Cowboy Dressage News Letter - February 2010

Dear Friends,

Much has happened here at Wolf Creek Ranch since our last newsletter. We hope that our February update finds you and your critters all in good spirits and good health. 2010 promises to be an eventful year and below you will find just a few of the highlights. For more information please visit: www.cowboydressage.com 


        Deb and 8

Road to the Horse

March 6 & 7
Murfreesboro, TN

Eitan will be judging the world championship colt-starting competition, Road to the Horse, March 6 & 7 in Murfreesboro, TN. If you have not been to this it is a “must do.” This event is “edge of your seat” entertainment and educational to boot. You will see some of the best horsemen in the country compete for top honors. You will have the time of your life and learn a little something too. Tickets are now on sale and they do sell out early so get your tickets now. Don’t wait or you will miss out on one of our country’s best horse event. You can get information and tickets at: www.roadtothehorse.com Don’t delay!

World Equestrian Games 2010

September 25 – Oct 10
Lexington, KY

If judging Road to the Horse is not exciting enough add participating at the World Equestrian Games in Lexington, Kentucky to this year. Eitan and his Morgan Stallion, Santa Fe Renegade will be in the Opening Ceremony as well as entertaining and doing “mini” clinics for the duration of the WEG at the Equine Village in the Kentucky Horse Park. Eitan and Santa Fe opened the closing ceremony at the 2006 WEG in Aachen, Germany so this is once again a great honor. For more information on the games visit: www.alltechfeigames.com This will be one of the largest and most prestigious horse events worldwide. This is another event you can add it to your “must do” list for 2010.

Santa Fe Renegade Sculptor

Artists Carolin Boydston & Kitty Cantrell

White Horse Studio

www.whitehorsestudios.net/sf.htm

He is done and he is beautiful!!! We couldn’t be more pleased with the finished sculptor of Santa Fe Renegade. The attention to detail and likeness is amazing. This is truly a work of art. This particular model is a collectable and is a limited edition of twenty-five. Fifteen have been pre sold so there are only ten left. For information on the purchase of one of these please contact Carolin at the web address above.

Santa Fe Renegade to be new Morgan Model for the Peter Stone’s Stone Horse Collections.

Peter Stone was so impressed with Artists Carolin Boydston & Kitty Cantrell’s work on their Santa Fe Renegade Sculptor that he commissioned them to do one for his own line of Stone Model Horses. This is very exciting as Santa Fe has his own mold. Look for this model to be on the market soon.  www.stonehorses.com

Deda Newbert and Far field Ebony

Congratulations to Deda Newbert on the purchase of Far Field Ebony a 4 yr. old black Saddlebred mare. Ebony made the long trip east to the Newbert’s home in New Hampshire and arrived just in time for Christmas!

This is the Newbert’s first Saddlebred and Deda couldn’t be more excited.  Deda rode her fist Saddlebred in Texas during Eitan’s clinics. After the ride she just had to have one of her own. She couldn’t have picked a lovelier mare and plans to use Ebony as a Cowboy Dressage and Sport horse.

Barbara Molland of Far Field Farm in Petaluma, CA bred this striking mare. If you have an interest in quality Saddlebreds suitable for dressage and sport type riding please visit Far Field’s website at: www.farfieldfarm.com

Another breeder of Saddlebreds is Denise Blacklaw in Mulino, OR.  Denise has Whispering Winds Farm and is a long time lover of American Saddlebreds.

Both Denise and Barbara are wonderful ladies and a delight to do business with. Visit the Saddlebreds of Whispering Winds Farm at www.wwindsfarm.com

Denise reports that Dani Green is doing just wonderful as her new trainer. We are so proud of Dani and wish them both continued success.

Kasey Monty and Meadowcreek Bay B Fe

Congratulations to Kasey Monty of Arlington, WA on her purchase of Meadowcreek Bay B Fe. (Santa Fe Renegade X Meadowcreek Miss Lola by WH Zimbabwe)

It is always a goal to get foals by Santa Fe into good homes… we couldn’t be happier with the new home for this horse. We know that he will get the care, exposure that any breeder would be happy with. Kasey is a “top hand” and one of Eitan’s first students so it is with special affection that we congratulate Kasey on this wise purchase.

