Clearview Horse Farm

2291 Hwy 231 South, Shelbyville, Tennessee 37160
Innkeeper(s): Lloyd Family

June Newsletter 27 Jun 2015, 11:54 am

As we kick off our first newsletter of the summer, we want to take a moment to acknowledge the special bond that exists between horse and rider. I think many of us will agree when we think of horsemanship and equestrian sports as a partner relationship, and our horses quickly become members of our families. To that end, we’re dedicating this month to appreciating and celebrating that spirit of camaraderie that exists, both in and out of the show ring.

Special Feature – Learning From Your Horse

By Carly Altizer

Like plenty of little girls, I grew up reading books about horses – Misty of Chincoteague, Saddle Club, The Black Stallion, you name it. However, I didn’t discover my love of riding until just over a year ago. But in that short time, I’ve had more than one trainer refer to a concept that I found a bit odd at first, but now it makes perfect sense.

It’s this idea that, in addition to human trainers and lessons, the horse also plays a major role in teaching the rider.

When I first started riding, I didn’t see how this was possible. I was trying to learn the placement of arms and legs as though learning to walk for the first time, using muscles I hadn’t known existed or were sadly out of shape. And I spent a good six months learning these important lessons on balance, guiding with my legs, and posting on a rather fussy, strong-willed quarter horse mare. She tested my leadership, nerves, and patience every time we rode, from pawing at the ground in the cross-ties to needing extra leg to start and maintain a steady trot. We had a few power struggles, Mean Girls style, and I found myself leaving lessons frustrated over the lack of progress I felt that I was making.

But then someone remarked, “It sounds like she’s teaching you a lot,” and that statement gave me pause.

Just what was this horse teaching me?

Looking back now, it’s quite staggering how much I learned under her tutelage:

  • How to reinforce good manners in the cross-ties and keep her from constantly pawing at the ground,
  • That one should give peppermints as treats after a ride, instead of before, to avoid a sugar rush much akin to that of small children,
  • How to train (or re-train) a horse to stand still at the mounting block and wait for the rider’s signal instead of taking off on her own accord,
  • The basics of training a horse to back up, side-pass, and stop tossing her head,
  • How to maintain a consistent trot while posting when the horse doesn’t want to work and tries to slow to a walk,
  • That a horse may behave perfectly in the arena, but will test you constantly when riding outside around the farm,
  • The usefulness of a riding crop when the horse finds her hang-out spot and refuses to budge, no matter how much leg you give her,
  • That I really had made more progress than I thought, when I rode through my first major spook and brought her back under control without eating dirt,
  • And finally, that maybe she understood humans and had grown more fond of me than I realized, because when my dear fiancé proposed on horseback, she didn’t take advantage of the fact that I had momentarily forgotten what I was supposed to be doing with the reins. She stood perfectly still, the epitome of good manners, and even forgave me when I tried to lead her out of the cross-ties without unclipping them first.

Now I’m riding a spotted saddle horse gelding who is the polar opposite of the mare I first learned to ride. He’s an older gentleman, still in fantastic health, and he’s more affectionate in his love of head scratches. He’s easy to saddle and bridle, waits for the signal before walking away from the mounting block, doesn’t require posting for his smooth gaits, and has yet to spook at anything. However, he requires a little more encouragement when leading on a trail ride instead of following, loves trying to sneak a snack when riding by low-hanging branches, and I swear I can hear him saying, “Oh, to feel young again!” when riding across an open field. I’ve been told he has plenty to teach me about learning to ride gaited horses, and I’m already benefitting from his years of wisdom.

Middle: Carly on Crispin, a classic Southern gentleman of a spotted saddle horse

And this time, I hope, he has something to learn from me.

So next time you visit or ride your horse, I challenge you to ask yourself, “What is my horse teaching me?” The answer may surprise you.

Word in the Herd

Rescue Horses

Miracle and Tiara, the two mares rescued from an auction, have responded amazingly to a proper diet and medical treatment. Now that they’re healthy, they are quickly finding their places on the farm and making friends with our other four-legged residents.

First, Miracle particularly enjoys the company of our jennets, and when she’s not hanging out with them, she’s usually lingering around the ever-present bales of hay in her field. Considering she was half-starved when she first arrived, we can hardly begrudge her a good meal!

Never would have guessed this was the same Haflinger from a few short months ago!

