Paying for my Passion

A couple of years ago, Isaias’ business was doing well enough that we were able to invest in a couple of horses as foundation breeding stock for Rancho Godinez.  I had dreamed for many years of breeding and raising horses, but couldn’t afford that luxury.  Once we bought Ganador and Helada, I quickly realized that it was going to be a number of years before we would have any offspring available to sell.  I needed a way to keep a steady income until the horses could help pay for their own expenses.  Years ago before Isaac was born, I dabbled in eBay.  I wasn’t making a full-time income, but I was able to help foot the bills we had as a young family.  I turned to eBay again to help with the ranch, but things had changed.  I could bring in a bit of income, but it wasn’t quite enough to pay for the feed bills.  I kept looking and tried various programs including publishing books on Kindle and affiliate marketing.  I love writing and will continue to publish with Kindle, but that too wasn’t enough to provide the income we needed for the ranch.

Then, I happened across a couple of ebooks that talked about selling on Amazon.  I assumed that it was similar to selling on eBay and decided to look into it further.  I read about the FBA program (Fulfillment by Amazon).  Was it possible to buy things, send them into Amazon and make money?  I was curious.  The part of eBay that caused me the largest headache was the shipping.  I couldn’t imagine a service that would take care of that for me.  I honestly thought that the FBA program was too good to be true.  Even though I was skeptical, I decided to spend a couple hundred dollars and find some things I could sell on Amazon.

To make a long story a bit shorter, my little experiment worked.  I did find things on clearance at our local box stores, sent them in to Amazon and a few weeks later, they were depositing money straight into my bank account.  I didn’t stop there, I reinvested my profits and kept working at my Amazon business until I have now reached some level of success.  If my sales continue the pattern set so far this year and I’m able to continue with my plans (God willing), I will have over six figures in sales this year!

This is not a get-rich-quick scheme, and it requires quite a bit of work.  However, due to the nature of the business, my busiest time on Amazon is during November and December which is a rather slow time of the year for my horse business.  Also, I can work on my Amazon whenever I want, so I don’t have to work during daylight hours (which is the best time to do most of the horse work).  I can even work extra hard the week before a show, and the sales will show up in my bank account even while I’m away at the week long horse shows!  I have to say that Amazon has been a blessing to me and my ranch!

I write all this to share a bit of my story with you.  I am now at the point that I really want to share my success with others.  I would love to help you learn about Amazon FBA and some of the other strategies I have found to help fund my passion for horses.  If money is the obstacle between you and following your dream, I’d love to visit with you and see if we can figure out a way to help remove that roadblock.  Please contact me directly (my personal e-mail is twilag@gmail.com) and I’d love to set up a time when we can talk!

October shows

October is a busy month here at Rancho Godinez!  First, there is a BIG surprise on the way.  We will be announcing as soon as we have a specific date and more information, but it will probably be October (although it could happen by the end of the month).  October 3 is the Friesian Keuring in Denton Texas.  We will be taking Jantiene Kula for her inspection.  IALHA Nationals is in Fort Worth October 13-18.  RG Travieso will be participating in the 3 year old futurity classes.  SK Sonata and Magico’s Masterpiece will also be competing this year.  Make sure to come visit us at the shows!

2013 IALHA Nationals Results

Nationals was another fun and exciting week spent with so many beautiful horses.  Every class had great competitors!  Competition was very tough this year with so many top quality Andalusians here in Fort Worth!  We had great results with the three horses we took.  Special thanks to Pedro Toribio, Anna Young, Jane and Chuck Harrison, Savannah Harrington, Carla Balderas, Amy Lamberth, Addison Bobel, Kim Harrington, Celeste Lamberth, Victoria and Carlos Balderas, Karissa Boyce, Laura Hernandez, and Ramiro Garcia.  The Rancho Godinez team had an awesome show!  Here is the list of our awards:

SK Sonata with Pedro Toribio

Top 5 – National Champion Spanish Fillies 2 and under
Top 5 – National Grand Champion Andalusian Fillies 2 and under

Magico’s Masterpiece with Pedro Toribio

Grand Champion National Championship Half Andalusian Saddle/Pleasure Horse
Top 5 – Dressage Sport Horse Breeding Half Andalusian Mares of all ages
Top 5 – Half Andalusian Best Movement
Reserve National Grand Champion Half Andalusians 2 and under and Best Movement Medal

Banbury Damascada

Reserve National Champion SP mares 3 and up with Savannah Harrington
Grand Champion Prix Caprilli Intro Level with Savannah Harrington
Grand Champion Prix Caprilli Training Level with Savannah Harrington
Reserve National Champion Western Equitation 17 and under with Savannah Harrington
Top 5 – National Champion Showmanship 17 and under with Savannah Harrington
Grand Champion Andalusian Country English Pleasure Jr. Exhibitor with Savannah Harrington
Reserve National Champion Andalusian English Pleasure Hunt Seat Jr. Exhibitor with Savannah Harrington
Grand Champion Walk/Trot Equitation with Carla Balderas
Top 5 – Hunt Seat Equitation Jr. Exhibitor with Amy Lamberth
Grand Champion Leadline with Addison Bobel
Grand Champion Fantasy Costume with Amy Lamberth

Thank you to everyone who helped make the show such a success!