Magico’s Masterpiece had a great show at Pin Oak in 2015! “Katniss” swept all of the Half-Andalusian halter classes and she showed in her first ever classes under saddle and took Reserve Champion in those classes. We especially want to thank Krystalynn Young who handled Magico’s Masterpiece in both in-hand classes as well as in the ridden classes. Also, Katie Berger handled the filly in the Amateur to handle halter class. Here is a list of the wins!
January 17 and 18, 2015 marked the first competition in the United States for Amadeo III (possibly the first time ever in a competitive dressage arena). He competed in Third level at the Houston Dressage Society Winter show in Katy, Texas. Saturday was a bit of a struggle. Amadeo had a beautiful warm-up and was ready to go. When Marta directed him into the arena, he started well, but just before the initial salute to the judge the other horses left the arena. He got nervous at finding himself suddenly alone. He made several errors due to his nervousness (and don’t they always seem to be the one that has the higher score?). Even with the mistakes, Amadeo had a respectable score over 60. Sunday looked much the same, and even though the arena again was empty for his ride, this time it didn’t bother him. Amadeo had fewer mistakes and gave a ride that showed much more of his potential. He ended up with a score of 68.59 which put him in second place. I can’t wait to see what Amadeo will do when he gets used to the shows and all of the chaos. Either way, this boy is on his way to the top!
Just a few days after arriving from the long journey from Spain, Marta Renilla and Amadeo III gave a wonderful exhibition at the IALHA Nationals on Saturday, October 18. Amadeo was stunning in the beautiful red and yellow attire that honor his Spanish heritage. While he is just beginning his training with Marta for the FEI levels of dressage, it was a great glimpse of what this young stallion has to offer. View the video here: http://youtu.be/7iA2iXMn9eQ?list=UUGidufsm9FFMvuKluDYDM6Q
Rancho Godinez is proud to present Amadeo III as our primary breeding stallion. Amadeo was hand selected by USDF Gold Medalist Marta Renilla for his excellent conformation and powerful athletic ability. After arriving in the US from Spain on October 7 of 2014, he is preparing to compete at FEI levels very soon. His sire Impaciente II was the 2004 SICAB Champion Stallion showing expressive movement that he has passed along to many of his offspring. We are offering a special introductory rate for his first year breeding to approved mares. ANCCE revised, Amadeo brings a quality of PRE that is not often readily available in the US. Amadeo has a perfect combination of movement, conformation, attitude, and strength. Watch for him in the dressage arenas this year and plan your breeding soon as availablity will become limited with his show ring success.
We had a great show this year! We had at least a Top 5 ribbon in EVERY class we entered! A special thanks to Pedro Toribio who showed all the babies to the top!
Reserve Champion Dressage Sporthorse Prospect in Hand (Andalusian/Lusitano Fillies 3 years and under)
Top 5 IALHA National Champion Spanish Mares 3 & 4 Years Old
Top 5 IALHA National Grand Champion Andalusian / Lusitano Jr. Mares 3 and 4 years Old
Grand Champion National Grand Champion Half-Andalusian Fillies 2 years and under
Grand Champion National Championship Half-Andalusian Sport Horse – all ages – all sexes
Grand Champion IALHA National Halter Futurity Championships – 3 year old Half-Andalusian Stallions
Reserve Champion National Championship Half-Andalusian Saddle/Pleasure Horse – all ages
Top 5 National Grand Championship Half-Andalusian Colts/Stallions all ages
As a highlight to end the week Marta Renilla presented our Amadeo III for the first time in public on Saturday morning. This was a perfect end to our week!
For years, this picture was on the mantel at Grandma Orange’s house. This is a picture of my (Twila’s) grandpa Carl Orange with his baby brother Wilbur (Uncle Wib). Grandpa was the one who always encouraged me. I remember as a kid sitting in the backseat with him and playing a game to see who could see the most horses as we traveled. He would spend hours telling me about his horses. I could almost picture his dear Trixie and the team of mules he had to leave behind when he was called into duty during World War II. The day finally came when he found my Fancy. We spent many hours driving the little pony cart around Crainville. We’d take off on Sunday after church and sometimes we’d even take a trip through the Dairy Queen Drive Through.
I remember the sad, rainy day when I was told that a couple of pitbulls had ended Fancy’s life. The whole town seemed to be grieving the loss of our beloved pony. Grandpa tried his best to console me and the search for a new pony began immediately. We drove all over Southern Illinois to look at ponies. We found a super, cute little grey mare that was pregnant. Grandpa didn’t really want to have to deal with little babies, so we were blessed to find Beauty just across Route 13 in Crainville. We didn’t have a trailer, so we walked her home. Grandpa lead me as I rode her bareback. I remember being stopped by a lady who wanted to pet her and share her soda with the pony. I couldn’t believe she drank that soda after Beauty had slobbered all over it!
Grandpa was with me when I started taking riding lessons, and he helped me when Dad finally gave in and bought me a “real” horse. Sam was my best friend, my everything. We even began to compete in 4H and did very well. The bug had bitten and it still causes an itch for showing. We then started saving and scheming to buy a “show horse” for me. That began a string of prospects that never really were right. I loved them all, but they were either green broke or had other issues (we were working on a tiny budget).
Unfortunately, Grandpa didn’t live to see me fulfill my dream. He did come to visit us in Texas before he passed away, and he had a blast. Many times when it gets quiet and I’m all alone, I imagine what Grandpa would be saying about the ranch. I know he is watching over us and I’m sure he’s having a ball. I often hear a whisper of a memory of him giving me advice or telling me how to approach a horse. I even can see his smile when I watch a new baby being born. I hope I can live up to his legacy!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org) and I’d love to set up a time when we can talk!
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!
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
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!
First Place – Training Level Test 2
Second Place – IALHA Dressage Futurity Training Level Test 1
Second Place – Functionality Test – Spanish 4, 5, & 6 year old Stallions
Grand Champion – Andalusian Formal Saddle Seat
Top 5 – Best Piaffe
Reserve Champion – English Pleasure Hunt Seat Jr. Exhibitor
Top 5 – Hunt Seat Equitation Jr. Exhibitor
Grand Champion – Western Equitation Jr. Exhibitor
Reserve Champion – Best Costume
Top 5 – English Hunt Seat Amateur
Top 5 – English Show Hack Amateur
2nd place – Yearling Fillies Morphology
1st place – Two Year Old Colts Morphology
Reserve – Champion Young Horse Colt
In hand classes were shown by Pedro Toribio.
Anna Young rode in the Open and dressage classes.
Savannah Harrington rode the Junior and Amateur classes.