04/24/2013 | (0) Comments & Videos
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. With some recently acquired land we now have a small cross country course great for introducing young riders and horses to riding and jumping outside. It is also the hub of the local Pony Club hosting weekly riding sessions, rallies and fun days.
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.
There is extensive trail riding, a recognized fox hunt, and an extensive hunter/jumper training barn.
02/03/2015 | (0) Comments & Videos
Miles is an embryo transfer foal of 2006. His mother was Liberty’s Diamond and his father is Mezcalaro. He has had a nice slow start… which is probably a good thing as he is a very big horse. He is gentle and quiet but not for beginner. Should have all the scope in the world, good mover and jumper, could end up in any ring at a high level with a good finish. Current photos coming soon
Video of Miles January 2015, click under comments and videos to view. $35,000USD
02/01/2015 | (0) Comments & Videos
Glory B is a big filly standing well over 16.2. Her mother was a lovely TB mare, very good jumper and mover. GLory has a lovely ground covering trot, an enormous, slow ground covering canter. $28,000USD
01/01/2015 | (0) Comments & Videos
“Narnia" is eleven old filly by the Holsteiner Stallino Cicera’s Icewater and out of the wonderful Dutch mare Liberty’s Diamond. Narnia is a forward brave mare and is a blast to jump. She is lovely to look at, and is a VERY athletic horse. She is a very balanced mare and will excell in any disipline. $35,000USD
08/29/2012 | (0) Comments & Videos
***** NEWS FLASH**********
Twinkle’s debut in the First Year Green Hunters was a success, winning the last round at the High Prairie Summer Circuit Show week 4. She was a blast to ride, simple to prepare and beautiful in the ring. The week before she had to step in for a child (who had never jumped her) in the 3’ Medals at a local show and was a trouper! We are heading back to High Prairie week 6.
“Twinkle” at Estes Park summer of 2012 where she picked up a reserve championship in the Baby Green hunters.
Twinkle started the Pre-greens in Thermal in 2013 and did three or four shows that summer in Colorado in the 3’ Pre-Green. She did her first Hunter Derby in June 2013 and was a star. Check out the video of her at High Prairie this summer (2015) in the First Year Green Hunters.
Twinkle has expanded her horizon and been successful in the level 3 jumpers in Thermal. This mare is a blast! She is lovely to ride, forward and brave and very careful. This winter we were at home and Twinkle stepped in as a “most delux” lesson horse. $75,000
10/23/2011 | (0) Comments
***************DAISY HAS SOLD********************
“Daisy" is regrettably for sale. SHe was a super star 4-H pony, and trail pony but is not really suited for english. She has perfect ground manners, and is good to ride (is a bit forward for real beginners). She has swum a river, and done all the horsemanship stuff for 4-H and was perfect.
10/23/2011 | (0) Comments & Videos
"Anni” is a cute medium pony for sale or lease. This pony was an overall champion CWHJA pony hunter in 2009. She is very quiet, is best suited for a slightly larger child. She is brave and a cute mover and cute to look at. 6,000$ to buy or 2,000$ to lease. Photos and video coming soon
08/31/2011 | (0) Comments & Videos
******************TEDDY HAS SOLD****************”
Sandro Bear” is a 9 yr old, 16h imported dutch gelding with a great jump, tons of step and beautiful! “Teddy” has been Champion in the Pre- Green hunters several times from California to Colorado. This is a very special horse that is looking or his forever home. Easy on the ground, trail rides, great lead change and does not need a longe before he shows. He has plenty of scope and step to jump the 3’6”. $55,000
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aspen Vally Land Trust
320 Main Street
Carbondale, CO 81623-2084
04/03/2008 | (0) Comments & Videos
CONGRATULATIONS TO MICHELLE MARLOW!!!! Thank you and Good Luck!!!
Wonder is a big, beautiful good moving gelding. Wonder should mature close to 17 hands. He was very willing and jumped in good form in the jump chute. He has been to California to see the world, and has been showing locally in the 2'6"-3' divisions. He is a light, sensitive horse that is always trying to please. He is very friendly on the ground and always wants to be with you. His mother was a beautiful jumper and mover, and showed successfully in the hunter ring.
04/01/2008 | (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.
