I fell in love with the Andalusian breed before training with Gaucha when I spent a year at Dorado Andaluz, riding for Alexis Martin-Vegue. Suzanne Punch owns this absolute gorgeous Andalusian farm and training facility, and I had the opportunity to ride there as a working student with Alexis.
At the time, there were four stallions there, along with some 8 plus broodmares, their foals, and several 2 and 3-year-old colts and fillies.
All three stallion pictures above are credit to StarLight Designs.
It was a wonderful chance to ride and get insight to breeding, stallion handling, seeing both training and showing at the upper levels, clinics, show prep, and handling young horses and foals. It was especially fun riding in the arena with a little foal following along the side – so cute.
Another treat was to show Lancia at Murieta Equestrian Center. (Such a great show venue – I hope to be back showing there again one day.)
Most people do this sort of stuff during their college years. I did it as a 40-year-old with two young children at home – put an interesting twist on things sometimes.
If it wasn’t for the 2 hours spent getting to and from the farm in the car each day – I’d still be out there riding these wonderful horses. I miss you Suzanne and Alexis!
If you are interested in a biomechanics riding clinic, here is the latest flyer from MV Training.