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» The Strang Ranch «

04/24/2013 | (0) Comments & Videos

Bridget started the world famous hunter Country Swing, shown here as a first year green hunter in Indio California.The Strang Ranch is a family owned and run business. It is a working cattle ranch and a sport horse breeding operation as well as a busy equestrian center, hosting many hunter/jumper and dressage shows, clinics and daily lessons.

The ranch lies on 460 Acres of irrigated and pasture land in Western Colorado with outstanding views of the Elk Mountain Range, 25 miles from the Aspen Airport.

artie and marty
There is extensive trail riding, a recognized fox hunt, and an extensive hunter/jumper training barn.





» SUMMER HORSE SHOWS «

05/30/2015 | (0) Comments

**** Pony Club show July 11 12 is same Schedule as this without the medals, but add Equitation Challenge and Pony Classic**************
We are excited to offer 5 CHJA medals in our second show June 27.  Please contact Bridget for stabling needs.  963-2319
Strang Ranches Don�t tell Daddy and Courtney Edwards at thier first show together.





STRANG RANCH SUMMER HORSE SHOW
Show 2 June 27-28th
Location: Strang Ranch Carbondale Co. Contact: Bridget Strang 970-963-2319
Bridget@strangranch.com
JUDGE:  Kris Nixon, Arvada CO
Entries: $12.00 per class 25$ for CHJA medals. EMT: $10 fee - per rider per day
Stabling: 35$/stall/night. 25$/pen/night Please call to reserve 970-963-2319
Concession: Bottoms Up Farm
Schooling: 6:45-7:45am Saturday and Sunday. FRIDAY 25$/HORSE 12:00-5:30 !!!!
Please be prepared to sign release & pay on Friday
Stewards: Any CWHJA Board of Director Member present as well as CHJA Steward Saturday.  Attire: Proper show attire required. USAE-approved hard hat and boots with heels required for all
riders when mounted. Rules: USAE rules apply in all instances except where
Specifically covered by CWHJA and CHJA
Championships awarded to all divisions with three or more classes in the division and divisions with Three or more horses.
Dogs: NOT ALLOWED!!!!! Except for service dogs. There is an aggressive livestock guardian dog on the ranch; we encourage you to keep you dogs safe at home.


Saturday 8:00
1. **7 of 8 50$ winner take all (open all day)
(**7 of 8. First time used as a warm up, rider picks one jump for judge to disregard. Winner takes all! May be entered again, but just as a warm up Hunter.)

2. Baby Green Hunter course I 2’-2’3”
3. Baby Green Hunter course II
4. Long/Rusty Stirrup Equitation- course I 2’0”-2’3”
5. Long/Rusty Stirrup Equitation-course II
(Short Stirrup Equitation (no oxers) Course I
(Short Stirrup Equitation course II
6. Baby Green Hunter under saddle
7. Long/Rusty Stirrup Equitation on the flat
Short Stirrup Equitation on the flat
8. Evergreen Hunter – course I 2’3’-2’6”
9. Evergreen Hunter – Handy Hunter
10. Low CH/AA Hunter – course I
11. Low CH/AA Handy Hunter
12. Limit Equitation over fences
13. Evergreen Hunter under saddle
14. Low CH/AA Hunter under saddle
15. Limit Equitation on the flat
16. Pony Hunter – course I 2’6"-2’9" or
17. Pony Handy Hunter 2’-2’3”
18. Pony Equitation over fences
20. CHJA PONY MEDAL split by height S M L
21. Pony Hunter under saddle
22. Pony Equitation on the flat
23. Low Hunter course I 2’9”
24. Low Handy Hunter
25. Children’s/AA Hunter – course I
26. Children’s/AA Handy Hunter
28. CHJA COLUMBINE JR MEDAL 2’9”
29. CHJA COLUMBINE ADULT MEDAL 2’9”
30. Low Hunter under saddle
31. Children’s/AA Hunter under saddle
32. Open High/Low Hunter – course I 2’9"-3’ or
33. Open High/Low Handy Hunter 3’-3’3”
34. Jr/Am High/Low Hunter – course I
35. Jr/Am High/Low Handy Hunter
37. DORTHY ROBERTS MEMORIAL MEDAL 3’
38. COL. R. L. ROBERTSON MEDAL 3’
39. Open High/Low Hunter under saddle
40. Jr/Am High/Low Hunter under saddle


