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.
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