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Over 500 people attended the Discover The Horse that Discovered America event! See links below for press coverage:
Please enjoy the photos from the Amerind Event by Dikki Van Helsland the artists that created the art work for the Arizona Heritage Horse T-shirts.
Spanish Barb Horse Association Presents "Discover The Horse
That Discovered America" - August 27, 2011
We will have demonstrations with Marjorie Dixon's Hildago,
Mounted Shooting Horse and Rosemary Gordon-Panuco's Leo, a
Champion Hunter Jumper. For the $5.00 admission fee
Check out the photo of a 2011 chestnut colt
from La Terrerica Rocilla and Flying Eagle from the SBHA
Registrar, Heidi Collins of Mule Creek, NM!
The Dixon's Ranch
Heidi Collins of Dripping Springs Ranch in NM, and SBHA Registrar brought her beautiful mare Mariposa to the Dixon's Ranch to breed with their Stallion Alejandro. Here are a couple of photos I took on Sunday June 19, 2011, when Mariposa was introduced to the other mares and Alejandro. If you click on the small photos below a larger version will load on another page.
What is Happening at the Ladder Ranch
The SBHA president Steve Dobott send in some photos of what is happening at the Ladder Ranch.
The horse owners in the Southwest and west have been worried about the outbreak of EHV-1. EHV-1 is a herpes virus that has a neurologic variant. It can be fatal, there is no cure and no inoculations at this time.
Many horses contacted this disease from a Cutting Horse Show held in Ogden, Utah. To keep up on the latest status of this disease go to this website http://www.aphis.usda.gov/vs/nahss/equine/ehv/.
Here are a couple of photos that Silke Schneider of Silver City, New Mexico, took of Jose Juan. Jose Juan is a blue roan Wilbur-Cruce gelding that Silke bred.
First photo is of Jose Juan and his owner Ria Ramsey of New Mexico
Second photo is of Jose Juan and Silke Schneider.
Becky Chandos took her Spanish Barb, Zapata to a local trainer in April to start him under saddle. Zap as Becky calls him is back home and ready to take Becky on some great trail rides. Here is a photo of one of his first rides under saddle. Look at Zap go!
Meet SBHA Member Diana Gallant and her Spanish Barb Rhumi, of Belfast ME
Rhumi is a 16 year-old black Spanish
Barb gelding. No matter where we travel together,
onlookers are curious about him. A typical question is
"What breed is he? --a Morgan? True to reality, most
folks are not familiar with Spanish Barbs or Spanish
Colonial horses in general. The words alone often render
a silent pause or in some cases, the end of the
conversation. It provokes a bit of wonder as people try
to find a way to categorize this little known horse
breed. It's not unlike my frame of reference as of a few
years ago when I was first introduced to Spanish Barbs.
Welcome to New Members.
Welcome to Return to Freedom as one of our newest members! Return to Freedom has both Cerbat and Wilbur Cruce horses on their property. In fact they have Isadora-Cruce the model for the Breyer Isadora horse http://shop.breyerhorses.com/products/productdetail/part_number=1151/12188.8.131.52.
Return to Freedom is based in Southern California and is also home to Spirit the horse that was used in the movie Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron. We are excited to have Return to Freedom as members of SBHA. For more information on Return to Freedom see our Spring Newsletter and their website at http://www.returntofreedom.org.
Ridge Silouette byTony Stromberg
Welcome Leo and Rosemarry Gordon-Panuco to SBHA! Leo was registered into SBHA in January 2011! Below is Leo's story.
Article VII, whose barn name is Leo is an amazing little horse. He stands only 14.3, but is a mighty and wonderful horse. He is 15 years old, sound, and has no vices. He has clean legs. He jumps quietly and in excellent form that is good enough to win in good company at an “A” rated USEF show.
And he can still show in the walk trot classes and lead line, being careful to make sure his little riders stay on. He is a good dressage horse and has introduced many riders to competing in lower level dressage. Thanks to his steady temperament and good training, Leo helped a physically impaired adult achieve a dream – to ride in a clinic with Olympic Rider Gwen Stockebrand. As if this is not enough to recommend him for a hardship registration, he is also an outstanding trail horse. He is Rosemary's first choice as a horse for anyone to ride on the trail. He can be slow or he can really move to keep up.
Leo with Rosemary (standing next to Leo) at the Southern Arizona Horse Expo in January 2011
Since Leo has been with Rosemary, he has accomplished many awards including the following:
Article VII (Leo) is very much in the public eye at hunter jumper and dressage shows. He is always presented in top notch form. He is well thought of by many nationally known trainers and judges. His show name is Article VII because it is the shortest article in the Constitution and he is Rosemary's shortest horse. Since he is shown as an entry of Constitution Show Stable he needed a suitable constitutional name.