SUNDAY 8:00 AM

41. Walk- Trot Equitation on the flat
42. Walk-Trot Pleasure
43. Walk –Trot Poles
(WALK-TROT: No cross entry with any other class).
44. Flower Power Equitation on the flat (W, T, C)
45. Flower Power Hunter Hack
46. Flower Power course I (flower boxes)
47. LEAD LINE
48. Warm up hunter
49. Pre-Beginner Equitation – course I (10”- 15”)
50. Pre-Beginner Equitation – course II
51. Pre-Beginner Equitation on the flat
52. Beginner Rider Equitation on the flat
53. **Schooling Hunter under saddle
54. Beginner Rider Hunter – course I (1’6”-2’0”)
55. Beginner Rider Hunter – course II
56. Beginner Rider Equitation over fences
57. **Schooling Hunter - course I (1’6”-2’0”)
58. **Schooling Hunter -course II

COURSE CHANGE (not to start before 11:00)

59. **Schooling Jumper, sec V.1 (optimum time) 2’3”-2’6”
60. **Schooling Jumper, sec V.1 “ “
61. **Schooling Jumper Table II.2b
62. Level 1 Jumper, table II, 2b 2’6”-2’9”
63. Level 1 Jumper, table II,2c
64. Children’s/AA Jumper, table II,2b 2’9”
65. Children’s/AA Jumper, table II,2c
66. **Rotating Riders Pairs Relay
67. Level 2 Jumper, table II,2b 2’9” - 3’0”
68. Level 2 Jumper, table II,2c
69. Level 3 Jumper, table II,2b 3’ 3’3”
70. Level 3 Jumper, table II,2c
71. Level 4 Jumper, table II,2b 3’3” - 3’6”
72. Level 4 Jumper, table II,2c
73. **OPEN Jumper, table II,2b 3’6” -4’
74. **OPEN Jumper, table II,2c
**Unrecognized divisions


FLOWER POWER: Cross entry with Pre-beginners is allowed. This is an entry-level division To be judged on position, control and attitude. Cantering will not be penalized in the jumping portion of this division.. No- judges will not be allowed on the flat.

PRE-BEGINNER EQUITATION: Open to junior and amateur riders who have never shown higher than 2’0”. May cross-enter into beginner division.
BEGINNER RIDER: A beginner has never won three classes over fences in the same show season, and has never shown in a class with jumps exceeding 2’6”. This division will be split by age if entries warrant.
SCHOOLING HUNTER: Open to all riders and horses in the beginning of their show careers. NOT RECOGNIZED BY CWHJA
PONY HUNTER: Open to all ponies ridden by junior exhibitors. May jump either height offered, but must jump same height throughout this show . PONY EQUITATION: Open to all junior riders mounted on ponies
.
LONG/RUSTY STIRRUP EQUITATION:. Courses will be set at 2’0-2’3”. No rider who has competed over 2’6” is eligible for this division. Open to horses/ponies ridden by adult amateur riders. The same horse/rider combination may not cross-entered into classes 2’6” or higher at the same show.
LOW CHILDREN’S/AA HUNTER: This division will not be split by age. Open to horses or ponies shown by junior & amateur riders. Riders may not show higher that 2’6” at the same show.
LIMIT EQUITATION: Open to junior and amateur riders who have never won six blue ribbons over fences in equitation, and who have not shown over fences exceeding 3’ within the last 10 years .
BABY GREEN HUNTER: Open to horses who have not won three classes over fences in the same show season and have never shown higher than 2’6”.
EVERGREEN HUNTER: Open to horse and ponies. Fences 2’6”
CHILDREN’S/AA HUNTER: Open to Junior and Amateur riders (division to be split if entries warrant). Fences 2’9”.
JUNIOR/AMATEUR HIGH/LOW HUNTER: Open to junior and amateur riders. Fences must be ridden at either 2’9” – 3’0” or
3’0” - 3’3”, with riders jumping the same height throughout the division.
OPEN HIGH/LOW HUNTER: Same as High/Low Junior/Amateur Hunters, but open to all riders. JUMPER CLASSES: Children’s/AA Jumpers is open to Junior and Amateur riders only. A horse rider combination may only span three levels at any given horse show.
Questions and more information regarding class specifications is available at www.cwhja.com


Narlin, by Novalis is an 8 yr old, 16.2 h Gelding.


