Welcome to the sixth edition of the Sierra Ranch News! We hope you have been enjoying the wonderful weather recently. It has finally gotten nice enough to enjoy riding. We need to actually go riding. Just need some time and seems we keep getting some rain just to keep work going at a too hectic pace.
Sierra Ranch is having things pick up as folks are finally starting to think about going riding. We have had several come ride. Several are considering starting to take lessons, so we expect things to get exciting very shortly. In addition, trail rides are starting to be more frequent. You can see from the list in the calendar section. If you would like to go on a trail ride or take lessons please contact us. Both can be arranged. Read the lesson section below for information on leasing a horse.
The Hooves for a Cure Rides were a great success! We had about 300 rider and made $8000 to go towards raising the awareness of breast cancer research and provide mammograms to ladies who can’t afford them. And we will be doing this again next year. So pencil a Hooves for the Cure ride in on October 4, 2008. Follow our progress on the new Hooves for a Cure website: www.hoovesforacure.com
Tell us what you where you plan on riding this fall. Let us know what information you would like to learn tips on horse keeping, latest horses for sale and any other info you find interesting. As always you can email me and let me know what might interest you to learn about.
Sierra Ranch Logo!
We are still developing a logo for Sierra Ranch. I know you would think that I would just get this done, but things keep getting in the way. If you have any ideas that might make a neat logo, please let us know. When we get the logo finished we will post it on the group site for comments and suggestions.
The HorseMatch.net logo seems to be taking off. Everyone can buy cool HorseMatch.net stuff on CafePress. Check out the link: http://www.cafepress.com/horsematch. Soon we will have calendars and poster on the store. You never know whose picture will be on the calendar. We also made some t-shirt at a local t-shirt shop to sell at the ranch. Look for more stuff to come along the way. We want to get our name out and about on the trails around Oklahoma and other places.
Check this out!
Bob Avila: How to Spot Balance in a Horse
If you’re shopping for a performance prospect (or any horse), up your odds for success by choosing one that’s balanced. What do I mean by that? I mean all his parts and pieces fir together like a jigsaw puzzle, resulting in an overall picture that exudes athleticism. It’s simple: Balance and athleticism go hand-in-hand. Read more of the article by following the link below:
Champion John Henry Euthanatized at 32
John Henry, the legendary Thoroughbred racehorse who was twice Horse of the year, was humanely euthanatized at the Kentucky Horse Park October 8, 2007, at 7PM. The 32-year-old gelding went peacefully to sleep surrounded by a small circle of friends who were closest to him… To read the whole article, click the link below:
Unwanted Horse group compiling List of Facilities Accepting Horses
The Unwanted Horse Coalition (UHC) is asking facilities that will accept and/or place horses to list themselves on the UHC Web site. Representative for the UHC said they hope the group’s Web site will be utilized as a bridge between people who are seeking alternative for their horses and the many facilities that will accept them. To read the whole article, click the link below:
Upcoming Rides and Other Events
Many of these came from listing on www.oklahomahorseonline.com. Check it out!
October 26-28 Do Your Own Thing Ride, Indian Mounds Camp, Clayton OK. Do Your Own Thing Ride. Daily camp fee $7/per person over age 12. Elec. hookups avail. for $8/daily per hookup. Stalls $15 per horse daily; corrals $5 per horse daily avail. for rent. Rent horses avail. $20/hr or $75/day. Jess Johnson 918-569-4761, email@example.com www.indianmoundshorsecamp.com
October 27-28 Halloween Ride Sponsored By The Bad Girls Trail Riding Club, Robber’s Cave State Park. Reservations for a camping spot are encouraged. Spook walk in the afternoon. Pot luck dinner and then trick or treating for everyone after dinner. For information contact: Deb Stowers firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 918/341-5799 Cell: 918/607-6094
October 27-28 World’s Greatest Roper, Lazy E Arena, Guthrie, OK,. 20 of the best ropers in the world compete at this invitational event. Noon and 7:30PM Saturday, 1:00PM Sunday. Admission is $17 to $37 with children 10 & under free with a Coca Cola can. Contact Lazy E Arena at 1800-595-RIDE(7433) or visit www.lazye.com
November 3 Green Country Fox Trotting Horse Association Trail Ride & Chili Cook-Off, Walnut Creek State Park, Prue OK. www.oklahomafoxtrotters.com
November 3 Neosha’s open horse show, Cleveland County Fairgrounds, Norman, OK, Classes for Jumping, English & Western. All shows start at 9am. 918-251-5788 or www.neosha.com
November 3-4 Last Chance @ THE OK Corral Competitive Trail Ride. Lake Carl Blackwell, Stillwater OK. Point of Contact: Kate Kearby, 405-620-4824, email@example.com. Sanctioned by North American Trail Ride Conf. www.natrc.org