As for Tiara, she has become a surrogate babysitter for our adolescent mules. As we’re preparing to start training the young mules, sometimes they’re difficult to catch while out in the fields. But they’ve bonded to Tiara and will follow her, so she’s made it much easier to move them from the field to the barn. Right now we’re using Tiara to help socialize one of the juveniles. They stay in the foaling stall together, and Tiara is always quick to greet people when they walk nearby. The mule is, in turn, learning from Tiara’s outgoing personality, and he’s quickly overcoming his shyness.

I think I can see the family resemblance! How about you?

Need a place to stay? Why not our place?

Take a look inside our Thoroughbred Room!

As we’re hosting more horse shows during the summer, we wish to remind folks that our bed and breakfast offers ideal, on-site lodging for people traveling from out of town for the shows, as well as visiting family members or anyone just looking for a weekend getaway to the country. Each suite offers an ensuite bathroom and continental breakfast, and we offer suites with multiple bedrooms, day beds, and sitting rooms to meet the budgets and needs of groups of all sizes, from couples to families with children. And with rates starting at only $65/night, you can stay cheaper than most standard hotels.

Check out our website to see photos of our numerous equine-themed suites, and call the farm to make reservations.

Arena Reports

Heart of Dixie Appaloosa Show

We kicked off the month with our Heart of Dixie Appaloosa Show, and we had a great turnout! In particular, we saw some excellent horse and human partnerships that paid off in awards and buckles. But any of them would agree that the greatest award that weekend was simply the pleasure of working together.

Our very own Bozo won ranch riding and reining with Carolyn, who currently leases him. They make a great team!

Carolyn and Bozo had a fantastic show!

Tommy Ireland won the buckle for all games on Justin Sparks. These two are another wonderful success story. Once Justin found his new home with Tommy, he now uses a bit-less bridle or hackamore. Justin can now concentrate on the reining maneuvers instead of his mouth, and it clearly worked for these two!

Justin found the right owner in Tommy, and now they’re winning reining competitions with a hackamore.

Danny Davis, president of Heart of Dixie ApHC, handed out high point awards and buckles, and Beth Maher put together a fantastic club supper.

Announcing the winners

Pete, a super-sweet Appaloosa gelding at Clearview, and Josh won the Appaloosa ranch trail class.

Josh and Pete, aka Royal Snow

And Megan, our new ranch assistant, rode Sky (aka, Z.E. Top Bar Cody) for the first time. They must have hit it off, because she absolutely fell in love with him and now leases him.

Megan and Sky formed a new partnership during this show!

Amanda Johnson Walker Clinic and TNSHA Show

June 13-14th, we were delighted to have Amanda Johnson Walker give a clinic for stock horse riders, and then we spent Sunday hosting a Tennessee Stock Horse Association show, with trail, reining, and ranch pleasure classes.

We started Sunday morning at the trail course, with horse and rider teams testing their bravery, horsemanship, and dexterity along a series of trail obstacles.

We followed trail riding with an excellent showing of open and novice reining.

Check out that cloud of dust from Bozo!

For anyone still wondering, Charlie Hutton is most definitely back in the saddle and kicked off the open reining class:

Charlie showed brilliantly in the open reining!

Check out our Facebook page for plenty of photos from the reining class. Everyone who competed has at least two or three good photos, perhaps worthy of being a profile picture?

Everyone looked so photogenic, and the lighting was perfect!

Megan and Sky competed in trail and ranch pleasure, and it looks like they’re both still getting along splendidly.

Megan and Sky look good together!

Equines and Services for Sale

Tinker Belle – $2500 OBO

Tinker Belle has no issues with water!

Tinker Belle is an 8 year old POA-registered pony, 55 inches, ideal for a child or small adult. She’s got a gentle, patient temperament and is great for games, poles, barrel racing, and trail riding. She shows great potential in pole bending with natural lead changes. Tinker Belle has been ridden by a retired judge on the trails these past 4 years. Consequently she is happy and laid back. With just a bit of games training, she could make some kid a great pony for games or a wonderful trail horse for a small adult. She is steady, easy, broke, sound, and needs a good home.

Corona Extra Chex Stud Service – $850

Corona is a stunning Palomino stallion with intelligence, personality, and a stellar show record.