» Spring Sheepdog Trial May 5-9th 2015 «

04/02/2015 | (0) Comments

RESULTS.

OPEN 1

FAANSIE BASSON MOLLY 0 0 5 6 0 0 11 89
ELLEN SKILLINGS JILL 0 0 4 6 0 2 12 88
CAROL CLAWSON KITA 1 0 7 5 0 1 14 86
KAY STEPHENS STORM 3 1 7 7 0 0 18 82
CAROL CLAWSON TELL 2 0 8 7 3 2 22 78
TERRI WARNER BEA 0 0 10 9 2 1 22 78
TINA LAPLATT TESS 1 1 7 16 0 0 25 75
FAANSIE BASSON WISP 0 1 12 11 1 0 25 75
SHAUNA GOURLEY KELI 2 2 7 11 4 0 26 74
SHAUNA GOURLEY JADE 1 2 11 9 1 4 28 72
JO WOODBURY BOND 1 2 14 6 2 4 29 71
SHAUNA GOURLEY MIRA 2 1 3 16 0 10 32 68
DONNA ELIASON BEN 2 2 18 6 0 4 32 68
FAANSIE BASSON CAP 2 1 10 10 0 10 33 67
BRIDGET STRANG RAIN 3 3 12 13 0 3 34 66
KAY STEPHENS JACK 0 0 9 15 2 10 36 64
KAREN ZAMORA BEAU 2 2 10 15 1 7 37 63
KAREN STANLEY CLARE 0 0 18 15 2 2 37 63
LOU GILBERT KATE 0 0 7 28 2 3 40 60
LASOYA LERMA BEAU 0 2 8 10 10 10 40 60
PAUL HACKETT BEN 2 2 13 14 0 10 41 59
BRIDGET STRANG TREAT 2 2 8 10 10 10 42 58
JO WOODBURY ZIP 0 1 3 27 5 7 43 57
LAURA ESTERMAN MEG 0 0 10 14 10 10 44 56
LISE ANDERSEN MACK 3 2 11 8 10 10 44 56
BILL WILDER RUSSELL 0 1 7 17 10 10 45 55
MINDY BOWER GRIZ 2 1 6 28 2 10 49 51
SONIA CRAIG JEN 3 2 9 15 10 10 49 51
DIANE SPAINHOWER TESS 0 2 8 27 8 10 55 45
JULIE HANSMIRE FRIEDA 2 0 11 27 10 10 60 40
NANCY CRAWFORD TWEED3 3 15 24 9 10 64 36
SUSAN SHOEMAKER RINGER DQ 0 0
PAUL HACKETT TUFF DQ 0 0
VICTORIA LONG NIGHINN DQ 0 0
LISE ANDERSEN NELLIE DQ 0 0
MIKE MERRIMAN BELLE RET 0 0
PAM BRUNS SKIP DQ DQ 0 0
DANIEL KEETON NEWBY RET RT 0 0
TINA LAPLATT NICK RET RT 0 0
TERRI WARNER NIC RET RT 0 0
VICTORIA LONG ELLUM RET RT 0 0
JIM SWIFT MOLLY RET RT 0 0
KAREN STANLEY GRACE DQ DQ 0 0
TERRY MURRAY MINETTE DQ DQ 0 0
MONI HOWARD TAD DQ DQ 0 0
BRENT PHELPS BROCK DQ DQ 0 0
BILL WILDER OTIS RET RT 0 0
LISE ANDERSEN PIPER RET RT 0 0
MINDY BOWER POSSUM DQ DQ 0 0
KAREN ZAMORA MADDIE DQ DQ 0 0
SONIA CRAIG LAD DQ DQ 0 0
DEB SUSSMAN CHAP RET RT 0 0
NANCY CRAWFORD ELLA DQ DQ 0 0
DANIEL KEETON HEIDI DQ DQ 0 0
KAY STEPHENS GALA 0 0 18 DQ 18 0
JIM SWIFT JETT DQ DQ 0 0