A special Thank You to Daryl Hopson of Trafalgar and to Sandra Nelson of Madison Avenue Morgans for their assistance with this sale.

 

Cheyenne Gold Up Date

This is one exciting horse. He was a long shot but I think we may of hit a homerun with this guy. He is now saddle broke and just about ready to get on. Eitan has really taken his time with him. He says that he has learned so much in the last 10 years that he really wants to make this one exceptional.

Cheyenne has quite a personality that the public will love. He exudes charisma and has so much natural talent that it makes Eitan’s day just to work with him.  

Santa Fe Renegade Up Date

Santa Fe and Eitan are working hard in preparation for the World Equestrian Games in Sept/Oct of this year. Santa Fe at 12 years of age looks the best he has ever looked. He is in his prime and developed into one beautiful horse. He has a huge heart and a real work ethic. He will be with Eitan at their west coast clinics, KY and TX this year. He still stands at stud to outside mares. His stud fee is $2500. His get have been doing very well in the show ring with national and world wins to their credit. I have kept one stunning buckskin filly by him for my self. She is so pretty I just can’t part with her.  I am not sure if we will breed any of my mares this year…. will have to wait and see if the economy will pick up first.

Sale Horses

Please visit our website at: www.cowboydressage.com/sale.html  for horses that are for sale. We do not have any of our own for sale at this time but we do have some on the site that are pretty special. They are by Santa Fe and owned by clients and friends. There are horses ready to start and some well started. All are very nice horses and very pretty.

STUBBEN GENESIS DELUX DRESSAGE SADDLE W/BIOMEX SEAT

STUBBEN GENESIS DELUX DRESSAGE SADDLE W/BIOMEX SEATLIKE NEW! LESS THAN A DOZEN RIDES ON IT

MED WIDE (32) TREE

17” SEAT

This is an amazing saddle giving the rider a deep, secure seat. I thought for a while that I was going to ride dressage but with the new Western Dressage opening up I am back to my first love… western.

$2,800 FIRM
Sale includes: SADDLE, IRONS, STIRRUP LEATHERS, GIRTH, PAD & COVER & COB SIZE DRESSAGE BRIDLE

Debbie and Her GoldDebbie and Her Gold

I continue to enjoy my colored horses a great deal. I get so much joy and pleasure out of just seeing all that color on green pasture. This last year I have had more time to devote to my gelding Indigo Gold. He has been a long-term project for Eitan but he sure made a nice horse for me. I am riding him quite a bit and the golden boy packs me around just like he is supposed to. I look forward to showing him in Cowboy Dressage this year.

MEMC Neon is one big beautiful mare. She is earning her keep as a school horse for Eitan’s school of horsemanship. Eventually we will breed her but first I want to show her in the Cowboy Dressage Classes. Neon is huge in height and depth and very, very talented. She is such a kind and willing mare, perfect for an old lady like me. She is a one an only kind of mare, much like Cheyenne is a one and only… they would be hard to duplicate.

Light House Bonnie is a school horse also. She is also my “golden” goose when it comes to the foals she has produced for us. I still look at her and think she is just the cutest horse I have ever seen.

Holiday’s Juanita Fe is the Santa Fe Filly that I kept for myself… easy on the eyes and promising. She is two this year so next fall she will start her training. I can’t wait. I think she is much like her dam, Homestead Little Bit of Heaven, born broke.

 

Cowboy Dressage

Cowboy Dressage School of Horsemanship 2010

Thank you all for making Eitan’s Cowboy Dressage School of Horsemanship a sell out for 2010. If you are thinking of attending one of these horsemanship sessions in 2011 remember to book early.

Light Hands Horsemanship

Light Hands Horsemanship Up Dates

Our Light Hands Horsemanship event is really starting to take shape. I am always proud of each year’s event. This is our 4th year and I think what we have lined up for our guests will be our very best event yet. We expanded to 3 full days and added two more clinicians. The talent of these 7 horsemen is in extremes. They are the “real deal” and you couldn’t share time with better horsemen or gentlemen. Nor could you enjoy yourselves in a prettier location.