Upcoming Shows and Events

Recently our shows and events have focused on stock horses, Western riding, and Appaloosas. For July, we’re bringing you two completely different events to change things up a bit. First, we’re pleased to host the Music City Donkey Show, so come on over once you’ve wrapped up your 4th of July barbeques and fireworks. Then we’re joining the Pleasure Walking Horse Association of Tennessee in celebrating natural flat-shod walking horses, so be sure to register for the show early.

July 6-7th, 2015

Music City Donkey Show

NMDA Sanctioned Show

Halter, In-hand, and driving classes

Judge: Tom Cochran

Contact: millersmeadow@gmail.com

July 18th, 2015

PWHAT Show Jamboree

PAcademy classes start at 9:30 AM

Regular classes start at 11:00 AM

May Newsletter 29 May 2015, 2:11 pm

We’re coming up on the end of May, and that means summer is just around the corner! We hope everyone had a wonderful end of the school year (for those of you with kids) and a fantastic Memorial Day weekend. We’ve certainly stayed busy around the farm, so here’s just a glimpse of the highlights!

Special Feature – Baby Slide is growing up fast!

Remember that gangly little newborn foal from a few short weeks ago? Well, Baby Slide is growing by leaps and bounds, and at just over a month old, she’s already turning into a stunner just like her mama!

It’s amazing how quickly they fill out in such a short time. Here’s Baby Slide at one day:

Now that’s what we want to see! Healthy baby, healthy mama, and healthy appetite!

And now at one month:

Mama and Baby Slide are quite the stunning pair! Like the photo? Check out the next section to learn more about the photographer!

They love hanging out in the fields now and come up to the fence to greet friendly faces.

She has no problem keeping up with her mom now!

Word in the Herd

Memorial Day Weekend Photography

We had plenty of visitors, bed and breakfasts guests, and regulars over Memorial Day weekend, including one very talented photographer! We were delighted to have Jennifer Raddatz visit and spend the weekend wandering the farm taking photos. She was kind enough to share a few of her favorites. If you like her work, be sure to check out her Facebook page – JLR Photography-I Said Cheese.

Bug poses for the camera.

The farm looks gorgeous in black and white:

Driving up the entryway in shades of greyscale.

And this final photo perfectly captures the relationship between human and horse:

Gorgeous silhouette of a horse and her human.

Got Hay?

For those of you living on farms, this is the time of year when you’re probably harvesting and baling hay. But if you don’t own your own baling equipment and want to save money on labor costs, Clearview owns both a round and a square hay baler. We frequently partner with other land owners who want their land tidied or don’t need all of the hay bales. In exchange for a share of the hay, we’ll harvest and bale it for free! Feel free to contact us via the website, Facebook, or phone if you’ve got more hay than you need. We use it to feed our rescue horses and regular riding horses.

Don’t let your extra hay go to waste! We use it to feed our rescue horses!

Speaking of rescue horses, we’ve got an update on Miracle and Tiara!

Remember Miracle, the half-starved Haflinger who still loved attention?

Miracle gratefully accepts all the love we can give her after her rough start in life.

Well you would hardly recognize her now!

What a difference a healthy diet makes!

Miracle is quickly filling out and making friends with the farm’s jennets. She’s also starting on some basic ground work and doing really well!

And now let’s check on Tiara, the sassy Appaloosa mare who was recently measured for POA registration.

Tiara has plenty of personality and is making an excellent recovery!

She now rules in her field and is also gaining weight and filling out.

Can you believe this is the same mare?

Both mares have more progress to make, but we’re delighted with how they are recovering and will keep bringing you more updates on their health and training.

Arena Reports

AQHA Lucky 7 Show

We had a great time in Murfreesboro May 6-7th for the American Quarter Horse Association Lucky 7 Show. We brought six horses, including Corona Extra Chex, Reno, Magic (aka, I’m a Majestic Leaguer), and newcomer George.

Inside the show ring

Don Charest showed George in the green pleasure class out of a group of 34 entries.

Don (left) and George (right) are ready for the green pleasure classes!

We spent some downtime checking out the grounds, shopping, and helping out in the hospitality tent for lunch.

Pizza is served!

And Marie celebrated her birthday in the most appropriate manner – on horseback! She and Reno won a circuit championship in Western reining and the high point trophy in both reining and ranch riding.

Happy birthday, Marie! And congratulations to you and Reno!