OPEN 2

OPEN 2
Ellen Skillings Jill 0 0 6 4 0 0 10 90
Lasoya Lerma Beau 0 0 6 4 4 1 15 85
Sonia Craig Jen 1 1 6 8 0 1 17 83
Lise Andersen Piper 3 2 4 7 3 0 19 81
Tina LaPlatt Tess 3 2 6 6 1 1 19 81
Mindy Bower Griz 0 0 5 13 2 0 20 80
Kay Stephens Jack 0 0 5 4 1 10 20 80
Bill Wilder Russell 0 1 3 5 2 10 21 79
Kay Stephens Gala 1 1 10 6 0 3 21 79
Kay Stephens Storm 1 2 6 12 0 1 22 78
Shauna Gourley Jade 3 2 7 4 2 4 22 78
Bridget Strang Treat 0 0 2 9 2 10 23 77
Faansie Basson Cap 7 2 7 5 0 2 23 77
Terry Murray Minette 1 2 14 5 0 1 23 77
Terri Warner Bea 3 3 9 9 0 0 24 76
Victoria Long Ellum 0 0 3 5 9 10 27 73
Daniel Keeton Newby 2 0 3 13 0 10 28 72
Lou Gilbert Kate 1 2 17 5 2 2 29 71
Karen Stanley Grace 0 0 3 7 10 10 30 70
Carol Clawson Tell 3 1 13 7 0 6 30 70
Faansie Basson Wisp 1 3 18 7 1 0 30 70
Sonia Craig Lad 3 1 3 4 10 10 31 69
Faansie Basson Molly 2 3 16 9 0 1 31 69
Brent Phelps Brock 1 1 3 7 10 10 32 68
Jim Swift Jett 0 0 5 7 10 10 32 68
Mike Furcolow Meg 0 0 9 20 1 2 32 68
Shauna Gourley Keli 2 2 3 6 10 10 33 67
Karen Zamora Beau 1 1 7 18 0 6 33 67
Terri Warner Nic 0 1 8 15 0 10 34 66
Diane Spainhower Tess 2 2 3 8 10 10 35 65
Daniel Keeton Heidi 2 3 4 10 10 10 39 61
Jo Woodbury Bond 0 0 3 25 2 10 40 60
Victoria Long Nighinn 0 0 10 18 4 10 42 58
Bridget Strang Rain 2 2 10 9 10 10 43 57
Donna Eliason Ben 1 3 16 24 3 1 48 52
Lise Andersen Mack 1 3 12 18 5 10 49 51
Julie Hansmire Frieda 0 1 10 20 10 10 51 49
Karen Stanley Clare 0 1 15 24 5 10 55 45
Nancy Crawford Ella 1 2 17 27 1 9 57 43
Susan Shoemaker Ringer3 2 17 28 9 0 59 41
Mike Furcolow Punch 1 2 16 24 10 10 63 37
Tina LaPlatt Nick RET RT 0 0
Lise Andersen Nellie RET RT 0 0
Jim Swift Molly RET RT 0 0
Nancy Crawford Tweed RET RT 0 0
Shauna Gourley Mira DQ DQ 0 0
Paul Hackett Ben RET RT 0 0
Deb Sussman Chaps RET RT 0 0
Karen Zamora Maddie RET RT 0 0
Mindy Bower Possum RET rt 0 0
Bill Wilder Otis RET RT 0 0
Pam Bruns Skip RET RT 0 0
Mike Merriman Belle DQ DQ 0 0
Paul Hackett Tuff DQ DQ 0 0
Laura Esterman Meg RET RT 0 0


