The Wild Spirit Horse
The Wild Spirit Horse by Paul G – of Powwows.com
The Wild Spirit Horse, Inc., located in Silver Springs, Nevada, is a 501(c)3 wild horse nonprofit dedicated to the preservation of America’s wild horses and burros. They work to educate the public on issues that pertain to the native wild mustang. They also teach the wild horses that have been gathered off the range so they may live in peace and harmony in a domesticated world. Founded by Karen Mayfield, also President, leads her volunteers by gentling the wild horses using Native American Horsemanship, exclusively. She also teaches the new adopter how to communicate with their new partner. Karen also teaches those that wish to learn this wonderful method, and hopes to someday help the wild horses that come off the reservations by gentling and teaching.
Karen states that she feels very strongly about the method in which she teaches the wild horses. She also agrees with a statement of Pony Boy’s, “that the Native Americans established a strong working relationship that the horses understood using this way of teaching. This method becomes much easier and longer lasting. Through this relationship horse and rider become a more intimate team working together as one. Relationship training is two things, first, it’s working within the kinds of relationships the horses understand, and second, it’s concentrating more on the relationship than the results. Horses understand basically two
kinds of relationships, they understand that they are prey and they understand they are a herd animal. The herd relationship is what determines the movements and motivations from a horse. Native Americans had the uncanny ability to look at things for what they were, whereas European traditional thinking thought more about what something could become. Because Native Americans look at the horse, they observe the nature of the horse and worked within the nature of the horse, they achieved better results in a shorter amount of time. The traditions of this Nations first grade horsemen looked at horses as part of a larger Universe, one of which we are all related and therefore one in which we need to establish close relationships. A central theme amongst most tribes beliefs was that we are all related to all living things on earth, and it was also that understanding that helped Native Americans to established relationships with horses rather than dominating a horse, they sought to build a relationship with the horse.
Since we can’t teach horses to speak our language it makes sense to learn theirs. We are asking the horse to accept us into their culture and into their lives, we don’t want to be casual observers, we’re asking to be revered as lead members of their herd. If we can achieve that status, our horses will literally do anything for us.”
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Central Coast Riders – Santa Maria CGA District 40
Central Coast Riders is a small district of the California Gymkhana Association, located at Santa Maria California. On Memorial Day Weekend we held an equestrian Show to raise money for the Wounded Warriors project. We encouraged everyone to come out and help support those who have given up so much to protect us all. Along with running the 13 California Gymkhana Equine Speed Events, we had a silent auction, a Barbeque, and added the money we would have spent on awards which came to $1287.00.
The show started off with a beautiful tribute to all our military departments on horseback. Each flag was brought in to the arena separately to a medley of patriotic music. This brought tears to many of us. It was a day for those who love horses, Barbeques, and being a part of something grander. Thank you to everyone who came down and enjoyed the day with us. The check was presented at the Santa Maria Elks Lodge 1538 on Monday May 27th at the Elks Flag Ceremony. We had one of our CGA members dress in full Marine Uniform and one of our riders little
brother (boy scout on the right) help to show our support.
This horse show meant more than just getting a time and award. This was our opportunity to help support our troops and their families on how we appreciate their sacrifices.The California Gymkhana Association started 41 years ago. Each rider maneuvers 13 different patters around barrels, poles, jumps and cones. No matter what level of ability you and your horse may have, you can ride in CGA’s programs and earn a Year End Award. CGA supports horses, mules, and ponies. We realizes that each rider and horse combination have different degrees of skills at various stages of development. Therefore, CGA has a program in which a rider can compete in any division of competition against riders of similar ability. The divisions start at Lead Line to the very fast riders working to earn Hall of Fame status. We also do not have an age limit. Our youngest members have been 2 years old to Frank Hyde (one of the founders of CGA) retired at 92. All riders that would
like to compete will just need to sign up as a CGA member for $25 annual fee, $50 for families. Day fees are only $40. All CGA rules will apply. This is truly a great family experience.
For more information on contact and show schedule please go to website .
Each month we have our District Show at the Santa Maria Elks Rodeo Arena, located at 4040 Highway 101, Santa Maria, CA 93455. Exit the Santa Maria Way. You can also follow us on Facebook.
Next show is scheduled for July 13th Saturday. Come on down to watch (that is free) or bring your horse and join.
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Cowboy Dressage Announce West Coast Cowboy Dressage Clinic
Cowboy Dressage Announce West Coast Cowboy Dressage Clinic in Auburn, CA – July 5 – 7, 2013
Soft feel is not only sending messages but having the sensitivity and awareness to feel the message the horse sends back.
