Ranches, history, wineries paint Paso Robles landscape
Paso Robles, located in northern San Luis Obispo County, is home to 30,000 residents. Incorporated in 1889, the name Paso Robles comes from the Spanish El Paso de Robles, or “The Pass of the Oaks.” Situated 230 miles north of Los Angeles and 210 miles south of San Francisco, this 19.9-acre city is a haven for horse lovers.
Here are some updates on your NSHA Futurity program sponsors
Holy Cow Performance Horses
Santa Ynez, CA & Weatherford, TX
Holy Cow Performance Horses opened its doors in 1999, becoming one of the leading breeding operations of performance cow horses in the state of California. In December of 2012 Holy Cow Performance Horses expanded operations to a second location in Weatherford, Texas, introducing Holy Cow Performance Horses Texas, LLC. Breeding, raising and showing quality performance Quarter Horses is our passion. Holy Cow Performance Horses is dedicated to breeding quality working cow performance horses that are world class in their respective fields. Reined cow horses, cutting and reining horses, as well as all around working ranch horses are raised here at Holy Cow Performance Horses.
Are you a responsive rider or a reactive rider? If you are a reactive rider — responding to the reactions of your horse and are riding whatever he presents whether it be a spook, a buck or a bolt — you likely feel as if you are taken by surprise. Or, you feel at the mercy of what your horse presents and you do what you can to ride through an issue. When you return from a trail ride, you feel lucky to have made it back safely. Your confidence begins to wane, and you become more fearful – trail riding is more stressful than fun. You start eliminating things you used to do, places you used to go to.
A myriad of horse grooming products call for your attention. Here are some of the best.
Double K Industries
HorseSense shampoos and conditioners from Double K Industries are part of a line of professional equine grooming product made of quality ingredients, superior formulas and provide proven results. Rave reviews from owners, trainers and breeders for their show ring results are common. Double K products include:
Emerald Black, a deep-cleaning, conditioning shampoo for black or dark-coated horses
White Knight, a deep-cleaning, conditioning shampoo for white coats
OatMella, a rich, deep-cleaning and skin-soothing shampoo with Melaleuca
Ultimate, a deep-cleaning shampoo for horses of all colors
The Solution for Detangling and Conditioning, a versatile, deep moisturizing detangling conditioner
BootGuard, an application that preserves, restores and waterproofs all leathers.
For more information, be sure to check out the Double K Industries ad on the back cover of this issue!
DEL MAR– A duel in the pagentry of the Showpark grand prix field decided the United States Equestrian Federation National Junior Hunter West Coast Finals, and Ashton Alexander rode Cafe De Colombia to the a big win over Destry Spielberg and Illusion here on July 21-22.
Head tossing, bucking, bolting, biting, rearing, striking — whether you ride arena or trail, English or Western, having a safe, broke horse is built from the ground up.
Third in a series
When you learned to drive your parents’ car, you weren’t simply given the keys with the expectation that you knew how to drive, even if you had spent 15 years observing from the back seat. You were taught in a systematic and safe manner to avoid accidents and injury to others.
With its variety of styles and levels, driving is gaining popularity. Here is a list of the best resources.
Art of Driving
Templeton (805) 434-9443
Art of Driving teaches the classic German Driving and Riding System, offering a comprehensive spectrum of services to support you in having fun and success with horses. In its lessons, Art of Driving improves your skills and knowledge in driving or riding horses. Theoretic instructions help you understand the basics of the riding and driving system, and also about function and purpose of tack and all riding and driving equipment.
The main goal of the German Training System for horses is a high level of rideability and/or driveability. The Art of Driving helps you reach that goal by using the combined training system of lunging, riding and driving your horse in an intensive training program.
Art of Driving offers lessons and education for driving single, pairs or multiples; dressage and jumping; horsekeeping/caretaking and grooming; navigating for carriage driving; harness and carriages — as well as everything else that has to do with driving! The teachers are also available by arrangement for clinics or seminars at your facility or a location of your choice.
In addition, Art of Driving offers full service for your show participation and competing, including preparation, coaching and support based on their rich experiences, benefitting you, your team, and/or your horses. And if you are interested in having your horse professionally shown in driving or riding events, Art of Driving can do that for you, too, as well as help you find answers to all questions about the selection and purchase of horses, carriages and harness.
So what does driving mean to you? Is driving a romantic idea of times past, recreating a simpler lifetime when time and speeds were slower-paced, before the combustion engine?
The allure might stem from the old west — cowboys, Indians, covered wagons with buckboards driving into town — or perhaps from carriages seen in the background of almost any time-period movie.
Looking for a home for your horse? Here are some of California's best
Anaheim Equestrian Center
Anaheim Equestrian Center and Rancho Del Rio Stable give riders both convenience and top amenities, all centrally located in the heart of Orange County. In addition to recently updated arenas, the stable has an on-site tack and feed store, access to river trails, and an upgraded fly system to the barn. More trailer parking was added to the facility to include a yearly hunter-jumper show series along with various clinics, plus instruction and training in reining, western and dressage. What’s more, you feel that you are in the country thanks to Anaheim Equestrian Center’s friendly atmosphere and great location near the river trail. Check out this facility for a show or event> If you are thinking of making this your new “horsey” home, give them a call.