Welcome to our November newsletter! We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are getting into the Christmas spirit! Before we begin, we want to remind everyone that we are hosting shows for 2017 and will have 50 stalls in our gorgeous show barn for trainers to rent. Book now to reserve your stalls or our first-rate facilities for your next clinic!
Special Feature: Horse-Approved Holiday Treats!
Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, it’s time to start getting into the Christmas spirit, and for many of us, that means baking! From jealously-guarded family recipe for cookies to pies and cakes, we often associate December with the scents and tastes of homemade baked goods.
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.
Turkeys made from rice krispies and candy corn. How creative!
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!
The blanket fairy strikes!
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.
Money-saving protip: When going on a long road trip to a horse show with multiple animals, bring your own hay if you can manage it.
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.
Dwight (left) and Don (right) grin for the camera
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!
Hollywood and Don make an amazing team, and we have no doubt they have many more shows in store for the future!
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.
Spooks can happen anytime, but it didn’t stop Marie and Doolittle from having a great ride and placing in the top 10 in their class.
But at the end of the day, Team Clearview performed superbly, and Hollywood and Don walked away with the High Point Performance Buckle!
Now that’s a great team and victory shot! Congratulations to Don and Hollywood!
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.
The Color Congress is a great way to bring together many different breeds in the same show ring!
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!
We made need a bigger wall in the barn…
Equines and Services for Sale
Corona Extra Chex Stud Service – $850
Charlie Hutton personally trained Corona, and it shows in his performance in the show ring and amazing personality! Credit: Kathy Ziegler Photography
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
Reno is a proven ranch and stock horse, with numerous titles under his belt, and is for sale!
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
Pete is versatile, gentle, and as steady as they come for trails and ranch pleasure.
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 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!
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!