week plus weekends.

National Show Tour—April 2013—Attend the largest Peruvian Horse Show in the world, visit breeding farms and haciendas, and get to know the culture of the Peruvian horse and its fabulous people. History buffs will enjoy tours of museums and ancient ruins. As active or relaxed as you wish, with plenty to do for the horse-lover and also for non-horsey friends or spouse, so they can enjoy a fabulous tour with you and with happy travelers.

Add to any tour: Machu Picchu, Lake Titcaca or Arequipa Pricing includes all in-country transportation, guides and tours. NEW—We work with a North American travel agency to assist you getting the best ticket prices from North America. Call Mimi for information at 403-546-4331. Adventures of a lifetime — experiences you will treasure — with your comfort in mind!

TRAINING We offer training with Jimmy Perales From March 1 in 2012, now booking for summer and fall. Lessons for you on your newly gentled, trained or re-educated horse. Contact us for trail training, showing for you, or developing good communication between you and your horse.


Tack for the Show or Trail? We have just received a new shipment of saddles, headgears and accessories to help you find that special treat for yourself and your horse. Give us a call! Dale Downey and Mimi Busk-Downey

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Horse Lovers Tour 2012

In January, I decided that I had wanted to go to Peru long enough.... and I was going! I booked the Horse Lovers Tour in April 2012. I arrived Saturday evening and was met at the airport by the tour agent, who led me to the Mercedes bus and the part of the group, who had just come in from a mountain tour. I met up with the rest of the group Sunday morning for breakfast at the rooftop cafe. We were picked up by our tour bus and driven on our tours for the day, including Colonial Lima and a museum where we had a guided tour of Inca and pre-Inca artifacts. Some of the pottery dated back to 400BC. We attended the show starting on Monday and watched some halter and bozal classes. There was a luncheon the following day at the show grounds in Rosanna Carrozi’s cuadra (beautiful stable area), absolutely beautiful and elegant in every way. The host and hostess were very gracious. Another day we went riding on the beach, Peruvian horses of course, over hills and through the rivers, then on to the beach. The waves were leaving a lot of foam behind that day and the horses were up to their knees in it. There were a bunch of dolphins watching us. That’s a switch! We visited the Indian Artesan Inca market and bought a few trinkets. Back at the grounds we were treated to The national Marinera dance contest. It was very beautiful to watch the pairs of horse and dancer work together. The next day were back at the show for the awards and closing ceremonies where there was lots of pomp and ceremony and all the winners were presented to the public. Sunday night was time to do last minute shopping and get ready for the long flight. Thank you Mimi and Dale of Crescent Moon Tours, for being there to make everything run so smoothly. -

Dorothy Blain

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Directors at Large: Rob Sjodin Salmon Arm, BC Phone: (250) 832 1188 Email: OR Don Noltner Salmon Arm, BC V13 4P3 Phone: (250) 835 8472

Announcements Our PHCBC website at Is now completed take some time & have a look The PHCBC had a well attended clinic this year, perhaps another one next year to look forward to Coming Events July 13, 14, 15 2012 Wild West Classic – Claresholm, AB Judges: Chris Austin: Mankato MN (Peruvian Horse Club of Alberta) & Kim Monte: Cleburne, TX (Peruvian Horse Club of BC) Contact: Earl Moker: (403) 343 or Cathie Taggart (250) 546 3704:

