black PRE stallion
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A Special Guy, And A Reading Tip

Jaleo DA has been on the blog a bit before.

He’s one of four PRE stallions at the barn.  While the others are all imported, he’s a little extra special as he is home-bred.  As a 4-year old he has not been standing just yet.

black andalusian stallion

Image courtesy of Kathryn Randall

Thought he deserved to be seen at his best on this site, mobile shots weren’t cutting it!

black PRE stallion

Photo by Kathryn Randall

On to the reading tips, for those days you can’t get enough of horses and their people!

I rarely have time to leave comments on platforms other than my app, but there’s a few I like to check in on to read.

If you haven’t found them already they are worth a try this weekend!

buckskin andalusian mare
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Sunday Schooling Show

Serrania, Valiosa’s pasture friend, trying out a show.

She’s a young mare who hasn’t been out showing a lot, but schooling 3rd level at home with Alexis.

buckskin pre mare

Alexis and Serrania in the warmup

She was pretty tense with the new experience but handled herself well, – she looks really sweet when she’s focused.  (And she’s got the smoothest trot I’ve ever ridden.)

buckskin andalusian mare

Spent the day as ground help with Serrania who showed First and Second Level, and Calynda who was a star at Training and First Level.

On the side, some goat sitting.  Literally.

nubian baby goat

10 day old on a leash and a bottle.  Want to stand out at the show grounds, some extra attention?  Baby goat is the way to go!

Check back in this Thursday for another PRE Peep and a reading tip!

shoulder in
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Remont Noseband

Back in business.

Sort of on half-power, hand injury is not complying with the program.  But it’s working OK enough 🙂  As long as I don’t do all the things.

dressage horse

drop noseband

shoulder in  First ride in the new Remont bridle.  Or drop noseband to be tacky.  She seemed happy.  Planning on alternating between the thicker cavesson and this.  She likes this one, pretty loose, and hopefully I can help her relax the jaw more in it.riding after injury

remont nose band

alternating nosebands on bridle

So, it’s Monday. Make it a good one!

horse afraid of pigs
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Pig Therapy

The “Other Side” of the barn, the dark side, (not really) is seasonally housing piglets in two of the box stalls on the far end.

Some 12 super scary piglets and their piggy sounds.

Gray mare made clear in every way she wasn’t going to head over there.  Ever again.  Even though she’s been there twice, without dying.  A third time would just be too much!  Pushing her luck.

Happens to be where the farrier sets up in those cross ties, so, she’d have to get over it.  ⇒ Pig Therapy.

I won.

horse afraid of pigs

It was a compromise.  She stayed on the “bunny side,” far away from the squeals.  Ribbons on the stall are for the Holland Lop Rabbits, not for the pigs.

beautiful barns

– “We will all soon die.  Why are we still here?”

Her time at this lovely barn might be ending.  Taking advantage of “outside cooldowns” as much as possible!

cool down outside arena after riding

ggt footing
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Wakey, Wakey

Good morning to all.

Fresh cords.  Great on the snow slopes.

Almost just as good, equestrian style fresh cords!

fresh cords

Some mornings, better, or earlier, than others.  All the same.

ggt footing

Wake up already!  You’re not still on social media, right?

tack room bridles
Apologies. It’s always great to have you here.

Today, post #501 on the site.  Who am I kidding, I always love having you here!

horse seen from underneath when rolling
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Talk To The Hoof

This whole thing with no blankets.

Yeah, I think it’s really over rated.  Unless you really like grooming.

spring thin horse

Valiosa, looking suitably “Spring-Thin.” 

Her and her friends had moved over to another pasture, THICK with grass, when I came out yesterday.  They hadn’t even touched the hay fed the night before, just gorging themselves on grass.  She didn’t even finish her grain after the ride…

horse seen from underneath when rolling

Rough life.

Oh, and today is Pi Day, 3.14.  Zero interest in food blogging, but this cutie just looked so good before baking!  14 Apples, 3 pies – and it just came out that way with no real planning.  Take that, silly thick-stiff finger!

Pie Day apple pie

Happy Pi day!

Elinor Yee
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Competing With A Non Traditional Breed

If you ride a “Non-Warmblood”, here’s some motivational data for you!

The US Dressage Finals is toted as “The Olympics For Amateurs.”  (All the riders on the West Coast refuse to go along with that, but still.)

It’s an event presented by Adequan and is the designated  Destination Championship for AA’s (And tons of Open Competitors too.).  For sure it would be an absolute dream to compete there, for many of us it’s never going to happen – not just because a lack of talent but also because of the huge driving distance.

Elinor Yee

Today’s post is all about highlighting Non-Warmblood breeds placing at the US Dressage Finals.  Simple as that.