OPEN 3

OPEN 3
Julie Hansmire Frieda 0 2 4 11 0 4 21 79
Lise Andersen Piper 0 2 1 11 6 2 22 78
Sonia Craig Jen 0 0 5 11 0 8 24 76
Faansie Basson Molly 3 1 5 15 0 0 24 76
Shauna Gourley Jade 1 0 10 11 4 0 26 74
Shauna Gourley Keli 1 2 11 9 3 0 26 74
Bridget Strang Treat 0 0 5 11 1 10 27 73
Victoria Long Nighinn 0 0 12 12 0 4 28 72
Lise Andersen Mack 2 2 7 8 1 10 30 70
Donna Eliason Ben 1 1 8 17 2 2 31 69
Terri Warner Bea 0 1 7 15 0 10 33 67
Faansie Basson Wisp 1 1 10 12 0 10 34 66
Coleen Hawker Ike 8 3 2 11 0 10 34 66
Ellen Skillings Jill 0 0 18 9 0 8 35 65
Tina LaPlatt Tess 0 0 10 15 1 10 36 64
Shauna Gourley Mira 4 0 17 7 9 0 37 63
Brent Phelps Brock 1 1 7 16 3 10 38 62
Daniel Keeton Heidi 1 1 9 17 0 10 38 62
Bill Wilder Otis 1 2 17 11 2 10 43 57
Sonia Craig Lad 2 1 7 23 2 10 45 55
Diane Spainhower Tess 0 2 19 15 0 10 46 54
Bill Wilder Russell 3 3 16 15 0 10 47 53
Terri Warner Nic 0 1 16 14 10 10 51 49
Tina LaPlatt Nick 3 0 18 29 0 10 60 40
Susan Shoemaker Ringer 6 2 17 16 10 10 61 39
Victoria Long Ellum 1 2 19 30 10 10 72 28
Pam Bruns Skip 2 3 18 30 10 10 73 27
Laura Esterman Meg 19 0 14 24 4 10 75 25
Mike Furcolow Meg 19 3 9 30 10 10 81 19
Faansie Basson Cap RET RT 0 0
Nancy Crawford Tweed RET rt 0 0
Bridget Strang Rain RET rt 0 0
Carol Clawson Tell RET rt 0 0
Terry Murray Minette RET rt 0 0
Mike Furcolow Punch DQ dq 0 0
Karen Zamora Maddie RET rt 0 0
Moni Howard Tad DQ dq 0 0
Jo Woodbury Bond RET rt 0 0
Jim Swift Jett RET rt 0 0
Karen Stanley Clare DQ dq 0 0
Lasoya Lerma Beau RET rt 0 0
Nancy Crawford Ella RET rt 0 0
Mike Merriman Belle RET rt 0 0
Lise Andersen Nellie DQ dq 0 0
Lou Gilbert Kate RET rt 0 0
Karen Zamora Beau DQ dq 0 0
Daniel Keeton Newby RET rt 0 0
Karen Stanley Grace RET rt 0 0
Jo Woodbury Zip
Deb Sussman Chaps RET rt 0 0



» Lathrop Strang Memorial Fund «

11/14/2009 | (0) Comments

There are no words to describe the life you lived - you were amazing in every aspect of your life.  We love you Lados.

On a perfect Colorado spring day in 2008, a perilous run down a chute atop Mount Sopris took the life of Lathrop Strang. His death shocked and saddened the valley and a void lingers where his intellect and energy contributed so much.

Lathrop served on the board of Aspen Valley Land Trust for six years, and before that was a member to the board of Western Colorado Agricultural Heritage Fund, which merged with AVLT in 2002. Land conservation, particularly that of working ranches, was Lathrop’s passion. He felt strongly that humans as well as animals need open spaces and land to grow food and fuel.

Lathrop’s parents Mike and Kit, brother Scott and sisters Laurie and Bridget, asked that in lieu of flowers, people make a donation to a selected non-profits, including AVLT. The Lathrop Strang Memorial Fund helps defray some of the costs landowners incur in donation a conservation easement. The funds are used to conserve working ranches that have been in one family for at least 25 years. Lathrop is no longer here to advocate for ranchers and ranching, but he continues to help insure that ranching remains in the Roaring Fork and Colorado River valleys.

To contact AVLT please visit http://www.avlt.org or email at avlt@avlt.org.


http://www.avlt.org
Aspen Vally Land Trust
320 Main Street
Carbondale, CO 81623-2084
(970) 963-8438


» Bridget Strang «

04/02/2008 | (0) Comments

Bridget has been on the farm, and around horses her whole life. She achieved her “A” rating in Pony Club, evented at the Advanced level for several years on a home bred horse, has shown up threw fourth Level USDF, and shown cutting horses at the NCHA western states championships. She shows at numerous AA rated shows, and has qualified and taken several students and horses for the national championships at Harrisburg and Washington. Both the hunter and jumper business and the lesson program focus on healthy, happy horses and riders. She used to breed sport horses, and enjoys developing the young horses as well as the young riders.