And Corona won the Open Reining with Josh Foster, who’s now part-time assistant trainer to Don. Overall, it was a fantastic show for Team Clearview!

Reno’s hard-won high point trophy.

Carol Coppinger Parelli Super Clinic

We were thrilled to have Carol Coppinger share her expertise in the Parelli Natural Horsemanship Program in a weeklong clinic. Plenty of horse owners came out to learn new techniques and methods for training their horses, and judging from the photos, everyone had a blast!

Clinic attendees work with their horses along with Carol Coppinger.

For more information on Carol Coppinger and Parelli Natural Horsemanship, check out her website.

Everyone enjoyed the weeklong Parelli clinic!

Clinics also sometimes provide a sort of matchmaking service between horses and their new owners, as you’ll see in the next section…

Equines and Services for Sale

Glowing Assets – SOLD!

Glow and Tony, about to leave for Pennsylvania.

Cindy, one of the attendees of the Coppinger Clinic, leased Glowing Assets for the week and did a wonderful job. Over the course of the clinic, she also ended up introducing him to his new owner Tony! Glow now has a new home with Tony and his family in Pennsylvania, and we could not be happier for everyone!

Hawkeye – SOLD (Update!)

We also recently sold one of our mules, and Hawkeye’s new mom just sent us this photo while on a trail ride. Excellent picture! Glad to see that everyone is getting along!

Looks like a fun trail ride!

Tinker Belle – $2500 OBO

Tinker Belle has no issues with water!

Tinker Belle is an 8 year old POA-registered pony ideal for a child or small adult. She’s got a sweet, patient temperament and is great for games, poles, barrel racing, and trail riding. She has also showed excellently in recent POA shows and has the potential to succeed in just about any discipline you want!

Corona Extra Chex Stud Service – $850

Contact us today to make an appointment to meet Corona!

Here’s also a friendly reminder that Charlie Hutton’s all-star Palomino stallion Corona is available for stud service at Clearview. We just saw Corona win a circuit championship at the AQHA Lucky 7 Show, and he can pass along plenty of intelligence and potential to your foals. If you want the benefits of a stellar bloodline and the expertise of Charlie Hutton, world-renowned breeder and trainer, contact Clearview today to come meet Corona!

Upcoming Shows and Events

June is shaping up to be an exciting month! We’re closing out May with a Western Mounted Shooters clinic and then hosting events for Appaloosa and Stock Horse enthusiasts. Whatever your riding discipline, we’ve got an event for you! See the contact information and links below for more information.

May 30-31

Western Mounted Shooters

Contact: Darren

Phone: 931-632-0408

June 6-7

Heart of Dixie Appaloosa Show

Contact: Danny Davis, President

Phone: 931-478-1004

Showbill

June 13

Amanda Johnson Walker Clinic

More information

June 13-14

TSHA Clinic and Show

More information

That’s all for this month! Stay tuned for our next newsletter at the end of June!

Comment Questions: Are you attending any of the clinics or shows at Clearview in June? Let us know your plans and any upcoming horse-related vacations in the comments below! And as always, follow us on Facebook or visit our website for more information on our horses and to schedule trail rides or lessons.

April 2015 Newsletter 29 Apr 2015, 3:02 pm

Welcome to the newly rebooted Clearview blog! We’ll publish a new post every month with regular updates from the farm, our latest show results, horses and mules for sale, and other special announcements. If you like what you read or have any special requests, please tell us in the comments below!

Special Feature – Meet Our Newest Addition!

When we checked the show barn on the morning of April 24th, we were delighted to find that one of our expectant mares had foaled! This adorable little filly was born to dam Miss Slide Cody (American Quarter Horse) and sired by Heaven Sent Chic, son of Smart Chic Olena.

How can anyone resist such a face?

She passed her first vet check with flying colors and already shows a healthy appetite after the first day. We’ll keep you posted as she grows!

Now that’s what we want to see! Healthy baby, healthy mama, and healthy appetite!

Word in the Herd

We’ll use this regular segment to keep you updated on daily happenings around the farm and candid photos. For now, let’s meet some of the farm’s newest additions and see how folks are enjoying the warmer spring months.

