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!
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!