Good Hands By Mimi Busk-Downey Recently I went to a very large horse event that attracts 40,000 horse lovers for demos and clinics. I was watching a breed demonstration with three horses and riders. A very attractive horse was in the arena was being poorly ridden. It was a well-made, beautiful horse, and he was trying very hard to understand and obey its rider’s commands. But the person riding it had very poor hands. It was obvious that the person did not even understand that her hands were connected to the horse’s mouth. The rider was engaged in an effort to post a trot, which resulted in bouncing up and down in a rather uncontrolled way, and the rider's hands followed the movement of the rider's body. This resulted in the poor horse’s mouth being punished with every step. The rider was using a snaffle, which I'm sure she thought was a kindness to the horse. However the horse showed signs of irritation and tongue distress throughout the demonstration. It was painful to watch. She never released pressure on the bit even when he stood perfectly still. When he moved, he was over-bent, with his profile beyond vertical and his nose down and in. He went with a short stride, and his hindquarters were not working effectively. In contrast, the other two riders in the arena had extremely good hands. Both of them rode elegantly and wore white gloves. The gloves showed how beautifully the two riders softly “floated” their hands up and down, keeping them in light contact with the horses’ mouths. As my eyes traveled between the three riders I noted that the two with the best hands were riding the more difficult style of saddle seat. At the end of the demonstration the names of the horses and riders were announced. I was appalled to hear that the person with the bouncing hands was actually a certified instructor. I can only imagine, when this person is teaching, that the students would learn little from the example provided. Would the instruction discuss the importance of hands? I learned to ride on both trotting horses and natural four-beat gaited horses. From the very beginning, I was taught that under no circumstances should the rider hang on the mouth, yank, jerk, snatch at or pop the reins. Neither should the rider allow my body movements or the horse’s change of gait transmit to the mouth of the horses. The elbows stay loosely at the rider’s sides and the hands float up and down, and the fingers move to adjust the reins shorter or longer, all without causing the horse to be bumped in the mouth. Common sense tells us that if the horse is ever to be “light” in the mouth and responsive to the slightest movement, that the rider cannot be making gross, heavy-handed moves on the reins. What about riding on a loose rein? That is a great style, if it is done correctly. The horse is asked for the desired gait and speed, then the horse should stay with both until asked for a transition. If you are lucky enough to have a horse trained like this, then it is really important to do several things. First, value the loose rein style and use a slow, light touch to adjust the horse. Second, release the horse the moment it is going correctly. That does not mean “throw away the reins”. The weight of the rein held at the proper distance will be enough to collect the horse. He needs to know you are there. If you throw them away, you will need a big motion to recover them, and small movements are the goal. Third, use a slightly loosejawed bit that will allow tiny movements of your hands be transmitted gently to the horse, as a form of cue (or warning) that a transition is coming. To achieve a smooth transition, the horse needs some warning. Fourth, do not grab and snatch to get contact for a stop or turn. Make all your movements a little “slow-

motion” until you have mastered a subtle gathering of the reins for the stop. If you are using romal reins, use the right hand, held low, to gently pull the reins through your left hand to shorten them in preparation for maneuver changes. If you are riding two-handed, use your fingers to creep up the reins and prepare for the stop. Think fingertips, not fists. To preserve a good mouth, cue the stop with your seat, then finish the stop with the reins. The horse’s mouth should stay closed and quiet. An open mouth, shaking of the head, or push-back on the bit by the horse tell you the cues were not quite right. If your goal is “light hands”, glance at your hands frequently in relation to the saddle, or the horse’s neck. Better yet, have someone video you as you ride. Your hands should stay relatively still, even if you are trotting or gaiting faster. Check to see if you can “divorce” your hands from your body, and make them a unit with the horse’s mouth. Where are your elbows? If they are busily flopping back and forth or side to side, your hands are not yet floating. If you are teaching, talk to your riders about using their fingers. Many riders take a death grip on the reins and are not well positioned for constant small adjustments. Quiet hands are just as important on a naturally gaited horse, but may be harder to learn on a smooth horse. If you can keep them still on a trotter riding two-handed, you should be able to do it on a gaited horse. The partner skill to “light hands” is developing the timing and sensitivity to release the bit when the horse has obeyed the command. If the horse has to struggle with a constant pressure, he will learn to resist. He will worry about the pressure, and learn to defend against it by flipping or bobbing his head, or holding it to one side. Eventually he will develop hard mouth. The sequence should be: you ask, he answers, you instantly release. This is true in any bit, be it snaffle, Pelham, curb, or even bitless rigs. A bit, in itself, is only as severe as the hands behind it, so if we use light hands as a goal, we can learn to ride any style with the horse comfortable and in a beautiful frame. ϖ