Rescue Horses

About three weeks ago, we went to a nearby auction to purchase halters and tack. But in classic horse-loving fashion, instead of tack, we came away with two severely underweight mares in desperate need of a good home. After some good food, proper vet care, and plenty of love, these two mares are gaining weight and looking much healthier!

First we have Miracle, a 5-6 year old Haflinger. When she first arrived at Clearview, her ribs, hips, and backbone were clearly visible under her coat, but despite her rough upbringing, she still gratefully accepted head scratches and love. Now just three weeks later, she’s shedding her winter coat and starting to gain weight in her belly.

Miracle gratefully accepts all the love we can give her after her rough start in life.

Next, meet Tiara, a 5-6 year old Appaloosa with a sweet, sassy personality. While she wasn’t quite as skinny as Miracle, she was still underweight, and her milk bag hadn’t dried up from her last foal.

Tiara has plenty of personality and is making an excellent recovery!

Now she’s slowly but surely filling out and comes right up to the stall door for attention! We recently had her measured for the Ponies of America registration. She meets the height requirements and will be registered through POA under the Hardship category.

Spring is Here!

Over the winter, we dealt with multiple hard freezes, burst pipes, and the jaw-dropping beauty of trees encased in layers of ice. We also had some noteworthy boarders, such as these Belgians who spent the night in our Cowboy Barn and attracted a lot of attention for their size and gentleness.

Check out the size of those Belgians!

Now that the weather is warming up, we’ve had more people taking lessons and enjoying the nice weather on horseback. From left to right, we have Philip on Marmite the parade mule, his fiancée Carly on Crispin (Spotted Saddle Horse), and Megan on Glow, our Paint gelding for sale. Quite a mixed bag, but everyone had a great time!

Left to right: Philip on Marmite, Carly on Crispin, and Megan on Glow.

Arena Reports

Keep following this segment as we bring you announcements and reports from recent horse shows. We often travel to shows or host events right here at Clearview, and we love to share photos and stories from the show ring!

Columbia Mule Day (April 6th-12th)

Columbia, TN, the “Mule Capital” of the world, has been hosting its annual celebration of all things related to mules for nearly 170 years, and we had a blast competing in the shows, checking out the crafts, going on wagon rides, and finishing out the week with the Mule Day Parade.

Ronnie and Loretta, one of our gorgeous home-bred mules, won a blue ribbon!

Remember our baby Loretta? She’s all grown up and winning blue ribbons now!

Our friend Kenny Price won the blue ribbon in the racking class.

Kenny shows his mule in the racking class.

But of course one of the highlights was the annual Mule Day Parade! Marmite made for a comfy ride as he did what he does best, which is being a classic parade mule.

Marie and Marmite, ready for the Mule Day Parade!

MTSU Stock Horse Show (April 17th-18th)

The Tennessee Stock Horse Association recently hosted a clinic and show in Murfreesboro. We spent the weekend bettering our cattle working skills at Steven Freeman’s clinic and then competed in trail, stock horse, ranch pleasure, and reining classes.

Attending the Steven Freeman clinic at the MTSU Stock Horse Show

This weekend also marked Dallas’ (Dually Lil Lady) first show (Green Horse Division), and she and Marie did wonderfully! She demonstrated a knack for hooking onto livestock during the cow classes and placed 5th in trail and 3rd in ranch pleasure in a large class of competitors!

 

Dallas’ first time hooking onto a cow.

Marie and her buckskin mare Tackie (Nu Tackie Chex, half sister to Corona Extra Chex) won the high point award for the weekend. Josh Foster (Right) rode Playin’ Wicked (Peaches) for Jana Anderson to 3rd place in Open Reining.

Left to right: Don Charest of DC Performance Horses, Marie with her girls Dallas and Tackie, and Josh Foster with Peaches.

POA Show at Clearview Horse Farm (April 25th-26th)

We were delighted to host the Tennessee Double IBC-H show for Ponies of America. The weekend was great fun for the whole family, with regular classes, games, and even a costume contest!

The show barn was bustling with activity as competitors boarded their ponies, tacked up, and took breaks in between classes.

The show barn was jam packed for the weekend!

The ponies competed in a variety of classes, and they showed their versatility in pole bending, barrels, and plenty of other skills. We even had folks show off their ponies in driving.

POA-registered KS gelding “Got My Alibi” with Laura Grimes

Sunday was dedicated entirely to games open to any horse breed, and of course, everyone’s favorite class was the costume contest!