If you would like to learn more please visit www.lighthandshorsemanship.com

Be sure to visit our new Light Hands Horsemanship Blog for additional training tips, news, comments and latest Light Hands updates. blog.lighthandshorsemanship.com

If I can be of any help do contact me at 530-346-2715 or at eitan@foothill.net.

LHH has an opportunity to go to PA in 2011. If you have an interest in attending this please email (same address as above) me as we are taking a survey on attendance. Your response is important in determining on if we do this or not.

There is a “rumor” that LHH may have it’s own Horsemanship series on RFD-TV this fall. Negotiations are underway and we will be shooting a lot of the footage at this years LHH event. Be there and become a “star!”

Monty Roberts will be making a short presentation on Sat May 22 and we are working on bringing reining legend Tim McQuay as well. It is our hope that Tim, Eitan and Jack Brainard will join forces for a short presentation.

Jack BrainardJon Ensign who usually is our colt starter will be turning over those duties to the 2009 Road to the Horse winner, Richard Winters. Jon will then follow Richard with the 30-90 day training of the horse. We are especially excited about this, as it is an area we had not really covered in the past. Jon and Richard have been working together on making this a great addition to the LHH line up of teaching sessions.

We wish to congratulate Light Hands Horseman clinician Jack Brainard on his induction to the NRHA Hall of Fame,
an honor well deserved!

Petrine Mitchum will be back to share more on the Hollywood horses and again sitting on the Campfire and Tall Tales panel.

Rick Lamb who has been our fabulous MC each year will be adding two significant lectures to our program.

With all this add music and song, Santa Maria Style Bar B Q, select vendors, beautiful horses and you will experience “magic”. We promise.

LHH and Cowboy and Indians Magazine

An article by Elizabeth Kay McCall on LHH will be featured in the June issue of Cowboy and Indians Magazine. It will be on the shelf in better grocery, western/equestrian stores and boutiques in late April. Be sure to pick up your copy. I just saw the proof....we are very excited.

If you wish to make it a “horse week” in Santa Ynez plan on attending Monty Robert’s clinic that will follow LHH. You can visit his website at: www.montyroberts.com for more information.

Thank you again to Tom Spalding of Spalding-Labs and Fly Predators for once again making this all possible. By the way, these fly predators really work. We have been using them for years. Not only are the horses happier but we are happier. In fact I think everyone is happier except maybe the flies but their vote doesn’t count. www.spalding-labs.com

Imagine Equine Extravaganza featuring Dianne Olds Rossi & Eitan

June 5, 2010

5-Star Training Facility, Auburn, CA

This is going to be a very, very special event. Famed horsewoman Dianne Olds Rossi will be putting on one of her spectacular equine entertainment evenings. This will be about a 2 hr presentation featuring a variety of horse acts… kind of  “Equine Theater.” Eitan is honored to be part of the evening’s entertainment. For more information go to www.imaginedancinghorses.com

Last year the event sold out with over 600 in attendance… so be sure to get your ticket early.








Eitan’s Clinics and Appearances for 2010

Eitan will be doing clinics in OR, WA, CA, CO, PA, MD, TX and KY this year. If you would like to know more about them please visit: www.cowboydressage.com/clinic.html

California Dreaming (Horse Dreaming)

There is quite a line up of horse related events here in CA that run back to back this summer. You can start at:

Light Hands Horsemanship, Santa Ynez  www.lighthandshorsemanship.com

Monty Roberts following LHH, Solvang  www.montyroberts.com

Mule Days, Bishop www.muledays.org

Equine Extravaganza, Auburn www.imaginedancinghorses.com

Western States Horse Expo, Sacramento  www.horsexpo.com

Cowboy Dressage Division

Progress continues to be made on this new exciting division so stay tuned!

A FINAL NOTE ON ROLL-KUR OR HYPERFLEXION

This is a highly debated and sensitive area in dressage these days. Eitan has been asked to comment on it. Eitan says, “I am not a promoter of this technique nor do I use it in the schooling of my horses. You can read all the pros and cons and research to support one side or the other…  all I do is look at the horse… if he looks miserable he probably is. He tells me all I need to know about it. Perhaps asking less is actually more.”


        Deb and 8

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