03/03/2008 | (0) Comments & Videos
DUNCAN HAS SOLD
Duncan is a twelve year old, beautiful, Dutch X Gelding by Aristos B, a big bodied 16 h., but could measure as a small Jr Hunter. He is a very good mover and jumper and has a lot of mileage at 3’ and plenty of scope to jump 3’6”. He is simple to ride, but does have a big jump, easy to manage at the horse shows and a joy at home. DUNCAN WAS CHAMPION IN THE GREEN CONFORMATION HUNTERS AT ESTES PARK H/J FESTIVAL, and Tucson Fall Festival First yr Green hunters. And 13th in a Hunter Derby, his second show at 3’6”.
01/01/2008 | (0) Comments
*****MIGHTY HAS BEEN SOLD***********
Mighty Quiet, a lovely 16.1 h., 2003 unraced TB gelding that has what it takes to make into a lovely show hunter. He is a good mover, with a lovely ground covering canter. He has been to two shows and was very brave and quiet.
01/01/2008 | (0) Comments
NAKOTA HAS SOLD!!!!! Congratulations to Beth Joquet of Littleton Colorado, and good luck with this wonderful athlete.
Nakota is a 16 hand, 2005 geld that had a brief stint on the race track as a three yr old, before he came to Strang Ranch to find a different vocation. He is quiet, beautiful and sweet.
He has had plenty of time to let down from the race track. Last summer he had some trail riding, a little ring work, and was introduced to jumping and is ready to go on and become a hunter.
12/30/2007 | (0) Comments & Videos
> Jeffie AKA Slow Lopin Cowboy is a beautiful 16 h. 2002 gelding by Lopin Slow. Jeffie is a good mover. He is brave and scopey to the jumps and will make a wonderful hunter with a little mileage. He is simple to ride, quiet and adorable. He LOVES people and is very sweet around the barn. Jeffie was CWHJA Year end Champion in the Evergreen Green hunters!!!! For an (old) Video of Jeffie please select the comment button Recient video in the works.
08/31/2007 | (0) Comments & Videos
Larenato is a 1998, 16.1h Dutch Warmblood Gelding. He has done second level dressage with his amateur owner with great success. He has recently begun to learn about jumping, and shows great promise and a beautiful style. This beautiful horse is proudly offered for sale. He is a fun, good quality horse that will do any job well.$30,000USD LARANTO HAS SOLD
06/16/2007 | (2) Comments
Strang Ranch is proud to sponsor a horsemanship clinic with Greg Eliel from the U Cross Ranch in Ellensburg Washington July 14-18. Greg is a wonderful horseman and a fabulous teacher. His clinic in 2006 was a sell out. His goal of creating a willing partnership has helped many people and horses of all levels from the beginner to the finished show professional.
Watch and learn from Greg’s technique of rebuilding a foundation from feel without force or harsh gimmicks. “All Problems are fixable”. Greg will be offering a horsemanship I for the greener riders and horses, and will help develop a strong base on the ground through halter work, help with trailer loading, leading and other behavioral problems, and then take it to the riding level. The horsemanship II will be for those who have ridden with him before and are ready to take his techniques farther into their riding. This clinic is for anyone interested in improving their relationship with their horse, whether they are on the trail or in the show ring.
Greg is a firm believer that Horses learn from the release of pressure. “They don’t learn from pressure. You should be making the wrong thing difficult and the right thing easy.” So come join us for four days of REAL HORSEMANSHIP!!
Please contact Bridget for more information on this clinic 970-963-2319.
02/23/2007 | (0) Comments
We are busy showing at the new Thermal show grounds and the horses are doing really well. The new horse’s have stepped up the levels.
Clair D’Lune a grey mare with both Galoubet and Abdullah in her pedigree showed week three with great success, and several blue ribbons commemorating her clear rounds in levels two and three and ending up in level four.
Royal Saber also had several clean rounds and ended up in the level four jumpers.
Sue Piertrzak and her wonder horse Paddy O’Reilly had a great week taking home ribbons in a very tough modified class. Sues other horse Quiet Time, a young mare by Indoctro that Sue raised, has a very large string of blue ribbons across her stall from her debut in the jumper ring. We are very proud of her.
Fiona showed week one and picked up right where she left off from the fall. We are looking forward to week four and moving up a couple levels.