Pick your favorite costume!

Clearview’s own Tinker Belle did exceptionally well in pole bending and barrels, combining her natural lead changes and cleverness to place well in multiple events.

Well done, Tinker Belle!

Equines and Services for Sale

Glowing Assets – 8 year old registered Paint gelding, $5000

Glowing Assets is a stunning Paint gelding and clever all-rounder.

Glow is a responsive, subtle ride and has been shown in Western Dressage, Hunt Seat, Western Pleasure, Ranch Riding, and Stock Horse. He can be ridden English in a snaffle or Western. He has been trained with nobs and buttons! He picks up the correct lead departure, does a simple lead change and can do a flying change when asked. He has a correct slow lope, an incredibly smooth jog, and can hold himself in frame. He trail rides out alone fine or in company. He is easy to catch, be around, bathe, load, clip etc. He needs sun cream on his nose in the summer and he doesn’t grow much winter coat so he needs to be blanketed in the cold weather.

Look at that stunning coat!

Glow is a great all-rounder and would make a wonderful addition to anyone’s stable!

Tinker Belle – 8 year old POA-registered mare, 55 inches, $2500

Check out that adorable face!

Tinker Belle is a super gentle pony with plenty of potential to do well in any discipline. She shows a natural talent for pole bending with natural lead changes, and she’s incredibly versatile and clever. She has been ridden by a retired judge and spent plenty of time on trails in the past four years, so she is happy and laidback. She competed for the first time at our POA show, and she took to it like a duck to water! With just a bit of training, she could make any child a great pony for games and a wonderful trail horse for a small adult. She is steady, broke, sound, and looking for a new forever home.

Tinker Belle is gentle, clever, and ready to make someone an excellent trail or game pony!

Corona Extra Chex – Stud Service, $850

Corona is a stunning Palomino stallion with intelligence, personality, and a stellar show record.

Charlie Hutton’s palomino stallion Corona Extra Chex is available for stud service at Clearview. If you want an incredible bloodline, plenty of intelligence, and the expertise of Charlie Hutton, one of the world’s most renowned reining trainers and breeders, definitely contact us to come meet Corona!

Contact us today to make an appointment to meet Corona!

Upcoming Shows and Events

Watch this space for announcements of upcoming shows that Clearview will be hosting! We will provide contact information for the show contacts so that you can ask questions or register to compete.

For now, we have three events scheduled for the month of May, with plenty more coming your way this summer!

May 1-7

Parelli Super Camp

Parelli Clinic with Carol Coppinger

6 Star Master Instructor and Licensed Parelli Professional

Contact: Carol Coppinger

Email: Carol@carolcoppinger.com

May 16-17

POA Show

Tennessee Pony of the Americas Club Show

Contact: Sherri Holingbaugh

Phone: 615-644-3728

May 30-31

Western Mounted Shooters

Contact: Darren

Phone: 931-632-0408

Comment Questions: How do you like Clearview’s new blog? Let us know what type of horse-related news you enjoy reading, and share your photos with us for a chance to be featured in a future update! Thanks for reading! 

July 20 – Loretta Born 27 Jul 2014, 12:35 pm

 

Loretta the mule was born this week, daughter of Abigail our spotted saddle mare. She has to be the most beautiful mule on the planet!

July 19th 25 Jul 2014, 7:59 am

July 10 – World Show 25 Jul 2014, 7:57 am

July 17 – The Royal Horses Move In 17 Jul 2014, 5:49 am

The cast and crew moved  in Monday. What a lovely bunch of people and horses. I cant wait to see the show in Nashville Saturday night.
We are all going to go, except Ronnie who will stay with the Pwhat show.
Armand Lacayo on one of the Freisians