Queen Creek Horse Expo
We had a blast at the Queen Creek
Horse Expo in Queen Creek, AZ. It is
always fun talking to people about the horses and the
Arizona State Heritage Horse. This event was held at
the amazing Queen Creek Horse Park in Queen Creek, AZ on
They had trainers in three different arena's speaking and demonstrating their training techniques from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm! The weather was sunny not too hot but very windy. Becky Chandos, Beth Mann, Deni Mitchell, Heidi Collings, Maureen Kirk-Detberner and Rosemary Gordon-Panuho helped with the booth.
We raffled off a photo of Miranda and it was won by Jeannie Glover of Black Canyon, AZ. We also got a lot of signatures of support for the Arizona Heritage Horse. It was a fun day and with our new tent we are ready for the next event!
Tucson Father Kino Event
On March 13, 2011, Tucson celebrated the 300th anniversary of the death of Father Eusebio Franciso Kino, S.J. Marjorie and Jerry Dixon were ask to bring their Wilbur-Cruce gelding Hidalgo . Father Kino was one of the first to introduce the Spanish Horse to Mexico and Arizona. The Wilbur-Cruce strain of Spanish Barbs are from his original breeding program in Mexico.
The event was wll attended with the Mayor of Tucson and several of Father Kino's relatives from Italy. Marjorie Dixon and Maureen Kirk-Detberner were able to get more signatures on the Arizona State Heritage Horse Petition. It was a great day and a great opportunity to promote the horses.
Photos taken by Maureen Kirk-Detberner
Marjorie telling the crowd about the Arizona State Heritage Horse Proclamation.
Hidalgo, Marjorie and Jerry at the Kino event.
2011 Tucson Rodeo
At the Tucson Rodeo this February, Marjorie Dixon loaned her horse Azul to be ridden by a gentleman dressed as Father Kino and they won the Judges Trophy. Here are some photos of that event.
Several of our members and their horses participated in a Manda event in Tucson Arizona, in February. A Manda is an event on horse-back where the riders commemorate a loved one or friend that needs help or that has been helped by their prayers. Jerry Dixon, Alfredo and Beth Mendvile rode their Spanish Barbs in this event. Here are some photos taken of that event.
The Manda started at San Javier Mission, located south of Tucson, AZ. This mission was established by Father Kino.
The rider that was dressed as Father Kino with Azul, Marjorie Dixon's Spanish Barb.
Beth Mendivil on Lorenzo and Alfredo Mendivil on Miranda.
Jerry Dixon all dressed up on Hidalgo.
The riders leaving San Javier Mission.
The riders along the Manda trail from San Javier to Tucson, AZ.
Riders near the end of the Manda in Tucson, AZ
Some great photos from SBHA member Kimberlee Jones of her beautiful mare Victoria and at a dressage clinic with clinician and former Olympic judge Jill Beltran in Murrieta, CA. Victoria is the first Sulphur Horse registered by SBHA.
Photo by Hanah Fields-Austin. Click on the
smaller photo to see the larger version.
On February 5th, Marjorie Dixon and Maureen Kirk-Detberner took information on SBHA, the Spanish Barb Horses and the Arizona State Heritage Horse to the CLRC Competive Trail Ride. They spoke to many of the riders about the horses and the importance of preservation and promotion.
Lorenzo and Miranda adding some life to the SBHA banner.
Alfredo Mendivil rode Miranda as he patrolled the trails.
There were many positive comments on Lorenzo and Miranda and support for the efforts to protect and promote the Spanish Barb Horses. We collected signatures on the petition for the Arizona State Heritage Horse. All in all it was a great opportunity to promote the Spanish Barb!
Check out the Christmas picture sent in by Kathleen Bellemare, New Mexico. The photo is of her family with their Spanish Barb, Feliz (aka "Whipper").
How much snow did Jerry and Heidi Collings get at their Dripping Springs Ranch in Mule Creek, New Mexico?
Don and Maureen Detberner of Tucson, AZ used the photo below as their Christmas card. The photo is of Enrique, "aka Rickie" their Wilbur-Cruce yearling that they purchased from Marjorie Dixon of St. David, AZ, last summer.
Becky Chandos of Dragoon AZ, is preparing her Wilbur-Cruce three year old Zapata for his new job.
Boy oh boy did we have a great time. At this year's Expo the headliner was John Lyons. It was a treat to watch John work with a troubled horse and her young rider.