November 10-11 Oklahoma Equestrian Trail Riders Association Fall Color Ride (Members only or join at the Ride) Cedar Lake Equestrian Camp, Heavener, OK Guided rides. Saturday night potluck dinner, meat and beverages provided by club. Ride Co-chairs Teri Wyatt firstname.lastname@example.org Tracey Brauer email@example.com Or for more information visit www.oklahomahorseonline.com/oetra/home.htm
November 10 Oklahoma Land Rush! 25 / 50 Mile Endurance Ride, Lake Carl Blackwell, Stillwater, OK. Due to the heavy rains OK experienced this summer and fall, the trails at Bell Cow Lake were heavily damaged. OCER has received emergency sanctioning for the Oklahoma Land Rush! 25 / 50 Mile Endurance Ride on November 10. This is an OCER benefit ride. This will be a FUN ride around Lake Carl Blackwell in Stillwater, OK, with a family-friendly camp. We are celebrating Oklahoma’s 100th birthday and hope you can join us. The trails are established and run through woods, around the lake and across grassy meadows. There is some rock and a few hills but the terrain is mostly rolling or flat. Shoes are not required but are recommended. All vet checks are in camp. The road to Lake Carl Blackwell is located about 7 miles west of Stillwater, OK, and about 10 miles east of I-35 on Hwy 51. Camp is about 4 miles north of Hwy 51. Pass the guard shack and start looking on your right for camp. There will be signs. For more information Kathleen Prescott, Ride Manager (405) 288-0303 Home – leave a message (405) 808-3770 Cell Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
November 17 Neosha “The Challenge” Payne County Fairgrounds, Stillwater, OK 918-251-5788 or www.neosha.com
17 TWHAO and the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeder’s & Exhibitors Association (TWHBEA) Trail Ride, open to all breeds, Last Hurrah Ranch, Warner Oklahoma. Contact is Laurel Stretch at 918-616-3178 or email@example.com.
November 23-25 A-OK Bob Barnett Memorial Thanksgiving Circuit Show, Oklahoma Palomino Exhibitors Association, Tulsa Expo Center, Tulsa, OK. http://www.oklahomapea.com/
December 8-10 Wild Horse Trail Camp Last Chance Ride, Honobia, OK. Contact: Sherry Wright 918-755-4570 Electric & water hook-ups available. Cabin rentals also available. Camp sites & cabin rentals available year round.
Leasing Versus Owning
By Rick Stowers
Check out Rick’s Riding Lessons at http://www.horsematch.net/Rickstowers.html
Most of the horse people I know only use their horses in the spring and fall, then they are left to fend for themselves in summer and winter. Wouldn’t it be better for both human and equine if the horse was leased rather than owned?
• The leased horse comes with a saddle that fits him and his rider.
• The leased horse gets regular farrier work as part of the lease.
• The leased horse gets regular veterinary care and vaccinations as part of the lease.
• The leased horse has access to horse transportation to and from events, trails etc.
• The leased horse can be changed at the request of his rider for another without a penalty.
• This means that as a rider progresses he or she can trade for a more spirited or performance oriented horse at any time.
• And finally, the horse gets care all year long.
Let us know what you think. I know the hoses we first had were not the same caliber as the ones we have now, partially due to the fact that are better riders. That’s kind of part of the reason we have so many horses. But, a lesson horse is not quite the same as leasing in that you never know who is on it. The leased horse would have pretty much one ride. This leads to the whole owning without having to make that first big commitment.
Thanks in advance for you input.
We hope you enjoy our philosophy and will come visit Sierra Ranch.
LET’S GO RIDING TODAY!!!!
Need a trained show horse for the upcoming show season? Here she is! Grace has been there and done that and is ready to do it again. Grace has competed in local shows. She is a great jumper that has been used for lessons at her previous barns.
I have added more pictures of Grace riding and jumping. I am sorry that the jumping pictures did not come out well. I guess my digital camera isn’t quick enough. They kinda look artsy when cleaned up. It didn’t help that the light was not the best, but was trying to do it while I had riders. In addition, I didn’t have the kids put one helmets. We usually ride in them, just was kind of a quick thing. Let me know if you need more information. And as always you are more than welcome to come ride Grace yourself.
Grace is a 13 year old thoroughbred mare. She is around 17 hands and about 1200 pounds. She is one of our boarders horses and has been used for showing and giving lessons at other barns that she has been boarded at. She is a quiet and smart horse. See pictures on her site at the link above.
Grace is a finished show horse that is trained in hunter/jumper type events. She is suitable for intermediate and experience riders. She has not been ridden by children, but by teenagers and young adults.
Grace is being offered for $15,000 — She won’t be here long at this price.
Grace is a professional at everything that she does. She is easy to load and hauls well. Stands quietly for bathes, grooming, vet and farrier. She is up to date on her shots and gets continuous wormer. We encourage vet checks for each horse.
Let us know how you liked this issue. And again let us know about what you want to hear about. We want to make this newsletter for our clients, friends, and families. See you out riding!
Deb and Rick Stowers