The American Ranch Horse World Show – July 7th – 12th, 2014 14 Jul 2014, 4:55 pm

I just want to say a big thank you to Don, Charlotte, Charlie and Kate. It was a team effort and I couldn’t have done it without their help.  Charlie and Kate left about 5pm Friday night, which was just as well, poor Charlie looked exhausted and he had to get back to Clearview to help with the Stock horse show there and Kate and he had clients in the clinic.
At 5am, Saturday morning, We gave the horses their breakfast, then went to bed.
Saturday about 10.30. we started to pack up to go home, by the time I had closed out my show bill (Too many mucho dollars!!!) and checked out the awesome pictures by SOCO media, we set off about 2pm. I had finished in the Top 5 in the select Division, out of goodness knows howmany people, I placed 4th High point with Corona.
I ended up 8th over all in NovAm on Reno, and would have done much better if he had not turned tail in the final boxing class at 3 oclock in the morning. He was telling me he was done, I had dropped my hand to let him work the cow, and he just ran right past it and the  cow ended up chasing us, it ws a comical end to a hectic week!
Just another reminder not to take anything for granted, and Reno is just a cartoon character of a horse!
  The  American Ranch Horse World Show, was an amazing week, it was sooo busy and huge classes. In fact too huge, I was still showing horses at 4am Friday night/Saturday morning. The working cow classes were supposed to follow the Boxing. That didn’t get through till 4am. I was whooped, so was everyone else. I had to scratch the working cow classes, which is my favourite, but I couldn’t go on any more!!! Don and Charlottle hung in there with me the whole time, talk about a team effort.
Don hauled Corona, I hauled Tackie and Reno, and we got stuck in the road works for over an hour just north of Nashville on the I65.
I got back to Clearview around, 7pm, we dropped off the horses, then Charlotte and I went to support the boys at the Mule Show.
Ronnie had got his World Champion  Title with John Law in the gaited halter on Friday, a lovely trophy  and ribbon etc, so he was tickled. Junior ended up having to canter Hawkeye in the western class at the end of the night and did a great job, unfortunately the judge didn’t agree with me and he never got a ribbon. bummer!! John Law and Jesse were in with a great class and did superbly.
I got to bed at 1pm. Then Charlotte rode Agatha, Mary rode Buckwheat, our new reining mule, and I rode Doolittle and we all rode the mules at theStock horse show here Sunday. Trail, pleasure, working cow and I won the reining, on Doolittle, which considereing I couldn’t string a sentence together,  was rather a miracle. Turned out I rode him in a snaffle bit one handed….go figure!!  I was very pleased that they finally allowed mules in the Stock horse shows, so I was only to happy to show my support. My body didn’t feel the same way. !
By 5pm Saturday, my calfs were cramping, I had to flip rooms for new guests and I  put the dirty sheets in the dryer instead of the washing mashine, I had also flipped the wrong troom. I should have done the Mule lodge, not the quarter horse room, so when our guests arrived at about 10pm, we had that room to do too. !. Charlotte, god love her, stayed with me and helped at 10.30 pm when the  3 horses hauled in for an overnight layover.
Monday 14 July, Eric and the Gala of the Royal Horses have moved in. 15 stallions on national tour, are staying with us for 2 weeks, lovely bunch of people, they look how I feel right now. Exhausted. Hopefully we will all feel a bit better by about Wednesday!
A  rider has arrived for a lesson, that I have forgotten about, so must go and I will catch the first horse that comes to me…..

American Ranch Horse World Show Bowling Green, KY 14 Jul 2014, 4:47 pm

Arrived July 6th, Charlotte is such a huge help. I am placing in the top ten so far on all my classes with Corona, charlies beautiful stud.
I was really pleased with my trail class as Charlie said Corona had never done trail before, but we practiced at home and he was a natural.he enjoys it. I didnt enjoy pulli g the concrete log, but we did it!
Reno was a super star in the ranch reining, one judge put us in 1st place, which was wonderful, the composite score put me 3rd. And there are 26 or more in the class, the classes are huge. Its a great show.
Doing all the cow work today, cant wait! Ronnie and the boys are at the mule show, and mary is showing buckwheat. I think she will have fun.

 

Charlies championship ride on Corona in the senior ranch reining. He got a standing ovation From The crowd. It was the most beautiful elegant ride, slow and precisie, Corona and charlie leave the arena with hands free spins!,,,. I think it was one of those moments that will remain with me for along time and anyone who was there today will agree we were watching the master work his magic once again!

 

Halter Class

 

 

Team Clearview is doing well! Jana and Don won World Grand Champion Mares with Peaches. It was the biggest class ever. Awesome!

 

June – New Round Baler! 20 Jun 2014, 1:08 pm

Our new round baler finally arrived. It replaced the old one that caught on fire in the field a couple of weeks ago. Scary but true. Off to a fresh start. Thanks PD and Yearwood equipment for the help.