She enjoys developing young horses and students, as well as teaching the amateurs.

Sport horses Hexton (Darco/Furiouso II) and Bridget at Spruce Meadows. Hexton was imported from England  as a six yr old and went on to a second place finish in his Grand Prix debut. King, by Ulster (Nimmerdor) level 7 jumpers Indio Ca.



» Strang Gang News November 2010 «

12/02/2009 | (0) Comments

The Year started with a sheepdog trial in Denver, and also with a win. What a great way to start the year!!!!!!! We attended the National Western Stock show in Denver in January, with the Strang Ranch represented in the bovine show with the Max’s Lowline heifers, and the canine division with Rosie in the sheepdog trial. The horses were already in California with my able bodied assistant Kristy Gregg. Mike, Kit, Bridget, Nellie, Treat and Rosie -in one truck...- all headed west the end of January. Arriving just in time to help Bob Peitrzak show his horse Cubano in the first week of shows at the Desert Horse Park in Thermal. It took us a couple weeks to get our horses in the show ring, but by week three Martha McCoys’ horse Sandro Bear had picked up great ribbons in the pre-green, Phillip was getting checks in the huge level five jumpers, and the Devan’s pony Benedicta Blue was winning in the Large Green Ponies. By the end of the circuit Laura Peitrzak had joined us with her two horses, Carolyn Miller had jumped Himself clean and fast in the Adult jumpers, and the young horses were getting a dose of horse show reality.

Benedicta Blue showing in the large Green pony's Thermal 2010.
Benedicta Blue showing in the large Green pony's Thermal 2010.
We hurried home to MUD and Cold, but also a trip to Hawaii with family. A few days in a rain forest, and a few days on a beach- and everything was put right!!!!!! .
Back at it at the Ranch, we hosted a mock horse show to get the new kids ready for the upcoming horse show season. The little girls that were just learning to canter it seems were now learning about courses, and lead changes. Their preparation paid off as all had am amazing show season. I am so proud of them all. In May we canceled our local horse show because who wants to show in SNOW!!! and went to high Prairie for two weeks instead. We won a little, {Sandro Bear was Champion in the Pre-Green Hunters} learned a lot and had a great time. It was fun getting back to horse showing!!! Summer here we come.

The dog trialing ramped up a notch with three dog trials to participate in in the spring. Dogs were great, handler needs a lot of work- final score..... dogs and Bridget zero- sheep 12.... It seems that our success early was not indicative of our summer success. We are learning a lot, and am proud to say that by the time August rolled around I was back on track and Treat just two yrs old won his first open Ranch trial at Nicomodes Dog Trial in Alamosa Colorado. He also went on to win a nursery in October, on his home turf and get his first “leg” in qualifying for the National Finals in 2011. Rosie remains the finest stock dog you could ever want, patient, strong and smarter than all of us.



June at the ranch brought our first CWHJA horse show at the ranch and two others in the Valley. Greg Best came from New Zealand for a fabulous jumping clinic the end of the month. This man has the history of top competition both as a rider and a coach at the Olympic level. His extensive clinic schedule has him teaching thousands of riders in a year. With all that experience behind him it is no wonder he is a master teacher and trainer. We look forward to next years clinic. We thought so much of our time with him, we ventured over the mountains and rode with him again in August at Plum Creek Hollow. Thank you Greg for all your time and patience. Maria Wasson also came to the ranch monthly for our flat work tune ups. June was also the start of our first annual summer pony camp. This was a huge success. Deciding that the kids needed a little more than diagonals and leads in their riding we established the camp. Our goals to teach some of the things that our kids miss not being a part of Pony Club, and have some good old fashioned fun!!! I think we succeeded on both counts. Courtney and Amy helped run them with the able assistance of Skylar. This is definitely on for next year. And I am sure we will be a sell out.