Classified Ads Peruvian saddle for sale. Used just a few times, excellent condition. Some tooling, leather stirrups (not wood) with saddle pad. Must sell saddle, horses are sold. Call for more information, $600.00 OBO Christine 780-963-755

Peruvian Horse Club of Alberta c/o 11003 Oakfield Drive S.W., Calgary, Alberta T2W 3H3 President : Chantelle Sawatzky ph.780-963-7419 email: Vice President: Shailah Olsen ph.780-963-3077 email: Secretary: Suzanne Brown ph 403-680-1122 email: Treasurer: Lesa Steeves ph. 403-281-2114 email: lcsteeves Director: Grant Mckinney ph. 403-710-0805 email:

Check out our new website !!!! We look forward to seeing who is going to win Pizzarro’s Gold !!!!!


Wild West Classic Peruvian Paso Horse Show. Double Regional Show Claresholm, Alberta July 13-15th 2012 Claresholm Agriplex Contact: Cathie Taggart: phone(250)546-3704 or Earl Moker: phone:(403)343-2814

2012 Memberships are due and can be downloaded from our website.

Summer 2012 Sales List To Approved Homes Only Prices in Canadian Dollars ~ GST Not Included RSTD Espiritu (’00 Gelding) ~ Mensajero de Paijan x RSTD Canela Salvaje $3750 Espiritu has been a working ranch horse for the past 5 years. He is very smart, loves to work and is a keen cattle horse. He is smooth, and fun to ride. A solid, extremely strong horse that requires an intermediate rider. RSTD Luciernaga (’05 Mare) ~ *FC Veranero x JWF Aleli $3000 Lucy has been continuing her trail training recently being ridden on roads and thru the trees. She enjoys her time on the trail and has gained a lot of confidence. She is a big, strong mare, smooth to ride and would be a great addition to any family barn. RSTD Orivilla (’06 Mare) ~ RDLF Don Alberto x RSTD Bianca This pretty chestnut mare was put in Bozal and then took a year off to have a baby in 2011. She is very new in the bit and has minimal trail miles on her. She is smooth as glass and easy to handle on the ground, all she needs is time and miles with a confident and patient rider.


RSTD Ravel (’06 Gelding) ~ RDLF Don Alberto x RSTD Fabula Standing at 15hh, Ravel is a striking gelding. He has won several neck ribbons to date including Champion and Reserve Champion Luxury and Performance in Vegas, Washington and Alberta/BC. He is a fast learner with a smooth, locked-in gait and no matter where you look in his bloodlines, he has strength, strength, strength.


Our “Heartfelt Congratulations” to these new owners. It has been our pleasure working with you and wish you many happy hours in the saddle! Jan & Rob Sjodin, owners of RSTD Trueno Jim Alexander, owner of RSTD Carmen Sue and Mike Kallis, owners of RSTD Valentino Monika Lauterbacher, owner of RSTD Valeroso And to Suzanne Brown on the arrival of her 2012 MLM Magico filly! Rick & Deb Cones ~ Owners Pedro Cantaro ~ Trainer RR #1 Cayley, AB T0L 0P0

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PICS photo by Jan Sjodin Del Oeste Peruvians


CM Filigrana Arnie and Stephanie Thiessen Port Colborne, Ontario Email address:

What is the mark of a good sire? The ability to produce exceptional daughters AND sons!

Proudly presenting his sons……...

CM Inca Roca is consistently his gateado gait, drive, strength. Add to that, the bonus of elegance and beauty. These colts are out of three different mares, from three different bloodlines.

CM Laberinto at 2 yrs

CM Amanecer at 9 mo.

CM Real at 2 yrs

Find and “like” us on Facebook: Crescent Moon Ranch Peruvian Horses For 35 years, Crescent Moon Ranch horses have been known for gait, temperament and quality of training. Dale and I, and our trainer Jimmy Perales do all we can to match good people with the right horse for them. If you want a high quality horse that is a dream to ride, we have several for you to try. You won’t be disappointed.

Crescent Moon Ranch Dale Downey & Mimi Busk-Dowey Box 449, Acme, Alberta Canada T0M 0A0 Phone (403) 546-4331 Email:

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