These results I looked at are from the Lexington, KY Fall 2016  US Dressage Finals.  Not included:  results from All Breeds competition classes, –  this is looking at “off” breeds competing among warmbloods only.

Also not included, Friesian-Warmblood Crosses and Arabian-Warmblood crosses, who were also represented in the winning results.

The nitty gritty:

304 total competitors.

They all came through the qualifier; the Great American Insurance Group/USDF Regional Championship which had a total of 2,698 competitors in 2016.

202  AA’s (Adult Amateur) competitors, 178 Open.

30 total classes, placing 10 deep, ranging from Training Level to Grand Prix, including Freestyles.

For obvious reasons, the states with most riders were Florida, Illinois and Texas.  Lowest numbers came from Wisconsin, California and Pennsylvania.  (A total of 13 states were not represented, such as Alaska, Hawaii, Oregon, Nevada, Washington.)

These numbers all came from the February 2017 USDF Connection edition and are correct.  I compiled the list of rider placements myself – apologies if any were missed!

The majority of breeds placing were of course:  Hanoverian,Trakehner, Zweibrucker, Oldenburg, Westfalen, Lippizan, Rhinelander, Pura Rasa Espanola,  Brandenburg, German Riding Pony,  Wurttemeberg, and Dutch, Swedish, Spanish, German, Danish, Belgian, and American Warmblood.


Here are your placing Non-Warmblood Breeds from all classes.  Enjoy!

dressage show with young mare


Aeris, Half-Andalusian at First Level Adult Amateur Freestyle.

Camomila MCD, PRE at First Level Open Freestyle.

Fifinella GCF, Connemara Cross at Second Level AA.

Who’ll Stop The Rain, Arabian at Second Level AA.

Briel B, Friesian at Second Level Open.

Benjamin Blue, Percheron Cross at Second Level Open.

Niko, Friesian at Second Level Open Freestyle.

FWP Princess Juliana, Georgian Grande at Third Level Open & Third Level Freestyle Open.

Infanta, Andalusian at Third Level AA Freestyle.

Dora The Explorer, Haflinger Cross at Third Level AA Freestyle.

Aureo, Andalusian at Third Level AA Frestyle.

Guateque IV, Pura Rasa Espanola at Third Level Open Freestyle.

LP Snickers, Arabian at Fourth Level AA.

Leonidas Van Pelt, Cheval Canadian at Fourth Level AA Freestyle.

Katharina V.V., Friesian at Fourth Level Open Freestyle.

Petrus PJ, Friesian at Fourth Level Open Freestyle.

Centeno XII, Pura Rasa Espanola at Prix St. Georges AA.

Kynynmont Gunsmoke’s Gideon, Connemara at Intermediate 1 Open.

Talisman BHF, Andalusian at Intermediate 1 AA Freestyle.

Teske Van G, Friesian at Intermediate 1 AA Freestyle.

Berend W. Friesian at Intermediate 1 Open Freestyle.

Zafiro Dos Cedros, Lusitano at Intermediate 2 AA.

Enebro XIV, Pura Rasa Espanola at Intermediate 2 AA. and Grand Prix AA Freestyle.

Kaboom, New Forest Pony at Grand Prix AA.

Wietze G, Friesian at Grand Prix AA Freestyle.

Malcarat, Pura Rasa Espanola at Grand Prix Open Freestyle.

Queba HM, Lusitano at Grand Prix Open Freestyle.

Fetichini, Pura Rasa Espanola at Grand Prix Open Freestyle.


Go out and have fun!

free ranging pigs
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Spring Signs

Spring is here in California.

Betting it will last about 10 days, then it’s all summer in my book.

It’s a paradise in early March!

Some spring shots from the barn, to set you off for a great weekend:


Early morning, before feeding, horses can be found at the very bottom in this pasture.

horse eating branches in pasture
Found this creature eating a branch. Because that makes so much sense with all that grass around.

The super ferociously dangerous horse-eating piglets had some free ranging out of the barn.  They look so cute and pastoral here, but watch out or maybe they’ll try to eat a hoof.  For sure.

piglets in grass

free ranging pigs

No longer scary, the cattle.

murray gray cattle

Another sure spring sign;  shedding.  Groom just one horse and there’s almost enough for making a soft little, I don’t know, hat?

shedding season in the barn

Spring = Sweaty horses again.  This is Calynda, after a shower.  She’s a Friesian-Warmblood Cross, in for the day for training with another mare.

friesian cross mare

Alexis with Castiza.  Probably the last shot of bare tree branches.

oak tree with bare branches and white horse

Another spring sign – riding with one hand in a gardening glove, two fingers in one hole.  Maybe not a spring sign, but definitely a sign things are really crazy painful but fun 🙂

It worked OK, back on tomorrow!