We were fortunate to share a booth with Trainer and Expo Event Organizer Clay Harper of Oracle, AZ. Deni Mitchell, Becky Chandos, Marjorie Dixon, Heidi Collins and Maureen Kirk-Detberner worked in the booth. In our booth we provided:
When we weren't watching the arena presentations or shopping at the great vendor booths, we got to talk about the Spanish Barb to fellow horse lovers. It was a blast to introduce these amazing horses to the public. Many of the visitors to our booth realized that their horses might be Spanish Barbs. Several visitors will be sending us photos to compare their horse to the breed standards.
Notice the banner for the Arizona State Heritage Horse at the back of the booth.
Visitor's brought photos of their horse for us to see.
We were so fortunate to see local
Hunter-Jumper and Dressage trainer Rosemary Gorder Panuco as
a featured presenter. Rosemary
brought Leo, who she recently registered with SBHA as her
In this photo Rosemary (right) is telling the crowd about the Spanish Barb Horses and Leo campionships.
At the Expo, Rosemary's presentation was, "Teaching Your Horse How To Jump." The audience was amazed to hear Rosemary talk about the Spanish Barbs and how Leo, her 14.2 hand jumper, is her most prized horse! Leo is a champion jumping horse that also teaches children to ride and jump. Leo has shown in Hunter Jumper and Dressage Shows, and has carried a disabled gentleman so he could attend the horse clinic of his dreams.
See Leo. See Leo jump!
Leo is admiring our new SBHA banner.
Becky and Marjorie bring some of the
posters for the SBHA booth.
We all had a great time look forward to next years Expo. Maybe some of you would like to help next year..let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org
SBHA Annual Burro Mountain Meeting and Ride
This year's meeting was a informative, inspirational, fun and full of great, no, the best meals ever!
"While some of us stayed in the Burro Mountain Lodge or cabins, many camped in tents, or slept in their horse trailers." SBHA members, Dave Robinsen and his son, Matt Robinsen, brought along, and even set up a very comfortable and exotic looking yurt - a framed, circular Mongolian-style tent!
Board member, Mike Bruce prepared some outstanding breakfast and dinner meals, and showed us what wonderful food can be prepared using only coals and a dutch-oven. He made a hot peach cobbler that was to die for! I think we all put on a couple of pounds.
We all were treated to some beautiful trail rides planned and led by members, Heidi Collings, and Shiela Segien's 17-year-old daughter, Bekah Segien. It was wonderful for "those of us who mainly ride in desert terrain" to ride the high mountain trails among the tall pine trees.
Our annual meeting, Sunday afternoon was a treat for all horse lovers as we welcomed New Mexico resident Jim Hall and his wife Pat to join us. Jim presented a digital slide-show about the current status of the McKinley Horses, about 80 to 100 of which remain on the old McKinley-Romero ranch.
The annual meeting was a wonderful opportunity for SBHA members to get together, rekindle old friendships, and start new ones. I can hardly wait for next year!
Below, is a slide show of some photos from the September, 2010, Burro Mountain Homestead meeting. Thanks go to Heidi Collings, John Mayer, Carol Roberts and Maureen Kirk-Detberner for their photos.
The McKinley Horses
Please enjoy the photos taken by Jim Hall of the McKinley Horses in the slideshow below:. D. Phillip Sponenberg, DVM, PhD describes these horses in his paper North American Colonial Spanish Horse Update as follows:
"One important rancher strain from New Mexico is the Romero/McKinley strain. These are from a ranch near Cebolla, New Mexico where Spanish type horses were raised for generations. The Romero ranch passed to the McKinley family, who still maintain a few horses of the original strain. These are raised extensively in a nearly wild situation on large ranges. These horses figure heavily in some lines of Spanish Barb horses. Alan Bell of Texas was instrumental in acquiring and taming several horses from the McKinley ranch in 2000; an effort which greatly boosted the impact of this strain on the conservation effort. These horses come in a wide variety of dark as well as dun colors."
Junior Member Bekah's 2010 Summer "Cowgirl" Vacation
Southern Californian, Bekah Segien left her Spanish Barb, Slim Shadey in her mothers care to spend the last months of her summer high school vacation at Heidi and Jerry Collings', Dripping Springs Ranch, located in Southwestern New Mexico, West of Silver City. There was lots of work to do; starting young horses, working cattle and enjoying the life of a cowgirl. Below, are photos of Bekah's excellent adventure this summer. What great examples of the easy dispositions of these wonderful, young horses.
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