Raphael the beautiful grey hunter from Windhoek Farm picked up ribbons in the Adequon Open hunters and will be heading into the Second Year Green hunter ring week four, with his sights on the Regular Working Hunters.
The weather has been spectacular, and the show grounds are wonderful. We are all looking forward to the next three weeks of shows.
Congratulations to BettyAnn Shenk on the purchase of Guess What, a warmblood gelding by Aristos B. Week II this lovely horse earned a second place with Peter Pletcher in the Irons, in the First Year Green Hunters. We are looking forward to the future with this special horse.
Laura Pietrzak joined us for the final three weeks, picking up great ribbons with her mare Ikeria in the Adult Hunters.
12/31/2006 | (0) Comments
In January we made our traditional trek with nine horses, Mike, Kit and Bridget to the desert oasis of Coachella California.. After our brief stint of 24 below zero F, we really look forward to the riding and showing in the sun! Tahquitz Equestrian center, where we base our opperation is a wonderful facility to teach and train out of. It is a mile from the show grounds so we are close enough but always have a nice quiet place to ride and train and turn out our horses. We had a great circuit in Indio, finding success in about every ring the show offered, from the very competitive Walk Trot class with Kit Cunningham, to a Championship in the level 5 jumpers for Sue Pietrzak and Paddy O’Reilly, and about every ring in between. The hunter ring was friendly to Nestor and Gail in the Open Hunters and Windhoek farms’ Raphael, where he moved into the First year Green division after collecting a few ribbons in the Pre-Green ring. Mean while back at the ranch.... Tahquitz Equestrian center provided a wonderful place to further our education. There were two visits from our favorite dressage instructor Maria Wasson. There was a very insightful weekend clinic with John Turner of Thumbs Up Farm. And for the month of February we had Greg Eliel, who helps us from the ground up getting our horses soft, straight and supple.
Indio led to our favorite show the Oaks Where Sue continued her winning streak, and then it was time to head home to Carbondale. We love our time in Indio, it is beautiful and exciting but it does not hold a candle to springtime in Colorado. April is a wonderful time on the ranch full of baby calves, sheep and soon- foals!!!!!
The summer flew by as usual. We hosted five local shows at the ranch, and attended a few A rated shows in Parker and Estes Park. Bridget and Sue Pietrzak made a quick trip to Spruce Meadows, (where Sue once again came home sporting that wonderful Canadian RED ribbon-the winner!!!!) Mean while back at the ranch the lesson program was in full swing, and there were many horses to be ridden. July brought us two new foals. Libertys’ Diamond, now 21 had her last foal, (we will let surrigate mares have her foals from now on ). “Narnia” is a very beautiful, grey filly by Ciceras’ Icewater. Rowina, a new Westphalen broodmare, produced “Gabe”, a small but mighty colt by Crooked Willows Holsteiner stallion, Grannius. The first week of July we had a wonderful clinic with Greg Best, who is a fabulous horseman and teacher, followed by a sold out horsemanship clinic with Greg Eliel. Gregs’ methods of straightening and freeing up our horses and perfecting out positions produced wonderfully free and soft horses. Maria Wasson again found time to come and teach every month. There was something for everyone!! Tuesday nights were dedicated to Pony Club. Bridget and the kids would load up and head out to Wonderview for our weekly dose of “good old fashioned horsemanship”. Congratulations to everyone achieving their rating!!!!!!!! The two and three year old’s were beautifully started by Hugh from Australia. We are hoping he will find his way back to the ranch in a more permanent position. He was great with EVERY horse he rode. They overcame their fears and in a short time were happily being ridden all around the ranch.
August brought more horse shows, starting with Estes Park a first ‘away’ show and a first place for “Fiona”!! Two local shows finished out the month and brought us to September. High Prairie was another huge success for Sue and Paddy in the Amateur Owner Jumpers, first or second in every class!!! We welcomed the CWHJA finals to the ranch in October to close out the year.
The fall brought with its amazing colors the pair pace at Pietrzaks. The costumes 34$, the preparation time - many weeks, the opportunity to canter across a field, jumping jumps with your friends, on a magical fall day in Colorado....... PRICELESS!!!!