July and August brought more horse shows. Local shows were a blast with my crew of kids. I am so grateful for my wonderful ponies- Bell, Freckles, Cloudy and Bonni. Each pony teaches a different lesson, so with the kids switching ponies each month the end result is a very capable rider, and a lot of RIBBONS!!! Martha McCoy and her horse Sandro Bear collected a Championship ribbon at Estes Park in August. September brought us to fall High Prairie where Strang Ranches Artie and Carolyn Devan topped the Children’s hunter for a Championship ribbon.
October brought the dog trial, and another perfect perfect autumn weekend. We had competitors from seven different states, there were lots of spectators and lots of interest was generated about next years trials. It was a wonderful weekend.
I would like to congratulate Beth Jaquet on the purchase of Nakota, and Michelle Marlow on the purchase of Wonder. I am so pleased that you both found your horses, and that they found you. Good luck!!
I am bracing for winter.... Fall was just too easy. Beautiful, warm sunny days made riding the three year olds fillies a reality. This time of new cold, frozen ground, and early dark nights is a hard transition. I will be happy when the snow is deep, and we can once again ride out on that fluffy, crystal cloud under the Colorado blue sky. 



» news april 2009 «

05/30/2009 | (0) Comments

News from Strang Ranch April 2009

It has been a very full winter for the Strang Gang in Thermal California.  WE took ten horses down, on a 18 hr trip that took four days… Fortunately we eventually did make it safe and sound to California with well rested horses and trucks in good working order with some new parts..?
Thermal, a sea of tents!! We arrived on a Thursday, and Friday morning found ourselves at the Desert Circuit horse show!!!  I think there was a week where there was not a show, but we were so busy clipping and unpacking and riding the winter out of our horses we hardly took notice.  Before we knew it we were back at the horse show.  With over twenty horses alternating show weeks, we were really busy for a solid seven weeks of horse shows!!  Thank you all, for trusting us with their care and having the faith to send them to the show ring with us. Green horses are not always easy, and progress does not come at a steady pace.  The horses were wonderful!!  All those shows at Thermal had us very well prepared for our two weeks at the Oaks.  Quiet time, 1.20m ThemalWonderview farms’ Quiet Time finished second in her 1.20meter classic at the Oaks, after several really good ribbons at Thermal in the very competitive level 5 jumpers.  Top of my List, and Carolyln Devan at Thermal, reserve champ Schooling Pony Hunter. Carolyn Devan joined us for one week of showing, and catch rode “Top of my List” AKA Cooper to a reserve championship in the schooling pony hunter, and then stepped up to the Large Pony hunters.  She did a wonderful job, and I was so proud of her figuring out a different pony, over huge jumps, in gale force winds!!!! The Strang horses, Fiona, Philip and Halleluljah, also had their successes, earning good ribbons from the pre-green hunters to the 1.30m jumpers. 
Kristy Gregg will be managing the barn this summer.  We also welcome Tara Hill from California here to do some riding and teaching.  Hugh Coleby is also in residence starting and training colts.  There will be three CWHJA hunter jumper shows at the ranch this summer, May 3rd, June 5 & 6, and August 29 & 30th.  There are several clinics scheduled for this summer.  Maria Wasson will be here May 15-16 and will be returning every month for her dressage/flat work/ good position clinics.  Greg Eliel will be returning the end of June for his Horsemanship clinc.  For many years Greg was a protégé of Ray Hunts´ and Buck Brannamans´.  He is a very good teacher, and has a wonderful simple approach to problem solving. If you desire a straighter, softer, easier horse on the ground and riding, don´t miss this clinic.  Please contact Bridget or Kit if you are interested in either of these clinics.  Both clinics are open to all levels of riders. 
Unforgetable Fable, Thermal. Philip, Thermal 1.20m Ikera,  showing her winning style in the AA hunters. Paddy O'Reilly and Laura Pietrzak, winners of the A/A jumper classic!!!



» Parting Shots «

12/06/2007 | (0) Comments


Courtney and Kim racing home after the pairs barrel race. 08
Treat, these things called sheep!! Treat loves the water! Fiona at the Greg Best Clinic 08'.
Emily and Guizmo in great form. Cody and Emily getting ready for the Pairs Relay in Estes Park 08. Freckels and her fan club before winning the lead line at Estes Park.
Gail looking great winning the Egg and spoon on Hexton 08