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05/29/2009 | (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!!!






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