Summer is just around the corner, and April has also been a great month for horse shows and clinics on the farm! Keep reading to see the highlights of our From the Judge’s Perspective Ranch Riding and Western Dressage clinics and plenty of fun stories from around the farm!
Special Feature: Special Honors from the TN Stock Horse Association!
Marie got some great news this week! Due to her excellent performances at horse shows this past year, Marie received the Tennessee Stock Horse Association 2015, Year End, Non-Pro High Point Award with her buckskin mare, Nu Tackie Chex. This is a great honor, and we’re extremely proud of them both! Congratulations!
Word in the Herd
Skunk? In the field?! Agatha says…NOPE!
This past month has involved quite a few odd encounters with unconventional farm visitors, and our mule Agatha has a close encounter with a skunk! Normally skunks are nocturnal, but this one wandered into Agatha’s field in the middle of the day. However, Agatha didn’t let the prospect of a little odor stand in her way of showing the intruder who owned this field:
When life gives you bulls…
…it’s time to call in the cavalry! Of dogs, buggies, and buckets, that is. Our resident bull, whom we bred from a baby, escaped from his field to try and woo the neighbor’s heifers in the adjacent field. This romantic notion led to a two-hour impromptu rodeo as we tried to wrangle the bull and return him to his field.
We had to rally the crew with buggies to try and herd the bull back to his field. Fortunately everyone was experienced with livestock and stock horse disciplines, and since he was raised from a baby, he was remarkably friendly.
But at the end of the day, all it took to wrangle the bull was our secret weapon: the feed bucket. We safely returned him to his field, and today he has a new home with a farmer for breeding purposes.
From a Judge’s Perspective: Ranch Riding Clinic
We all learned so much with Bob and Karen Johnson at the Ranch Riding Clinic and got a first-hand perspective of what the judges look for at horse shows. During the schooling show, Marie shoe video of everyone’s performance, and then the riders studied their score sheets in the cowboy lounge. Then everyone was able to go again to improve their scores while taking the judges’ feedback into account. It was remarkable how small adjustments made a big difference, such as pulling up or down the stirrups and leg position! Bob has a great eye and could easily pinpoint what a rider needed to change, to make a better ride. Thank you both for everything, and we look forward to having you back for a visit!
From a Judge’s Perspective: Western Dressage Clinic
We had a blast at our Western Dressage clinic, courtesy of Katharina Nowotny Boles and our very own Don Charest.
Just like with our Ranch Riding clinic, we had the opportunity to learn what judges look for when scoring Western Dressage, and the schooling show allowed us to put those concepts into practice.
During the schooling show, we were thrilled to have Kathy Ziegler at the arena taking stellar professional photos. Here are just a couple of examples:
Hannah competed on Styles, pictured below, and Bozo and scored over 70% on both her tests.
And while the indoor arena can pose a lighting issue for smartphone cameras, Kathy was able to work her magic with stunning results.
Thanks to everyone for a successful clinic!
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 great with other horses on trail rides. In fact, he’s so laid back that people who have never met him are often shocked to learn that he’s a stallion!
Agatha, 13 year old Champion Quarter Molly, Nasma, Showing, Trail and Parade Mule – $8,000
Agatha (15.2h) is a stunning and talented all-around mule and a Western Dressage Champion. She is push button, she can side pass, lopes on the correct lead, you name it Agatha can do it. She is first to the gate and loads/bathes/clips/farrier easily. A true professional, she is subtle and light to ride. She has a beautiful lope and a comfortable trot trained with leg cues and voice commands. She neck reins and can even do a gentle reining pattern with slow and accurate spins! She rides out alone fine, but she gets on well with others. For some reason she is low on the totem pole in the field with other horses, as she is last in line to eat. She loves to be out trail riding and has also shown in the stock mule shows and won in trail, pleasure classes, and reining with a simple flying change. As an added bonus, she also has plenty of experience riding English.
Diego, 5 year old gaited flashy TWH gelding – $2500 OBO
Diego is a 14.2 hand chestnut and white spotted TWH gelding, solid broke and fun trail horse for the advanced beginner rider! We have taken him trail riding numerous amounts of times. He will lead or follow and also rides out on his own just fine. His gait is as smooth as silk and will go all day long, anywhere you point he will go. He is sure-footed and will go through water, over logs, and over bridges. He is up to date on all shots, vaccinations, and Coggins and good for the farrier. The only reason for sale is we are reducing stock, so Diego is ready and eagerly looking for his next trail buddy! He does well at all the local fun shows due to his eye catching appearance and solid gait. Click this link for more photos and a video! http://www.equinenow.com/horse-ad-1059309
Pete Snow (“Alias Royal Snow”), 8 Year Old Registered Appaloosa Gelding – $7000
For anyone who’s a fan of our Appaloosa Hollywood, 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
Heart of Dixie Appaloosa Show
June 6th – 7th
Contact: Beth Maher, Show Secretary
The Heart of Dixie Appaloosa Horse Club knows how to host an excellent show, and this year’s show has plenty of classes to appeal to multiple ages and experience levels. Watch this space for more details!
Tennessee Stock Horse Show and Clinic
All breeds and experience levels are welcome at the Tennessee Stock Horse Show!
Rally for the Rescues Trainers’ Challenge
More information: http://rallyfortherescuestn.com/
Several pre-qualified trainers will have had 90 days to re-train a rescue Horse. Watch them compete for high stakes, and then you can partake in the auction to give a new life to one of those lucky rescue horses featured in the challenge. Then spend time on Sunday with your new horse and the trainer that trained him/her to get your new lives together off to the best possible start! Bring your horse for the weekend and ride alongside some wonderful clinicians, or just audit for the day. Enjoy music, supper, events, and crafts.
Western Mounted Shooters
It’s always a treat when the Western Mounted Shooters come to Clearview to compete in mounted shooting contests. Come watch to learn more about the sport, or bring your horse to join in the fun!
Tennessee Stock Horse Show and Clinic
Time for round 2 of the Tennessee Stock Horse Show! All breeds and experience levels are welcome!
Buck Brannaman Horsemanship Clinic
October 13-16th, 2016
Ever heard of the Horse Whisperer? Well, Buck Brannaman, the bona fide Horse Whisperer, is coming to Clearview to give a horsemanship clinic! Unfortunately, the clinic is currently sold out, but if you want to come out to the farm and watch the action, go ahead and mark your calendars!
The BAAR Parelli Clinic
Enjoy another Parelli Clinic, taught by John Baar (5-Star Master Parelli Professional) and Kathy Baar (4-Star Senior Parelli Professional).
That wraps up another month’s worth of news! We hope you enjoyed our From the Judges’ Perspective clinics and have spent plenty of time outside enjoying this beautiful weather. Stay tuned for more shows and news from the farm, and we look forward to seeing you soon!
Comment Questions: Did you attend either of our clinics this month? If so, we would love to hear your feedback in the comments below or on our Facebook page!