Lessons slowly wound down as the horses coats got thicker and the cold set in. We are now covered by two feet of snow and the thermometer has dipped to 13 below zero, there are a few hearty soles still riding, but for the most part downhill skiing has replaced the posting trot. The ranch has slowed down to a more comfortable pace with lessons and training going on at a quieter pace. The indoor is welcoming and warm and we enjoy our change of scenery from the summer. We are beginning to look forward to our next adventures at Indio, with new horses and customers, and a brand new horse show facility! As I dream about the possibilities of the future I also reflect back on the wonderful year and count my many blessings. I am so thankful for the support of my family, and for the wonderful group of customers that are here now. And I am always thankful that the horses let me be a part of their lives.
Good luck and good health to everyone.
Bridget and the Strang Gang
10/31/2006 | (0) Comments
"Gabe” out of an Alme mare by Grannius
“Narnia” out of Liberty’s Diamond by Cicera’s Icewater
10/29/2006 | (0) Comments
“Stormy” is out of Liberty’s Diamond, by Goodtimes (Nimmerdor)
“Fiesta” is out of the homebred Fiona, (Fajita X Hol. Challanger) and also by Goodtimes.
“Dougie” is out of the TB Hope, by the HOl stallion Cicera’s Icewater
10/28/2006 | (0) Comments
10/09/2006 | (0) Comments
Philip is out of Liberty’s Diamond by the legendary Circa Z (Quidam de Revel). Born 2003 he is 16+ hands tall. He is a very balanced horse, with an incredible jump!!!! Phillip won his Young Event horse competition last fall at High Prairie Horse Trials. He has shown successfully in the Young Jumper classes in California and Colorado.
10/08/2006 | (0) Comments
Hally is out of the TB mare ‘Hope’ (Mehemet), by the dutch stallion ‘Ohorn’ (Ahorn). He is lovely to ride and should excell as a dressage horse with his suspension and ‘uphill’ way of going. He also jumps in good form with plenty of scope in the jumping chute. However, with his pretty trot, and slow canter the hunter judges would love him! The sky is the limit with this big fellow. Hally has shown succussfully in the pre green Hunters in California and Colorado, getting good ribbons both over fences and on the flat.
07/12/2006 | (0) Comments
|Stall (includes grain & turn out and blanketing)
|Run, corral or close in pasture
|Run with handling and/or grain
|Turn out with main gang
All supplements not provided by owner will be an additional expense.
Board is due at the first of the month. Finance charges will be added
to over due accounts.
|Full training ( 18 rides minimum)
|All other rides (exercise, hack, school)
|LESSONS *** note there is a 5$ discount for group lessons for paying ahead or those in a regular program***
||Semi-$50, Group-$45, Pony Club kids-$35
|Use of ranch horse for lesson (additional)
|Rental of horse for show/hunt/trail ride/free ride without lesson
||loading fee $30 plus $1.50/mile
| Catch fee
|Walker: Use fee TBA (ask Kit or Bridget)
| All non boarders per horse
| RFH Pony Club members
||$15/day, plus supply cost
|HORSE SHOW FEES
shows - coaching and/or riding
| Full day care (showing)
| Full day care (non showing)
| Coaching/showing only
| Supply charge
|Trainer's expense (hotel, food, etc.), tack/grooming stalls and paddocks are additional and will be divided among participating clients.
|Horses stabled with Strang Ranch and not on day care will be charged a $25/horse/show supply charge
07/07/2006 | (0) Comments
Lessons available for beginners to riders competing at “A” Level shows. There is an large lesson program for kids in the spring, summer and fall, starting at age 5. We have several knowledgable instructors to give the kids the one on one time that they need in the beginning. For the slightly more advanced kids there are several groups to join. We offer the oportunity to join ‘The United States Pony Club’ and can provide horses and transportation. The ranch has several very wonderful school horses, that suit the needs of the very young to the more advance adult.
Groundwork to jumping, we specialize in the all around horsemanship and can help from the ground up, producing tractable, manageable and happy horses, for dressage and jumping
07/07/2006 | (0) Comments
- 125’ X300’ outdoor jumping rings
- 80’X 200’ outdoor dressage ring
- 75’ X 220’ indoor ring, with sand/rubber footing
- 12 stall barn
- outside runs with shelter