The holiday season is upon us! We had a great month of horse shows just in time for the beginning of winter, and we can’t wait to share the highlights with you!
Special Feature: Happy Thanksgiving!
We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family, friends, and plenty of good food! If anyone was working retail or a public service (police, EMS, armed forces, etc.), we certainly appreciate what you do!
And while turkey may be the traditional Thanksgiving meal, we enjoyed our turkey for dessert! Marie’s niece Hanna and her fiancé Josh made us these adorable rice krispy treat turkeys.
We would love to hear about your most creative Thanksgiving recipes and favorite desserts. Feel free to share your photos and recipes in the comments below or on our Facebook page!
Word in the Herd
We have a blanket fairy?
As you’ll read in Arena Reports, we embarked on a weeklong road trip to and from Tulsa, Oklahoma for the Western Dressage World Championships. We had a great team at the farm to take care of everything while we were gone, and that includes making sure the horses had blankets when the nights got chilly. However, we didn’t expect to find our horse statue to also have a blanket when we got home! I suppose even concrete horses still need blankets? Needless to say, we had a good belly laugh over it!
If anyone knows the identity of the mysterious blanket fairy, this investigation is still ongoing…
Western Dressage Association of America
The Western Dressage Association of America held its 2015 Western Dressage World Championships earlier this month, and we set off on a road trip with five equines, including Hollywood and Doolittle, and a stock trailer full of hay. We got a flat tire while en route, fixed it, and arrived safely in Oklahoma after an overnight stay in Arkansas.
Dwight Littlefield, breeder of Hollywood and many other excellent Appaloosas, was on the ground with us at the show, and we are incredibly fortunate to have his expertise and such an excellent dressage horse.
And speaking of Hollywood, he performed brilliantly in his first big show. He and Don won their open Western Dressage class with a score of 80.625. For those new to Western Dressage, that is a phenomenal score, especially for a young horse at the beginning of his show career!
Doolittle, one of our show mules, had quite an interesting ride! The show photographer’s industrial-size flash went off right as Marie and Doolittle were by the judge’s table, so they rode out a pretty spectacular spook. However, they finished out the class strongly with a ribbon and placement in the top 10 out of a class of 22.
But at the end of the day, Team Clearview performed superbly, and Hollywood and Don walked away with the High Point Performance Buckle!
Color Congress Pinto Worlds
Immediately after the Western Dressage show, we stayed in Tulsa for the Color Congress Pinto Worlds show, specifically for Paints, Appaloosas, Buckskins, and Palominos. Don and Tucker won 2nd in Open Ranch Riding, which was an awesome ride.
Overall, it was a great road trip and phenomenal two shows, and we were glad to finally come home with the ribbons, awards, and memories!
Equines and Services for Sale
Corona Extra Chex Stud Service – $850
Corona Extra Chex, son of Nu Chex to Cash, is standing at stud at Clearview, and you could not ask for a more personable stallion to sire your next foal. He’s extremely “honest,” in that you never have to worry about guessing his moods before a show or change classes at the last minute. And when he’s not cleaning house in the show ring or training, he has a gelding as a pasture buddy, enjoys his leisure time, and gets along just fine with other horses on trail rides.
Reno (“This Will Be The Day”), Ranch Riding AQHA Show Gelding – $8500
Proven Show Horse, Reno Regd name “This Will Be The Day”, is a talented all around competitor. Originally trained and ridden by Ted and Tucker Robinson, Marie bought him from them as a 3 yr old at the snaffle bit Futurity in Reno in 2009. For the savvy non pro/amateur Reno can be a 70 scoring reiner and has excellent maneuvers in ranch horse pleasure. At the Novice World Championship show in Lexington, Virginia, this year, Reno placed 5th with a score of 216 out of 29 entries. He has his NRHA License, American Ranch Horse License, and American Stock Horse License. He has won the All Around Stock Horse High Point in 2011 and 2012 doing the cow classes, trail, reining, and pleasure. He was successfully shown at the American Ranch Horse World show in 2013, placing in the top 5, and reserve champion in the reining.
He is friendly, easy to catch and load, and a real professional. He is good on cows and cuts one fine, and has been down the fence numerous times. He is particularly good in the AQHA ranch riding as he is so responsive to subtle cues. He is already trained, solid, and broke, so he just needs to be kept fit to go to shows. For NRHA, he would be ideal for a rookie or novice and picks up on new things quickly. Overall, Reno is a true gentleman and would make someone an excellent show horse.
Pete Snow (“Alias Royal Snow”), 8 Year Old Registered Appaloosa Gelding – $7000
We’ve written a lot about Hollywood this month, and we’re pleased to announce that his brother, Alias Royal Snow, is for sale! Pete is a delight to ride and as honest as they come. A true gentleman, he is laidback, gentle, and extremely friendly. He would not be suitable for games, barrels, or poles as he is not fast by nature. But for anyone looking for a steady, mature mount, he is well-trained and will take excellent care of his rider on the trails and in trail competitions.
Check out the video link below to see how steady Pete is on Clearview’s trail course and in the show ring.
Tinker Belle – $2500 OBO
Tinker Belle is an 8 year old POA-registered pony, 55 inches, ideal for a child or small adult. She’s got a gentle, patient temperament and is great for games, poles, barrel racing, and trail riding. She shows great potential in pole bending with natural lead changes. Tinker Belle has been ridden by a retired judge on the trails these past 4 years. Consequently she is happy and laid back. With just a bit of games training, she could make some kid a great pony for games or a wonderful trail horse for a small adult. She is steady, easy, broke, sound, and needs a good home. Check out the video below to see her natural talent for pole bending!
Upcoming Shows and Events
So far our calendar is wide open for events in December! With Christmas now less than a month away, we expect people to spend less time on the road for horse shows and more time decking the halls, trimming the trees, and getting ready for the next big holiday.
If you plan on attending any local horse shows or hear of clinics or events through the grapevine, please share them on our Facebook page so we can spread the word!
Comment Questions: What was your favorite part of Thanksgiving? Share your photos, stories, and favorite recipes in the comments below or on our Facebook page! And stay tuned for more photos and festive stories just in time for Christmas!