The timing and use of the Release, Relaxation, Preparation and Execution are the basic fundamentals of Soft Feel.
Since Soft Feel is the mission of Cowboy Dressage it will be scored with emphases on lightness, harmony, finesse and partnership as a priority. Balance, cadence, carriage, control, and performance are additional areas the horse and rider will be judged and scored.
Eitan Beth-Halachmy, Dr. Robert Miller, Garn Walker, Lyn Ringrose Moe, Susan Tomasini and Dianne Olds Rossi will be offering their knowledge and expertise in the art and horsemanship of Cowboy Dressage July 5-7, 2013 at Center Stage Equestrian Center in Auburn, CA.
Cowboy Dressage, the original Western Dressage discipline is committed to better western horsemanship. Dressage is the foundation from which all good horsemanship builds from. Western is no exception. From this basic dressage foundation Cowboy Dressage offers a level of tests and competition with just enough dressage to improve the horse and rider but maintain its core as a devoted western discipline. It borrows from dressage but keeps it western pure and uncomplicated.
On Friday July 5th the Cowboy Dressage Clinic will offer a Judge’s Orientation. This day is for anyone who is considering judging this division. It also welcomes those who may not wish to judge but want a more in depth education in the teaching and training of Cowboy Dressage. This is a classroom day with videos and lectures on the court and the gaits of the Cowboy Dressage horse. How the tests are scored and judged will also be covered. The code of Cowboy Dressage and the future it has in the horse industry will be talked about. There will be a question and answer period and interaction between auditors and teachers are encouraged.
Day two, July 6th will be a full day of demo riders who will ride each test with help from the clinicians. Each rider will get critiqued from Eitan, Garn and Lyn with positive input for better rides and scores. They will work on creating more lightness and building a better partnership between horse and rider. Auditor will be able to learn and take in information as each test and ridden and discussed.
Day three, July 7th will offer an opportunity for those that wish to actually ride the tests. Each rider will be allowed 20 minutes to ride a test of their choice. Cowboy Dressage will provide a caller for the riders. Upon completion of each test the rider will get comments from Eitan, Garn and Lyn. The rider then can re-ride the same test for additional comments and instruction. This has proved to be a very popular format. It gives the rider personal instruction and the auditors much to observe and learn as well. Riders can sign up for more than one ride or test. Slots will be limited.
Cowboy Dressage is honored to have Dr. Robert Miller as part of their weekend. Dr. Miller will do lectures and video presentations on Saturday and Sunday mornings. He will share with us his wit, wisdom, humor and a wealth of knowledge that has made him one of the most recognized equine educators in the world.
Dianne Olds Rossi will be doing a freestyle mini clinic in the evenings after dinner over the weekend. Dianne is a legend and one of the great horsewomen in the US. She is a master of the Freestyle and will inspire those that wish to participate in the more “artsy” side of Cowboy Dressage.
Video clips from the video presentations during the Judge’s Orientation can be found on the Cowboy Dressage YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/user/CowboyDressage. There are nine of them showing short segments on gaits and court to name just a few.
For more information on the West Coast Cowboy Dressage Weekend, how to register and the price packages you can contact Sarah Dickinson at: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.westcoastcowboydressageweekend.com
Charles Wilhelm Super Ultimate Trail Horse Challenge
Ultimate Super Horse
written by participant Krista Koenig
This weekend at Sacramento Expo was amazing! Cody pendant and I had submitted videos to try out for the Charles Wilhelm’s Ultimate Super Horse Challenge TM and were ecstatic to be accepted. My go-to horse is a 9yr old Gypsy Cobb Stallion named Gaelic Dancer, he was my trusted mount for Project Cowgirl last year. I have had several months to ride and train him, so, he is fit and much more collected than before. One of the criteria that we were to be judged on is softness, light contact, easy transitions and good quality gaits while also easily negotiating trail obstacles. I am a huge fan of the tests they put the Lusitano horses through before they can be allowed to Bullfight, called working equitation tests. One of the things I am most impressed with is the equitation and balance required to make it all look so easy. I was delighted to find out that Charles Wilhelm was planning to use these types of equitation patterns combined with trail obstacles to show our skill at Horsemanship and how responsive our horses are. One of the best features was that we would be provided the judges scores, notes and advice to help us out though the weekend!
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Huasna Valley , 3913 Huasna Road Arroyo Grande, CA 93420 831-588-6214 email@example.comI look forward to hearing from all of you.